notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle - crystal clear effervescent golden pour - a very crisp, medium dry, clean lager - some grassy hops, lean malt sweetness, light honey, some herbal notes - as with all good lagers, there is not much else to note - this simply a wonderfully balanced, tasty lager - however, the fact that this is a limited release beer that cost 8 buck per 50cl is a big letdown - of course, I paid that - if they make this a seasonal six pack release and drop the price, I will trade for it by the case.
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a clean golden body with a tall foamy but dense foamy starch white head. Left some nice lacing in the pilsener glass. The aroma is pretty floral with lots of minerals and nice pilsener malts. Almost reminds me of freshly cut hay or alfalfa and honey glazed biscuits. The flavor has a deep bready component. Like a nice french bread with some crisp malts and clean hops. Light floral component and almost some spicy hops and minerals. The palate is super clean, but still has a nice textural component that leaves me wanting more. Subtle dryness. This is the real deal and makes me want to fly to Czech right now! I can’t wait. This is AWESOME! Thanks for making it Dan and Deb!
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, after the brewery Hard Hat tour. Pours an effervescent straw with a soapy white head that leaves a thin wall of lacing. Clean light malt aroma and a super crisp grassy flavor with some floral notes and a nice lively carbonation. A really good pilsener.
kappldav123 (5112) - GERMANY - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sean9869 for this bottle. Looks good, the "handwritten" label is nice. Deep golden in the glass, not too zippy, small head. Starts malty, a bit spicy-wheaty. Fine hoppy notes in the background, modest dry, not too bitter. Wonderful balanced. Mild finish still spicy-grasy, very drinkable. A great beer!
joet (2207) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the first whiff I knew this was going to be good. An unusual floral note on the mittelfruhs. aroma of hallertauers is full. looks good in the glass with plenty of bubbles and well produced white foam. medium crisp feel with light biscuit. tasted against other light lagers this one stands out for producing an ample flavor profile while avoiding all flaws and oxidation. A perfect beer. Thanks for sharing this Ken!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a bright, clear golden color; effervescent; creamy, mixed-bubbled white head with great retention and lacing; beautiful pour. FWIW, the first bottle of this reminded me of canned Pilsner Urquell quite a bit, so I’m tasting them side by side (comparisons in parentheses; note that I adore canned Pilsner Urquell). A lively burst of minerals and citrus in the aroma, lightly zesty with hints of a lime component; there’s a lightly toasty Pils malt character underneath this, with a relatively clean yeast character for the style; even some hints of a floral character (in comparison, the Saaz hops of the Pilsner Urquell seem somewhat less citrusy and less zesty, allowing that cardboard-like malt character to show through, along with that beer’s more prominent diacetyl character; the New Glarus rendition is far cleaner, to its benefit). Medium-light to medium body (hints of diacetyl, very light, give it a bit of a bump); moderately high carbonation; very smooth presence in the mouth; following the aroma, there’s plenty of citrus and mineral bitterness here, with that lime component showing through again and even hints of white wine grapes, like a rounded light fruitiness; delicately balanced, and a far cleaner yeast character than you get from many other Bo Pilsners; a light malt core shows through as well-presented Pils malt and some honeyed sweetness; the white wine grape note is really lovely here, adding a new level of soft complexity that’s just great for this style of beer (the Pilsner Urquell seems somewhat muted and less vibrant alongside it, again with greater levels of diacetyl and a more prominent, though less interesting, core maltiness). Medium finish of lightly toasty Pils malt (hints of a hay-like note) and some mineral hop character that last; just a touch of lime. Side by side, I’m kind of sad that I even tried this experiment, because I only have regular access to one of these beers! Great Pilsner, though it really does seem to fit better into the Classic German Pils category.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is cereal grains, wet and lightly floral...mostly wet. classy but nothing exceptional so far. flavor is well defined floral hops with hints of perfume like character and surprising real, satisfying bitterness. touches of apple and champagne character flight by. excellent carb sizzles, cleans the palate and continues the champagne like comparisons. subtle with complexities yet a masterful BBQ beer as well.
nuplastikk (4667) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 500ml bottle scooped up from the brewery in April of 2010. Straw yellow-gold color, big foamy white head. Brewery fresh doughy malt and noble hop aroma. Creamy and soft, this is quite an excellent Pilsner, very European feeling. Though it appears filtered, there is still a good amount of creamy yeast flavor. Exceptional balance, really just nails the style. Clean on the palate, maybe on the lighter side of medium bodied. The hops are still fresh and earthy, a trait rarely seen in German or Czech beers stateside. World class.
madvike (2786) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 500ml brought back from a brewery run by my man MrPickles - Pours light amber with a huge white head. Smells fresh and crisp, with light, crackery malt, floral hops, and some honey sweetness. Nicely balanced and very clean smelling. Taste is light, bready malt with the same sweetness and floral hop profile that produces a lightly bitter finish, along with some intriguing spiciness. Not sure where that came from, but it compliments the beer nicely. It’s smooth and terribly easy to drink, with nice carbonation. I drank both my bottles pretty much right when I got them, and found myself taking big gulps rather than savoring. It’s just so easy to drink. Wish this came in six packs, because I could drink tons of it. Nicely done. UPDATE - 9/3/2010 - Had this several times since the release and I appreciate it more and more. So clean, so well-balanced, and the floral hops are just so pleasant. Wonderful stuff.