Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle
A basic pilsener doesn’t do much. A safe play by Trader Joes manages to reflect the basic essence of the style but quickly bores. If I hadn’t known it was done by Gordon Biersch I would have guessed as much.
Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated transparent body shimmers under thick white head. Grainy citrus pops up briefly before it disappears like a ghost. No frills or depth is present here beyond the required profile.
Flavor / Palate - Lemon wedges, light sunshine, and calm bitterness resemble an average "beer" that you would find at any bar. With little fanfare it fades into nothingness. No glaring flaws present themselves however it is not memorable either. This is just a notch above a macro.
Banksiz (118) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty-nutty nose like a true pilsner. Some slight resinous notes. Clean malty flavor, but with a coarse bitterness. Medium body. Harsh bitter finish. Maltiness is good--seems like a genuine step-mash pilsner, but spoiled by a harsh bitterness. No true noble hop flavor. Tweak the hop bill and this could be a winner.
hershiser2 (2588) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$1.09 bottle from Trader Joe’s, Charlottesville. Pours clear gold with a large white head. Aroma of grasses and grains. Flavor is bitter grasses, slightly burnt toast, grains. Meh.
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle...clear piss yellow pour...nose and mouth are all grain and malt...lame brew.
kidmartinek (4966) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark gold beer with a white head. Aroma is significant grain. Refreshing afterbite. A bit on the malty side, but I guess that’s where a beer should be
bavarian81 (157) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep gold color. Aroma is earthy and bready. It’s quite crisp and dry with a hoppy finish. It’s alright
bergstaden (2675) - Røros, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with a white head - Malt aroma - Malt body with some hop bitterness - The malt and some bitterness goes into the finish - This was ok
malrubius (2720) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, obviously. Clear gold with lasting dense head and lace. Grassy earthy wet hay aroma with some lightly toasted raw honey sweetness. Fairly herbal earthy bitterness medium assertive and a nice light and lively body to accentuate it. A very good very flavorful pilsner. Not delicate but tasty.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle at a friend’s party. Happier tha expected. Bready and malty too. Not great but not bad for what it is
Sarlacc83 (2127) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: Clear gold body that seems very placid except for the firm foam white head.
N: Corn, sulfur, minerality, iron, coriander and a touch of clove. Lots of cereal grains and oats. Lots of earth.
T: Very dirty mix of sweetness and bitterness.
M: Light body, no alcohol, softer carbonation.
O: Mediocre. Really could be a lot cleaner and in desperate need of a more assertive hop touch.