Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Back from a Czech Republic pub-crawl this is part of my express ratings for the “typical” Světlý 11°- (Czech light Pils), Světlý 12°+ (Czech Pils), Polotmavý (Czech Amber Lagers) and Tmavý (Czech Black Lagers). Non-typical beers will receive personalized descriptions after the express ratings.
How: Tap at brewpub (Modrá Hvězda, Dobřany, Czech Republic)
The look: Very cloudy dark yellow with a medium white head
To me a typical Czech Světlý 12° and above is: Well malted body with plenty of biscuits and cereals. Sweetness level is in the light-medium range with some honey flavours and a light caramel presence (3/4 honey, 1/4 caramel). Fruity flavour limited to a light citrus flavour. Medium carbonation. Finish is dry and moderately bitter with a light citric touch. After-taste of dry grassy/herbal hops with a light dry spiciness character.
This one: As above (2/3) and 1/3 hefeweizen (with flavours of hay, bananas and everything). Very yeasty. Interesting twist on the genre.
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fűt. Pinte dégustée directement ŕ la brasserie. Arôme: Léger goűt d’houblon. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goűt d’agrumes avec une pointe de banane. Durée moyenne de l’arričre goűt. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légčrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légčre présence de banane en arričre goűt. (Rating #1558)
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This yeasty Světlý Léžák develops honeyed cereals atop herbal Saaz, as banana-like fruitiness (esters, really?) seems to stem from the yeast.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy beige.
-Its body is clad in pleasantly sugary love handles.
-The prevalent yeastiness does not make this as cohesive as other of their beers, imho. It feels like 1/4 Weizen, 3/4 BohPils.
-Caramel even seems to protrude from the maltiness.
On tap at the brewpub.
Quack-Duck (8199) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
PETka z pivovaru. Hazy pale yellow, enourmous large head, hoppy nose. Very aromatic hops (Saaz), slight fruityness, malty body. Full-bodied despite "only" 4.5%Alc @ 12°. Delicious.
pivnizub (9036) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Točene v Modre Hvězdě v Dobřanech: Distinctive hoppy (Saaz ?) nose with a light fruity-yeasty touch, backed by some sweet malt, golden coloured, lacy creamy head; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied, very small malty base detectable; lingering hoppy-yeasty finish. O.K., good stuff, but not an archetypal Bohemian Pilsener, the 10° of Modra Hvezda is better...........
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 On tap at the rather blue brewery - makes sense I suppose. Lovely hazy gold, good head. Quite sulfurous in the best way and the hop aroma seems vaguely German (?) to me. Fresh corn chip yeast flavour, big juicy malt and a tiny bit of saltiness in the finish. Fairly light on for hops relative to other Czech beers but doesn’t really suffer for it. Actually some Zoigls reminded me a lot of this beer. Incredibly fresh and drinkable... and delicious. Beautiful.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@Modra Hvezda. Pale, with a hazy appearance. Dry fruit (apples and pears), sharp hop bitterness, really dry once again. Quite classy stuff, super bitter and more-ish.
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
unfiltered pilsner is becoming quite a popular offering from many czech micro´s. this was quite pale with light murkiness and a fat head with big craters in it. vanilla and peach aroma and a good hit of saaz. tasted a bit like mango weis bars witha hint of muesli and a long lingering slightly metallic bitterness, classy stuff, nothing crazy about it, just a really good czech pils