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Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Pilsener
Ithaca, New York USA

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Straw-colored and crystal-clear, this Pilsner brew is our first genuine lager beer. We used a traditional German lager yeast strain, and the classic Saaz, Hallertau and Hersbrucker hop varieties. Original gravity of 12.5 plato, followed by 8 weeks of fermentation and conditioning (compared to 2 weeks for our ales), result in a 5.5% abv. and a remarkably crisp, clean flavor.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arventresca (564) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours light and clear with white head. Light hoppy aroma with a taste that is much the same. Very crisp. I like this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Crystal clear straw color with an extensive stream of upwardly mobile bubbles. Impressive three-finger, snow powdery white head that recedes in a rocky fashion. Fresh, malty aroma. Neutral hop. (weakest part of the tasting). Far more bitter than the aroma would suggest--more than a typical pils. Very dry with a solid body for the style. Leaves a long-lasting bitter, bitter hop aftertaste (that goes on forever). Overall, this is an interesting, albeit slightly off, pilsener. I’d seek it out to try it in a flight of other pils.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle we sneaked into quinns thanks to Ang. Alround rating: Tasty pale malts, citrus and herbal hop, its actually quite a strange beer, like it seems like a pilsner, but from what its made with i dont really think it is. But its stilly quite tasty stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Hmmm. 12oz bottle from a seemingly ping ponging label in NY. Its at the store one month and then vanishes for another. Pours a moderate gold with a thinner off white head. Sparse soapy lacing. Nose of vanilla and cereals and a fair ammount of hops. Body is Light/Medium and a bit maltier than I had expected. I hope this one travels one well. A nice crisp hop tang for a finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
In short: A bland entry level pilsner with no character
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed very fresh, purchased directly at the brewery and drank the same day.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a small white head
In long: Basic flavourless cereals, a little on the oily side. A little watery honey. A touch of floral hops and a light citrus presence. Total lack of character. I cannot blame it on a tired old bottle since I purchase it directly at the brewery. Ithaca make some solid beers but this is basically a “blonde” beer for the mass market. I wish Ithaca good luck with this beer, and after drinking it I can tell you they’ll need it.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
I suspect that this one was a touch light struck. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright golden color with a large white head. The aroma was strong spicy and floral hosp with a touch of skunk underneath. The flavor was crisp bitter floral hops with a sour, tangy and almost skunky malt base. The finish was bitter and sour. Disappointing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
bottle. a decent session brew, light with a mild hop, but too much caramel flavor for the syle. leaves it less than crisp. i’d say this one’s a miss.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (508) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Thick fluffy white head sits on a solid, healthy bronze body in a PSU pilsner glass (brother Jer’s pour produces three times more foam!)... dry, almost undetectable scents of malts or hops... a full-bodied pilsner to the palate--almost an altbier in body and mouthfeel, alternately creamy and edgy... crisp, champagne-like dryness... the label seems more interested in what hops are used, but the malts are heady.... not your average pilsner , and that is said with some complimentary sentiment: heavier, tighter, more present than its body might suggest--consistent with a hint of fruitiness at the finish...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Dark gold with decent white head, nice lacing. Nose is rather weak but has some hop citrus, doughy malts, floral rain water. Flavor is stronger with more sweetness and citrus. Nice,full body that’s not as crisp as it is fizzy. Decent pilsner.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle, best by 9/08. Aroma of oddly prevalent hay with an equally odd limey touch. Flavor of grains and mild bitterness. I can’t say it’s bad, but certainly on the boring side.


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