Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN as Town Hall Pilsner. Pours a clear golden blonde brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of golden grain malt, some citrus zest, a touch of light spice and some pear. Taste is light bodied, some carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt with citrus and pear presence. Finish is light, crisp, with a short hop bitterness that quickly disappears. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a clear, nearly golden color, very effervescent. Two inches of rocky, acid white head reduce to just a thin cap of bubbles. Mildly hoppy and even a bit yeasty in the aroma.
Crisp, tangy, and somewhat spicy hopping dominate this beer. It is very clean and oh so fresh tasting. It finishes not quite sweet and not quite tart. A slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste lingers. Not quite medium bodied, great sparkly carbonation. Refreshing and nicely drinkable. JK (6230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Well done. Hops aroma. Yellow, with less head than I like on a pils. Flavor is a surprise. I was prepared for bitter hops and got light fruit flavors to go with the bitterness. This is very smooth. The fruit characteristics add complexity to a style than can be very simple. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
From a growler bought 5 days earlier. Nice aroma of toasted malt balanced with a floral hoppiness. Nice gold color, clear and crisp looking. Good carbonation with a dense white head. Flavor profile is immediately crisp and biting on the tongue. A good toated malt and crisp hop interplay weaves in and out throughout the middle. Finish is also balanced, but hops seem a bit more dominant than I care for. This is a clean, crisp refreshing beer that dances on the tongue. If the hops were dialed back a bit in the finish, it would be spectacular. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Light Light Gold with Thin White Skin. Sweet Malt, Very Grainy and Hoppy Aftertaste...Spikey Pilsner.
badgerben (5251) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Clear yellow color with a thin head. Aroma? Not really. Some weak malt taste, but no Saaz hops that I was expecting. On the dry side. A good attempt, but it’s lacking bitterness to be a good Pils. ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Aroma: muted (blessedly) for a pils--light hop nose covered with honey and golden malt. Body is nearing-dehydration urine-colored: dark yellow with a drop of orange. Cidery apearance but for the miniscus (is this the right word here?) of edge foam. Subtle flavors emerge: grass, golden malt, with a tiny touch of sour cherry Zots candy on the mouthfizz. Balanced to tangy finish. I was in early today, and so maybe got some from the lines or some other effect resulting in minimal Saaz presence. Pils is not my style at all, so I am even more impressed that I was pleased with this brew--both as a one-of bevvy and as a sessioner. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
On-tap fresh from a growler: Aroma is a pleasantly clean and crisp Fruity Pebbles-like nose. Malty with a jolly rancher sweetness and a firm and largely dominant dry bread tone locking in a wheat-like fluff and open grain.
Clear light white gold color, faint bubbles scanter to the top where a medium white, crunchy bubbled cap sits briefly before zipping away quickly leaving a firm little collaring. Minimal webby lacing sticks.
Solid flavors here, it never stops giving into a really nice mix of dryish, bready grains, and a full-on display of wheaty sweetness. Remarkable clean hop profile too. Crisp, dry, and full of steardy flavors. Where many Pilsners may come up short with body and flavor this just stands alone as one to keep around. It has a fabulous character of dry grain with a wheat bready sweetness that just never quits. From the moment it hits the lips all the way to the very nice lasting finish of touching light but noticeable hop spice, it really stands the test of time. Its a very memorable experience.
Good feel on the palate, firm, zippyish, dry, yet sweetish and smooth, well rounded and closing in on a very full body for a Pils. Great finisher too, alot of fun hoppy stuff with a coating of leafy spice helping maintain the wonderfully caressing dryness.
Drinkability is very high and very easy, gone in no time flat; a pleasure to quaff. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
After 2 pints at the Pub (so odd to see the regulars with yellow beer in their glasses instead of ruby or black), I sit down with a growler.
Appearance is a clear, golden hue, big, snowy white froth on top. classic look, myriad of bubbles rising up.
Aroma, soft and lightly floral and sweet. Nice.
Taste: very round feel in the palate, enters meekly, but full of character, then gently coats the mouth and sends out silky tendrils of a tender, gracious malty flavor, delivering nothing but delight.
Light bodied, with a crisp, hoppy finish.
I’d nearly forgotten to mention that the Saaz hops are a major part of this brew’s appeal, and offer consistent rewards throught the drink.
I’m normally not a lager man, but I enjoyed both of my pints, being in the mood for a lighter brew, actually, and didn’t go running to Mama.
This is one they should make a permanent selection, especially since they rarely brew lagers and have none among the constant roster.
Nicely done, I again I find myself applauding Hoops, even on a style I rarely choose to drink.