MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This impressive Pilsener shares silken honeyed malts and well-defined noble hop character in a lean, polished body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-An undying head of foam tops the translucent straw blond.
-The prickly bubbles and slender mouthfeel combine for very high drinkability.
-The Saphir dry-hop fits perfectly, adding a touch of freshness to the nose.
-This feels like a great emulation of a bottled/pasteurized Czech Svetly.
-This was a great surprise. Firestone Walker can do strong ales and delicate lagers just as expertly!
-I donít feel like itís a íhopped-upí version of a Pilsener made for American palates. Actual Czech Svetly are as hoppy as this one when served fresh and on tap.
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very drinkable hoppy beer, that tasted Czech hop, and its fresh. A great session beer. At Growler and Gill.
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/1/13 last of 6 beers drank stupidly on a Sunday night (4 pack of hi-res kicked my night off) thinking I'd have off tomorrow due to an impending winter storm. Storm missed us. Woke up 2 hours late. Just plain dumb
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dlovell2 (1373) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Re-rate: found a bottle so I could better rate and not following up Velvet Merkin may help too. Pours clear pale golden color with fizzy white head. Malty yeasty aroma with floral citrus hop. Light biscuity malt start with citrus and floral hop finsh with some yeasty spiciness. Really clean beer. Iím not really a Pilsner guy but if this was available in my area I would definately keep it in stock at home.
Just had a small sample of this one. Light very clear yellow with white head. Very crisp citrus herbal aroma. Very light malt aroma with lemony citrus hops flavors with yeasty notes.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a beautiful, pale yellow/gold with a nice head of perfectly sized, egg-shell white bubbles that settle to a quarterís finger-width above the glass and demonstrate a nice retention. In body, the beer is nearly as clear as water with no particles and a steady stream of bubbles dancing through it. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery cracker malt with a solid bitter, herbal scent with a touch of mint and fresh grass. On the very edges of the nose stone fruit can be sensed alongside fresh pine needles. On the tongue, the beer tastes superbly bitter upfront with wonderful balancing bready sweetness. Soft acidity from the hops wets the sides of the mouth and provides a very, very light pucker. There is even a soft touch of earthy salinity in the beer. In flavor the beer tastes of bitter grass and herbal hops, mellowing into a smooth butter cracker malt. The finish is blend of smooth white bread and grassy bitters with just a touch of gooseberry, salt, and a mineral-earthy flavor. This is a grassy bitter beer at heart, but it has a wonderful balance of sweet malt and mineral-like flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body with a creamy carbonation and a definite prickly-crisp mouthfeel that leaves the mouth refreshed and tingling with saliva in the cheek pouches and a slight neutrality throughout the rest of the beer. Overall, this is a superbly hoppy pilsner with awesome subtle complexity. The beer is refreshing and perfect to nearly session.
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap a few times and numerous bottles.
Pours straw yellow with a small fizzy white head. nose is grassy, german hops, lite cereal, crackers and toasted pale malt husks. flavors exhibit the flavor husks and big noble hop presence. crisp body with sharp carbonation. long bready and spicy hop finish. This is a fine example of this style. i wish i could get my hands on this all the time! One of, if not the best pils made in the states!
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottled 6 months ago (yikes!) from Evergreen Discount. Clear, pale, light yellow appearance with a big, sticky white head. Aroma of fresh hops, grass, floral notes, herbs, toasted malts and light spices. Similar flavor, a bit dull and bland with light citrus notes. This held up pretty well, but I will definitely be seeking a fresh one.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very clear pale yellow color with a moderate (though quickly disappearing) white head on it. They arenít lying that this is a hoppy pils... I can get some floral elements coming off this, in addition to some breadier hops. Taste is remarkably flavorful for the style, with some bitterness being forefront and some dryer lager elements underneath. Better than I thought it would be.
oeltroll (19) - USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful take on the pils style; exceptionally well balanced, bready an balanced. another gem from FW
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of pale malts, floral hops, and light dough/bread. Flavor the same. Average texture. I guess itís hoppy compared to other beers of the style, but itís not great. i guess itís good for the style.