tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very spicy hops with a slightly vegetal, grainy malt aroma. Clear, pale golden coloured body is topped with a low, white, fully diminishing head. Grainy, vegetal malts with a lightly spicy hop finish and light bitterness. Light body with fairly lively, pointy carbonation. Bottle sampled at GBBF 2005.
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 12 oz. Bottle, Apr 16, 2006 This is quite clearly labeled as being produced at the Berkeley brewery. Sold at Wild Oats in a six pack with a cylindrical pilsner/alt glass attached. Pours pale straw with a rocky, lacy head on top. Big German hop smell at opening stays with the pour. Lazy stream of bubbles rises through the glass. A nice German malt, with a very, very slight tart note. Kind of a grassy straw taste, finished of by straightforward noble hops bitterness. A solid interpretation of the style, and who’d a thought a place in Berkeley would have the discipline to make a pils to precise German engineering standards.<hr>Draft, Sept 18, 2005. Sampled in a solid plastic mug, so I couldn’t get a handle on its color. Have to presume it’s okay. Taste, though, is light and "crisp," like American pale macros claim, but this one really is. But beyond that, not much stands out in the way of hops, just the standard German bitterness against pale malts. Finished nice and dry. Again, an imported pilsner that’s probably much better closer to home.
Additional note, Aug 10, 2006. Finishing the sixer, I found that last bottle started to show more nice German hop bitterness. Crisper and cleaner. I think that’s worth bumpint the rating up a notch.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 This is from the US brewery in Berkley
Pours a brilliantly clear straw-gold color with a pale off white head that is held up by a moderate, persistent carbonation. The aroma is clean and spicy with a light herbal note that is all quite appetizing. The beer is smooth and clean as it first hits my mouth. It is fairly dry with a light toasted malt note, though the hops definitely are the major flavor contributor. The beer is quite floral and spicy. This is definitely a nice example of a dry German Pils, though it has a bit more fresh hop flavor than usual, which is just fine in my book. This is light, easy drinking, and full of bright refreshing hop flavors.
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beerbuff (9) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tasty pilsner. The draft is almost indistinguishable from Stella Artois in taste. I have to assume it is fresher because of being brewed in California. A big improvement over what the big 3 is putting out.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can’t really get excited about pilseners, but I guess I should try and be unbiased. Pours a pale straw colour, with a tiny and short-lasting head. The aroma was basic pils - grassy hops and maybe some lemon. The flavour was not bad - finished bitter and the aftertaste was pleasing. Pretty thin palate, though, but it is a pilsener afterall....
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted out of a slimline Trumer Pils glass. A nice crisp, refreshing pilsner. A bit fizzy out of the bottle but the body isnt terribly lively once in the glass. Light caramelly sweetness initially followed by herbal-spicy European hops. Only moderately bitter finish. Simple but elegant.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pale yellow beer with a very small head. fruity citrus aroma. tastes citrussy too, bitterish, yeasty, herbal and a bit sweet. nicely balanced pilsner, nice one!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (GBBF): Light gold with a small white head. Clean malt aroma with a touch of sulphur. Herby hops with clean malts behind. A little thin though quite refreshing.
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle poured a clear very pal yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma was grainy and vegtal. Palate was crisp. Flavor was sweet grain with some herbal hop character and a clean finish.
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light slight haze. Straw colour. Reasonably light body. Crisp, grassy hoppiness. Very fresh-tasting. Moderate bitterness. Dry finish. Well-crafted German-style pils.