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Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

221 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%


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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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 04:28:45 | More by Alieniloquium
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado in SF, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale gold color, topped with a thin white head, leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of floral hops with spices, grainy pale malt, has a lot of spice and some honey in the center with a grassy bitter finish. The flavor is classic pilsner flavor, but fuller and more interesting than any pilsner I've had before.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, long slightly bitter finish.

O- A great pilsner, it's light, refreshing and very drinkable but still has loads of flavor, I don't drink a ton of lagers but this is easily the best pilsner I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 21:59:48 | More by WillCarrera
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple pints on draft at Monk's Kettle. Nice and clear with a pillowy head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is pils malt and noble hops... quite mild but definitely appealing. Tastes grainy sweet with light malt, mild bitterness and a long bittering finish. Like the other features of this beer, the bitterness in the finish is mild and accessible.

Light and crisp and extremely clean, Reality Czech's highlight is its extremely high drinkability. It is not often that one finds a good beer that asks to be drank by the pitcher!

4, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 18:22:59 | More by tewaris
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 05:51:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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brystmar

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flavor next door to the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: Pours clean and golden with copious amounts of thick, white head. Excellent retention, leaves tons of lace. Didn't know pilsners looked this good.

S: Sweet malts, hops, pine, more fresh hops.

T: Malty and hoppy as we start things off. Bready. Spices sting the tongue midway through. Fresh hops resurrect themselves as the drink finishes, leaving a pleasantly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Clean, dry, smooth, yet still interesting; this is everything a pilsner should be.

M/D: Medium-bodied, plenty of carbonation, and very easy to drink if you enjoy the style. I'm not a big fan of pilsners in general, but I've gotta tip my hat to Moonlight for brewing the best interpretation of the style I've ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 21:29:56 | More by brystmar
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado in SF. Notes from 10/24.

A- Pale clear gold with a small white head. Frothy ring and spotty lace.

S- Simple nose of citrus zest, floral hops, biscuit and cracker malt, as well as some nice yeast bread.

T- Crisp flavor. Slightly sweet light malt with great yeast bread flavor. This is enhanced by floral, grassy and citrus zest hop notes.

MF- Light body with substantial carbonation and a smooth feel. Moderately bitter finish.

Good Pils that rivals my favorite Prima Pils. All of the good flavors in a nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 04:58:19 | More by cbutova
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dubinsky

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer

A - Pours a super clear straw yellow with a short half finger head. The carbonation reminds me of champagne. As the head fades it leaves some nice paterned lacing.

S - Mostly straw and hay with some very faint nondescript citrus

T - Super crisp, "Like Santana champ" but seriously this is a very tasty and refreshing beer. Nice hop bite is followed by bready and strawlike flavor.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. very crisp and dry.

O - Like Prima Pils only better. I see this as a a prime example of what the style should looked and taste like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 01:40:33 | More by dubinsky
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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 22:24:10 | More by emerge077
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markymark88

California

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 20:37:52 | More by markymark88
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MexicanSkittel

California

3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So having this on tap now.

Poured a slight hazy golden yellow with slight orange glow. There was a 1/4 inch off white head, that left in about a min. The haze was one as well after it set to a bright gold.

The smell is faint, little straw and malt.

Taste is kinda mild too. Watery straw tea, I find sone citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice and easy. Aside from a light bitterness on the finish, I could easily take down six of these on a hot sunny day. Granted it's drizzling today so mostlikely just one today.

Overall, not bad, but certainly not my favorite. I was expecting just a little bit more. I'll revisited again though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 20:28:50 | More by MexicanSkittel
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright, slightly hazed gold color with a good sized, foamy, fluffy white head. Good retention leaving a nice coating of lace.

S - Nice mix of sweet grainy aroma and hops. Hop aroma is a mix of flower/herbal and citrus, primarily orange and lemon. Hints of a bready malt aroma.

T - A lot like the nose. Starts with a sweet grainy flavor with backgrounds of sweet bready and pale malt. These all provide a nice backbone. Mid sip more hop flavors come out with the citrus and herbal/floral hops. More spiced and grassy Nobel hop flavors on the finish with a slightly bitter taste lingering.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - The bitterness on the finish prevents it from being very drinkable compared to other pilseners. Decent balance in flavors and it being very crisp and refreshing make this an easy beer to drink.

Notes: Really nice pilsener with a good amount of hops in it. Quite refreshing and crisp. A little on the bitter side but overall it is fairly well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 08:00:35 | More by FreshHawk
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz counter filled bottle thanks to SubpeonaDeuces. Dated 9.11.11.

A - Pours a pale, hazy medium orange with a one finger white head. The head slowly fades and leaves some slight lacing on the glass.

S - Malts, lemon, wheat, and oranges.

T - The usual pilsner malts and wheat, plus a citrus rush of oranges and lemons on the sides of my tongue.

D - Good carbonation - Whew! Average body.

O - Delicious, and this not a style I ususally go for.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:15:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Forb

Nebraska

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:59:44 | More by Forb
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Toronado SF.

A - clear dark yellow with very little head and spotty lacing. Luckily, this was the only negative for the beer.

S - tons of floral and spicy notes with great earth undertones.

T - biscuity vanilla goodness with a solid spicy hop bitter finish. Just perfectly balanced.

M - a bit thick for a pils with a bit if residual sugar. Low carb that made the brew incredibly drinkable.

O - this packs in the flavor. For the abv, you can't ask for much more. Aroma and flavor are on for style and just really work well. Would be happy drinking this every day during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 04:55:38 | More by ChrisPro
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avaldivia

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa. Poured into a Moonlight Brewing Imperial Pint glass.

A: Clear Golden color. Decent head with little retention. Pretty good retention.

S: Very nice citrus and spice notes with the traditional Pilsener yeast smell.

T: About as close to perfection as you can get. Very nice citrus, spice, yeast notes throughout.

M: Light bodied. great carbonation. Super smooth for easy consumption.

O: There is a reason this is listed as the best Czech Pilsener. I love this beer and along with Death and Taxes order it pretty much whenever I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 01:30:43 | More by avaldivia
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dgilks

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SF.

Clear pale golden colour with a small head and nice lacing. Poor head retention.

Light spicy hop aroma with mild pilsner malts.

Smooth, light grainy malt with a hint of spice. Moderate herbal bitterness.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A very good Czech pilsner with good flavour and balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 12:35:29 | More by dgilks
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reality Czeck has a crisp, golden body that has lots of active, fast moving carbonation bubbles in it. The head is about two fingers tall, and it is creamy and solid looking. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma mixes pale malts with lots of hops. Lemongrass, a touch of skunk and the promise of bittnerness.

This is a very good, hoppy czech pilsner. The hops do most of the work, with lemongrass, grass in general, and a little bit of earthiness. The bitterness is palpable, but not unwelcome. Underneath the hops is a great pale malt base that plays a complimentary role but is still quite good. Cracker and a good bit of grain. Although they take center stage, both the hops and the bitterness are not as aggressive as many American brewed pilsners are, but I suspect that German Pilsners are more likely to have more hops in them.

The mouthfeel is great. Expansive, full, creamy.

After a long flight, it was great to grab a ccouple of these on tap while I had a snack. A very nice Czech pils.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 14:23:27 | More by Hojaminbag
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ngeunit1

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served a fairly clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind lots of lace.

S - The aroma is a mix of light lemon, corn, bready yeast, and just a touch of hops. Really nice balance here.

T - Starts off with a mix of light lemon flavor and some bready yeast flavor. There is just a bit of corn that comes in soon after. Through the middle, a touch of hops comes through and the yeast flavor grows a bit. The finish is a mix of lemon, corn, and yeast that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and very crisp. The finish is really clean and very refreshing.

D - Super drinkable. This has set the new bar for Pilsners in my mind. The balance here is fantastic and all of the flavors really build on each other to create an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 07:30:43 | More by ngeunit1
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treyrab

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a trip out to San Francisco to swim Alcatraz and while there made sure to stop in and get a pint of this on tap at Toronado. After a long walk down the psychedelic Haight Street, we strolled in here through the double doors.

A: Reality Czeck pours a clear golden bronze with a nice foamy white head. Look is similar to a Prima Pils, but perhaps a few SRMs darker. Very clear, and nice and cold such that it starts to fog the class. The head sticks around, but does not lace. Active carbonation throughout.

S: The smell is lively with toasted grains, some underlying Saaz, and a touch of corn. Nice and light smelling, and the true scent comes from the grains. Very grainy, but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Pretty plain, with a clean Czech lager yeast scent.

T: Very nice and smooth European Lager. This is very balanced and thirst quenching on a hot San Francisco day. The grainy character is there again in the taste, and really overpowers the hop presence. When I think of good American lagers I think of Prima Pils, Stoudts, and Pikeland. Primarily because those have a nice German/Czech spicy hop character. I was missing that in Reality Czeck.

Overall, a very well done lager. This could gain gratefully with the addition of a few more spicy, grassy hops, but very well done throughout nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 03:04:03 | More by treyrab
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado, in San Francisco.

Its immaculate body awash in soft strokes of gold, its head pristine white and ultra-fleecy, like a big cotton ball, leaving a lacing that looks like a massive tidal wave frozen in motion against the side of the glass. Well that's an easy 5. No two ways about it.

Smelling this pilsner you instantly understand what beer geeks have against the big commercial breweries: adjunct corn and light-struck skunkiness have no business in this style. Unlike mass-produced so-called pilsners, there's nothing unpleasant about this scent of clean, bread-like, cereal graininess nor, for that matter, the earthy hops that balances it out.

Any mainstream lager drinker will know instantly what they've been missing. This beer is plenty easy-going and approachable, and with a relatively light body, but its cereal graininess is replete with bready-sweet flavour. There's no ants at this picnic - just clean, pure, wholesome, high-quality malts that have a gripping earthy hoppiness for a sidekick.

Hops aren't tasted so much as felt; a brittle but pungent bitterness breaks over the palate like benign, warm-water waves brushing the shoreline. The soapiness of those hops, as they fade into the aftertaste, leaves a colourful postcard to remember them by. But it's not too strong. Have a pint and see first hand why yellow lagers became so popular the world over.

While it may be the best pilsner brewed this side of the Atlantic (or should I say Pacific?) I think part of the acclaim it receives stems from the unfortunate fact that this clean, agreeable - yet uncompromising - kind of pilsner is so often dishonored, and dishonored so badly, that many overlook the fact that this hoppy but easy beer is just simply what a pilsner is.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 17:10:45 | More by biegaman
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samie85

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/9/11.

A-A very clear golden color with a finger of white foam in a pint glass... I've seen this one before.

S-Lemon and spicy hop notes with light and bready malt notes.

T-Light, bready malt notes with some tart and bitter lemon on the finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied with ample carbonation and a prickly slightly drying feel.

D-A very easy drinking beer that I wouldn't mind having regular access to; however, I don't see what all the fuss is about with this beer as I've had other Czech pilseners that were equal or better than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 03:21:10 | More by samie85
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado, SF. Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Came with half a finger of frothy white head. Decent retention and a decent amount of lacing to accompany.

4.0 S: Fresh spring water. Lightly yeasty. Grainy with grassy hops.

4.0 T: A good bit more bitter than the average for the style, but not overly so. Mix of grainy and bready malts. Earthy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Much thicker than I would have imagined and perhaps a touch chewy. I actually would have liked this to be a bit lighter and crispier.

4.0 D: I never thought I'd want a lighter, "less filling" body on a pilsner, but apparently that's what I want. Good taste and overall good beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 06:12:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to billab914 for this bottle. 22 oz. bottle counter pressure filled from a keg.

A: Appearance is pretty standard pilsner fare. It's a slightly cloudy yellowish gold with a fluffy white head. The carbonation is great, and tons of bubbles are shooting through this one. Looks like it held up just fine in the bottle.

S: It's actually got a pretty nice aroma for a pilsner, it's mostly grassy and herbal with a little bit of lemon in there.

T: I gotta say, I was a little skeptical about a pilsner's ability to really shine above the rest, but the flavor here truly succeeds. It's got a little bit of lemon/citrus flavor up front with some grassiness in the middle and a mild hop bite in the finish. There's actually a little bit of complexity here, something I'm kinda shocked by.

M: Medium-bodied with great carbonation to tickle the tongue. Perfect for the style.

O: This is a hell of a beer, I have to say. It's a great, refreshing summery beer, but with a little more complexity than your run-of-the-mill pilsner. I wish I had regular access to this because I'd drink it all summer long.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2011 00:56:40 | More by starrdogg
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scottfrie

California

4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap

A: Served a dark yellow that wasn’t quite gold with a dense eggshell white head that faded to lace.
S: Crackery malt with some light notes of spicy hops and bread. Not explosive but it smells great.
T: Oh man, this blew me away. I’ve never had a pilsner taste this good (but to be fair I haven’t had a ton of them). It’s creamy, crakery, bready, pale and has a light earthy hop flavor. There is just so much flavor to this and I wasn’t expecting that.
M: Thicker than I thought it would be with a super creamy and soft mouthfeel. There is no bitterness.
O: I went back to this beer again and again throughout the night and would drink this every day if I could. Impressively well done.

EDIT: Had to get a keg of this for my wedding. Everyone loved it and so did I. One of the best pilsners on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 00:31:10 | More by scottfrie
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billab914

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz counter pressure filled bottle from a keg. Poured into my Schlafly kolsch glass. It poured a hazy, light golden color with a full, foamy, bright white head to it. Nice head retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a bright citrusy zest to it. I get some lemony flavors mixing with some grassy, herbal hop flavors. I get a slight tart citrus flavor to it as well. Some biscuty, grainy malts come through to give it a sweet, bready flavor. Very flavorful aroma for the style and alcohol content.

The taste starts out with more of the zesty, lemony citrus flavor. Midway more of the bready, grainy flavor starts to come out. In the finish I get more of an herbal, grassy, slightly tart citrus flavors coming out of the hoppiness along with a nice balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a very good beer of the style. I found it very flavorful and balanced. It wasn't a beer that blew me away with flavors, but it was probably the best version of the style I've had. Very solid beer overall, easy drinking as well as flavorful. Rating with style in mind definitely gives this one a little boost in my scores since as I said, it's probably the best of the style I can remember having.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 18:14:04 | More by billab914
Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.