onceblind (7470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy golden with a thin, sticky Rocky white head. The aroma is full of toast and oak, and some weird level of semi-stale vanilla cake. Bready flavor with a bit of booziness, some grassy hop undertone, and a mellow earthy oak undertone. Boozy and bready and pilsner isn.
djd07 (10483) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cottonwood. Pours a hazy gold with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is grass and honey. Medium mouth, grass, wheat, light bitterness, ok.
drfabulous (6657) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at brewpub Champaign. This one had a lot of buttery fruit notes. Not much of the pilsner to it. Golden in color.
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
4th January 2016
Hazy orange - amber beer, tidy white head. Palate si smooth and mildly viscous. Decent fine carbonation. A startling and slight sour orange. Orange peel and a squirt of lemon. Light finish. Doesn’t seeem to have much in common with a pils but it’s fine and it hides the abv quite well.
b3shine (8175) - Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft to taster at the Champaign brewpub. Looks solid; a completely transparent lighter gold with foamy white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells buttery with mild notes of hops in the background. Tastes like it smells, but worse, with an unpleasant mouthfeel that’s medium-full bodied. Slightly warming from the abv. A diacetyl bomb.
zoucrew102 (1411) - - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Grassy malt aroma with hints of caramel, floral hops and a touch of oak. Pours clear golden colored with one finger of soapy white head with good retention and some lacing. Starts with grassy malt flavors and a bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes dry with slight floral hoppiness and oak as well as a bit of alcohol at the very end. Solid Pilsner!
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours like a nice meaty pils, frothy and golden. From there, I seem to lose any pilsner connection. The aroma is exceedingly sweet and the beer drinks with a sugary bit, bordering on a golden sour beer. (#5999, 7/1/2015)
wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is fruit, citrus, mild spiciness and a hint of oak. The flavor is fruit/berries, malts, mild spicy notes and a bit of alcohol fire in the finish.
kaser (5681) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange with white head. Super bitter. Malts and grapefruit. Strong. Poured from 16oz bottle on dock at lake. Decent beer. Wasn't what I expected
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle
A solid imperial pilsener strikes me as Destihl branching out in new directions (at least for me). While I’d love to try all the Reserve sours at $20 each they’ll remain a special treat. In the meantime stuff like this will more than tide me over until I can visit the brewery again. There’s a reason that Bloomington, IL remains a must stop destination on any drive north towards Wisconsin.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel carbonated base supports a heady looking chunky thick foam. Sweet caramel and hops surge upwards along with dusty books. The total package is dense like a morning fog.
Flavor / Palate - A cidery texture gives some booziness from the first sip. Almonds drizzled in caramel continue the thickness through to the strong finish. Paired with the right meal this would make a perfect pint if I could find another fresh bottle.