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Brewsters Vampire Republic Czech Pilsner

Brewed by Brewsters Brewing Company - Alberta
Style: Pilsener
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
In 1842 Josef Groll, the ’just hired’ brewer in Pilsen, Bohemia, brewed a light golden lager with local malt, hops from Saaz, and yeast he had clandestinely brought along from his previous employer in Munich. A new classic was born by the name of Pilsner Urquell (German for the fountainhead of Pilsen). Whoever has tried it will remember it for its golden coulur, pronounced maltiness, assertive bitterness and intense Saaz hop aroma. Our interpretation ofths beer classic is this month’s seasonal brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1315) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Aroma is clove, lemon grass, light sweet euro malts. Taste light sweet and dry malts that are balanced well with a pretty bastic bitterness. Finishes crisply and smoothly. Appearance is a yellow /orange clear body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (6406) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2014
Tap at Brewsters 11th av. Golden, fine carbonation. Golden cream. Fine leafy hop aromatics on a full chewy base, dry grassy, light earthy finish. Green aftertastste. Might not exactly be a Czech pils, but it is interesting what they did with saaz and sterling here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (14101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Light golden, earthy, lots of sort of stale saaz, light body, clean...good but the saaz aren’t as fresh as they need to be...fresher hops would make this a decent pils. Not sure the vampire-Czech thing either. Vampires were Romania, right?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Masterkush7 (580) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
An enjoyable pilsner. A light golden color. Aroma is of grains and some light citrus from the hops. Flavour is quite good with light grainyness and some nice saaz hop flavours. I'm more of an ale guy myself but this is a pilsner I really enjoy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyrish (92) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Nice deep gold colour, small creamy white head. Mild malt aroma with a tinge of caramel. Flavour is strong malts, again with a trace of caramel. Long bitter finish. Creamy body. Good but the malts seemed a little caramelized. Rerate: Whatever right? Nobody cares... Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2013
On tap at Brewsters Castledowns. Clear yellow colour, nice white foam, medium retention. Aroma is pleasant, generously hopped. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp, medium carbonation. Taste is hint of sweet malt, dries out in the fairly smooth finish with a nice hoppy presence. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Tap at Brewsters Alberta. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is Pils malt, corn, spicy hops, and clean. Flavor is malty with a clean fermentation character, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
Not sure if this is a different beer or just a different name. Just stopped in 11th for schooner Monday. First czeched the seasonals list for hops and then went back to main age for choice between this "new" favourite and Rig Pig. Vampire won. A nice crisp clean sharp hoppy easy drinking pilz.
Earlier Rating: 4/14/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Softer maltier body than typical for the style. Thin aroma Nice peppery hop body and finish. For a brewpub a nice example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
On tap and in bottles, Lake Bonavista location. I was told by the server that this is a new pilsener recipe. Medium golden, generous soapy white head that laces early on. Grainy aroma with distinct light tropical fruit nuances. Clean pale grains with a firm bitterness in the finish. Crisp and clean. An absolutely spot-on pils, nice hops and really solid bitterness reminiscent of northern German examples. Very very good pilsener.
Earlier Rating: 3/5/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Clear gold with a creamy white head generating nice lacing. Fresh biscuity aroma. Deliciously malty with a beautifully balanced hoppy bitterness and clean finish. This is an excellent lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reimer96 (1732) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a clear golden with a small white top that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma of earth, grass and yeast with some malt sweetness. Taste is yeast with a nice sharp bitterness from the noble saaz. Easy drinking Czech Pils but could use a little more all around.

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