thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Got a growler of this @ Russian River. Poured into my new sound Czech boot glass. Aroma is great, has a nice hint of lemon. Flavor is also great, I love the bitterness level of this beer. I noticed all of their lighter stuff was nicely hopped. Overall a great beer! IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Draft at the Brewpub; Big nose of grassy hops; clear gold with a big white head; flavor of mild hop bitterness along with some graininess! An excellent Pilsener with great hoppiness! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at Russian River in August 2009.
A: Pours a dark straw color with a nice white head and good lacing as it goes down. Plenty of carbonation bubbles visible through the transparent brew.
S: Lots of Noble hops accompany a solid pilsner malt base.
T: The hops dominate atop a slightly-sweet and grainy malt base.
M: A little heavier than most pilsners, while still maintaining a nice, smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable and very sessionable. This one and the Aud Blonde were nice surprises at RR--some very solid sessionable beers from what a great brewery.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-04-2009 rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
From tap this beer came out clear blonde with a nice white head. Strong grassy hop aroma and malt. This beer fills your mouth with flavor. Lots of malt but finished with lots of grassy hops that balances nicely. Left me wanting another. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Draft @ Russian River (finally!). ABV listed as 4.55%, unfiltered. Pours a hazy, effervescent, whitish-yellow color; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with great retention and lacing; delicious-looking. Minerally, lightly herbal hoppiness in the aroma; a touch of citrus; crisp, toasty, vibrant hoppiness. Medium body; lively carbonation; rich, toasty Pils maltiness with a nice core roundness, bolstered by juicy citrus and noble mineral and lightly herbal hop character; a moderate core bitterness with a lot of vibrant hop flavor; some yeasty and vanilla notes in there as well; just a kickass unfiltered Pils that was totally worth the wait; happy birthday, Vinnie! Happy Saturday, me. Medium-length finish; toasty, lingering citrus and mineral bitterness; toasty and dry at the far end.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 11, 2007
A Czech IPA! Refreshing and dry with a nice grassy hop character. This a session beer par-excellance. If only Vinnie would make this year round. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
On tap @ the brewpub, chalkboard states 5.7% and 33 IBUs. Hazy golden straw with creamy one finger head, great retention. Floral and grassy hops in the nose, with some sweet biscuits and fresh pasta as well. The flavor adds just a hint of citrus hops. The finish is dry with bitterness at a 4. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Excellent lacing. A very good pils, but I still prefer Reality Czech. ABUSEDGOAT (2771) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Hazy golden. Aroma is big grassy hops, bread, some buttery goodness. Medium bodied, bittersweet finish. Big flavors for a pils. One of the best tasting, but lacked the drinkability. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
(hand bottle from irishboy.thanks man!light orange body with a small white head.the aroma blends up melon,hay,and a tiny wiff of hops.the flavor is dominated by biscuits type malt,and is followed up by some melon,hay,and again a small hop presence.overall pretty solid.full flavor for a 5% beer. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Mostly hazy, pale straw colored body with a finger of fizzy white head. Moderate herbal/spicy noble hop aroma with a faint, crackery pils malt note in the background. Clean and fresh aroma. Not as inviting of a pils malt aroma as I’d like, but the juiciness of the hop aroma is certainly welcome. Light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, silky texture. Light crackery malt presence up front, followed quickly by a powerful herbal hop flavor. Intensely hoppy, with an herbal/spicy character that almost approaches grapefruit in quality, but still maintains a "noble" hop perception. Finishes dry, with a refreshing hop bitterness lingering on the palate. This is an awesome, summertime refreshing pilsner example with a hop flavor that provides stiff competition for prima pils. The board stated 33IBU’s, but my perception would be more in the 45-50 range. A little bit more pils malt complexity would be nice, but the mouthfeel is right on and I wouldn’t want that to get in the way of the hop character. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.