GT (9982) - 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
Ascelja (812) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Clear deep golden body, medium white head. Aroma of malts, noble hops. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter. Malts, bread, touch of grassness. Medium body and carbonation.
Rotin (815) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Arts Café, Kralupy n. Vlt. Clear, gold colored. AROMA- yeasty, malt, grain. FLAVOR- lightly sweet, slightly bitter, malty, spicy hops. Medium bodied.
kapusil (1136) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1.5l PET bottle. Slightly murky golden body, white head. Aroma of bread, honey, biscuit, green apples, grassy hops and some grains. Taste of bread, grains, honey and pears with grassy and floral hops. Definitely fruitier than the average pilsner. Very nice.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Numerous pours over the past five years: Toasted golden. Fine, persistent white head. Polished malt aromatics of cookie and pecan harmonize with vividly expressed tealike, grassy and lemon candy hops. Notably soft mouthfeel. Graceful carbonation. Lush grassy malt immediately envelops the mouth, gradually progressing into crisper notes of candied pecan which testify to the beautifully decocted malt. Hoppy succulence pervades with appetizing grass and spice characteristics. Sappy oils ooze from the sparkling yet rustic hoppiness, soothing the palate as sassier wood-root spices and tealike notes sizzle fervidly. A metallic twinge of grassy hops aligns with toasted piecrust maltiness in the cohesive finish. Another gem from Kout that exhibits all the old world charm I’ve come to expect from them. Remarkably well-rounded and mind-bogglingly nuanced.
rozsoma (785) - Győr, HUNGARY - JUN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Csehsörnapok, 2016. Igazi kvasnicovy, szinte erzem az élesztőt a nyelvemen.
visionthing (4723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Le ?enk Craft Beer Cafe, Bratislava. Mild malty aroma with notes of grass and hints of fruits and herbs. Moderate sweet with mild flavours and a nice bitterness. Well balanced, easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Nothing too impressive, thou, but maybe it’s not the freshest one. Still a decent pilsner.
tandembrauer (1080) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear deep golden with white head. Aroma of flowers, some diacetyl. Tastes sweet with some bitterness, bitter finish.
Sigmund (6636) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Clear deep golden colour, moderate white head. Lovely hoppy aroma of newmown grass and fresh herbs. The medium dry flavour is well hopped throughout, with very distinct bittering hops in the finish. The malty backbone is sufficient. A very well made pilsener.
ClarkVV (5657) - 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 (15728) - Dublin, 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.