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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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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.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.23/5  rDev -37%
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.

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.

Photo of GClarkage
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Bandi
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Sspeer1
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BreweryRun
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of uturn
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of patto1ro
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow colour with a dense white head. Coriander, grass and pine aroma. bitter taste with wood and grass aromas; very bitter finish with coriander, pine, wood and clove aromas.

Nicely bitter. The coriander and clove flavours give away the use of the Ij house top-fermenting yeast. It used to be bottom-fermenting, but problems with cross-contamination made them swap to their normal top yeast. An interesting, if not particulalrly authentic, take on a Pils.

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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is being marketed as a lager/pilsener type of beer, while it is top-fermented. One could argue about the origin of these types of beers, but IMO a lager should be bottom-fermented.
Ok, let''s review, a turbid orange brown beer with a stable head. Smell of nice hops, fruity and a little sharp-edged from the hop and a mild sourness. A nice smell.
Taste was different than the smell which is a bit harsh. There was the solid hop and malt-base, but unfortunatelly there was a taste of rotten flowerwater. I tasted it after the beer warmed up and it was not very upfront, but it certainly was noticable.
I could not review this as a lager, it is more a blond beer, with some lager characteristics.

Photo of John
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow...interesting and bold interpretation of the pilsner style. Cloudy yellow/gold with floating yeasty chunks. Herbal, grassy, citrusy aroma. Big hop bitterness...almost to the point of sourness. Or is it the yeast? I'm not sure if this level of bitterness is unwelcome or not?? This is unlike any other beer. Heavy, slick mouthfeel. Very intriguing beer from an adventurous brewery. 5% abv.

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odd, retro looking 11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy, pale yellow color, with an enormous white, rocky, head. Lots of carbonation is apparent with hundreds of tiny bubbles apparent in the body. Excellent head retention and massive patches of lace. Some sediment is observed in the bottom of the glass.
Nose features straw, banana, vague spices, and black pepper.
The active carbonation teases the mouth and a peppery hop bite stings the tongue.
Saaz type hops are fronting the taste, and grassy hay, lemony citrus, and pale malt all are begging your attention. Finish is bitter, with an herbal, almost medicinal, hops aftertaste.
An interesting German style pilsener from the Netherlands. Worth a try, for anyone who likes the style.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of page101
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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Plzeň from Brouwerij 't IJ
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