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RATINGS: 1189   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Sampled at ABF Night of the Lagers. Nice crisp clean pilsner. be a great one to have in the summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Pours a deep golden color with thin fizzy head. Aroma of grass, sweet malt, sweet dough. Taste is of grassy hops, sweet malt, some alcohol, sweet doughy flavor and a note of honey. This is highly carbonated and pretty tasty but the alcohol presence is a bit too much for yhe style. Also, the bitterness is a bit too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
surprising heavy. Heavy in carbonation and bloatedness mostly. Saaz hops, malt aroma, enoz saltz composition. Light colour with some cloudiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2007
Orange-golden, slightly hazy with a nice, creamy head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw and dusty hops. The flavour has a nice sweetness, notes of caramel, fruit and citrus, and the finish is dry with notes of grapefruit. 2244

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6680) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2007
Slightly hazy golden color, short head. Aroma is hoppy, grainy, some sweet malt. Nice soft sweet and bitter taste, pilsener malty. Nice soft bitter palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
pours golden with a slightly hoppy aroma. slightly sweet hith a hint of hop bitterness. finishes more bitter than most pilsners I have had. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1701) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Just a faint aroma of hops, and pours a clear gold, with almost no head. The flavor is a quick burst of sweet, followed by a long bitter finish. Very thin palate, not horrible, but I can’t think of a time I’d grab this over an IPA or a standard lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Draft at Beer festival. I’m not a huge fan of pilsners or practically any other kind of lagers, but this one was pretty soild. Golden color, with a relatively small head. Nice and hoppy with a nice smooth flavor.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
obguthr (5698) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 VaBF 07 Draft: No aroma. Dark gold, no head. Medium hops, no character. Very blah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tendency (26) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
This is a defining american pilsener. Excellent malt hit with hop aftertaste. Beautiful golden color with solid head and delightful lacing. Sweet hints and ’full deck of cards’ mouth feel. Like a soft southern woman who aims to please. Absolutely humbles pilsener urquell. Must try.

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