Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich golden color, long lasting medium head. I'm a fan of Pilsner Urquell and this seemed very similar but with less distinctive aroma and flavor, probably because the ex. date was looming. Well balanced with dry finish.
drywallman (328) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another one left over from the Christmas gift pack. It had a best by date of 2/03, so it was probably past it's prime. That said; I opened it up, poured into the tasting glass, and found that it wasn't skunky, but had a malt and tangy hops smell. The head poured well, and lasted a decent amount of time (1/2 way through the drink). I received a good clean light malt taste that lingered, and then a hit of orangey hops. I think this bottle survived. It was a good thirst quencher, but nothing I would seek out. I would go with a fresh US interpretation of the style first. However, this probably deserves a re-rate from a definite fresh bottle in the future.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours golden clear. minimal white head. bitter hoppy. decent lager, finishes dry
DrnkMcDermott (2789) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Draft, at the St. Petersburg, Russia airport lounge, May, 2004. Now this is what an "original pilsner" should taste like, not the poor, skunked bottle I rated last summer. Fresh from a well-maintained tap, it’s a fine-looking beer, gold color, with a good head. A golden malt flavor, too, but just mellow enough to let a wonderfully delicate floral hop character come through. The best beer I’d had after a week of standard Russian pale lagers.
And yet, I can see a bit of the flavor lineage to the American Budweiser... let’s just say the St. Louis product is severely de-volved from the prototype.
Original rating: Bottled. Oooh, looks like my first taste of this classic brew is from a skunked bottle. Still, it has a great spicy hop nose and a decent head. I almost got kind of an orangey hop taste. It’s simply more of a beer taste. I’ll hope to try this again soon and re-rate it.
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color, beautiful, medium-lasting, bubbly head. Great aroma for a pils, grassy and hoppy. It's an OK beer: you can taste the malt up front and appreciate the Zatec hops in the finish, and it sure goes down well, but I still expected a bit more from this one.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ah, the real Budweiser. Of course, I'm in the US, so it's Czechvar. Golden body with a head of large bubbles that disappears quickly. Nice pilsner aroma that fills the room upon opening the bottle. Nice balanced taste, but no finish. Better then the other Budweiser, but what isn't?
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright gold with a firm, white head. Nose is bready, a bit flowery. Hoppy bite, well-carbonated and a bit soft in the palate.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a lager, I really enjoyed this. Good bitter and slightly sour taste. Round malty mouthfeel. I would choose this over our "budweiser."
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear pale yellow-golden in color with a decent white fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass, fresh grassy hop aromas, nice clean light bready and spicy flavors, light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and crisp with plenty of carbonation, a decent example of the style.
Kĺstĺ (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
blond with a quickly disappearing head. Flowery hoppy aroma and taste. Light bitter taste and finish. Ok, but nothing special.