GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey. Rating #5200! On tap as "Koutska 12° (Unfiltered/ Unpasteurized)" so I think this rating belongs here as raw krausen was probably not added to the keg here- no heavy yeast in suspension haze. Pours a clearish, low haze, brilliant bright orange, rocky white head. Perfect sheets of white lacing on both full pours I had. Nose is soft valencia orange, sweet peach, butterscotch, pear, mild apple. Taste is spicy, big Saaz hops, sharp metallic notes at first. After warming the harsh metallic twang is gone and replaced by super herbal hoppiness, peach cobbler, crackery pale malt, dried orange. Body is quenching, refreshing, not sticky, not watery. Wow. This is what I needed. 7/5/9/5/16=4.2
ClarkVV (5227) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at King’s Head Pub on 4/2/16.
Don’t for sure know this isn’t the kvasnicovne version, and in the States these are always just listed as Koutska followed by the number, so there was no way to tell anyways, but the beer had no haze (not that that means anything necessarily) and I assume the kvasnicovne version stays closer to the origin (though technically the yeast would help preserve the beer longer). Anyways, putting my rating here.
A light amber-golden body is topped by a medium-sized, well-retained head. Interesting, would have thought this to be pale golden. Clarity is high.
In the nose, it reminds me of Andechs. Not that there’s a similarity in aroma, but rather, it has that same, elegant, charming yeast character that shows complex minerality and vague, dainty fruit notes. Behind that, there is light caramel and red berry-like character from the specialty malts and rich honey-drenched bread from the pils malt. Hops are nicely balanced; this isn’t a grass/floral/spice bomb, yet the moderate spiciness does help balance the malt, gently. No alcohol or flaw in the nose.
Similar profile to the flavor, being more malt forward, with definite sweetness and yet a drying, lightly biscuity/bready finish replete with light fruitiness, hints of caramel and plentiful spicy hops. Carbonation is gentle, but mostly tight, with a soft, malty texture. At first I thought it might be a bit too malty, and for sure it’s malt-forward, but the complex flavors that are created by yeast and specialty malt are just too endearing to not fall in love with. I happily ended up ordering a second pint. It’s very cool that this isn’t just some random Urquell knockoff (not that I expected it would be) and this brewery is a very strong 2/2 in my book. Excited to find more.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ The Trappist. Have been wanting to try this beer for some time, so was excited to see it on the menu. Clear golden beer with a dense white head. Unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be in pristine condition...shocker. Still, I think it’s pretty nice, though. Has some chewy bread dough, honey, biscuit, and light esters of baked apple. Subtle bitterness of grass and orange rind.
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a clear dark yellow color. Fruity malts, light herbal hops, light citrus. Mild grass. Decent.
GenDV138 (5252) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2016 4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Shared by radagast83, thanks Chris! Mostly clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of malt, corn, wheat. Tastes of sweet malt, corn, wheat. Light body with a dry finish.
migwell (272) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Half liter on tap at the Foundry. Glad I had this after fairly recently trying a somewhat disappointing Pilsner Urquell after many years. This offering is more 21st Century, with hop bitterness forward, but hardly overpowering. Looks like beer, smells bready, tastes of hay, malt, barnyard, mild spice, hops and sweetness. Extremely drinkable and pleasantly balanced brew with enough complexity to make it interesting throughout. Absolutely deserves wider distribution... a fine beer.
lukka19 (420) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Le Senk, golden to copper clear color with medium white head.Aroma of malt, yeast, hops. Taste is nice balanced, good malty backbone, dry bitter finish.good
MatusBeer (281) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at halmicaffe. Clear golden colour with white head off. Aeoma of malts,bread. Taste of caramel,malt,light bitter aftertaste. Great lager
Arek (879) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap 0.3 l, Targowa, Wrocław, Poland.
Złote piwo z puszystą i sztywną, ładnie oblepiającą szkło pianą oraz przyjemnym, lekko chmielowym aromatem. W smaku pełne, słodowe z wyrazistą chmielową goryczką na finiszu.
brewtalita (183) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear golden color. high creamy white head. aroma. malty aroma. palate medium carbed low. siropy sweet and alcohol present in taste. their 10 is better.
jonno (2419) - JAPAN - DEC 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nefiltrovane 1.5L. Beautiful dark yellow cloudy pour. Soft noble hop and caramel nose. very bitter for a Pilsner, but works well with the full body. Smooth, long finish. Finishes with a little dance on the taste buds.. Classic.