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RATINGS: 1155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (270) - - NOV 23, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours yellow/straw with thick white head. Aroma of fresh fruit, hops and lemon. Tastes was sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (1047) - CROATIA - NOV 23, 2015
Tap (Rival House, St. Paul, MN); pours clear yellow gold with a white head; malty aroma with some grass and herbal notes; taste is malt and grass with some herbal hints; light bitter finish; decent Pilsner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (3105) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2015
On tap at Neurolux. A bit disappointing, and not very "pilsnerish". I was missing the crisp hops bite on the tap. This came across more lagerish, is both aroma and taste, more like a Dortmunder. Iíd need to resample under better conditions (i.e. not at a concert)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scarletfire65 (1187) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle at home. The aroma is light grainy malt, sweet grass, clean yeast. Taste is sweet, grassy, floral, husky grains. Clean hoppy finish. Nice Pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2474) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2015
On tap at PNP Charleston. Clear golden with fluffy white head. Aroma is light grain, light body, medium/light carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is light malt and some crisp hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Keg @The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. Pours clear and golden, nice white head, biscuit, bread, a touch of grapefruit on the nose. Nice enough lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (294) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Keg pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is clear pure yellow pour with mild sparkle, small head with mild lacing. Aroma is somewhat bitter metallic, basement with yeasty cheese. Taste is same--lightly bitter and sour. Palate is light to medium, average to fizzy carbonation, bitter finish. Overall, this is fair. Not as malty as you might expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1472) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at Arnies in Akron. Poured into a pint shaker. Pours a golden clear with small head. Cereal, fresh cut grass and hay, and slight dankness. The taste is similar with grass, hay, and cereal grains. Light body, crisp. Not a bad Czech.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malvrich (130) - durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2015
12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass Best by 12/29/2015 A: Ice cold gentle pour gives 1/2" of white bubbly head. Clear and pale gold with very large hence fast rising bubbles.Good retention and very nice lacing initially and as drunk. S: MiId grass and dried hay aroma with sweet baked bread behind. Nothing elaborate or that need be. T: Crisp flavors of lightly toasted white bread joined with faint herbal hop bitterness. The hops soon turn tart and faintly lemony. Nice, subtle and pretty well balanced. I do not get any alcohol at least as yet. Tartness perhaps turning a bit sour over time. M: Light for the strength and crisp on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Finishes medium length and somewhat wet. O: I expected good things from this and cannot say Iím disappointed except that I canít get this in my hometown. Also slightly stronger than I prefer as I admit to becoming quite a lightweight in recent years. Nice beer overall and one i do recommend as a lover of pilsners.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (3291) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Taste from a friend (tap) @ Cowgirl BBQ. Pours clear golden with a medium head. Aroma is malts and crisp fruits. Flavor is dry fruity malts with a hoppy finish. Excellent pils.

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