Hereford & Hops Piva Bohemian Pilsner
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67/5   ABV: -
This Bohemian style pilsner has a clean malt character, with a spicy, floral hop character resulting from our generous additions of Czech Saaz hops in the kettle. This golden lager is crisp, complex and well-rounded, yet very refreshing!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
Not the pilsner of choice, a rather forgettable brew. It just left me flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4758) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Draft (sample), Wausau WI location, July 03. Decent caramel nose; light initial sweetness, strong grainy bitterness hits shortly; strong aftertaste. Better than competent, I guess. 6/3/6/4/12 3.1

October 2005, pint at Wausau. Very clean, fresh nose with lots and lots of floral character, pungent farmy hints when warmer...light gold and bubbly with a decent little head...malty, clean refreshing body with lots of Saaz in the strong, lingering finish, hints of vanilla. 8/3/8/3/15 3.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
On tap GABF ’02: Floral saaz aroma, light clear yellow color. Watery feel, not really much flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2002
H+H is actually one of Michigan’s older breweries (1994) even though its original home is in Escanaba way up in da YooPee. There are franchises in Bay City, Mich and, as Wawood points out, in Wisconsin as well. The Escanaba version is in a stately, well appointed building on the long downtown street - a really intriguing place, actually, with an air of history. The brews tend to be lackluster, with a few exceptions and this is certainly one. A soft fruity base, as with too many H+H beers, but the Saaz are in evidence. The beer has a lawnmower feel to it, and I don’t mean that in the traditional RateBeer sense of a light, easily quaffable beverage, but in the sense of the tastes and smells of lawnmowing ... fresh cut grass and oily exhaust. Better’en Average Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2002
Sampled this brew at H&H’s new digs in Wausau, WI. Great place where you can cook your own steak. Enough of the food. Light, sweet wheat aroma. Pale gold color with decent head and brussels lace. Ample bitterness pervades the mouthfeel, however there is something lacking. I believe that something is even a hint of sweetness that would corral and enhance the hoppiness. The result is a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that doesn’t score many Palate points. The bright side? Any Pilsner for which you can taste the hops is worthy of attention.

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