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Sprecher Pale Lager



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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A Bohemian style golden lager. A profuse maltiness, offsets the slight bitterness from the aromatic Saaz hops resulting in a complex, yet very smooth lager.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
I absolutely love this lager. It's beauty lies in its subtleties, which can easily be missed by those looking for the maltiest or hoppiest beer. A definite yeasty flavor permeates the solid malt body and little bitterness can be found. A session lager of the highest order.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Sprecher Pale Lager pours to a beautiful, bright, pale golden color with a creamy white head, and a lively amount of carbonation. The nose is just bursting with zesty/grassy Saaz hop aroma with a nice back drop of pale malt aroma. The palate is crisp and delicious, lots of good pale malt flavors and a lean, smooth, soft body. This beer finishes with light touches of pale malt flavor up front, and ends with a wondeful, zesty, grassy, hop bite that lingers. WOW! This is a fantastic pilsner, one of the best domestic versions I have ever tasted. It would stand shoulder to shoulder with any Czech or German example. This is a perfect beer to have as an aperitif, and goes well with a number of dishes. Try this with a chicken spanferkel dinner, which consists of spit roasted chicken, German potato salad, saurkraut, and rye bread and butter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2002
A very pleasant and smooth lager with sufficient malt and not over-hopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(bottle): Clear orange-yellow body with medium off-white head. Aroma is sharp grassy, then some malts -- caramle mostly. Taste starts with a pleasant sweetness that complements the strong but not overwhelming grassy bitterness that dominates this beer. Some floral flavor shows up as the beer warms. Medium body, a bit fuller than I'd expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Amber colored. Nice malty aroma, Saaz hops are prevalent. Has a light body (may have been called ’less filling’ a few years back). The amber by Sprecher is much more flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Bottle - thanks to badgerben for the trade. Pours slightly hazy amber with a moderate white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and lots of floral hoppiness. Flavor is much the same as the aroma and ends with a nice subtle bitterness. This is richer than a typical pilsner and benefits from some warming where many pilsners don’t. Light to medium body and gently creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2002
A cross between a bohemian pils and a helles lager. Golden color with a white fluffy head. Seems to lack hops for a pils and backbone malt for solid lager. Drinkable, but nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 Something about this beer gave me the chills, but not in a good way. The color was good, but there was almost no head. Things started to go downhill with the aroma. I couldnt put my finger on it, but to me it smelled a little like butter. I cant explain it. The taste was nothing to brag about. Over all, a poor offering from this otherwise excellent brewery. Newest thoughts: Had this out of a bottle, and it was much much better. Still nothing to brag about, but it was alot more drinkable. As it warmed, the hops became more evident, and was much easier to drink. Maybe I just had some bad stuff from the tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A true Bohemian Pils this is not despite the commercial description. What it is is a damn fine American lawnmower lager. Pours a really nice golden with a white head of fine bubbles. Definite emphasis on malt and slightly sweet rounded out by a kiss of Saaz (the Schlitz reference is intentional, though this is a much cleaner beer with no apparent adjunct character). One of those brews that seems to jump down your throat even when served at proper Pilsener temperature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
golden straw body, decent carbonation. thin white head which disappeared quickly. Corn, cereal grains and dimethyl sulfide. Saaz hops for sure. Clean, crisp and refreshing. a bit of a citrucy hop bite at the end. A great summer session lager.

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