Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
5/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-04-2007 05:42:37 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.
Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.
Serving type: on-tap
06-04-2014 17:37:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Flavor bistro in Santa Rosa and served in a Moonlight Brewing pint glass (proper glassware). Bright yellow, clear, huge pillow of white head. Aroma is nice and fruity , malts, hint of lager yeast. Flavor is lager yeast, crisp, fruity, pretty much one of the best pilsners I've tasted and something you just want to gulp down.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2014 22:47:20 | More by ArrogantB
4.41/5 rDev +2.6%
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
Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.