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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.42% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brakspear on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical clear straw-yellow, with a very thick if not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and malty with a fruity undertone, appealing and tempting. Flavor is typical of a pilsner, except it is more mouth-filling than I expected and has a slight hoppy bitter undertone and a firm hint of sour fruit. Texture is fizzy, lively and sassy, leaving a malty and sour aftertaste.

Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden in color....relatively clear, but some slight haziness...nose lends a somewhat skunky hop presence...taste is maltier than expected...aa good malt load for this style, but it also features a slightly skunky Heineken like finsih...mouthfeel is clean, and somewhat slick, and sweet....finishes on a mild dry note...overall an OK Pilsner I wouldn't seek out..

Photo of Brenden
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale yellow that's pretty clear but for a light haze, this Pils is still pretty bright. It grows a foamy white head to one finger, where it keeps up pretty well and leaves pretty good patching in its wake.
Grassy with a lemony twang in the nose, it's also a touch damp and earthy with underlying grains under somewhat dry malt notes. It's also got an off-putting vegetal note, though, and something a little like cheese that might work in a certain IPA but not a lighter style.
It improves quite a bit in the flavor, though it's a bit too sweet with just a flash of the vegetal note still coming through. Otherwise it has a modicum of grassy hops to counter the earth. It seems more like a hybridized Euro lager of some kind, but it's not bad.
The body's a little too big for a pils, but its balance of crispness and smoothness works fairly well despite that it isn't especially clean.

Photo of sweemzander
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled week 1 of March 2011. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a nice fluffy white head with great retention behind it & lacing aplenty.

(S)- A nice dryness with bits of lemon and lightly earthy grains.

(T)- A nice mild honey-like sweetness with subtle lemon and several earthy grains I cannot pinpoint.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level and balance. A mild malty sweetness with those earthy grains.

(D)- For the style, this is quite a good beer. Crisp and refreshing with a super easy drinkability.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle. Single 180° obverse label that has a picture of a tall straight sided glass full of the golden stuff with the word ‘Klisch’ in red on a green banner in front of it. Labeled as a Pilsner Beer. No strength listed but punch marked on the right hand side of the label as Bottled During Week 3 of January – though no year is mentioned!!

Appearance: A beautiful looking, though lightly hazed lemon golden body with a simply gargantuan head that is comprised of a mass of large bubbles that collectively form a deep white foamy covering that laces well. Low carbonation for a Pilsner, a tip of the bottle hardly induces any dissolved bubbles back to the surface when the beer is tilted.

Nose: Munich malts, sweet yeasts and a breaded doughy aroma. Vaguely familiar odors that I get from a lot of run-of-the-mill Lager cum Pilsner offerings.

Taste: Sweet malts and a light chemical tang introduces this beer. The middle has a toasted malt feel which just fades away after the swallow. It never develops a “pilsner” quality to it as I expected. That aside, this still has a definite macro feel, and it reminded me of a Molson brew I had whilst in Canada on business some months ago, was it called ‘Canadian’?? I forget. Not much character to be honest, even less bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, light on carbonation with a slightly sticky feel at times.

Drinkability: Nice enough, and partially refreshing, but I cracked this one open as it was hot today and I figured that a Pilsner is just what I wanted. It most certainly is not what I got.

Overall: Too sweet for my liking, or even for a Pilsner, not that I am bothered about style indiscretions for which the appearance alone is amiss. The bitterness takes too long to come through, it was at least 30 seconds after the swallow before I detected a decent level of bitterness, and even then it lacks a crisp hoppy bite in the back end. I don’t think the Czechs will be too worried by this one. A refreshing drink on a hot afternoon in Long Beach, but this is not one I would want to drink during a session; it’s just too “sweet”.

Cheers to BigHuge for the chance to sup this one!

Photo of cokes
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright, smoggy golden. A good amount of chill haze. While not as clear as it could be, it throws an impressive white, creamy head with gobs of sticky lace.
Solidly balanced aroma of bready malt and spicy saaz hops. A nice prelude to what is in store.
Starts off with fresh baked sourdough notes. Becomes dryer and more cracker-like. The hops enter at this point and wipe the mouth clean of any residual breadiness with some divinely prickly, spicy hops. Not hugely intense, but effective and tasty. Leaves a slightly dusty aftertaste.
Medium bodied with full carbonation. Pretty substancial for a pils. The relative heft may hinder the drinkability to a small extent, but makes it more memorable.
Very solid per the style.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold, sparkly. Large white head, great lacing.

Smells of rich pilsener grain, flowers, weeds, and hops. Very dense, heavy, multi-layered smell.

Starts off with bitter weed malt, moving into a rich floral middle and ending on a bittersweet lingering hop. Nice, crisp, and refreshing.

This is everything an American pilsener should be.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a bright gold color with a ton of visible carbonation. The head is one finger in height, thick and dense. The aroma is grassy and floral. The taste has the same grassy and floral notes that the aroma has, but they are all a little less vibrant. The mouthfeel is light bodied wth perfect carbonation. Overall, I haven't enjoyed a pilsener as much as this in a long time. This is a very nice brew that I will certainly drink again.

Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow body with a clingy white head. Not overly impressive looking. Smells of clean, light fruit malt, and sulfurous, spicy hops. Taste is a nice surprise. Light fruity sweetness up front, followed by surprisingly big hops. Bitter with a peppery spiciness. Light, crisp, refreshing feel and quite drinkable.

Photo of Pencible
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy straw with yellowish-white head. It smelled like lemon and cultured yeast with some hops. It tasted much the same as it smelled, like lemon hops and cultured yeast. It was a somewhat bitter and fairly clean taste. It was mostly watery with a little carbonation and a mild lemon aftertaste. Overall this was pretty good for a pilsner but not my style.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of petermethot
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazed out light pale gold in color. Forms an enormously large head, so much so that I could only get a third of the bottle into the glass at one time. Great retention as well that leaves globs of lace on the way down, while a very heavy shower of carbonation bubbles races upwards.

S: Slightly sweet malt and a huge hit of grassy noble hops.

T: Much like the aroma. Sweetish malt base with lots of grassy hops and an almost Belgian yeast funkiness. Interesting blend which I really enjoyed.

M: Lighter body that had been aggressively carbonated. Bubbles seem to dance on the tongue.

O: A light, refreshing, yet flavorful beer. Considering the other reviews, I wonder if my bottle was mislabeled!

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden color with moderate white puffy head. No lacing present.
Smell is light and fruity.
Taste also shows a nice fruity presence with a very nice sweetish note at the finish.
Taste retention is better than average, with a clean refreshing finish.
A very well done beer with perfect drinkability.

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of homebrew311
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All malt, hopped with Saaz. Part of an assorted 8 pack sampler from Lakefront, all of which I've liked so far.

Pours out to a hazy light golden with orange accents...kinda wierd for a pilsner which should be sparkling clear and pale golden. Carbonation is mild to moderate, also different for the style. Forms a large soapy white head with good retention and very good lacing, receding to a nice sheet of pancake-like clusters of bubbles on the surface. The aroma is also kinda odd for the style, but still quite good...dry overall, floral hops, pale malts with hints of kiwi and grain husk. Mouthfeel is wonderful for the style...crisp, wet and fresh with a punchy finish. The taste is an echo of the aroma...kiwi is in there as well as mild grain husk...the floral hops are spicy and the bitterness is moderate. Touches of citric hop crop up as well, giving this an American touch. Moderately astringent but crisp in the finish with a lingering husky sweetness. Cleanly fermented, alcohol is imperceptable.

This doesn't look or smell like a Euro-pils (much closer to a craft brewed American pils), but the mouthfeel is nailed and compares to the fresh pils I had on tap in Europe. This is very refreshing and would make a great summer beer if it were available in my area. Very nice stuff.

Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev +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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark-yellow, hazy hue... Minimal lacing and head... minor carbonation...
Smell: Sweet, earthy aroma... Hints of hay and lemons...
Taste: Taste strongly complemented the overall aroma... Sweet finish... Nice balance of hops and malts... Candied sugars, slight pepperish bite on the tongue...
Crisp, clean, refreshing mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable...

Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker than gold, clear as a bell appearance. Pale head is down to a spidery skin in 20 seconds. In contrast, it laces well, in broad dripping rings. Aroma is very sweet, almost seems like it has estery qualities with marshmallow characteristics. The flavor follows suit, sweet and cotton candy in tone, just a lightish bit of lemon, and an early-asserting but fairly weak peppery hop balance. Mouthfeel is close to medium and seems fairly flattish. Could be less sweet and fruity, and more crisp and sharply attenuated to be a good one for me.

Photo of atone315
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.58/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, hay-gold in hue, not much animation, it is a lovely color though. The head was white in color but only about a ¼ of an inch in height. Not impressive. Plus the head faded quickly to a weak, fizzy cap. Couple this with a lack of effervesces and the beer looks dull. There was no subsequent lacing, another strike against it. The nose is crisply malty with a lemony and butter twang. Potency is small, the beer doesn’t say much anyway. I don’t care for the nose, too acidic, oddly sweet with not enough Pils-malt characteristics. The aromas aren’t detestable but they’re not inspiring either. In summery then, the bouquet is par for the course but I fancy more. Not inviting then. The palate tastes like what the nose indicated. That’s too bad! Firm lemony acidity mixed equally with a buttery twang. Mild bitterness in the middle, the finish is the home of the malt, weak and not crisp or flavorful. Not biscuity either. Mildly sweet. There is a slightly flowery taste after the swallow. The palate, overall, isn’t great but it isn’t bad either. There is enough taste so I can’t call it boring. The flavor profile doesn’t jive with me, too buttery, too sweet, and too acidic. Some people may like it; I’m not one of them. Medium in body, mushy mouthfeel because of the low carbonation, this aspect of the beer needs improving. It is not Pils-like, as it needs more zip and crispness. This would be a good beer for the macro-lager crowd or after mowing the grass. This is nothing I’d buy again. I have little leeway when it comes to Pilsners, they have to be brewed to near perfection or I’ll think they are too flawed and then pointless to drink. This one falls into the latter category. It was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI.

Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.