Atlanta Laughing Skull Bohemian Pilsener (2008 and earlier)

RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Lager brewed in the bohemian pilsner style.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 29, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head. Flavor of wheat, honey, butter, and citrus. Not a particularly appealing beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PorterPounder (7768) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Rerate - 6/8/03 - After drinking 3 of the 6 of this and trying to give it a chance because of it being from a small brewer etc - I just have to lower the rating - this beer just ain't right! Funky phenolic taste just overwhelms everything. Original rating - 2.6 - This beer looks good - but everything else is pretty dissapointing. Has a nice thick dark golden pour with a milky white head. Sort of a medicinal - band-aid like aroma to it. Flavor is off - almost tastes skunked - but I see that everyone else states the same thing - so it must supposed to be that way! Flavor -like the aroma - reminds me of band -aids. It grows on you after a while - but not a real enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ogivlado (7656) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 27, 2008
Draught at Bayerischer Donisl, Munich.
Light hazy yellow coloured, medium sized white head that went away slowly, pleasant estery fruity nose. The taste is huge letdown, light yeasty, weak fruity and sourish wheaty with not so pleasant tart finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Aurelius (5230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 WTF is going on in this beer? Some kind of wierd petri dish, phenolic, rancid butter thing going on in the nose and the flavor. This was a pain to drink. All in all, I'd be hard pressed to tell you whether I wanted a 6 of this or 3 40's of malt liquor. Note to self: NEVER overindulge on this one, because you'll taste it forever. Rerate, downward: After sampling this beer, I was spitting the vile bandaid flavor for hours afterwards. This is unfit for human consumption. It is unfit for marinade. Do not apply externally. It might be useful as slug bait. Re-re-rate, again downward: It's 6 days later, and just looking over my ratings for the past week, I cringed when I saw this entry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4940) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2002
Bottled, all the way from the Deep South thanks to BelgianHomeBrew. Starts out rather dark for a Pils, clean and clear and honey-amber. Aroma, whoa there’s a lot of sugar there; very caramel-ly but not a lot of hops. I like it, but seems odd for the style, again. Flavor again very malty, but the hops do come on in the end, and boy do they come on! Finishes pretty bitter, but with very little carbonation. Not really ’refreshing’ as a pils should be. This beer had me confused; is it a Pils or a Bock? A lager or and IPA? I don’t know; not bad, not good, but interesting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
I used to drink this stuff when I thought I was cool back in 1998. Cool label. Cooller bottle cap that looks like it was stolen from Vortex in L5P! I remember way back when even that this could be a little better than what it was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 <P>Rerate 5/25/05: Yes, Atlanta Brewing has really turned their beer around. The problems that so many people including myself were noticing a year ago are gone now. The Peachtree Pale is a solid beer as is the Red Brick Ale. The Red Brick Bock is better than solid and reaches into really good. This loses the off flavors of previous years and is now simply a decent pils. There’s a dry malty body and the hops are noticeable leaving a clean bitterness and slightly grassy aroma. Actually wouldn’t make for a bad lawn mower beer.</P> <P>5/27/04: Not overly impressed. All of the Atlanta Brewing Company offerings that I’ve tried have this weird taste to them that I can’t place my finger on. It’s a bit unpleasant. This beer isn’t too bad though. Really light.</P>

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) This bottle opened with a loud pop and poured with so much foam, it took a full 20 minutes to pour. This is not an overly flavorful pilsner, and not one of the better pilsners out there, but it’s not as wretch-inducing as I was led to believe. It’s lightly hoppy and bitter, but doesn’t seem to exhibit much of the maltiness normally found in a Czech pilsner. Medicinal? Yeah, maybe, but having been sick with the flu for the last week, the medicine I was taking tasted much worse. Very carbonated palate, but with enough body so that I wouldn’t call it totally watery. The aroma is lightly hoppy, but kind of vague in it’s characteristics. Medium golden color, very hazy in appearance, but the army of carbonation bubbles rising quickly to the surface is still visible. The huge, foamy, off-white head never settles below an inch and a half and leaves a dense drapery of thick foam on the glass, plus some massive unattractive globs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shag (2943) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2005
What is that weird underlying taste I get in all these guys beers? Well this one poured a cloudy yellow with a moldy citrus aroma. The flavor is very citrusy and somewhat bitter. Not as bad as I had feared to be honest. Overall its decent enough but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2002
This pilsener has a hazy orange color to it. Nice amount of maltiness that was offset by a strange aftertaste.

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