estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden body, white head, Saaz nose. Nice spicy zing to start, well-balanced, tasty, good stuff.
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good Czech pils, malty aroma with a touch of noble hop, clean, Pours a clear straw yellow with a strong tight white head. Crisp clean malt flavor mingles with a soft noble hop bitterness that linger long and is added by a slight minerally finish. Overall a complex beer that does not disappoint. A great alternative to PU.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fine beer, wasted on those here who do not really like or understand Bohemian pilsner. Great sweet apple notes hemmed in with the good, flinty Czech hop finish. The malt is nice and bold, rich, then lean, then fruity, then austere, but the hops do such an incredibly excellent job. You know, the hops act a lot like those in Rochefort, believe it or not. A bit less complex than the Great Herold. It remains, however, a beer that I will return to again and again.
Parrothead (293) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a honey-golden color with a big, rocky white head. The great Saaz hops come through in the nose. A nice touch of malt sweetness balanced by the Saaz - a perfect blend for a Bohemian Pilsener. JK is right - a bigger sip really lets the flavors of the malt and hops shine.
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz brown bottle, no date.
It pours a nice deep darker gold that looks unfiltered. The head is big, fluffy, and white and forms a dome around the rim of the glass, slowly receding with some intricate lacing. Nearly a spot-on appearance.
Smell is grainy with a deep sugary malt scent. The hops linger in the background with a slight spiciness. It’s not skunky, the proper way to enjoy a pilsener.
The taste follows the nose, nice robust grains with a kiss of hops that lend a balancing bitterness. The mouthfeel is richer than what you would find in most Czech pilseners.
This one seems true to style, not watered down, I like it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2010 01:54:52
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somehow this obscure Czech brew (heretofore unknown to my Czech wife) has suddenly become widely available in my neck of the woods. A good thing too, as it’s a subtle, well-balanced rendition of the style. Kudos for the brown bottle that every Czech pils sent abroad ought to have.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Until I looked it up on Wikipedia, I thought the Belgiums drank the most beer. Turns out I was wrong and it’s the Czechs. Not bad too since I’m 12.5% Czech. So what are they drinking there? Poured a nice clear gold with a sizeable and thick head. This is a wonderful pils. The aroma is a little light but the flavor is very crisp and medium bodied. There is a good deal of hops and malt int he flavor. The finish is where the flavor really shines after about 15 seconds. The bitterness really works in the beers favor and makes this very refreshing. Excellent.
ClarkVV (5232) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle, consumed on 11/21/2005. Large, white, dense head atop a clear, rust-hay colored body. Well-formed lacing all the way down the glass. Saazy nose, but some spicier notes as well. Oregano and tarragon like herbalness and a clear shot of yeast crispness, which dries out the balancing light honey malt. Crisp in the nose. Moderrate to low aroma strength, but it is delicate and moderately complex if you smell it long enough. Observing it for a while builds up my expectations of a rustic, dustic, saazy flavor. Flavor does not disappoint the expectations. Musty hay and light barn notes (which is odd because it’s pasteurized) with lightly earthy hops and a honey malt that is not too sweet. Moderate, though certainly not eye-opening yeast bite on the finish. Carbonation is zesty, with tiny bubbles giving a medium-tight but also boisterous mouthfeel. Guess that’s to-style, or at least on par for a filtered/pasteurized/force carbonated beer. No off flavors whatsoever, boast of proper lagering. Lots of hop flavor on the end, bitterness and honey linger. Some spicy grass notes, as well. Bit watery.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light gold with a fluffy lasting white head. Aroma is grassy, biscuity, with a spicy hop character. The body is light but mouth-filling from the CO2. The flavors are fairly clean with a pleasant hop character, but a bit more diacetyl than I might expect from the style, but certainly not offensive. Finished nice and dry. Good Pils.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours straw with white head. Flavor is sweet malt with Saaz hops, nicely balanced. Also some fruit and bread mixed in. Very nice and quaffable. Well Done.