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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 RedBaron
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.

RedBaron, Mar 27, 2004
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 Rennpferd
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a hazy/frosted pale yellow. It had a one finger head that quickly shrank down to about an eigth of an inch. A medium amount of activity could be seen rising from the bottom of the Pilsner glass.

It smelled slightly of malt but more of hops. A bit spicey but mellow enough to enjoy.

Malty and hoppy with a nice malt finish. It was like alternating the flavors of the beer. A light to medium body that is crisp.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

Rennpferd, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of RadiantRedTRD
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%

RadiantRedTRD, Saturday at 04:37 AM
Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Klisch pours a slightly cloudy dandelion yellow with a small bubbly white head that leaves a thin filmy layer.

Smell is of light caramel maltiness, wheat, a subtle fruitiness, and sourdough bread. A very complex smell, which the taste follows through with splendidly. Wheat, light caramel malts, and a subtle apple sweetness balanced perfectly with a bitterness that hits after the swallow. That sourdough flavor also makes its presence known.

This beer's greatest success is in its follow through: the taste perfectly complements the smell, and both are complex and well-balanced.

Phelps, May 14, 2009
Photo of baos
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into glass

A: nice clarity. decent lacing. better than i expected

S: nice floral hops and malts. like spring flowers. fresh grain, honey.

T: much like the smell. easy well balanced brew. the sweetness gives way to a nice dry finish. again the balance on this one is great

M: nice medium light feel.

O: good

baos, May 02, 2014
Photo of Mikedux30
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Mikedux30, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of rattletrap968
4/5  rDev +16.3%

rattletrap968, Nov 17, 2011
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 hylton44
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy, with a harvest-yellow haze; appearing unfiltered, almost like a hefeweizen. Initial taste is of pepper bubble gum; then, robust malt with a tangy edge and a smooth, full mouthfeel. Well-balanced, overall. Unique pilsener, and a great find!

hylton44, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of DersOne
4/5  rDev +16.3%

DersOne, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of jdlapera
4/5  rDev +16.3%

jdlapera, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Localdrinklax, Apr 29, 2012
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 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 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 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 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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

smcolw, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of steveh
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

steveh, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Winter
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.

Winter, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of tjkurz
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

tjkurz, May 02, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 19, 2007
Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.