Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, lager gold. Honey, sourdough, saaz, dry grass in the nose. It is subtle, and super-clean.
Lemon tang, sweeter citrus, white and black pepper, and grassy hops in a balanced flavor; like any great pils it seems to demand big gulps. Small sips leave some things behind. There are hints of wheat flavors I think I’m imagining, that might be best described as a creamy, vaguely misplaced sweetness. Wildflower honey and cut grass finish.
The texture here isn’t as wonderfully brisk as I remember from past years, but it is still snappy and tight.
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at Rauchfest
Golden pour with a nice white frothy head.
aroma is biscuity, grassy, slightly soapy.
flavour is biscuity/bready malt. light grassy and floral hop.
adnielsen (9901) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ Harriet. Pours a pale yellow, clear appearance with a white head. Pretty dull, a bit soapy, straw, grassy aroma. Dull herbal, soapy/floral, grainy flavor. Probably my least favorite that I’ve had from these guys.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Rating #7. Clear golden pour with a nice white head. Crisp malt aroma with a nice bit of hops in there as well. Flavor is clean, more hops and very well done. (2448)
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap is clear yellow with white head, aroma has biscuit, bread, some spice, floral notes, touch of grass, hints of earth as well. Taste is a mix of biscuit, hints of bread, earth, slight floral and grass notes, finishing fairly sweet, spicy and dry.
deyholla (7627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains and cereal with a bit of backing grassiness and a hint of underlying butter. Flavor is a bit more earthy but still a bit of sweetness from a cereal note with a hint of grass and butter.
BVery (7470) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Looks like I might be the first (sort-of) hater, but it might just be that this isn’t my style. Light gold pour with a white head, grain and butter on the taste. Mild hops in here as well.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Had never seen this one before, so I’m psyched to give it a try. Crystal clear, golden color with a small, but frothy, white head. Lightly grainy aroma, some sweetness too. Taste is slightly sweet, grassy, with a mildly crisp finish. Slightly dry. Lighter mouthfeel, but full bodied. One of the easiest drinking beers I’ve had. Just a super clean, full bodied pilsner. Fuck yeah! Another winner from harriet.
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. Clear light golden pour, light carbonation and a light honey and malt aroma. Flavor is light sweet malt, grassy honey and a very mild hop presence on the finish. I’m not generally a fan of pilsener’s, but the was outstanding.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Harriet’s Pils. Growler purchased Saturday afternoon. In a hastily prepared blank, transparent vessel. I recall my disappointment when my first growler was replaced with a white-lettered one. Compare this to the man ahead of me in line who insisted on getting his green lettered growler back. Oh, but these are fleeting matters, people, ephemeral details that mean nothing compared to the beer.
And how about that beer?
Bright golden hue, slim white head. Beautifully clear and inviting.
Aroma, clean, slightly sweet, hoppy. Awfully nice.
Taste: mouth is gripped with hops first up, then it’s nothing but sweet malt and crystal clear and clean refreshment. Hops, just slightly bitter, maintain a hold on the palate. I’ve never crazy on pilasters, never found enough to like in them. Perhaps I find them too one-dimensional, lacking certain elements I find in ales.
This, though, is damned good.