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Brewed by Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren
Style: Pilsener
Kaufbeuren, Germany

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Bottle, best before some time in 2006, at Hollingshead Deli on 3/22/07
Moderately full white head tops a brassy-gold body with just a hint of amber. Clear and filtered, force carbonated too, with minimal lacing and moderate retention.
Taking in to account its age, the beer seems quite nice. Flowery german hops (hallertauer/saaz most assuredly) in the aroma were no doubt fresh and appealing and in more quantity than most pils. Residual grassiness provides aroma and light bitterness, while honey dough flavored malts comprise the remainder of the aroma. Some light acetyldehyde, though not in too high an amount, accompanied by a moderate fruitiness reminding me of golden apples and pears. Doughiness thickens as it warms and breathes, but there are no oxidative notes. Medium strength of aroma.
Aside from some golden apple sweetness/tartness up front, a distinct grain/biscuit-like flavor dries things out initially and is very pleasant. Doughiness fights back on the finish and though some thicker-than-preferred honey/dough notes persist, it’s also lost much of its carbonation since bottling, and being past its best before date, I certainly can’t take points off. No doubt a more brisk carbonation would help disperse some of the sweet maltiness. Still, underattenuated is underattenuated, no matter how you slice it, and this beer could stand to be decidedly more dry for the style. As well, there’s a moderately toasted malt note which injects light sourness/acid that I could do without. Almost gives it a corn-like flavor (lagering flaw?). Nice beer, though, with the cleanliness (for the most part) and hoppiness that are must-haves in this style. Score reflects how this beer would have tasted fresh. Oh the things I do for a rating...(though to my credit, I am certainly not rating the next beer I had, Bischoff Pils that was 2 years past its BB date).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Excellent display of carbonation in the clear golden body, sharp white head, solid retention, great lacing, as darned nice as a pilsner can ever look. The aroma was toasted cereal grains and honey. The flavor was sweet cereal (a lucky charms note under it all, in a good way), a toastiness, fruity (odd for a pilsner, but quite nice, almost like a kolsch influence), honey, bready, and finishing with a nice hop shout from grassy, herbal, floral, and metallic hops. Mouthfeel was smooth, finishes dry and sweet (ie. not totally crisp, but good). Over half of the Aktien brews I’ve had have been clear winners, and these all from bottles... if only I get to drink these on draft one day in Deutschland.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6018) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
This golden beer poured with a thin white head. The flavor is pleasantly sweet for a pilsener, but there is a slightly bitter finish. Nice clean taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Light golden color with a small white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is hay and some subtle sweet malt. Slightly sweet malty taste followed by a lingering smooth finish. Very enjoyable for such a light style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Smells okay, a little too wheaty almost. Taste is pretty decent, but also a little wheaty and a bit warm. Not really what I expected. Okay. Score 3.2 Same general comments this time. More malt than you expect.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Aroma has an almost berry sweetness along with grainy malt that has a delicate sweetness. The body is clear light gold/yellow with a slightly diminishing two finger thick tan head. <P> Lightly sweet fore is a touch watery and followed by sweet malt, cereal grains, a light bitterness in the fore keeps it in check. Fairly enjoyable lager.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours pale blonde/gold with a small white head. The aroma is full of hayfield qualities, as well as some sweet malts and yeast. This beerr is very dry, and quite refreshing. I don’t usually use the adjective ’refreshing’ when describing a beer, but this beer really is. The flavor is sweet light malts, and a slightly hoppy quality that goes very well with the crisp carbonation. Not usually my choice of beer, but this has definitely peaked my interest in the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
This was very nice. Aroma is very clean as is the flavor. A slightly sweet doughy aroma, with some very nice carbonation levels. Just a bit sweet, bit a bit of spicy hoppiness, and a nice amount of citric acidity. Lingering bittersweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Lightly hazed straw color with a fingers worth of rather dense off-white foam. Mildly citric aromas coupled with a fresh scone scent. LIghtly spritzy on the tongue.Light pale malt are the players in this one with only a touch of acidic and herbal hops to balance the light sweetness. A rather delicate pils. I am assuming this was only made for export as I see no one from europe has rated this one. AToo much citrus for my tastes. I do have to agree with Ernest that this does get better as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle 0204: Beer pours very pale gold color with a nice sized modertely retained egg white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is fairly benign, however what is ther is some straw, some malty bread notes, and a dash of hop spiciness. The hops really come through in the flavor and this beer has a nice hop bitterness in the flavor. Some good malt bread flavors make this beer a winner.


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