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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Keg at Draft House at 6.2%. Slightly hazy yellow, very lightly sparkling, small foamy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is cardboard and lemony passionfruit. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is thin papery malts, a bit pungent, some caramel, bubblegum, crisp finish. It’s OK at best. There are lagers I’d prefer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndyReynolds (1048) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Not my favorite style, so it did not get a strong rating from me. Typical pilsner, fits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BDawg82 (72) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - FEB 28, 2015
As it is being drunk from the bottle, the appearance gets a 3 as a sort of n/a. Upon opening the bottle to a rather nice aroma that is very balanced between bitter and sweet, there is a slight floral insinuation. This is continued in the first impression on the tongue, and with a certain sweetness yielding to a very malty, almost caramel note that quickly becomes more akin to coffee before quickly fading into an almost (but not quite) skunky finish. Pils gets a 2 for the palate as it is too heavy, and way too sticky, to qualify as a decent lager. However, removed from the restraint of labels, it is all in all a decent beer of whatever variety.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnymusky (540) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2015
sample from our lagunitas rep...thx dude...pour is golden with inch high white head...nose is bread and malt....taste is very light in my opinion...a little malt some hops and yeast...none of the flavors dominates...easy drinking....good not great....(#398)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1986) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Aroma: bread and grain malts, light hops. Appearance: clear gold, small, frothy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: bread malts, some fruits coming up, very light on hops. Overall: decent Pilsner, very drinkable, nothing too exciting. Pint at CBR2015, Shoreditch.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
pricey290483 (665) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
On tap at craft beer rising very pale in colour very much like a normal lager not much going on on the taste or after taste a good larger though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kraddel (4535) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
Pours clear blonde. Smell has some malts. Taste is bit bitter, aromatic pilsner malts and yeast. Slightly hoppy back ( no hoparoma though)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Iznogud (1454) - CROATIA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle, 355 ml from deli in Brooklyn. Pours clear orange with off-white head. Malty, grassy and light hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty with bitterish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (131) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Great brewery, but not my style. Golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little bit of funk - I can never put my nose on middle-European hop varieties. Somewhat malty, which saves it for me. Very clean finish which is also nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1205) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo, NY. Very very nicely done here. Light and crisp, a little bit of spice, a little bit of hop character but well-balanced throughout. Always nice to enjoy a well-crafted pilsner.

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