CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle of this fine beer came to me courtesy of Durhambeer!
Pours a very pale golden, perfectly clear, with a very small head.
The aroma is herbal and "robustly" hoppy. The malt sweetness while noticeable is either very low or hidden by the spicer & more herbal hop character.
The flavor is mineral-y & enjoyably bitter. The hops are well featured and of course very saaz-y with nice notes of grass, herbs, and mild fruit skin. The beer is only lightly sweet and very bright.
Hiero (157) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t usually expect much from a pilsner, but with a viking on the front I had to try it and I was pleasantly surprised. It has a light/medium body, a thick white head that stuck and a mild bitterness that gave it some character. A nice summer beer that I would drink again.
ordybill (589) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and hop aroma
Appearance- pours a slightly murky light yellow color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- A well blended malt and hop flavor, this is a very good tasting pilsner.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a lively texture on the tongue.
Overall- A really good beer that I highly recommend.
Eructoblaster (3335) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at RFD (Washington DC). Limpid golden body with average carbonation and a thin, white creamy head. Decent, well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with herbal hints. Its crisp, hoppy taste carries malty, herbal, and grainy notes. Ends with a good bitter/herbal finish. Not bad at all.
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty typical pils. Light with a straw color and a light grassy aroma. Surprisingly thick mouthfeel and a dense biscuity malt base.
Tstamba (416) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Cravings. Clear golden yellow with white head. Light malt nose. Crisp clean slightly sour finish... Nice Pilsner.
Doofgoblin (420) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refreshing, balanced, and crisp are the adjectives to describe this one. It’s not the "top ranking" pilsner, but if you’re a fan of the style you’ll certainly appreciate this one. Aroma is nothing to write home about, but the flavor and finish is pretty nice. The malt is just lightly toasted and sacchariferious with just a wee herbal hop note that adds evenness. Nice job--btw, love your doughnuts Wintson-Salem.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler. Pale yellow color with a white head that doesn’t last too long, but laces the glass a tad. Aroma and taste of straw with a good amount of hop for a pilsner. Finish was kind of sweet. For what it is, it’s pretty good - a nice easy-drinking beer for summer.
malvrich (93) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle into a 14 oz. pilsner glass.
A: Slight haze to the dull straw yellow color. 1.5 finger frothy loosish white head quickly subsides leaving a very nice lace "pattern". Big bubbles.
S: Strong bready/cracker malt smell with a light but noticeable hop background. Cut herbs and crackers. Crisp, snappy and lively.
T: Dry crackery malt hits first with enough crisp herbal hops coming through to keep the beer interesting. Hops almost exactly same in strength as the barley. Well balanced is an understatement. I expect the malt not to be obscured by hops in this style and this is practically perfect, as the 2 compliment each other beautifully.
M: Not much to comment on here, but the carbonation is nice and fine textured on the tongue.
Great finish! Dry hop remnants with still that crackery "snap"plus a slight chewiness.
O: One of my very favorites recently, this is a go-to for me. It may be obvious that I’m a pilsner guy but this is extraordinary IMO. Easy to find for $9/6, it’s a year-round go to. I love Torch!
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear straw color. There’s a finger worth of white colored head, and while it’s not the best retaining, I like its creamy texture and somewhat plentiful lacing left behind on the glass.
S: The nice Saaz hops are sadly a bit muted here; there’s a lot of sweet malt here, though. As it warms up, the hops show some more grassy definition.
T: It starts off somewhat malty - not SWEET per se, in fact it’s a little undefined. The hop finish, however, is quite good, bringing not only grassy deliciousness, but also some faint lemon. The hop profile holds promise, but it really needs less intrusive malt for it to shine.
M: The feel is too thick for my tastes, nor does it really dry out efficiently on the back end. It *is* a drinkable beer, to be fair, but it should have been insanely drinkable. Carbonation is nice and strong, at least.
O: A decent pilsner. Could have been great if the malt backbone hadn’t been so...shall we say, ’robust’. Worth drinking again, but not worth getting a 6 pack of again.
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden in color with a nice white head. Sour, lemon, wheat aroma. Malt, lemon, crisp taste. Good beer