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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 276 | Reviews: 143
Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. This beer is a fairly clear, light to medium gold color. White head was about 2/3 inch or so from what I remember when poured. It didn't stick around too long. not too much going on here aroma wise, a sort of light, grainy aroma with hints of malt and hops. Has a nice, fairly sweet grain and malt taste followed by mild hop bitterness, just like a beer like this should taste! Not very complex flavors, but quite enjoyable. Has a crisp mouthfeel. Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Very easy to drink. Damn fine representation of this style.

Eric

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle a golden, almost straw colored beer has cloudy appearance and herbal hop aroma. A lot of carbonation with a lot of foam. It isn't assertively hoppy for a pilsner, but has pleasant herbal hop flavor. Not too much bitterness. Very smooth, fresh malt backbone making for a nice smooth, medium-bodied beer.

Photo of slyke
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lakefront Klisch pours a clear yellow color with a few carbonation bubbles steadily rising. A finger of white head fades quickly to a thin cap, with a little lacing.

Smell and taste are subtle notes of grain and lemon/citrus are present. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied with a relatively clean finish.

Drinkability is okay. I got the beer as part of a variety 8-pack. It beats water, but I don't think I will seek it out in the future.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light lemony hop followed by a sweet husky malt.

The taste consisted of some upfront honey sweetness with a decent floral hop. Some fruit esters apparent as well. Bready finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style and slightly chewy. Maybe a bit to heavy on the tongue though.

Overall a tasty beer that grew on me as I drank it. The fullness of the malt seems to authenticate this pils, but the misplaced sweetness detracts. Either way, good drinkability.

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - It has a golden yellow body with about 1/8 of an inch of head white head.

Smell - There is a grain and Malay aroma I would consider medium in strength.

Taste - It has a definite grain flavor. It too has a sweet, hope, and citrus characteristic. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Moderately coarse but smooth compared to other pilsners.

~ I could do it again. This is almost a session brew. I'd have to take a stab at a sixer and see what happens.

Photo of botham
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a light amber color with a few fingers of white head that is frothy and leaves no lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with lager yeast present as well. mild hops are in the background as well. only the basics here, which lends to a good pilsner.

taste is lightly malty and sweet up front, with a touch of hops on the finish. aftertaste is of mild sweetness, without much flavor, maybe a note of hops in there as well. hop bitterness is not strong here, giving the brew a pleasant smoothness.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent texture, and a slight bite from carbonation. overall rather smooth, despite the bite.

drinkability is great. this is a light lager that is crisp and refreshing, and one of the better examples of the style. mild flavors and a smooth profile. cheers!

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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 CharlesDarwin
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle. Clean mid-yellow pour, with a white rim of rocky foam. Aroma of tangy malt and lemon. Flavor is a sweet, lightly tongue tingling tang of salt, lemon and clean malt. Sour dryness seems in line with the other examples I’ve had of the style. I’m on the fence about some esters present in the beer, somewhat indistinct, yet almost yeasty in a Belgian way. While seemingly uncharacteristic, they add a pleasurable facet of depth and intrigue. Hop character could be more forward. Appreciable.

Photo of Drew966
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront Brewery's Klisch Pilsner pours out a fluffy head over a cloudy yellow
brew. Carbonation is active, and the nose is malt and yeast. The flavor is malt
and a touch of citrus up front with a bit of hop in the finish, with a sort of a mild
barley/hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is round yet crisp. It is mild, true, but balanced
and a lot more flavorful than your macros. Nothing huge here, but it's just your
basic good session brew.

Photo of Phocion
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a minimal and short-lived head. Almost no lacing to speak of.

Nose is faint. Light sweet caramel and doughy malts and citrus hops.

The taste is yeasty and full of bread-dough. Light orange/lemonish citrus bite, and somewhat of a burnt wood flavor. Definitely an interesting pils, but not all that impressive.

This beer just screams average. Crisp and a little tangy well-carbonated mouthfeel, and while it's definitely nothing special it's not offensive either. Pretty bland, unmemorable lawnmower beer, no more or no less.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of gmfessen
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never had a Lakefront product before... but I picked up a random 8 pack, so I'll be trying at least seven more. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, light straw color with tons of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a thin white head composed of many fine bubbles. The smell is primarily of grainy malt and has a very slight scent of hops. The taste is well balanced with a little bitterness at the end and has a corn, dry finish. The mouthfeel is very light and foamy. This is a drinkable beer, but quite average.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
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 russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.