Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2003
This looks like a year old bottle 2002
Deep yellow with a hint of orange, very thick long lasting head. Aroma is an extra strong noble hops and malt. Hops bitterness is intense, malt starts to come out a little as does the alcohol, maybe just a little fruitiness. This “Pilsener” is a bit warming as it goes down. I’m enjoying this beer despite a slightly cloying sweetness that is coming on at the end.
JorisPPattyn (10061) - BELGIUM - APR 19, 2003
Orange. Thick orange head, collapsing. Nose is malty, and fruity as grape or vaguely citrus. Very hopbitter – so much that distinction between noble or bitterhops becomes moot. Citrussy retronasal, long. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, very full-bodied. Refreshing all the same. Nice. Given blind, Pilsener is the last thing I’d thought of. 666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Interesting interpretation of the pilsner style. Very complex for its style. Floral, flowery smell with malty aroma and a nice sweetish bitter hoppy finish. Refreshing yet complex! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Pours with a bright orange hue; chill haze at first, then clarifies; head is lasting, but thin. Fruity and flowery nose. Crisp and extremely refreshing. Malts are dry and bready. Prevalent hops are citrusy and bitter. Notes of sweet, ripe orange and bitter lemon. I really enjoyed this beer. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
A different pilsner for sure. It has a hop bite to it, that I'm not so sure belong in a pilsner. The finish even left a bitter aftertaste. The higher alcohol comes through in the taste.
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2002
2002: Unattractive bubbled foam with neither stickiness nor retention. Smells of 'Astro Pop', reminiscent of candied malt, only a touch of hop profile, alcohol, and tropical fruit. But nothing indicative of a fine pilsner, or even a pilsner, at that. Sharp alcohol and medicine flavors that are highly unappealing; In fact, it is very similar to cough syrup. It even somehow manages to display what a horribly made beer this is by finishing both astringently and cloying. Doesn't look, taste, or smell like a pilsner. Bad bottle? Note: A brewery really makes me angry when it leaves the bottle date blank. PhillyBeer2112 (2876) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
GABF 2002: Dark copper color. Rich malty aroma and strong malty flavor. Almost fruity. Sufficient hops for balance and thats about it. Would be great unfiltered. kyzr (1591) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Re-rate: I needed to update this, it was my first ever rate on this site. Had anoter one to compare it to. Still a solid pilsener, a little too over the top on the ABV. Nice pour, good color. Very sweet malt with a touch of hops. Very light carbination with a strong finish. One of the better beers that I've put my lips to this year! For 7.2 %, it sure didn't taste like it. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Deep gold color, medium head. A full-bodied pilsner. Very malty and very hoppy. Very full flavor. Big and bold, yet very smooth taste. Pilsner flavor but very full and expansive taste. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting beer. Not much of an alcohol bite at 7.2% Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2002
I agree with ecrvich, and I quote 'sweaty yeast (and grapefruity hops) ruins the aroma and flavor alike.' Considering that I love a good pilsener, and also a strong beer, I had high hopes for this. But it tastes amateur-ish, although this is a well established brewery. I paid good money for this, and feel ripped off. It is cloying, and over-hopped, and basically, it sucks. Another quote from an earlier review: 'about time someone made a lager that took the hop character to IPA levels.' WHY???? It tastes like an IPA, and a one-dimensional West Coast one at that. Don't bother. PS - I had to add the fact that almost all the people who rated this highly are from Oregon...