badhack (256) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can say this beer looks and tastes exactly like the label. It is a full flavored, tasty beer. However anyone expecting a clean, refreshing pilsner will be disappointed. It’s more like a red ale or IPA. I am rating to flavor rather than style.
Scrapersnbeer (1387) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral hop contrasted with soft honey malt. Light yellow color while profoundly bubbly and heady for this type of beer. Has that dry hop bitter to malty transition many Czech pilsners have. Not getting much citrus though. Crisp start with a drawn out dry finish. One of the best pils I can remember.
mosshorns (3) - - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draught. In a pils glass . This beer was a very enjoyable lager with a nice strong hop character. Flavor had a toasty note. Didn't note any off flavors or aromas Carbonation was good for style. While not one of the most interesting styles this is a good lager.
Doofgoblin (242) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is pretty great for a hoppy pilsner. It is very refreshing on a warm day and has enough character to keep you from downing it as quickly as possible. The hop aroma adds a nice freshness to the brew. It also has a super clear yellow appearance and a perfect thin layer of white foam. The taste is more complex with the hops adding a cut to the boring overly sweet nature of pilsners. The hop burb is the best part. And by the way, stop stealing my tomatoes!
ClarkVV (3753) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014 Draught at Publick House, 3/2/14
Clear, very light yellow beer, with plentiful carbonation and a small white head.
Low strength of aroma. Looking for lots of yeast and hop notes but I get more hop acids and lightly sweet, simple pale malts. Clean, though.
Medium bodied, with light honey and vanilla. No sign of the real yeast and the saphir hops, while enjoyable, dont really give the impression of an authentic czech pils. Much more like a hoppy American golden ale. Soft carbonation, but somewhat spritzy.
MartinT (7482) - 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 don’t feel like it’s a ’hopped-up’ version of a Pilsener made for American palates. Actual Czech Svetly are as hoppy as this one when served fresh and on tap.
Sammy (8024) - 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 (211) - 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 (534) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 (112) - 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 quarter’s 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 (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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!