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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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.

mynie, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -23%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odd flavor profile here. Sweet corn with lots of fruity esters. Some tarty flavors and a floral hop bite. Malt seems to dominate the base but the hop flavors really come out sharply. In the end I'm left thinking about the hops but they just don't really fit with the malty body. I guess this is all malt but it seems a bit adjuncty. Finish doesn't quite have the bite I want but leaves a slightly dry, bitter flavor that makes me want to take another sip. Decent, different, I don't know if I'd want it again.

granger10, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hello fruity dendron! I've been harping on and against Lakefront for putting out generic corporate beers at times but this one is a bit brilliant. Sweet and potent and nothing bland about it. No aftertaste or spasms in my throat from this caffeine of candies. I generally dislike the amber brews but this one feeds me heartily my daily dose of sweet and moxie. I doubt I could drink more than one in a sitting but with a festive mud companion this one more than makes it a happy match of spirits.

thelagerheads, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an awesome spritzy and puffy head. The best head retention and lacing I've seen in all the German Pilsners I've tried thus far.

Smell- This is not your normal pils, Sharp hints of twigs and grass with some tartness that reminds me of Fantome Saison.

Taste- Pretty oddball. Sweet even for a pils. But that is what made this beer such a standout beer. The noraml natural, earthy pop, but a bittersweet tartness that I can only describe with vagueries.

scruffwhor, May 19, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A refreshing, yet oddly sweet pilsner. Pours out to a nice gold color with a head of foam of about 1/4 inch that remained consistant. Vigorus carbonation, some lace. Aromas were slightly sour, with notes of hops and sweet herbal malt. Taste was middle of the road, and not very pilsner-ish in my opinion. Sweet malt and hops, laced with tender grain and herbal grassiness. If it weren't so sweet, it would be more of a pilsner to me. Mouthfeel was refreshing, yet unremarkable. Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing wonderful, but a worthy offering.

Frozensoul327, May 19, 2006
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

russpowell, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed gold color, small white head, about 1/8" of solido foam on top of the beer. Smells grassy and malty, but also has hints of crisp citrus. Taste is also crisp, and clean. Hops are perceptable and good, malt is strong and slightly grassy. Citrus in the flavor, also. A good, easily sessionable pilsner, better than some of the other offerings from Lakefront.

TastyTaste, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a bright gold color with a white head. Aroma is pils malt with spicy German hops and some pleasant citrus. The aroma brings to mind Victory's Prima Pils. The flavor starts off well, a slightly sweet malty flavor, but it just gets sweeter. This beer is much too sweet and has a weird herbal flavor. The citrus flavor is nice, but that's about all. This beer could definitely use some more hop bitterness.

beveragecaptain, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber, definitely darker than an average pils. Very little head, but decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and hoppy, definitely pleasant. The taste was also sweeter than average, with plenty of caramel maltiness and even a bit of fruity character. Herbal hop bitterness comes in to last through the finish, with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Super easy to drink, I wouldn't mind drinking a bunch of these. I didn't really have high hopes, but this beer was a really pleasant surprise. If you like Sam Adams' Boston Lager then you'll likely enjoy Klisch as well.

thechaacster, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with Schell Pilsner. I haven't ever had a pilsner that really interested me or stood out, but this came the closest. Nothing really exciting in the appearance. Smell is slightly above average with some sweetness, maybe apples. It has a distinct flavor, grainy and sweet, deceivingly simple. It tastes...natural. Finishes with a nice little bitter kick. Klisch blows Schell away.

battlekow, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came as part of a Beer of the Month sampler -- my first one. I poured this pale gold brew into a pint glass, with little head, and slight lacing. It's aroma was a fairly impressive combination of quince and banana. It tasted a little sweet for a pilsner, but it had a crisp hoppy edge to it. Nice. It finishes slightly dry, but not over the top. Very nice. In conclusion, I might keep a few of these on hand, if they were available locally.

LiquidBreadMan, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This may be the first truly decent pilsener by an American brewer I have samplred. It poured extremely pale, with a filmy head. No lace. The aroma is a bouquet of smeels: hops, apples and some spices. The taste and mouthfeel come across as surprisingly crisp. Slightly sweet but nicely balanced with the hops. Also, slightly bitter and sulfurous. Still not sold on pilseners, but this is a fairly decent representative of the style.

MuddyFeet, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Skidz
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale yellow and sits a foggy golden-orange in the glass with a large slightly off-white head, fading to a bare top with thick build-up around the sides, leaving a few minor lacings around the glass.

Smells crisp and lightly toasted, nice soft lemony zest. Some spicy hops in the background, quite mild and well-balanced. Migrating notes of apples and canned pears. Sugary caramel drippings.

Tastes crisp and malty from the start, with nice dry, crackery notes. Faint citric sourness arises and is mellowed out with a good dose of grassy, just lightly spicy, hops. Mangoes and pears here and there. Well-bittered finish.

Definately crisp and refreshing and surprisingly soft, due to the laid-back carbonation that just eases its way into every crevice. Medium-light in body.

This is definately one fine drinking beer. Maybe a bit rough around the edges, but definately fridge worthy.

Skidz, Feb 16, 2005
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.

Mitchster, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pilsner poured a brilliant bright clear straw with a firm creamy white head. Bubbles lazed up through the liquid. It is a very pretty beer to look at.

The aroma was muted. The hops were a dull earthy note. The malt was there I think. There were no off aromas. As it warmed I finally got a hint of the DMS that I was expecting in a good Pils.

This is a crisp tasting beer and is balanced toward the hops. The hops though are not in your face but they control the beer experience from start to finish. A soft bitterness begins when the beer hits the tongue and lingers until the glass hits the lips for the next sip.

The mouthfeel is indeed more medium than light. The carbonation played particularly with the tip of my tongue.

This is a very nice beer. I find that the first couple sips were nothing to write home about, but as I drink more of this beer it gets better. Maybe as it gets warmer????

LarryKemp, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of inebrius
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Klisch sounds like something you might hear in a bathroom or while gutting a fish, unless I'm pronouncing it all wrong.

Quality golden Pils holds a varigated froth if poured hard. Minor nose carries hints of crackers and lawn jelly. I like how the liquid will attack the back of your mouth initially, then flow out in all directions with layers of toast and copper. A fine lager that would be welcome in my fridge anyday.

inebrius, Jan 14, 2005
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.

bditty187, Nov 10, 2004
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.

alexgash, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color of pils. Light head, clings to the glass with large bubbles. Grassy nose. Straightforward pilsner. Noble hops, bready malts, bitter finish. A real tribute to the old world style.

A little watery upfront but develops very well. Malts are doughy and sweet, but overtaken by the assertive hop bittering. Cleans out and leaves a nice long bitter finish.

sweethome, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight hazed dusty gold color, tall frothy white head, immediate distinguishes to a skimming and the lace sticks in some strings and spots. Aroma is dullishly sweet with a pale biscuit-like maltyness, clean, crsip, a bit of grassy spiced hop profile underneath. Taste is pretty good, crisp, clean, nice balance of slightly sweet and pale malts, white breads, and a lightly spiced hop with a bit of grassy tone to it. Feel is about medium with a lighter carbonation yet crisp and semi-bold, dryish finish with some sticky sweetness residuals leftover. Not a bad brew at all, a nice drinker from the folks at Lakefront.

tavernjef, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich golden colour...maybe a pinch darker than most Pilsners. The nose was light and mildy floral with a hint of citrus. The taste was fairly light and mild with minimal hoppiness and some grainy notes down the middle. Again, a hint of citrus fruit which was a little different for a Pils. Overall a very smooth and drinkable beer but not really a top choice in terms of a pilsner.

Popsinc, Jun 26, 2004
Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.