Brewed by Brouwerij t IJ
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Plzeň goes to show that a beer doesnt need a lot of alcohol to be special. With its fine, hoppy flavour, this 5% blond beer can certainly hold its own against the stronger beers. Brewed only from pale barley malt, this is a floral beer with delightful, hoppy aromas of hay and fresh grass. Deliciously dry, with a long-lasting aftertaste. We named the beer after the Czech town of Plzeň, from which Pilsner beers originate. Despite that, our Plzeň is not a Pilsner; it is a refreshing, bitter, top-fermented beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Unpretentious black and white label. Gorgeous hazy golden, bottle-conditioned though the white head fades with regularity and eventually is but a thin cover. Charming, rustic hay-grass like aroma with a gentle bready, soft, lean sourdough reminiscent maltiness. The yeast presence adds a whasp of originality in the shape of motherly doughyness and sheer rustic, fieldish character. In mouth, the delicate yet efficiently dry lemony, floral (honeysuckle) potentially hallertauer are perfectly balanced with the rest, ensuring immense quaffability and peace of mind. Might be one of the great bottled example, both for the measure and skill at conditioning with yeast and for the plain goodness. Wow, thats good!

On Draught at the brewery, this was so fresh and excellently tasty that I must raise my already good score of 3.8 to a 4.2.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
goldish color to it with a big white head. big on the yeast and orange peels in the aroma. Tastes alot like watered down hay and has an earthy veggie thing going. aight

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Licht gouden-geelenkleur en een beetje wazig. Schuimig wit bierhoofd. Veel carbonatie. Licht boeket; gras, hooi, druiven, melkbrood, citroenen. Licht zoet, licht bitter smaak. Gematigd bitter eind. Middelmatig gewicht, waterig/fluweelachtig textuur, levendig carbonatie. Prima!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Pours a fluffy snow white head on a hazy golden body - how nice to see an unclear pilsener! Dominating yeast and citrus aroma, very fruity with a herby tone. Sharp yeast, grass and herb flavor with distinct t IJ characters. Little thin in the body, but a very different and interesting pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle: Clear gold with a lasting white head. Lacks aroma, mildly citrusy with some slight grainy malt. Flavour is a balance of honey clean malts and a citric slightly flowery hop finish. Very mellow, and less hoppy than I expect for a Pilsener. Still a pleasant beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle. Light yellow, small white head. Citrusy aroma. Fresh straw like taste, refreshing. Light on the tongue. Almost a white wine vinegar taste in here as well. Started on quite nice, but I found it a little bland and watery as it finished (this was a pretty old bottle too mind you). Not bad though, and a rare treat, thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 mmmm...lovely. left this beer opened in the fridge for almost 24 hrs., and there was still enough carbonation. lightyellow/hazy beer with a nice white head. aroma: citrus, yeast, pineapple. taste: sourish, bitter, little sweet, typical ij-ish yeast, citrussy. finish is long, grassy and hopbitter. medium body with good co2. one of the best pilsners ive had. #70 Re-Rate: Im starting to like this beer more and more. The funk gets me, such a great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11648) - Sborg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Bottled @ K 2005: Yellow coloured. Clear. Off white head. Sweet, malty and fruity aroma. Yeast, spice(Corriander), light soap, banana and grape in the flavour. Is medium bitter in the end, and has a medium body, giving a nice long duration on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
Light hazy golden colour with a white head. Light sweet malty light spicy aroma and taste, very bitter. Medium body and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
This is a welcome change to the usual procession of strong ales in this stable of beers. Good presentation in the glass although a little hazy for the style. There is a strong presence of herbaceous hop aroma somewhat like a Jever Pils. The flavour is dry and clean with a slight back palate of sourness that does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

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