Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold, slightly cloudy. Foamy head, some lacing. Hmm, hops, both floral and citrus in the nose. Malts coming up strong, yet blending in rather well. Just a tad of alcohol. Heavy malts in the flavors, again accompanied by the hops. Though more bitter in this encounter. Big finish of alcohol on this one. The entirity of the beer is shadowed with a "bready" flavor if you will. Pilsener characteristics come and go throughout Definately makes for an interesting beer though. I like it. Two thumbs up!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy (chewy) straw gold color, whispy even, almost like a wheat. The head is thick and creamy with nice retentiveness and lacing. The aroma hits very strong with a bite of floral and spicy citrus hops and a delicious pils-malt backbone that finishes with a lick of alcohol for good measure, almost like an IPA here. The flavor is intense but so good, lots of hops here to balance the alcohol that wavers in and out. The finish is strong in the alcohol department but the flavors are still the forestage here. Picked this up for $5 at a local store, so I can't complain about this wonderful little/big beer. The more you drink the more adapted you get to the hoppy flavor but the alcohol still hits strong. One of these bottles packs a good punch, I'm definately feeling it after this one.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscous golden body with luscious foamy snow white head and wispy streams of carbonation. Nice aroma of grass, citrus, and light caramel malt. Rich, full flavor. It's exactly what you expect it to be... a nice, big pilsner. Has distinct Czech qualities anyway. Takes some getting used to but becomes very enjoyable. Scores points for being so novel. Another fine effort by Rogue. I recommend serving this fairly cool. I tasted it at variable temperatures, but for some reason I preferred it on the cooler side. That way it was refreshing like a pilsner should be but the big, bold notes still came through very nicely.
Either through happenstance or perhaps a subliminal message, I immediately bought some sushi after purchasing this beer. The connection (Morimoto) didn't occur to me until later. The pairing was terrific.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Hazy light yellow with a small white head. Orange/grapefruit aroma with some flowers in the aroma. Full Oily texture, starts sweet and ends sweeter. Poured by the one and only VENOM.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Golden in color with a thick white head.Hoppy and malty aroma that's quite clean,no esters(obviously if it's a lager).Flavor is hoppy,alcohol warming and a touch of breadiness from the malt.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a very cool bottle that is white ceramic with Japanese lettering and bright swathes of color and as a bonus comes with a swing-top. The beer pours very thick given the golden body. The viscosity makes seem like a pale Imperial Stout. The head is pure white and really sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is lots of orange citrus and a very clean and crisp malt aroma. The flavor is citrus up front then a shocking smack of bitter hops followed by a nice biscuity maltiness. The finish is quite bitter, those 74 IBUs really stand out given the relative lightness of this beer (compared to other 74 IBU beers). There is a slight hit of alcohol towards the beginning of the finish but it is not an unpleasant flavor. Given the style the 8.8% ABV is well hidden. Overall a nice beer but it exhibits a lot of ale characteristics and it is hard to believe that this is a lager. A must try, but true lager fans may be disappointed.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this one, not near as sweet as Prescription pils, and not as hoppy. Looks like a classic pils, golden, translusent, and with a moderate white head. Dry and crisp, but not as dry and crisp as Victory's Prima, after drinking it, it was apparent to me that it was much bigger than Prima. I know its hard to make a big pils and one that is close to style, I think Rogue accomplished both.
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden. Lemon and orange rind aroma. Light and amazingly clean on the tongue. Definitley bitter, not a ton of hop flavor, but acceptable. Fun fresh and fruity. Doesn't show a trace of the 8.8% alcohol. Not the worlds most elegant beer, but very very fun, and worth the experience. I
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great painted ceramic bottle that was capped yet has a swing top attached as well. Poured a slightly hazy bright gold with a huge head that settled down to a not so huge head. Aroma reminds me of a Wit style with wheat malt and yeast in the nose. Maybe it's my imagination though. Also detect quite a bit of hops in the aroma and sweetness from the malt as well. This aroma is a big and bold one to be sure. I wasn't sure what an Imperial Pilsner would be like, but now it makes sense to me with the latest trend in super charged styles. Just double up on malt and hops and you've got an Imperial-fill in the blank brew. Body is really full and smooth. Flavor is also a strong one with sweet malt leading the way along with some hops blending in. This is a big beer and if you like big bold beers such as the Imperial class, you will like this one for sure. It's not a to style pils and doesn't claim to be one either. Enjoy it for what it is.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 The bottle poured with a glug glug sound until I poured about half the bottle out. Anyways, the head is nice and thick and the nose is restrained. The palate is where the hops are to be found. The hops are very earthy and the palate is full and sweet, but not cloying. The finish is long rounded and a little alcoholic. One major flaw I find in the beer is a bit of diacetyl, which is a bummer. Overall, I really do not find this beer to be like a pils.