ClarkVV (3762) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Last of the pilsners from Hollingshead Deli, purchased there and consumed later that night at Dr. Bill’s lovely abode on 3/22/07
Ok, this one should be the best of any of them, having a best before date of 2009. Not sure why any brewery would give a best before date of 2009 on a pils when it’s only 2007, but whatever, that’s what it said.
Very encouraging appearance boasts a deep golden body with darker honey tones and a very large, frothy white head that is well-retained and provides moderate lacing.
Tons of lemon icing and intensely herbal hops in the nose signify a very straightforward CGP. Dryness seems right away to be on the low side, but there’s a ton of yeast crispness on the finish that bails it out, somewhat. A bit carbonic, and with some definite paperiness, however. Medium strength of aroma, no alcohol.
Lemon and pear notes in the flavor collide with plenty of honey. It dries out significantly through the middle, thanks to a lightly grainy (somewhat crackery) malt character and a strong carbonic flavor (producing a dry and watery feel, unfortunately). Medium-high carbonation, with the hops lasting well in to the finish. But theyre not exactly bursting with freshness and bright character. They seem a bit too old/fruity-like and the finish ends with a slight metallic note, even. Drinkable, but nothing exceptionally well-made, despite its obvious traditional intentions.
RaginCajun (319) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly cloudy yellow body with a airy head. Yeasty and grainy aroma. Best part about this beer is the "warm" malt finish, it is a nice touch. Otherwise, it is a fine pilsener; a very nice pilsener indeed.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a really pale yellow color, looks a lot like Coors Light.
However it has the classic European Pilsner aroma and flavors. A distinct mustiness, with flavors of grain and a bitter finish. An easy drinking beer.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very pale thin yellow with healthy white head. Aroma is light grassy hops with a touch of malt. Taste is also very light. Sweet yeast flavor in the front with a lemony bitterness in the back. Too light for me, but is more complex than some raters are noting. Worth a second pour.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle discovered in the Class VI at Nellis AFB. Guarded by a standing bright whie head of foam, this is light golden brew. With a starchy nose it drinks in the mainstream of German pilsners ... malty and biscuit-based with a nice big and sturdy kiss of Teutonic hop bitterness to finish it off. Quite good!
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A selection from this month’s shipment of the Malt of the Earth club. I will start by saying i am not into Pilsners. With that said, this is one of the best pilsners i have had, period. Very nice citrus hoppy aroma and taste. Smooth and well balanced. This is a very good Pilsner. Would be a great intoduction and transition brew for your friends into typical macro swill.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light straw color with a moderate to tall white head. Light chalky pale malt with a light herbal. Harsh hops lick the the lips with only a slight malt sweetness Somewhat watery in feel and taste in the end.
Cornfield (5345) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Not as hoppy as I think a Pils should be, but a refreshing warm weather drink. It pours a very pale yellow with a modest bubbly head. The aroma is faint, grainy with some malt sweetness and floral hops. A bit watery, tasting of pale malt with the floral bitterness. Quite a dry finish. Okay.
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dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma leaves a little something to be desired. Pale yellow but a lasting head. A basic pils in this respect. Doesn’t come off that hoppy but quite dry. It gets drier from start to finish, so that by the end all you can think of is the dry flavor on your palate. Good, but not great.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pilsener! Probably a pretty typical beer for Germany, but I was happy to find a fresh bottle of this at the Beer, Beer and More Beer store in Concord, CA. Full bodied, nice bready aroma and taste. A great showcase for German pilsener malt. A nice hoppiness in the finish. A crisp, clean, simple beer. Well done.