Suttree (5388) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellow, with a thin but sturdy white head. Smells grassy, like freshly mown hay, and a good bit of pine. Very crisp palate. Good firm malt base and a snappy, crisp finish.
Nocturne (1040) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tin Bucket, PDX. Slight hazy gold with a white cap. Tangy, resinous hoppy fruitiness abounds. It’s heavy on the hop bitterness but retains a nice pilsner character. Some hoppy lagers taste like an IPA’s poor cousin, but this feels more in line with what I expect.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22-Aug-13 (22-oz bottle: Thursday Night Bottle Share, shared by Eric)
This beer pours a hazy yellow-gold bogy with half an inch of white head that settles to a ring. The nose is grassy hops and grainy malt with a touch of malt husk. It’s similar on the palate, showing medium-bitter hops with a grassy, almost weedy flavor and a very grainy, slightly sweet malt, but there’s a perception of huskiness that’s most noticeable in the evolution and finish. The bitterness lingers for a long finish too, leaving a final impression centered around the hops. It’s light in body and medium in carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this Pilsener is just too hoppy and bitter; it overwhelms the malt base. Although a good amount of hop flavor would be fine for an American-style Pilsener, it’s the hop bitterness that is over done.
Westmeister (1983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz rec’d in a trade from writerljberg. Being in a pils mindset lately, I was quite excited to take this one down. Pours slightly just slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice pillow white head that lasts. Scent is grassy, some spicy hops. Taste pops and what sets this pils apart. Hops pop more, big grassy, spicy, herbal. A bit dry and refreshing and taste lingers for a while. Damn boooyyyee!
douglas88 (6812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. A big grainy and lemon nose. A large flavor profile with oranges, lemon zest, sulfur, some earthy biscuit malts, honey. This is a big smooth and flavorful beer. Finishes dry and mineral filled.
ACHops (900) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uh, I have no idea who Prufrockstar is but I too, am from Seattle, drinking this in a hotel room, and had to finagle the bottle open with tools at hand. In my case, the security clasp on the door. Weird... Anyway, on to the beer. I’ve heard of these guys many times but not tasted before - I don’t think they distribute in the Seattle area. Pours slightly cloudy pale yellow with a thick copious head. I may have been a bit rough with the bottle. Aroma is light pale malt and crisp slightly spicy hops. Taste is clean light malt with super flavorful finish - thinly but sharp spiced hops with a peppery finish. Not really malt-driven but way maltier than most lagers. My first thoughts were "This is a lager?!". Indeed it is. Delicious and really impressed with this. I will chase down more Heater Allen.
Prufrockstar (1360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Bomber, opened through sheer force of will (with some help from my wedding ring and knowledge of physics - I knew I bought an indestructible ring for some reason) in my hotel room and poured 6oz at a time into the tiny hotel water glass. Keeping it classy. pours clear golden with finely-bubbled white head. Aroma briefly of sulphur, then toast, and whatever that "pilsner" smell is that I can’t articulate after drinking ales almost exclusively my entire beer-drinking life. Taste is toasted grains, a little spiciness, with a short clean bitter bite at the finish. Some sips feel like white wine + hops. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, very crisp, easy drinking. Overall: perfect day for this pilsner, and a reminder that I should really stop being so ale-focused and consider drinking more seasonally. This is a delight.
Update: I’ve had this again many times since the first. It’s damned good, and deserves a higher score. Bumping it up a tenth. I want to go even higher, but will save that until I’ve had another dozen or so. Love this beer.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light golden body. Frothy off-white head, diminishing Aroma of grass, minerals, hay, toasted grain, nectar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Sweet nectar and lemon zest get washed over with hop bitterness. Light taste of bread, crackers. Clean malts. Great balance. First rate.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery. Pours a lightly hazed golden color; fine-bubbled white head. Clean, well-lagered aroma showing spicy hops and a soft Pils malt; white grape juice and toastiness increase as it warms. Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation; beautifully crisp, zesty on the tongue, with notes of white grapes, herbal hop bitterness, and a firm, mineral-laden edge; nicely clean lager, firm and precise in its execution, and just delicious. The finish offers a toasty, lightly bitter conclusion with a touch of sulfur.
BiereLuc (1041) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On m’a servi un verre de cette bière en me disant que c’était la meilleure lager en Amérique du Nord. Je n’ai pas vérifié et je n’ai pas sorti mes tableaux comparatifs, mais j’ai effectivement beaucoup aimé. Cette Heater Allen, prend toute la place en bouche, sans toutefois saturer les papilles. Amertume admirablement bien balancée.