Na Zdraví - Southern Oregon Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
Appearance: Pours straw yellow with faint amber highlights. Thin dissipating head.
Aroma: Sweet malty, grain, slight bread, very inviting
Flavor: Crisp w/ moderate sweetness. Grainy pils malt flavor. Very clean and drinkable. moderately low body with subtle bitterness and noble hop flavor.
Overall: A very good, clean, drinkable pilsner. I really can't find any flaws. It may be a touch sweeter than expected, but it's very well balanced and a great American-brewed Pilsner.
01-08-2012 06:05:23 | More by chemicalcraig
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a dark straw yellow, with a half finger head that dissipates into light fizz that sits on top for the entire glass. Nose is grass and hay, some floral hops, banana, and citrus. Taste starts with a faint taste of hay, then moves in with grains, grass, sugar cookie, and finishes smooth with a small lingering aftertaste of wheat. Mouthfeel is heavier than your standard pils, more in line with an imp pils. Overall the best beer I've had from SOB, a solid flavorful pils.
05-25-2010 02:04:34 | More by squaremile
4.05/5 rDev +6%
On tap at Bier One today.
The beer pours the expected solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all pilsner goodness, in this case showcasing bread dough, light honey and white pepper. On the palate this beer is every bit as good, and I was impressed by the amount of flavor and hoppy bitterness I got from this 4.8% abv. beer. This is really a well balanced, well crafted pils, and drinkability is just excellent. The pint I had at Bier One was gone before I knew it. So light, crisp and flavorful... what's not to like?
Really, whenever I have a beer like this, the first thought that crosses my mind is why the big boys at BMC can't make their beers this flavorful. Alcohol is low and drinkability is high, yet the beer delivers so much more flavor than the crap from BMC. Regardless, this is a very nice beer from the folks at S.O.B.
05-01-2011 01:34:02 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Hadn't seen this bottle before (or maybe I had - all SOB bottles tend to look the same unless one reads the style label below the logo...); found some 22's at The Hop & Vine and decided to give this a test drive. Poured to a standard pint, paired with a couple ears of boiled corn. Yeah, it's that kind of night...
By the way, Na Zdraví is Czech for 'Cheers'...
A: Almost clear honey-golden, glows beautifully. Upon close inspection, a finest-of-fine silt hangs in suspension; otherwise a few swirling bubbles are the only things breaking the clarity. Short head, a 1/2-finger or so of creamy, dimpled whiteness. Drooping ropes of broken lace.
S: Malty aroma typical of this variety of pilsner: spicy and dry, this one has a fair amount of fruit (apple) and a musty grassiness that actually made me sneeze.
T: Cracker-dry maltiness, a zesty sourdough. Traces of honeyed sweetness and the crisp and tart apples found in the aroma, then it's more dry grass, dulled spices. A rather tasty one, likable for it's changes and subtleties.
M: Chilled from the fridge, the feel is bright and crisp, airy. A sharp spicing in the finish isn't too bitter, drawing the cheeks very slightly with a creeping hoppiness. I let this sit and linger for a while, enjoying the bottle over about 45 minutes; later sips were much creamier and decidedly malty on the 'sourdough' side. Ends with a drawn out bittering.
D: Cool to find another well-made Northwest Pilsner... coupled with the likes of Hopworks and Heater-Allen, this is a good trend! Not mind-blowing, yet oh-so-easy to drink. Perfectly sessionable and overwhelmingly refreshing. For $4, sure I'd grab another one from time to time...certainly worth a try.
09-03-2009 03:45:10 | More by msubulldog25
3.99/5 rDev +4.5%
very nice, eastern-european style lager. to me eastern euro lager means lager with some flavor and this has it. In fact its a bit different from other east europe lagers Ive had. It has a little sour or dirty flavor and smell. Dirty not like a dirt smell but more like a vinegar smell, in a good way. Almost hinting on a belgian flair of flavor. Over all, very good, drinkable, light, crisp, flavorful beer.
Also beautiful color and haziness. About as nice as it gets with a lager beer
05-24-2013 03:44:41 | More by yazoo
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a Pilsner glass.
Appearance: nice golden-yellow hue with a bit of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.
Smell: rich, sweet malt with a subtle but distinct noble hop aroma. Clean, light and without error -- just what I want in a Pilsner.
Taste: clean malt with a crisp, fresh and biting noble hop flavor and bitterness. The cleanliness on this is superb; it's a very tasty beer.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very good level of carbonation and nice creaminess. I like it.
Overall: this is a great Pilsner. It's hard to gush about such a subtle style of beer, but this is a clean, crisp and error-free brew.
10-14-2011 22:42:27 | More by flagmantho
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
No date on the bottle, so no idea how fresh this is.
Pours a very light, thin, clear, slightly golden yellow. Solid, fluffy pure white head, with nice retention and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation visible as streams of bubbles.
Smell is mostly pilsner malts and grassy hops, clean and crisp. Has a slightly pungent vegetable smell in the background, like a pile of wet cut hay.
Taste is of light grainy malts with that soft bitterness of low-acid hops, not biting but smooth and liquidy twang. Lots of rounded grain and grassy flavors. Finish is light and mildly sweet, kinda watery.
Mouthfeel quite light and fresh, with good medium-high carbonation. Finishes quickly, rather dry.
A very nice pilsner. The flavors are mild, as expected, but it's tasty, very refreshing, and with a nice balance of malts and vegetal hops. Has a variety of grassy flavors, sorta like chewing your way through an overgrown field (but in a good way). Stays tasty even as it warms up to room temp.
07-03-2011 07:25:27 | More by zeledonia
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Served from a tallboy can into a pilsner glass
A- Poured a clear light golden color with massive fluffy white head that left tons of webbed lacing.
S- Big bready malt, some floral sweetness, lemon, and spicy notes with mild bitterness on the finish.
T- Big pilsner malt and bready notes, pretty big grapelike and lemon fruity notes, some spicy notes, and light grassy hop notes.
M- High carbonation, smooth, lighter to medium body, and mostly dry.
O- A very enjoyable and balances pilsner. It leans a little on the sweeter side than hoppy side with lots of nice pilsner malt flavor.
12-17-2013 05:59:05 | More by Hoptometrist
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from tap. Pours a nice clear gold color that is exactly how one wants a pilsner to look.
Very fresh and aromatic pilsner with aromas of crackers, grains, and some fresh baked biscuits. More high-toned, but on the spot for what I want.
Excellent light and crisp feel. Tasty with flavors of crackers, grains and some noble hops.
A real delicious pilsner. Perfect lower abv and insanely drinkable.
06-27-2012 17:38:48 | More by KDawg
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured into Hard Rock pilsener class, 8.6.12.
Crystal clear deep gold body, bevy of fast rising small bubbles, one finger pure white head, medium dissipation with no lacing. Sweetish aroma from the nose, floral hops. Taste is a bit sweet up front leading to floral hops which were subsumed a bit by the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, above average effervescence and a fairly dry finish. Not bad, but not on the level of Moonlight Reality Czech, IMHO the best American interpretation of the style.
08-07-2012 03:30:35 | More by jdense
3.63/5 rDev -5%
22 oz bottle from Capital market, Salem. Appearace? The usual pale golden lager..the head is nice and thick/frothy though. Aroma is quite musty in a strange semi-barnyard cheese way..actually sharp doughy if that makes sense. Tste is mainlly semi-sweet honey and cream..very little hops at all.Just a touch in the end..very sweet malt driven. The palate was quite enjoyable, not too thin and not over carbonated. Overall a pleasing beer, but not amoung the representation of the style
06-06-2010 15:28:24 | More by Reidrover
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber, into a wine glass (fundraiser dinner, no choice on glassware!)
Pours a slightly-hazy straw color. Pretty nice head, retention not great, but it hung around through the end of the glass. As other reviewers have noted - the smell is a bit of a enigma. The obvious spicy pilsener quality to the hop profile, but there's an undertone that's somewhat earthy, almost grassy hint to it. Not bad, just unique.
Taste is somewhat reserved for the style. I'd like a bit more assertiveness on the hops. The earthy characteristic could work well, but it needs more than the malt profile to back it up. The grainy-ness needs that hop punch to clean-up the back end.
Overall - my favorite SOB to date. I'd love to see our local boys put it all together. Hopefully a step in the right direction.
04-18-2011 06:44:31 | More by robbrandes
Na Zdraví from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.