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 doesn’t 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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joergen (29180) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2005
Bottled Hazy yellow coloured with floaties and a huge white head. Unpleasant acidc aroma with notes of ’t IJ-yeast, pine needles and hops. Flavour of malts, ’t IJ-yeast, pine needles and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

yngwie (17233) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2005
On tap at The Rover, Gothenburg. Very pale in colour, with white head. Unclear! Aromas of lemon and banana. Almost wheat-beer-like. Light flavour,fruity with cellar-like elements. Aftertaste is tropical fruits and a light bitterness. (051008)

DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
(11.2 oz bottle: $4.59 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) Ugh, I need to get better about checking bottling dates when I buy beer, even when I’m in a great store like Bottleworks. I just bought this last month, and the bottle’s date? November, 2001!! Despite the fact that there is a significant layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, I’m still worried that I’ve wasted nearly $5 on this expensive Belgian pilsener. Pouring the beer into my pint glass, it’s golden-amber in color and fully cloudy. The creamy, off-white head rises to just under an inch in height, but settles to and holds a thin, complete layer. The aromatic nose is strong hay, earthy and very smoky, and is reviving distinct memories of a St. Peter’s Golden Ale, which for me is a very good thing. And likewise, the flavor is delicious cow food. Perhaps as strong a hay flavor as in any beer I’ve ever tried, and the smokiness is pretty powerful for a beer that doesn’t have "rauch" or "smoke" on the label. Mild bitterness doesn’t get in the way of the smoky hay flavor, and sweetness is light as well. In fact, it’s a pretty dry pilsener, and even lightly tart. It’s malty enough that this beer has a medium "plus" body well into the long finish, and yet, the unique combination of flavors makes this beer pretty refreshing on the palate. I have no idea what this beer should taste like fresh, but damn if this 4-year old pilsener isn’t one of the tastiest and most unique pilseners I’ve ever had. I’m not even sure I would consider this a pilsener anyway, though perhaps when fresh, it’s more pilsener-like. But I guess even for a pilsener, bottling dates just aren’t a reason to avoid buying certain beers, and Bottleworks was right to keep selling this beer. I should never doubt Bottleworks. Bad Elf! This may now be my favorite pilsener of all time, at least as good as Pilsner Urquell. Of course, I still need to know what this beer tastes like fresh to proclaim it king.

Rastacouere (6177) - 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, that’s 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.

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

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!

Jeppe (2634) - 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.

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.

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.

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 i’ve had. #70 Re-Rate: I’m starting to like this beer more and more. The funk gets me, such a great brew!

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