eclaycamp (192) - , Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SlovakSniper (2553) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une petite bouteille sur laquelle est imprimée une date illisible. Une robe dorée. Une mousse impeccablement blanche. Des parfums d’herbes et de gazon fraîchement coupés viennent se loger instantanément dans le creux de mes narines. Des céréales pâles émettent d’étonnantes vibrations sucrées. En bouche, les saveurs se présentent comme un tout équilibré. La base maltée faite de pain et de miel se fait rapidement répondre par des houblons vifs et capables de bien épicer ma langue. Des notes citronnées finissent par se dévoiler. Au palais, j’ai l’impression que son corps est bien densifié. Heureusement, les bulles font un intelligent travail d’aération. La texture est franchement huileuse. La finale est plutôt courte et offre de surprenantes notes asséchantes. Tout compte fait, une pils un peu lourde qui aime ses houblons.
rondphoto (1266) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium amber with a head that slowly drops to a full cover, horizontal streaks of lace. Taste begins with caramel malt and mown grass, growing a little in the palate, adding mild bittering that includes sour hay for the finish. Drinkable, but not as enjoyable as I’d like.
ads135 (2392) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes a bit more rich than what you’d expect from a czech style pils. Some honey, grassy hops, and a surprisingly full body.
Gription79 (2007) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Sweet pils, spicy hops, honey, floral, solid pils. Not a style I typically love, but I really enjoyed this beer.
fishonmyplane (280) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s alright, but the hop level should be higher, and there is a bit too much sweetness. It has a fuller mouthfeel than it should - almost like the palate of a hefeweizen, and there are hints of caramel, bread, and even butterscotch. It feels like they added extra malt to get it up to 6% ABV, but there is too much unfermented sugar left in the final product. Mediocre.
JeanDuteau (16) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Normal Pilsner colour of golden wheat. Good foam and good lacing. The smell is very bready/yeasty. You could taste the yeast and there was some hops as well. The hops overpowered the rest of the taste. It was not bad, but I’ve tasted better Pilsners.
ClassyBeagle (305) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured by Ryan on a tour of the Lagunitas Brewery. From notes, July 30, 2012.
A: Very light, slightly malty but very nondescript.
A: Clear golden color with a finger of white head that sits strong. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
T: Better than the nose, very crisp from the start. A nice toasted and pilsner malt character with a mild bitterness. Floral and crisp and clean.
P: Crisp and light bodied with good carbonation.
O: Overall, a pretty decent Pils, but certainly not a world-class of the style. It is quite easy drinking, though.
ironprog (41) - - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours pale gold and clear. Has minimal head that is a frothy off-white and diminishes quickly. Aroma is sweet, bready, and has some citrus (orange??) undertones. Taste is a good balance between lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Overall, I really like this beer and don’t really have much to complain about, other than I find it to be a little expensive, for the quality level it is.
Hopsclation (82) - Chicago, - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, flavorful pilsner. Has a bit of a rotting cheese smell, but once you get past that its got a nice full strawberry lemon grass feel. Funky finish, but it works.
bavarian81 (40) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid gold color. Aroma is rich of sweet bready malts. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but also has a tint of tartness. Finish is dry and hoppy.