RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
In 1989, when Baderbräu was first introduced in Chicago, its upstart spirit, revolutionary nature, and award-winning flavor won accolades and captured the imagination of a great city. Rooted in the old-world ideals of Eastern Europe’s top craftsmen and infused with bold American character, this beer dared to be greater. This beer started Chicago’s craft revolution. Its amber color, spicy hop-forward aroma, malty body, and creamy finish set this beer apart from all others. Its artful combination of only the finest ingredients–water, aromatic Czech and German Noble hops, a private strain of European lager yeast, and robust malts from the USA—make this beer a style all its own.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jh773 (291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Deep rich gold/ruddy color with lots of large bubbles and a large spongy head. Lots of malt character with dough/saltine flavor. The hops are spicy and pungent, overwhelming the flavor profile pretty quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2016
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sawbuck (717) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Aroma of fresh bread, some spicy herbs. Nice deep gold color with a huge white head. Sweet in front. Not robust, a bit week. Earthy bitterness melds in. Definitely a lighter pilsner....missing something. Finish is an average blend of mild sweetness and mild hops. Nothing special here but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ahuth (495) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottled. Pours a cloudy Amber. Has a light wet palate. Has a sweet malty taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (14372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2016
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2015
From 12-oz bottle pours a clear golden pale colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of golden grain malt, a hint of spicy grassy hops and a touch of spiced herbs. Taste is light to medium bodied, with flavors of golden grain malt and a hint of grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with some roasted dry golden grain malt and a short spicy hop bitterness. Sorry, not even close to the original Baderbräu Pilsner flavor and profile I’ve enjoyed from Pavichevich Brewing Company back in the early 1990s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
CardsPackHawks (173) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2015
In this day of craft beer, sometimes it is nice to just go back to the old days and have a pilsner. Especially a pilsner with the flavor of a craft beer. A nice mix of both.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle from Jewel Osco, in Chicago. Pours a deep golden colour with a generous white head. Aroma is grain, herbal. Taste is same plus some hops, bread and grass. Average pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nuplastikk (6105) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2015
12oz bottle. Probably wouldn’t have bought this had I known it was brewed at Stevens Point, a contract brewery that never seems to make a decent product. Grainy, dirty, sugar mouthfeel. Not true to style at all, though there is some bready, doughy tones...reminiscent of a lager at times. Head fades away after a few seconds. Just an embarrassingly sub-par product.

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