JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very clear, light amber / yellow. Medium-sized frothy white head. Light herbal aroma, some distant cardboard. Clean and grassy. Taste is a little crisply malty, with some slightly (and surprisingly) obtrusive hops. Hops leave a bitter grass in the crisp malt sweetness. I can see how this would turn into a crappy beer given pour storage or shipping. But Iíd say I got a good sample. Overall, its pretty good. Light, but pretty balanced and easy to drink. A little fizzy, but not annoying.
ALLOVATE (2487) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Noted as being one of the most bitter pilsners in Germany I was quite eager to finally get to taste this. Pours a sparkling, palest yellow-gold with intermittent fine carbonation raising a thin, fairly dense white head that was mostly lasting. Dry, grassy-herbal and bitter nose with a soft hint of sourdough (nothing extraordinary). Hop dominance in the mouth is initially quite startling but it does soften as the palate adjusts. Subtle, white bread, dull malt flavours upfront and into the mid-palate where the hops take full control of the reins and gallop it off to the finish. Slightly sour and genuinely sharply bitter in the back, dying off into a crisp, herbal finish that had a bitter tang that lingered long afterwards. Extremely light in body and quite prickly in carbonation, it remained crisp and fresh until empty, but just didnít excite me in the way I had hoped. Nice easy drinking, clean lager; good for the summer months. (33cL, 14/10/06)
yngwie (14349) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Golden beer with a white head. Nice carbonation. Malty and hoppy aroma and flavor. Very bitter all the way, not the normal pilsner. Crisp finish. (051209)
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not quite golden in body with a big beaded white head. Some rings of lacing. Soft bitterness, well carbonated, grainy, dry, reminds me a little of James Squire Pilsener. I have had some great Pilseners but this isnít exactly one of them, but it is different and it does grow on you.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow/gold with a thin bubbly white head. Smells of clay, aluminum and flowers. Taste is peppery with some brown sugar notes and a grassy finish. Donít know what to make of this one.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Michael Jackson wrote that this is a world classic. It might be when itís fresh. Very clear golden body with a big white head. As clear as water. Fine for the style. Aroma is Bavarian or something close hops with a hint of bread. Has a really bitter finish for the style. If they imperialized this it would be undrinkable, but as it is I think itís an interesting Pilsner, which is rare.
Eventually Iíll sample this next to Pilsner Urquell and decide which is better...
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Only had a single bottle, so Iím willing to give it another chance. Unique taste is absolutely right terminology ... though Iím not really a fan of the "Jever" bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit off, too. [2.0]
Update: Did try this again. One of the hoppiest, bitterest Pilsners youíre likely to find in Germany. Still, canít see myself drinking this much in the future. [2.6]
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Smell is a bit daunting - a little too much old socks. Clour, fizz and head are exactly what youíd want form a pilsener. Mouthfeel is gentle if fizzy and it goes down well with a bitter finish that doesnít overpower, but itís a little plain and a little pedestrian for my tastes. I think I may just be going off all forms of lager.
kwik-lime (1405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good pils. Big pils head that lasts well, nice hoppy character but not ovely bitter. Nice stuff. My bottle was perhaps a touch skunky.
jdjuice (354) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Pours a nice gold with normal pilsener head. Has probably one of the nicest hop characters in a beer, its the main flavor, but its not too overpowering. Aroma was skunky for some reason, could have just been my bottle. Not as refreshing as I would like my pilsener, not something you could easily drink multiple bottles of, which is a bad thing for a pilsener in my book. Still a quality beer though.