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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%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2012
12 ounce short bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. With the pilsner style, which is typically light in color, it’s easy to see if the glass you are using has been properly cleaned. And I’m a bit ashamed to admit that my glass doesn’t pass the test. That’s my fault, not the brewer’s. The beer pours a nearly brilliant light gold, with wave upon wave of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Most Pilsner style beers are really light in color but this one is darker than those that I’m used. I got sort of aggro with my pour but alas I don’t get an real sort of head. I do however, manage to over-pour and spill down the sides of my glass. Bummer. I like a nice frothy head (one you can float a bottle cap on as Jim Koch is fond of saying) with my pilsner beer. Initial aroma is of … well hold on a sec as I’ve managed to give my nose a bath. This review is just going swimmingly. I primarily get some light candy corn malt sweetness, with some flowery hibiscus like hop character in the background. On the aroma side of things the hop character is really muted, especially for a beer that’s done in the Czech Pilsner style. The hops in the first taste are both in the front and rear; malt flows through the middle. There’s a nice bitterness but it’s very mild and low key. Not surprisingly, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with ample carbonation. Body is medium to full; certainly there’s more there than most of this style. I get a little bit of carbonic bite with this beer, but it’s not unpleasant, and not surprising given the carbonation levels. The carbonation sweeps in quickly, ridding your mouth of the beer before you have a chance to ponder what else it may hold. I think that’s a good thing, as the beer has quite a bit of residual sweetness, and without the carbonation levels this could end up cloying. Sweetness may also be coming from the alcohol, as at 6.2% this is bordering on a 1.5x Pilsner … that may be also why I’m getting some sweetness out of it. Kudos for keeping the phenolics out of this one. Instead it goes down quick and easy. Lawnmower beer seems like too lazy a descriptor, so I’m left searching for something else. Lavender hops yield to candy corn sweetness, before both are quickly evaporated in a wave of carbonation that leaves a lingering, slightly sulfuric, afterfinish. I’d like a bit more hops in this one, especially in the nose, as they are there but they play a supporting role to the sweet malt profile. Not a badly done beer, but there are other pilsners out there that I prefer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewje41 (304) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Draft pour at special brews brewers night. Pours blonde with no head really. Small hops and corn on the aroma. Corn and grassy flavors. Never been my style here, so consider that when I say I’m not a big fan. Not too bad though. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (650) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2014
12Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear light yellow, big white foamy head, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma yeast , grain and some malts. Taste is of grain and yeast mostly, some malts finishes a bit sticky. Nice pils, easy to drink, refreshing and enjoyable, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1299) - - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold with a big white head and active carbonation. Aroma is grassy, fruity and sweet. Taste follows and adds slight caramel and toast notes. Decently full mouthfeel and strong carb. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adubs (8) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
Overall nice, drinkable pilsner. Rich golden color with light white head. Great taste, slight sweetness touch to it. Good idea to throw one in a make-your-own six pack, will have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiamiBarman (23) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
From bottle to cold glass. Splendid golden appearance with a soft head that you could land on. Sweet, malty aroma with a very faint hint of citrus. Very pleasant to drink with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Short to medium finish. As you go further into it, the caramel aroma really starts to shine. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (792) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Draft at Eureka! Clear gold pour, white head. Aroma of grass, toast, sulfur and just a bit fruity. Lightly sweet, short dry finish that’s minimally bitter. Overall: a so-so pilsener, would personally like it more back at 5.3%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ctplt777 (54) - - MAY 19, 2014
I’m really loving this one right here. I’m not much of a pilsner guy but I love pretty much everything lagunitas does so I saw this in Publix and got the last few singles they had. After pouring into the glass I just looked at the beer and was blown away at how nice it looked. White pillowy head, beautiful golden color. Went right into the aroma. Sweet biscuity malt. Loads of this. It was so awesome. Taste was spot on. Sweet malts just blast you in the face. It’s just an awesome beer. I’m really glad I tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (635) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle. Nice beer. Hazy yellow pour. Nice crisp flavor with with grassy, hay, and saaz hops flavors. An underrated beer. Perfect for a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dliberto (128) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Drank from bottle. Nose is hay, corn, bread, and dough. Taste is sweet, crisp, with a faint taste of citrus, and cereal. Small hop presence, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Meh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2014
At Brewery. Good aroma. Dough, grass, sweet. Clean pale gold color. Good initial head faded to a soft cover. Spotty lace. Sweet flavor. Lite body thin mouthfeel dry kind of sweet finish. Good. Nice to stay with. His all the necessary points.

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