FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich gold color. Aromatic notes of sweet, butterscotch malt, grassy grain and spicy hops. This has a really inviting aroma to it, I really like the mix of hop and malt notes, though it could perhaps use a touch more hop aromatics.
Fairly dry, with an almost tartness, though not really. Biscuit like malt and a fresh grain character are accented by a hint of butterscotch. The beer is fairly well carbonated which provides an extra tingle on the tongue and a touch more palate cleansing character. Herbal hop notes evoke thoughts of lemon grass, hints of mint, fresh cut hay, and an almost green basil like thing. A touch of bitterness in the finish, as well as a touch of lemon-like tartness. This is on the dry side for a traditional Czech Pilsner, it seems to be lacking that malt fullness and even the diacetyl is a touch on the lower end. Still this is a decent beer, one which I would happily consume a few pints of.
Purchased: Bevmo, Pasadena CA
thegreenrooster (3977) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2007
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a very bright yellow. Aroma is almost nothing. Flavor does have a few good points. Some malts and a nice crisp hop show up but not much else. Nice to drink on a warm summer day but nothing to be looking for.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
31-Aug-07 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 30-Aug-07 for $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) With a crystal clear, golden body, a fluffy, white head and a steady supply of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer, this is quite attractive in a tall pilsener glass. The bubbles are a touch too big, though, and there’s only sporadic lacing. The signature aroma of spicy, grassy hops jumps out of the glass, and a mildly sweet, slightly bready malt remains in the background. Balanced attack of gently bitter, spicy hops and mildly sweet, bready malts, but there’s a slight honey sweetness that detracts from an otherwise dry mouthfeel. Also, the flavor is oddly caramely, only a little, but it’s most noticeable in the finish. A hint of smokiness in the finish as well, but overall, the beer falls a bit short of being dry, crisp and clean on the palate, so it’s not as refreshing to drink. Medium bodied with medium carbonation that’s soft on the palate. While it doesn’t challenge the top-tier Czech pilseners in overall excellence, this is a decent beer and a pleasant addition to the growing variety of Czech pilseners available in SoCal.
riversideAK (6104) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle from La Bodega, Riverside. Bready crisp aroma. A little earth and grass. Pours light gold with visible bubbles and a frothy head. Flavor is lightly sweet malt, earth, and a crisp clean bitterness. Pretty basic, but still very nice.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (330ml). Shared with MrManning - bottle thanks to Milos. Clear refractive gold with a frothy lasting white head. Initial aroma of cooked vegetables, settles down to lightly funky herbal hops and wheaty grain, slightly sweet. Same taste, average body, a little something off in the aftertaste, sweeter than I like - ehh.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 25, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
In the 0.5L bottle from Beertopia. This simply calls itself a "bright lager beer" on the label, but the label is blue and white with a blue neck band. I’m guessing that this is the same thing in a new export package distributed by Merchant duVin. The beer was slightly skunked and this was about all that I could pick out of the aroma. Standard rich golden yellow with a medium fluffy white head that subsides to a sheen covering. Has a solid saaz hopped pilsner flavor that leaves your mouth dry and tart. Skunky flavor hangs in there as well. I drank this after mowing the yard and it still didn’t seem to float my boat. Even at $3.19 a bottle, I think I’ll pass.
yellahairedkid (1) - redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2007 does not count
3.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didn’t want to try this beer.
I’m not usually a fan of your average lager, but I have been assured that this is not your average lager.
The nose almost made me lose my nerve. One word: Saaz.
I’m just not a fan and I could feel the bitterness in my cheeks without even tasting the beer.
And then I tasted it!
it wasn’t bitter at all! It was sort of fresh and clean; it was to the tongue what that clean laundry smell is to the nose!
Add the malty finish and I was happy to drink the whole glass.
It did end up leaving a bitter taste in my mouth and that’s not so hot, but overall I would definitely put this in my super-hot-weather-beer category and drink it again.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with Milos and HogtownHarry, Milos’ bottle- Pours orangey amber under a frothy white foam. The aroma is hoppy, but soon a vegetal aroma sneaks up and attacks. Lots of cooked broccoli. Doughy malts. Some saaz hop flavour, but it’s also vegetal, mostly corn and some other unmentionables. Finishes a lot like a bowl of soup. Interestingly enough not offensive, and there were times I enjoyed sipping this one. Thanks for sharing Milos!
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Different take on the text book standard for the style. Fruity, aromatic style on both the nose and palate. Almost like a fruity pale ale of English ale in this respect. Pilsner malts kick in late with very mild bitterness.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 500 ml. bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pilsener glass.
Poured a clear bright orange hued golden, large rocky, creamy white head, good retention, active micro bubbly carbonation, minimal amount of sticking, a promising appearance.
Faint aromas of sweet grainy cracker-like malts, hints of herbal spicy hops.
Smooth light-medium body, crisp and dry tasting, sugary pilsener malts that are complemented by dry grainy saltine crackers, a light lemon honey, herbal, spicy hops that have a soft bitterness towards the end, pretty clean in the finish, just a lightly tingling spiciness lingers in the palate.
A good Czech Pilsener, not a great one, but one that is quite pleasant to consume, perfect for the hot, muggy days of August.