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RATINGS: 1111   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
This lager is simple but smooth, It makes you remember the old town and how things used to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1794) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes very crisp amd clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4668) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 12, 2015
355ml bottle. Crystal clear, bright yellow-golden colour with average to huge, fluffy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, snow-white head. Minimally grainy, pale malty aroma, grassy and minimally floral overtones. Taste is moderately but not too sweet pale malty, a touch of honey-covered cereals, mildly grassy and floral hoppy overtones, a good dose of citrusy hop as well. Very well balanced, precise, clean: superb drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vestlake (194) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2015
Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is classic pilsner. Taste has grass, lemon, and pilsner hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3985) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2015
Deep golden color. Modest bitter dry nose. Mouth isn’t as clean as I would hope, but not bad. Somewhat grassy. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1473) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.2.2015. Pours clear golden. Mild, sweet butter, hay nose. Taste has grass, lemon, pils hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (700) - Delaware, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Light golden, mediocre appearance. Floral scent. Taste is Pilsener with some hop kick. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
commonmac (611) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Tap at Pub 819. Pint glass. Light golden color reminiscent of other pale domestic lagers. Very little head. Aroma is grain and cereal like a cheap beer. Taste is crisp and light with a grainy overarching feel. Hops are present but nothing citrus comes through. Tastes like a simple beer without a lot of excitement. Rare to see Lagunitas hold themselves back like this. Obviously chose other Lagunitas options...they are much better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4981) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Easy to drink with some decent saaz notes. Touch of booze in finish. Pours golden with OK head and lacing. Tap at Pizzeria paradiso Dupont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (729) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
I love how the description of the beer on this page has to clearly define a) what a pils is & b) how it is different from an ale. No wonder, given some of the reviews below that merely punish this beer with a low rating because "it’s not my style." So much for the well rounded beer critic. Have to say I’m a pretty big fan of this brew. Love the way it pours into the glass & how it offers the white as snow crown of foam on top. It’s a crisp & tasty & balanced pilsner. Highly recommended. I wish that a) I could get this in Toronto (I love a pilsner or two after a series of juicy IPAs) and b) that Canadian craft brewers could get a handle on this oh so unhip style & mark a variety of decent pils to choose from. Recommended. .

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