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Sylvan Springs - Valkyrie Brewing

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Sylvan SpringsSylvan Springs

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BA SCORE
78
okay

12 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-17-2002)
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Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pale gold and sits a bright gold in the glass, amber tinge. Good sized creamy white head holds strong and boasts some fair lacings around the glass, stays on deck the whole time.

Aroms is lightly fruity with hints of apple, pear and golden raisins. Leafy, mildly spicy hop twang in the background.

Tastes faintly sweet up front, solid malt base. Crisp and dry pils malt dominates. Nice, lightly spicy hop dosage boasts some pepper and grassy flavors. Finish is well-bittered, malts still holding on strong.

Soft and creamy in the mouth, solid carbonation. Light to medium-light in body and totally refreshing. I would call this a solid beer. Just in time for some warm weather too.

Skidz, May 14, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium yellow and clear in presntation. Middling flat white head of about 30 seconds in duration. Laces are simple and sparse on the glass. Light aroma, some senses of sharp lemon grass. Mouthfeel is flat and heavy, hardly Bohemian Style Pilsner in mode. Malt is fairly decent, grassy and felt-like, some Ritz cracker qualities that may be over butttery for style. Slight hope spice. The beer could use some carbonation to better evaluate it -- as is, ordinary and just laying there in the glass.

ADR, May 26, 2005
Photo of cokes
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This newer batch seems cleaned up a bit.
Clear -which is a good thing- toasted yellow.
Aroma of grain and dust and sweet potatoes.
Pale malts upfront. Dusty hued as are most of Viking's brews. Mild corn (?) sweetness. Cobwebs and sawdust. Not much hopping.
Light bodied.
Ok. Barely.
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original review (score 1.8)

Viking is way off with this one.
Pours a totally clouded peach-colored fluid. Almost opaque. Tiny white foamy head that goes away quickly. This looks absolutely nothing like a pils. More like a sediment-filled weiss.
Very little on the nose. Some dough notes and some slight citric fruitiness.
Comes into the mouth with a soggy doughy malts. Mushy yeast off-flavor enter next and completely dominates the taste profile. Lightly grainy with a somewhat spicy hop bite, but this is all covered by the wet blanket of musty, mushy slop.
Lacks any sort of crispness. Very soft in the mouth.
It can be consumed, as long as you don't consider it a pilsener.
As far as the style goes, it can't get much worse.

cokes, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So the bottle said "Bohemian Style Pilsner", which is what snagged me.

Poured into a Mestansky pokal glass, several fingers of foam billow atop a fizzy golden body.

Smell is barely there, wondering if there was any hops to begin with.

Taste is pretty average and inoffensive. Pale malt, not much hop to speak of. Bland and watery. Pass on this for a better Pilsner.

emerge077, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

light hazed gold color, head pours out to a 1/2" head. Smells lightly malty and grainy. Slight citrus flavors, along with yeasty and malty flavors. Somewhat blacnd, not a lot of hos present, either. Mouthfeel is the Viking level of flatness I have known to expect from the brewery. Ok drinkability.

TastyTaste, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says pilsner, the site says macro style, whatever you call it, I'm just glad it hasn't had that sour thing going on with the latest batch of Viking brews. Pours a nice gold with decent head and lots of spotty lacing down the glass. Aroma is weak, very weak, a bit buttery if anything, some malt thrown in there, decent but weak. Taste is better, just pilsner tasting, nothing special. Mouth is actually pretty decent, good body and carbonation. Overall, I'm just glad that one of the slew of Vikings I bought was good, a pretty decent beer.

objectivemonkey, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of brakspear
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer misses the mark for a Bohemian Style Pilsener. It pours a nice and clear dark gold/orange with a soft white head...not sticky but reduces quickly.

The aroma, which should define the style is missing the Saaz hop spiciness...what is left is a bread-like malt aroma and a pungent sweetness and tanginess...no crispness.

The taste is again missing the characteristics of a true Bohemian Pilsener... flat tasteless malt sweetness, weird yeast character with a slight hop bitterness...very watery. The mouthfeel seems a bit too soft and sudslike.

I was not very impressed with this beer...perhpas it is better as a draft.

brakspear, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of beveragecaptain
1.73/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a clear copper color with no head. Off-putting sweet, buttery aroma. Flavor is bitter for just an instant, but is followed by a terrible overly sweet flavor. Such a sweet flavor has no place in this beer. Some rotten fruit flavor too. Not only is the flavor bad, but it coats the mouth. After this beer and the Dim Whit, I'll be reluctant to try another beer from Viking.

beveragecaptain, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BA category adjunct lager. Bottle proclaims it a bohemian pilsener. Who to believe??

Smells of tanned leather, prairie grass and the Great Lakes.

Standard operating procedure deep gold color, thin-ish head.

Hops are more of a presence than would be in an adjunct lager. Seems lilke saaz. I may be totally wrong. But, I'm a dancing fool. After the tame hopping, a corniness comes in. Corny, sweet and a little sticky.

The mouthfeel is a bit empty and deadens through the drink, to the point of dissappointment in the finish.

Well, this one started out like a champ. Still not bad, but at first I thought I had a real winner here. In the middle and finish, a bit of a letdown. About as complex as an old nickel. Good enough on a warm day, though.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of aforbes10
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and clear. Thin filmy white head. Smells sourly of malt. Hints of apple, old oranges, mustiness. Crisp, clean pilsner malt flavor up front, with a fuller caramel flavor on the back end. Flavors aren't complex beyond this, but are so clean that it makes for qujite the nice drink. Light bodied without being watery. Definitely a quaffable beer...not in any way off-putting...just a nice clean easy drinking lager.

aforbes10, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden appearance. Not a lot of carbonation noted in the glass. A soft ivory white head sits on top and has decent retention. The lacing is adequate. The nose is pretty nice. Soft maltiness. Hay. Herbal notes and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated for the style. But the body is a good medium-full in stature. The flavors do not overwhelm, but are rather delicate in nature. Some soft pils malt is noted. Some grassy notes. An understated bitterness. And a little pepper-like spiciness. Better than average, but not by a lot.

Bighuge, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ripe tangerine with butternut trim. A steady parade of slow moving bubbles rises to a small cap of khaki colored foam that helps itself by being relatively long-lived and by laying down a wonderful looking short collar of lace-like lace (that turns into an impressively coated glass in the end). Although I'm sure that it doesn't smell or taste like one, it looks like a pale ale to my eyes.

As to whether Sylvan Springs is a pilsener (brewery) or a macro lager (BA)... it doesn't smell like either one. There's more than a hint of buttery malt and some amount of fruity hops that don't smell much like Saaz. That's interesting since this is a Saaz-exclusive beer. Maybe the appearance didn't lie, because SS smells like an English pale ale.

It tastes like one too. The beer is pale malt dominant and is marginally sweet. Next is a tart, fruity hoppiness that reminds me of East Kent Goldings or Fuggles rather than Saaz. Finally, there's a hint of diacetyl that isn't quite as prominent as the nose suggested it would be. It all comes together reasonably well, thankfully.

The beer is well-balanced in a general sense and maintains that balance all the way through the surprisingly long finish. I'm glad to see that it maintains its composure throughout the entirety of each mouthful and as it warms. I'm also enjoying the lightly supple mouthfeel that has a 'just right' amount of carbonation.

I usually like the names that Viking chooses better than the beer itself. Sylvan Springs is another good one and conjures up images of a sparking waterfall in a wooded glen. The beer ain't too shabby either. It's a pretty good English pale ale and is definitely in the top half of the brewery's lineup in terms of quality. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that this is one of their best sellers.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 12, 2006
Sylvan Springs from Valkyrie Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.