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RATINGS: 1032   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Dark yellow with a nice head. Aroma of corn, but this had a really good bitter malt flavor with a sweet edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Nice aroma and flavor from the saaz hops. Good pils if thats what your looking for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Light gold color, medium foamy head. Aroma is malty and a little hoppy. A full-bodied pilsner. Malty and somewhat hoppy. Touch of sweetness at the start that gives way to a fairly strong hop bitterness. Good flavor throughout. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Up the nose with a fine display of mild spicy malt and hops, a bit ’o banana. It pours quite a deep gold, one of the darker pils that I’ve seen. The head is thick, hangs around, and makes a nice coat on the glass. The flavor of this beer is pretty even handed all the way through, bananas and saaz, blended nice, a hopped up banana daqueri. Very interesting, although, probably not your everyday Czech style pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Thick head and genuine smell. Smooth taste and balanced flavor. Not quite what I expected. Interesting malt flavor that I find difficult to describe. Not quite crisp enough for a pilsener. Aroma is its best feature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Re-Rate 10/16/02: Clear gold the color on the pour, the head, is a brillant white, frothy, substanial, the lace nice sheets upon the glass. Nose is malt, lightly sweet, clean and fresh. The start is malt, somewhat sweet, the top is light, the finish is eminently dry, perfectly acidic, and superbly hopped. A good session beer ’No Doubt’, drinkable and ranks as one of a few ’Pilseners/Lagers’, I deem acceptable to maintain a permanent place in my ’Stable’ of beers. Ranks #661 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Multiple 12oz bottles, Labor Day Weekend 2010. Clear straw body with medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon/grapefruit, some straw, faint bread. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, lemon, light bread. Light-medium body, fairly crisp, light acidity, very drinkable. Delicious. This has long been on my radar for a re-rate -- clearly my earlier self had a head cold when he tried this. ;) (7/3/8/4/15)

10/14/02. Slightly hazy straw colored body with big white foamy head. Aroma is hoppy -- both citrus and German. Flavor is solid -- hoppy with hint of citrus, malty backbone, goes down quite bitter. 6/2/6/3/12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Got this as part of a beer of the month club. Very strong hoppy aroma, with a bit of a wheat taste to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Valheru (17) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 19, 2002
Good pils that does the job. Actually it was a nice surprise that such good Bohemian pilsener could be brewed overseas.. however, I still prefere those actually brewed in Bohemia, or at least most of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
This is one of the better pilsners I’ve tried lately. Very smooth without that skunkiness often associated with lagers.

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