rayg1 (543) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Consumed the day my brother-in-law picked it up from the brewery. Let me start off by saying I’m honestly amazed at all of the low ratings for this beer from some of the more seasoned members of this site. Perhaps the freshness of getting this thing on tap made a big difference? Pours out a deep golden yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is very nice and inviting, lightly grassy and a bit of lemon zest nip at your nose. Nicely hoppy aroma. Taste is lightly malty at first with notes of hay and mildly honey-like. Hops instantly snap you back with a fairly bitter finish that finishes clean. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a world-class pilsner but certainly nothing that I would refuse to drink. I would gladly have this again.
BeerandBlues2 (9431) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours hazy yellow with a medium, frothy white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is corn, grain and meal malt, clean lager with earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is malt with a hop balance, clean lager character with corn and a dry palate. Light bodied, medium carbonation.
3fourths (7874) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. medium yellow, white head, clear. nose has light grain husk and dusty dough notes, medium-high hop pungency (dry, spicy, earthy, mineral-like... it has potential at this point), but a short while later some sort of chemical/bleach note appears (served in a big-bowled burgundy glass). overly chewy, thick and mushy, dirty taste, slightly sour (as in sour cream/soured butter). not a good experience. disappointing we get a hallertau/saaz pilsener made right at home (a rare treat) and it’s this bad. disappointing that the brewers who attempt these styles usually fail while the ones that could nail it prefer to make 9% versions that suck just as bad. i’m curious about draft quality.
Ernest (6148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of DMS and soap.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, slightly unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
If they were aiming to replicate industrial *eastern* European lagers, they pretty much hit the mark. This could have come from Ukraine and I’d believe you. No resemblance to even average German and Czech examples. Very grainy/husky with very little attractive about it. Rather shocked this is coming out of Bristol, although maybe they’re only trying to make something for the BudMillerCoors crowd? Phew.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap, clear yellow gold with slight white foam, aroma is sweet tropical fruit, flavor of mildly bitter lemons and papayas, water cracker malt, finish is muted
Ratman197 (9502) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of bread, spicy hops and a hint of citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, spicy hops, light straw and a hint of citrus crisp lightly bitter finish.
Nikiel (875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light somewhat pilsnery flavor, bitter beyond standard american hops flavors. Reminiscent of Bavarian pilsners.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super-fresh six pack - pours a lively clear bright gold, with a soapy lace - aroma of light, honeyed maltiness, moderate, snappy toasted grains, spicy and grassy noble hops - soft but full carbonation - just enough malt heft and sweetness to make for a satisfying mouthfeel - perhaps not as clean through the middle as one might want, but it cleans up nicely for the finish, which is moderately spicy, with lingering floral hops and cracked grains - a surprisingly good pils from a hit or miss brewery.
imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st to rate this! Just found a six pack of this at my local store, and am plesently surprised by its appealing mouthfeel and well balanced hop bitternes. I hope bristol continues brewing this beer after the season finishes. Very good session beer