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Tjekket Pilsner - Mikkeller ApS

Tjekket PilsnerTjekket Pilsner

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, munich and cara-pils), hops (saaz) and lager yeast.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-12-2009)
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped this one open and we've got a gusher. I quickly poured it into my pint glass with a bit pouring over the side. The pour is a hazy straw color with a gigantic fluffy white head on top. Great head retention and sticky lacing. I smell some fruitiness in this, like sweet strawberries. Pilsner malts and grains make this a rockin' beer to put your nose into! Good flavor on this and not very complex. Pilsner malts and hop bittering to finish. Nice light body and the abv is tough to beat for drinkability. Really into this one, I want more.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 04:29:57 | More by Bendurgin
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Bottle dated 29/04/10 but the cap appears to be dated 29/04/11

A: Pours a crystal-clear, bright and glowing golden color with a full three-fingers of creamy, bright-white head up top. The foam eventually receded down to a lumpy/chunky skim that left gobs of sticky lace in the glass. Carbonation was adequate.

S: Delicious floral hop aroma, with hints of butter, earthy yeast, red apple, and spice.

T: I was struck, at first, by the spicy and herbal hop flavor. That lead into a floral hoppiness that turned into ripe red apple, and finally a big dose of white pepper. Earthy yeast flavors were quite prevalent.

M: This had a pretty big and oily beginning that turned a little drier during the middle and finish and doled out a bunch of spicy/prickly white pepper.

D: I'm not a huge fan of this style but I found myself racing through this beer. Really, very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 23:43:28 | More by GbVDave
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency - something common in Mikkeller beers. There was a huge head - another Mikkeller hallmark - which was foamy and fairly long-lasting. Decent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, grain, and a sharp hoppiness.

T: Surprisingly (for a pilsener) had a strong taste of hops, but also a traditional malty backbone. Also had a grainy quality, as well as a slight acidity. An interesting flavor that isn't quite in keeping with the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Another drinkable, if nontraditional beer from Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 13:21:59 | More by avalon07
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speter

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold with a huge, persistent, rock-hard head. Leaves impressive lacing.

S: This has a bit more in the nose than your typical pilsener. There's a fair bit of grass with a lemony note from the hops.

T: This is one bitter pilsener! The bite hits right up front, and in the center and finish, I'm almost detecting a smoky quality. The finish is bitter, and that lingers through the aftertaste. While I like it quite a bit, the flavor is more towards the German pils range in terms of hoppiness. It also seems as if this fermented somewhat warm, as there are definite esters and even some buttery diacetyl.

M: I would never believe this is 4.6% (or so says the label). This is rather full-bodied and very strong in the carbonation department.

D: Very drinkable. This review is somewhat of a difficult one, but to the notion of style. Strictly speaking, this isn't a very good Czech-style Pilsener. It is, however, a great tasting beer that has wandered off the beaten path.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 23:48:53 | More by speter
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today. Thought I needed to try the tap version to compare.

The beer pours a light gold color with good head retention and pretty decent lacing. The nose is pretty attractive, showcasing the expected bread dough, honey and pepper. While the beer smells pretty good, it's much better on the palate. There is honey and orange citrus superimposed on a very hoppy flavor profile. Consequently, the finish is impressively bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and so is exactly what I would expect from a well made Czech pilsner. Drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol no more than an after thought.

While this is a well made pilsner, it's not so exceptional that I'd want to pay the price of ordering it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 19:53:22 | More by johnmichaelsen
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Pilsner malts, citrus and noble hops, biscuit, lager yeast, bit of lemon zest.

T - Pilsner and some biscuity and sweet grainy malts, citrus and noble hops, some bitterness, some lemon zest, some lager yeast.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy pilsner. Good overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 05:32:00 | More by ngeunit1
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a pale orange with brass highlights and a slight haziness. The effervesce was strong and rapid while a foamy dome 2 finger paper white head sits atop for a short period of time. The lacing was fairly weak, with speckled patches gracing the sides of the glass.

S: The nose yielded a light spicy hopping of saaz along with lightly dried lemon zest and a wiff of wheat. Fairly light overall, and suited per style.

T: The flavor opens up with pale dry grains with a bright wet lemony zest hopping and grassy highlights. Medium strong in nature there was light hay, dried grapefruit and a nice dryness to the taste before the beer finishes up with a quenching wet lemon fade. The hopping is stronger then usual and style here, with a pale dry malting and flowery hopping.

M: medium, dry with a good crisp carbonation before finishing with a dry lemon hop fade.

D: Drinkability was the bright spot here, going down very good with a tart, crisp nature and a good dose of hopping to keep things interesting. A low 4.8% abv ensures multiples as an all day summer downer if not for the price per bottle (about $4.50 a bottle) , which was the only downer point of this drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:36:34 | More by beerthulhu
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Czech-style Pilsner (Tjekket Pilsner)

Appearance: Straw yellow, huge pillowing head, and some lacing.

Smell: Grains, malts, and subtle hops.

Taste: Grains, malts, and some hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, smooth, and rich.

Overall:
This is a great pilsner. One of the best pilsners I've had. The flavors are very well balanced and finishes with a subtle bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 05:17:34 | More by megahurts4
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz, into pint glass, listed as 4.6% ABV, not 4.8%. Supposedly this is the house beer for Sushi Restaurant Bento, Helgolandsgade 16, kld., Vesterbro, Denmark.

A- Pale yellow, 4-finger sticky head, really not what I was expecting but not unwelcome. Head like a DIPA, craters, peaks and valleys. Whoa.

S- Almost smells like a wit. Hmm. Lots of bready malt, a wisp of fruit.

T- Mild bittering hops, great pale malt. Not too complex, but what's there is great. Sometimes simple is better. Great clean malt presentation. Def. has some flavor notes that remind me of Draft Bear, but much tamer.

M- High carbonation, light body, almost fizzy, goes down well.

D- High, but the price will get ya. $4 a bottle for a pilsener? I like it, I won't be buying this frequently though.

Mikkeller, start contract brewing in the US for some of these beers! We want 6-packs!

Note: other reviewers mention band-aids and smoke. Neither in this bottle. Strange.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:54:05 | More by ShogoKawada
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Guylefleur

Lebanon

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a typical Pilsner, but what Mikkeller is typical? A dark golden color verging on brown. A bit cloudy with a one and a half of white foam. Clean, fresh pilsner aromas on the nose. The mouthfeel and the taste is a bit heavy for a pilsner. It is very smooth, but it is heavy and lacks a certain crispness that you look for in a well-made pilsner. Still at the end, a pilsner with character, body and flavor which all too often in lacking in beers labelled as Pilsner. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 13:41:46 | More by Guylefleur
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm kind of surprised by the hate this one is getting. It's not anywhere close to the best pils I have, but it's more than serviceable. Typical straw color. Scent and flavor are reminiscent of hops, grass, and apples. Overall, I'd say it's good but way overpriced. It might be worth a try, but it's not worth breaking the bank over.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 23:20:00 | More by BarrelO
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seand

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow amber, with a medium amount of bubbly white head. A thin layer retains, with a bit more around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Light malty sweetness, yeast, and some floral notes. Mild and pleasant, but there is a bit of complexity there.

T: Grainy sweetness with a bit of yeast. A bit watery mid-palate, and a little hoppy towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, this is ok, not fantastic. If it were cheap and easily available it would make a decent session/"just a beer" beer, but it's not one I could rave about.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:21:50 | More by seand
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/25/2009. Bottle, best by 4/29/2011 (? Long shelf-life for a pilsener...) Pours a hazy golden/light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of spices, lagery malt. Flavor of grassy, herbal spices initially and some crackery, bready malt notes and lemon zest. Very nice pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:36:40 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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mynie

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Crane Alley in Urbana, Illinois.

This is the first craft pilsener I've had that wasn't brewed in the US, I 't think. Since, like, Sam Smith and Weinstephan have to count as big brands, right?

So... hmm... it's pretty good.

Pours a tiny bit cloudy and dull, not the kind of vibrant sparkling sunshine I look for in a good (or expensive) pils. No head, really, and this is the kind of place that knows enough to put a head on a beer.

Smells like very, very dry Czech hops. Straight, strong Saaz, and there's a tiny bit of lemony malt complexity in there, too. But mostly it's very Saaz-y.

The intense dryness of the hops is a little less pleasant in the taste than it is in the aroma. That's not to say that it's unpleasant, because it's not, but it's also not great. The hops blot out almost everything only at the very end there's a little bit of light, crisp citrusiness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 22:41:51 | More by mynie
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popery

California

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good but odd pilsner. The beer pours a cloudy, muted golden-poppy color with a foamy white head that collapses into a small creamy cap. The beer really looks more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner, and this was a very conservative, careful pour, leaving a third of the bottle with all of the yeast sediment for later. The aroma is muted. It lacks the normal hop aromas that generally mark the style, and has more of a yeasty, slightly smoky nose. The smoke comes through in the flavor, too. I've never had a smoky pilsner before, so points for originality. The smoke is actually one of the nicest parts of the beer. Otherwise, the beer is good but not great. It lacks enough hop bite, but it's rather dry, so it's less of a problem. The beer is crisp but needs more carbonation to really push it further along this road. The smoke is the unexpected star. It's relatively light and fits in surprisingly well with a light lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 04:19:44 | More by popery
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blow away, huge head that settles very slowly (forms a large white dome). Extensive lace on the glass. The brew itself is light gold and hazy.

Soft light malt aromas. Moderate flowery hop smell. Overall, quite mild, but very pleasant nose.

Harsher and drier than the smell would suggest, there is also a touch of phenolic (band-aid) on the tongue. This is distracting from the otherwise lighter pilsner flavors. Dry and hoppy in the finish and aftertaste. Higher than expected body.
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On a second tasting, I almost don't recognize my first review. The smell seems like it might be starting to skunk. The flavor has no phenolic, so this actually tastes like a fresh pils from the Czech Republic. The body is quite thin, even for a pilsner.

In short, I think this particular bottle was much better than the first one I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 20:55:00 | More by smcolw
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gford217

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from Hop City, poured into a pils glass.

Pours a hazy golden with orange tints underneath a massive fluffy white head that's at least 4 inches thick. The head leaves clumps of lacing on its slow descent to a 2-inch cap.

The aroma is really nice and pretty strong. It's got some floral hops up front with some lemon zest and a bit of sweeter fruits as well. There is also plenty of pale malts, toasted grains and a bit of spices as well.

The taste is a bit different than the aroma for me. It's got a much more dominant herbal presence, almost medicinal even. There isn't much citrus and the finish is dry and leaves that medicinal bitterness on the tongue in the aftertaste. It's also got an interesting buttery character throughout. Weird taste for me.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated but has a slight metallic character that keeps it from being better.

This is an interesting pils and looks and smells great. I'm not exactly sure what to make of the taste. It's definitely a well-crafted brew, but it's not quite in the top tier of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 20:05:05 | More by gford217
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Hard to come by in this land of beer a-plenty. Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for releasing this one to me from the clutches of Beer Club.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of fuzzy, foamy white head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving broad sectional swaths of lace around the glass.

It smells of spicy, grassy hops at first, giving way to a nice round bready maltiness. The taste is more blended, but more or less equally represented - zingy grassy, leafy hops, sturdy, semi-sweet pale grainy malt, and a decent tart lemon fruitiness.

The carbonation is sprightly, and quite refreshing, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and a tad too edgy, in an acidic manner, to be deemed dead smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grain ceding way to the hop and lemon carry-overs.

A decent stab as this venerable Bohemian staple - good sassy hop flavours, but, and I'm kicking myself for saying this - they kind of eventually overwhelm the malt, wherein I would have liked to see some more crisp crackery notes. Ah well, I still recommend givin' 'er a go.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 23:41:45 | More by biboergosum
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ADZA

Australia

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im stoked to be trying another mikkeller beer right now and just hope its as good as all his other ones i reviewed so far,it pours a pale straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing,it has a herbal,spicey hop aroma to it with a tinge of citrus aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel for the style and spicey,peppery Saaz hops are dominant with a nice malty finish,i must admit after the reading a couple of the reviews after i bought this beer i was feeling let down about buying this brew and even tho it isnt his best brew it is a very nice beer and could drink more than one if only they wernt so exspensive,just like they say dont knock it till u try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 06:02:34 | More by ADZA
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to abrand for letting me try this brew!

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear yellow with a huge cloudy fluffy white head that's about 2 1/2 fingers.

S- Sweeter malts with a decent hop presence and a strange yeasty smell.

T- Almost roasted malts with some bitter hops and some citrus, almost orange flavor.

M- Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation and a pretty good bitter dry finish.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 22:38:42 | More by Arenbeer
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears cap has a best by date of 28/04/11, so it should still be in good standing. Brewery states De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hufte, Belgium
Thanks Todd.
Poured into pilsner glass. Exceedingly large bright white head, that shows a rockiness upon settling. Clean malt character with minimal sulfur noted. Slightly cloudy yellow gold and respectable number of bubbles rising. In time a duller pale malt appears, but it's quite mild.
Atypical flavor for style. Malt flavor more closely matches the second malt aroma than the anticipated former one. Hop presence builds through the drink at first with flavor (slightly green and grassy, a little earthy) and then a soft yet resilient bitterness. Finishes softly and tamely. A metallic quality appears mixed in with the hop flavors, not strong, nor necessarily displeasing.
Clean, but not crisp. Soft feel and pleasantly thin. Quite light and flavorful enough, but doesn't leave me begging for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:48:01 | More by garymuchow
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a standard Czech hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. Again, it has a pilsner malt and Czech hop character. It goes down easy with a mild bitterness and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It lacks a true pilsner mouthfeel. It's hoppy, but nothing too great. I enjoyed this beer, but there are plenty of better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:49:50 | More by WesWes
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is yellow in color and has a slight amount of haze and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with notes of bready and grainy malts.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with some hints of peppery spices; these are accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness from start to finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a bit of dryness in your mouth.
O: The beer is easy to drink but seems lack enough of a malty presence compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 21:44:50 | More by metter98
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up from Sherbrooke Liquor Store in Edmonton.

It pours a murky yellow-brown colour similar to that of iced tea with about 1.5 fingers' worth of head. Personally I hate these iced tea looking beers - it's like an unpleasant combo of yellow and brown.The head smells hoppy - not like IPA hoppy, but an appropriate level for a pilsner.

The taste brings much of the same hoppiness with a trace of lingering bitterness on the tongue which sort of makes me just crave another sip. The aftertaste is clean; there are no cringe-worthy remnants from this beer that make finishing it a chore. The beer is heavily carbonated, although it feels pleasant in my mouth. The body is nicely balanced - it's a little thick on the tongue going in, but a lot smoother going down.

Overall, a great European Pilsner. It's just a pity that it's so hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 07:14:21 | More by Olek4374
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Richardberg

New York

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Light yellow-orange. Not much head, but leaves great lacing for a light beer.

S - classic bready pils smell, just enough hops to keep things interesting

T - crisp, straightforward pils. Not much else to say.

M - light body, plenty of carbonated zing.

D - very drinkable, enjoyable, well made lager, if unexceptional.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:00:50 | More by Richardberg
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