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Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

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95
world-class

232 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 175
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005)
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WarBuckeyes17

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-10-2014 03:45:04 | More by WarBuckeyes17
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jmccraney

Washington

3/5  rDev -30.2%

07-07-2014 20:59:35 | More by jmccraney
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allstar255

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-04-2014 22:28:45 | More by allstar255
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2014 06:56:14 | More by sloelco
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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QuakeAttack

California

3/5  rDev -30.2%

06-03-2014 05:05:32 | More by QuakeAttack
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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev -7%

06-02-2014 17:47:01 | More by CoolEthan
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -7%

06-02-2014 15:48:00 | More by SocalKicks
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-01-2014 23:18:01 | More by Smarty_Pints
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notchucknorris

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-20-2014 01:04:02 | More by notchucknorris
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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
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cornejo

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-12-2014 16:17:30 | More by cornejo
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cdean801

California

4/5  rDev -7%

03-22-2014 14:27:35 | More by cdean801
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jeff1973

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-19-2014 00:49:42 | More by jeff1973
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Modernrickk

California

4/5  rDev -7%

03-15-2014 05:28:11 | More by Modernrickk
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magictacosinus

California

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
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-15-2014 21:29:17 | More by sansho
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-12-2014 05:31:46 | More by orangesol
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BierGiek

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-12-2014 02:44:45 | More by BierGiek
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-15-2014 05:03:58 | More by mattmarka1
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-06-2014 19:46:21 | More by sclitch
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jophish17

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-12-2013 01:56:32 | More by jophish17
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

11-19-2013 08:20:02 | More by InfernoBoss
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RaulMondesi

California

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-15-2013 00:27:49 | More by roodie
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Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.