Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.18/5 rDev -7.3%
Bottle thanks to BeerFMAndy. Thanks for the extra! Poured into a pilsner glass.
Pours a very cloudy, hazy bright yellow-straw color with a single-finger white head. Some very large carbonation bubbles make up the head and there is a tad bit of lacing sticking to the glass. quite a bit of lacing bit I really can't get past the extreme cloudiness of this beer; it's almost opaque. The nose is quite plain other than some very mild grain and the tiniest hint of light seeded fruit. Reminds me a bit of a keller bier. No noticeable hops here.
The taste is pretty mild with a fairly-creamy mouthfeel and a bit of light carbonation. Taste has a very mild metallic astringency as well as a bit of light grain and husks. Subtle bready character and a bit of pear. Body is quite light. A decent beer, but nothing too special about it. Thanks again, Andy.
11-17-2010 02:05:20 | More by Thorpe429
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a three finger high white head that has very good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down easily because it doesn't exhibit a lot of bitterness or dryness.
01-09-2011 05:27:08 | More by metter98
2.65/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
11-08-2006 13:28:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.78/5 rDev -19%
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
06-19-2012 04:03:34 | More by brentk56
2.93/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
05-13-2010 02:18:39 | More by BEERchitect
3.03/5 rDev -11.7%
Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small white head.
Smell: Pilsner malts and a pinch of spice mixed in with a heap of fresh hay.
Taste: Pils malt with a soft touch of sweetness. Vaguely spicy, mild hop bitterness. Grows increasingly watery near the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: When you can't find a Kölsch, reach for a Klisch. Then go back to looking for that Kölsch.
03-22-2008 04:41:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -3.8%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
What better way to celebrate the obtaining of new beer (Half Acre's new barleywine, to be vaguely precise) than by drinking another? Yeah... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of stark white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mild chalk, sweet flowers, and a light touch of banana peel. The taste follows this recipe pretty closely, but then brings in some light corn, hard water, and light orange rind. Things were going so well, too... The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, I'd basically classify this as a pils that was almost good. Had the taste not flickered out on me, I'd've enjoyed this brew.
04-08-2011 20:18:20 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev +2%
A - Poured a cloud, golden/yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. No lacing.
S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. Also, a sweet fruity aroma.
T - It tasted fairly sweet with some grassy hops that added s subtle bitter kick.
M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.
D - This is a nice sessionable, easy drinking lager.
08-25-2008 02:07:44 | More by zeff80
3.28/5 rDev -4.4%
12oz bottle, part of the mixed 8-pack from this brewery now available in Alberta.
This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few instances of coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly settles.
It smells of crisp, crackery pale grainy malt, buttered white bread, a touch of spicy yeast, black pepper, and somewhat weedy, grassy, herbal hops. The taste is bready (again of the Wonder variety) malt, singed butter, soft orchard fruitiness, a slight yeast twang, and spicy, earthy, and weedy noble hops.
The carbonation is moderate, with a slightly frothy effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight - a bit of that of the fruit persuasion, though it's all generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready sweetness facing some lingering peppery yeast, and conversely, little challenge from the floundering hop character.
You can tell that this beer has the right intentions - good, all grain malt, but the oh-so-important Saaz hop component (if that is what they used here - the label doesn't say) falls flat. Not bad as a belt 'em back beer, but still a flabby interpretation of a specific and unforgiving style - which is weird, as given the demographics of this offering's point of origin, one might assume they'd go the German route.
11-13-2011 00:45:16 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
From a fairly fresh bottle, less than two months old.
Poured a hazy deep-gold beneath a short-lived head of white. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen quickly rising from beneath. The moderate, gently crisp carbonation becomes airy, or cottony, as it warms in the mouth, combining with the medium body to leave it creamy smooth across the palate. The flavor offers a healthy dose of grainy malt infused with grassy hops, and livened by a thread of yeasty fruitiness. A firm bitterness lies beneath, revealing itself at mid-palate, and then fading fairly readily in the finish, leaving behind a dull, acrid note amidst some fading, lightly-honeyish malt. While not exactly a Pilsner, and more of an American blonde, Klisch Pilsner offers more in both the malt and hop category while still remaining very accessible. Prost!
02-19-2007 20:56:43 | More by NeroFiddled
2.95/5 rDev -14%
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.
03-29-2008 03:59:50 | More by nickfl
3.18/5 rDev -7.3%
Appears a bright golden orange tinted hue with a brilliant white head, forming thick mushroom cloud like billowing head that dimples nicely with a sturdy pourt. Lacing is strung evenly in an artisinal nature. Aromatics are composed of pale biscuit malt sweetness, a touch of tart apple and sulfur with some mild cooked veggies. Also herbal lemon grass citric notes peak through as well. Flavor has a sweet cereal grain with lemon and grassy hops, more green apple tartness which is outta place in a pils for me. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice edge of softness provided with the finessed carbonation level. Drinkability overall is decent definitely light and refreshing, but I wasn't down with the extra apple flavor I was getting in the flavor.
06-29-2009 15:15:07 | More by WVbeergeek
3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.
Pours a clear gold, with a thin and fizzy bright-white colored head. Retention and lacing retains that week fizzy look. Not impressive. The aroma smells of earth and honeyed sweetness, with some light floral activity rounding things out in the back. Its' kind of there but lacks any kind of pizzazz.
The taste is sweet with bready malts and a distinct earthy citric flavor. A fairly crisp hop profile runs through the profile, leaving a green and dry feeling finish in its wake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and prickly carbonation that then evens out into a smooth creaminess as you swallow. This is probably my favorite part of the beer.
As some other reviews have mentioned, this isn't actually half bad when taken maybe as a couple of other styles but as Pils, this one just falls short. On a hot day though, this would still do in a pinch.
08-24-2010 19:19:04 | More by Kegatron
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours golden with a bubbly whit head that drops off to a 1'' head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing & head retention
Smell: Delicate malt & hops with slight fruitiness & not much else
Taste: All over the place hoppy/sweet & then hoppy again
MF: Just all malt &noithing else....
A beer needing a good hop & malt reattack!
01-08-2006 05:21:30 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Clear golden hued, transparent at bottom, vague haze at top, covered by a slim, white head, which doffs it's cap and bids adieu in a trice.
Nose is spare, floral, lightly lemony and herbal, subtly hoppy, feels just right for the style.
Mild entrance on the palate, good malty feel...doesn't impress at first, but I warm up to it more as I drink...gets tastier, nice, bright flavor, decent texture.
good "lawnmower" beer, "hedgetrimmer" pils, "weedpuller" lager, whatever you want to call it. Citric feel follows through in the finish, feels quite nice in the mouth.
Not a favorite style of mine, so I probably won't revisit this, but do recommend it to those so inclined.
08-01-2004 21:08:59 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottled Dec. - 2nd Week - notched on label - poured into glass:
Pours bright golden with a foamy 2+ finger head that descends and stays leaving lacing.
The smell is of hay/newly-mowed grass and grainy.
The taste is grainy - slightly tart fruity. It's sweet with a hint of tart - with a mild bitterish touch in the finish.
It is light-bodied with medium carbonation for the style - slightly sluggish with an oily/slick feel.
It's a mild, "refreshing" pils. Pretty basic - well-balanced, has a dryish touch.
04-07-2010 22:40:43 | More by jwc215
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
Straw color and clear. The head is modest and leaves no lace.
Wonderful noble hop smell--very fresh.
Crisp and clean--very much reflects the flavor I expect from a true German Pilsener. The body is middle-of-the-road, but the carbonation was very high--close to the level of soda.
01-01-2009 23:15:37 | More by smcolw
3.53/5 rDev +2.9%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a pale yellow, good clarity, head is light with solid retention, spotty lacing.
S: Nice jolt of noble hops, spice and mint, some berry and sweet malt.
T: Sweet notes of malt and corn, light meady character. Hops are relatively light, this seems more like a Helles than a Pils, but the flavour is solid. Sweet finish.
M: Feel is light-bodied, smooth and creamy. I would like a bit more carbonation to style, not bad overall.
D: A good beer, I'd say a Kolschy pilsner due to the name, it seems like a hybrid of the 2 styles. Certainly worth a shot. Not amazed, but a good beer from Lakefront.
12-01-2008 00:18:17 | More by Halcyondays
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a lovely gold with a tall white head. The head doesn't stay long, but there is some nice lacing.
Pleasant aroma, but a bit weak. Very sweet, almost wine-like malt smell with a bit of hops.
Nice tasting but again, a little weak. Bitter and a little fruity at first, unfortunately, a lot of the good flavors fall away as soon as it starts to warm up.
Good mouthfeel, nice and solid for the style, not too watery at all. Nice balance of carbonation.
Very drinkable. A good session beer or craft cross-over. Fairly simple, not too strong, but still tasty.
11-24-2005 00:25:16 | More by tempest
Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.