Blue Sky Pilsner - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fantome on 10-11-2004)
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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz w bottled on date of 04/09/09. tasted in late may 2009.

pale golden yellow w straw tones. clear. 1.5 finger, white head with big-bubble foam underneath and creamy texture on top. fades to creamy/sudsy thin layer. great curtain of lacing for 1/3 of the glass.

aroma: noble hops w herbal and floral character, lightly toasted malt, hint of yeast and faint sulfur whiffs. otherwise clean.

taste: grains and lightly toasted malt meet crisp noble hops with leafy character and moderate, crisp bitterness. trace acidity? clean and crisp, although could use a touch more malt. relatively dry finish.

light to medium body, crisp flash of resins and astringency, with the finish being clean and crisp. carbonation is also very crisp and refreshing but also gives body.

not too bad.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, clean, basic yellow-gold lager. Frothy bright white head. Good retention, good lacing. Hoppy nose: grassy and spicy, slightly floral. Nicely rounded and balanced flavor with a straightforward, soft and grainy pilsner-malt base that's balanced by a brisk bitterness and more spicy and grassy hops. Falls more towards a Czech pils than a German one as it's not that bitter. Refreshing and very drinkable. Very well done!

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of khiasmus
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw into my glass with a white, tight head that drops after moments. Bubbling from the base continues for the entire experience, creating a quite attractive beer, but lacking a bit in head.
The aroma is delicious, notes of a grain storehouse and Saaz hops that come out a bit more than usually in a Pilsener. No rice, sulfur, or off aromas of any kind in this bottle.
Taste is much the same as the aroma... grain is actually there in force, with the Saaz rounding out the flavor and leaving a surprisingly flavorful finish. Flavor overall is a bit "more" than you would generally expect from a pils. Not a pale ale by any means, but certainly quite flavorful for a pilsener.
Mouthfeel is about spot on, though a bit tingly in the finish even after the carbonation has dropped a bit. Light body, high carbonation, and slightly astringent finish.
Quite drinkable, though for a Pilsener it's a bit lower than some. Czechvar still wins in my book, but this is tasty and recommended.

Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange.

A: Brilliant gold with fabulous clarity and light carbonation. A soapy white cap is short lived before withdrawing to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Sweet honey, straw plus a touch of grass is pretty much it. The aroma is very clean, if that makes sense. There are no off flavors, just not much at work.

T: Light, crisp and balanced. More of a German than a Czech Pils to be honest. The sweet/bitter balance is spot on, and the flavor is quite light. The aromas from the nose transition in nicely to make up the beer's flavor, although a touch of pepper does show up in the hops. Finishes quite clean, with a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: The light body could stand just a tiny bit lower level of carbonation.

D: This beer is light and goes down easy. The very low ABV makes this perfect for a session on a hot day.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle - thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy and crisp with a slight spicy hop presence.

Fresh, grainy pilsner malt taste upfront leading into a medium bitterness and slight hop spiciness. Quite crisp and refreshing.

Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.

This is the first beer I have tried from this brewery and I am impressed. This is one of the best pils that I have had brewed outside of PA, and it comes quite close on all aspects. Would not be a problem to kick back quite a few of these.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Brass Deli and sampled it side by side with a couple other pilsners
Poured chilled from the stubby 12oz into a pils glass

A - A very light colored clear pils w/ lots of fast moving carbonation like sparkling wine w/ snowy cap of white approximately 1 1/2 fingers w/ spotty lace pattern

S - A sweet, grassy nose w/ mild citrus zest and hint of grain w/ lemon and mild kumquat fruity floral nose

M - Crisp light and dry w/ clean and gentle spiced hop feel w/ moderate carbonation and light body

T - The taste has grassy flavor w/ mild malt flavor and light citrus w/ mild hop acidity to back up the mellow malt and subtle hop spice. The flavor is mild yeast wise and finishes clean

D - A very enjoyable pilsner, w/ sessionworthy strength. I liked it even though it is way more subtle than most of its ilk. I consider this an easy quaffer

Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Gold, very bubbly, basically clear, with a good bubbly head and lacing.
S- Nice wheat scent, really looks and smells like a Hefe.
T- Has a berry taste (blueberry?). Some caramel in there? It's nice and crisp and carbonated, but lacks that nice Czech Pilsner bite. Mild pilsner.

Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color was a golden amber with a 1 finger bubbly head that clung to the side extremely well. There was a constant stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Smell was slightly hoppy with some wheat aromas. Taste was slightly bitter, reminded me of green olives, with some wheat aftertaste. Felt thin and watery in the mouth. Very easy to drink, could easily be a session beer.

Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, golden yellow with a small, loose, white head. Nose is lightly sweetened honey malt, with a noticeable spicy, noble hop presence. Taste features cerealy malt up front with light sweetness. Mildly bitter, spicy hops provide some balance. Finish is long and bittersweet. Light-bodied, with a sparkly mouthfeel. A nice summer session beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, hops, spices, some fruit (lemon & banana) and a small amount of malt.

T: The flavor starts out bready and spicy, and then some hops and fruitiness kicks in. The malt character is very thin, but the beer is able to maintain a good balance. The after-taste is a combination of sweetness, hops & breadiness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty and refreshing, goes down very easily, not filling at all, this one is a good choice when you want something light, but typically I may go with something a bit more flavorful.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Uinta Brewing Company's eco-themed branding boasts its use of 100-percent wind-power energy for all of their beers, hence the name "Blue Sky Pilsner." Just a faint chilly haze is noticeable from the pale yellow color; the head gets by for as long as it needs to with a thin rim of stickage on the glass. Big, doughy biscuit aroma with a faint spicy hop, fresh malt and mild yeast standing dominant. The palate is very clean, which lets the dry malt character really shine. Light biscuity cracker flavors with some suggestions of rising dough and dried grass in the back. Spicy hop bitterness is compact, but big enough to keep this beer on an even keel. Dry finish with a clean, fading graininess and remnants of spicy hop on the tongue.

Unbelievably clean, tasty and drinkable to boot. To our liking, though it could have used a little bit more hop character. All in all, a good brew here. America needs more lagers from smaller breweries like this--highly sessionable and refreshing.

Photo of netshark
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent lemon with waxed lemon edges. The bleached bone white head is on the small side despite an increasingly elevated pour. It looks pretty good though with its rumpled surface and the beginnings of some decent glass coverage. Sea foam lace sticks in no identifiable pattern.

I like the nose even though it doesn't smell like Blue Sky was 'generously hopped with imported Saaz hops', as the label claims. Saaz often smell lemony to me and such is the case here. I miss that pungent, grassy, spiciness that this variety often imparts however. Perhaps they ordered the kinder, gentler version.

This is okay beer. It's biggest problem is that it lacks guts. Maybe the 4% ABV has something to do with that, I don't know. Just when my taste buds start to get excited, the flavor is washed away before it can really grab hold and make a positive impression. Not bad for an easy drinking, refreshing German pils though.

Saaz are now identifiable as Saaz. Their flavor and bitterness aren't present to the degree that I'd like though. Lemon zest is still present and is still a definite positive. A cracker-like pale malt base does its part to keep things crisp and clean; just what beer of this style should be. Actually, this stuff ain't half bad. It's certainly disappearing with a minimum of fuss and bother.

The mouthfeel, while unquestionably light, holds on throughout each mouthful and throughout the entirety of the bottle. I don't mind a light mouthfeel on a light style if it's done right. It is here. Moderately lively carbonation is a perfect fit as well.

For some reason, my impressions of Blue Sky Pilsner (spelled incorrectly above) were a bit overcast during the first few ounces. As I got deeper into the bottle though, the clouds parted and I was treated to a pretty good little pils that should session like a dream. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have never heard of this brewing company...so I picked up this bottle at Stateline in Elkton,MD.

A- Body is a crystal clear pale yellow that pours with a tiny foamy white head. Head fades quickly to a thin collar which retains well. No lacing is left behind in the glass and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-Nose is faint and more sweet than hoppy with pale malt shining through and a hint of floral hops added as an afterthought.

T-Sweet pale malt upfront that has a cornlike flavor and a touch of soft hops added to the mix. Finish is very clean.

M-Medium carbonation and a lightweight drinkable body. Not too thin or watery.

D- Is this the best pilsner ever? No. It is, however, unoffensive and very drinkable. I was somewhat surprised that a beer with such a mild character would have a nice mouthfeel...but it does. This would be a good transition beer for the BMC folk.

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a short 1/2" white head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grass and a faint bitterness is all that is detectable.

Taste: grainy malt, grass, a hint of honey and lemon zest, and a mild bitterness creates an average pils.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a clean but a bit dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer that will do in a pinch. Definite session beer.

Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny head disappears quickly, some lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, spices, and yeast. The taste is slightly bitter/hoppy, ends with a nice clean finish. Light body, well rounded brew. Drinkable, would be great for a hot summer day.

Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, short, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
"Generously hopped with imported Saaz hops and aged for nearly a month" on the bottleneck...
Pours a light, nearly see-through, straw-colored hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated...
Smell: Light pilsener aroma with hints of Saaz hops, and straw...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing light taste with a touch of lemons thrown into the mix...
Light, loose mouthfeel along with an ultra-easy level of drinkability...
Not bad...

Photo of tugdriver7
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having lived in Utah (in a past life), I couldn't resist the opportunity to pull the Uinta sampler out of the cooler at Wells in Towson, MD. I was surprised to see it, and the irony of beer from Utah made me wonder how it would taste. This was the first of three different beers in the sampler. I'd classify it as a quality lawnmower/session brew. Light gold color, minimal head, slight malt in the nose with a fairly malty taste up front and a very subtle bitterness (hops) in the mix, but no real hops flavor to speak of. A smooth body and subtle carbonation make it quite drinkable, but there's a strange, lingering grainy staleness in the flavor that prevented me from really enjoying it fully. A bit on the watery side, too, though the mouthfeel was artificially thick. Still, worth trying if only to drink (sorry, it still makes me chuckle) beer from Utah. Believe me, you'd have to have lived there to fully understand the irony. Fortunately, there is apparently one decent brewery out there that knows what a craft beer should be. Can't wait to try the pale ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal, grassy & perfumy hops

T: Grassy hops, cereal & a bit of honey up front. More dryness & a bit of fruittyness as this warms. Finishes dry & fruitty, hops just disappeared

MF: Medium bodied, medium carbonation & fair balance

Drinks alright, not that inspiring a Pils, all things considered

Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When I had it at The Bayou, it was listed as "Bohemian Pilsner", so I am assuming that they are one and the same. If not, someone else who is familiar with Uinta's beers can add this one and I will get my review moved. Onward!

Right off the bat, it arrived with no head. Zero, nada, zilch! The color was a medium yellow-gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a definite Saaz quality to it. The mouthfeel was thin and not terribly hoppy on the palate. The finish had a brief hop bite before subsiding into a a weak wateriness. Uh oh, that monkey on my back began to screech again ...

Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very pretty pour, with a clear pale lemon color and a massive head that leaves gobs of lace

Smell: A little bit of lemon and grain

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing hint of lemon that appears by mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow; just a touch of grass and grain in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very approachable, but not at all a distinguished example of the style

Thanks, douglass88 (from the other site), for the opportunity

Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Consumed on 9/21/09.
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles. Lacing thin, semi-sticky. Straw colored.
S) Fruity. Citrus notes. Some grainy tones.
T) Light graininess and malty sweetness.
Noticeable nuttiness. The hops are mellow in the finish. Overall the taste is light and not very pronounced.
M) Light bodied. Fizzy. crisp. A light tannin feel.
D) An alright pilsner, but very light. I expected a brew with noticeable body, whether it was light or not.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle that was bottled in March 2009 this poured a hazy yellow with a small white head and remarkably heavy lacing in the glass. Nose of caramel malts and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is pretty standard pilsner and the finish is slightly bitter. Not bad. I wish more brewers put bottling dates on the bottle

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Blue Sky Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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