Brewed by Old Harbor Brewery
Style: Pilsener
San Juan, Puerto Rico


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Deep gold in color, our pilsner is a Bohemian pleasure. Brewed with the finest European pale and Munich malts, it has a medium body and smooth malt flavor. It is served unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Often attempted, but rarely perfected, this pils reaches a level of drinkable perfection. Santo Viejo pairs well with sausage, pizza, shellfish and poultry. Winner of USBTCís best Pilsner of the South 2008.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Tap at brewpub. , Pours a medium yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is malt, water and a touch of hops. Flavor is crisp clean, grassy and easy to drink. Nice pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Draught @ the brewpub in San Juan. They served a five sample. Small bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Clear golden color. Aroma of light dusty grassy and floral notes with what appeared as a hint of butter. Mild malty notes over the palate. Light bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Light bitter and sweet flavor. Light bitter dry finish. Ok but again nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2312) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Wow! Great beer!! Served here at the pub bar. Has a nice light tan foamy, frothy head that mostly dissipates. No lace. Very malty aroma. Has a lovely polished brass color. Flavor and body is where this beer really shines though. Absolutely a session beer. It’s one of the best micro-brewed czech pilsners I’ve ever had. Yummmmmm. Wish it wasn’t so far to go to from Wisconsin. Wah. Good hop character that’s right in line with the standard. Excellent hop/malt balance. Perfect finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
abcfan (772) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Not a big fan of the pils style, but this one was very clean. Finish was a bit more bitter than the lager, but taste was very similar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpmaster (1194) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Tap 4.5 oz sample at the O.H. Brewery in Old San Juan, PR One of the best here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4350) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
Sampled at the brewpub in Old San Juan. Creamy thin head. Just plain clean beer aroma. Pale yellow but I do detect a hint of haze in there. Some grassy flavors in the mix. A little more pilsner bite than the OH Coqui, but for the most part seems to be about the same recipe. Has a more intense pilsner bitter finish but is not over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
On Tap at the San Juan Location. Near golden in color, and a bit hazy. A fluffy white head atop. A bit sweet and floral, better than the lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4303) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
27 oct 07, on tap @ Old Harbor Brewery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Clear golden color. tan head. Aroma of light malt with some hop florals. Flavor is a sharp bitterness. Followed by malt backbone. A textbook Pilsener.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2006
on tap at brewpub. So-so aroma, sweet. Not much really. Had to dig to get something. honey, grainy Iíll call it. Clean golden orange color, small head and minor lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Little lemon grass, little grain. Lite body, lite oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Didnít do much for me, but an ok pils

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (1135) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 The Caribbean people are very fond of beer, or so the ubiquitous empty bottles lining the streets and beaches leads me to believe. Carib lager is the hegemon here, curing parched throats with its clear, crisp taste. Thatís admirable. In Puerto Rico itís the same. Lots of lagers, cold with water droplets skiing down the bottle, aid the survival of a people beset my natureís temperamental fever. But for some reason there are those down in those scattered islands that insist on manufacturing beer completely unfit for consumption in hot and humid weather. The brewing process must be a trial in sanity, asking a man or woman to toil over a product that couldnít possibly be understood in its birthplace. Still, itís made, which suggests certain breweries are tapping the madhouses for employees. As a result, any unwary tourist will find amongst his sampler glasses a drink most foul and unfitting. For me it was the Old Harbor Santo Viejo Pilsener. It looks like a richer pale lager, and effuses with a smell of corn. The privation of flavor leaves a reeking skunkiness. On the plus side, itís still a crisp beer. Back on the negative side, that makes for crispy skunk. No, I donít think this beer fits in at all, or really any pilsener anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line for that matter. Itís just not a good idea.

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