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RATINGS: 1001   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Light golden body with a faint white head. Mellow hop aroma. Clean and refreshing taste. Has some floral and citrus notes Light malts and bitter hops try to make a breakthrough in the end. A decent beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2004
bottle poured a cloudy gold but not much of a head. aroma was a light hopps . Taste was a nice tart citrus, easy drinking and refreshing beer. This was really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2004
Nice carbonation contributes to a generous white head. Clear straw yellow. Aroma is grassy, foresty hops. This would be better with more fresh cookies maltiness rather than lemony notes, but it remains a very honest offering. Medium body. Slightly astringent finish with a gentle tart spicy hoppiness (hallertau?). Crisp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 10, 2004
A fair example of a Czech style pils, with a little hop kick added. Good mouthfeel, some odd non-pils tastes that just don’t come together for me at the end. Quite drinkable though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
(12 oz bottle) Fairly sweet and very floral, this pilsener lacks the maltiness and smokiness of a Czech style pilsener, which this beer claims to be; It's a bit malty initially, and nice at first, but the sweet, floral finish is just totally wrong for the style, and not even all that pleasant; Fairly strong hops bitterness for the style too, so this is more like a California pilsener, not a Czech one; The palate is thick, coating, heavy, creamy, and more substantial than most pilseners, but not very crisp, despite the hoppy presence; Aromas of corn, hops and perfume make for a so-so nose; Light golden color; White head pours to a nice size, has solid retention, and leaves sporadic blocks of dense lacing; I like Lagunitas beers, but this one's a bit of a disappointment

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Tap. Dark yellow for a pils, small head. Crisp smell; slightly minty and this follows through in the taste. Clean and drinkable, but it makes me think more of an APA than a genuine pils. Could also do with a little more zing: let’s see some hops here! A bit thin as well; I kept marking it down as I went through the glass. Not as good as other Lagunitas offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Clean crisp hops & light malt aroma. Filtered yellow, sticky head & lacing. The flavor is fruity and light, refreshing and very pilsnery. A bit of off note in the tail that could best be described as "ass", but that could be from....never mind. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Amber gold with a creamy like head and big spots of lace. Pils malts and earthy aromas. Hops are piney and floral. Pils malts of course come out in the flavor. Citrus as well. Lemons. Hrmm. Bitter hops. Palate is slightly spicy. Finish is bitter malts and citrus.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 4, 2004
pretty terrible stuff, they got a little bit of the tinny bitterness of a german pils but none of the texture. and why are so many american pilses so lemony?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Nice light copper/ deep straw color with slight white head. Traditional Pils smell- not overly hopped. I like czech pilsners with a lot of saaz hops but this one was subdued. Flavor is moderatly hoppy, with a nice smooth light malt backbone and has that pilsner like quality to the palate. Slightly spritzy and refreshing yet nothing too special. Ill take Prima or Stoudts pils over this any day.

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