ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 1/8/2013. After the first bottle of my shipment was flat, I was wary of the other two. But this one looks a lot more promising in my glass...
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with surprising haziness for the style - it appears fairly clear until the light refracts directly onto the glass, actually. There also appears to be a few yeast particles floating around. The head is a nicely creamy one finger white color. Okay retention is featured here, but I love the textured lacing left behind on the glass.
S: Rather sweet for a Czech pils - hitting on the fruitier, almost citrusy malt and ester qualities. Beneath that is a layer of zesty, grassy hop funk. Decent, but I wish it had more hops and less malts.
T: That’s weird, this tastes a bit adjuncty...not a massive presence, but it does seem to feature a bit of corn on the opening flavors. Ah well, some pilsners DO feature a small fraction of corn/rice in the mash, so I can’t char-grill it too much. There are a lot of bready, grainy malts (in slight conjunction with the subtle presence of yeast and corn), as well, while the finish has touches of grassy hops. Given a stronger hop bill, this could be great, but instead has to settle for ’fairly good’.
M: Not as clean and dry as I like my pilsners. The finish is a bit on the sweet side, and it generally sits on the tongue too heavily. Drinkability is solid, but it lacks the "OMIGAWD I JUST CHUGGED A PITCHER OF BEER IN 1 MINUTE" qualities the best in the style feature. Middling carbonation.
O: I prefer a crisper, bone dry pils (see: Prima Pils, Pilsner Urquell when it’s not skunked), but this one’s fine for what it is - though it comes across more like an American pre-prohibition pils than a Czech one. The problem here is that it seems to shoot for having some complexity instead of just being simple refreshment...and falls short at both. Still, I’d use this to wean newbs on to craft beer, if I lived in Oregon that is.
ApisAles (1401) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange pour with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet malt, corn, maybe a little DMS. Flavor is a touch sweet, a bit more corn. Some hop bitterness comes through. Decent.
twisted86 (1) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasantly malty. Crisp on the tongue. Faintly hoppy. Creamy finish.
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JoeMcPhee (7622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a gift from the proprietor of our rental place who was worried about us when we were a few hours late for our check-in, so the rating might be a bit high because of her sheer awesomeness. Deep straw-coloured pour. The aroma is great - bright noble hops over a slightly crackery/biscuity malt base. Incredible balance and a lovely rich palate. Full-bodied without being cloying in any way at all. Soft bitterness but very aromatic. A fantastic pilsner. I could drink this all day!
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours a slightly cloudy light color with a fine white head. Smells is fairly bland and the taste is a little sour, but true to the style. Not too much of the skunk aftertaste of US pilsners. Very nice pils.
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bill’s Tavern - Pours clear golden with cascading bubbles and a light white head. Nose is nice honeyed pale malt, rustic grain, and gentle floral hopping. Taste is honeyed pale malt, doughy and lightly yeasty. Carbonation is a little sharp, and the body is thin.
Newk (299) - - JUN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from tap. Pours a nice clear gold color that is exactly how one wants a pilsner to look.
Very fresh and aromatic pilsner with aromas of crackers, grains, and some fresh baked biscuits. More high-toned, but on the spot for what I want.
Excellent light and crisp feel. Tasty with flavors of crackers, grains and some noble hops.
A real delicious pilsner. Perfect lower abv and insanely drinkable.
gregwilsonstl (664) - USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light clear copper.v No head. No lacing. Smells fruity. Very sweet malt. Yeasty. Buttery. Good Pilsner.
BrewDad (4256) - Olympia, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hops and malt balance good easy drinking Pils flavors. Great beer for when i was done with cleaning the garage.
Syzzer (449) - Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good Pilsner- cloudy darker yellow. Slight hoppy smell. Barley/grain body- nice flavorful finish