PorterPounder (7242) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical green bottle German Pilsener saaz-induced skunky aroma - but not as unpleasing as some. Light golden appearance with a thin white head and sticky lacing. Crisp Pils flavor that holds up well with some good hoppy trailing bitterness. Would be good with some cheese and crackers.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very dry and bitter pils with a good color and head. Nose lacks some depth, and there's not much to the flavor other than the bitterness. Average.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I've got to say that I was nearly blown away by this unexpected delight. Crystal clear and gold, into my glass with a great head, but minimal lacing. The best thing about this was the palate - I was expecting thin, but what I got was so thick, rich and creamy - the malts were bready and only slightly sweet. Hop presence was moderate - a bit of pepper and a nice dry finish. I ended up steaming some chicken sausage in some of this - great!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap @ the Man of Kent Pub in Hoosic NY. Was a fresh keg. Good fresh hop aroma. Flavor had a slight metallic off note, but other than that, excellent. Very good find if you can get it fresh.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden color, minimal head, strong flowery (skunky, beware the green bottle!) aroma, full-bodied Pils, nice bitterness. Finish is dry. Decent Pils.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 Ugh. Blonde in color with nice head, but that's where the compliments end. Crisp and a bit bitter with some metallic/medicinal flavors. Great yeasty aroma, though.
BillKismet (3823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blonde-gold in color with a large creamy and frothy head that eventually breaks up into rather unappealing chunky islands. A funneled pilsner aroma with a feint malt presence and a flavor that is a tad skunky with some malting as well give this beer some depth. It is an okay german pilsner--but as my rating should attest, I think little of this style.
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2002
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Nothing but bitterness. Nearly impossible to get rid of that nasty taste. Nice to look at, though.
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely hoppy aroma (Saazer and Hallertau?), moderate head, distinct bitterness but not unpleasant (and I’m not a hardcore hophead), very refeshing. I’m sure it’s even better on tap. A decent pils!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 Update: The first time I bought this one, I thought it was a little thin and a bit grainy, but somehow enormously drinkable (I finished a six over conversation with my father). It led me to believe that Pils in the more austere Rheinland style was perhaps better than I thought. Having always admired the Einbecker Maibock, I was shocked upon later purchases to find that the Pils weren't nere so grainy as I first thought--actually, there's a ton of sweet pale malt here, followed by flowery hops, then a really substantial hop bite to end it. I was astonished by how much the malt profile resembled the Maibock, though this one had a tiny bit of DMS (a bad flavor, perfectly placed here). Wow. What a tremendous Pils.
Old: This is the pils that has made me reconsider the style. I have always thought of pils as a bit too austere, and in keeping with its North German heritage, a bit S&M--teasing and hinting at what it has and what it won't give you. This Saxon pils is certainly austere: very hoppy with light malt and a grainy/hoppy finish. But it is really something special.