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Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 183
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Sammy, May 30, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.8%

t0rin0, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean and the Chicago crew for saving me some from last night's tasting. Growler opened up with a nice hiss...a great sign that its still fresh! Light bright golden color with nice carbonation and minimal lacing. Floral, grainy and hay like aromas...so much better than any of the Czech pilseners I've had. Taste is very flavorful for the style getting some floral and slight citrus notes in the finish. Very drinkable, light and refreshing. They are getting everything out this style that definitely lives up to its top rating. What a great beer to be able to drink on a hot summer day. Would love try this again fresh off the tap. Definitely a recommend!!

spycow, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado San Francisco in August 2009.

A: Pours a golden color with a white head.

S: A decent amount of German noble hops, but nothing overpowering, and there isn't really too much else going on.

T: A good amount of grain matched against the noble hops, but nothing terribly special. Maybe it's the hype, but this one really didn't live up to my expectations. Nothing really set it apart from other pilsners that I've had.

M: Light with moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable, but not more so than most for the style. I didn't detect nearly as much of a hop presence as others have discussed, so I'll make sure to revisit it again in the future.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -6.8%

nmann08, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Texasfan549, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear golden color and a modest head that disipates quickly but still sheets the glass with lace

Smell: Fresh noble hop aroma - it almost smells like a noble hop harvest

Taste: Starts out with a grainy flavor that builds with extreme noble hop bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors linger but are joined by a lively floral aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Generally pilsners can be drunk in quantity, but this one is so aggressively bitter that, by the end of the pint, I felt I had to give my tastebuds a rest; the floral tones at the end of each sip were quite memorable and certainly set this beer apart

brentk56, May 05, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Bottled on October 3, 2006. Pay to the order of: Reality Czech Style Pilsner, 22 fluid ounces of malt, hops, water, yeast, love and dedication. Signed: Saint Humulus."

--Reality Czech label

What better way to start off "George's Unauthorized Home Bottling Project II" than with what is sure to be a pils for the ages. Glowing lemony gold with paler, moonlight edges. The head is polished ivory in color and is a collection of fine, glassy bubbles that makes the beer look regal and refined. Sheets upon sheets of delicate, lace-like lace are beginning to stick to all available surfaces.

The nose isn't quite as hoppy or an explosive as anticipated. It's still a humdinger though. I wish I knew which variety (or varieties) of hops the brewer uses because the aroma isn't especially grassy or floral or spicy or any of the other characteristics that I usually attribute to the Czech nobles. Muskily fruity is the closest that I can come to an adequate description.

There's no shortage of flavor, that's for damn sure. As expected after the sniff test, Reality Czech is a balanced beer. While the hophead in me wanted something more hoptastic, the lover and appreciator of world-class beer is more than satisfied with this incredibly delicious, fantastically drinkable pilsener.

Moderately sweet pale malt carasses and coddles the palate while the alpha acids attempt to slap it around a little bit. That perfectly meshed relationship between malt and hops is what makes this beer what it is. Still though, I'm trying to resist the impulse to call for more of the little green cones. As I enter the bottom half of the bomber, one thing has become crystal clear. If I lived in Sonoma County, Reality Czech just might be my session beer of choice.

I give George all the credit in the world for what he's been able to accomplish with his Home Bottling Projects. This is the first beer, however, that I think may have taken a small hit in terms of mouthfeel. It's still good (lightly creamy, softly carbonated), it just isn't as amazingly transcendent as I imagine it is fresh from the tap.

Reality Czech is my first Moonlight brew and I have to say that I'm impressed, especially with its balance and its drinkability. Not that I needed any more impetus, but savoring the final few ounces of this incredible beer leads me to cast my mind back to that too-long-delayed trip to Santa Rosa. In addition to wallowing in great food and great beer, I'd love to be able to thank RedwoodGeorge in person.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa.

A: A hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves some mild lacing. Served in an absolutely awesome Moonlight brewing glass (which I purchased).

S: A nice earthy and spicy hop aroma accompanied by citrus notes and a bit of sweet malt.

T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. The hops definitely take the lead and lend a great earthy and spicy quality to the beer. The malt is certainly there, as are the citrus flavors. A pretty nice balance.

M: The carbonation is plentiful and helps to create a light, refreshing beer drinking experience.

D: This is a really refreshing and easy drinking beer. I'm not generally much of a lager fan, but this just has such great flavors and a nice light feel to it.

womencantsail, Nov 29, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

SocalKicks, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Amnesia in San Francisco.

A perfectly clear straw-colored pils without much head to speak (this was mostly due to the way the bartender poured it though, because the carbonation was just fine). Pretty subtle aroma; pale malts, grainy and grassy, lots of fresh floral hops. The taste closely mirrors the smell - bready pale malts and a surprisingly strong hop kick at the end that lingers on the palate for quite a while. Very clean and simple, light in body and crisply carbonated, exactly as a pilsner should be. It reminded me quite a bit of Victory's Prima Pils, but with a cleaner taste and better balance between malt and hops.

largadeer, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

emerge077, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Jason, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a pint glass.

A - It looks like a pils - transparent golden color. It's hard to get a read on head volume as the T bartenders are diligent about filling the glass to the brim. Maybe a finger of creamy white foam that dissipated to a solid cap and left plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Pilsener malt, some floral hoppiness with a touch of orange citrus, a bit of twangy lager yeast. It is what it is - an extremely pleasant session pilsener.

T - Spicy Saaz hops, pilsener malt, a touch of orange zest, and unfortunately like Arbitrator pointed out a touch of corny adjunct in the aftertaste before fading into an impressive amount of bitterness. Lots of flavor in such a low ABV brew, but nothing mind-blowing here.

M - Lively carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Nice dry finish with plenty of residual stickiness.

D - Super drinkable. I finished my glass in no time and could easily have had plenty of this, although flavor-wise it paled in comparison to the amazing Death & Taxes.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my #1 beer series, the supposedly best Czech lager, according to this website. Served on draft at Flavor Bistro, served in a 16 ounce Moonlight Brewing company imperial pint glass.

Beer is yellow with a decent head on it, leaves some lacing behind. Head is made up of a thin monolayer of tiny bubbles and bigger, stray, medium and large bubbles that gravitate toward the edges and pop. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is weak but it smell exactly like I expect it to, sweet pilsen malt aroma, no hint of yeast or sulfur.

Beer is light in body and served way too damn cold IMO. I wait and warm it up a little but get impatient. Shame on you Flavor, shame. Beer is mildly sweet up front and has moderate carbonation on the palate and finishes cleanly without being too dry. This was a high quality DONG tick for me and while I really appreciate the simplicity of this beer and it is done well, I can't think of anything that makes it special. Its not bittered, its just a classic example of the style, it embodies what a Czech pils is about. I'd have it again but I won't go out of my way for it again. Solid all around.

drabmuh, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

mactrail, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2 pints on-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pale, straw, yellow colour, with a medium white head with good retention, above average looking for a pils.

S: Intoxicating Saaz/Noble hop aroma, mixed with baked sourdough bread.

T: Oustanding, first you are hit with delicious bready malt, which is then backed with perfect, floral, Saaz hops bitterness, by far the best pilsner that I've ever had. A true tour de force.

M: Incredibly dry, floral, smooth, and soft - perfect for a pilsner of this type.

D: Incredibly drinkable and smooth, a great pilsner, I could drink this all day, the epitome of a session beer. This is my first beer from Moonlight, and if they are all as good as the pilsner, I'm in for a treat when I can find them. A great beer all-around. The best pilsner in the world.

Halcyondays, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

08/04/05- On tap at Zeitgeist in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Lighter golden color with a very minimal head. The slightest of lacing. This is the least strongest point of this beer.

Smell- A very fruity hop scent as well as a small grainy background.

Taste- Wow! Everyone is right. This is the taste you are going for in a perfect pils. Very high hop presence. Fruitier than most pils. Not the extreme bitterness you find in most. Mild grain flavor. Sweet but in a perfect way.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy, lower carbonation (weird, but I like it) and a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Please, oh please bottle this!!! Session beer at it's best. Best pils hands down. So well put together and balanced.

GClarkage, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flavor Bistro.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with pale golden straw hues when held to a light source and a frthy, soapy two finger white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with streaks and spots of soapy chunks of lace.

Slightly earthy/funky with a musty grassy/straw presence in the nose. Subtle earthy hops and a prominent pilsner malt character. There's also a good bit of light fruit, eapeciLly apple and banana.

Medium body which is happily much fuller than ai expected with a nice crisp light hop presence up front followed by a prominent pilsner malt presence and a very tasty earthy straw grass character. Very complex and easy to drink. ABV is decently masked with only slight alcohol presence. Light and crisp with a enough of a subtle hop bite up front and full malt body to make it complex and interesting. Recommended.

corby112, Jan 09, 2010
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Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.