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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 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.

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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...

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 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 Lare453
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

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 mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.