NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Breckenridge. Pours anice enough deep gold with a fizzy head. The nose is quite soapy. Strong cracker pilsner malt notes and some noble hopping that is overshadowed by the soap. On taste, comes across as moderately sweet and fruity, fair level of bitterness, but not quite balanced. Not crisp and kind of a bit bigger than one would like. Meh.
strongpieman (1499) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear yellow, tall white foamy head. Slightly musty hop aroma, high carbonation, malt balance. Refreshing and a good overall pilsner.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: copper and gold under a voluminous white head which lines the inside of my glass with lacey fingers. A slow stream of bubbles keeps the head afloat in blotchy beauty. Swirls thick and full.
Nose: bread crusts, saltines, green grass, key lime. Brisk – dry then zesty, zesty then dry. Lemon zest. Tropical zip in the back – papaya and star fruit. Floral and herbal esters weave in and out. Dandelion and white flower petals.
Palate: sweetness along the edge leads into crisp, dry, bitterness. Papaya and banana skin. Greenness of flowers, stems and all. Key lime and sweet mown grass. Smooth mouthfeel and gently mouth-coating with subtle sweet grains. Pineapple, coconut, and star fruit. Tickle of spice in the back – grains of paradise.
Final Thoughts: delicious! I was worried the bottle was going to be a dud seeing as months had passed from when I bought the bottle to when I actually drank it. Thankfully the beer deities were friendly and the beer delightful. Another winner from Breckenridge.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours nearly clear deep gold into a tulip. Thick sheets of lacing left with each sip even after the off-white, creamy head fades to a small ring. The nose is similar to a nice helles bock with a tad more hop citrus and grass. The malts come across as lightly toasty and bready, suggesting a sweet flavour to come. Very sweet light malty, bready flavour with pleasant bitterness that is still a bit low for a double pils, and not really very "noble." Some doughy flavours accompany. Tastes more like American variety noble heritage hops were used. Not much heat at all here, but at 7% abv, that makes sense. Tasteful, perceivable amount of DMS lets you know it’s a pilsner without tasting like a corny, cooked veggie bomb. Soft melon/honeydew fruitiness, almost like a Jolly Rancher? Yea, that’s it! The mouthfeel is slick up front, gently carbonated given the style, and full-bodied, almost syrupy in the finish. Very sweet, but enough hops are there to keep it from being cloying.
scottw86 (1104) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a thin off-white head. Aroma has some grains with light fruit. Taste has lots of grains and cereal with some skunky malty flavors. Alcohol slightly noticeable. Finish has some floral hops with some doughy characteristics.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Breckenridge Blake St. Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a small white head falls quick to a ring. Aroma is pale malts, lightly bready with some citrus and floral notes. Taste is nice sweet bready malt with a good dose of spicy floral hops, that finishes with lingering citrus hints. Sweet malt base is held in check by the hops presence making it nicely balanced. Medium smooth body with moderate carbonation.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours somewhat hazy copper with a nice white head and a little lace. Aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, light hops and grassy. Very spicy flavor, interesting hops, lots of sweet malts, some caramel and Belgian yeast. Intense flavor.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crisp clean yellow color with a slight orange hue. Very light aroma of grains. Palate is medium bodied and very clean. No metallic notes that are commonly found in a pilsner. Possibly the best pilsner our lips have ever encountered.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma is lager-ish, kind of sweet malt with a bit of hop character. Flavor is sweet biscuit with a nice bitter bite. Good imperial pilsner. 7% is hidden nicely.
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Winter Park Beer Fest ’11. Rich gold color and nice carbonation. Hops are nice on the nose and this could be a good summer refresher (if you want to get loaded in the process). Hides alcohol dangerously well, but doesn’t finish clean. Dissapointing. Maybe it was a dirty tap. Get an Avery Joe’s Pilsner if you’re the mood for something along these lines.