Sammy (8011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bottle from the brewery. Great summer beer, refreshing after a very hot Milwaukee day. Nice foam head retained on mellow yellow body. A little cheese but mostly pleasant aroma. Easy mouthfeel and a good drinker.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a creamy white head. The aroma was sweet and bready, with some lemon zest accenting.. a tad skewed toward the sugars, but solidly presented. The flavor found more honey than bread at the core, with lemon and earthy bitter notes around.. a little spice and tanginess worked well on the back-end.. again too sweet to be refreshing. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. grainy at times.. aiight overall.
BVery (5437) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Light orange pour, clear, with a white head. Saaz hop/sweatsock nose. Bright palate with carbonation. Great taste of grain and hop, very clean. Paired it with 10-year cheddar, very nice.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a couple single 16-oz bottles at Three Cellars in Franklin, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden pale colored brew with a decent and well-retained off-white head that leaves behind some thick lacing. Aroma of golden grain pils malt, a hint of spice, light citrus, and soft lager yeast. When served cold, it has a more Bohemian Pils aroma. As it warms up, more of the Saaz hops comes out. Taste is medium bodied, plenty of noble hops, golden grain malt and a hint of citrus zest. Finish has a spicy nobel hop aftertaste comparable to an American Pale Ale followed by a lingering bitterness. A touch more nobel hop spice than I am used to which hides some of the Pils malt. Surely it can please both the pils and hophead drinkers alike. One of Sprecher’s better newest beers in quite some time.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the Reserve Tasting at the brewery (Glendale, WI). Pours a rich pale straw yellow hue, touches of haze give it some life, glowing straw, with a bigger cakey offwhite head atop that stays larger, cakes, and laces well. Aromas are an earthy spicey hopping, gentle grass and florals, touches of pale malts, bready dough and yeast. A good liveliness. Initial is lighter bodied, bready crisp malts and dough up front, touches of dandelion and lemon. Middle is mellow sweetness, earthy hops, gentle spice, and mellow crisp bready malts. Finish is mellow sweetness, crisp, not dry, with some doughy malts, crackers, crusty bread. Gentle grass, earth, faint lemon. Pretty nice and fresh. Could use a touch more life on the hop side of things, but overall it’s quite drinkable and enjoyable.
PorterPounder (5092) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - pint bottle. Medium golden pour, slight cloudiness, nice bubble actions, snow white head. Aroma has some butterscotch accents, a touch of vanilla. Flavor has a buttery back end with some vanilla notes, some butterscotch, some honey sweetness. Mouthfeel has a decent spritz to it. Can’t tell if the butterscotch is from diacetyl or it is intended - pleasant at first - turns cloying after a while.
Suttree (4863) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was a bit leery of drinking something called "Summer Pils" on December 8th, but to my pleasant surprise it seemed reasonably fresh. Grassy and grainy, with a nice crisp finish. It did not get that canned corn flavor until after it warmed up a bit, so maybe this needs to served really cold...
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saaz hops are prominent in the aroma. Gold color, and heavily carbonated. Mildly bitter with lager yeast. Refreshing, and good enough to satisfy a pilsner fix. I would call this a Bohemian pilsner.
nuplastikk (4085) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
500ml bottle. Hazy, unfiltered yellow-tan. Thin, creamy, steady white head. Harsh, garbage aroma. Butter, putrid sourness. Holy crap this beer is infected and disgusting. This might be the last beer I ever buy from them..this is god awful. Like a beer from a bad Ukranian brewery, this one tastes radioactive and supremely off. Cheap and easily accessible but absolutely disgusting. Only the most hardcore tickers shouldnt avoid this offensive swill.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Ah, how I had hopes for another session beer to dial up regularly during this infernal summer. Uninspiring pour, a clearish gold with a disconcertingly low level of carbonation. Nose is initially a bit dry but soon reveals the Sprecher house malt profile, slightly more assertive than one would like. Mouthfeel a bit bland and watery, with just a wee tickle. Palate is a bit slick. The flavors don’t alter this impression too much. While there are certainly noble hops detectable, and decently pleasant, there’s a bit too much balance here (maybe we should think of "proper ratios" as a more appropriate term than mere "balance") for the true pils quality to get an airing.