arminjewell (7901) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour big thanks to Brandon for the pour! Nice clear orange-ish yellow with thin to no white head, aroma has notes of grass, hay, some slight cereal and biscuity cracker, hints of caramel, grassy pine notes with a touch of nice earth qualities. Taste is a nice mix of grassy pine notes, biscuity cracker, touch of earth and really nice sweet pils malt finish. Clean and super balanced.
adnielsen (9727) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2013 Bottle @ Brandonís, courtesy of B. Huge thanks! Clear, golden, orangish appearance with a white head. Very clean, crisp, pale pils malty, grassy hoppy aroma. Big straw, grass, sort of chalky, grainy pils malty, very clean flavor. Wow, what an excellent brew! Update: tasted four bottles from various stores in Portland and while some have a bit of an eggy/sulfur quality, when you get a good bottle, itís a thing of beauty. FUCK YEAH.
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to kan for bringing this one back to try. Pours hazy yellow wh heat nose really grassy, pepper, Flavors are peppery, sweet doughy character, real spicy finish, lively palate, slight toasted malt to it, tasty stuff.
notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber poured into my newly purchased Baileyís Taproom snifter - hazy golden with a soapy lace - lovely nose of honeyed pils malt, moderate mineral notes and grassy, floral noble hops - lively carbonation in the mouth - crisp and dry - crackery malts and fairly strong, herbal, grassy hops - like most of its German brothers, words do not do I justice - it is simple awesome - sweet baby Jesus - probably one of the best pilsners I have ever had - damn.
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours clear light yellow with cascading bubbles that rise up to a foamy white head. Awesome lacing--something that I rarely comment about. Definitely malt-forward smell--bready and a touch doughy, with a toasted component and butter hints. Nice herbal/floral hop component that balances everything out well. A little lemongrass, and a little astringency--but it all comes together nicely. Mostly soft and very complex. Taste approximates the nose, with light, bready malt, lightly toasted and nice and full. The hops are more assertive here, with the herbal notes amped up and on the verge of being too sharp, but they thankfully fade out slowly after cresting, finishing with one last malty burst. Well-carbonated and surprisingly full-bodied, this one coats the mouth with flavor without ever being too heavy. Overall Iíd like a little less malt to make this a little more crisp and refreshing, but itís hard to argue that the full-flavor and complexity is something to dock points for. I had high hopes for this, and it came through.
keith0718 (408) - Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís cool to be able to taste what Bud Miller Coors would taste like if it was brewed right. Great pilsener.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle - Yellow in color with a nice white head. A bit of a bread aroma. Nicer than most lagers. Very smooth. Nice hops finish that I didnít expect from a beer this light.
Lubiere (10734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A blonde pils with a thin white head. In aroma, light grassy malt with mineral notes. In mouth, a smooth classic pils with bitter German hops, mineral notes. Bottle at OBF Fringe Fest Belmont Station, July 30 2011.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft (multiple pours at Hair of the Dog and Belmont Station): Shimmering chartreuse. Persistent clingy white foam. Invigorating notes of minerals leap from the glass, along with polished wafts of lemon zest, thyme, buttercup, fennel seed, and spruce tips. Exceptionally clean pils malt aromatics of new-mown hay and and lightly toasted bread. Snug carbonation. Firm bodied. Natural carbonation. Remarkably immaculate snap of minerals and fresh baguette maltiness leads the way, dovetailing with an elegant mixture of herbaceous hops coupled with an appetizing lemon zest bitterness. Nuanced yet sublimely complex hop profile teems with luster and flavor (lilac, honeysuckle) which echoes that of the bitterness with an immensely explosive lemony juiciness, pulp and all. Minerals scour the palate while the hops distribute their flavorsome nectars to counterbalance. Yeast appropriately supplies trace astringency yet never interferes with the array of delicacies. Finishes succulent and juicy with continued hoppy brightness and crackery, gently toasty haylike malt punctuated with a lengthy herbal afterimage of aniseed and lemon verbena. Floral notes exude with each belch. Comes off as more of a German pils than Czech, but a downright masterful rendition, regardless. A "road-trip-worthy" caliber of lager obviously brewed with thorough attention to detail. Absolutely world-class stuff from true artisans of the beer world.
dyan (31) - Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle, no bottled on or best by date. Also, for some reason, I thought this was Heather Allen brewing, not Heater Allen.
A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful pilsner. The nose is stunning. Soft, doughy malts with a suffuse Saaz hop character, this beer has a soft, mineral character. The hop character grows, gaining a mildly herbal note. The malt character is fantastic. Yes, itís mildly doughy, but itís got a mildly fruity component, almost like honeydew melons?
The palate opens crisply bitter with a beautiful balance between the mineral notes and the crisp Saaz hops with a mild resin character. Along with it is the soft malt character, mildly doughy, and with a mildly biscuity pilsner malt character. Exceptionally clean, this beer reminds me of the New Glarus Unplugged Bohemian Lager. Drying and crisply bitter on the finish, this beer has a mild resiny character on the finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic, itís got the perfect combination of mellow malt, crisp hops with great balance between flavoring and bittering, and a beautiful fullness to the palate that I expect from the best Czech pilsners. *Just* a touch watery on the finish, I have to ding half a point here ícos thereís just one part of the back of my palate that isnít experiencing a post-coital glow.
This is about the most graceful beer Iíve had this year. It sashays over your palate, enchanting you with its beauty. Highly recommended, this is the best Czech pils thatís still brewed (Iím looking at you, Dan Carey).