RATINGS: 1205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2012
12 ounce short bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. With the pilsner style, which is typically light in color, it’s easy to see if the glass you are using has been properly cleaned. And I’m a bit ashamed to admit that my glass doesn’t pass the test. That’s my fault, not the brewer’s. The beer pours a nearly brilliant light gold, with wave upon wave of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Most Pilsner style beers are really light in color but this one is darker than those that I’m used. I got sort of aggro with my pour but alas I don’t get an real sort of head. I do however, manage to over-pour and spill down the sides of my glass. Bummer. I like a nice frothy head (one you can float a bottle cap on as Jim Koch is fond of saying) with my pilsner beer. Initial aroma is of … well hold on a sec as I’ve managed to give my nose a bath. This review is just going swimmingly. I primarily get some light candy corn malt sweetness, with some flowery hibiscus like hop character in the background. On the aroma side of things the hop character is really muted, especially for a beer that’s done in the Czech Pilsner style. The hops in the first taste are both in the front and rear; malt flows through the middle. There’s a nice bitterness but it’s very mild and low key. Not surprisingly, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with ample carbonation. Body is medium to full; certainly there’s more there than most of this style. I get a little bit of carbonic bite with this beer, but it’s not unpleasant, and not surprising given the carbonation levels. The carbonation sweeps in quickly, ridding your mouth of the beer before you have a chance to ponder what else it may hold. I think that’s a good thing, as the beer has quite a bit of residual sweetness, and without the carbonation levels this could end up cloying. Sweetness may also be coming from the alcohol, as at 6.2% this is bordering on a 1.5x Pilsner … that may be also why I’m getting some sweetness out of it. Kudos for keeping the phenolics out of this one. Instead it goes down quick and easy. Lawnmower beer seems like too lazy a descriptor, so I’m left searching for something else. Lavender hops yield to candy corn sweetness, before both are quickly evaporated in a wave of carbonation that leaves a lingering, slightly sulfuric, afterfinish. I’d like a bit more hops in this one, especially in the nose, as they are there but they play a supporting role to the sweet malt profile. Not a badly done beer, but there are other pilsners out there that I prefer.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2459) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4552) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2748) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (1499) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
damstraight (5) - Goshen, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2017 does not count
Crisp, fresh pour on tap at Caddy’s in Beavercreek, OH. Clear, light gold with quickly dissipating head. Nice floral hop aroma. Flavor is a perfect balance of crackery malt sweetness with a light readiness and elegant floral/spicy noble hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness. More like a strong German Pils than a Czech Pilsner, but outstanding beer when fresh and on tap!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ronritter (434) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2017
12oz bottle pours pale yellow with frothy white head slight citrus floral aroma taste is faint lemon and bread.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (3087) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (2233) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oobawa (972) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpar73 (1023) - 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..


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