frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite beer ever, served in the over sized brown bottles. Liquid honey as smooth as I’ve ever had, full falvor, no bitterness, liquid bread. Yumm!
happyfunland (5) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastically good Bavarian Lager, Best I have had in the states,New Glarus Brewing is really coming into its own
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours gold with a lasting, bollowy white head. Smells of earth, some grassy hints, noble hops, touches of wildflowers. Tastes spicy with up front semi sweet pilsner malt, some light citrus, earthy finish. Some minerally notes as the beer begins to warm. Excellent! I wish more pilsners were as flavorful as this one.
joet (2263) - 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!
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear yellow. White head. Rich malty aroma with some light hops, caramel, crackers, bready notes. Flavor is nice. Rich malty flavors, bread, light apples. Good stuff.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, at BBC Wort Hog Club October 2010 tasting. I’m normally not a lager fan, but this was amazingly good. Golden pour, dense white head. Malty backbone balanced by Noble hop aroma and flavor. Wonderful!
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500mL Bottle. Thanks Kevin! I dreamt about pilsner last night. In my dreams I was going from bar to bar in a rather well-populated urban center, failing to find any respectable renditions of a well-lagered, lightly hoppy, crisp and crackery pilsner. It was frustrated. So to slake the thirst of my dreams, I’m pouring this hallowed beer tonight. While I am fully willing to acknowledge that this 500mL bottle I’m drinking is not as fresh as it could be, honestly, it doesn’t seem that much worse for the wear. It doesn’t suffer from that soppy, wet cardboard oxidized pilsner malt flavor that so many brown bottled European pilsners suffer from once they get to the states. No, this is lively, rich with pale honey, cracker, wheat germ and fresh bread flavors, nicely backed with a light, light hint of hops. Juicy in the finish. Ah yes, this was what I was searching for in my sleep.
nuplastikk (4852) - 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.
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.
1FastSTi (3341) - 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!