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Red Lodge Czech Mate Pilsner



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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This Czechmate Pilsner is modeled after the famous Czech beers. It has a straw-gold color. The malt flavor is soft and biscuit-like. The mouthwatering Czech hops linger on the tongue. The pilsner cold ages for eight weeks, making it finish clean and crisp.

Gold medal- 2013 North American Beer Awards
Silver medal- 2004 North American Beer Awards
Bronze medal-2006 North American Beer Awards

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2180) - - DEC 1, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave rings of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a grainy and caramel smell mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some nice herbal and grassy smells mixed with a little bit of a floral hop. Taste – The taste begins with a light bready taste mixed with a lighter showing of some caramel and light bit of a graininess. As the taste moves on the bready fades a bit while the grain grows some in intensity, with a more cracker like flavor developing overall. Some flavors of an herbal and grassy hop nature come to the tongue as the taste moves to the end. With a little bit of a more floral hop nature coming at the very end, one is left with a rather nice crisp and slightly lighter, but nicely hopped and clean taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the style and taste, the feel is spot on making for a very nice, crisp, and easy drinking feel overall. Overall –This one was crisp, lightly dankly hopped, and flavorful. All the while it was very smooth and clean, making for a very tasty and drinkable brew overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartzluke (518) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 11, 2015
12 oz from chilled bottle. A bit more flavor than I expect from a Czech pils. Not as clean. A bit fuller body. Bready with some hops bitterness on the end. Really nice, though not what I expect from the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mbgrayson (689) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Pours a slightly cloudy straw color, with a white head. Aroma of hops and malts. Not too hoppy, with notes of a decent micro. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (712) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2014
A clear straw yellow with a 1 finger head of foam, nicely lacing. A sharp bitter hoppy nose with a mild malty sweet presence. Full flavoured with a sharp Noble hop bitterness intertwined with a sweetish and earthy malt taste. This is very good indeed, very much like a Czech Pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ads135 (3870) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Not one of my favorite pilsners. There isn’t much to differentiate this from the macros. Its even has some of that adjunct sweetness. The hop choice was spot on, however. Tried in Sheridan, WY in 2013.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Draft at GABF 2013. Strong DMS / cabbage aroma with a strangely cinnamon-like "red hot" candy note. Strong sourdough bread yeast mustiness and an armpit sweat stink with toaster oven-burnt bread crumbs and an sourkraut finish. Grainy, sour, acidic, dirty with a thin body. Low sweetness and low but grating bitterness. A shameful mess of a pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - SEP 16, 2013
On tap. Golden pour with a white head. Nose of grass and biscuit. Taste is bready and grassy. Mild

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (8803) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle, no BBD on bottle. Pours a medium clear golden with a scant white head. Aroma is grainy with lightly sulfurous undertones. Flavour is grainy and sweet with a light greenstick bitterness and some metal in the finish. I’m not sure whether a lack of freshness may be skewing things here, but I do not see how this beer could have won any awards. It wasn’t good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wasabi1200 (15) - Montana, USA - FEB 26, 2012
I was reading the newest issue of Brew and the cover photo had me craving a light beer so I picked up a sixer of Czech on the way home. It’s a softly lit beer with a light head and hoppy accents. I’m not a huge pilsner fan so my opinion of the beer was already a bit skewed before even raising it to my lips. Still, what I find most notable about this beer is that it makes me thirsty FOR it. I’m not particularly attracted to the flavors but something about its body likely won’t allow it to reach a room temperature - I keep reaching out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
bottle... dark straw, medium clarity, light white head, forms mostly a ring, light lace... very grainy, lots of wet cereal, a bit of sweet note to it, finish is a little wet dog, not a big fan... tastes like cereal in water, bad skunk metallic finish, not very good

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