Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
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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Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 143
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 biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the mixed 8-pack from this brewery now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few instances of coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of crisp, crackery pale grainy malt, buttered white bread, a touch of spicy yeast, black pepper, and somewhat weedy, grassy, herbal hops. The taste is bready (again of the Wonder variety) malt, singed butter, soft orchard fruitiness, a slight yeast twang, and spicy, earthy, and weedy noble hops.

The carbonation is moderate, with a slightly frothy effervescence, the body an adequate medium weight - a bit of that of the fruit persuasion, though it's all generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready sweetness facing some lingering peppery yeast, and conversely, little challenge from the floundering hop character.

You can tell that this beer has the right intentions - good, all grain malt, but the oh-so-important Saaz hop component (if that is what they used here - the label doesn't say) falls flat. Not bad as a belt 'em back beer, but still a flabby interpretation of a specific and unforgiving style - which is weird, as given the demographics of this offering's point of origin, one might assume they'd go the German route.

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 dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark-yellow, hazy hue... Minimal lacing and head... minor carbonation...
Smell: Sweet, earthy aroma... Hints of hay and lemons...
Taste: Taste strongly complemented the overall aroma... Sweet finish... Nice balance of hops and malts... Candied sugars, slight pepperish bite on the tongue...
Crisp, clean, refreshing mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

What better way to celebrate the obtaining of new beer (Half Acre's new barleywine, to be vaguely precise) than by drinking another? Yeah... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of stark white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mild chalk, sweet flowers, and a light touch of banana peel. The taste follows this recipe pretty closely, but then brings in some light corn, hard water, and light orange rind. Things were going so well, too... The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, I'd basically classify this as a pils that was almost good. Had the taste not flickered out on me, I'd've enjoyed this brew.

Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a three finger high white head that has very good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down easily because it doesn't exhibit a lot of bitterness or dryness.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Cock and Bull, Srasota, FL.

Poured a straw color with a moderate frothy white head that lasted and had good lacing. Heavy hoppy grainy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium fruit hoppy flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Average drinkable session beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin and fizzy bright-white colored head. Retention and lacing retains that week fizzy look. Not impressive. The aroma smells of earth and honeyed sweetness, with some light floral activity rounding things out in the back. Its' kind of there but lacks any kind of pizzazz.

The taste is sweet with bready malts and a distinct earthy citric flavor. A fairly crisp hop profile runs through the profile, leaving a green and dry feeling finish in its wake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and prickly carbonation that then evens out into a smooth creaminess as you swallow. This is probably my favorite part of the beer.

As some other reviews have mentioned, this isn't actually half bad when taken maybe as a couple of other styles but as Pils, this one just falls short. On a hot day though, this would still do in a pinch.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw yellow with a modest head.

Aroma is pale malt and light citrus hop.

Taste is initially honey sweet and lemony. Spicy hops then make an appearance. Finish is mild and clean.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A little sweeter than expected. Still, not a bad pilsner. Worth a try.

Photo of jimmah120
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint, review from notes

Look is a slightly cloudy orange-yellow with a small head. Smell is bready with a bit of coriander and yeast. Taste follows as white bread and grain fade to spices and faint lemony hops. Very drinkable, slight stringency at the end.

Very drinkable pils, but expensive and not overly impressive.

Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden in color....relatively clear, but some slight haziness...nose lends a somewhat skunky hop presence...taste is maltier than expected...aa good malt load for this style, but it also features a slightly skunky Heineken like finsih...mouthfeel is clean, and somewhat slick, and sweet....finishes on a mild dry note...overall an OK Pilsner I wouldn't seek out..

Photo of TX-Badger
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With this offering from Lakefront Brewery, the Klisch, I had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint/nonic glass.

A - it has a cloudiness to it, giving the beer a golden-blonde appearance. It only produced about 1/4 inch of foamy white head at the top.

S - very light hops, slight citrus note as well.

T - the malt seems to be the main note on the palate. There is no noticeable amount of hops, the beer is crisp, clean, and slightly sweet on the finish.

M - medium to full-bodied, it is very smooth. It has perhaps a bit of chewiness to it due to the slight cloudiness.

O - I did enjoy the Klisch from Lakefront. It is an easy drinking beer, not overly complex and straight forward. A very nice refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer day.

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 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 Lemke10
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

This German Pilsner pours a light yellowish color as the scent of malts hover ove rthe beer. Upon tasting you take in a good taste of malts with hint of lemon citrus. Not anything to rave about, but not terrible either.

Photo of Patrick999
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the variety 8-pack.

A - I gave it the pilsner glass treatment and it didn't disappoint. Clear gold, sticky head, active carbonation.

S - Average pilsner aroma. Nothing bad or out of place, just your typical pleasant-smelling pils.

T - Pretty nice; the water underlying this beer tastes soft. Not really as much of a crisp hop bite as the better American pilsners out there, like Stoudt's. Good wholesome bready malt backing, tastes like a decent table bread.

F - I have no problems with the feel. Goes down easy, finishes clean and bready.

D - While I might prefer other pilsners, this is obviously very drinkable and would never pass one up. Excellent warm-weather drinking.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloud, golden/yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. Also, a sweet fruity aroma.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with some grassy hops that added s subtle bitter kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice sessionable, easy drinking lager.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

This particular cask had a placard in front of it claiming that it had been dry-hopped, but did not go so far as to explain with what variety of hops. The server on duty at the time did not know either.

Poured out a rather clouded golden straw color with a fizzy single finger of evaporating head (room temp cask) and no lacing at all, but the aroma was absolutely filled with a combination of white pear juice and fresh grassy herbals over the top of a crackery malt. Oh man did it ever smell like it was going to be an sweeter German Pilsner, but it really surprised me by presenting a standard dry Czech pilsner flavor through and through. The finish was clean and crisp, and the refreshingly carbonated lighter body was absolutely true to style. It's just that...it smelled like a sweeter German Pilsner yet tasted like a drier Czech Pilsner. And while I would normally knock a lot of points off my review for false style advertising, the image of the bottle shown above merely has the world "pilsner" alone on the label, a legal loophole in my self-imposed criteria!

So I therefore tentatively recommend trying this one if you are curious about what the two styles of pilsner would taste like blended together. Its weird, but weirdness does not necessarily equal badness in this case.

Photo of chetripley
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A different representation of the Pilsner style, more American than German, due to its medium amount of alcohol and little bitterness.

Poured a dark straw color into a tall pilsner glass, with 1 inch head hanging around a while with very little lacing.

Smelled grainy and fresh and was crisp and smooth to drink, with more of a malt character than hop.

Drinkable and thirst quenching, leaving me ready for more. Far surpasses other American brewed pilsners in its fuller body.

Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wildly different from other Pils, more body, more odd flavors, I opened an IPA for my family and this for me wanting a light brew, and for a moment, I didnt know what I was drinking. But then, malty, bready, crackerly brew got to me and I enjoyed it. 100% agree w reviewer who said "turn it into a BLONDE ALE", that's more what it is.

A - Pours a slight hazed, golden/yellow color with a foamy, two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Subtle, not much here, but smells of grains and sweet floral notes.

T - It tasted fairly sweet, lots of bread. Was very good with cheese and mozzarella tomatoes with basil. Would be good with salad and as a pre-dinner beer, which was the case tonight. Included light grassy hops that made the finish nice.

M -Not right for a pils, more medium weight body. But I liked it, just change the style please.

O - I'd drink another. Might want to try. Reviewers overly ding this beer for being off-style, but it's a nice middle of the road blonde ale with an appetizing finish.

It's original, not cliché.

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 stakem
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Botted date of "First week of June" no year.

Pours a little hazy straw yellow color with more than a finger of white head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Nose has minor malt sweetness and just a bit of citrus and grassy notes. Decent amount of carb and medium to light feel. Tasting just a bit of malt sweetness but the rest of this experience flirts with the "green bottle beer" taste. Very slight skunked taste in it. Finish is slightly bitter but nice and crisp.

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

Not a bad pils with quite a dry hoppy finish which sets it apart from many craft lagers which tend to be sweeter. Not on the same level as prima pils but decent enough to drink when the weather gets warm. Much prefer the stein beer as a lager from these guys

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.

Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.