dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2002
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flavor is much better than the aroma. This beer smells like a wet dog that has been smoking dope. Flavor has a hop bite, citrus and flower. Not a bad beer, but I don’t like it as much as everyone else.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My least favorite style of beers are pilsners. Even craft bewery’s usually dissapoint. That being said this is one of the most refreshingly delicious beers I’ve had since the first time I tried Pete’s summer ale. It pours like a weisse beer and smells somewhat similar without any of the citrus notes. Pour vigorously and you’ll be rewarded with a full creamy head that will stand for a solid five minutes. Taste is crisp and complex with the perfect balance of hop bitterness and golden malted roundness. My girlfriends gonna go bonkers for it. Re-rate 4/28/02 Anyone else taste grapefruit in the aftermath? Man what a great light brew, one of the most refreshing beers ever!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light golden/yellow,slightly hazy, awesome fluffy head and lace, loads of german malt in the nose along with a substanial floral hop presence. Tasty, a well defined almost sweet malt, subdued spicyness, grassy and light citric notes all show themselves on the palate and is then flushed away beautifully by a huge slap in the face of addicting saaz hops. Very sharp, clean and refreshing. Fanastic brew.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Long lasting head with heaps of lacy foam and a rich floral perfume. In this case, florality is florality - it really does smell like a late summer garden, when the air is heavy and an exquisite drowsiness buzzes over all. Tatse? Well they get more out of their Saaz than anyone else, that’s certain, and the rest of the beer is almost grand enough to pull it off.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 - a clear golden color, highly carbonated with a nice head, aroma is nicely hopped with a malt presence; very smooth, hops are highly present along with a malty flavor, not even a bit watery, has some fruity characteristics - a truly great beer
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Way over the top with the Saaz taste and aroma. A little extreme, but I’m not a pilsener fan to begin with.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am not a huge pilsner fan, but this is a really great brew. Refreshing, nice and carbonated, and a nice sweetness to it. Definitely Prima.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - APR 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!!!! This is a great beer! The hop bite is most unexpected, and very welcome. I can’t get enough of this wonderful beer.
cathcacr (630) - Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 9/16/06: Yep, this is arguably my most favorite lager if you don’t count doppelbocks.
New commentary, 1/16/06:
First time I had this in a long time, not having been able to find it. I missed it, and for good reason. This is basically the Urquell without the skunk factor, making for perhaps the most satisfying lager this side of a doppelbock.