pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Aroma: Bready malts and doughy yeast aromas, but faint.
Appearance: Clear gold with no head.
Taste: Light bitterness throughout. Pretty one dimensional.
Palate: Light body, thin, watery texture, average carbonation, light finish.
Overall: Meh...it’s a decent enough beer, but not one that I would seek out again, especially considering the price. It works for what it is, and I could see having a few of these around the grill or while doing yard work. Still, I’m not blown away. Cybercat (5840) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Pours a clear solar yellow with a rather thick and somewhat persistent white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a sweet citrus overtone and a grassy hint. Flavor has malty, fruity and grassy notes, very refreshing. Perfect for a hot day. Smooth texture has good body, though not a whole lot of fizz. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
Tap at Alchemy. Slightly hazy yellow tan, hint of green. Thin, steady off-white head. Brewhouse bohemian aroma. Nails it stylistically, doughy yeast tones. Mellow easy drinker, valiant effort from ST. Not insipid, certainly has character. Not overly hopped, but quite present. A little sugary sweet, but to style I suppose. Solid offering. superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/2/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast esters; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Czech pilsner. Good balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Bottle: Fairly clear, straw-yellow color with a soapy white head with good retention, resting as a creamy film. Aroma is slightly leafy, musty hops, Noble-like, though there’s a mild citric, nearly lemon lime-ish note in the back... Subtle, well done. Soft grains. Taste is paved with nice pilsner malt, just lightly sweet. Nice hops, some must, leaves, and a more pronounced citrus, lemon-y and lime-y finish. Only slightly bitter. Light bready finish, clean & crisp yeast aftertaste. Very nice pilsner... Very nice. Drinkable like whoa.
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Very light, crisp, and sessionable. Some grass and hay character. Golden coloration. Tried with Messa at the Old Line in 2014. CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Wow, I was pleasantly surprised. Moderate bready aroma. Taste is yeasty, smooth and crisp straw. A very drinkable beer. chinchill (5025) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass (from Nov. 2011 notes).
No style indicated on the label other than Fall "seasonal", so I was surprised to find the beer is like a pale ale or ESB rather than a marzen. Not surprised by the flavor, however, since there is plenty of earthy and spicy hop aroma. There also some citrus in the nose, but the flavor veers more towards the citrus side, and leaves a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste.
A nice orange-amber with a lasting off-white head.
O - a bold and flavorful Fall seasonal. HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
Growler, shared with tupalev, from Consumer’s Beverages on Elmwood in Buffalo. Clear oily-looking gold with an average white head. Odd aroma - some off-putting cooked vegetable up-front, plenty of fresh oily cereal grain behind that, with funky, slightly sour floral bitterness balancing - "Goldings"ish; a bit of drying alcohol on the nose too. The taste is very solid - starts pretty normal - sunflower oil upfront with funky herbal UK-type herbal bitterness - but it smooths out wonderfully and hits a terrific grain/funky floral balance that sits just right (7+). Pretty thick-bodied, chewy and a little acidic from the hops - lightly carbonated only, but that seemed appropriate seeing as we were splitting half a gallon of it two ways ... a nice bit of a journey from it, too - malt-forward, with a gentle build to the dry, funky hop bitterness, no alcohol aggressiveness at all, and a decently long finish too - dare I say it, very sessionable? We really dug it more by the end than our first impressions. malrubius (2901) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s poured into the beautiful embossed Pilsner Urquell glass that I just picked up at Salvation Army for 99 cents. Pale golden with lasting white head. Mild honey grass vegetal aroma (that goes away). Light honey grassy sweetness nice and dry with fairly assertive hop bitterness. Lingering but inoffensive even pleasant malt. Yeah, I don’t know why I felt like I was not going to like this. I usually like a well-made American micro pilsner. Victory and Lagunitas come right to mind. Anyhow. This is a nice pilsner.