Americas Walter Payton Pilsner

Formerly brewed at Americas Brewpub
Style: Pilsener
Aurora, Illinois USA


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
This is a very pale, medium bodied lager beer. The assertive hop aroma is derived from the use of the finest Czech Saaz hops. Long aging refines the delicate malt-hop balance in this traditional beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 New Rating from draft at the pub, 4/11/07. Just as light as any junklager, but with a nice thin and leggy draft head. Drinks nice and crisp with a distinctive sharp Saaz nose. Dry but somehow a little syrupy. Almost chewy, with a good finish and hoppy smell. Much better on draft. As I said I would, I’m replacing the previous rating from an outdated bottle.
Original Rating from 12 oz. bottle, 1/15/07. Rating: 4-2-5-3-8=2.2. I should have known in advance something was up: the first time I ever saw this bottled was in a clearance cart at Binny’s of Willowbrook. Sure enough, it seems to be a pretty old bottle. Cloudy pour; hey, there’s yeast on the bottom. Don’t see that from a lager. Thin head. Warm lager smell, but with some fruitiness. Yes, the taste is sour, like it fermented too warm. But then there’s some hops behind that odd taste. There’s only one thing for it; I’ve got to go to Payton’s finally and try this fresh.

Dogbrick (13519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear yellow-gold color with a medium foamy white head that evaporates quickly. Spotty lacing. Mild hops and bready malt in the nose. Light body with flavors of hops, grain and malt. The finish is short and lightly hopped. Forgettable overall.

envane (572) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Gold, clear, small white head. Honey aroma. Honeyish malts, medium hops. Finishes semi-dry.

anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2010
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a very pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity grainy aroma. Sweetish fruity grainy flavor. Has a fruity malty grainy finish.

tmoreau (4580) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Served as the welcome beer for the IL. Craft Brewers Guild 5 by 5 Dinner at the Marion St. Cheese Market, Oak Park, IL. Poured a clear golden hue, with a modest, silky white head and light ribbons of lacing. The aroma was lightly grassy, a hint of malt sweetness, and light spice, with distinctive noble hop. The flavor added some moderate hop bitterness. Light bodied but flavorful, and a good beer to start off the evening.

drowland (8938) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Tried this one out on tap while up judging the Drunk Monk Challenge but didn’t have time for good notes.

TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle from a friend and being from chicago its a honor to rate a beer named for sweetness, poured the color of straw with white head aromas of grains and hops taste is from pale malts and hops thats about all i can write about this one

riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Hazy golden pour with a huge foamy head from overactive carbonation. The aroma is a little biscuity with lemon and earth as well. The flavor is an odd mix of biscuity malts, bready malts, and lemon. THe finish is somewhat bitter and gritty. somewhat odd for a pils.

NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Draft at America’s. I have to laugh, this is about as far from Bohemian as a beer can get and still be a pilsener. Pours a nice enough clear gold with a fizzy head. Nose is pretty bland, bready and floral, touch sweet. On taste, there is minimal bitterness, mostly malt forward and a touch sweet. I don’t get any corn, which is good. Pretty straightforward, easy to drink beer. Okay.

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a fizzy white head and nice beads of carbonation. Bready malt aroma with some light floral hoppiness. The flavor is lightly bitter with a bit of a lemony tinge that obscures the malt to the point where all I can focus on is the lemon. Lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate soft fizzy carbonation. Not the most clean or stellar example of the style. What’s with all the lemon?

BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Pours golden with a foamy white head. Heavy carbonation. Aroma was of malt, straw, and spice. Taste was of dry malt with straw, corn, and caramel. The beer had a strong underlying bitterness to it that made the beer seem unbalanced. Not impressive.

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