crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 re-rate because of speeling errors.
Had a very good flavour that was not too bitter and not watered down. Had a lightly golden body and a long lasting white head.
GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle, this beer can be hit & miss due to the green glass skunk action. Thankfully, it's easily available in cans here in Ontario, and we can therefore enjoy it in a relatively fresh form, where it is a top-notch, world-class beer. Vibrant golden colour with a strong white head, floral hops on the nose, soft and full flavour with sweet malt and a perfectly bitter finish. Beautiful.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delicious beer! This is a good pilsner, awesome example of the Bohemian brewing arts. Ahh, thos Saaz hops! Dry, finish. I generally prefer Belgian ales and stouts, but this is a damn fine beer!
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - I had this on draft at an Orioles game. I do not care for this beer in bottles in the States because it has a skunky aroma. On draft in the US it seems to be much fresher. I'm rating this mostly on past experience with the beer because I have had it several times in Europe, including Prague, and there it is the best Pilsner available. Tons of aroma. Great bitter flavor. When fresh, an exceptional Pilsner beer.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a little bit weird, but the flavor is great! Crisp, clean taste. I'd have it again in a heartbeat.
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this from a 22 oz bottle on the train home, alte at night, suffering from a cold. That said, it made a really good impression. Nice little head formed in the bottle, and a really sharp Saaz hop bite I would never have expected in a pale lager. Really helped ease my suffering; and bless the 7-11 on Michigan Ave. for having a variety of beer to take home besides the usual 40's of malt liquor and Foster's oil cans!
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is not a bad pilsner, but it's very bitter. It has a very strong wheat content in the taste also. I really don't like this beer too much.
japet (38) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2003
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Too much bitterness for me. They say that this is The Mother of all Pilsner, but I still don't like it.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never had a Czech beer before, but if this is exemplary of them all then I'm impressed.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 A glowing hop horticulture first emits a halo of dry, bitter pollen...Dignified and syrupy malts cast large honey, caramel and biscuity shadows on the garden...Delicate resinous and wooden hops proceed into a cleanly-brewed minty, green hop bitterness...Caramel malts dominate and create a smooth and full mouthfeel with cookie malt toastiness...But thankfully, hopward ramifications consent to content my evident intents...
On tap at various places in the Czech Republic, this proved to be slightly better than the bottled and canned experiences. Tasty and balanced as always, but moreover not afraid of the hops flavor and bitterness. Easily one of the world’s best macros.
The tankovna version (non-pasteurized) drunk at U Zlateho Tygra in Praha had the usual frothy foam atop the mug and appeared to offer longer hop bitterness and a more present citrusy fruitiness like the unfiltered Urquell. The body was the same as the regular and, to be honest, the differences are quite subtle. You have to taste the two unfiltered versions (from stainless steel tanks and from the wooden barrel) to really get a different experience.