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ViaEmilia - Birrificio Del Ducato

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very good

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 11-03-2007

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a quite nice, hoppy and unfiltered pilsner. Strong hoppy aroma with a little citrus as well. Yeast does a good job of clinging to the bottle so though while unfiltered it's not cloudy and full of yeast.
Nice full hop flavor with a good pilsner malt base that perhaps is just a little thin and not as rich as it should be.
Nice firm bitterness in the end that's a little above your average pils but not astringent. Very enjoyable.
Really not a Czech pils, too light in color, too light in body, and without a rich enough malt body. Solid German pils though, even if lacking that good German pils malt body.
I should add that the price, even in Italy, is laughable and even as good as this beer is I'll likely never buy another bottle. €4.90 for one 33cl bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Il Mulino (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has finger tall soapy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grain and pale malts with hints of fresh grassy/hay hops.

T: The beer has a nice body of malt flavors - slightly grainy with some bready hints. There is a flavor of grassy hops and something almost hay-like. The beer is well balanced with a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: Very refreshing, very enjoyable, and very easy to drink. This is definitely a sessionable beer and one that I would order again.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml sexy little stubby long neck bottle that would be a bar fighters dream weapon into pint glass 26/11/11

A hazy golden yellow with lots of tiny particles with enough bubbles to feed a large soapy head that retains well and leaves plenty of lace

S grassy hops with a little hay and lemon, some dry cereal pops up too

T a little grainy compared to the smell, some bready malt and the hops are toned down compared to the smell

M a little bite to it and it gets a little foamy, faint aftertaste

O decent beer but not blowing me away in any areas other then look

way too much money for what it is, 6$+ for a 330ml bottle this will be my only one

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Photo of tonyf55
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the great long neck bottle into a Sam Adam's pint glass (thank you Beer-bash 2011)

Visual (5): Incredible looking lager. Golden hue that is lighter at the bottom of the glass and darker at the top. Very active carbonation over the entirety of the glass. White pillow-y head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Low clarity and foggy. Looks extremely inviting.

Aroma (3.5): Hay & grain malts with a presiding light fresh hop; almost pine-y. Smells very crisp.

Taste (4): Malty lager flavour with a great striking hop balance. The hops are present, as they should be in a pilsener, and give a fresh flavour that is reflective of the nose. Hops tend to hint at almost a fruity bitterness, with the taste lasting on the sides of the tounge

Mouthfeel (3): Mainly dry with a crisp initial touch. Watery overall, but not too easily drinkable. Withholds some complexities on the pallet that are missed in other macro-pilseners.

Overall (4): A pilsener I would have again, if not for the fantastic appearance but also the subtle complexity and fresh flavours. Although not a direct emulation of the Czech style, a fantastic rendition of it.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle

A- Hazy golden, with orange hints if seen through light. Nice, large-bubbled foamy head that has good retention and leaves some lacing as well

S- Pleasantly fresh aroma. The slightest hint of biscuity malts and then strong herbal/floral notes, with lemon showing up as well. Simple but nice and fresh

T- Delicate, mild biscuit malts. Then fresh floral notes and lemon (expecially on the tongue) from the hops. Maybe a hint of pepper. Finishes with a distinct bitterness that stays in the aftertaste and with a slightly astringent/tart feel that does not really fit the beer's overall character

M- Thin body, expecially on the palate. A little more carbonation would have helped. Quite flat and watery to be honest

O- This is supposed to be a refreshing, easy-drinking beer. It is in fact quite drinkable but that bitter/tart finish hides away freshness and leaves you longing for something else to drink

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Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (odd shaped) into a schooner. Interesting to see a craft beer from Italy. Didn't see a best before date. Tasted this one blind without being able to tell actually what it was on the bottle; happily got it right!

A - pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a very fluffy head.

S - nice nose on this one fresh bready malts with some hints of citrus in the background.

T - nice sharp, but not excessive hops attack with a hint of pine and citrus, resolving into a light bready malt finish with enduring bitterness.

M - very light with mild carbonation. Very fresh, with a nice enduring bitterness to keep it at maximum quenching power.

D - superb.

This is a very, very impressive beer. Frankly one of the better Czech Pilsners I've had; can compete with some of the best without a doubt.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sexy fluted, and I suppose, Italian, 330ml bottle. 5% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale yellow colour, with three fingers of thin foamy, puffy white head, which leaves some decent spider web lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of dry biscuit malt, and zingy grassy, earthy hops. The taste is mildly crackery pale malt, and somewhat astringent flowery, weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is a bit below average in strength, the body a stilted medium weight, and just little too hop-affected to be considered out-rightly smooth. It finishes just uno piccolo on the side of off-dry - graininess tinting the noble hop fancifulness.

The label, while completely in Italian, seems to proclaim this as a Kellerbier, or at least inspired by the style. What this far-flung Canuck tastes, is a mix of the two - the hops just aren't Czech Pils-worthy, but we still have a nice crisp malty beer worthy of the boot's northern Euro neighbour.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-straw color, not unlike a Wit. Big, slightly off-white, head has very good retention.

Smell: A nice mix of sweet malts (not quite fruity) and grains. There's just a hint of pepper and yeast in there.

Taste: Initial flavor is of mildly sweet grains and malts. A fairly strong underlying yeast flavor kicks in after that. The aftertaste is slightly tart and biter; seems to be more from yeast than from the hops.

Mouthfeel: A very light-bodied beer with moerate carbonation. A bit grainy as well.

Drinkability: I'm honestly quite surprised at the low ABV; based on the taste I would've expected something higher.

Self-described as "dry, hoppy pale lager" this is a bit more like a tripel, but devoid of any fruit flavors. The flavor becomes quite intense, and a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet. In a tulip.

A: The pils is a golden straw color, maybe a little darker with orange highlights. A half a finger of white head came with the pour, slowly lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is biscuity, light and malty. It doesn't have the sharp hop crispness that I expected (the crisp hops expectation led me to order the moliterno cheese, a pecorino). Luckily the cheese wasn't that sharp, resulting in a nice pairing.

T: Biscuity, the malts stand out. Creamy at times, the pils is slow to transition to the hoppy side. When the hops do arrive, earthen as they are, they don't go wild. Instead the hops are subtle, still clean but not as crisp. The creaminess of the moliterno was surprising, making it work well with this pils.

M: Striking me as more German, the pils is missing the hoppy bite that it really needs. Apart from pairing well with the cheese, it really needs those hops.

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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from this brewery that I tried on my quest to try all of them. It poured very light in body and a really pale yellow in color with a one finger bright white head. It kind of resembles an American pale wheat. The aromas are of pale malts, grass, floral notes, and honey. It actually kind of smells like the pilsner I tried last night. The flavors are very mellow. It's heavy on the pale malt, grass, lemon, honey and has a nice and surprising very dry, hop finish. That came from nowhere after having spent some time on the nose. It's very drinkable for the style. I believe the bottle says it is a dry hopped pale lager. It's not too shabby. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a bit. Some spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: grass, lemon citrus, and some floral hops are easily detectable.

Taste: mild malt profile with some grass, lemon zest, and a noticable Saaz hop bite. Some floral tones arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: nicely refreshing and hoppy version of a Czech Pilsener. Easy to consume this beer, a few could be consumed in a session, but it is a bit expensive to do so.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's go with a hoppy Italian lager. On to the beer:

Slight haze appears in the body, which is the color of hay straw. The head on top is thick and patchy, retaining well and leaving some good spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma....me like. It's a refreshing change of pace from hopped up American-styled beer. Fresh cut grass dominates with a pnch of lemongrass.

The label didn't lie. This is hopped nicely, providing clean cut clipping of fresh grass, just like the aroma. There's just enough malt to provide a thin layer of pale malt sweetness. The bitterness from the hops is there, though controlled, and fades to just a trickle. Carbonation and the "bite" are both surprisingly light; I hoped for just a little more in this. Still, this is enjoyable, drinkable beer from Del Ducato.

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Photo of pioppo
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow with a few fine white and persistent foam. Very clear with no residual!!

S - The classic smells of pils: withe flower, herbaceous by hop and a little of citrus.

T - Herbaceous is evident but come out also a little malty flavour that enrich the beer.

M - A weak body but also an high level of bitterness especially in the aftertaste make this beer a perfect pils!!

D - It's impossible to drink only one pilsner beer if it's made in the right way.. and this is!!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Brasserie V at a recent tasting

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a small chalice - clear golden straw body, light white froth

smell; saaz hops, grassy, light pale malts

taste: After visiting the Czech Republic this summer, i have a newfound appreciation for the czech pilsner style and found it interesting that an italian interpretation was recently offered up. I thought the hops came through a little too bitter for the style. Grassy and herbal, pale bready malts. Interesting, but this is a style i prefer done consistent to the style guidelines

mouthfeel: clean and crisp, herbal, overly bitter

drinkability: good

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Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a beautiful thick, full and pillowy white head.

Fresh banana and fruity pear assertive floral nose.

Semi creamy mouthfeel that is inviting and appealing but short.

Flavors are layered and somewhat complex of lightly bitter malted fruit and yeast that gives way to a big and long pine/grapefruit bitter finish and a pilsner back end.

Not a typical Pilsner but it does have that Pilsner bite or snap to it with perhaps some complexities that are unexpected. Nice beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very odd Czech pilsner. Beer is yellow and very hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is grassy and lemony with some lactic acid in there. Quite a strong aroma, funky sour, for a pilsner.

Its strongly bitter and tart with a hint of basement funk in the palate, its bretty. Odd, very odd, for a pilsner. Its quite enjoyable though, nice change of pace, very interesting beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head with great lace.

S: Noble Saaz, classic nose very grassy/herbal.

T: Saaz hop bitterness is plentiful and delicious. Backed by just enough bready malt. This is trademark well-made pilsner.

M: Crisp and clean. Light-bodied and refreshing. Elegant.

D: This a very good pilsner beer and I'm glad I tried it. Ducato knows what they're doing. Price is what really hurts me having this again, I like it, but will I really buy it when I can get a similar experience from Budvar, Rebel or Prima at 1/6 of the price.

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Photo of vacax
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored, thin but sticky compact white head, looks nice for a Czech Pils. Aroma is quite delicate, but there is a very pleasant noble hop aroma there with a bit of malt behind it. Would score much higher in aroma if it were more intense. Flavor is floral with light perfumey hops, fairly assertive moderate bitterness on the back end is a bit unexpected, finishing nice and crisp. Really quite a nice little pilsener here, delicate yet refined. Feel is quite light, fairly intense carbonation, very refreshing. Very nice and refreshing beer, easy to drink for the layman in its subtleness, yet elegantly crafted.

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Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the custom bottles from these guys, its got to up the price on these beers though.

Via Emillia pours a light orange/yellow color with a small bubbly white head. Good hop character in the nose. Good balance thoughout, grainy pale malt sits nicely with a big grassy/herbal hop bitterness. Light in body, good carbonation and very refreshing. Would drink large quantities of these beers if it wasnt for the price tag. Very well made stuff here.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden honey orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy off white head that very slowly receeds

Slightly floral aroma with earthy hops, citrus fruit, honey, yeast/bread and solid malt backbone.

Bitter floral hops with yeasty/bready creamy medium body. Light crisp fruit apple and pear with some citrus notes. Biscuity caramel malt backbone with slight honey presence. The floral hops are pretty strong and linger over all of these flavors into a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy yellow, white foamy head, hints of which stick around for the whole glass, some lacing.

Nose is fruity, lemony citrus, just a hint of spiciness - unusually fragant for a pils.

Taste is very much a showcase of grassy, slightly herbal hops, which emerge alongside the subtle slightly crisp malt, almost wheaty, and then stick around in all its grassy, floral glory. Crisp finish maintains the grassy hops, moving towards a palate coating light bitterness. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a completely clear, golden color with a tall and bright head (white). The beer is floral and spicy in the aroma - not over-done, but there's plenty of Saaz and a decided freshness about the beer. The taste is bready and a touch sweet in front. Herbal hop notes creep in by mid-taste, and the beer finishes a little malty (it could have a more crisp and bitter finish). Nice body...appropriate. This is a very drinkable and very approachable pils. Respectable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft pour fills my 25cl tulip glass to the rim with three fingers of a frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer has a nice gold copper hue to it that shows a lightly hazed, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a maltiness to it that makes me think of a well made Bohemian pilsner. Sort of caramelized malt, perhaps a hint of butterscotch as well as a dry toasty grain note. The hops aren't overly expressive, but do provide a soft spiciness, and a hint of herbal notes, though this is definitely more on the spicy side of the spectrum at this point.

Lightly sweet up front, this is quickly cut by a lively carbonation and a dry, herbal, hop bitterness in the finish. This is fairly light bodied, more in line with a German Pilsener, but does have some malt texture to it. This has a touch of buttery malt to it in the middle as well as a faint, toffee like character. There is definitely a nice herbal hop character that runs throughout the flavor profile. The hop notes are herbal and a touch pine like up front, it picks up a bit of spiciness and even some pepper through the middle and into a long, spicy finish.

This is a nice beer, I like that the hop character is still so expressive. I would have really like to try this fresh as I have a feeling both the malt and hop character was more expressive and interesting.

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Photo of nick76
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very nice with lots of grassy and floral hops. The malt is there but its light and sweet. There is also a slight plastic element. The appearance is hazy gold with a fluffy head. The flavor is like the aroma but not as good. The palate is thin. Overall it has a nice smell and look but not such a great taste.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as this was enjoyed by me back on Sunday 8/24/08.

Had this on-tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. The bartender, who is quite knowledgeable about beer indeed (especially about the ones served where he works), told me this beer is at Italian take on a pale ale, and did not say anything about it being a Czech style pilsener. Served to me in a tulip glass. Draws a fairly cloudy, solid medium golden color with a white head a good inch thick when served, settling to a good 1/2 inch. Lots of little bubbles rising up the top of the beer. Great head retention and lacing. Aromas of hops, citrus, and perhaps some hints of maple or brown sugar. Maybe a hint of banana. Cascade hop bitterness flavors upfront followed by some roasted malty sweetness and hints of maple and brown sugar. Has a very dry aftertaste. Also a very slight touch of spice present. Has a slightly crisp, very creamy, frothy light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Good stuff. Certainly unique to this palate and totally unlike any Czech style pilsener I have ever had before, which is why I certainly question if that is indeed the correct style for this beer to be classified as, as it currently is in this website's database.


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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.