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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our upcoming summer seasonal is not your father’s pilsner. Bright gold in color, this pilsner harkens back to its true European origins with a flavor that’s light and refreshing, yet absolutely memorable. German pilsen barley lends a traditional malt component, while fine Czech and German hops add a nice snap. On June 8, the beer will be released in bottles and distributed on tap throughout Colorado.
Beer Specifications
Style: European-Style Pilsner
Color: Straw/Yellow
Body: Clean/Light
Malts: German Pilsen
Hops: German Hallertauer, Czech Saaz
Alcohol: 5.0% ABV
IBUs: (est.): 27

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Slightly hazy straw. The aroma is quite herbal and continental. Some herbal character - half German, half Czech. Ok, but maybe a touch light. Goes better with food than it does on its own. Just enough bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
bottle. paler yellow, slightly hazed like a American hefe. light aroma of somewhat sweet malts and floral & perfumy hops. Taste/flavor is light sweetness, floral hops, clean summer ale. Unobtrusive, easy drinking uncomplex

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
GarrettB (1375) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
onceblind (6693) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3672) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (2073) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2010
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

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