Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 201
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005

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Photo of Lakemonster
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Sampled on Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, on two separate occasions. The small tap handle simply had the words Reality Czeck on it. Served in a clean sleeve-like drinking vessel with a printed Moonlight symbol on it.

Appearance: The staff at Flavor Bistro knows their shit, and are all obviously well trained for every Pint I had of the Reality Czeck was the perfect pour from the Tap. A hazed yellow body, much more reminiscent of a Belgium Wit than a clean filtered golden Czech Pils; but Brian Hunt would be the first to tell you that he never conforms to styles to minute details. What is in the glass looks absolutely perfect though, a firm whisked egg-white head strays up and out of the top of the glass, last time I saw a head like this I heard the words “Eeets footin Strongarm Man” ring around from the pourer when I questioned it. The longevity of the head is supreme, it does collapse as you work your way through, but only to reveal and equally sexy clumpy covering that laces nicely with dominating and confident rings. Outstanding looks.

Nose: Crisp clean aromas, superlative punctuating fresh lightly hoppy nose with a restrained malt base that allows everything to balance. The Pint reeked of “freshness”; however you want to define that. Background had a lovely cereal husky nature, but this was a perfectly good thing, for me.

Taste: This is where it gets interesting, it had everything and nothing, so hard to describe but I recall, lemon, limes, grass, hop flowers, husky malt grains, firm toasts, citric sharpness with some metallic traits, but just as they should be with a talcum softness in the finish. Everything it needs to be, nothing more, and nothing less. Faultless.

Mouthfeel: Perfection, a firm and never waning medium body has a crisp resilient carbonation that effortlessly scours the plate and allows every last grain (literally) to cross the palate. Soft and purely ground down to a talcum powder texture, the sharpness of the hops and citric nature expand the horizons of the Mouthfeel, far from one-dimensional.

Drinkability: *DEADLY*

Overall: Seems wrong to give a perfect 5.0, but this really *IS* that good. To try to improve it would be like killing the Goose that lays the Golden Egg. On-draft, fresh from the Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, this was Simply Stunning, Exquisite, Dangerously Drinkable and Effortlessly Addictive. Believe the Hype and laugh at Prima Pils. Some slight deviations and variations from the better home-spun Czech Pils style that those anal nit-pickers revel in, I ignore them all, for the simple reason that my first taste of this literally reminded and mentally transported me back to my first trip to (the then) Czechoslovakia. It had me eulogizing about those first half-litres of Pilsner Urquell, StaroBrno, Gambrinus and Budvar that I tried way back in 1991. In that respect, this is where the Reality Czeck wins hands down. Forget my original reason to visit Russian River, sampling the Reality Czech at Flavor Bistro was worth the 900 mile round trip from Long Beach to Santa Rosa just for this alone.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is a brilliant yellow in color with lots of bubbly carbonation in the glass. The head was rich and white and topped this Pils excellently.

Smell – There’s a nice, light grain to the nose that shows some good (and rare) husky notes. The floral hops are so faint you can barely catch them, but I really enjoyed the husk as you can’t find it in good quality anymore.

Taste – The nice husky grain from the nose came on much stronger once I started drinking this Pils. I can’t tell you how nice it is to find a good, husky grain flavor.

It’s really what so many American efforts strive to be. The sadness of American corn really stands out after drinking this beer. You’ll have to wait at least a month or two after partaking of the Reality Czech before you can drink an American macro. Aptly named.

Mouthfeel – This is right smack dab in between light and medium-bodied with some perfect, crisp carbonation. It is super clean in the mouth. This is exactly how a refreshing Czech Pils should feel.

Drinkability – I ordered a round of three and somehow got four beers out of it. I bogarted the extra one and had no problem finishing it. Really, you can’t stop at Flavor Bistro without ordering at least two of these Moonlight Brewing specials; one to down in three gulps out of sheer decadence and the other to drink like a gentleman.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

Pours a hazy light yellow, similar to a wit, but with the ample carbonation streams and light white head of a pilsner. Husky aroma of corn and grains along with lemon zest and herbal hops. Lively feel and flavor from carbonation and assertive hopping. Biscuits, lemon, grass clippings, and spice flavors. Flawlessly clean. Crisp like a frito. Spritzy even. Light bodied but with some unexpected creaminess. Sessionable.

Note: So this is a perfect pilsner… From now on I will gage pilsners, which are much, much more common here in the heartland then they are on the west coast, against this beer. Although this is certainly a great beer, I think I will find that there are many pilsners made by small breweries here in Wisconsin that can stand up to Reality Czech. That being said, kudos to Moonlight one of my favorite Bay Area brewers.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The final 22oz bomber I'm trying from RedwoodG. I've been greatly looking forward to this one. Pours from the bomber into my glass a wonderful light golden yellow with a hint of orange. A small white head appears with plenty of bubbly, active carbonation. Very nice! Aromas begin with a nice crisp, grainy maltiness that has a faint toastiness. Herbal, grassy hops are quite prominent and blend in wonderfully. Really vibrant while at the same time quite laid back.

First sip brings a clean, crisp lightly grainy maltiness that has a very mellow toastiness. It's quickly followed by a wonderful grassy, herbal hoppiness. Flows down with a nice smack of bitterness on the back of the palate. Incredibly clean, crisp and bursting with flavor. Simply a wonderful pilsner all around. I get a light floral hint as well. Quite simply a wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and even somewhat creamy. Plenty of bubbly carbonation flows down with each sip. Supremely drinkable...I could seriously enjoy the hell out of this brew all night long. A stellar pilsner with a plentiful hop bite. At 4.8%, if I was near Moonlight and somewhere that had this on tap regularly, I think I might be in trouble. Now it's time for me to visit California and get more....yum.

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

RedwoodGeorge made this possible. Pours a slightly hazed, pale yellow body topped by a small white head. Lush carbonation is lovely to behold in the tall pilsner glass. Head retains well and leaves some decorous lace on the glass.

Lovely aroma has sweet, biscuity malt accented by lemon and honey. Solid hop backing is fresh, floral, and grassy. Hops are basically fresh cut hay and country club grass, but much more delicate. Spicy notes are picked up as well. Lovely!

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with a solid velvety carbonation. Feels wonderful to slosh around in the jaws.

I'm surprised at how well balanced the taste comes off. Very similar to the aroma, lemon and honey notes accent the biscuity pils maltiness, as the fresh and leafy hops presence jumps to centerstage. Lemongrass, a hint of bitter florals, and the fresh grassy presence meld together exceedingly well. Mouth watering and juicy all the way through, with a spicy and dry hop finish.

This is the ultimate session beer. Certainly, the best pilsner I've ever tried. The 22 oz. bottle provided by George filled two tall pils glasses which emptied in what seemed to be record time. Damn! This stuff is off the scale in drinkability.

Photo of markymark88
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Flavor Bistro

A golden straw pour with a thin, soapy rim. Looks extremely refreshing from jump... so let's dive in!

Well, we have a Pils here... but a really good one! Light citrus with lots of grass in the nose.

Taste is similar but I pick up a twinge of floral hops there too. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Easily the best pilsner I've ever encountered. Sharp carbonation, light mouthfeel and overwhelming drinkability. This one is a winner!

Photo of sloejams
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everytime I make it to San Francisco, I stop in at Toronado. Everytime I'm at Toronado, I'm sure to grab of pint of Reality Czeck. It brings me joy just knowing that my trip to SF will be blessed with this fine beer and I take comfort in knowing that Toronado always has it on draught.

It pours a strong yellow with a bit of head. The smell is phenomenal - it grabs you with simple flavors of bread and slight citrus. You even get a bit of the malts in the nose. The taste covers it all - simple in it's flavors - crisp and delicious.

Not only the best pilsener, I've ever had - but possibly the best session beer. And I could drink this everyday.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Toronado. Yellow coloured body with a white head. Grainy. Very nice session ale. Medium mouthfeel.Lightly sweet. To me, a good lager. Not much hops detected by my palate, and its early in the day. I am open minded, but I was expecting more.Appropriate carbonation.

Photo of augustgarage
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap, 2/4/10 at Flavor. Served in a sloping half-pint glass.

Pale maize liquid with a touch of (chill?) haze and an even solid finger of magnolia foam. Soft peaks yield great retention. Clingy rings of lacing spread apart slowly without becoming submerged again.

Unitary pale malt aromatics - exceptionally clean. Very faint noble hops add a hint of hay.

The malt is superlative in the flavor profile. Pure, clean, potent, and faintly suggestive of fresh home-made tortilla chips (of all things). Succulent, sweet yet dry finish with a touch of honey and alfalfa. With nowhere to hide, I can find ZERO off notes.

Smooth, creamy, yet still light-bodied...lovely.

Simple need not mean simplistic - a thoroughly enjoyable example of the style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Monk's Kettle, San Francisco on July 17, 2010.

Although I found Moonlight Brewing's Reality Czech to be a touch malty, it otherwise hit the nail right on the head. It displayed a great golden color; a perfect white froth head with good retention; a swirling aroma of spicy/floral and slightly grassy hops over gently sweetish and straw-like malt; and a solid, balancing bitterness.

Nicely done!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Toronado

Pours a straw golden clear color with a very nice white head. Very nice lacing too.

Aroma is that authentic pils aroma. Very lagerish. Little malty in the nose.

Taste is probably the best pils I have yet to have. Nice and light malty flavor with a good lager touch. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is high carb and nice crisp dry feel.

Overall I wish I could get this more often. It's nice to just have a nice crisp pils every once in a while. And this is the best.

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado and again at City Beer. At first I didn't see the appeal to this one, but on my third time having it I really got it. This is a great Czech pilsner.

A - Golden color with a medium white head and decent lacing.

S - Grassy hop aroma along with pale malt. Real nice hoppiness to it.

T - Pale malt and loads of fresh, grassy hops. Also a buttery flavor (diacetyl?) that actually works well here

M - Light, sharp, and crisp with a dry, fairly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. You could session the hell out of this one.

Photo of MiScusi
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap this weekend at both the Toronado and Flavor Bistro. Pours a light yellow with a frothy white head. The taste is mildly sweet while having an awesome snappy hoppiness to it. It finishes clean without a huge amount of lingering bitterness or sweetness. I remember Prima Pils being somewhat like this but the crispness and refreshing feeling of this brew easily make it the best I've ever tried from the Pilsner category.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Forb
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of abfraser
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado

A: Straw colored pale yellow, with nice white head

S: Good pilsner smell. Herbal, biscuity malt, lemon

T: More of the same. Just great biscuity maltiness and herbalness. Some nice hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation and acidity

D: Exceptionally drinkable. This is THE beer for a hot summer day.

Just a great example of a pilsner, rivaling those that have been doing it for centuries. Wish it was more widely available.

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 12 oz straight sided glass. Pours a clear pale yellow, that sparkles in the sunlight. A half a finger of loose foam white head quickly dissipates to some light haze and a few bubbles along the collar, leaving a few wisps of light lacing as you drink from the glass. Plenty of small slow bubbles floating up to the top visible in the beer.

Very aromatic for such a low abv beer. Well bittered with fresh cut grass, herbal (parsley and rosemary), and floral hops, rounded out by a light biscuit and fresh baked white bread malt backbone. Just nicely hoppy coming out of the glass though, more aromatic than a few other pilsners I've tried recently.

Taking a sip, greeted by a nice bitterness from the hops, much more earthy herbs and floral on the tongue, with a hint of fresh cut grass and pine needles as a compliment. Some light biscuit malt sweetness finishes off the tongue. After swallowing, the floral and herbal hops continue to linger for several minutes, almost as long as a heavily hopped IPA.

Light bodied with ample soft small bubble carbonation helps keep the tongue clean and crisp. Very refreshing, especially having this after a barrel aged beer. It was able to wash away the rich beer I had previously, and replace it with plenty of its hops in the lingering finish. Too bad this is only on tap, but this should go very well with lighter fare food.

This might replace Death & Taxes as my favorite Moonlight beer. Full of flavor without needing higher abv to accomplish it.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass, fill to the rim at the Toronado in San Francisco.

A simple dull but bright and slightly hazy body color. Dull to light lemon with no collar presented. Some lively carbonation surprisingly, but a good solid looking pils in character.

Big bready notes. A perfect example of balance though in terms of the malt chewy character and hop bitterness. Hop character though very buried even in terms of light pils, you have to look for it. An impressive sense of neutrality if I could say that. But this aroma is not impressive, but solid and decent. Very good.

Palate seems to continue the bouquet sense with a little bit more panache. Mild hop presence more distinct on the nose in the mid and aftertaste. Dough like qualities more in character to German pilsner quality with a great and solid dense backbone. Good simple mouthfeel that carries everything nicely, but forgoes crispness and pop on the character.

This is just simply a decent pils, very good. A world class beer? I am going to have to say no sorry. Would I like try more beers from this brewery? Absolutely yes without question.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one I never thought i would be typing up a review for to say the least! Much, much thanks for this growler. I was blown away to even see it. Served cold and poured into a few pint glasses, this one was consumed on 07/02/2009.

Rich looking pilsner pour. Nice golden hay color with a big head of white on top, nearly three inches at first before settling down to a nice rounded half inch layer that hung there for the rest of the session. Nice carbonation throughout as well really helping to replenish the head on this one. Rich malty aroma, lots of grain with a nice touch of light citrus poking its head up. As it warms I start to pick up grassy notes as well as a touch of banana. This rolls over very smoothly as I take my first sip. Again, blown away by the smoothness of this one. It is exactly how a pilsner should taste but with a nice touch of orange peel added to the finish. Very earthy and bready with lots fo grain notes littered throuhout the taste. Light, easy drinking, and soo sessionable, this one was gone in no time.

Again soo friggin cool that I was able to land this one. I had all but written it off without a trip out west, but never say never. One of the best session beers I have ever had. I would drink this all day if I could.

Photo of rallison
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach (yes, this beer actually made it down here!).

Let's start off by saying that this beer is really as good as everyone says. By far the best Czech Pils I have ever had.

Color of course is quite light, with a decent head. Aroma is extremely fresh - nice fresh, floral hops with a wonderful grassiness.

Taste is amazing. Ridiculously fresh, extremely floral hops with a nice grassiness. I'm just blown away by how fresh the floral tastes are...this is how I wish all pilseners tasted! Ultimately, this beer keeps everything very fresh and earthy, with a slight bit of citric character at the end.

The carbonation on this is perfect, and is way too easy to drink. This is one beer that has gone above and beyond to earn a 5 on drinkability...and, especially for the style, has earned 5s in a couple other categories too!

Highly, highly recommended. This is probably the first time I have gotten truly excited about a pilsener - let alone rating it in the top beers I have had of all time. So yes, it's that good.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.