Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 277
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.42% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brakspear on 09-24-2002

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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 277
Photo of mandoskippy
2.02/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Hazy yellow color. Nothing to write home here about. Hardly a half cm of head that quickly went away.

S: I hate to say it but I had to put my nose practically in the glass to smell anything. When I did it almost smelled like a macro beer. Nothing complex there.

T: This beer is very one sided. Just malt, almost a bit sour, but not really. Not sure, just not very complex...

M: Sparkly I liked this as it actually makes me notice it, but still not anything to write home about.

D: I'd only have one of these, I wouldn't seek it out. (573 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

lakefront klisch "pilsner"
3 clear golden. big sopa bubbly head
2 smell is of ... english yeast? not again. the dark lager smelled a lot like this. where are the grassy hops and other pilsner characteristics? where's anything but that semirancid smell?
2 more of that mnton's flavor, but with a spicy bitter finsish to go along with the weird yeasty, lemon pledgy, nasty twang.
2 slick buttery texture, pretty discordant.
2 another lakefront drain poor! (453 characters)

Photo of brdc
2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Massive head, but the golden color is quite hazy.

S- Most of what would of been a nice grainy/hop aroma is drowned out by green apple.

T- A sour fusel note dominates the delicatly sweet grainy malt flavor. The hops are even further drowned out than the malt. The sourness lingers into the finish almost reminiscent of a berliner weiss.

M- Light body, nice carbonation.

D- I might try it one more time to see if this was a bad bottle.

Could be a bad bottle. Regardless, if you're getting something from lakefront, opt for something else. (544 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Really light yellow. Not much head and it disapears quickly.

S - Very sweet, malts and a little hops.

T - Different, sweet, malt, almost a hay after taste.

M - Light bodied with a little too much carbonation.

D - Not impressed. (270 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Klisch Pilsner Beer pours a pale orange color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a little on the sour side, and not at all what I would expect from a pils. There's some hops and some malt, but not well balanced and I think I taste diacetyl. Mediocre at best. (293 characters)

Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well. If the label had said this was an American Pale Wheat, this would have scored MUCH higher. But since i'm reviewing this as a pilsner, which really ought to have nothing at all in common with an American Wheat beer, it is suffering mightily. Very cloudy, yeasty appearance. Too many esters, no lager smoothness. I seriously wonder if the labeling line screwed up. That, or the fact that it was bottled 6 months ago is the problem. I know i bought this less than a week after it hit the store, so the age issue is a problem with the distributor.

Anyway, as a pilsner, it's crap. But it's still very drinkable if you're not thinking about how far it misses the style mark. (676 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A strong gold body, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of white fluff. Head breaks down a bit quick. Little lace.

Big nose of hay/grass, surprisingly strong, though not completely fresh.

Taste has a light sweet malt start. Mild hop snap. Could use a much sharper bite, be crisper.

Light soft mouthfeel. Drinkability is easy but not big on desire.

More helles than pils, and either way a let down. I'm spoiled by the quality pils brewed in NJ and PA. (462 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a light fizzy white head that quickly became a small white soap ring.

The smell had a light touch of grain and a bit of grassy hops.

The flavor followed the smell, very mild and a unassuming even for the style. Some very light malt and grain notes with the smallest hint of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel was very light and watery.

Easy enough to drink, but lacking in enough flavor to want to drink it. (446 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw when held up to the bright white background of this review page, deeper gold when held up to the morning sun slanting through my front window. The head is the best part of the appearance. It's cotton white and is impressively bubbly and sticky, depositing scads of bubbly, sticky lace as it deflates.

The nose is definitely odd. It smells sour and funky and somewhat phenolic, not like a pilsener at all. This bottle is relatively fresh, so age can't be responsible (assuming, of course, that the August notched on the label is August of this year). If I was drinking this from the tap, I'd think about infected lines, but it doesn't really smell quite that bad. No hint of the Saaz hops that Lakefront says are present.

Klisch tastes like it smells, for better or for worse (I'll go with the latter). While it's drinkable beer, it isn't good beer by any means. Forget the stated style; the only thing it has in common with a pilsener is the appearance. The flavor profile consists of sour grain with that same quasi-barnyard funkiness that I picked up in the nose. It's still phenolic as well, although not deal breakingly so.

The mouthfeel is lighter than it should be and just sort of wanders away on the finish. A little more fine-bubbled carbonation might help add a little excitement to a beer that is in dire need of it.

Klisch Pilsner (named after 'our President and founding father, Russ Klisch') is not very good, sorry to say. Lakefront has always been hit-and-miss with me and this offering is fairly wide of the mark. There are any number of Wisconsin-brewed pilseners that beat it like a drum. (1,630 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.7/5  rDev -22%
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, (632 characters)

Photo of shand
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
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... (836 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
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 (502 characters)

Photo of Misfit138
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into my Dos Perros pint glass

A - Dark yellow, still very transparent just darker than most lagers. Only a thin quarter inch head that vanished quickly.

S- The smell is very light, but there is malt and some hoppyness.

T- Pretty simple, not much character some mild hoppyness maybe hint of citrus.

M- Very light, moderately carbonated.

D- Its good for the style, not my taste. Could drink a few here and there. (434 characters)

Photo of Goliath
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin layer of bright white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is basic. A very subtle hop presence and some pale malt.

Taste is not that good. Some light citrus tones, and some pale malting. Not really that good IMO.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to high. This one is certainly sessionable. It's downfall is just that it's not only basic pils, but a poor example of a pils. Not great. (466 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded orangish gold with a bone white head that is light and fluffy with nice retention,leaving some medium sized sheets of lacing as it drops to a thin covering. The nose is semi-caramely sweet with a good amount of hoppy aromas. This has quite a bit of sourness that I don't find in other Pils. It also seems strangly over malted for the style,yet not malty enough considering the hop balance. This offering is unique,but seems to miss the mark,still tasty and drinkable,just not what I expected for the style. (522 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unusual Pilsner with a lot of flavors that the style shouldn't have, but the beer comes out faring better than expected.

A hazy straw color brings a bleached white head that both forms and retains well (as all Lakefront beers have). Low on lacing and with no legging.

A muddled grain and malt aroma is accompanied with strong vegital, earthy, pungent scents that sometimes seem foul. But the other side of the beer brings a grassy hop nose along with lemony scents that prove inviting, just not normal.

Flavors of strong grain and malt (not entirely sure it's Pilsner) set a sweeter tone. And then comes the yeast character that holds a lot of vegetable (lima beans), buttery tastes, and an overall earthy/pungent mix that can only be described as dirty. All this sounds bad, but the acidic lemon and green apple notes help to make the beer tasty even if not typical for style. Hop flavor doesn't give the floral notes that the nose suggests, but a grassy bitterness wraps up the finish.

The body is a bit heavy and slick up front as the beer's sweetness is revealed. But the bitterness, acidity, and grain textures actually help the beer to crispen up a bit in the end.

Definately not a prototypical Pilsner. But as a cold fermented Blonde Ale the beer shows promise. The vegetable, butter, and apple notes can be contributed to yeast health but it gives the beer a unique identity. (1,391 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a bit of white head that fades pretty quick.

Smells of bready malts and yeast.

The taste is okay. By far not the best Pils I've had. By the same token, it's not the worst. It's got the adjuncts beat at least. But most of the craft pilsners I've had surpass this.

Very thin mouthfeel, watery; leaves a slightly unpleasant after taste.

All in all, this was a mediocre pilsner at best. (425 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Three fingers of bone white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam subsides quickly, but leaves decent lace.

S - Sweet malty aroma. A bit of apple and just a hint of earthy hop character.

T - Sweet, malty character up front. Some apple esters pop up in the middle along with a grainy sweetness. Earthy, herbal hop flavors emerge in the finish, but there is never any real bitterness to balance the residual sweetness.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, and a sweet finish.

D - This one is easily drinkable, as any light lager should be, but it is hardly inspiring. The hop character is sadly lacking and the finish is far too sweet. Not a terrible beer, but a poor excuse for a pils. (700 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass; presents with pale translucent straw, slightly murky and not effervescent; nice white head but dissipates quickly, light clinging.

Smell is light pils malt sweetness, hint of wheat bread. Not much going.

Taste is bready, biscuity, not what I would expect from a pils; grainy flavors with a hint of corn; very feint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is a little to thick from the grainy and malt sweetness, not light and crisp on the tongue as many a good pils are.

Overall, very bland pilsner to me, to sweet not enough carbonation and hop bitterness to make it refereshing. (594 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on a slightly cloudy light amber body. Smelled and tasted oddly similar to Leinie's Sunset Wheat: citrusy, with some light spice, and a slight bitterness at start. Too fizzy, however. Okay for maybe one a night, but otherwise, like Sunset Wheat, nothing special. (337 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (271 characters)

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Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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