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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brakspear on 09-24-2002)
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 00:25:16 | More by tempest
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 19:49:58 | More by TastyTaste
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 23:33:42 | More by beveragecaptain
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thechaacster

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 06:45:56 | More by thechaacster
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battlekow

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 20:02:58 | More by battlekow
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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 23:04:43 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 03:16:35 | More by MuddyFeet
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 03:45:06 | More by Skidz
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Mitchster

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 22:56:57 | More by Mitchster
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LarryKemp

Texas

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????

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 02:35:22 | More by LarryKemp
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inebrius

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 02:02:09 | More by inebrius
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bditty187

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 18:58:07 | More by bditty187
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alexgash

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 17:27:33 | More by alexgash
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sweethome

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 18:50:45 | More by sweethome
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 21:08:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 01:30:29 | More by tavernjef
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 15:14:13 | More by Popsinc
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 15:55:58 | More by ADR
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 01:02:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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RedBaron

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was the first I had on-tap at the brewery just before a tour of the facilities.

The beer poured nicely from the tap, with a not-too-dense head, but had a good amount of CO2 throughout. The color was a darker golden color than most basic pilseners, and I enjoyed that difference.

The smell brought in a nice aroma of flowery (Hallertau?) hops. The initial taste was of subdued maltiness, but with a pleasant hop bitterness (Saaz?). Kind of a light body, but thoroughly refreshing. The finish was good, and it beckoned the tongue for more! Quite a drinkable beer--definitely one for a warm summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2004 20:22:11 | More by RedBaron
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Jon

Illinois

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

Klisch pours a clear golden color with a bubbly white head. Active carbonation is present, and rings of lace develop down the glass. Very nice. Nose is dominated by grassy, earthy Saaz hops, although mild yeast and caramel-like aromas are present, too. Taste is an amalgam of bready, earthy, spicy flavors. The balance between the Saaz hop character and the bready malt is very nice. Notes of lemon rind are also present. This is a light-bodied, crisp and flavorful pilsner. Refreshing and quite drinkable, this is an excellent thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:46:21 | More by Jon
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jackndan

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Klisch: This is one terrific pilsner beer from Lakefront brewing company. The appearance is a deep gold color, with very nice clarity. The head was unimpressive though, with a mere bit of lacing down the side. The aroma is smooth and very clean. The taste, as already noted, but worth repeating, is very nice. Sweet light malts are the dominant taste, with slight cracker like aftertaste. Very light hop taste as well. This is very light in body and exceptionally easy to drink. Look for this, because it will make your day after a hot afternoon working in the yard.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 20:04:30 | More by jackndan
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer gets is name from the Lakefront owners, Russ & Jim Klisch. Pours a clear dark golden color with a foamy white head that fades fast. Aroma consists of spicy hops, bready malt and a little bit of yeast. Mouthfeel has a nice hop and carbonated "bite" to it. Definitely some body, unlike most American Pilsners. Taste consists of malt, spicy hops and barley. Finish is sharp and has a pronounced bitterness to it from the Saaz hops. A finnicky style now-a-days that can be a difficult one to please most people with, but Lakefront does a pretty good job of tackling it here.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 17:32:47 | More by Winter
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brakspear

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Bohemian pilsner brewed in Milwaukee. The European style is very evident in this beer -- not an American pilsner.

The beer came poured in a pint glass, it was a very clear and golden body with no haze whatsoever. A slight white head formed, but this reduced rather quickly.

The aroma was a very nice blend of Saaz hops and malt, not as spicy as I would like, but still very nice.

The taste is a very deep and mellow malt base with a nice finish of Saaz hops. This beer also had a very full body, which made the malt taste seem even smoother.

I really enjoyed this beer on tap, more so than I can remember when tasting it from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2003 13:25:32 | More by brakspear
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle and into a pint glass (from the brewery) this 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 15:08:58 | More by marcobrau
Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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