HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good stuff. Nice and bitter. Enough malt for a backbone. Glad to see this stuff in Baltimore.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color, big white head, rich aroma of grass, pine, flavor is of light malts, then a really nice finish with lots of pine and some citrus. Balanced.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A different addition of hops than I am used to in this style. Very ripe tasting, lots of citrus acidity and floral fragrance. Has that typical Rogue flavor, sweeter maltiness and a nice texture on the palate. If there was such thing as an imperial pilsner this would be it. Builds and build from taste to taste, with a dry and spicy finish. Interesting.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer poured a yellow color w/ light orange hues; thin lasting head and lacing, a slight haziness. The aroma was big hop notes, medicine, high alcohol perfume-ish, and flowers. The flavor was the same. The mouthfeel was light and lightly carbonated. I just can’t get past the hops on this one.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: 2005 Stone 9th Anniversary Festival in Escondido, CA) So I stopped by the Rogue booth awhile ago to see what they were pouring, and for whatever reason, they could only use one of their two taps. Glen was pouring, but the Rogue rep informed me that a "really hoppy pilsener" would be tapped once Glen blew. I asked if it was Uber/Rob Pils, and he said no, it was called "Wedding Pils." Confused, I went on my way to sample some other beers. Well, Glen apparently blew shortly thereafter, so I’m lucky to try this new pilsener from Rogue. But is it new? We all know how confusing Rogue’s renaming can be, and the rep finally acknowledged that it’s the same as Love & Hoppiness. It’s so hard keeping these Rogue beers straight.
Anyway, here’s this rare treat that I missed when it came out in the JLS series, and I’m excited. The tall, creamy, white head is amazing, and it’s off a regular tap too! The nose is very grassy and hoppy, and fairly grainy as well, almost toasty, but not quite. The flavor is very grainy, but seems "darker" and more intense than a normal Pilsener. It’s mildly sweet too. Quite citrusy, hoppy and bitter for a Pilsener as well, so I guess the rep was right that this is a "really hoppy pils". The citrus seems to build steam with each sip. The medium body is much heavier than typical Pilseners. Medium golden color and quite cloudy, but this is an unfiltered beer. And that large white head has left a dense curtain of lace on the glass. A dense curtain of lace, at a festival? On a dirty glass? Are you kidding me? So, quite a departure from the style, but in the end, it just didn’t wow me. Still, I’m very happy to have had the chance to try this beer.
legion242 (2173) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Much too hoppy to just be a Pilsner- plus the color was very, very amber, nearly orange. I did not know this was a pilsner even while I drank it. Way off base on style, but tasted ok.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper-orange with a sudsy head. Very smooth texture. Sweet, grainy malts. Spicy and a little fruity, with curiously intense herbs. Big orange peel, grass clippings and lemonade as well. Lesser notes of veggies, plastic and Splenda sweetener. Kind of an odd beer, but not bad.
hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good head, with a decent aroma of hops. Poured golden but with a slight haze. Good smooth pils taste with a hop bite that followed. Nice dry finish over all good flavor.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Decent pils, nice hop character, but pilsners are rarely impressive and this is no differant. Much better then average, but still watery and bland.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tyler’s. Appears a deep gold with a bit of haze and a very small but lingering head. Aroma is of spicy, floral and citrussy hops and a significant sweet, bready malt backbone making its way through the hops. Flavor starts dry and super hoppy with some caramel sweet malt coming through. Finishes equally dry but with a more spicy hop finish and yet still a great adjunct-free malt flavor. Very full bodied for a lager which impresses me. Great for the John’s private stock.