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Plzeň - Brouwerij 't IJ

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PlzeňPlzeň

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BA SCORE
81
good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Plzeň goes to show that a beer doesn’t need a lot of alcohol to be special. With its fine, hoppy flavour, this 5% blond beer can certainly hold its own against the stronger beers. Brewed only from pale barley malt, this is a floral beer with delightful, hoppy aromas of hay and fresh grass. Deliciously dry, with a long-lasting aftertaste. We named the beer after the Czech town of Plzeň, from which Pilsner beers originate. Despite that, our Plzeň is not a Pilsner; it is a refreshing, bitter, top-fermented beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2014 00:29:24 | More by outoffocus
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uturn

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-17-2014 21:07:08 | More by uturn
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-11-2014 19:05:03 | More by bostonryan
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andy1701

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-03-2014 20:28:12 | More by andy1701
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-21-2014 15:33:32 | More by vermilcj
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benfons

Belgium

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale yellow colour, thin but dense head, lots of bubbles rising up

S: grassy hops, hints of malt

T: clean, just grassy hops, nice bitter finish

M: enough body for a lager, nice carbonation

O: clean crisp lager, nice hoppy finish, good drinkability

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:24:33 | More by benfons
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DeanMoriarty

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-13-2013 17:12:14 | More by DeanMoriarty
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cb8282

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-21-2013 00:34:48 | More by cb8282
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metter98

New York

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of herbal and grassy hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: it feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy for the style and the grassiness is unique but it goes down rather easily.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 21:33:32 | More by metter98
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Bandi

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-16-2013 20:43:56 | More by Bandi
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Elbrownbag

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-13-2013 19:17:29 | More by Elbrownbag
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-09-2013 22:53:25 | More by safaricook
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-26-2013 13:00:12 | More by dcbeers
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laurastradford

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-20-2013 20:08:01 | More by laurastradford
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-15-2012 18:23:03 | More by AlexM
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page101

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-04-2012 20:19:22 | More by page101
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kja157

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

03-19-2012 21:34:09 | More by kja157
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-light gold cloudy body and a white head.

S-light grain and yeasty presence.

T-sweet light grain front, astringent bitter hop finish

M-light

D-A bit too coarse for me. Okay but just not for me. I would not drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:50:42 | More by jneiswender
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crossovert

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.

Pours a pale gold with a big foamy bright white head that leaves some decent lacing and sticks for a while. The name of this beer reminds me of Pilsen, but this is a top-fermenter.

The smell has a hint of golden raisin and spiciness, perhaps form the hops. I have to give it a lower score though cause it isn't all that appetizing.

The taste is sweet, with a malt presence, I don't taste much hops besides a slight spicy bitterness int he end but nothing much really.

It isn't something too special, this brewery does better.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:50:43 | More by crossovert
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emerge077

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Insane amount of rapid carbonation. Immediately the foam built up in the bottle, and in the glass created a souffle type head, of the finest, creamiest variety. Just as nice as Duvel, if not better. Pale hazy yellow, it looked more like a Wit. Dense coating of lace. inside the glass.

Dusty grains, Orval spice (Brett), clover, signature Belgian pale character.

Earthy vegetal dried hops, citrus, thyme, sage, pepper. Soda crackers and dried flowers. A bone dry finish. Super clean and refreshing. If ever there was an import doppelgänger to Bam Biere, this would be it.

I was hooked on this stuff after finding it at Spuyten Duyvil, and finally was able to buy some to provide this review. Label notes: Rounded corner decal, looked newer that other t'IJ labels i've seen in the past. Make sure your bottle is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:20:41 | More by emerge077
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Yellow color, good lasting white head, semi-hazy, good rising carbonation.

S- Some mint, hops, hay, with a good malt character.

T- light and grassy, not offensive, a touch of bitterness upon the finish gives it a nice hop note.

M- very light, no body to speak of really

D- Very good

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 18:26:14 | More by ATPete
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Dukeofearl

California

1.85/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. in June 2007 for $4.59.

I have a great respect for the beers of this brewery, and I finally found one that was undrinkable. I didn't even keep notes on this one, which was hoppy bitter but in the worst possible way. I started it cold, and thought that was a problem, so I let it warm and open up, but that didn't help at all. I poured about 2/3 of it down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:09:49 | More by Dukeofearl
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GClarkage

California

2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

07/07/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on top of the cap. Poured into my Toubadour tulip.

Appearance- Clouded yellow colored pour. Overflowing and heaping white chunky head. It just kept growing and growing until a huge bubble popped in the botom of the head and then it sunk dramatically. Leaves nice chunk and bits 'o lace behind.

Smell- Heavy almost sour yeasty nose. Maybe a bit of dull citrus as well.

Taste- Possible oxidized brew here. Not sour, but not far from it. A bit of wet cardboard, some musty yeast with a bit of spices entangled in between. I hesitated, but it ended up as a drain pour.

Mouthfeel- A bit dry and somewhat tart. Not a good aftertaste and a medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not really my favorite style to begin with, even though this was a bad bottle, I will probabaly not try to seek it out again. Just wanted to try as many of the beers from this brewery as possible. When I saw four different ones from John's I hadn't had before, I snagged them all regardless of style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 16:06:37 | More by GClarkage
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GooberMcNutly

Florida

2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour was large with good carbonation and a big, self sustaining head. Color was straw but cloudy and turbid. Aroma started off with a lambic and sour apple aroma with a sweet bite. Palate started out sour and lambic like with a rich acidic overtone on the biscuity malt backbone. Finished dry and cardboardy, probably oxidized.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 14:56:09 | More by GooberMcNutly
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a Stella Artois pokal glass. Body is a cloudy, turbid yellow that contains an absolute storm of carbonation that rages in the body for quite some time - a very active beer. A couple of inches of thick, foamy white head linger for the duration, forming marshmallow peaks as the beer is consumed. Aroma of funky, herby Belgian yeast, light pilsner malt, a touch of noble hops, and light spices. Palate is interesting - pilsner malt and light noble hops blend nicely into what initially appears to be a normal Euro pilsner. The nuances of the yeast jump out with force mid-palate, letting loose peppery notes and hints of rosemary and sage, along with the slightest tinge of raw vegetables on the finish. Body is lively and well-carbonated, with a touch of creaminess from the head. An intensely interesting and immensely drinkable ale from one of the strangest breweries in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 05:21:39 | More by ElGordo
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Plzeň from Brouwerij 't IJ
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.