arkurzynski (1371) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, deep toasted golden color if not slightly amber. Pilsner malt and noble hops. Robust pilsner malt flavor with skunky noble hop bitterness. Well-rounded, smouth, clean, and crisp. What a pilsner should be, other craft breweries take note. In some ways like better than original, other ways not.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy/dirty orange with white head. Aroma is some grain, sweet bread, lemon, some almost sour cardboard. Taste is sweet grain, some sour grain, touch of lemon and biscuit, lively carb and a slightly bitter finish. Totally different profile from the original, no hop, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Glad I only got a 6 pack...was too good to be true to have that good of a beer year round.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Well this kind of blows. Pulled the trigger on a few cases of this thinking I was getting something closer to the first batch but a surprise unannounced recipe change and a difficult return to the store from Chicago so I guess I’ll just drink it and rate. Pours a copper color with white foamy head. Aroma has toasted malt, mild smokey grain husk, and grassy hop undertones. Flavors are sweet caramel malts, light toasty notes, hay, grass, and slight metallic finish. Light and refreshing. More like a Dortmunder now than a pils. I know I didn’t need to bootleg so much of it but perhaps a press release about the recipe change is only fair and I wouldn’t have picked up so much without trying it.
crossovert (6124) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Edit: Originally I thought the recipe changed just a bit but I am convinced this is nothing like the original. Nor is this a pilsener. This is a hybrid beer somewhere between a maerzen and an exportbier.
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is most definitely NOT the same world class beer that I enjoyed last summer. WHY CHANGE IT? Anyway, the beer pours to a weird looking rusty yellow body with a nice white head. The color is strange and not attractive. It detracted a lot. The aroma is honey glazed biscuits and alfalfa. Nearly the same from memory, but without that awesome mineral quality and pungent floral hops. The flavor is bready. Hops are hardly there at all. Sweet and subtle. No spiciness as before, but there’s an ever so light metallic component like a copper penny. The palate seems a bit thin with a weird lingering flavor. I’m bummed that they significantly changed what was near perfection with the original recipe.