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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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2003
From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I just can't get into these Bohemian/Czech Pilseners. Pours a hazy light orange color with a medium white head. Thin lacing and the head disappeared rather quickly. Aroma is mostly hops with a tiny bit of fruit. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a little malt backbone and a somewhat sour finish. Also has a very carbonated feel, but manages to not be very crisp at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2003
I definitely admit that i am not a big fan of pilsners to begin with, however i think Lagunitas has done a fine job with this one. It pours a medium yellowy color with extremely lively carbonation...a very cloudy yellow with a medium to large long lasting white head, complete with some lacing. The aroma leads hints of spiceyness, some fruit, and definite hoppiness. The taste is very carbonated, bittersweet dry finish with the hops predominating. Very pleasant, session-like beer. Good mouthfeel, some citricness, a very good pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 that cloudy yellow color and big bright white head always scares me...the aroma was a suprise though..i was expecting something lagery smelling..but this had nice notes of mango and banana and other hop spiciness..now this is a very interesting Pilsner because it doesnt taste like a lager at all..the mouthfeel is nice and full, the flavors are very subtle, but with enough fruitiness and hop bitterness to make this an extremely pleasant suprise..If i were stuck on an island and could only choose 1 pilsner, or 1 lager for that matter..this might be it...Don't drink this too cold though because all the good flavors disappear.

   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 (5758) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, 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.

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