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RATINGS: 1051   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 ’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%.

Acetobacter's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Experienced on tap in a shaker glass. The beer pours a lightish amber color, with a low white head. The nose shows a touch of traditional bready malt character, but lacks the floral hop aroma found in classic examples of the style. Instead, the aroma almost resembles a macro-brew, rather than a traditional Czech pilsner. The palate is malt-forward up front, showing a slight, if noticeable, residual character of pilsner malt. Hops come in to balance, but again seem somewhat short. Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation is perhaps a touch low, but suitable to this drinker’s preferences. The finish is quite clean, leaving a very slight lingering bitterness on the palate. Overall, perhaps a sample that had gone through more age than intended, as it falls somewhat short of expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3194) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
Bouteille de 12oz. Bičre dorée avec une mousse blanche. Un nez de grain et de houblon frais. Une bouche avec du grain et des houblons nobles et une finale fruitée trčs agréable avec des notes qui ressemblent ŕ des fraises. Une superbe bičre facile ŕ boire sans sombrer dans la facilité.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScipioA (317) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2014
The pour is a thin crystal yellow with a pile of white foam on top, I’m used to a hazier appearance with this style. Nothing too special in the aroma, pretty much just yeasty lager. Doesn’t look or smell special, but thankfully this is actually good to drink. Doughy malts with plenty of spicy, continental herbal hops and a lingering aftertaste of grassy honey. A little too much alcohol for the style drags it down a bit. Thick and smooth body. Decent craft pils, but I would recommend just drinking this out of the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1871) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2014
bottle into glass, shared with myself at the dub... clear yellow pour with big thick white head, aroma is bitter malts, taste is similar, but easy drinking, not my stylw but not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (339) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Light spicy hop nose, golden pour from 12oz bottle. Couple fingers of foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Not much lacing. Clean with a tangy spicy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (330) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Very light yellow golden with white head. Taste is lemon citrus, small bite of carbonation and hop in the middle. Finish is a lingering malt and hint of hop. Very refreshing with a west coast feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1027) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Tap. Pours a transparent golden with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of malts and a hint of hay/pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Lactic lemon, barley malt, and grass aroma. Medium yellow with moderate head. Lightly sweet barley malt and mildly bitter hay flavor. Body on the light side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"an earthy example of a bohemian pils. clean grassy aroma and flavor. with a nice malt strain in there as well. goes down smooth and easy. solid, but not a standout."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4582) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2014
12oz bottle. Filtered pale yellow-tan body. Thin, glass rimming head. Has a pretty classic doughy brewhouse aroma. The taste is a little on the sweeter side than say, Pilsner Urquell. I’m not sure why they would up the ABV to 6...seems to not really fit the style so well, almost gives it a Strong Pale Lager thing going on. Still has a nice true taste, better than most US Pils of any variation. Doughy, earthy lager notes. A subtle beer, probably not one I’d seek out again, but a nice addition to the Lagunitas line up for sure.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackfrost9p (291) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Yikes... way to sweet and grainy. Can barely drink it. First pilsner in a long time, but not for me.

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