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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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Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of nick76
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of dpvatty
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of stcules
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored yellow, decent head, some bubbles. Appearance quite carbonated.
In the smell acacia hony, herbal notes, quite hoppy and fresh. Some floreal notes, also. Artisanal, in the positive way.
Quite hoppy taste, with some unripeness hint (green nuts?). Again acacia honey, a lot, but all well balanced by the hop fresh notes.
Very clean, fresh, drinkable.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tonyf55
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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.

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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
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