crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. this stuff has come a long ways form when it first started. It is now a hoppy almost north german style pils that is immensely crushable.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 [stevens point rerate] much cleaner beer here, seems a bit lighter in body, bit less bready, very quaffable, hops and fermentation are clean without flaw. looking forward to having this on draft around town!
[original batch]Pours clear copper with a sticky white frothy head. Aroma is floral, hoppy, toasty, bit of tea. Flavor is a punch to the face of butter, then strong noble spicy hops, quite spicy, nice sweetness, lightly bread, toasty, strong bitterness but with ample floralness to accompany the finish, actually probably more herbal tea-like. Carbonation is perfect, without the diacetyl this might be a 4 or 5 in body, but it’s really hard to get past that and the super strong bitterness which could probably be dialed back. I could see why this would be an award winning beer... just needs some work on the execution.
BrewBoxer (2613) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Hyatt hotel bar Taste is a hoppy easy drinking pilsner wiyhj a crisp quality that balances like a german pilsner. Very good session
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep clean golden color with a dense, white, creamy head. Aroma has a lot of noble hops with a slightly sour, wet grainy husk nose. Flavor has a Heineken-like hops presence (grassy, spicy hops bite) with a lot more husky grain flavor at the finish of the brew. Body is light and clean with a modest amount of carbonation in the beer. Overall a good lagered brew with good drinkability.
DrnkMcDermott (3048) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 6/$9 at Binny’s, Plainfield. I had this on draft at a CCBW event, but thought it "wasn’t ready." Trying to meet the soft water profile of a Plzn gave it a bit of wet peanut shell. But now that the beer is in bottles at Binny’s, I’m rating it from this. There’s still a bit of the soft water in the nose when I first pour, maybe I can also put it to oxidation in the headspace. Once it’s in a glass, there’s a big Saaz hop smell that drives away any bad first impressions. Color is dark golden, with a big white head. Taste gives you a choice between thinking of the malts, which are at attention, and the hops. I guess Saaz is best at making a statement when you’ve doing Pilsener beers, and this has hops in almost American quality. Bitter and just a bit peppery. I had the original Baderbräu long ago, but I can’t say I can compare my memory to this. But this is a good example of a locally made Pilsener. Nice malty aftertaste.
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Camp - Chicago. Pour is hazy amber with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor of pilsner grain, pale malt, slight sugar, and dough. Some slight spice/yeast in the finish.
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Golden appearance with a white head. Sweet, slightly husky nose. A little twangy. Actually fairly dry in the mouth. Lightly floral. Fine.
tmoreau (4002) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at this year’s Oak Park Micro Brew & Food Review. Dispensed to my fest glass with a clear, amber/gold hue, with some soft white head froth, and light, wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was fair malt, lightly lagerish, mild spiciness, and a wisp of butter. Lively carbonated and light bodied, the flavor also presented a rather peppery bitterness that contributed to the pleasantly dry finish. Imbibed an ocean of the original back in the day, but found it difficult to compare by memory. Hopefully my palate has improved as I found this a presentable Czech Pils.
Ratman197 (14042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of bread, light yeast and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness and light fruitiness with a smooth dry finish.
Ahuth (450) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a cloudy Amber. Has a light wet palate. Has a sweet malty taste.