VengefulOdin (193) - , 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.
miyauchi38 (42) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear straw gold body with a one finger frothy white head that left some nice lacing. The nose is bready and crackery maltiness with a light floral and noble hop note. The flavor is a little less bright and hoppy than I was hoping for. The hops and bitterness level is very low. Still a nice dry, crisp, and crackery malt base that helps though. Light bodied and dry with soft fizzy carbonation. OK overall, but not as bright and hoppy as I was looking for.
Nero55 (414) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden with large white head. Aroma of grain, corn, and a hint of sweetness. Light body with grain notes and a floral hop bitterness.
Fech (283) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average pils nothing special which is not a bad thing. Crisp and bubbly. And what makes it Czech style? Haha
Shanebrews (122) - - FEB 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is not a true pilsner. The aroma is strongly hoppy but with a weird grapefruit note. The color is straw but a shade darker than continental pilsners; the head is thick and retains well. The taste is not grainy enough; the malts are too thick and heavy and the hops come through in a cloying manner. The beer could be an alright lager, but it is no Czech pilsner.
BeerFunGuy (463) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden in color it has a typical lager aroma. It has more of a bite with the flavor and a bit more complexity.
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paintedmaple (314) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI..fantastic rendition of Czech Pils...dry crisp and clean this is what (I think anyway) what a Pils/lager should be and is in fact what it used to be before the mega-corporations turned it in to the Butt Lite swill of today. Thanks Lagunitas for making this style awesome again!
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean and clear light gold, which pours a big head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is very mild, it reminds me of what I thought beer was when I was growing up. This is a clean, crisp and easy going down beer that is refreshing. There is a slight floral bouquet with some sweetness as well as a wheat flavor. For a pilsner this is a pretty good beer, smooth and refreshing. I would drink this beer again, it’s worth a shot. ($8.99 a six pack)
60minuteman (569) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh aroma of citrus hop and floral medley. Definite banana and clove as well. Slight prickly bitterness on the front. Mellows out and left with some alcohol, malt and more hop.
davidajensen (197) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It may be called a czech style pilsner, but it is still distinctly American. It’s good, but too hoppy and harsh. Pours with a thin head, and a deep yellow color.