brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - JUL 11, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I cannot seem to let myself ídissectí this one in the accustomed manner ... it just feels awkward for me to do so right now, at least concisely. I have enjoyed this one multiple times via bottle/tap, and it has never been less than stellar and wholesomely satisfying. This one evokes something for me that goes beyond tasting.
Simultaneously complex/nuanced and brilliantly focused. An admitted lager fanatic ... this is one of my absolute favorite beers.
Johnnybam (1) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite lager ever. So good on a hot summer day. Great flavor and so easy to drink.
keenanrobbins (19) - - FEB 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I tend to be more a dark beer person, but this surprised me. Flavorful, but smooth - without the bitter finish I find in a lot of pilsners.
3fourths (7521) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 rating from draft and bottles, dozens and dozens. faint hazed gold with fluffy and rigid white head with infinitely lasting retention. minerallic calcite nose with pillowy and fluffy yeast, and the honey and butter-tinged biscuit pils malt gives it rigid and unwavering support for noble hop brightness, pungency and bitterness. exceptionally full and rich malt through and through. ridiculously quenching acid, musty and pungent hop aromatics, touches of lemon oil and citrus pith, perfectly-suited bitterness to the Moravian-like biscuit / honey malt sweetness... this is an astoundingly brilliant and delicious czech pilsner. I usually have some measure of doubt in my opinions of beer, but I stand fully behind this one: best lager ever made in America, no question. endlessly expressive and shapeshifting. after multiple revisits and hundreds of German and Czech pilsners under my belt, I feel this rating should in the high 4s or maybe even perhaps 5.0.
dyan (3) - Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2011 does not count
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).
notalush (4456) - 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.
adnielsen (7573) - 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.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 22 oz bottle graciously provided by DA. This beer was brought to my attention by bvc, who said he thought I would really enjoy it. Pour is cloudy golden yellow orange with great settling and a one inch clean white head that falls fairly quickly. Pretty in the glass, visibly unfiltered. Aroma is earthy, herbal hops, there is a bit of bitter edge of orange citrus. Some floral mixed in to the nose; a fresh and complex nose. Taste is earthy, grassy, herbally, slightly bitter orange citrus and chunky, chewy maltiness - really alive and unfiltered. Nice mineral element throughout. The hops and malt are both present, vibrant and balanced. The flavors are clean, straightforward and simple in their way, but delicious. Wow, really nice one. Perfect mix of being crisply satisfying and drinkable. Thanks to Derek for sending this gem my way, thanks to Brandon for telling me about this beer - you were right!
MartinT (7288) - 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 Světlż LeěŠk.
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 Americaís rare Czech-style Pilseners which is as impressive as Czechiaís best examples. Wow.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - 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.