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Old School Pilsener - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Old School PilsenerOld School Pilsener

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the brew master’s favorite is designed to please the most avid craft beer drinker. A lot of time and effort goes into making this beer. German malts, Czech hops and special lager yeast are used to make this as authentic as possible. Our water is engineered to be as close to the water used in the Czech Republic as possible. The beer is then lagered for one month for all flavors to come together.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 04-19-2009)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
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4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 12/18/09

6/17/09 etched on the bottle

Mellow hue of faded yellow with highlights of gold. One finger of white foam; 50% holds after a few minutes. Thin layer of retention throughout with nice rings of lace.

Very earthy aroma; hints of hop bitterness upfront, grains, hay & grass. Muted notes of lemon & dry malt undertones. The aromas are smooth & rather subtle, though they are quite pleasant. Hints of wheat. Has almost a flowery or pollen-like quality.

Saaz hops offer a spicy bitterness that is immediately apparent. Thankfully the hoppiness is the strong suit & is notable from start to finish of each sip. In a more supportive role are hay, grains & wheat. There grassy notes similar to those in the nose.

Basically light bodied with reasonably vigorous carbonation. Said carbonation makes the hop bitterness all the more enjoyable. Earthy notes on the finish.

I was quite pleased with this one; very tasty & enjoyable. I can only imagine how good it would be if the date on the bottle weren't half a year ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 03:28:08 | More by Ryan011235
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent straw color. Descent head on the pour but performs a rapid and complete vanishing act, leaving not a trace behind.

Floral, fruity and grassy notes in the nose.

Flavor is more fruity than many other pilsners with lemon zest and mango. Malt is mellow and smooth with bready tones. Quick snap of fresh grassy hop bitterness. Well balanced.

Light to medium bodied and crisp. Just a tad undercarbonated.

Solid pilsner. Glad to see a relatively new brewery come out with a good example of a style which seems to be lost in a world of craft ale brewers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 05:22:38 | More by bnes09
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3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fresh grain and hint of sweetness.

T: Taste of caramel sweetness, some citrus and touch of honey. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body. crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, nice take on a Czech Pils. Another good beer from a small regional brewer.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a hazed gold with a foamy bright white head.

The smell is okay. Yeast, pleasant bready malts, and a hint of noble hops.

The flavor is decent. It is too sweet for the style but overall it is pleasant.

This is one of the closer pilseners to the Czech variety you will find brewed in the US.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:43:47 | More by crossovert
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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The aroma is of fresh cut straw, witha strong metallic quality. Throw in some hints of tobacco too.

Taste wise, it seems pretty in synch with the aroma.

Feels light in body, mildly carbonated, and leaves the palate refreshed.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C- Pale yellow but a little hazy, far from crystal clear.
S- The smell is only a faint trace of mild lemony hops.
T- Taste is the same as the smell. Very light on the hops, should have a little more of a hop bite.
M- Very light and dry.
O- Not a bad beer, misses on a some of the Czech Pils characteristics. It must be a good summertime quencher.

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11-23-2011 22:06:13 | More by confer
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2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed, medium gold body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Scant scent of pils and lightly malted barley giving a small, small touch of light caramel, breadiness and backed with an ineffectual sniff of noble hops.

Taste: Pils malts with a sliver honey, nearing a twinge of caramel sweetness. Rather low noble hop character and bitterness, both a bit underpowered, leaving it to close out a bit sweetish at the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a bit humdrum. Just sayin'!

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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & crackery notes

T: Follows the nose, some grassy hop notes & a touch of pear up front. Pear & apple skin mingle with crackery notes & grassy hops as this warms, slight metallic hop twang as well. Finishes crisp, bitter & crackery

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty decent balance

Drinkable enough, but not a great Czech Pils by any means

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:00:33 | More by russpowell
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3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack of this @ Casey's General Store in St. Genevieve, MO for $7.99. Put 5 in a cooler for Memorial Day and kept one to review. Poured from the 12oz bottle into my Mizzou Pilsner glass. Has no B.O.D. but does say to "Serve Cold" on the side!

Aroma- Very nice grainy smell with a maltiness that backs it up with hints of sugar. Clean lager smell!

Appearance- Pours a golden and clear body with 3 fingers of head. Stays frothy and the retention was great! Leaves tons of lace that is thick.

Flavor- Strong, strong, strong! Starts off with a ton of malt but then has a caramel/brown sugar finish. WAY to sweet for this style. Am wondering if this should be a Czech Pilsner?

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Rich, Creamy, and has the brown sugar aftertaste still. Wondering where this comes in? Nice though.

Overall Impression- We used to sell the Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley @ the Wolf Public House. This brewery has a very nice line of brews. I was able to bring 4 back from St. Genevieve and am excited to try all of them. This particular pilsner was much too sweet and had a huge amount of brown sugar/malt for this particular beer.

Serving type: bottle

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2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale to medium gold, with a slight cast of haze, and a moderate white frothy head with decent retention.

Aroma-Light grainy malts blend with moderately low notes of hops, but are overtaken by notes of butter (diacetyl) and corn (DMS). Light fruity esters present as well.There are some redeeming notes, but on the whole, the buttered corn aroma really isn't doing it for me.

Flavor-Better than the aroma but still not great. Up front the buttery diacetyl rears its ugly head again, but its blunted a bit by a sort of mineral quality and some moderately low hop flavor/bitterness. However, in the finish, the corny DMS comes out and the buttery flavor returns.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some slickness is contributed by the diacetyl.

Simply put, this beer was not good. Pilsners are supposed to be clean and free of ester and other yeast characters, showcasing malt and hop flavors. Unfortunately, this one was a bit messy, and not one I'll be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:28:29 | More by plfahey
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more orange than usual, healthy head to style (2 fingers) with adequate retention. Pretty standard, just a hue or two darker than most I've seen and the head could be a little bigger. Could be my pour, though.

Pale malt, though a little toasty so perhaps some good imported German malt? A little something darker, some vienna or a touch of munich perhaps? It the sour bitterness from hops or acetaldehyde? Or just some super lemony yeast? Also some toffee and in the nose. Odd...

Super-malty! Maltiest pilsner that I have ever had, I think. Not just malty (sweet), but malty, like malt powder. Also some toast (definitely munich) and what I would assume is some minty hops like N. Brewer or Perle. Low bitterness and high flavor make the hops in this one quite tasty.

Fine mouth. Nothing out of the ordinary and in fact the carbonation is a bit biting which is good depending on the weather if you ask me.

Surprisingly complex, this one tastes too much like it should be a vienna type lager. A vienna blonde or a blonde vienna, it doesn't have that delicate pilsner constitution. I believe this one fits in between styles and while well balanced and very flavorful, though it does not taste or smell like a traditional pislner.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 03:24:01 | More by tapman
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a light golden straw color with a pluming fizzy head that drops to about a half inch. Cereal and straw come through in the nose of the beer. There's a surprising amount of flavor in the beer. There are clear notes of lemongrass along with some clean bitterness coming through with some hints of light malted sweetness. Crisp and dry finish - quite refreshing. I'm not really a fan of the pilsner style of beer but this one exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 22:37:23 | More by eclaycamp
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Old School Pilsener from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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