Originating in Plzen, now the Czech Republic, this light bodied, ruby-black beer has the smoothness of a lager with a clean roasted edge and complex malt character.
In spite of its dark color, this beer is a soft and elegant brew that is rich, mild, and surprisingly balanced. Unlike a blonde Pils, the hop bitterness in this darker version is soft and subdued.
boto (1661) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Brewery: This one pours an opaque, extremely dark ruby-tinged brown almost black color. There was a dense inch of tan foam on it that doesn’t linger too long. It leaves some lacing. Lighter but nice nose. Mainly roasted coffee notes. Some chocolate and spicy hop notes. The body is somewhat lighter. Nice, somewhat lighter taste. Some coffee and chocolate notes. Some spicy bitterness to it, but not overly so. A really good easy drinking beer!
dpjuart (974) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Piper’s Pub. Pours black, little off white head. Honestly, tastes like Guinness. Nice little dark lager.
Nate (3327) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Piper’s. Dry tangy nose with lots of roasted character. A mix between a stout and a schwarzbier. Mild sweetness. Dark black opaque with thin cocoa tan lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Roasty and chocolatey with sugar tang. Medium bitter finish with nutty light sweet after. More like a schwarzbier than a Bohemian pils.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3989) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’m not sure what would qualify this one as a black pils when to me at least it is indistinguishable from a porter. +++ Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy tan head that left no lacing. The aroma was roasty malts, coffee and faint cocoa. The flavor was dryish coffee with a bitter roasty presence and hints of vanilla and wood. The finish was medium length dryish wood, roast and coffee. Eh.
artmcd8 (655) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, obvi. Not much head and practically no aroma. Has a coffee flavor and a thin feel. Goes down smooth.
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