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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Klisch Pilsner BeerKlisch Pilsner Beer

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BA SCORE
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.42% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brakspear on 09-24-2002)
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale corn coloring, pristine clarity, with a light but rapid rise rise of carbonation. The head was soapy, scarce, quick to dissipate with no calling card on the glass.

S: Nose was very sweet, buttery grains, not much after that.

T: Flavor was sweet buttery grains, soft flowery hops, light spiciness and a touch of honey sweetness. Light orange citrusy-orange hints, some hay and lemon-flowery.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat crisp, but not tongue grabbing.

O: Overall easy flavor but leans way to much on the sweet and buttery side limiting drinkability. Not true to typical style. I would pass on this one per style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:34:36 | More by beerthulhu
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steveh

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Longtime favorite, first-time review -- surprising.

I've been enjoying the beers from this small brewery for a very long time. Got my hands on some fresh Klisch and been enjoying it.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a persistent, creamy off-white head.

S -- Mellow spicy hops balanced by yeasty, bready malt.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front with a good kick of spicy, lightly bitter noble hops in the finish and through the aftertaste. There's also a nice blend of light citrus and bready malts in the aftertaste that's very appetizing.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and sort of creamy with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- This beer reminds me of a hopped-up Helles. It's not quite as light, dry and crisp as the typical German Pils, but it's also spicier and more bitter -- even a touch citric -- than a Munich Helles. The "crossover" makes for a delicious beer.

Looking at the ratings for this beer, I'd say that freshness is definitely the key to enjoying this Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 22:38:10 | More by steveh
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: November 30, 2013... GLASSWARE: standard pilsner...OCCASION: Game PSU's finale a memorable one--well done, boys!... APPEARANCE: slight amber golden body that sports methodical bubbles; white two-finger head settles to a thin splash; zero lacing as the glass drains--not encouraging... AROMA: baker's dough wafts pleasantly; some floral, fruity esters round out an otherwise nondescript presence... PALATE: smooth, bubbly and softly bodied for a lager--sessionable for sure, yet effeminate...TASTE: apple, pear and thin malts make for a lager with some flavor; rather underwhelming, considering its fellow beers in the mixpack...OVERALL: high expectations unmet, but perhaps not all brews from Lakefront will be flagship offerings...not a fitting celebratory glass for such a stunning upset as Penn State served Wisconsin...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 05:06:02 | More by dacrza1
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light medium gold with very little foam. Active bubbles at first. Straw taste, light lemon. Same as the nose. Mild hop. Even keeled, light bitter throughout. Grain-y. Citrus in the background. Nice smooth pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 13:10:50 | More by KTCamm
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Act25

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wildly different from other Pils, more body, more odd flavors, I opened an IPA for my family and this for me wanting a light brew, and for a moment, I didnt know what I was drinking. But then, malty, bready, crackerly brew got to me and I enjoyed it. 100% agree w reviewer who said "turn it into a BLONDE ALE", that's more what it is.

A - Pours a slight hazed, golden/yellow color with a foamy, two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Subtle, not much here, but smells of grains and sweet floral notes.

T - It tasted fairly sweet, lots of bread. Was very good with cheese and mozzarella tomatoes with basil. Would be good with salad and as a pre-dinner beer, which was the case tonight. Included light grassy hops that made the finish nice.

M -Not right for a pils, more medium weight body. But I liked it, just change the style please.

O - I'd drink another. Might want to try. Reviewers overly ding this beer for being off-style, but it's a nice middle of the road blonde ale with an appetizing finish.

It's original, not cliché.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:20:06 | More by Act25
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sent to me by BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Served in a DC Brau tulip because I'm awesome.

A: Poured an orange-tangerine color, pretty clear, and with a soft 1/2 finger white head.

S: 1/2 malt, 1/2 hop. This was played down the middle. I wish there was more Pizazz here.

T: Nice overall flavor, good citrus component, clean finish.

M: Bubbly enough, mildly splotchy on the glass, and gulpable enough.

O: I see Lakerfront entries in the DC area from time to time but have never seen this one. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:48:31 | More by Chaney
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light and cloudy straw with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. Surprisingly, I am getting a hint of corn on the nose – that can never be good. The taste is like practically every other pilsner I’ve ever drank, which means it’s passable considering the limitations of this style but pretty bland in general. There is a touch of malt sweetness on the finish followed by a semi-dry note from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 04:29:30 | More by 57md
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pilsner, two finger off-white head, poor retention, and pale gold in color

Mouthfeel was thick and slightly rough

Smell: grain, barley, wheat, and hay

Taste: Biscuits, hops, rice, and noble hops at the finish. Overall, this is a good beer. However, I highly doubt I would buy a six pack. But, I will have to say that I'm excited to try this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:38:37 | More by BierStein711
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold, somewhat hazy with lifeless head. Nose is grainy with notes of corn, grain, and grassy hops. Taste is somewhat citrusy with grain to follow and light grassy hops. The citrus seems out of place. Mouthfeel is light and under carbonated. Overall, pretty underwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 23:28:10 | More by homebrew311
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MadScientist

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The gold colored beer has bit of chill haze in it. There is a light dusting of sediment in the bottle so don't stir up the yeast with an overly enthusiastic pour. A persistant, rocky white head.

S: Pilsner malt and a spicy German hops. There is a slight sulfar aroma that quickly blows off and is common with Pilsners. There is a slight grainy note and a faint bit of diacetyl otherwise a nice clean lager aroma.

T: A moderately-low pils malt sweetness and moderate hops bitterness is smooth. The moderate hops flavor is spicy. The aftertaste is a balance of hops and malt flavors past the dry finish. The balance is somewhat bitter. No fruity esters.

M: medium bodied with the diacetyl adding the perception of some weight with a slight slickness. The carbonation is moderate.

O: An enjoyable Bohemian Pilsner that is very food friendly. It's a moderately hoppy beer, not IPA hop-head pleasing but good no the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 22:08:21 | More by MadScientist
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint, review from notes

Look is a slightly cloudy orange-yellow with a small head. Smell is bready with a bit of coriander and yeast. Taste follows as white bread and grain fade to spices and faint lemony hops. Very drinkable, slight stringency at the end.

Very drinkable pils, but expensive and not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 11:07:18 | More by jimmah120
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TX-Badger

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With this offering from Lakefront Brewery, the Klisch, I had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint/nonic glass.

A - it has a cloudiness to it, giving the beer a golden-blonde appearance. It only produced about 1/4 inch of foamy white head at the top.

S - very light hops, slight citrus note as well.

T - the malt seems to be the main note on the palate. There is no noticeable amount of hops, the beer is crisp, clean, and slightly sweet on the finish.

M - medium to full-bodied, it is very smooth. It has perhaps a bit of chewiness to it due to the slight cloudiness.

O - I did enjoy the Klisch from Lakefront. It is an easy drinking beer, not overly complex and straight forward. A very nice refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:03:20 | More by TX-Badger
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very modest head; no lacing to speak of

Smell: Very bready, with a lightly sweet edge

Taste: Bready, up front and in the middle, until a grassy hop character arrives; surprisingly, the hops fade, after the swallow, and the malts take it up a notch, adding a graham cracker sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather disappointing - a bit too sweet, the hops add very little and the mouthfeel is just all wrong for the style

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 04:03:34 | More by brentk56
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Bottled Apr Wk 3 notched on label.

A - Bright golden yellow and shimmering with clarity, Klisch produces a nice thick white head. Sustained retention leaves some spots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sure as shit, Klisch smells like a genuine Czech Pilsner! Sweet pilsner malts are at the forefront while floral noble hops add balance and an interesting nuances to this clean, inviting lager.

T - Crisp and light malts with a delicate honey-like sweetness cross the palate followed by an ever-so-slight hint of light white grape on the finish. A small but detectable light floral hop characteristic rounds this beer out.

M - The soft water is a bit slick on the palate, but this pilsner has great body. Not watery at all, it's medium bodied with an overarching sweetness that's balanced by hop bitterness and dryness on the finish.

O - Going down with no complaints, Klisch is one hell of a refreshing and well-balanced pilsner. Round from start to finish, subtle Saaz noble hop notes gently back up the sweet pilsner malt beautifully. Supremely drinkable (we used to do boots of this when I had it on tap at home) Klisch Pilsner bridges the gap between no-brain lawnmower lager and nearly perfectly brewed definition of a style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:01:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

This particular cask had a placard in front of it claiming that it had been dry-hopped, but did not go so far as to explain with what variety of hops. The server on duty at the time did not know either.

Poured out a rather clouded golden straw color with a fizzy single finger of evaporating head (room temp cask) and no lacing at all, but the aroma was absolutely filled with a combination of white pear juice and fresh grassy herbals over the top of a crackery malt. Oh man did it ever smell like it was going to be an sweeter German Pilsner, but it really surprised me by presenting a standard dry Czech pilsner flavor through and through. The finish was clean and crisp, and the refreshingly carbonated lighter body was absolutely true to style. It's just that...it smelled like a sweeter German Pilsner yet tasted like a drier Czech Pilsner. And while I would normally knock a lot of points off my review for false style advertising, the image of the bottle shown above merely has the world "pilsner" alone on the label, a legal loophole in my self-imposed criteria!

So I therefore tentatively recommend trying this one if you are curious about what the two styles of pilsner would taste like blended together. Its weird, but weirdness does not necessarily equal badness in this case.

Serving type: cask

05-06-2012 03:39:18 | More by WastingFreetime
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Samual Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled October, week 2, 2011

A - Light straw in color. Little white head that collapses to a tiny ring around the top with no lacing. Has a slight haze to it.

S - Very nice clean bready malt right up front. Some pleasant herbal/spicy hop notes are easily detected.

T - Clean malt profile that keeps this light beer balanced. Faint herbal hop flavor throughout. Not all that dry but a nice mildly spicy hop kiss at the end.

M - Light in body, medium carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer but never got any distinguishing traits to set itself apart. Quite enjoyable with good hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:08:28 | More by Jparker37
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. (Purchased directly from the brewery.)

A: Very slightly cloudy. Honey gold with sunny yellow tones. Lazy carbonation. White foamy head falls quickly.

S: Grainy with sweet fruitiness in background. Slightly spicy hop aroma.

T: Grain bill plays main role here. Drinks like a full flavored saison (spicy) with a little sweet wit-like note.

M: Med-high carbonation. Dry finish. SLight oiliness.

D: Sessionable and uniquely tasty. This is a delicious example of the style. Really decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:47:40 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of mildly crisp white cracker malt, and somewhat skunky, grassy, weedy hops. The taste is bready (of the Wonder style) malt, a little orchard fruitiness, a slight yeast twang, and earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, with a slight effervescence, the body medium weight - a bit of that of the fruit persuasion, and it's all generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready sweetness facing little challenge from the floundering hop character.

You can tell that this beer has the right intentions, good malt, but the oh-so-important Saaz hop component falls flat. Not bad as a belt 'em back beer, but still a flabby interpretation of an unforgiving style.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:45:16 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 9/11/11

A golden yellow with a slight haze from the suspended particles, not much for bubbles in the glass and just a very short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S quite grainy with some faint grassy hops and a little lemon

T what I smell but a little sour soggy cereal, not really feeling this one

M more bubbles in the mouth then you would guess from what you could see in the glass, a little thin with a soggy cornflake aftertaste

O I'm not sold on this one, not the best example of the style

I think this was my least favorite in a pretty disappointing mixed pack from Lakefront,

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 17:45:25 | More by wordemupg
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pils with quite a dry hoppy finish which sets it apart from many craft lagers which tend to be sweeter. Not on the same level as prima pils but decent enough to drink when the weather gets warm. Much prefer the stein beer as a lager from these guys

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 17:48:52 | More by canucklehead
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here is an average, non-descript craft beer in every way possible. Poured into a pilsner glass. Smell was subtle grain and malt. Taste was mildly nut-biscuit and grains, light bittering hops. Watery mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. It is what it is, but it beats a macro.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 21:24:41 | More by JackieTH
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brdc

Wisconsin

2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle from the sampler. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Straw colored, off white head, small, little retention.
Some malt aroma, minimal hops. You really need to put your nose in there to get anything.
Light bodied, refreshing but unremarkable, with some maltiness, minimal hoppiness.
Quite limited.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 05:56:15 | More by brdc
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cjgator3

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle 

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is faint grainy malts, lemon and hops.

T- The taste is grain, citrus and a hint of hops and yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent beer that would be a nice quaffable beer in the warm summer months if nothing else is around. 

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:23:52 | More by cjgator3
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head that settles slightly. Good retention with sticky lacing. Slight chill haze. Straw colored body.
S) Citrus, grains and grass.
T) Light on the palate at first then moves to a mellow nutty grain and subtle citrus tones - lemon peel. Finishes fairly clean with a light lingering of grains.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Light. Dry and a little gritty in the finish.
O) A nice brew. Very refreshing and easy to drink. I'd pour another.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:55:54 | More by u2carew
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shand

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic because I'm dumb and didn't pour this into a pilsner glass.

This brew is pretty nice looking. Pours a hazy pale golden color crested with two fingers of head that retain pretty well. Huge carbonation is apparent. Lacing and retention are both actually quite good for the style. The aroma is absolutely huge on zesty noble hops, with pale malts and some wheatiness backing it up. The taste is a bit lacking. It comes on fairly strong with some nice noble hops over some subtle malts, but the finish brings in strongly astringent citrus and something that just tastes a little bit sour. It's close, but not quite. It's basically lacking the great balance that's the hallmark of a good pilsner. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than the average pilsner, and highly carbonated. The drinkability suffers a lot due to the poor aftertaste and relative thickness. Overall, this was just barely an alright pilsner. I've had a host of better ones.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:06:08 | More by shand
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Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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