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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%.

spjensen's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spjensen (88) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
On tap. Light golden apperance. Overall reaction is slightly unremarkable. Kind of a dissapointment since im a fan of of pilsners.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BLADT (198) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
From bottle. Crown, pale yellow in glass. Limited head, especially for style. No keeping a matchstick upright in this brew. Nose is dough, McDonald’s cookies and straw. Taste is bright and dry. Lemon notes shine. Hints of dough. Mild harshness on finish. Well executed, but not sure if I’d return to this anytime soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (460) - Collinsville, USA - APR 7, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours yellow with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, crisp. Thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. Pale golden with one finger head. Revved up pilsner with substantial hops. Well done take on a pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (1707) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Bread, sweet, cracker, malty aromas. Malty, dough, grainy flavors. Nice, crisp, easy drinking, yet flavorful lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a nice pale yellow body yielding a decent one finger white foamy head that appeared and lasted for thirty seconds before slowly dieing into the body. The smell had the hops in front with faint lemon in the background. The taste was exactly the same. On the palate, it sat at about a light, crisp and some typical slight (Czech Pilsener) harshness on the tongue (though I expected it, it wasn’t necessarily enticing). Overall, uh . . . just another Czech Pilsener if you ask me, probably won’t entertain this one again, better stuff by Lagunitas out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma starts out with something that vaguely resembled banana and spice, but develops into a lighter lemon-esque note with some solvent-like qualities, some biscuit tones, and a light floral or grassy aroma. Overall, the aromas are fairly suppressed. It pours a clear, straw-pale color with w fluffy white head that reduces to just a ring around the edge of the glass; leaving a very light lace. The taste is a medium level of sweet with a light - medium light bitterness that shows up at the finish. There’s a light, but fizzy carbonation to this thin, effervescent pilsner. It’s medium-light body is primarily biscuit-y with a grassy roughness to it. It’s also a bit reminiscent of a citrus muffin with some light baking spices. It finishes dry, and crisp with a mild, spicy hop bite. Very light citrus and grass aftertaste that fades quick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (451) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a 1 finger eggshell head. S- Light grainy malts, sweet light fruits. T- Bready, light fruits, slightly nutty leading into a small wave of light hops. M- Thin to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. D- Definitely an easy drinker. Nothing special here but a good, sessionable pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (4611) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2014
On tap at Garden State Diner. Golden yellow with small head. Nose is malty. Taste hoppy, sweet, quite grassy. Texture prickly. Citrus bursts in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
onceblind (3671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Clear straw gold with a thin foamy cap. Nose is creamy and cerealish with a mix of over biscuity lager yeast and grass clippings. The taste has some lager yeast doughiness, pale cereal tones, and corn. Only a light grassy kiss of hops, but not enough to forgive the corn tone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (4413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good; a transparent gold with fluffy eggshell head. Smells of dough and mild hops. Tastes like it smells, but more robust, with more of a hop presence. Pleasant on the palate with a touch of pilsner snappiness. Enjoyable.

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