RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   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 (3108) - 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.

TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Hazed orange with a golden cast. Uneven broken white crown of wispy foam. Extremely dull and unclean aroma of DMS, metal, popcorn, brine, sulfur (egg), dirty dish rag, and hints of orange marmalade and flowers. Pointy carbonation. Pronounced Saaz unleashes soft flower petals and elegant tealike notes amid an orangey fruitiness on entry. Fully malty and assertively bitter, though there is minimal snappiness to the body to highlight this. Muddling DMS soon blossoms to levels of excess, and diacetyl, albeit minor, reinforces the dirty fermentation character. Profuse amount of popcorn-like huskiness nearly induces nausea when combined with the profound vegetal character. Notes of bile and innumerable other unpleasantries like mildew and metal dare you to take a swallow. Bitterness is flabbier and semi-tannic as it progresses, with notes of spent tealeaves chasing pervasive egg-like sulfur. Zero malt definition despite three decoctions. Ends sweet and dirty, with a host of the aforementioned defects running amok. Frankly, this is a brewing abomination, and makes me scratch my head as to why they bother with the painstaking labor to decoct this not once, but three times. I was extremely psyched to try it, given how traditional the approach is. Not even three decoctions can come close to helping this, though. There’s an unseemly amount of DMS, and the huskiness is insufferable too. The world begs for more triple-decocted Czech-style pilsners (How many do we have in this country? Three or four?), but not if they’re this shoddy.

JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Golden color with a moderate sized off-white head. Aromas of grains and sweet cream. Sweet grain and light toasted malt flavors. Some honey and biscuits. A heavy lager at best. 5/13

jh773 (306) - 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.

cubs (10639) - 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.

crossovert (13080) - 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.

sawbuck (744) - 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.

Ahuth (610) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottled. Pours a cloudy Amber. Has a light wet palate. Has a sweet malty taste.

Ratman197 (14976) - 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.

Skyview (6076) - 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.

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.

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