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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 A beautiful slightly hazed golden hue with a full creamy lather. Aroma is malty with a slight whiff of fresh biscuit. Medium nectar with ample residual effers. This brew has a solid malty backbone with a nice layer a grandmas fresh baked bread. Ther is a defined yet subtle asprin burn on the tongue upon finish. This a a fantastic pilsener. Overall: a mouthwatering brew thats hard to put down. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10459) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
Bottled. Golden coloured. HAzy. Off white medium head. Lasting. Sweet and hoppy aroma with herbal and fruity notes. flavour is flowery and sweet. Is well balanced and smooth. Medium bodied. Nice smooth bitterness in the end. Easy to drink and very pleasant. Goes well with a well spiced indian curry imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Overall I really enjoyed this pilsener, a Bohemian Pilsener, even. I especially enjoyed the beer history lesson printed on the packaging and again here under the commercial description. Very informative. Pours bright and cheery, lots of crispness to the hops. Very pleasant. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2006
This was one of my original reviews, within the top 78. I know that because I deleted 78 ratings a year ago in a fit of pique. I remember that the old score was 4.5 total, far into the upper ranges for this beer. And I swear it was somewhat unfiltered and particulate 4 years ago, I swear it! On to this observation: A clean and crisp lager with incredible Saaz grassiness, hay, pepper and salt, just plain delicious. Pencil shavings too. Lacks a bit of body and some possible oiliness I have encountered before, and seems almost too clean, but exceptionally well-made. Among my fave American lagers. Thanks, whoever in OH imports this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17593) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2006
Clear golden yellow colour with white head. Floral hoppy aroma. Dry hoppy flavor with some spiciness. Dry bitterness in the finish. An okay pilsener.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle: Spicy and lightly floral nose; distinctly Lagunitas house character in the pilsner malt; the body is slightly hazy; not as round or smooth as it should be, but it has a nice malty backbone as it should, and a solid, lingering floral and spicy hop finish; a solid player, and another nice one from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This is what I love about pilsners: an abreviated but steady head, a hazy golden hue, the smell of a grain silo, and an irresistable drinkability. Lagunitas has a reputation for outlandish interpretatons (and unique inventions) though this one shows the ability to produce a product within its established genre with a distinctly proprietal stamp. The brew is deep for a pilsner with a longish finish and a decent little alcohol kick. A nice session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (11093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber with a huge frothy white head that was lasting. Moderate hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Light bitter hoppy flavor with a short finish. Drinkable but soft in the finish..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 on tap at the "Sweet Spot" bar in Santa Rosa, CA. Hue is a clear straw-yellow, complimented with streaks of marigold, a frothy white head that lingers throughout, and lively carbonation. The aroma is sweet and fresh as morning grass when its all dewy. spicy hops surface from the background. flavors emerge and overlap, one after the other - straw, slightly bitter hops, corn, honey, grass and grainy malts. finishes dry and bittersweet. Ah!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bottle poured a clear golden yellow with adiminishing white head. Aromas of bread, corn, and hay. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread,, straw, a bit of corn, with a mildly bitter finish.

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