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RATINGS: 1061   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1883) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
33 cl bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Crisp clear gold, no head. Very bready aroma with some faint lemon zest. Medium body, cereal grain flavour, then some nice balanced but forward malt and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tompete (217) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a pale gold with a fine white head. Aroma is very mild, pilsner malt. Flavour is bitter and almost rough, but in a satisfying, thirst quenching way. Finish stays bitter but balanced with a little malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3007) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Sweet grainy barley malt and dry hay aroma. Clear yellow with a large white head. Sweet barley malt and bitter grassy flavor. Medium body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (901) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle into pils glass, clear golden color with white head. Aroma of bread, faint grain and light floral/citrus note. Taste adds notes of cereal, straw and some faint piney bitterness. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp with mildly bitter clean finish. Nice easy pils with some character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1340) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pours a finger of head on a clear golden body. The aroma is dry grain. Nice. The taste has a good lemon, slightly metallic, bitterness throughout. The texture is crisp. It’s a solid pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3338) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours pale with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nice, both piney and herbal with some light breadiness and a little bit of breakfast cereal.

The flavor is perfectly enjoyable, it’s clean and dry with a nicely punchy level of bitterness. The hop character is a decently harmonious blend of piney and fruity hops along with a pretty big herbal twang. The malt character is clean but in the background.

A fun beer, would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (350) - CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
Tasted at Willow Park Beer Bash 2014. Unfortunately, there was no time for detailed notes - and I only made it through half my list even so!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redtechnj (219) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Appearance- Pale golden with a thick, fizzy white head. very nice lacing. Aroma- Floral, Sweet, Straw Flavor- Sweet and light, very fizzy, malts with a peachy undertone, nice dry, bitter finish,very light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTheRick (432) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
Blonde et assez claire, une mousse crémeuse d’épaisseur moyenne mais persistante se pose sur le dessus de la bière. Le bouquet est plutôt discret, mais des céréales épicées et des houblons un terreux se distinguent légèrement. Les céréales deviennent plus sucrées et mielleuses en bouche et prennent presque toute la place, ne serait-ce qu’une trace d’houblons doux et épicés qui viennent s’en mêler. Pas très pétillante, cette interprétation d’une Pilsener tchèque est plus ou moins réussie, j’aurais apprécié une belle grande sécheresse pour augmenter la buvabilité de cette bière.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Obfuscate (66) - Minneapolis, - OCT 31, 2014
I didn’t puke. Nothing special, you could drink a few on a hot summer day but there are many better options.

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