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Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

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221 Ratings

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%

Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of magictacosinus


4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this countless times, but for some reason I never got around to properly reviewing it. No more, I say - went and had a pint of this at Thalassa recently. It's pretty easy to find at Toronado SF as well! Poured into a shaker pint glass on tap.

Pours a very nice straw golden color with a good foamy white head that sticks around for a bit, but perhaps in part due to the weak head retention qualities of the shaker pint, it soon dies down to about a modest ring. Surprisingly, it does leave behind some sticky lacing at the sides of the glass, and bubbles are plentiful, although not as much as they usually are on high quality pilsners that come out of the Czech Republic. It's still pretty good, and already in my book is one of the most memorable looking Czech-style pilsners brewed in America.

The aroma definitely delivers what you'd expect from the style - a crisp, grainy sweetness, light fruit, and a clean, peppery finish. Up front, there's some notes of sweet toasted notes of toffee and sugar cane from the grains, although it is a bit biscuity as well. After, there's definitely some white grapes, raisins, pear, and even nectarines, which is pretty fascinating for what this is. Light white pepper, some floral and grassy notes as well. Showcases an additional sweetness similar to vanilla as it warms up, and maybe some almonds to unique results. It's overall pretty malty, but it's fascinating to see how these delicate nuances open up over time.

The flavor is a blast of malty richness from the pilsen malts in a way that perhaps no readily available Czech pilsner on the market ever tasted, as well as an assorted variety of sweet flavors, fruits, and spices. *Very* strongly toasted at the front, with a hearty biscuit flavor as well as toasted toffee filled grains, some white fruit (thinking maybe pears? Yellow apples?), grapes, and perhaps some lychee. Really fascinating stuff - gets progressively more complex with the peppery finish at the end, the brief lemongrass finish, and sweetness that resembles vanilla at the end. It's very zesty at the finish, with a brief acidity that cleanses the palate for the next sip. It does become fruitier over time, in spite of its tremendous malty flavor, but it's quite quaffable to the max - creamy, well carbonated, and surprisingly appropriately light-bodied for the style. Really great stuff - definitely among the greats.

Funny story is that it took me ages to finally "get" the appeal of this beer, even in midst of all the hype. After cleansing my palate with a variety of gentler beers after knocking it out with far stronger offerings in the past year, my rediscovery of this beer came to me as a tremendous surprise. I always make a question to order either this or Trumer Pils whenever I'm in a bar that offers them in Berkeley - it keeps things simple, and yet, shows the vibrant qualities that a homemade lager can bring to the table.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2014 08:00:56 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Well, if Raul may, he is going to call this the Jan Patočka of Czeck Pilsners (do your homework, my children). Speaking of Phenomenology, Raul almost went in and out of consciousness as he drank this dang sucker. So smooth. So smooth... Like Cigar looking back and laughing at the competition as he trotted his way to the Triple Crown, this sucker was grassy like an Iowa pasture and "bready" like Raul's Grandmama's fresh baked loaves of Sunday bread. Yes, Raul is feelin' this one.

Seek it, my children. Seek it well and good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 07:21:31 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of elNopalero


4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’m always looking for a good pilsner.
This pours a clear golden color with cottony foam.
There’s a pleasing toasted biscuit note to this with a light grassy aroma.
There’s a piney bitterness with a robust biscuit finish on it. Another tasty Moonlight brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 07:32:56 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Philousa


3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Imbibed on tap at burger. Santa Cruz on 5/25/13.

Pours a clear, tawny yellow, bordering on orange. The thin white head sinks back to the glass after each sip. Tart, somewhat sweet, tangy, and a little walnut, this beer's aroma is dominated by yeast characteristics. Flavor has more sweetness in honey with biscuit and cracker. The hops are bright and nectary with a green, young bitterness to them. Finish is fairly sweet and feel is watery, as a good Pils should be.

I like this beer, but I think I'd reach for a Death and Taxes instead because its slightly sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 01:43:29 | More by Philousa
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Toronado)

A: real light yellow gold, slightly hazy (dry hopping? dirty lines?).... nice, cloud-like white head, sticks around in collar, lil spatters of lace

S: bright and refreshing.... not the level nor relative richness of malt the taste soon reveals.... mostly a blend of floral and orange-lemon hops, dense yet delicate

T: wonderful smooth butter cookie malt.... lemony grassy hops, lasting bitterness.... mmm, pale and caramel malts really shine....approaching bold yet drinks light and clean.... moreish, as the malt gives way to the spring-like hops

M: starts off with a tease of medium body only to spread and attenuate back over the palate

O: solid overall... great balance, foundation and separation of constituent parts.... tastes like a Czech Pils more than anything else.... probably oughta do a follow-up review ASAP

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 04:34:24 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of mactrail


4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark golden color in the tall pint nonic. Perfect head and foam down the glass. Pleasing nose of grain and fresh straw.

Warm tones with a biscuity malt flavor. Resiny and clean sharp flavors, but the mellow malt gives it a pleasurable mouthfeel. Long hoppy aftertaste with just the right Pilsener bitterness.

This is kind of the ideal lager sort of beer. Reminds me of the way Mexican beers used to taste in the 1960s, at least in my mind. On tap at the Trappist in Oakland and a great quaff for lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 20:33:20 | More by mactrail
Photo of Lakemonster


4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have tasted very few high quality pils. This one blew me away. It was refreshing, light and full of good pils flavor. I was fortunate enough to have this on tap at Toronado with a good friend who was showing me the local brew scene. I won't forget it and would highly recommend you try it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 22:00:53 | More by Lakemonster
Photo of jethrodium


4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is hay and straw. Quite earthy with bread and biscuit and a bit of grass. The taste is dry and earthy with straw, grass, and biscuit. The finish is drying with a very light bitterness and a lingering earthiness. Medium carbonation. Medium-light body. A great American Pilsener.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 05:40:16 | More by jethrodium
Photo of FosterJM


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1551st Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Toronado San Francisco

App- It's truly a light yellow. Amazingly clear and lite looking in the glass with a small 1/4"-1/2" head. Again like most pils in that there was no cling and lace on this one.

Smell- Damn lagers. Just can't get passed that grassy, butter kinda Heineken thing. However, this seems more dry hopped, less lager and generally more spicy and alive.

Taste- Holy cow! Why aren't all lagers like this. Keeps the pils flavors from the malts, however as with the aromatics the hop additions do wonders for this beer. It's much more complete and clean. The flavors aren't as muddled either as most pils.

Mouth- A lighter medium body which surprised me. Was thinking it would be the usual light body. Again the thicker carbonation was a shock! More pepper and dry hops on the finish.

Drink- Much like Bombay, was hearing the hype but couldn't believe how good this was. Sad I only had one pint.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 02:36:33 | More by FosterJM
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the defining achievmemt of this beer is its smooth tone. So many pilsners seem to have some aftertaste or lingering tone that is a distraction or detractor. This one does not. Smooth with a mildly grassy tone and subtle hop spicy bits added in. This is extremely drinkable.

Beers like this show why the American brewing scene is now king, and will be so for a very long time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 17:08:41 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado SF. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale straw yellow with a white head. Settles to just a ring and some wisps.

Smell - Earthy and very slightly grassy hops. Mild. Biscuity pale malts. Spicy?

Taste - Mimics the smell. Slightly more emphasis on the hops. Hardly what I'd call hoppy, but it's got a presence. Clean pilsener malts. Just a little toasty. Dry in the finish. Exactly what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel - The finish seals the deal for this one. Yes, it's light and drinkable,nut so are many average pilseners. This one is dry and slightly spicy. Excellent.

Overall - I'm not a lager fan, but so many pilseners are awful. This is an exception. When it's good, it's very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 04:28:45 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of WillCarrera


4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado in SF, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale gold color, topped with a thin white head, leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of floral hops with spices, grainy pale malt, has a lot of spice and some honey in the center with a grassy bitter finish. The flavor is classic pilsner flavor, but fuller and more interesting than any pilsner I've had before.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, long slightly bitter finish.

O- A great pilsner, it's light, refreshing and very drinkable but still has loads of flavor, I don't drink a ton of lagers but this is easily the best pilsner I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 21:59:48 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of tewaris


4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple pints on draft at Monk's Kettle. Nice and clear with a pillowy head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is pils malt and noble hops... quite mild but definitely appealing. Tastes grainy sweet with light malt, mild bitterness and a long bittering finish. Like the other features of this beer, the bitterness in the finish is mild and accessible.

Light and crisp and extremely clean, Reality Czech's highlight is its extremely high drinkability. It is not often that one finds a good beer that asks to be drank by the pitcher!

4, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 18:22:59 | More by tewaris
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light straw beer with amazing clarity and pristine virgin white head 1.5" thick at Toronado SF. Aroma wasn't great, a bit of that funky saaz noble hop thing going probably, no skunkiness, but if you read my reviews, thats not always frowned upon compared to your average lager reviewer.

Crisp, clean, easy drinking, slight hop and bitter twang but no aftertaste or lingering flavors, just bam, done. A very good lager and all, but allow me to fulfill the stereotype and just say that there's easily one hundred ales I'd rather have than this beer. A good beer though and something worth looking for and seeking out if you're a lager guy or girl.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 05:51:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of brystmar


4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flavor next door to the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: Pours clean and golden with copious amounts of thick, white head. Excellent retention, leaves tons of lace. Didn't know pilsners looked this good.

S: Sweet malts, hops, pine, more fresh hops.

T: Malty and hoppy as we start things off. Bready. Spices sting the tongue midway through. Fresh hops resurrect themselves as the drink finishes, leaving a pleasantly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Clean, dry, smooth, yet still interesting; this is everything a pilsner should be.

M/D: Medium-bodied, plenty of carbonation, and very easy to drink if you enjoy the style. I'm not a big fan of pilsners in general, but I've gotta tip my hat to Moonlight for brewing the best interpretation of the style I've ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 21:29:56 | More by brystmar
Photo of cbutova


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado in SF. Notes from 10/24.

A- Pale clear gold with a small white head. Frothy ring and spotty lace.

S- Simple nose of citrus zest, floral hops, biscuit and cracker malt, as well as some nice yeast bread.

T- Crisp flavor. Slightly sweet light malt with great yeast bread flavor. This is enhanced by floral, grassy and citrus zest hop notes.

MF- Light body with substantial carbonation and a smooth feel. Moderately bitter finish.

Good Pils that rivals my favorite Prima Pils. All of the good flavors in a nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 04:58:19 | More by cbutova
Photo of dubinsky


4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer

A - Pours a super clear straw yellow with a short half finger head. The carbonation reminds me of champagne. As the head fades it leaves some nice paterned lacing.

S - Mostly straw and hay with some very faint nondescript citrus

T - Super crisp, "Like Santana champ" but seriously this is a very tasty and refreshing beer. Nice hop bite is followed by bready and strawlike flavor.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. very crisp and dry.

O - Like Prima Pils only better. I see this as a a prime example of what the style should looked and taste like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 01:40:33 | More by dubinsky
Photo of emerge077


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Flavor Bistro, review from written notes.
Served in a 12 oz. wilibecher glass.

Bright gold with sharp clarity and visible ascending trails of champagne bubbles. Thin layer of compact foam on top looks like a round buttermilk biscuit. Lasting head retention, sea spray foam, and concentric rings of lace on the way down.

Grassy noble hops, dry and herbal. Clean, dry crackery pilsner malt, hint of sliced apples.

Similar flavors, very crisp, dry and refreshing with a lingering bitterness from the ample noble hops. Light bready flavors of crisp crackers and sliced apple again. So crisp and clean, with enough hops to keep interest, superbly balanced with equal malt and yeast character. Extremely versatile, a timeless classic to pair with just about anything.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 22:24:10 | More by emerge077
Photo of markymark88


4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, full-bodied taste for a lager. I noticed very slight herb notes. A very appealing golden-brown appearence. Very smooth but thick mouthfeel. It is an extremely drinkable beer. Not an overpowering nose, but overall one of the best beers I've had. I will definitely look forward to trying this beer in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 20:37:52 | More by markymark88
Photo of MexicanSkittel


3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So having this on tap now.

Poured a slight hazy golden yellow with slight orange glow. There was a 1/4 inch off white head, that left in about a min. The haze was one as well after it set to a bright gold.

The smell is faint, little straw and malt.

Taste is kinda mild too. Watery straw tea, I find sone citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice and easy. Aside from a light bitterness on the finish, I could easily take down six of these on a hot sunny day. Granted it's drizzling today so mostlikely just one today.

Overall, not bad, but certainly not my favorite. I was expecting just a little bit more. I'll revisited again though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 20:28:50 | More by MexicanSkittel
Photo of FreshHawk


4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright, slightly hazed gold color with a good sized, foamy, fluffy white head. Good retention leaving a nice coating of lace.

S - Nice mix of sweet grainy aroma and hops. Hop aroma is a mix of flower/herbal and citrus, primarily orange and lemon. Hints of a bready malt aroma.

T - A lot like the nose. Starts with a sweet grainy flavor with backgrounds of sweet bready and pale malt. These all provide a nice backbone. Mid sip more hop flavors come out with the citrus and herbal/floral hops. More spiced and grassy Nobel hop flavors on the finish with a slightly bitter taste lingering.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - The bitterness on the finish prevents it from being very drinkable compared to other pilseners. Decent balance in flavors and it being very crisp and refreshing make this an easy beer to drink.

Notes: Really nice pilsener with a good amount of hops in it. Quite refreshing and crisp. A little on the bitter side but overall it is fairly well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 08:00:35 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz counter filled bottle thanks to SubpeonaDeuces. Dated 9.11.11.

A - Pours a pale, hazy medium orange with a one finger white head. The head slowly fades and leaves some slight lacing on the glass.

S - Malts, lemon, wheat, and oranges.

T - The usual pilsner malts and wheat, plus a citrus rush of oranges and lemons on the sides of my tongue.

D - Good carbonation - Whew! Average body.

O - Delicious, and this not a style I ususally go for.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:15:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Forb


4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for this one!

Appearance: Translucent golden body with a decent head and retention.

Smell: The traditional pilsner scent here amid spicy, dank notes.

Taste: Potent hops that don't overpower with a faint bitterness that doesn't break through the mellow sweetness of this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation within a refreshing body.

Overall: Pilsener at perfection.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:59:44 | More by Forb
Photo of ChrisPro


4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Toronado SF.

A - clear dark yellow with very little head and spotty lacing. Luckily, this was the only negative for the beer.

S - tons of floral and spicy notes with great earth undertones.

T - biscuity vanilla goodness with a solid spicy hop bitter finish. Just perfectly balanced.

M - a bit thick for a pils with a bit if residual sugar. Low carb that made the brew incredibly drinkable.

O - this packs in the flavor. For the abv, you can't ask for much more. Aroma and flavor are on for style and just really work well. Would be happy drinking this every day during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 04:55:38 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of avaldivia


4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa. Poured into a Moonlight Brewing Imperial Pint glass.

A: Clear Golden color. Decent head with little retention. Pretty good retention.

S: Very nice citrus and spice notes with the traditional Pilsener yeast smell.

T: About as close to perfection as you can get. Very nice citrus, spice, yeast notes throughout.

M: Light bodied. great carbonation. Super smooth for easy consumption.

O: There is a reason this is listed as the best Czech Pilsener. I love this beer and along with Death and Taxes order it pretty much whenever I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 01:30:43 | More by avaldivia
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Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.