Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Plzeň goes to show that a beer doesn’t need a lot of alcohol to be special. With its fine, hoppy flavour, this 5% blond beer can certainly hold its own against the stronger beers. Brewed only from pale barley malt, this is a floral beer with delightful, hoppy aromas of hay and fresh grass. Deliciously dry, with a long-lasting aftertaste. We named the beer after the Czech town of Plzeň, from which Pilsner beers originate. Despite that, our Plzeň is not a Pilsner; it is a refreshing, bitter, top-fermented beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 13, 2004
An orange beer with a beutiful dense white head. The aroma is of grass and yeast. The flavor is of yeast and a dry coriander finish. This beer tastes more like an ale than a pilsener - this mystifies me. For an ale it is good - but for a pilsener it is bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 11, 2004
Golden coloured. Grassy, fruity and hoppy aroma. Dry and grassy flavour with notes of salad. Fruits and some yeast in the flavour. It tastes more like an ale than a pilsener.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
Blond color, stormy perlage, big head. Simple aroma, some citrus fruits. Pleasant taste; probably it's top fermentation; soft, malts. Ends more bitter than aromatic. Thanks Jacob (Lövenlund) for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2003
This beer has a light yellow body - hue with a flavor initial flavor and a light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Golden hazy body with small off-white head. Aroma is flowery, yeasty, melon, citrus. Taste starts moderate sweet, fruity and floral, turns lemon and grassy bitter. Medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ilicvladimir (6) - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - OCT 27, 2003 does not count
The best beer in the world, to put it in short. Unfortunately, the general public is not too informed about its existance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Best by '02 on bottle: Aroma is interesting to say the least. Rubber band, light citrus, woody. Hazy golden hue. Big white head. Very much like a watered down triple, as austin p. says. Spicy, light fruit, citric, bitter, yeasty and all funked out. A very drinkable beer, but this will surprise your palate no doubt. Im very impressed. Very dry, quenching, light bodied, velvety smooth, with a big bitter finish. The yeast is just incredible here, providing a generous flavor boost. mmmmm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2003
This is a very nice but terribly overpriced pils. My sample was a drunk a year after its expiration date. It showed gorgeous head and lacing over a cloudy pale gold body. The aroma was exactly like Warsteiner/Bitburger--good light mix of hops and malt. Malt character was friendly, some citric and sour qualities, finishing long with the sort of dull bitterness found in some of the trappist ales (versus the sharp pils bitterness of Jever). Excellent pils--sort of a mix of a Belgian Ale (given the hop character) and Rhineland Pils.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (2171) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Cloudy golden colored, thick lasting white head, beautiful. Very flowery nose, hops, hint of honey even. Smooth hopbitter finish, flowery again. Lasting bitter finish. Absolutely phenomenal pilsener, perhaps even the best i know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
A flowery, Belgian-style witbier with lots of spicy kick. Not really a pilsener in the traditional sense, so don’t buy this expecting Pilsner Urquell. I see this brew as more of a watered-down tripel in taste (and I don’t mean that as a bad thing). Heavily carbed.

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