Prufrockstar (1146) - 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 (2221) - 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 (977) - 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.
pdx77 (1445) - Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at five-0-three. Golden malty character balanced by a hoppy bitterness in the finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a faintly hazed pale gold with a persistent white head. Nose is rich pils malt. Faint sulfur and classic herbal saaz. Super clean. On tasting, moderately high but smooth bitterness. Clean and crisp, biscuity pilsner malt and a dry finish. Herbal and absolutely fantastic.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Joel from Corvallis Brewing Supply for hooking me up with this. Man, this was a great beer. When I think of pilsner a, this beer nailed it. Very crisp and refreshing. Color was clear golden with white head. Grassy notes along with hops mingled together beautifully. The ease of drinking this beer lasted the entire time. Great beer
Sarlacc83 (950) - 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 (8135) - 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 (7874) - 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.