ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2002
Sampled this brew at H&H’s new digs in Wausau, WI. Great place where you can cook your own steak. Enough of the food. Light, sweet wheat aroma. Pale gold color with decent head and brussels lace. Ample bitterness pervades the mouthfeel, however there is something lacking. I believe that something is even a hint of sweetness that would corral and enhance the hoppiness. The result is a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that doesn’t score many Palate points. The bright side? Any Pilsner for which you can taste the hops is worthy of attention. muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Draft (sample), Wausau WI location, July 03. Decent caramel nose; light initial sweetness, strong grainy bitterness hits shortly; strong aftertaste. Better than competent, I guess. 6/3/6/4/12 3.1hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2002
October 2005, pint at Wausau. Very clean, fresh nose with lots and lots of floral character, pungent farmy hints when warmer...light gold and bubbly with a decent little head...malty, clean refreshing body with lots of Saaz in the strong, lingering finish, hints of vanilla. 8/3/8/3/15 3.7
H+H is actually one of Michigan’s older breweries (1994) even though its original home is in Escanaba way up in da YooPee. There are franchises in Bay City, Mich and, as Wawood points out, in Wisconsin as well. The Escanaba version is in a stately, well appointed building on the long downtown street - a really intriguing place, actually, with an air of history. The brews tend to be lackluster, with a few exceptions and this is certainly one. A soft fruity base, as with too many H+H beers, but the Saaz are in evidence. The beer has a lawnmower feel to it, and I don’t mean that in the traditional RateBeer sense of a light, easily quaffable beverage, but in the sense of the tastes and smells of lawnmowing ... fresh cut grass and oily exhaust. Better’en Average Brew. slothgar (39) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Left me wanting a bit more. Kind of bitter, strong. Golden, not much froth. I brought my drink up to the grill area, warmed it up a bit too fast. By the time my steak was done, this pils was rather warm, my fault. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
On tap in Cranberry as Panther Pils. Noble hops aroma, mild pils malt with characteristic sweet grain nose. Meium gold-amber clear with thin white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with acidic beany tang, pils malt, and strong floral noble hops. Classic European style lager, not quite a German pils. Acidic carbonic burn on the tongue.
Skyview (5907) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On draught at the Wausau brewpub location as "Piva Bohemian Pilsner." Pours a clear golden pale brew with a slowly dissolving white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing and good retention with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of light pear and apple juice fruit, grassy hops, and some mild earthy spice. Taste is light to medium bodied, plenty of carbonation with flavors of light golden grain malt, some grassy hops with a touch of medicinal bitterness. Finish is semi-dry, mild bitterness that slowly disappears. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Not real impressed with this beer. It’s the clostest thing to a maro brew on their menu, which means it’s made for the masses rather then individual tastes. Not bad, but nothing special dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
12/27/07 - Winter Road Trip ’07 - Draft Sample in Cranberry as Panther Pils. Pours yellow-orange with little head. Slight lacing. Malt nose, caramel, touch of hops. Barely discernible from sample. Caramel and toffee notes, dry bitterness and slight Earthy hop flavor. Pretty smooth beer, thin and lacking in the body department, much like Calista Flockhart. Bready notes, some biscuit. Not bad. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
On tap GABF ’02: Floral saaz aroma, light clear yellow color. Watery feel, not really much flavor. maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
Not the pilsner of choice, a rather forgettable brew. It just left me flat.