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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%.

rangerred's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (987) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear light gold with a thin soapy head that quickly fades. Really no lacing either but there are tons of carbonation bubbles helping to keep a little foam on top. Aroma is definitely to style. Almost a little skunk with lots of noble hops and grass. A little bit of bready grain sneaks through. Flavor has lots of floral noble hops up front and sweet, bready grain. I can almost detect a tiny bit of roast on the back end. Bitterness is sharp and pleasant although there is a little more sweetness than I would like and it isn’t quite crisp enough. Overall, a pleasing pilsener but I prefer several from European breweries. Nonetheless it would be quite pleasant during the summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
commonmac (504) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Tap at Pub 819. Pint glass. Light golden color reminiscent of other pale domestic lagers. Very little head. Aroma is grain and cereal like a cheap beer. Taste is crisp and light with a grainy overarching feel. Hops are present but nothing citrus comes through. Tastes like a simple beer without a lot of excitement. Rare to see Lagunitas hold themselves back like this. Obviously chose other Lagunitas options...they are much better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4774) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Easy to drink with some decent saaz notes. Touch of booze in finish. Pours golden with OK head and lacing. Tap at Pizzeria paradiso Dupont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (698) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
I love how the description of the beer on this page has to clearly define a) what a pils is & b) how it is different from an ale. No wonder, given some of the reviews below that merely punish this beer with a low rating because "it’s not my style." So much for the well rounded beer critic. Have to say I’m a pretty big fan of this brew. Love the way it pours into the glass & how it offers the white as snow crown of foam on top. It’s a crisp & tasty & balanced pilsner. Highly recommended. I wish that a) I could get this in Toronto (I love a pilsner or two after a series of juicy IPAs) and b) that Canadian craft brewers could get a handle on this oh so unhip style & mark a variety of decent pils to choose from. Recommended. .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1576) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
Aroma of pale malt, hay and grains. Flavour is light sweet with a nice moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. Decent, quite malty Pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (423) - GERMANY - MAR 11, 2015
Pilsig-gelb im Glas. Honignoten, pilsig, aber hopfig. Grasige Noten, typische Malznoten. So soll ein Pils sein.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9243) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
Sampled @ Braukunst Live München 2015
Klare goldene farbe, ordentliche weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, grasig, hopfig. Geschmack ebenfalls sehr malzig, hopig, grasig bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOne (253) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours pale yellow, lingering head. Fairly it aroma at first.. though it dissipates fairly quickly. Generally reminds me of big breeds lagers but with more concentrated flavor. Nice hop bitter, a layer of breast yeast flavor, a little spice, floral. Finish is lightly bitter with a touch of must. Relatively full flavored for a lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (2499) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Keg at Draft House at 6.2%. Slightly hazy yellow, very lightly sparkling, small foamy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is cardboard and lemony passionfruit. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is thin papery malts, a bit pungent, some caramel, bubblegum, crisp finish. It’s OK at best. There are lagers I’d prefer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndyReynolds (1011) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Not my favorite style, so it did not get a strong rating from me. Typical pilsner, fits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BDawg82 (72) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - FEB 28, 2015
As it is being drunk from the bottle, the appearance gets a 3 as a sort of n/a. Upon opening the bottle to a rather nice aroma that is very balanced between bitter and sweet, there is a slight floral insinuation. This is continued in the first impression on the tongue, and with a certain sweetness yielding to a very malty, almost caramel note that quickly becomes more akin to coffee before quickly fading into an almost (but not quite) skunky finish. Pils gets a 2 for the palate as it is too heavy, and way too sticky, to qualify as a decent lager. However, removed from the restraint of labels, it is all in all a decent beer of whatever variety.

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