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)
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out golden with thin 2 finger head. Grassy hop aroma with slight malt. Taste is refreshing with some dry grassy/floral hops with a malt balance. Nice beer for a warm summer day.
mjg74 (2945) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a medium golden color. Slightly creamy grain aroma. Slightly bitter and malty. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet with some hops and grains. Slightly grassy flavor. Bitter finish. Good pils.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very respectable pilsener. Well hopped, but not overly so. Decent.
sloth (2756) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white head, fair retention with little to no lacing. Pale blond color. Nose is lightly grapey and grainy. Body is light/medium. Clean malts, bready notes with a light hop spiceyness. Finish is almost dry. Thanks Stephen!
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear golden yellow with minimal white head. Aroma is slight malt and biscuit. Flavor is more malty and bready than most pilsners but is nice. Slight bitterness. Nice beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2000
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 The beer after is disembarking the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the Pilsner glass a luminous gold with a towering bright white head and the texture semi-creamy, as it erodes the left over lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is the prototypical pilsner crisp and clean, sweet malt with the start perfectly malted and slightly sweet, the top is light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity, the hops archetypal and the aftertaste desert bone dry, a drinkable beer.
TAR (2584) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Pale blonde. Rapidly dwindling fizzy dirty white foam. Zingy, spicy laced aroma with lemon zest, minerals, grass, and straw. Beautiful carbonation: expansive and fluffy. Full straw-like, bready malt flavors capped by a lightly coarse, floral tinged bitterness brushing the back of the throat. Lingering metallic notes accompanied by traces of dough. A simplistic, yet flavorful pilsner.
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.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright yellow in the pils glass. Aroma is muted but this is a nice crisp pilsner. Grain taste lingers in the back. Super easy to drink. A good take on a hard style to get right.