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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 DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DRBiser, May 15, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +5.3%

pixieskid, Oct 03, 2012
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.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2009
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 NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

NightINgale, Nov 08, 2014
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 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 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 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.

nick76, Dec 08, 2008
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 DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

DoktorZee, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of hoppecatania
4/5  rDev +5.3%

hoppecatania, Sep 04, 2014
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.

tonyf55, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of MrHyde1886
4/5  rDev +5.3%

MrHyde1886, Oct 31, 2012
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
Photo of pioppo
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!

pioppo, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of dpvatty
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

dpvatty, Jun 25, 2014
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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.