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RATINGS: 1033   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (182) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2014
BOD 111/14. Clear golden pour with exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of slightly sweet biscuit over hops that have notes of spice and tropical. Light medium body that manages to be almost slick in texture. While it appears to be well carbonated (bubbles), it fails to effervesce on the finish in a lively fashion, hence it is normal carbonation level. The flavor profile has some complexity and is well balanced, unfortunately it doesn’t scream saaz hops. It begins with a slightly sweet spice that flows into mild bitterness. The middle has a tropical rind like citric note. The finish is biscuit with a low level lingering bitterness with notes of spice. Very good, but not quite outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bork (135) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Not entirely successful attempt at a Czech Pilsner. Hops are overly prominent and not very clean. Aftertaste is all bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2181) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
On tap at sticky lips. Pale and filtered. Inoffensive nose. Floral. Fruity palate but light. Some hoppy dryness in the finish. Well made.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NikkTwist (1597) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Draft at Fado in Philly. Clear pale gold pour with a cover of white foam. Slightly juicier than I would expect for a pils. Grassy. Mandarins. Some light spice in the finish. Not particularly exciting but beats a Bud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a small white head. Nose is grain. Taste is typical hops and cracker. Nice pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3595) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Draught. Kicked the keg with this pour. Pours a clear light golden color with an indeterminate amount of head. Nose is lightly filled with corn and seems a bit sweet. Taste has a lot of corn in there, and ends up being slightly earthy. Seems moderately crisp. It’s earthier than I usually prefer, but doesn’t end up being all that bad for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (399) - Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2014
On draft. Pale straw color with one finger head. Grassy aroma. Herby and grassy taste. Ends bitter and dry. Enjoyable Pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewje41 (394) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Draft pour at special brews brewers night. Pours blonde with no head really. Small hops and corn on the aroma. Corn and grassy flavors. Never been my style here, so consider that when I say I’m not a big fan. Not too bad though. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (711) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2014
12Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear light yellow, big white foamy head, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma yeast , grain and some malts. Taste is of grain and yeast mostly, some malts finishes a bit sticky. Nice pils, easy to drink, refreshing and enjoyable, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1398) - - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold with a big white head and active carbonation. Aroma is grassy, fruity and sweet. Taste follows and adds slight caramel and toast notes. Decently full mouthfeel and strong carb. Solid.

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