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RATINGS: 1182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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%.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a beautiful golden straw color. The head is barely off-white colored, and about two fingers high. Retention isn’t the best, but the way it settles in the glass betrays solid hoppiness. Lacing is spotty but thick in certain places. All in all, this looks really good in a glass. S: The hops used here aren’t just grassy, they also have a citrusy/lemony bend to them. I also notice touches of sugar cookie-esque malts and some mineral notes. Good aroma, just one that could be a bit stronger (especially for 6.2%). T: Initially, flavors of lemon and grass from the hops sweep the palate. A slightly sweet middle gives way to a dry back end with strong hard water notes. Slight buttery touches are prevalent throughout. I think it’s solid, but not as delicate or smooth as the best examples of the style. M: This is really light and crisp, like a good pils should be. The faint hard water quality gives it an assertively dry finishing kick - meaning it goes down with superb ease. O: While this is pretty good, Lagunitas didn’t fully nail this one. The drinkability is top notch, but in other aspects (balance, finesse, subtlety), I think the mark was missed. I’d definitely give this a second chance on tap, though.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaKeAFC (857) - ITALY - JUN 15, 2016
33 cl bottle in a restaurant in Seoul. Golden color slightly hazed, big rocky white head. Aroma of pale malts, grassy bittering hops and dough. Medium body soft carb smooth finish. Solid pils-lager with a boost.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (828) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2016
Clear yellow beer. Smells like grain and some fruity flavour. Nice mouthfeel good carbonation, fresh crisp lager, very slight sweetness in aftertaste. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2082) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle. Clear golden yelliw with large foamy white head, malt aroma, high carbonation, crisp malty taste, abrupt finish. Perfect Pilsner

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olenickj (41) - Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Sample at brewery. Drinkable pils. Much better than macro stud but very one dimensional.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
12 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. This god damned book is fucking pissing me off. The pour is a bright gold, maybe a little dark for a nice color. There is a thicker white head that falls to a film and a thicker collar. The aroma is very basic and pilsner-ish. There is a light corn and a decent metallic offering that balances out with a decent earthy hop. It’s basic, but what you’d expect for a pilsner. The flavor is almost non-existent. There is a light bitterness and s lot of malts that resound through. The pilsner flavors just vanish. No corn addition, no metallic notes, nothing. Just light malts and a bitterness. The mouth feel is a bit heavy and undercarbonated. This one started pretty decent, but then it just fell apart. The aftertaste is sweet malt and a light bitterness. This one just isn’t good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebone1988 (1184) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet, corn, earthy hops, metallic, eh. Appearance is golden, clear, white head. Taste is malty, bitter, some corn and metallic, but really just nothing. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, bitter malt aftertaste. Overall, eh. This one could be old but I doubt it would be much better fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ffbot (310) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2016
From a bottle, nice bitter smell of damp earth, rainwater, and medium hops. Taste is similar, not too sweet or bitter, very balanced out and nice. No real lasting impression

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 30, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4996) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle from the Stockbridge Tap. Appearance - golden with a decent head. Nose - light metallic and spice. Herbaceous too. Taste - more of the same. Sweet but bitter athe the same time, presumably because of the strength. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish. Overall - decent pils, challenges you a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (239) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
Poured from bottle into flute. Nice yeasty bread aroma. Pours a clear pale with white head. Has a light bitter taste. Light bodied with a slick texture. A very nice pilsner, perfect for a hot day.


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