GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Garret Oliver’s tome on beer and beer pairings has enlightened me. That touch of sulfur, that wisp of eggy stench is actually an appropriate addition to a good pilsner. I can see that. One of my family’’s favorite recreation spots growing up as a nearby town featuring natural hot springs, including one that smelled like a vat of long forgotten Easter eggs. I became inured to the smell, and became fond it, a sort of bizzaro Madeline of road trips long past. Consequently I don’t shy away from sulfur when it rears its jaundiced head. It’s a tolerable smell, even welcome. I affiliate it with sub-surface geologic healthiness, and know that it is simply a mineral, which in my head sounds much more sterile than rotting eggs or decomposing road kill. Unfortunately, Bristol Brewery’s Yellow Kite is cursed with such a strong aroma and taste of sulfur that it goes way beyond what my palate can tolerate. The smell is both crisp and light, a nod to the pilsner malt, but there’s a lurking smell of sulfur and a hit of a septic aroma. Images of lightly used portable toilets appear in my head with each smell, putting me off from the beer entirely. This off-taste carries over to the flavor too, where ample carbonation makes its best efforts to cleanse my palate of the unpleasant septic taste, but it never works hard enough. While I enjoy Bristol Brewery and think of them as a gift Colorado College’s craft beer drinkers, the Yellow Kite is disappointing and even a little gross.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Clear straw yellow, with a big fluffy head. Smells like a corny pills with a hefty dose of dark toast. So-so taste, a little too dry and pilsner malted. A big meh. Didn’t finish.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
fresh bottle. Pours slightly orange gold with frothy white head. Light aroma of cake, floral hops. Medium bodied, pretty creamy feel for a pilsener. Flavor is at first mildly hoppy, then malty, then hoppy again on the finish, with a lasting bitterness that actually kind of reminds me of the bitterness of a pill. Overall not bad, but I find this kind of bitterness on the finish to be slightly astringent.
BelgianBeerGal (2973) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single from USAFA class 6. Big foamy white head on top of a clear yellow-gold pour. Active carbonation and thick lacing too. Pretty big aroma for a pils, but classic hop aroma. Pretty strong malt punch and then a nice citrus-y finish. Kinda bold for a Pils..interesting.
Atom (1200) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours clear straw with a small white head. Aroma has a fruity sweetness, hops, and bread. Some nice spice and doughy yeast flavors. A pretty mellow enjoyable Pils.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft, 5/26/10). Clear gold color. Small white head. Moderate pils malt aroma. Flavor of the same, with light sweetness and light bitterness. Avg duration. Light dry finish. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.
nuplastikk (4093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pale tanned dull yellow with a soapy, foaming head. Rather nice aroma quite mellow, yeasty, and Bohemian. Creamy, delicate, and well balanced. This is a pretty great Pilsener. Faint peppery hop character. Lots of doughy yeast tones. Making this even more impressive, it was bottle 6 months ago! Holds up outstandingly. Crisp and lemony up front, sweet finish. Nice.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The smell is slightly hoppy malty and a little bit of citrus, its appearance is a cloudy blonde its flavor has some hop flavor, but the hops you do get is a little piny and grass like, to it but its pretty mild with a mild after taste would be a refreshing session beer overall did more then I thought it would
RobertDale (2859) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of malt, citrus and floral hops. Flavor of sweet malt nicely balanced by the hops. Clean and crisp. Nice Pils.
beerguy101 (5253) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 9/21/2010. This pilsner pours a yellow gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is grainy, grassy and spicy. A medium bodied pilsner. The malts are grainy and grassy. The hops are herbal and spicy. Lively carbonation. Decent balance. Nice clean crisp taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp, a perhaps a little dry. Aftertaste is bitter.