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ViaEmilia - Birrificio Del Ducato

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86
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 11-03-2007)
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Reviews by mmmbirra:
Photo of mmmbirra
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

mmmbirra, May 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Griffith, May 07, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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

dirtylou, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

akorsak, May 12, 2011
Photo of vacax
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

vacax, May 08, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mendvicdog, May 13, 2013
Photo of aasher
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

aasher, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Cozzatoad, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bumchilly25, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of MrHyde1886
4/5  rDev +5.3%

MrHyde1886, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Gavage, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer menu at Max's refers to this as a dry hopped pale lager, but I'm pretty sure it's the same beer described here.

My impression was that this would likely be akin to some typical american style macro swill, but in fact it looks a bit better then that. The beer pours a light gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is also a bit better then your typical macro lager, though not a lot better. Still, aside from the predictable corn aroma, I also get some intriguing ginger and wheat. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though in all fairness it's not half bad. The beer is surprisingly flavorful, and is also very crisp and refreshing. There is also a slight honey component along with the ginger and white pepper.

While nothing special, I enjoyed this beer. It was very crisp and refreshing, and would be an excellent choice to quench one's thirst after a warm day of yard word or, yes, mowing the lawn. Not bad at all...

John_M, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Suds, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of HopStoopid120
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HopStoopid120, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of ATPete
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ATPete, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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

wordemupg, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Lare453, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged orange gold with a sizeable off-white head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

Nose is slight dough and minor fruits.

Flavor is basically like a standard old lager. Seems like there is an inky aftertaste, which isn't all too inspiring. Minor biting citrus on there. Seems a bit "dirty" really. Something about it makes me think of octopus ink, but not in a good way. And I have had that before on ceviche and it was nice. This is just, bleh.

Feel has a bit of a biting carbonation that seems to keep attacking even after I have finished my sip.

Overall this is a mediocre beer at best. With such a seriously thought out bit of packaging, you really need to be focusing on delivering a good beer. Especially for the price.

This beer has ended my long standing habit of buying whatever beers are out there regardless of price. If I am going to be dropping such serious coin on something, the brewery really needs to deliver.

RblWthACoz, May 19, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

mithrascruor, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

corby112, Aug 25, 2009
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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.