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Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

331 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PaulStoneAnchor on 09-22-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%

Serviceable drinkable pilsner. A little farm grown aroma to go with floral notes. Long lasting creamy white head on light yellow. Middle mouthfeel. Hits the mark in style, and at least an average beer.Assertive carbonation. Hops are significant, as is the taste of hay (not that I didn't like it).

Sammy, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head. A bit of retention and lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of diacetyl. Butter is by far the dominant character, though there is a touch of pilsner base there somewhere. Flavor has a bit of hop component, but is mostly still diacetyl. Light body. Meh.

Thorpe429, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and lots of thin rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of bready malts. There’s a light amount of bitterness, but it is relatively prominent given the lighter-bodied nature of this beer; the bitterness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather bitter for the style and seems like it would be a pilsner that a hophead might even enjoy. It is very easy to drink and rather sessionable.

metter98, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color pilsner with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt base with nice floral notes and some light dry Noble hops presence. Taste is an easy drinking mix of lightly sweet malt with some light dry Noble hops presence with a nice light floral undertone. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable pilsner.

Phyl21ca, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

I appreciate the Chatoe Rogue "First Growth" series of ales. Although a couple of them have not quite panned out for me, the attention to the care, cultivation, and unaduturated growth and processing of ingredients give these beers a fresh and overall 'raw' character that's very much appreciated.

Good Chit looks like your quentessential Pilsner. Bright straw in color and without any hint of haze. A froathy and somewhat liquified head of tightly knit white foam sheets the beer with a few clusters of thicker foam than in other areas, creating an uneven surface to the head character. Very solid lace leaves behind the story of the session as the foam clings to the side of the glass in rings denoting each sip.

Grainy sweet aromas reveal a deeply malted aroma of raw and lightly kilned barley. Light breads, yeasty dough, and cereal grains give a majorily pleasant but mildly grainy nose. Earthy hops deliver a spicy note to the nose that works well with a lemongrass scent that's backed up by lemony esters.

Grainy sweet taste is even more elevated than the nose suggests. The mix of raw barley and light breads carry the flavor profile while the spicy hops decorate the peripheries with herbal grasses of the freshly cut variety, leafy, and almost minty at times. It's hard to tell if the lemony, rind-like, lime bitterness is entirely hop derived or if theres a play of esters and sulfur compounds that create the impression of citrus. A crisp, grassy, lemony finish seems to enliven the rich and almost wort-like flavor to start and leads into mid palate, favoring a fleeting and clean bitterenss late.

Medium-light from start to finish, but there seems to be a bohemian buttery malt flavor and feel early and in the middle. High attenuation of sweetness leads to a malty-dry finish that's heightened by the scrubbed sulfury feel and grainy bite that stops just shy of astringency.

The raw and bohemian character of this beer gives a rustic charm that's undeniable. But the odd culmination of slight butter or unfermented beer along with the minty/grassy Liberty hops denote a schizophrenic clash of character and is a touch unsettled to the style buff in me. But the beer is enjoyable, drinkable, and sessionable especially when the relief of thrist beckons.

BEERchitect, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

A: single finger head with nice retention and good lacing on a clear bright straw-gold body.

S: grains and pale malts. just not very fruit, some spices.

T: very nice version of the style. The bitter hop character is well represented, the malt and grain base balance the hops well. a little spicey with mild sweet corn sweetness mostly in the middle.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: I like this one for the style. Its drinkable and well balanced.

kylehay2004, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.5/5  rDev +19%

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a straw-hued body, great clarity, and topped with a rather foamy, white head.

Smell: Fairly pleasant aroma, accumulated bakery notes smelling of yeasty dough, raw grains, and fresh-baked breads. Also some floral, citrusy hop hints.

Taste: Crisp, crackery malts with a bit of slackened honeyish sweetness. Soft doughy undertones. Floral, lemon-tinged hops with sufficient bitterness. Very, very low trace of sulfur. Drying, crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Flavorful, easy drinking. Just a good beer all around. With many in the Atlanta area going bananas over the CBS hysteria, running around like mad trying to score a bottle before they seemingly all end up on eBay, it's nice to be just enjoying a good beer on the porch in this perfect weather.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

I like a well made sturdy pilsner and this fits the bill,Iam not sure if I have had the Liberty hop variety yet.Poured into a pilsner a clear light to medium golden with thinner but well put together white head that lasted for quite awhile.Freshly baked crispy bread malt aromas along with leafy/herbal hops in the nose,the malt aroms are very fresh and appetizing.Crisp and "hefty" malt aromas at the onset,not as delicate as most pilsners,a healthy dose of leafy hops in the finish.This is a big pilsner,some may say to big...not me.I think it would pair great shellfish.

Bottled on 9/23/11

oberon, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Back for another Bliss tasting after taking a week off for recovery/reflection from the Accidental Highway to Hell Tour. Good to be back, especially when the first beer on the docket is a new one all-around. It pours a clear pale peach-straw (not really peach, more like the controversially-named Flesh crayon from back in the day) topped by over a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises white bread, cooked rice, light grass, light flowers, and musty mineral water. The rice really packs quite the punch. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of sulfur (or something like that) coming through, almost like the hard water somehow got a lot harder. Shit, I probably didn't explain that properly, but it's all I can come up with at the moment. Suffice it to say it didn't sit too well on my tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda creamy feel. Overall, an okay pils, though something about it (I'm guessing the malts?) just didn't sit right with me all the way through. Just not a fan, myself.

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

650ml bottle, 5.3% ABV, per the good folks at the AGLC. The newest in the First Growth series to hit the local shelves.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with one finger of thin, tight foamy white head, which leaves an undulating wash of low-lying lace around the glass for its meager efforts.

It smells of white bready, grainy malt, a bit of aged citrus, and musty, earthy, somewhat leafy hops. The taste picks up the slack in a commendable way - the grain slides nicely into a decent crispy crackery nature, the citrus becoming more lemon-like, but still sedate, and kind of oily, with a twinge of petrol. The hops provide a more than adequate bitterness, borne of leaf and grass, ensuring Pils worthiness.

The carbonation is moderate, with a zingy palate twist at times, the body a sub-medium weight - no shame there, given the attendant smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt losing a share of its crispness, but the hops sticking to their contract, and hey, another dose of it all is imminent anyways.

A decidedly good drinker, good 'domestic' pilseners being not that common. I could do with a tad more bitterness, but that's just splitting hairs at this point. I like the old-world gasoline and hops leanings, so good on Rogue for going that way. Pretty good chit, indeed.

biboergosum, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Pours with one finger of dense, white foam on top of a clear, light golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - Musty pilsner malt with notes of honey and herbal hops.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with some herbal hop character coming out in the middle. More musty, herbal hop flavor in the finish with dry, thin malt.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Pretty nicely made, the hop character is right on and though the malt is a bit thin in my opinion but it is still very drinkable.

nickfl, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%

Pours with a slight chill haze with a bright lemony body, head forms thick, a tight bubbled thicket that really works well. Even lacing lines the sides of my new nonic pint glasses this is a beautiful looking beer. Aroma is packed with herbal/spicy hops even a bit of lemongrass notes kicking, with perfect biscuit malt breadiness. This is top notch pilsner, more authentic then most of the Euro pils trash that is sent over stateside. Straight up effortless to consume, the best pils of 2011 easily in the last ten years of my beer tasting top 5 favorite for the style and brewing this quality of an overlooked style screams about everything I love about beer. The next extreme barrel aged with dates and figs, with vanilla beans doesn't do beer the type of justice that an honest to goodness...flawless beer has to offer. Has qaulities of the first run of Noble pils but perfects it on a couple leveles by simply streamlining and adding a touch of mineral/sulfur infused water with the perfect level of hops balanced with straw biscuit malted barley that they are doing themselves. I don't associate Liberty hops with a pils usually Saaz come to mind with some other Noble hop variants. This nails the flavor, body is perfect crips rounded bitterness that keeps you wanting to drink and drink. Maybe a case of this will be out there, but the downside comes with the fact that I paid around 7.99 a bottle. Pittsburgh is known for their mark ups, I'd picture this beer to ring up around 4 to 5 dollars a bomber.

WVbeergeek, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Slightly cloudy , nice head retention & lacing

S: Bready, crackery & soapy

T: Follows the nose, plus leafy hops up front. Flinty dryness, leafy hops & soapiness as this warms, some yeastiness. Finishes dry, soapy with some chalkiness & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, alright balance

This isn't really working for me, probably the liberty hops. Just not a very good pils, not terrible, almost tastes stale. Drinks okay, not easy. I grow more skeptical of Rogue with each new beer I try, so many dissapointments, so few good ones

russpowell, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev 0%

I purchased this bomber at Giant for 6.99, enjoyed chilled in a pair of glasses, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is golden like white grape juice with light haze and thick 2 + fingers of pillowy white cap with average bead. The smell has a mineral note up front with subtle herbal /floral odor and subltle fruity yeast aroma. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and light resinous texture with mild malt sweetness and medium carbonation with slightly full feel.

The taste is very green with slight fruity flavor with and mild creamy yeast notes with a good amount of pilsner malt flavor and slight spice tinge with mellow dry herbal flavor that lasts after the swallow. The hops give a strong green tea-like taste with mild pear tinge from the yeast. The drinkability is pretty high considering the abv of this strong pilsner. It is no Imperial Pils, but there is enough hop taste to stand up and I would drink this again considering it fits the style well

Slatetank, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%

Can you say butter? Served on draft in Churchkey in a tiny snifter. At the time of this review, this is the #14 beer on the "Top Beers - Czech Pilsner" list. I did not enjoy this beer.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear, lazy head, no lacing, moderate carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is sweet and buttery, I fear this may have some diacetyl.

Beer is creamy and bitter wtih a strong diacetyl flavor to it. Very strong, hard to drink, nope.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

flat out the best pils ive had in ages. why? because its something totally different. huge props for malting your own grains, and this is unlike any pilsener ive had. it pours a hazy yellow, not quite mountain dew, but equally electric and almost artificial looking, cloudy, and light airy white bubbles on top. the nose is almost tart, acidic in some ways, hoppy, liberty hops I believe they use here, and its quite a bit more aggressive the original Czech versions. yeast is nice too, and works perfectly with a very interesting grain bill. the malt is very light, almost like wheat, but more potent in flavor and more acidic. very light and drinkable though, and the yeast gives it a bready complex that adds depth and body to an otherwise very light glass of beer. carbonation is excellent, and this just feels great in the mouth. this is a great series rogue puts on, and this is one of the best beers in it. I will start drinking this regularly if I can find it, just fantastic beer, an art form really.

StonedTrippin, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Extremely light in color and body. Pleasant mouthfilling carbonation with a crisp edge. A lemony flavor greets the tongue. Fragrant without the perfume. Hops provide just enough bitterness. The whole thing is so restrained yet intriguing. Nice to look at with a proper head and lacing down the glass. Goes down all too easily.

A more delicate beer than I've ever encountered from Rogue. A good example of the style without the excessive bitterness of some.

mactrail, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%

Thick white head. Cloudy liquid, particularly for the style. Straw colored. Some spotty lace on the glass.

Clean smell--very pale malt aroma and a whiff of hop cones. Reminds me of a Kolsch.

Much more bitter than I'd ever expect given the smell. Holding the liquid in my mouth, I can really taste the golden malts and a bit of the alcohol, but as soon as I swallow it's a near hop bomb. Rich body but with a higher level of carbonation. It works.

smcolw, May 20, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

InspectorBob, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%

Another score courtesy of The Fridge! I really want to keep on top of Rogue's GYO and John John series, whether on-tap, out of a bottle, or a combination of both.

From the bottle: "Made Usin Rogue Farms Floor-Malted Barley"; "Dedicated to Farmers and Fermenters"; "Good Chit Pilsner is made with Rogue Farm barley that we Floor-Malted in small batches. Fllor Malting is an old fashioned, 8 day process that includes steeping, germination, raking, roasting, bagging and hands on love 24 hours a day. 'Chit' refers to the start of the rootlets that emerge from the embryo of the kernel once steeping is complete and germination begins."

My pour netted a solid finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pretty sunshine yellow with NE-plus quality, allowing me to see into the future, where I have some pizza to go with this beer, as soon as the oven heats up. Nose was like a scent of heaven to this jonesin' hophead. It smelled so grassy that I thought that I was at my uncle's place in the summer. Holy new mown grass/Saaz hops, Batman! BTW, I just saw previews for The Dark Knight Rises today, due in 2012. Count me in. Have I ever offered my opinion on drinking beer while at the movies? It is a close second to sexual relations! My personal best at the movies was second base, but unless it were some Hollywood blockbuster that I probably would not want to see in the first place, I do not like being distracted while attending a cinematic showing. Beer does not distract me, except when I have a full bladder and need to use the head unexpectedly. The lacing that developed as I typed was beautiful and I was really enjoying this beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a definitive grassy/Saaz hops bite that makes me want to scream when I am subjected to yet another AAL on The CANQuest (TM). No wonder so many smirked when I took up the gauntlet that evening. This was the real deal! Get Wildroot Cream Oil, Charlie. Finish was dry. Bone dry. Dry as the winds that were picking up on this approach to Winter this afternoon. For all of you Rogue hatas out there, give this one a shot - it may bring you back around.

woodychandler, Dec 17, 2011
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Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner from Rogue Ales
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