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RATINGS: 1097   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eRock_2013 (301) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2014
An authentic American-made Czech pils, classic noble hops with some grassy spicyness, along with fresh grainy malt, just a classic and well balanced flavor profile. Pours a shimmery golden color with plenty of lacing, just looks like a classic pilsner. Aroma of bitter hops and grass, and pale malt. Texture is comfortably carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Very reminiscent of Pilsner-Urquell. Paired quite well with some spicy hummus and pita bread, FYI. A nice craft pilsner, recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (970) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Light golden color , nice white head. Fresh aroma of hay , malt , some honey. Grassy , malty taste. Crisping , refreshing . Great lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drdisque (606) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On tap at Lagunitas Chicago Taproom. Pours clear and light gold. Flavor is moderately hopped with typical saaz flavor and no excessively bitter or inappropriate "cascade" type flavors, crisp and clean. Some fresh barley notes. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (571) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
DATE TASTED: December 12, 2014... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: a long work week receives a good reward... APPEARANCE: dazzling golden effervescent body; creamy white head that sends flares upward; mostly transparent... AROMA: perfumy, almost high-hopped aroma; fragrant lemon and candied apple; for a pilsener, the malts are apologetic and understated... PALATE: fizzy, vibrant mouthfeel; smooth, nuanced weight on the teeth; formidable, medium-bodied...TASTE: tasty, fruity intensity--apple and pear, a more acidic cheese--pitched sharply but ends with a malty, doughy finish... OVERALL: for dudes who claim they DON’T do lagers, this pilsener is easy to get behind--fruity, forceful, and capable of commanding attention on its own; another strong Lagunitas offering...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3803) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. Fruity and clean smell. Hoppy taste with some fruity aromas. Clean and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Keg at Fat Heads PDX, 09/11/14. Clear pale golden with a decent white covering. Nose is bread dough, straw, citric tones, light caramel. Taste comprises straw, bread dough, pale malts, light cereal, clean tasting. Medium body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light hop bitterrings. Clean and refreshing, solid Czech pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1958) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
33 cl bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Crisp clear gold, no head. Very bready aroma with some faint lemon zest. Medium body, cereal grain flavour, then some nice balanced but forward malt and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tompete (229) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a pale gold with a fine white head. Aroma is very mild, pilsner malt. Flavour is bitter and almost rough, but in a satisfying, thirst quenching way. Finish stays bitter but balanced with a little malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3067) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Sweet grainy barley malt and dry hay aroma. Clear yellow with a large white head. Sweet barley malt and bitter grassy flavor. Medium body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (981) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle into pils glass, clear golden color with white head. Aroma of bread, faint grain and light floral/citrus note. Taste adds notes of cereal, straw and some faint piney bitterness. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp with mildly bitter clean finish. Nice easy pils with some character.

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