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RATINGS: 1186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (381) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours an ultra clear straw color. About one finger white head. Some retention and some lacing. It’s well carbonated.

Aroma is lagerish. Mild hop aroma. Smells like toasted rice for thec grain. Biscuity and bready along with the rice.

Taste is a little more hoppy than the nose. It’s a grassy and floral hops flavor. There’s some grapefruit in there. It’s also crackery. It’s more bitter than you would expect. It’s also chalky. Weird.

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Despite the light body, it covers the alcohol quite well. Only slightly dry. It’s crisp and clean. It’s pretty drinkable.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this. I want to like it, because I really like pilsners, but there’s something missing. The more I drink the more I like it. It’s unfortunate that I obtained this by trade, because I’d like to drink at least one more. I’d probably recommend this. It’s decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours yellow/straw with thick white head. Aroma of fresh fruit, hops and lemon. Tastes was sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - NOV 23, 2015
Tap (Rival House, St. Paul, MN); pours clear yellow gold with a white head; malty aroma with some grass and herbal notes; taste is malt and grass with some herbal hints; light bitter finish; decent Pilsner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (3841) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2015
On tap at Neurolux. A bit disappointing, and not very "pilsnerish". I was missing the crisp hops bite on the tap. This came across more lagerish, is both aroma and taste, more like a Dortmunder. I’d need to resample under better conditions (i.e. not at a concert)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scarletfire65 (1323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle at home. The aroma is light grainy malt, sweet grass, clean yeast. Taste is sweet, grassy, floral, husky grains. Clean hoppy finish. Nice Pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3082) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2015
On tap at PNP Charleston. Clear golden with fluffy white head. Aroma is light grain, light body, medium/light carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is light malt and some crisp hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Keg @The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. Pours clear and golden, nice white head, biscuit, bread, a touch of grapefruit on the nose. Nice enough lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Keg pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is clear pure yellow pour with mild sparkle, small head with mild lacing. Aroma is somewhat bitter metallic, basement with yeasty cheese. Taste is same--lightly bitter and sour. Palate is light to medium, average to fizzy carbonation, bitter finish. Overall, this is fair. Not as malty as you might expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at Arnies in Akron. Poured into a pint shaker. Pours a golden clear with small head. Cereal, fresh cut grass and hay, and slight dankness. The taste is similar with grass, hay, and cereal grains. Light body, crisp. Not a bad Czech.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malvrich (233) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2015
12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass Best by 12/29/2015 A: Ice cold gentle pour gives 1/2" of white bubbly head. Clear and pale gold with very large hence fast rising bubbles.Good retention and very nice lacing initially and as drunk. S: MiId grass and dried hay aroma with sweet baked bread behind. Nothing elaborate or that need be. T: Crisp flavors of lightly toasted white bread joined with faint herbal hop bitterness. The hops soon turn tart and faintly lemony. Nice, subtle and pretty well balanced. I do not get any alcohol at least as yet. Tartness perhaps turning a bit sour over time. M: Light for the strength and crisp on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Finishes medium length and somewhat wet. O: I expected good things from this and cannot say I’m disappointed except that I can’t get this in my hometown. Also slightly stronger than I prefer as I admit to becoming quite a lightweight in recent years. Nice beer overall and one i do recommend as a lover of pilsners.

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