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RATINGS: 1148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Golden pour, with a diminished head...no lace. A grainy spiced nose predominates. The flavors are similar, with grains, yeast and lemons. A hopped grain finish combines with the remaining citrus to make a lightly bready mouthfeel. Its a decent sessionista, but not very complex, and a bit unilateral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pours clear pale yellow with a frothy bone white head. The aroma is grassy, husky, spicy and clean - quite nice. Medium body that is crisp and has a fresh cut grassiness, grainy clean malt and some spicy hops. The finish has even more of a spicy hop presence. It is not the most complex beer, but its not a very complex tasting style. What is here is done very well and is a great interpretation of the style. Thumbs up for a quality pils that I’m glad is finally in my area of the country - a good pils was not easy for me to come by.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2007
light golden color, white head. aromas of malt and yeast. tastes bitter (like grapefruit), malt, some spices. not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Draught at Horse Brass. Faint malty aroma. Clear gold colour with white head, and sufficient lace. Malty pilsenery flavour with a nice hoppy bite. Long finish. A worthy example of the breed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle: Clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, some citrus, floral, and herbal hops, bisucity malts. Flavor, crisp, herbal notes, some pale bready malts. A nice bitterness to it. Light to medium bodied, refreshing. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coldbrewky (1521) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2007
12oz stubbie. Gentle nose of hops and a sweet opening to a nice rounded malt body that is not overpowering but just right. A finish that leaves one gently salivating. A very nice lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a nice clear copper gold, sparkly and fizzy. The half-inch of white head disappears almost immediately. I don’t detect much of an aroma at all. Ah, but it tastes very nice. Crisp and dry, the malt is there but offset nicely by the hops. The hops are bold spicy and flavorful, a very good compliment to the dry finish and prevalent carbonation. The aftertaste is more of the same. Hops in the aftertaste a bit piney.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Nice golden color and aroma of saaz hops. Firm white head, medium body. Sweet matls followed by the strong bitter finish one expects from a Czech style pilner. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8678) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Chill hazy deep gold pour with 1-finger fizzy white head. Aroma of bready pale malt, some apricotty fruit, hops, and honey. Tastes pale malty, crisp, smooth, with mid-palate hops and slight honey. Well balanced and quite quafffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear golden pour with a thin and fizzy white head. Aroma is light and hoppy with a sweetness and a light floral touch. Some corn in it as well. Flavor is light and bitter with a slight touch of malts that offsets the dry hops. Light to medium finish with a small touch of sweetness.

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