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RATINGS: 1100   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (2844) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Bottle: Rich golden/yellow color with a frothy white head and decent lacing. Malty sweet aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is sweet with malt, yet bitter in a light and floral way. Clean, crisp, and better enjoyed in the summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (1967) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Golden pour with only wisps of white webs. Aroma is sweet with some bitter hops. The flavor is a little off, not as clean as I was hoping for. Dissapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pizzler (1) - USA - DEC 6, 2006 does not count
full body, lively, long finish, one of the better Czech style pilsners I’ve have in the US

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 pours yellow with a one finger off white head. light body and aroma is a stronger than average pilsener smell. head does not last to long but has a little lacing. flavor is a strong pilsener taste probably one of the best pilseners i have had to date. definetly above average has some hop taste and yeast aroma too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Aroma of sweet malts.Pours a clear gold with a medium white head.Flavors of swet malt and honey.Medium body with a swet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1517) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bright golden; full white head that hangs around. Sweet malt and mild hop flower aroma. Delicious caramely pale malt flavor along with Saaz hop bitterness. Really good, but more robust than a "Czech Pils".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Not a bad pils at all. Aroma of chilis, sage, potatoes, veggies, radish, strawberry, bread, sesame, mac and cheese... I feel like I could go for ages on the aroma, honestly. Great complexity. Pour is very pretty, tons of bubbles, clear dark yellow, good head when fresh. Palate is not so accomodating to quaffing, and a little thin... caramelly as it warms. I should’ve started drinking this a bit colder than 47. Flavor doesn’t quite have the complexity of the aroma, more green, bready, not 100% dry. A quite good pils. Drink it cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle: Clear gold color with a small white head that has a mixture of large bubbles and small ones. Interesting. Typical sweet malty aroma, but missing some of the skunkiness that often is found in pilseners. The taste is a bitter sweet soapy flavor with a malty aftertaste. I like the full body on this one and I especially like the commerical description. Those crazy guys at Lagunitas!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2006
My first impression of this is was not good and got only slightly better with a clean palate. The aroma is very faint and has a yeasty malt character. The head is thin but laces well and is longstanding. Is this a German or Czech style Pilsner? The taste continues to grow on me but I will keep the lower score due to the aroma, appearance (very hazy) and initial impression on the palate. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle@Plan B, Copenhagen Not much aroma but a big american hop feel to the flavour. Very nice pils, but not what I’d describe Bohemian...

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