KyotoLefty (8924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Malty, crackery nose, biscuits, grassy noble hops. Brilliant pale golden color with a relatively low head. Bready, crackery malts, crisp hops, nice bitterness. Crisp, clean body. Good, reliable pils.
rondphoto (3756) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear light amber with a fluffy white head, clouds of lace. Taste is clear malt that grows smoothly into the palate, adding citrus hops (which goes a little against traditional floral hops in German Pilsners), but it all works very well, kind of an "American Pilsner." It is fun to drink, quite satisfying, and would be great for sessions.
radio_nowhere (1369) - Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into pilsner glass, golden yellow color with off-white head. Aroma of pale malt sweetness, citrusy/floral hops and slight pepperyness. Taste adds notes of grain, bread, grass and slight spiciness. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, dry with very minimal earthy bitter finish. Pretty good pils.
Frank (3901) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I say you cannot go wrong w/ a good pilsener and this surely qualifies as a good, if not great pilsner. It is not perfectly authentic---too much citrus--but I really could care less. It is clear golden in color w/ a small white head and little patches of lace. Nose is of fresh cracked pale malt and a touch of honey floral notes. This is a medium bodied beer and slightly sweet, fat and malty which brings out a fairly strong orange and lemon citrus character. The carbonation is vigorous which helps dry it out and keep it drinkable. It finishes crisp w/ just a touch of lingering bitterness and sweetness. I don’t know if I would quite call this a world class lager--malt character just isn’t quite there for one--but definitely I could down a sixer of this every night for a weekend and not get sick of it so it works well enough for me.
czar (7387) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours hazy straw yellow with a creamy white head, good retention and lacing. pils and lightly sweet grains - fresh, floral grassy-citrusy, sulfur, lemon, pepper - the usual suspects, also hint of sweetness- honey and lightly sweet white wine, hint of dust. moderately low carbonation - slighlty lacking perhaps, light body - fairly oily, lightly astringent and assertive woodsy-grassy-herbal-citrusy finish. very nice pils.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours a clear light gold color with a thin white head that leaves webby lacing. Aroma holds big time GL house yeast, with a character I always associate with peanuts for some reason. Smells quite similar to the great Dortmunder Gold, but holds a bit more snap and zest in the aroma than the aforementioned beer. The snap and zest components are composed of fresh cut grass, hay, light must (so slightly wet hay), and little stabs of lemon zest that amp up the freshness factor fivefold. Malty undercurrents are at play here too, and instead of the dry, crackery, scents I associate with some pils, there exists a more rounded, doughy aroma here. Perhaps a bit of honey. Really pleasant to nose. This thing smells a lot like a field. Flavor holds a bit more snap and crispness, with a good kick of mineral character that’s coupled with more of the lemon zest and grassy hops. The malty undercurrent present in the aroma holds its position here in the fore and mid palate, but asserts itself just a little bit towards the finish with some baked bread like components presenting themselves upon exhalation. This sensation is very slight as the zip and crisp components really clean things up on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and carb is a little lively. I bought this and noticed that it has a best by date of 08/14/14 which means this is probably getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, but if a less than fresh sampling of this beer creates an impression this pronounced, I can only imagine what an incredibly fresh example would yield. Hopefully I can come across one at some time, as I’ll definitely be seeking this out again.
kramer (5763) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow gold under a nice frothy white head that left lots of sticky lacing. The nose is pretty well perfect for me, clean bready and doughy pils malt with a Saaz hop nose that’s delicate and clean. This aroma is right up there with Prima. The flavor is pretty solid as well, clean on the lagering, balanced malt and hops. The hop flavor isn’t quite there for me though, just not quite as bright and snappy as Prima. Lighter bodied with soft gentle carbonation, decent lingering finish. Nice beer all in all, but it’s a crowded competition up there at the top level for the style.
charule (2117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 7/11. Poured golden with white head. Aroma light with grain. Light carb med bod. Light sweet honey hay grain taste
rolfc81 (145) - - JUL 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay pilsner. Not as good as Krombacher........................................
thome50 (1280) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Summer Secret Santa 2014. Pours a deep yellow with white head. Aroma is popcorn, corn and hay. Taste is slightly sweet corn and some spice. Some nuts and a little lemon. Nice pils.