Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Czechy, but also not. Not as soapy/oily in the mouthfeel as some...but still a real quality nose here. Then some snappy hops do indeed keep it crisp. The malt is like a saltine cracker. Let’s see if this guy loses some quality points in the warm-up, shall we?
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pleasant surprise. After tasting a bunch of cheap foreign lagers today, I now turn to this quality pils from Chicago and the aroma and flavor are a nice change from El Salvadoran brews. Adequate Saazy crispness with a bit of spice to liven things up. Nice, but a far cry from Czechvar, the gold standard in pils brews.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Diminishing head. Gold color, light carbonation. Soft, kind of "cotton-y" mouthfeel. Sweeter malty taste. As jskendzel, who I visited the brew pub with, said I think they served it too cold, because the flavors were slowly released so the bottom end of this was far better than the top.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First off, I’m not a huge pilsner fan. I liked this beer but I didnt think it fit the style well; either that or it was served too cold at the Clybourn brew pub and I was too impatient to let it warm up. Seemed quite sweet to me, more than this style allows, with a mild hop character. My mind is thinking Czech Budweiser or Pilsner Urquell--none of that here. I enjoyed the beer as it warmed up but am just kind of blah on Pilsners anyway so I will shutup now.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much can be said about this pils. By far my least favorite from Goose Island. Crisp it is, refreshing it is not. Pils isn’t my thing, but it is miles behind Victory, Saxer,FFF,etc.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had this on draght at Goose Island in Wrigleyville. Didn’t like it. I don’t even think I finished it. Like all pilsners, it has low body and a weak finish. Light color.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
soft, pastel lemon merangue color with just the slightest haze. a powdered sugar dusting of head is all that lingers after an initial frothy burst. nose is rich and attractive with diffuse elements of golden delicious apple, white grape, yeasty italian bread sticks. i tasted it beside a victory prima pils, and conclude that the goose has a bigger malt profile. wonderfully quaffable light, floral nectar sweetness, with perfectly balanced hop, like a dry-hopped pear wine, and silky smooth carbonation. the victory of course unapologetically favors those snappy hops which it can evidently buy by the ton at sam’s club or mad king ludwig’s house of hops clearance warehouse-- so, if it’s showy hops yer a cravin’, then go with the victory. but, the goose has the better balance.
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, dark yellow. Small particles, small head and minimal visible carbonation. Noble hops dominate with a decent maltiness. Fairly bitter.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very decent Pils. Pours out to a bright gold in the glass with a rapidly dissolving head. Nice slight bite of hops with a very complimentary malt taste. Not a flavor powerhouse, but I don’t think it is supposed to be. This would be a fine session beer.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Did seem very average taste and below average color---especially for a ’Goose’ product. I have come to expect better. This pils is better than any megabrew, but barely. Leaves unpleasant after-taste, like the one I get after drinking a diet soda...and the bottles were fresh, date of 11/02 to consume by. Actually tasted better after I let it sit and warm up to room temp?!