Reid (1899) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint glass at home from a growler filled at "b2"Tap house in Salem.
$12 a growler
Bright light golden /yellow beer with a large thick and bubbly pure white head.
Aroma is weird im getting all the typical lager malt aromas but also what appears to be burning rubber..maybe its from the yeast..its not unpleasant just strange.
No burning rubber in the taste just fruity ,juicy malts and a wee bit of floral hop.Quite balanced but i know see that PNW pilsners are more on the fruity side and the nice saaz bitterness is amiss.
Mouth feel is fine i suppose its easy to drink.
I guess this is the 4th or 5th PNW pils i have had and all have been underwhelming for a pils lover.
Not their fault..mine for expecting a good German or Bohemian style pils.
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At APEX with Stephen. Pours clear yellow no head like cider. Aroma is fresh light grainy straw and raw barley, sparking apples. Taste is light fresh with full grain straw flavor, drinkable with nice flavor.
Steve_0 (2664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Apex. Pour is clear lemon peel with a frothy white head and great lacing. Sweet malty, corn, fruity, grainy, lightly grassy, and cereal aroma. Taste is cereal, somewhat chalky, minerals, grass, biscuit, and doughy with a crisp dry finish. Light body with high carbonation. Nice clean pils.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber golden in color clear with a thin head, Now its a Crux do I need to say more this is a tasty treat no one can beat. Great Pils flavors and finish a terrific beer.
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2014 Draft at Higgins, Portland.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, sugar cookie), moderately hoppy (honeysuckle flowers, herbs), with notes of spearmint gum, honey, minerals, lemon/lime zest.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Ok, so...fuck me. This is my second draft sample at Higgins and this is Gaenstaller level quality. Last night I thought it best not to rate it, considering I was having my mind blown and didnít trust a first experience to a 4.6. But yes, oh sweet mercy yes, this second sample is just as lip-smackingly incredible. Every time I smell the glass, I just laugh and slap the table and say itís not possible. And in the mouth, so juicy, so fluffy, so succulent, so clean...this is the best lager Iíve had in the US, and quite nearly the world (Gaenstaller will likely always wear multiple crowns in that race). And it evokes some of the same giddy, tear-inducing involuntary response as Andyís brews. Thankfully I discovered this on my very first night in Portland by pure chance, so I can drown in this straight through next weekend. Absolutely insane, and a must-try for picky pils and keller geeks...it just does not get much better. NOTE: after drinking like 6 pints of this godly nectar at Higgins over the course of 5 days, I went to APEX and it was on tap there, so I got a small pour...sadly, it was only about a 3.7 there. Maybe an old keg, I donít know, but all I will say is that the keg (which blew today, dammit) at Higgins was divine, so even if itís not like that all the time, itís heartening to know it *can* be. YMMV.
stevoj (2158) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good pilsner, crisp, clean, sharp edges, but keeping it refreshing and drinkable.
BrewGoblin (310) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pilsener beats American Pale Lager 60% of the time and works every time. Very transparent hazy light yellow. Head was chopped off abruptly. Smell is light hay and grassiness and tastes about the same but with a wee hop action and breadiness. Worth a guzz.
maekchu (2134) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom. Very gentle grassy nose, Thin pale straw color. Smooth light grass / hopping intensifies a bit in mid / finish is light and sort of sweet. Thin-medium body. Very well done, refreshing and balanced stuff.
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at sb. Pours a hazy medium yellow with a loose white head. Lots of nucleation columns. Toasty crackery nose with a little wet grass. Creamy medium body, big for a pils, lightish carb. Toasty cracker mid palate with a mild nutty finish.
pdx76 (627) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at apex. Pours clear golden with medium thick white foamy head. Nose of sweat biscuit, malt, and grass. Taste of smooth grass, biscuit, and grain. Very nice pilsner.
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