Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deeply hazy yellow hue. Grassy, grapefruity, bready aroma…a little odd with that grapefruit in there. Accent on the palate is towards grapefruit, with a slightly toasted note as well. Too much fruitiness from top-fermentation and it doesn’t feel smooth enough either. A lager yeast would be recommended for next time (note: the bottle I had said it was Pacman yeast...I can’t say I tasted this but there were too many signs of top-fermentation and lack of lagering to ignore).
argo0 (13077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(RBSG04) Hazy straw body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, candi sugar, fruity (orange, melon). Taste is mild sweet, big bitter (herbal/rgassy), lemon. Some acidity, light-medium body. Aggressive, and good.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intresting hoppy aroma that I think must be the Sterling hops which are new to me. Slightly hazy pale yellow with a nice white head. Not bad, but not doing much for me. An excellent pilsener that failed to catch me in a pilsener frame of mind.
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky yellow, hazy nose, straw-like and crisp lemons... yeasty finish, once again the pacman comes out... not entirely bad, but doesn’t work with the grainy and crisp lemon pilsner flavors as much as with other styles.
Radek Kliber (7117) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma consisted of lighter sweet malt, followed by soft hoppy aroma. Cloudy gold with white head. Clean medium bodied, slightly on maltier side despite claim of 40 IBU. Rather average pils. Hops do show up but sadly to late to save the day.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a hazy golden color, with substantial head and carbonation. Prominent lacing unlike most pilsners I seem to find. Aroma is somewhat hay/straw like. Initial taste is a bit sweet with an effervescent mouthfeel. The finish quickly turns mildly bitter and then slowly fades away leaving your mouth thinking you had a mild IPA. Definately worthy of having another.
Braudog (6312) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhat hazy for a pilsner, but with the classic monster sticky, sudsy, foamy head. Beautiful czechy aroma. Similarly good flavors here ... lightly cerealed, but with good hoppy base. Among the better American pilsners I’ve tried. Job well done, if maybe a bit thin. Previous negative raters: you’re dorks.
egajdzis (6071) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head, and light lacing. Grainy hop, and sweet malt aroma. Hops and light citrus, very nice citrus lager taste. Quite refreshing!
ClarkVV (5704) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared with OldGrowth, compliments of Radiomgb, on 2/17/06. I’ve kept this refrigerated with a brown bag over it since receiving.
Encouraging pour reveals a bright, brassy-yellow, plenty of medium-sized bubbles forming an initially large white head that diminishes slowly to cover, providing light lacing. The nose shows a crisp, strong yeastiness, though a touch of plasticy dryness (not chemical in nature, just difficult to describe). But there is plenty of grainy, dry malt adding a fair amount of hay-like aroma, with dry, lightly spicy, lightly citrusy hops. Some light mineral character dulls things, somewhat, while there is a bit of heavy doughiness on the end. The beer still has a large amount of carbonation at first, which dies off rather evenly, allowing a thick, but dry maltiness to push through and build on the palate. Hops have lost most of their flavor by this point, providing only a light herbal quality, a hint of citrus and mostly a bitterness that is lingering but never poignant. Malt complexity seems to be the most lacking here, obviously this was created as more a session pils, and being in this drinkable of a condition after two years is certainly no small feet. There is a bit of a sourish/zesty character to the doughiness, though it just reinforces the hop dryness. Not watery by any means, and if anything, too carbonated and full of body. Without the hop flavor, it dosent seem to excite the senses. Texture is strongly effervescent, with plenty of dry malt backbone giving it a full feel as it goes down. No alcohol apparency, just a little bit of a bite from the czech yeast on end.
jgb9348 (5613) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden colour with no head at all. Aroma of northwest hops, cardboard and some malt. Light to Medium-bodied; Mild flavour, little hops and a decent aftertaste. Overall, a nice beer to be able to try, especially because it was free, but not a great beer itself. I sampled this 65 cL bottle on 15-May-2004 at the May RB Party in Toronto, Ontario.