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RATINGS: 1025   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (338) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma starts out with something that vaguely resembled banana and spice, but develops into a lighter lemon-esque note with some solvent-like qualities, some biscuit tones, and a light floral or grassy aroma. Overall, the aromas are fairly suppressed. It pours a clear, straw-pale color with w fluffy white head that reduces to just a ring around the edge of the glass; leaving a very light lace. The taste is a medium level of sweet with a light - medium light bitterness that shows up at the finish. There’s a light, but fizzy carbonation to this thin, effervescent pilsner. It’s medium-light body is primarily biscuit-y with a grassy roughness to it. It’s also a bit reminiscent of a citrus muffin with some light baking spices. It finishes dry, and crisp with a mild, spicy hop bite. Very light citrus and grass aftertaste that fades quick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (547) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a 1 finger eggshell head. S- Light grainy malts, sweet light fruits. T- Bready, light fruits, slightly nutty leading into a small wave of light hops. M- Thin to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. D- Definitely an easy drinker. Nothing special here but a good, sessionable pilsner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
onceblind (3966) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Clear straw gold with a thin foamy cap. Nose is creamy and cerealish with a mix of over biscuity lager yeast and grass clippings. The taste has some lager yeast doughiness, pale cereal tones, and corn. Only a light grassy kiss of hops, but not enough to forgive the corn tone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good; a transparent gold with fluffy eggshell head. Smells of dough and mild hops. Tastes like it smells, but more robust, with more of a hop presence. Pleasant on the palate with a touch of pilsner snappiness. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (179) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
チェコ風ピル&# 濃いのが好き&

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear straw gold body with a one finger frothy white head that left some nice lacing. The nose is bready and crackery maltiness with a light floral and noble hop note. The flavor is a little less bright and hoppy than I was hoping for. The hops and bitterness level is very low. Still a nice dry, crisp, and crackery malt base that helps though. Light bodied and dry with soft fizzy carbonation. OK overall, but not as bright and hoppy as I was looking for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nero55 (665) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Golden with large white head. Aroma of grain, corn, and a hint of sweetness. Light body with grain notes and a floral hop bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Average pils nothing special which is not a bad thing. Crisp and bubbly. And what makes it Czech style? Haha

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Shanebrews (168) - Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
This is not a true pilsner. The aroma is strongly hoppy but with a weird grapefruit note. The color is straw but a shade darker than continental pilsners; the head is thick and retains well. The taste is not grainy enough; the malts are too thick and heavy and the hops come through in a cloying manner. The beer could be an alright lager, but it is no Czech pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFunGuy (616) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Golden in color it has a typical lager aroma. It has more of a bite with the flavor and a bit more complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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