RATINGS: 1210   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrcoffee (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle. Golden color and creamy, white head. Lacing doesn’t linger long. Smells of sweetish pilsner. Dry malt taste with bitterness washing down the tongue. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
balloonbuffoon (206) - - MAY 18, 2017
12floz bottle purchased as a single for $1.50, freshness is uncertain, but it goes into my pint glass anyway. Appears a translucent pale yellow with some head. Smells like a haystack and tastes like one that is growing some grass too. Medium in body and moderate in carbonation. It’s good, fairly sessionable, and definitely as close as Lagunitas gets to anything traditional in style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wichmann (1) - Fredericia, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2017 does not count
Flot gylden farve, dejlig aroma og lidt bitter i smagen. Alt i alt en meget god pilsner. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2017
Bottle from the Parcelyard, Leicester. Clean,flavoursome Pils, but slightly too sweet for me. Goodbye Champions League - it was a great adventure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ichmachebier (12) - - APR 11, 2017
Aroma: Very lite aroma. No off aromas noted. Appearance: Clear yellow with no cloudiness. Very nice. Taste: Very good pilsner. What I would expect from Lagunitas. Palate: Lite body with lively carbonation at start, maintained through pint. Overall: Very good beer all the way through, and Im not a fan of pilsners.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, hops, & some grain; Flavor of slight sweet malt, hops, grain, and some citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Good pils brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (3344) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2017
Flaska. Gul med ett generöst vitt skum. Dofter av säd, blomster och gräs. Smakinslag av malt, blomster och säd. En lätt sötma i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2577) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
4 oz. pour, on tap at Nutmeg Arden Hills. Consumed on 3-10-17. Clear, pale gold with a small amount of beige head. Nice, floral aroma. Green grape and champagne scents. Pleasant, pungent hops in the smell. Good, refreshing, dry flavor. Wood chips. A bit of cardboard, which isn’t ideal. Dry finish, which I like. Lively and smooth in the palate. Reasonably crisp but not as crisp as it should be. Fizzy. Pretty good pilsner but just a touch off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4642) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle. Light yellow color, very clear. White head, bubbly. Grassy nose, floral. Bready grain and malt. Malty, bready flavor. Semi-sweet. Grassy hop character. Medium-light body. Fairly smooth finish. Nice flavor, good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2905) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2017 Bottle. Clear and straw colored with a resilient white foamy head with lots of lacing. Aroma of flowers, citrus, and fresh bread with a touch of honey. Tastes bready and moderately bitter. Light medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Solid pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (2133) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Honey gold color. Moderate frothy white head. Faint malty aroma has hints of melon, butter and honey. First sip yields a zesty mix of honey, citrus and crackers. Crisp, dry middle. Light, dry, hoppy finish. Androgynous Pils-like aftertaste.

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