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.
Onslow (1318) - 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 (2840) - 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.
Vestlake (254) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Virtually no head at all. I thought this was a very good Pilsner. Would buy again.
tnkw01 (1614) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2015
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Clear, gold color with a giant head. Aroma and taste was like bitter, stale......nastiness.
csaso (1896) - Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - fair size foamy head, clear medium gold color, nice balanced aroma and flavor, light biscuity malt, fair earthy good with a touch of spice, good Pilsner overall
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markas101 (2175) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI. Medium gold, clear, soapy head. Faint sweet spice aroma. Somewhat tainted flavor, not a great finish.
solidfunk (6482) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2015
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tastes more or less like old newspaper. Pours pale yellow. Some chemical astringency. Light bitter finish. Rather horrible. Bottle.
bluejacket74 (1678) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle, label says best before 11/25/15. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stayed around for a while. There’s a decent amount of lacing. Not much to the aroma, it smells like floral/grassy hops and some grainy malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but luckily the flavor seems stronger in comparison. Also, there’s some citrus noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it’s a bit crisp with moderate carbonation. Not too bad, for the price it’s worth picking up once. $1.08 for a single bottle from Trader Joe’s, of course.
jamesewelch (243) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe’s, about $1.17 for single bottle, poured into pils glass
Aroma: Nice pils and spicy/noble/floral hops
Appearance: clear, golden/orange, minimal white head
Taste: light bitter
Palate: light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation
Overall: A nice Pilsner with some nice noble hops. Good body and appearance. Slight DMS but not too much. Good crisp finish. Easy drinking, but not memorable.
Bif (1835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a thick head and bits of lacing. Aroma of citrus, grass and a bit of sweetness. Taste of citrus, light malt sweetness and grain. Moderate bitterness and a clean finish. Light body and a subtle crispness.