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RATINGS: 1188   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Thanks to brewblackhole. Yellow color. Smell of grain, hops, minor pine, vegetable and earth. Tastes the same but also the with the taste of bread and some lemons. Ok for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
12oz. brown bottle. Poured into pilsner glass a lemon yellow colour with some light haze. Short lived white head. Aroma is straw/grass and malt. Flavour is bready malts, some grains midway through and a light grassy hop flavour toward finish.Trace of grass in aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, body is light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Still having a like-not-love relationship with Lagunitas. I’ve been really digging pilsners since the weather’s turned warm, and have been impressed with a number of American variations on classic styles. While this one is solid and likable, there’s something about their use of the czech malts that makes it almost buttery. I want the complexity, the spicy bite, and crispness, and there’s not quite enough of any of them for me here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Aroma is what I assume to be Czech Malts and hops ,very cerealy and grainey, taste is grain malt and biscuity hop,hop taste lingers around on back of tongue. Those odd tasting hops are somewhat dominating for a pilsner style,but its fine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 a clear dark gold pour with large sudsy white head. hoppy, orange aroma. flavor is bitter and dry and hoppy. lots of sweet cereal and honey-ish malts. hint of alcohol in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and stuck around for a while. Aroma was of molasses and subdued toffee with some noble hops in the background. There was a slight metallic note that detracted a bit. Fairly effervescent. Caramel, molasses, and husky grain flavors. Finished with mild hop bitterness that lingered.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2007
12-oz. Wow, what a shockingly unsuccessful effort. Pours a reddish golden amber with a thin white dab of foam that falls to spotty suds. Endless fast-rising bubbles. Huge boiled vegetable and wet cardboard nose. Watery body, hyper-aggressive carb, messy vegetal and cardboard mid-palate followed up by a rather nice splash of peppery and slightly resinous hops. Nothing about this is pleasant, but I’d love to have tried what they had in mind with these aggressive west coast hops in a bohemian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Medium to thin bodied, simple biscuit malt character with muted hop flavor and minimal bitterness. Very refreshing lawnmower beer - keep it cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
12oz. bottle. Aroma is lightly sweet and grainy, comprised primarily of lightly bready, crackery malts, combined with a small amount of herbal, spicy, grassy hop and touches of lemon. Clear light-medium golden color, bubbly and with a fine, lasting head. Flavor profile is clean and well-balanced, with more pale malty flavor present throughout, but contributing mostly grainy, bready notes and less in the way of sweetness, while the hops make themselves known fairly late with a short burst of spicy bitterness and herbal, leafy character. Finishes dry and refreshing. Mouthfeel is effervescent and thin, body is light-medium. The only real issue I have with this one is a noticeable, lingering chemical-like acidity and harshness, possibly from an overabundance of alcohol. Otherwise, this is a well-done Pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Sampled at ABF Night of the Lagers. Nice crisp clean pilsner. be a great one to have in the summer.

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