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RATINGS: 1112   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2006
From a 12 oz. stubby twist off bottle with no freshness date, served in a pilsener glass. Poured a clear bright pilsener lager golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing. Aromas of cereal grains, a light honey, floral and soft spicy hops. Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant pilsener taste, cereal grains, the barley is noticeable and honey, herbal, spicy hops that are quite cleansing in the palate, and a dryish, sweet cereal grainy and spicy hop finish. A tasty and balanced pilsener from Lagunitas, I’m glad Lagunitas finally made it to Illinois.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
This pours a clear golden body with a slender head but a steady stream of bubbles. The aroma is a grainy malt with a sharp grassy hopping. Good carbonation. The malts smooth out in the flavor, nicely balanced with an herbal bitterness that delivers a snappy, crsip & bitter finish. Not bad at all.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is nice clear yellow with a thin white head...very grassy and grainy aroma...flavor is slightly sweet with a strong grassy bitterness...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Bottled. Slightly hazy and yellowish in colour with a rather large head. Malty and hoppy with notes of straws and pinnes and cardboard.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jonas (6053) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow, lowish head. Papery malt aroma. Straw malt, the lightest hint of hop counter. Fairly light body. Cardboard aftertaste. Either Plaza Liquors in Tucson sold me a dud or this beer is seriously overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Clear bronze, large pillowy head, decent lacing, good rentention. Aroma is grassy hops with light bread and the usual buttery note. Flavor is fairly buttery with a good balance and mouthfeel. However, the hop presence was lacking. Good, but could be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2006
Draught at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn. Bright orange-gold with a moderate white head. Mild aroma of sweet malt and herbal, flowery hops with a hint of honey. Flavour follows the aroma to a T, and finishes nice and lean. A solid pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Gold color , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and slight cat urine , very clean - taste of grainy , grassy , sweet ???? , hint of coco , hops , and malts – dry slight bitter mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet red fruit aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Clear bubbly gold, decent fluffy-fizzy white head. Mild honey-grain malt aroma, light eastern Europe hops; clean, somewhat dry. Tastes of pretty tangy sweet malt (a hint of apricot), quite bitter in the finish, dry slightly herbal hops. Very solid body, good carbonation, excellent astringency and a long bitter finish, almost harsh - pretty solid pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Golden straw in color. Lively carbonation with a fleeting white head. Sweet malt on the nose with a tinge of citric bitterness. Sweet and refreshing flavor, juicy malt, with a hint of citric bitterness at the finish. Very quaffable.

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