writerljberg (650) - Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Belmont Station/maltmaster420. Served in Pilsner glass.
A: Clear straw color with a 1" slightly receding head. A drifting of bubbles. Spot on for the style.
N: Slight floral presence and some dry malt/biscuit. Pine and earth floor. It’s very subdued and clean in the way I expect a fresh pils to be.
T: Straight forward hop bitterness with a pronounced spruce/pine and earth tone. Some black peppercorn. Biscuit. This is extremely clean and impressive.
M: Surprisingly full, maybe a tad too much for the style.
O: An excellent representation that’s worthy of its accolades. Clean, balanced, and shining. A showcase for the style, and an important reminder how important freshness is to the style.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
Pillowy pils malts suggest straw, while spicy hops bloom and dally about in this most authentic and endearing Světlý Ležák.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty blond.
-Hops are well leveled throughout, developing a pleasant bitterness in the finish.
-Mouthfeel is neither dry nor sweet. It dwells in that perfect middle ground
-I wonder if they do open fermentation? In any case, their flavors seem to "breathe" like many beers from Czech brewpubs who do open fermentation.
-One of North America’s rare Czech-style Pilseners which is as impressive as Czechia’s best examples. Wow.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a lightly hazed golden hue with a retentive white head. Aromas are lightly musty, bready, grainy, lightly grassy. Flavors are grassy, a bit nutty, bready malt, a bit of herbal hop. Very clean. Lively bubbles, clean, crisp and dry. Medium salinity. Well made.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. The aroma is softly spicy and really aromatic. Bright and zesty with a lot of floral hop aroma. Lovely and fresh with a whiff of sulfur but still clean. Minerally and hoppy. Awesome really. A top notch pilsner.
mcberko (6017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy golden with a medium foamy white head. Aroma is grassy, with grains, hay, and some dry hoppy notes. Flavour is very mellow and refreshing, with grass, grainy malt and some light hop notes. Subtle, restrained and perfectly well-balanced. Great thirst-quenching pilsner.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy and floral nose with a touch of lemon. Malt is rather bland with just some raw sugars. Chunky bitterness at the finish. Certainly decent, but doesn’t stand up to Victory’s best offerings. Needs slightly more attenuation and a more interesting malt.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy pale yellow pour with thin fluffy white head. Lightly peppery bready aroma. Flavor is dry and malty. Biscuity and bready. Very bitter hoppy finish.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow color, large white head. Aroma of lemon and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter lemonpeel. Not bad.
jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Max, shared at Andy’s tasting. Pours a bright, hazy golden body with thick white lacing. Aroma is fresh bitter hop and fresh yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp, with notes of bisquity grains, bitter fresh hop, yeast and light toasted malts.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Max at a tasting at Andy’s the day after doing a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a rather hazy gold with a thin white head. Crisp grain and a light bit of crackery yeast. Medium bodied, sweet and crisp. Nice crackery grain. Very crisp, light nuttiness, toast grain and crackers, grainy yeast. Tasty and super easy drinking.