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RATINGS: 1019   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Appearance is clear gold, without much head, leaves good lacing on the glass. Not much aroma. Taste definitely lacks something. Lack much malt presence, or the bitterness I would expect from a pilsner or a lagunitas! Pleasant enough, with good bitter finish, but simply nothing special or memorable. // Rerated June 2005. Still not much malt, but a good firm white head and lots of traditional noble hop bitterness. I like it more this time. Yeah, grass, but none of the citrus that would come from a west coast American hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2388) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight bitter finish. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Wow, must have been right time right place for this. It was everything a PILS is, but balanced and crisp and clean. I enjoyed this more then other pils I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2005
Hahaha....that’s the longest commercial description I think I’ve ever seen. Anyway. Sampled at crudetopia. Light gold hue. Small, frothy, white head. Straw, floral, spicy, honey aromas. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium body, smooth texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: another tasty american micro pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 100% blind rating. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Decent, though not aromatically very reminiscent of pils from Czech Rep. Hops aren’t quite right and the malt character isn’t that striking. Still, an enjoyable lager. (Previous non-blind rating: 3.2)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
12 oz bottle, sampled on the subway on the way home from Brewtopia ’05. Dark golden color with a small white head. Hoppy, grassy aroma. Flavor was nicely balanced. Dry, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05 12oz bottle. Yellow-gold, dark for a pils. Requisite graininess, fresh, saazy. Great pils flavor is a great quencher and excellent palate cleanser. Good amount of acidity. Balance between grain and grass is on the money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Fresh aroma of puny hops and some grass. Golden straw color with small head. Quite a strong flavor of grainy malt and grass. Also has that corn syrup taste to it. A fair Bohemian pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This is a ok Bohemian Pilsener. Drinkable. A slight bitter, citric flavors. Finishes clean and crsip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Saaz hops grassy nose. slightly underattenuated. Grainy and odd mouthfeel. Hops are the only saving grace.

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