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RATINGS: 1038   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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
(24Jan2003--12oz.bottle) Kind of a similar experience to North Coast's Scrimshaw. In summary, a flavorful, complex beer (for the style) that could use a bit more carbonation (or fermentation). Surprisingly reddish/golden color. Thin head, mostly receding, non-lacing, fine. Saaz burst assaulted me when I cracked the bottle, but aromatically, it was tame from there. I have a bad nose, but something went awry here. Malty for the style, good hop spiciness, with some fruity esters, acetaldehyde. Undercarbonated, but the bubbles are persistent enough to save it from becoming syrupy. Still, on the malty/sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Not what I expected, but a good brew none the less. Seemed to lack the dry, crisp characteristic one might associate with the style. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2003
This was a pretty good tasting beer. However, I don’t consider it a pilsener. It lacks the crispness I expect of a pils. Full bodied and malty, much more so than a pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Had this on tap at Gulfstream Seafood in Newport Beach. Clear dark yellow. Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Quite full bodied for a pilsner with mild bitterness. Sort of tastes like a APA/pilsner cocktail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 Interesting hoppy/ preserved raspberry aroma with a touch of sulfur (diacytal?). Pretty good looking brew. Didn"t taste like anything I had while in the Czech Republic. Interesting enough to try again anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Nice golden color. One of the best pilsners I’ve had. Thick feel, full malty flavor with a kick of hops bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5742) - 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 (5282) - 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.

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