ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Ok I swear to god this bottle is legitimately fresh. Best before (May?) 2007 drunk at Hollingshead Deli on 3/22/07merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Lol, turns out the "fresh" bottle of Drake’s Zatec Pils was not so fresh. Guess the owner of this place enjoys stockpiling pilsners that are really old. What an ass.
Finally a solid one, here. Delicious lemon sorbet pops right out of the glass, a beautiful mix of herbal/grassy saaz hop and moderated pils malt. Most importantly, you can smell the crisp yeast as it adds a light mineralesque character and definite dryness. Very lively maltiness is almost fruity in its honeyish nature. Strong aroma as well, with no flaws nor alcohol.
A surprisingly soft pils, with floral-like hoppiness setting in immediately, adding almost an oiliness, with lush, green hop flavor. It cuts in to the maltiness, which is well attenuated and minimally doughy for the style. A bit of carbonic flavors, and almost a saline-like flavor? But mostly it’s crisp yeast on the finish, with more lemon and peppery hop bitterness. Prominent carbonation keeps things quite drinkable, though it certainly pales in comparison to what a bottle conditioned version could be. Still, a mostly flawless and very drinkable rendition. Not stunning in any category, but soft and hoppy, with moderate dryness and no wateriness. Pale gold body is clear and topped by a fairly frothy, white head that is retained well and provides light lacing.
Clear pale yellow body with a large white head. Restrained aroma has some spicy and floral noble hops.Light medium body with lively carbonation. Taste is subtle, mild hop spiciness lends a bitter edge throughout. Malt presence is tame, biscuity and grainy. Very sessionable, but not an outstanding pils. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2007
The aroma is grainy with ginger and grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a two finger head. The flavor is like the aroma with a little bit of citrus and paper. The palate is thin. This is not bad but not great. MoritzF (9901) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2007
(bottle, as Marke Weltenburger Pils) Clear, pale golden colour with a moderate foamy blond head. Herbal, slightly grassy hop aroma with a soft grainy malty background. Medium-bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a crispy carbonation. Grainy and herbal hoppy taste on a well-balanced level; finishes with a rather mild bitterness but also with aromatic herbal and slightly floral hops. Well-done Pils, brewed in Regensburg. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2007
.5 liter shared with willblake. Pours a very pale gold, almost too light for a pils- lower than expected carbonation, clear and a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crackery, grainy, lightly hoppy, not as fresh or good as I would expect from this brewer. Bland watery flavor with low hop profile, very low malts, more grainy and crackery hints with a light DMS character and slight papery oxidation. Bland and watery finish. Blah.
PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2007
12oz Bottle: Pours clear golden with a substantial white head. It has a hemp/cannabis like aroma, along with some crystal malts. The flavor is crisp with some evident cookie like malt, and a clean dry finish. This is a crisp brew and is perfectly balanced with a clean profile. A solid Pilsener. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2007
17.02.07 500ml bottle. Very pale straw with huge and fluffy white head fading in rocky clumps. Pretty. Aroma is very mild with slight grassy hops and little backbone to the malts. Flavor is also bland, somewhat papery and oxidized, but overall unoffensive and finishes with a nice dry snap. rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle, from shop at Regensburg Hbf July 2005. Straw gold, moderate white head and good condition. Gentle grassy hop and pleasant sweet maltiness in the nose, good solid sweet grain and a balancing hop bitterness in the mouth and a slightly fruity finish with a solid but restrained chalky bitterness lingering.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2007
(50cl bottle) Crystal clear pale straw body topped by pillowy medium head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, cereal, grass. Taste is medium sweet, lemon/orange, cereal, some grass. Decent hoppiness, but not especially bitter. Some dryness in the finish. Watery light-medium body, some crispness. User37895 (3042) - - DEC 27, 2006
Poured a crystal clear pale golden yellow with hues of straw yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles continually rising to the surface, lots of head, and darned pretty lacing on the way down. Head retention was a little weak after a few minutes, but this is as good as a pilsner can look, especially from a bottle. Aroma was bready, doughy, grainy, grassy. The flavor followed suit but finished with a metallic and acidic mouthfeel behind the nicely hopped finish (a very nicely balanced pilsner, malts there but not "sweet" or overly honey-like). Would love to give this another shot on draft in Bayern one day.