RATINGS: 1200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
In The beginning, there were ales. As far as anyone knows, the first beers made were ’top-fermented’, which is longhand for ’Ale’. Sometime long before the 1860’s, beers became popular that were made in Northern Europe with a bottom fermenting yeast strain that liked the colder temperatures. Because they had to spend weeks aging before they tasted their best, they were known as ’Lager’ beer. Lager is the German word for ’storage’. Since they had to sit a while, they took up more time and space and as such were harder and more expensive to make. Where ales are meaty, lagers are sinewy. Where ales are street, lagers are ’haute couture’. Where an ale might hit you over the head and take your wallet, lagers donate to charity and adopt stray cats. While an ale might steal your car or try to date your daughter and keep her out all night for who-knows-what purpose, a well bred lager would offer to clean your house while you’re on vacation and leave fresh scones and coffee for you when you return. Now, don’t get us wrong, ales can be a lot of fun to hang out with when you’re in the right mood, and if you have bail money on you. But what’s wrong with livin’ uptown from time to time, on a nice street, where the doormen all wear those little uniforms, the air smells of flowers, and lagers rule the Earth. Cheers!

Note: Formerly at 5.3%.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
felsenpils (162) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2016
12oz bottle. The label says 6% alcohol by volume which is too high for a czech style pilsner, Pilsner Urquell has only 4.4%. The beer pours a deep golden color with a white head with good retention. The aroma is a mixture of floral hops and sweet malt. The flavor starts out with a pretty aggressive bitterness followed by a surprisingly thin body. At 6% alcohol, I would have expected much more. This is a decent American microbrewed pilsener, but it has very little in common with Czech beer. The hop is too dominant in both the aroma and flavor and the mouthfeel and body of a Czech lager are missing. Assuming that the brewers actually wanted to brew a Czech style pilsner, they have missed the mark by a long shot. This is yet another example of why not to buy a pseudo classic beer style brewed in the US:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (1115) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle at Evernote in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is light honey, hay, slightly herbal. Taste is crisp, lemon peels, even bitter finish. Very refreshing with a signature Lagunitas spin. Extra points for making an appearance at my wedding in 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Nice 2" head with long lacing and crusty rings... crystal clear dark straw color. Aroma is clean pale malts and spicy hops... smells very good. Flavor is the same.. a touch of earthiness from the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (4133) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 4, 2016
Pils nie do końca na wzor czeski. dla mnie to amerykański pils. Dominuja cechy typowe dla stanow goryczka lekka chmielowy bukiet amerykańskich chmieli. Malo bardzo mało slodowe. Wytrawnosc jest ok ale moglaby być bardziej ostra. Wyglad nie za specjalny srednia piana i mało trwala. w czeskich pilsach jest o wiele trwalsza i wieksza.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgil68 (20) - - AUG 19, 2016
Light gold with medium white head. Heavier mouthfeel than typical lager. More hoppy than expected making the bitter stand out more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Msdrbeat (579) - East Lansing, USA - JUL 29, 2016
On tap at crown. Pours a clear colder with a staying white head. Slightly bitter with low sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mezr (115) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle a clear, pale yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma is a bit faint, but slightly floral. Lively carbonation, dry and bitter with some spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
euniceradio (495) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours clear gold, white sticky head. Aroma of cracker, honey, lemon. Taste of same with some grass, mineral rock. A bit of metal too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (1519) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pils glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a large white head. The aroma is mostly hops and some malt. The taste is fairly sweet malt with some hops. Another excellent beer from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaKeAFC (1048) - ITALY - JUN 15, 2016
33 cl bottle in a restaurant in Seoul. Golden color slightly hazed, big rocky white head. Aroma of pale malts, grassy bittering hops and dough. Medium body soft carb smooth finish. Solid pils-lager with a boost.

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