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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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In The beginning, there were ales. As far as anyone knows, the first beers made were ’top-fermented’, which is longhand for ’Ale’. Sometime long before the 1860’s, beers became popular that were made in Northern Europe with a bottom fermenting yeast strain that liked the colder temperatures. Because they had to spend weeks aging before they tasted their best, they were known as ’Lager’ beer. Lager is the German word for ’storage’. Since they had to sit a while, they took up more time and space and as such were harder and more expensive to make. Where ales are meaty, lagers are sinewy. Where ales are street, lagers are ’haute couture’. Where an ale might hit you over the head and take your wallet, lagers donate to charity and adopt stray cats. While an ale might steal your car or try to date your daughter and keep her out all night for who-knows-what purpose, a well bred lager would offer to clean your house while you’re on vacation and leave fresh scones and coffee for you when you return. Now, don’t get us wrong, ales can be a lot of fun to hang out with when you’re in the right mood, and if you have bail money on you. But what’s wrong with livin’ uptown from time to time, on a nice street, where the doormen all wear those little uniforms, the air smells of flowers, and lagers rule the Earth. Cheers!

Note: Formerly at 5.3%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Saaz hops grassy nose. slightly underattenuated. Grainy and odd mouthfeel. Hops are the only saving grace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2537) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Orange color, small layer of head. Fizzy carbonation. Hoppy but also grainy. Slightly alcohol in the taste. Medium lasting. Intense hay nose. Kind of body less though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2624) - GERMANY - MAR 8, 2005
Fresh hop nose that is more like an ale - missing the musty, lager aroma. Beautiful gold color and a low lathery head. Medium body of a light citrusy malt with a hint of pear and maybe honey in the background. This quickly gives way to a broad hop tinge that fills the mouth. Crisp texture that is really hop heavy. I quite like this as a beer in and of itself, but it pushes the limit of the style (which is probably a good thing). Kinda reminds of Jever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
A good pils. Hazy golden body under a big, frothy white head. Aroma is hoppy -- not so much citrus as German hops. More a slightly metallic note. Light bodied, thin. Decent flavor. On the hoppy side. Not much character but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Clear orange gold. White head, nice lace. Grassy, hay nose. Pleasant carbonation, nice mouthfeel, great malt foundation, assertive grassy hops. A very nice pils in my opinion. Simple, yet straightforward, and well made, no doubt it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2005
On a business trip to San Francisco I went to the Buena Vista Cafe to get one of their famous irish coffees. The irish coffee was great, but I noticed they had their own brew on tap which I suspected was probably a rebadged version of another local brewery, I emailed them to determine if this was true but recieved no response. I could not resist trying a glass. These ratings are from notes scribbled on a napkin. Dark golden with a dimishing small off white head. Good malt with a dry and hoppy finish. It sure tasted good at the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2005
This pils pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma and flavor are both slightly bitter and hoppy with grassy, piney notes and a touch of malt. light to medium bodied, slightly warming and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Cloudy golden with an orange hint at the center of my glass. Small head that disappears quickly. Smells of sweet malts. Very hoppy and kinda tasty. Grassy, hoppy, and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
An interesting middle ground between those light hoppier Pilseners and the watered down versions that do not deserve the name. Fits the Bohemian style well with a nice hop nose and stronger malt body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bottle. Aroma is hay-like, grassy, with slight banana yeast notes. Mildly sweet. Transparent blonde with frothy white head. Very buttery middle. Almost milky in a way. Small Saaz hop kick in the rear. Slight bitterness to start as well. Not too bad.

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