SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Looks like this is replacing the older "Hopfest" but they are describing this as a Bohemian style pils instead of German, and I would agree with that here. A little on the darker side of gold, with a spicy hop aroma and a little bready malt to back it up. Fuller in the mouth for the style but very clean. Some sweet bready malt and earthy and spicy noble hop flavors. Not too far from Urquell or the like but not one of my favored examples of the style. Not a bad choice at Trader Joe’s awesome pricing, but not quite as refreshing as I like a pils.
kidmartinek (4693) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark gold beer with a white head. Aroma is significant grain. Refreshing afterbite. A bit on the malty side, but I guess that’s where a beer should be
bavarian81 (150) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep gold color. Aroma is earthy and bready. It’s quite crisp and dry with a hoppy finish. It’s alright
bergstaden (2458) - Røros, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with a white head - Malt aroma - Malt body with some hop bitterness - The malt and some bitterness goes into the finish - This was ok
malrubius (2616) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, obviously. Clear gold with lasting dense head and lace. Grassy earthy wet hay aroma with some lightly toasted raw honey sweetness. Fairly herbal earthy bitterness medium assertive and a nice light and lively body to accentuate it. A very good very flavorful pilsner. Not delicate but tasty.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle at a friend’s party. Happier tha expected. Bready and malty too. Not great but not bad for what it is
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: Clear gold body that seems very placid except for the firm foam white head.
N: Corn, sulfur, minerality, iron, coriander and a touch of clove. Lots of cereal grains and oats. Lots of earth.
T: Very dirty mix of sweetness and bitterness.
M: Light body, no alcohol, softer carbonation.
O: Mediocre. Really could be a lot cleaner and in desperate need of a more assertive hop touch.
AirForceHops (6305) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Paid $1.17 for a 12 oz. bottle. I used proper glassware for this beast! Aroma is bready malt, corn and weak grass.
The base of the beer cereal grain. Light malt extract. I smelled grass but could find any hops in the flavor. Body is light/ borderline watery. I knew this was not going to be the best new beer find of 2016 but NOT totally awful at the price. I was drinking on the cheap on this Friday night, so this did its job.
edwardbass (797) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma is cereal grain and wet newspaper. Taste is very soapy, astringency, grain...bordering between sort-of-drinkable and pour it down the drain, but more on the positive side of that. Would be better with food as opposed to the way I’m having it, on its own.
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear golden brew with white head. Nice but somewhat weak hoppy aroma. Taste is basically the classic Pilsener style ala Pilsener Urquell - light malts up front with a good grassy / bitter hops finish. A bit on the tame side but as someone who at times likes a lighter bodied brew, I would make this a standard if it was available locally.
Metalchopz (3095) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased at Trader Joe in Vegas. Pours a light hazy golden-amber colour with a frothy warm cap, good retention and lacing. Grainy smell at first with bread notes, but then some citrus spicy-grassy hops appear. The taste is quite cereal grain-like with some light sweetness and hops in the finish. Citrus-grass ones. Not so much a Czech-style lager, but a pretty decent refreshing grainy one.