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RATINGS: 1101   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (958) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Good for a pilsner - which isn’t my favorite style. Very drinkable. I’ve had 2 of their beers now and they seem to make some good, quality stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2004 bottle served in a lager glass at about 45 degrees. Pale gold color, small bubbles rising, with a small white head. Very clear. White grapes in the nose, with plenty of bitter, rusty smelling hops. Minerals and wet moss, with a light amount of pils malt in the background. Flavor is crisp right away, with a decent amount of yeastiness, light notes of honey, green pears and some faint citrus. Medium body, finish is quite crisp, though has some muddled sweet/sour notes; slight traces of syrupy alcohol mixed with malt residue. Strange, but the beer is still quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2004
not bad.. summery, straw, hay earthy nose.. clear crisp with a tight white head. Good lacing, nice hops but a little lacking in intesnsity for my palate. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5221) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Golden straw color with impressive lacing - not your typical pilsner aroma, quite malty in fact - same for the flavor - quite sweet and chewy for a pils, and it doesn’t finish clean like one either - there is a light, flowery hop presence that compliments the light, fruity sweetness - there is nothing really special happening here - just a solid, drinkable beer - run of the mill, but worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Golden color with a creamy, off white head and light lacing on the glass. Strawy, grassy, hop aroma. Sweet malts, dominate, light toasted dough with lightly bitter hops in the end. Dry, straw finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4979) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Golden orange coloured body with a thin white head that fades very quickly. Aroma of lemons, Northwest hops, astringent alcohol and some malt. Light-bodied; Assertive bitter hoppiness with a mild maltiness and a very strong finish. Aftertaste shows lemon and alcohol with little else. Overall, a nice beer for the style-very potent and strong. Nice to try out here in Virginia! I sampled this 12 ounce bottle purchased at Norms in Vienna, Virginia on 09-August-2004.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20567) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2004
Bottled. Hazy golden, firm head. Grassy nose, medium dry. Some chewy malts are there along with hay-like hops. Balanced bitter finish. A solid, very quaffable pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Pours a hazy amber golden with a quickly dissapating head. Aroma is lightly malty, grainy and floral. Taste is very malty sweet with notes of grain, grassiness and some saaz. Couldn’t detect that much bitterness, which would have been nice. Mouthfeel is round, very full bodied. Overall, a solid brew but is too sweet and can use more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Clear golden color with a nice foamy white head. Flowery hops as well as some lightly toasty malts in the aroma. Very light malty sweetness that quickly turns to spicy saaz hop bitterness, a little grassyness in the finish. Not too shabby.

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