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RATINGS: 1025   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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 ítop-fermentedí, which is longhand for íAleí. Sometime long before the 1860ís, 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 íLagerí beer. Lager is the German word for ístorageí. 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 íhaute coutureí. 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 youíre on vacation and leave fresh scones and coffee for you when you return. Now, donít get us wrong, ales can be a lot of fun to hang out with when youíre in the right mood, and if you have bail money on you. But whatís wrong with liviní 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%.

VengefulOdin's rating

   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, itís easy to see if the glass you are using has been properly cleaned. And Iím a bit ashamed to admit that my glass doesnít pass the test. Thatís my fault, not the brewerís. 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 Iím used. I got sort of aggro with my pour but alas I donít 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 Ö well hold on a sec as Iíve 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 thatís done in the Czech Pilsner style. The hops in the first taste are both in the front and rear; malt flows through the middle. Thereís a nice bitterness but itís very mild and low key. Not surprisingly, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with ample carbonation. Body is medium to full; certainly thereís more there than most of this style. I get a little bit of carbonic bite with this beer, but itís 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 thatís 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 Ö that may be also why Iím 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 Iím 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. Iíd 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JBPortland (684) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to Lukaduke! Pours clear pale gold with 2 finger head. Nose is grainy citrus, orange, and what seems like Spaghetti-Oís sauce. Taste is round pale malt, orange slice, grain, corn. Finish is medium bitter earthy malt grain and subtle citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2014
BOD 111/14. Clear golden pour with exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of slightly sweet biscuit over hops that have notes of spice and tropical. Light medium body that manages to be almost slick in texture. While it appears to be well carbonated (bubbles), it fails to effervesce on the finish in a lively fashion, hence it is normal carbonation level. The flavor profile has some complexity and is well balanced, unfortunately it doesnít scream saaz hops. It begins with a slightly sweet spice that flows into mild bitterness. The middle has a tropical rind like citric note. The finish is biscuit with a low level lingering bitterness with notes of spice. Very good, but not quite outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bork (53) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Not entirely successful attempt at a Czech Pilsner. Hops are overly prominent and not very clean. Aftertaste is all bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2158) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
On tap at sticky lips. Pale and filtered. Inoffensive nose. Floral. Fruity palate but light. Some hoppy dryness in the finish. Well made.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NikkTwist (1540) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Draft at Fado in Philly. Clear pale gold pour with a cover of white foam. Slightly juicier than I would expect for a pils. Grassy. Mandarins. Some light spice in the finish. Not particularly exciting but beats a Bud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (457) - Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a small white head. Nose is grain. Taste is typical hops and cracker. Nice pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3502) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Draught. Kicked the keg with this pour. Pours a clear light golden color with an indeterminate amount of head. Nose is lightly filled with corn and seems a bit sweet. Taste has a lot of corn in there, and ends up being slightly earthy. Seems moderately crisp. Itís earthier than I usually prefer, but doesnít end up being all that bad for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (370) - Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2014
On draft. Pale straw color with one finger head. Grassy aroma. Herby and grassy taste. Ends bitter and dry. Enjoyable Pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewje41 (333) - 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 Iím 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 (683) - 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.

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