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RATINGS: 1174   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11878) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Very pretty, slightly haze golden yellow with next-to-nothing head. Aroma is sweet, has toffee and a malty edge - some hops as well. Flavour is quite nice. The toffee maltyness begins the taste. Then quite a clear and crisp bitterness, finishing with a slight flowery and berry-like tone to it. Great balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6216) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Interesting Commercial Description. A nice foamy head greeted me when this one was poured. It reminds of a hefe head. Aroma is hop and fruit. First taste is very unique and refreshing. The hops bite at the back of the tongue. Creamy mouthfeel. As the beer warms the deep hop bite settles into a kind of "IPA" taste. This beer screams "quality."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 30, 2007
Nice golden color with a thich off white head, big hop boquet, nice hop flavor on a light to meduim mouth feel. Brussels lace adorns the glass till empty. Could use a touch mor emalth to balance it better but still a great pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skinnyviking (8555) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Small white and quickly disappearing head. Hazy orange body. Lovely barley malt aroma with fruity notes. Pretty dry hops flavor but again you are not in doubt about the barley malt. Long powerful aftertaste seldom found at a pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
bottle from ace bev. pours a cloudy amber with moderate white head that fades into a creamy lacing. aroma is bready, some fruit (peaches), some herbal hops. medium-light body. the malt is there in the beginning, but it fades into a very clean finish (only a hint of caramel malt remains), with tons of hop flavor. grapefruit, pine, some of the funky hops you expect from a pils, but this is definitely an american take on the style. that said, i love it. the perfect summer quaffer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle: Very nice head with a dark brown body. Cake-like aroma that was much sweeter than expected. In the mouth the first thing I noted was the soft floral qualities. Some nice soft melon qualities blend well with the balancing hops. This is not ones usual Bohemian pils, lacks the strong hops and that definitive pilsner malt. But this is a wonderfully simple, drinkable session beer that I would recommend to anyone.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
doubelknv3 (1076) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2007
Very mild grainy aroma. Clear, pale golden. Very skunky, wet dog flavour with sour boring dry experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (5174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2007
On tap at Flying Pie Boise. Pours out a light straw. Topped with a white head. Not a bad aroma a little yeast in the tast. Not bad at all for a Pils.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Pours pale gold white head with some bubbles. Sweet dry light apple aroma. Big bittersweet hoppy flavor with mouth puckering finish. Amazing how much these reviews differ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
A little different from the Czech Pils I’ve been drinking a lot of lately. Mostly hops, a little spicyness and malts in there. I put back a few so I guess it was an easy drinking beer. Not bad.

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