Drake (8672) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared at a tasting, 10/6/14. Pours a clear golden with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral, herbal hops, pale malts, a bit of dust. The taste is tropical, citrus hops, pale malt. Medium bodied.
Lagerboy (1290) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Clear brighter golden yellow, white foam vanishes quickly. Aroma of pils malt and grassy citrus. Lightly bitter hop taste, grainy lager malt, lemon citrus. Softer than average carbonation, light bodied, lightly hopped. Nice tasting pils but carbo is lacking. LF (Lagerboy Friendly)
Fatehunter (1330) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours two and half fingers of head on a light straw colored body.
The aroma is mild lemon and grain.
The taste has a good hop bitterness bite at the beginning. It tapers out to a mildly sweet finish.
Crisp and clean texture.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber into a glass. Deep but clean golden hay pour. Thick, lasting white head. Aroma is cereal, lightly sopay, light floral notes and a hint of pepper. Taste is crisp, pleasantly bitter, light grassy notes with spice and light floral notes. Lingering bitterness. Crisp, easy drinking...great American expression of the style.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"unfortunately, they no longer make this awesome brew, but it is hands down the best pilsner i ever had. it takes a lot to remember what i consider to be a pretty boring (although refreshing at times) style of beer, but this one stood out big time. clean, crisp, and refreshing in the bottle, better than i thought a pilsner could be at the brew pub. 2014 re-released as a bomber. As with Cinder Cone Red I’m convinced this is not the same beer as it used to be. It lacked the hop bite and floral awesomeness that it used to have. My palate may have changed some, but not this much. Old 6 pack and draft were 4, this release is a 3.5, tops. Gotta dock it, and it’s no longer my favorite in style. Sad day..."
DiarmaidBHK (3471) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hazel’s beverage world. Pours golden with a thin white head. Not much on the nose. there’s some solid pine on the tongue. Finishes clean. not bad but I don’;t think it lives up to its’ scores.
jake65 (2708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, another bomber bargain, $2.99 at the Bozeman Co-op. Clear golden-yellow pour with a finger of fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Mild nose of malt, grass, and grain. Clean pilsner taste with a nice emphasis on the malt, but good floral bitters to balance. Nice to find this late in the summer while the grass still needs to be cut.
hoju777 (152) - FRANCE - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle from grocery store. Looks clean and nice. Bright yellow, like a Bud commercial. Smells pissy, but in a good way. Tastes perfect! Light but hoppy and just nice and slightly sweet and perfect thickness. The greatest pilsner I’ve ever had. I am watching football right now and about to eat chili.
3fourths (8203) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Noble hop nose is pepper-herb-lemon zest with some cheese and must similarity to Saaz more than Hallertau. Nose is also a little doughy and buttery... Baked cracker and toasted grain, malt is mostly clean. Medium-light body, somewhat syrupy, seemingly low carbonation, it’s way more chewy that it should be, and also a bit game-y in the nose, but the malt and hop expression is still pleasant.
Ernest (6306) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (BB Oct 15, 2014).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation.
A simple and mild, but pleasant, rendition. Almost leans more towards plain ol’ Helles territory, but the bitterness in the finish is certainly ample. A surprisingly good effort from this brewery...my main complaint is the doughy raw yeast is about as strongly aromatic as the hops are (and more so as it warms). SN Summerfest is maybe a touch better/cleaner, but this is plenty good for chug-a-luggin’.