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Klisch Pilsner Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 284
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 20.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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: 284
Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sent to me by BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Served in a DC Brau tulip because I'm awesome.

A: Poured an orange-tangerine color, pretty clear, and with a soft 1/2 finger white head.

S: 1/2 malt, 1/2 hop. This was played down the middle. I wish there was more Pizazz here.

T: Nice overall flavor, good citrus component, clean finish.

M: Bubbly enough, mildly splotchy on the glass, and gulpable enough.

O: I see Lakerfront entries in the DC area from time to time but have never seen this one. Good stuff.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

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Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A strong gold body, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of white fluff. Head breaks down a bit quick. Little lace.

Big nose of hay/grass, surprisingly strong, though not completely fresh.

Taste has a light sweet malt start. Mild hop snap. Could use a much sharper bite, be crisper.

Light soft mouthfeel. Drinkability is easy but not big on desire.

More helles than pils, and either way a let down. I'm spoiled by the quality pils brewed in NJ and PA.

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Photo of bditty187
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a very enjoyable, crisp lager but more of a classic, good American-style lager than a German Pilsner since it really is not very hoppy and is lighter in body.

Golden, it has a meadium white head that shrinks quickly to a small, lasting top and leaves some lace in rings.

The aroma is pleasant grain with hints of herbs and pine sap.

The taste is a light but very nice golden lager, smooth and clean yet tasty with apple, hints of grain, grass, and pine. The grain becomes more promiment in the finish. It is lightly sweet and bitter. It becomes slightly more bland and mineral-water like near the end but still retains decent flavour and body.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a light fizzy white head that quickly became a small white soap ring.

The smell had a light touch of grain and a bit of grassy hops.

The flavor followed the smell, very mild and a unassuming even for the style. Some very light malt and grain notes with the smallest hint of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel was very light and watery.

Easy enough to drink, but lacking in enough flavor to want to drink it.

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Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light and cloudy straw with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. Surprisingly, I am getting a hint of corn on the nose – that can never be good. The taste is like practically every other pilsner I’ve ever drank, which means it’s passable considering the limitations of this style but pretty bland in general. There is a touch of malt sweetness on the finish followed by a semi-dry note from the hops.

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Photo of Drew966
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly clouded gold with adequate white head.

Grainy with some mild honey sweetness and not much in the way of hops, neither bitterness nor flavor. I guess there is a bit of spicy hop flavor but it's not much at all.

Sell this to me as Helles and it would rate a slightly better score. As it is, it lacks all of the beautiful floral/spicy hop flair that a good Pils should have, not to mention the refreshingly dry finish.

So far I've been fairly impressed with Lakefront. The IPA and Dark Lager were better than expected, but the Pilsner doesn't come close to hitting the mark.

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Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of shand
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic because I'm dumb and didn't pour this into a pilsner glass.

This brew is pretty nice looking. Pours a hazy pale golden color crested with two fingers of head that retain pretty well. Huge carbonation is apparent. Lacing and retention are both actually quite good for the style. The aroma is absolutely huge on zesty noble hops, with pale malts and some wheatiness backing it up. The taste is a bit lacking. It comes on fairly strong with some nice noble hops over some subtle malts, but the finish brings in strongly astringent citrus and something that just tastes a little bit sour. It's close, but not quite. It's basically lacking the great balance that's the hallmark of a good pilsner. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than the average pilsner, and highly carbonated. The drinkability suffers a lot due to the poor aftertaste and relative thickness. Overall, this was just barely an alright pilsner. I've had a host of better ones.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. The half inch of stark white head dissapears almost instantly. Not much lace left behind.

The aroma is typical pilsner. tortilla chips, malt, fresh cut grass and earth.

The flavor is pretty much in line with the nose. Hops, tortilla chips, some bitter fruit. I'm not a fan of the style but this seems to fall in line with the typical pilsner.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Overall a decent representation of the style. Not something I would pick up again but pilsner lovers would.

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Photo of brdc
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle from the sampler. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Straw colored, off white head, small, little retention.
Some malt aroma, minimal hops. You really need to put your nose in there to get anything.
Light bodied, refreshing but unremarkable, with some maltiness, minimal hoppiness.
Quite limited.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= very pale golden color with a small light head that leaves decent lacing very bubbly
S= a malty corn kinda smell. Somewhat muted hard to put my finger on it
T= very sweet malts smooth a little hops. Mostly just sweet. Lots of corn and bread on the aftertaste
M= light and well carbonated
D= very high. Refreshing beer with a very smooth taste great!

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Photo of Ri0
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

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