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RATINGS: 1051   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Pours a clear gold with a nice lasting white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is much hoppier than I expected. Good malt body with some hops for the flavor, a great lager. You know when macrobrews bill themselves as "crisp, clean, and refreshing?" This is what they mean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2003
A nice golden color with a decent yellow head. A somewhat malty aroma to it. Somewhat hoppy but not too much. Smooth and refreshing with a little aftertaste. All and all not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Glowing horizon with a marshmellow head. A really nice earthy, touch of hops fresh bread aroma. Has a doughish quality to it with a slight hop aftertaste. Not bad at all for a pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Not a pilsner fan but here goes. Light yellow color. Very fizzy carbonation. Light refreshing after taste. I wouldn't drink it year round, but it is super tasty after you've just mowed the lawn on a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Hopy nose. golden body and good head but no solid head retention. bitter, hoppy taste but nothing special. Overall this beer is very drinkable but not anything special

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbastard (700) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Poured a pale golden orange, with thin head that never laced. Lite malty nose with a hint of corn. Refreshing hit of hop bitterness, not too dominate. Semi bitter finish, and a nice palate. It's a 100 degrees outside and that always makes a good pils taste pretty darn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
More body and flavor than I expected, more hops too. Almost really enjoyed it, it was so close to being good. Starts out fine, with pleasant malt sweetness and enough hops, but finishes a bit weird, somewhat sour I guess. I would not turn one down but I'm don't think I'll buy a sixer for myself.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
Cloudy orangish yellow with a thin head and lacing. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy. OK for a pils, but I really don’t like it much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2560) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2003
Bottle. A golden color with a white head and lots of rising bubbles. A nice perfume aroma. Smooth and soft on the palate with a little malt thickness that I don't usually notice in pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Nice cloudy orange color, reminscent of an IPA. Smells of floral hops with a hint of dry hopping at the end of the brewing cycle. Flavor is a bit too hoppy for a pilsener, it detracts from the crisp refreshing qualities that this style of beer should have.

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