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RATINGS: 1189   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
darbeer75 (554) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Aroma: dry and hoppy, more like an IPA than a pilsner; Appearance: light straw with frothy head; some lacing; Taste: dry and bitter but still disappointingly pilsner-like, which I suppose is not the beer’s fault; Palate: very drinkable, light body with a short, slightly bitter finish; Overall: a decent pilsner but I can’t get past the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (4408) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2015
12oz bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer. Bright yelow, good head. Flowery resin aroma. Corn biscuit resin aroma. Sharp with perfumey biscuit aftertaste. Good example of style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OrthoDoc (188) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Tastes a little better than Miller lite. Just don't like the style now that I'm into craft beer. Maybe a good lawnmower beer when really thirsty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (419) - 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 (839) - 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) - Minnesota, USA - 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 (4015) - 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 (1335) - 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 (3179) - 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 (1497) - 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.

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