Brewed by Brouwerij ít IJ
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Plzeň goes to show that a beer doesnít 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3667) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2002
Bottle conditioned. Gold, with an excellent fluffy white head with lots of lace and good condition. Fruity aromas simmilar to a wit but without the spiciness, hints of hoppiness. Honeyed hop flavours, refreshingly tart and bready. Good balance of fruitiness and hop bitterness in the finish. Adding the yeast midway through changes it from a ale-like pils to a triple lite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (21409) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
Bottled. Golden colour, very hazy. Lively with creamy head. Lightly flowery, citrusy aroma. Dry and rather light bodied, with some yeasty witbier character and an aromatic finish with moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (11206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2002
Hoppy aroma and flavor. Citrus. Pretty dark and cloudy for a pilsener. Just a bit thin, but with a long hopbitter finish. The definite Czech-type pilsener, brewed in Amsterdam. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4850) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2002
When this is a Pilsener, it must be absolutely one of the best pilseners.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5824) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Taste has been explicitly described by the others. That this beer is actually a pilsener, i couldnít imagine. Full of taste, delicious aroma. If this is truly a pilsener, it is a HELL of a pilsener!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2002
Hoppy perfume aroma. Hazy, golden colour, good lace. Very hoppy and dry, light sweet, full. Long lasting finish. Probably the best pilsener I ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Cloudy light peach/yellow with a thick 1/2í creamy, pocky, tight white head. Massive carbonation. Quite a strange aroma. Horses ass, wool, sweet/tart candy and some citrus. Bubbly body, but not spritzy. Tastes like what the inside of a horse stable smells like, but I like it. Very tart, dry, herby and quenching. Lemony and spicy bitter hops. The aroma and taste will definately offend some, but I found it funky and incredibly drinkable. One question? How do they get that aroma and flavor in there, never mind Iíd rather not know.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (horseblanket), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly malty (toasted grain), with a fairly strong note of band-aid, lesser note of lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Strange for a "pilsner", no doubt, as itís clearly a Brett-fermented brew and as a result very horsey and phenolic (you will be reminded of Orval). I wish the other components could keep up, which keeps it from being a hit (and yeah, itís not close to style, but it is quite interesting).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJH-Bird99 (208) - Nijkerk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2000

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2000
Very good. Lots of hoppy dryness, and a citrus accent.

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