ViaEmilia - Birrificio Del Ducato
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4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-03-2014 22:55:25 | More by mmmbirra
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-05-2012 13:57:15 | More by dbrauneis
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
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
11-27-2011 07:01:03 | More by wordemupg
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-07-2011 01:01:44 | More by tonyf55
3.38/5 rDev -10.8%
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
10-31-2011 14:17:07 | More by Cozzatoad
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-18-2011 22:37:13 | More by DoktorZee
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
09-16-2011 01:50:06 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-02-2011 02:09:30 | More by mithrascruor
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
05-12-2011 01:33:29 | More by akorsak
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
04-15-2011 03:33:51 | More by aasher
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
04-11-2011 12:04:09 | More by Gavage
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-10-2011 06:05:38 | More by DoubleJ
3.98/5 rDev +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!!
01-18-2011 21:17:47 | More by pioppo
ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.