SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Pale straw color with a lasting, fluffy head. The aroma has lots of floral and spicy hops, with fresh dough as well. The flavor is first and foremost bitter. Lean and dry in the malt department; the spicy, herbal hops dominate. A nice German style pilsner; lean and hoppy. Super refreshing on a hot day, but the lack of malt robustness lets you down a little when you want some more substance to chew on.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
350 ml bottle from Bevmo. Light yellow with a fizzy white head. Faint malty slightly fruity aroma and taste.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Not very impressive as far as body or flavor. This brew was lightly carbinated and very smooth. It was ok.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap, part of the 10 beer sampler. Light color, slighty hoppy, but not much to it.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Crystal clear, pale golden colored pour with a frothy layer of brilliant white head. Gentle aromas of herbal and floral hops liven up an ultra clean bready pilsener malt base. No DMS, making the true characters of the pilsener malt really shine through. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with a sizzling carbonation. Well attenuated and exceptionally balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Bready, doughy malt up front, followed by a refreshing finish of herbal hops. Dry, lagery finish. Perfectly hopped, and wonderfully clean. It’s difficult to find a good fresh pilsner that exhibits zero DMS, but this one does so marvelously, allowing the pilsener malt to shine through wonderfully. Flavorful, quaffable, refreshing, clean. Awesome pils.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured with a half finger head. Body is a very clear, almost watery yellow color. Nice bitter flavor, tastes very average for the style. Easily notable bubbly flavor, over carbonated? I think so.
Allthatisevil (48) - alabaster, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light colour of gold. Nice bitter style aftertaste I think it could be a little less carbonated. It’s a good beer.
haggis03a3 (197) - Orinda, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light golden color. Aroma of grainy malts, hops and apple. Smooth and refreshing with a bitter finish. Fairly carbonated and medium bodied.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Date of 07.18.07, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, lightly tanned, white colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, gold colored brew. The aroma is fairly grass-like; the hops mostly accentuate this character, but even the malt contributes to it. Other aromatic notes of lemon grass, soda crackers, crushed pale malt and a touch of something like fresh cut weeds / wild flowers are also found in the nose.
Crisp, with a nice hop bit. The beer tastes quite dry up front, but does pick up a touch of malt sweetness towards the middle. The beer finishes with a clean, biting bitterness that really cuts through the palate. Touches of herbal hop character join with a hint of lemon zest, but I definitely feel like this could use a bit more late hop additions to round the beer out a bit. This is quite in line with the German style of Pilsner though. The malt character is fairly simple and plays a supporting role here; a touch of soda cracker malt character, hints of biscuit notes and wisps of honeyed malt sweetness. This is nice and light on the palate, and with its light body is quite easy to quaff a couple.
This is a pretty decent version of a Pilsner, one which I will be happy to drink again. It just seems to not hit the level of a great Pilsner though; something is a bit lacking.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
04-Jul-07 (12 oz bottle, Bottled on 28-Jul-06: Purchased 01-Jun-07 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) This is a perfect example why I strongly advocate revisiting beers whenever possible. Previously, I seemed to think the beer was overtly sweet, but my perceptions must have been out of whack that day (or maybe they’re out of whack today?). Crisp, dry, hoppy, and moderately bitter, this is anything but a sweet pilsener. When the beer is cold, the malts present a solid base for the beer, but don’t seem especially accented in any direction, being neither strongly grainy, corny or bready. Modest breadiness begins to emerge in the finish as the beer warms up, but the hop flavor and bitterness remain at the forefront, which is pretty impressive for a pilsener that was bottled 11 months ago and likely kept at room temperature before falling into my hands. With the crisp, clean hoppy attack and finish, the unobtrusive malt backing, the medium carbonation, and the light-medium body, this beer is easy to drink and very refreshing like a pilsener ought to be. The nose is only moderately aromatic, presenting a pleasant hop aroma and some light graininess of the malt. Straw-colored and slightly hazy, with the typical half-inch white head falling away to a wide ring. A quality offering from Sudwerk, but what else is new?!
15-Mar-05 (12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) A rather flavorful pilsener, bready, with a mild hop bitterness lending some balance. However, what is strikingly prominent is the sweetness. It’s sweet, almost to the point of calling it sugary, and especially when you consider the style of beer this is, the sweetness really stands out, especially in the finish. While somewhat crisp from hops, the lightly carbonated mouthfeel is soft and pleasant. This most certainly is not a dry pilsener though. Fairly sweet, malty nose has a much lighter hops aroma in the background. Medium yellow color is accompanied by a bit of haziness. Whitish head is fairly small on the pour, fades to a broken sheen, but leaves some patchy lacing behind. So while I’ve used the word "sweet" too many times for a pilsener, and this is a rather simple, one-dimensional, easy drinking beer, Sudwerk has produced yet another enjoyable beer that I would definitely recommend trying unless you like your pilseners crisp and dry. (7, 3, 6, 4, 13 = 3.3)