Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Toronado and at Zeitgeist in SF during one of the best beer weeks of my life....
Pour has about 1/4 inch of head that recedes to a ring quite quickly, light lacing, medium carbonation. Deep yellow colouring, clear as crystal. The aroma is where this one sets itself apart though. Think of all the aromas that you associate with a good Czech pils: Grass, Hay, Flowers, Peppery Spice, Earth, Grain, maybe even a little nuttiness, but all amped up, well balanced, but still each one distinct from the other.
When it hits your taste buds an eruption of fresh flavours happens. It's like having a garden in your mouth. Floral as all hell, but offset by the spicy pepper notes that are typical of the noble hops. There's a massive hop bill here. A bit of lemon sourness as well. The grassy character is almost like how a sun-baked hillside smells, earthy and dry. Very grainy and nutty as well. Full flavoured is an understatement.
Mouthfeel is maybe a little heavier than the average pils, but barely, and the carbonation is just about right. Dry as all hell. Drinkability takes a hit only because you want to savour every sip. This one isn't a chugger, but it's so enjoyable you have to have more than one.
As far as Pilsners go, this one goes to 11, I'm extremely pleased to have tried it, and it's an essential brew if you're in the bay area.
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2007 19:43:54 | More by trevorwideman
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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.