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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 280
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 280
Photo of sweethome
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (283 characters)

Photo of thechaacster
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours a light straw body with a quarter inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells sweet and bready, as well as slightly fruity. Tastes sweet, bready, slightly nutty... Not a lot of hop presence (surprisingly). Light bodied with moderate carbonation... Tasty and drinkable, though not quite to style IMO. Still a pretty solid beer. (437 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Longtime favorite, first-time review -- surprising.

I've been enjoying the beers from this small brewery for a very long time. Got my hands on some fresh Klisch and been enjoying it.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a persistent, creamy off-white head.

S -- Mellow spicy hops balanced by yeasty, bready malt.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front with a good kick of spicy, lightly bitter noble hops in the finish and through the aftertaste. There's also a nice blend of light citrus and bready malts in the aftertaste that's very appetizing.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and sort of creamy with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- This beer reminds me of a hopped-up Helles. It's not quite as light, dry and crisp as the typical German Pils, but it's also spicier and more bitter -- even a touch citric -- than a Munich Helles. The "crossover" makes for a delicious beer.

Looking at the ratings for this beer, I'd say that freshness is definitely the key to enjoying this Pilsner. (980 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of tjkurz
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated third week of April (this beer is fresh!) poured into dime tapper pilsner. Clear and golden what head it has is tight - disipates and laces a bit. Aroma - grains but not much there. Tastes of roasted corn malt and finishes with a bit of hops - a little more flavor than aveage pilsner, touch of a hint peppery or citrus. Mouthfeel is what I expect from a pilsner crisp and a tad on the lighter side, I expected a little more body from Lakefront. Very drinkable due to crispness and enough flavor to keep you interested. (532 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (822 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pilsner, two finger off-white head, poor retention, and pale gold in color

Mouthfeel was thick and slightly rough

Smell: grain, barley, wheat, and hay

Taste: Biscuits, hops, rice, and noble hops at the finish. Overall, this is a good beer. However, I highly doubt I would buy a six pack. But, I will have to say that I'm excited to try this brewery! (371 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy golden color with a good amount of rising carbonation. The one-finger, snow-white head retained fairly well but the lacing was thin. The aroma was of floral hops, sweet malt, wheat and hints of wildflowers and citrus. Very appealing! The flavors were crisp and very dry with distinct citrus hops. There was a twang from the wheat, understated pilsner malt and an unusual bitterness, especially on the finish, that threw it off. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation a bit prickly. (543 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The gold colored beer has bit of chill haze in it. There is a light dusting of sediment in the bottle so don't stir up the yeast with an overly enthusiastic pour. A persistant, rocky white head.

S: Pilsner malt and a spicy German hops. There is a slight sulfar aroma that quickly blows off and is common with Pilsners. There is a slight grainy note and a faint bit of diacetyl otherwise a nice clean lager aroma.

T: A moderately-low pils malt sweetness and moderate hops bitterness is smooth. The moderate hops flavor is spicy. The aftertaste is a balance of hops and malt flavors past the dry finish. The balance is somewhat bitter. No fruity esters.

M: medium bodied with the diacetyl adding the perception of some weight with a slight slickness. The carbonation is moderate.

O: An enjoyable Bohemian Pilsner that is very food friendly. It's a moderately hoppy beer, not IPA hop-head pleasing but good no the less. (924 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as part of an eight pack assorted set. IT had your traditional bubbly gold pilsner color and a light bubbly head. And had that slightly bitter smell of a pilsner.

Crisp and light, this is a solid pilsner. Not too bitter, goes well with everything. Doesn't necessarily stand out, but certainly a good drink. (312 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No frills great light craft beer - what I love! It doesn't need coffee, blueberry, Maple, bacon, or any other obscure ingredients. Color, citrusy smell, taste, and feel are great. (180 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. (Purchased directly from the brewery.)

A: Very slightly cloudy. Honey gold with sunny yellow tones. Lazy carbonation. White foamy head falls quickly.

S: Grainy with sweet fruitiness in background. Slightly spicy hop aroma.

T: Grain bill plays main role here. Drinks like a full flavored saison (spicy) with a little sweet wit-like note.

M: Med-high carbonation. Dry finish. SLight oiliness.

D: Sessionable and uniquely tasty. This is a delicious example of the style. Really decent. (514 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into a Pils glass. Bottled on 9/8/14, so it is over 5 months old.

A - Very clear straw yellow color with a 2.5 finger white head. Streams of bubbles rise to meet the thin cap. Good lines of lacing on the glass.

S - A nice grainy and yeasty aroma with some straw and mild spicy hops. Cracker like malts are also present.

T - Cracker and sweet, bready malts with some straw and grain. The hops give it a bit of spice in the finish. A hint of lemon is detected to really bring it all together.

M - Light bodied, yet creamy and crisp. Carbonation is really good.

O - I think Lakefront made this well and the score is really deceiving. If you want to try a well made local Pils, give this one a go. The low score does not give it justice. (761 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Before I review this I really haven't found too may Pilseners that I love.
A - Glorious clear yellow in color. Can see yeast sediments which reminds me of old miller.
S - Slight grass and grain. Very earthy and balanced.
T - Well it was ok for the style. Really sweet which saved the mostly dominant grain aspect. The yeast was sort of off putting.
M - Very light (5.4 really?) expected a light beer but got full bodied. Very nice.
D - Again drink ability is average due to the only case of this beer found was well over a year old yet drinkable. Would probably pass by it in a singles shop. (592 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a flat-colored hazy yello, halfway between canary and gold. Head is nice; big smooth and white. Carbonation hurries upward.

The smell is sharp German Kolsch malt. Slightly flowery hop; hint of bitter citrus.

The taste is sharp hops that are bitter but in a flowery, perfumey way. Flavor is juicy, with notes of orange, lime and tangerine. Has the acidic taste of o.j. Different and nice.

The feel is fizzy and thick like orange juice. Almost pulpy. Substantial for sure. It's a solid, heavier Kolsch pilsner. Bitter, acidic, juicy. (548 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light medium gold with very little foam. Active bubbles at first. Straw taste, light lemon. Same as the nose. Mild hop. Even keeled, light bitter throughout. Grain-y. Citrus in the background. Nice smooth pils. (257 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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???? (913 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

One finger of white head. Slightly hazy honey colored body. Few flecks of yeast bobbing up and down on the rising CO2. Decent rings of lacing. Fruitier taste than I was expecting. Good hop flavors and bitterness.

Better quality beer than I thought it would be. (312 characters)

Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.