BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Unfiltered, unpasteurized, barrel-fermented. From the brewery tour]
Very cloudy yellowish/golden color. Nice dense foam on top of my small sample glass. Aroma is FRESH. Fresh yeast, fresh grassy hops. Delicious. The malt character seems to be a bit subdued by all the other complexities of this beer. Yeast character is quite dominant, but not really overpowering (or providing much, if any diacetyl.). Hop character is strong and grassy. Quite bitter. The fermentation within the barrel seems to provide some interesting character to the beer overall... kind of musty and wet. Another layer of complexity.
Overall, this beer was one of the highlights of my beer-focused trip abroad. Outstanding, overall. I’ll be lucky if I’m able to try this one again.
mzaar (1230) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pĺ fat @ Green Lion, Malmö. Guldfärgad, lätt dimmig, med ett stort vitt skum. Bröd, gräs, citronskal i bĺde smak och doft. Trevlig beska. Men jag hittar inte riktigt allt det fantastiska som sĺ mĺnga andra gör. En gid pilsner, men inte mycket mer än sĺ.
TheCametron (1521) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. From the barrel in the basement at Plzen. I’ve lived in Prague for over a year now and finally made the trip. One of the absolute top destinations for a beer enthusiast. The undisputed pinnacle of the style and the beer responsible FOR the style. I asked the tour guide why they don’t market this gear and she said it was because it was too expensive. Later I was knocking em’ back at Na Parkanu for 40 crowns a pint. I’d say the two beers taste different. The one in the basement was yeastier and younger. Enhanced by the environment of course. Both shared a characteristic, rocky White head which seperates. Cloudy pale yellow. Went and saw Viktoria Plzen pump Pribram in the evening for Pavel Vrba’ s last ever match before he takes on the national job. Tanned a 1,5l PET bottle of the stuff on the train home at night as well. Magic.
mike_77 (2448) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unfiltered, unpasteurised, served from wooden barrel. Very cloudy, pale blond appearance. Strong lacing with a bit of an uneven, lumpy head. There’s a touch of tartness in the aroma and lots of pale malts. Texture is very smooth and creamy with only a light carbonation. Flavour of pale malts. There’s a touch of wood there too. The bitterness is balanced, not particularly strong with hop. Woody dryness in the aftertaste. I tasted this from several different barrels and there were slight variations between them. Some were more tart, zesty and almost lactic compared to the others.
medfordmh (20) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
drank on tap at monks kettle. A: very floral. slight biscut and cracker, slight dry grass and mineral notes. very slight sulfur. A: light yellow with a billowy white head. slight haze but almost brite. T: awesome.Tangy floral hop, slight cracker malt note thats wiped clean with first a mineral note then a nice, not overpowering bitterness.P: light in body with a good level of carbonation, a refreshing dryness. O: maybe one of the best pilsners I’ve ever had, Tons more flavor than the bottles or on tap. A whole diffrent beer
Pyrmir (2432) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge keg @sbwf13. Hazy golden with white head. Aroma and taste is well balanced, malt, subtle hop notes and lots of yeast. I don’t really understand the hype for this one
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bucket list beer! And I have this rating due to a tremendous friend. Thank you Kevin. This beer has the flavors of the PU we are all familiar with but its fresher, cleaner, more flavorful. Really a wonderful treat to taste this.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours lightly hazy gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is moderate Pils malt, light sweet corn notes, and light spicy hops. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness with light DMS notes and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (2543) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Max?s. Pours clear, bright gold with creamy white head and plenty of rising bubbles. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, light grassy notes, mixed herbs, light lemon zest, and some orange peel. Flavor is smooth, bready malts with good supporting light fruit esters and finishing dry with some subtle hop bitterness that blends in nicely. Medium body and carbonation.
to14go (28) - ISRAEL - NOV 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 l. Bottle. Limited edition. Great malt-hops aroma. Nice stable head. Bitter taste w/ malt touch. Very smooth medium body.
beastiefan2k (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Pilsner Urquell mug on tap at Map Room with some of the filtered version side by side. Pours hazy amber-golden color with a cloud-like thick head. Definitely hazier compared to the regular Urquell. The beer is basically cracker and honey malt notes centric with a medium saaz hop character. The hops were milder than I anticipated. There was a light sulfur character but worked nicely in the beer. This character was much stronger on the filtered version and the filtered version definitely tasted stripped out of the all nuance that the malt character brings. The carbonation was a bit too sharp on this beer and I would love to try this on cask. It was a good beer, not as great as I hoped it would be, and I would definitely seek out the cask version.