ViaEmilia - Birrificio Del Ducato
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3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
on tap at Brasserie V at a recent tasting
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
10-31-2010 16:04:17 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
09-29-2010 04:09:36 | More by GRG1313
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
09-08-2010 17:42:16 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
05-11-2010 20:29:59 | More by Halcyondays
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
05-08-2010 19:11:02 | More by vacax
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-21-2010 17:35:33 | More by ATPete
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-25-2009 05:37:10 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-22-2009 12:59:38 | More by JohnQVegas
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-04-2009 19:48:59 | More by Suds
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-14-2009 03:03:29 | More by Gueuzedude
3.05/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
12-08-2008 10:00:43 | More by nick76
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
09-02-2008 04:11:58 | More by neenerzig
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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...
08-20-2008 14:44:05 | More by John_M
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
05-19-2008 05:32:14 | More by RblWthACoz
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
11-03-2007 10:24:31 | More by stcules
ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.