highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to argue with the original. It’s years since I had it on draught in Prague and the export bottled version doesn’t do it justice. Nonetheless, it’s still a model of sophisticated beer-making. Somehow it’s more than the sum of its parts. Gold colour, rocky head. Floral Saaz aroma with a hint of spice. Quenching palate. Smooth operator. Soft Moravian barley malt middle and a gently bitter finish. (Bottle)
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice smooth pilsener here. Has great flavor with a colorful golden appearance.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden colour with small, quickly diminishing head...hoppy and floral aroma. A nice, bitter hoppy taste is balanced out with some malt presence too..nice finish. A real thirst quencher and one of the beers that got me into good beer.
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 66cl bottle, very fresh from the bottle on Charles Bridge at night, summer in Prague. Almost sweet but not really, almost bitter but perfectly balanced. My notebook remarks on the large bouquet of floral hoppiness this beer can possess, a very "dimensional" quality this beer lacks when it travels. Unforgettable. From ideal barley hops & water was born a true original.<P>Later footnote "..the same recipe dating from 1842." -? Bah, SABMiller has been brewing this with pelletized hops for at least 5 years, and also far away from the "Original Source" of water in Plzen, Czechia. These boastful SAB claims further disgrace how they’ve grievously altered a great beer we’ll never really taste again... thanks, ’progress.’ A truly noble Heritage Beer has been reduced to a marketing slogan, sad.
DJSR (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Distinctive bitter hop flavour. Maintains its pleasant bitterness even after multiple consecutive testings. The original and one of the best.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Bottle. Pours a light amber with a fine white head. Nose is full of pale malts edged with a decent saaz hop bitterness. Flavor is nothing to write home about....not exactly foul, but it’s nothing to write home about. It’s an OK pilsener, but just OK.
Bassy15 (60) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
crips and refreshing. A medium body, hoppy and a little bitter, this all started with a beautiful gold color and pearly white head. I found it hard to sip, it had such a refreshing taste.
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
the grandaddy of all pilsners. a very beatiful and drinkable beer. it’s perhaps my favorite pilsner, very refreshing.
Geiserich (4048) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color, sparkling. Medium bodied, some malts. Fine hop notes, fresh, dry, astringent. Very refreshing and pleasant bitter.
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Cclear amber color with large white head. Aroma has medium hop tone. Flavor is hop and and malt with a medium bitter hop finish