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Plzeň - Brouwerij 't IJ

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PlzeňPlzeň

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81
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.95%
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: 37 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

BreweryRun, Sep 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Sspeer1, Sep 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

millelacsmark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

uturn, Apr 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bostonryan, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

andy1701, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of benfons
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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

benfons, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

cb8282, May 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

metter98, Apr 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Bandi, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

Elbrownbag, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

safaricook, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

dcbeers, Jan 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

laurastradford, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

AlexM, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

page101, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

kja157, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jneiswender
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of crossovert
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

crossovert, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

emerge077, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
1.85/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

Dukeofearl, Jul 15, 2007
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Plzeň from Brouwerij 't IJ
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.