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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2006
Bottled. Pale hazy orange color, small white head. Bready aroma with American hops. This should be a Czech-style pils? Sweetish, bready flavor. Easy to drink. Flavor is close to standard APA than Czech pils :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Btl. Sweet, crisp, fall leaves, apple pie, hearth bread aroma. Transparent but full gold with eggshell crewcut head. Delicious honeyed bock sourdough and bitter hops. Now, this is a really nice beer. Crisp, flavorful, and yet refreshing. Perfect for a warm fall day. Session on this anytime, possibly the rest of my life. Contender for the beer I will drink regularly when I finally stop constantly drinking strange and new beers. Just what the doctor ordered for anyone tired of high gravity beers that load you up, and bored of the lighter stuff being mediocre or unflavorful. This beer is the golden mean. Criminally underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Clear golden body with a medium frothy white head. Sweet honey and light grassy hops aroma. Sweet grassy hop flavor, some light caramel and honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Golden color with a medium persistant head. Grassy wheat, some sweetness from malt, as others have noted. a nice drop, worth a second look.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Golden bodied with mild streams of carbonation and a lasting, fluffy, yellowhite head. Sweet and biscuity with adjuncty notes and perfumed with light, dusty florals. Sweet malted flavor with honey and pale fruits before a clean, delicate herbal finish. A "Czech Style" Bohemian Pils... and better than many from the Czech Republic (although it could be a proximity issue).

<font size=-4>Puchased at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankf Liquors, Frankfort, IL 60423</font>

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
A little darker than some pils with a medium solid head. Sweet grassy hay aroma. Flavor seemed a little off, some bitterness, sweetness. Not a dry finish. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2006
Somewhat on the sweeter side, abit malty, some bitterness in the aftertaste, ok brew, I’d drink it again, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgmike4 (30) - valencia, California, USA - AUG 15, 2006
bottle: spicey aroma. strong hoppy taste with a hint of orange peel and a light bitter finish...not too dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is lighly malty with a hoppish background. Slight sweet flavor at first but quickly becomes dominated with the bitterness of the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Pours a dark gold hazey and inviting leaving a spotchy white head that quickly disappears but one swirl quickly brings it back. The aroma is fruity, hop spiciness, that is very clean and brisk. The taste starts crisp with a hop bitter twang that finishes with a honey malt backbone for balance. This is a refreshing brew...I will def visit this offering again.

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