RATINGS: 1199   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Had this on tap at Gulfstream Seafood in Newport Beach. Clear dark yellow. Citrusy, hoppy aroma. Quite full bodied for a pilsner with mild bitterness. Sort of tastes like a APA/pilsner cocktail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2933) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle from J’s. Pours a clearish gold with a finger of foam that lingers a tad. Bready malt, faint grass and a touch of honey. Crisp and clean. Good body. Lemon and honey very faint. Peppery finish. Nice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (2199) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Pours gold with a small white head. Aroma is grass, citrus and floral. Taste is tart with a crisp finish. Good carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oobawa (794) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Easy to see why this stands as Laguntas’ rare foray into lagerdom, since it’s a pretty unspectacular take on the style. Maybe they need more practice? Smells mildly of grain with slight hops. Tastes like a perfectly mediocre pilsner, corny and bitter, not sweet but soulless. A welcome hoppy herbalness pops up in the finish, and the light tartness on the fade shores up the back end. Still uninspiring, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpar73 (991) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
On tap at the Riverwalk. Pour a bright yellow / gold with a white head. Crisp, clean brew with a refreshing finish..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 28, 2016
On tap at the brewery. sincerely I´ll prefers ale against the lager ones. not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PugUglyBrewer (323) - - DEC 22, 2016
A snappy little pilsner. Light gold color with big white head of foam. Lemon zest, biscuit malt, and reserved florals. A great summertime guzzler.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
daigoon (183) - - DEC 21, 2016
355 ml bottle. Clear golden with lasting white head. Slightly bitter finish. Overall score mostly influenced by price.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2016
I had this one in New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Saturday night. This must have been a really OLD sample because nothing about this one was good. To add injury to insult, it put me back $9.75! It also turned out to be the WORST day of my life. Wow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nittanytide (274) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Poured golden with a big, foamy head. Grassy aroma. Taste is bread and grass. Clean, but resonant finish.

   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:

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