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Ingredients: 2 row German pale malt; Czech Saaz, German Northern Brewer hops.
Heaps o’ hops are hiding under the full, frothy head of this elegant Pils. All German malt subtleties linger beneath a long dry finish of this classy quencher. One of Michael Jackson’s 500 Classic Brews

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2002
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 22, 2002
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2002
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2002
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2002
Way over the top with the Saaz taste and aroma. A little extreme, but I’m not a pilsener fan to begin with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - APR 1, 2002
WOW!!!! This is a great beer! The hop bite is most unexpected, and very welcome. I can’t get enough of this wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2002
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.

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