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Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 174
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Photo of starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Photo of scottfrie


4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Toronado in San Francisco. A good pilsener is one of me favourite styles of beer, so I was very excited to try the top-rated example here on BA.

Pours a bright and slightly hazed straw yellow colour. Head is fine, leaving excellent white and intricate lace, that starts as sheets down the glass. Light body with some fine carbonation. Looks very good, and very stylistically true.

Nose is disappointingly bland. Grainy for the most part, giving a pilsner grain backbone to which nothing else connects. A little vegetative bit, but minimal depth of character.

Taste is grainy, again—the pilsener grain character is pronounced, but it feels like it's all it has going for it. Otherwise, a slight funk of frozen peas, minimal bitterness and no fragrant hoppiness. It's crisp and drinkable, but still rather bland.

Light and drinkable, but also very standard, and rather uninspiring. It's fair to say I was deeply disappointed with this beer, being nothing more than a middle-of-the-road pils. As far as I'm concerned, New Zealand has the jump on this style nowadays—Croucher and Emersons far outstrip this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 00:02:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of nataku00


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 12 oz straight sided glass. Pours a clear pale yellow, that sparkles in the sunlight. A half a finger of loose foam white head quickly dissipates to some light haze and a few bubbles along the collar, leaving a few wisps of light lacing as you drink from the glass. Plenty of small slow bubbles floating up to the top visible in the beer.

Very aromatic for such a low abv beer. Well bittered with fresh cut grass, herbal (parsley and rosemary), and floral hops, rounded out by a light biscuit and fresh baked white bread malt backbone. Just nicely hoppy coming out of the glass though, more aromatic than a few other pilsners I've tried recently.

Taking a sip, greeted by a nice bitterness from the hops, much more earthy herbs and floral on the tongue, with a hint of fresh cut grass and pine needles as a compliment. Some light biscuit malt sweetness finishes off the tongue. After swallowing, the floral and herbal hops continue to linger for several minutes, almost as long as a heavily hopped IPA.

Light bodied with ample soft small bubble carbonation helps keep the tongue clean and crisp. Very refreshing, especially having this after a barrel aged beer. It was able to wash away the rich beer I had previously, and replace it with plenty of its hops in the lingering finish. Too bad this is only on tap, but this should go very well with lighter fare food.

This might replace Death & Taxes as my favorite Moonlight beer. Full of flavor without needing higher abv to accomplish it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:30:49 | More by nataku00
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour is a near-clear pale lemon gold with a light chill haze, decent head and lacing.

Smell: I was expecting it to be crisp but it was a bit muddled. Slightly earthy, perhaps ozone is what I am getting.

Taste: Again, a slightly muddled. Sadly didn't bring back memories of my trip to the Prague. Nice balance with the hops, well done. Slight metallic taste to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice, creamy and light. Shines here.

Overall/Drinkability: Great session beer, was our first beer for the night.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 03:49:12 | More by craytonic
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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!!

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 02:42:51 | More by spycow
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Sean da Man, who supposedly flipped a Veritas 000 for this.

A - Big white head with a clear yellow body. Nice bubbles going to the top. Good retention with a little bit of lace.

S - Really nice malts with some grass and a faint touch of lager yeast. Couple of different things going on, wish I knew pilsners better to pick out what was going on.

T - Nice hops with grainy malts and a slight amount of bitter hop finish (noble). Malts are appropriately sweet with a fairly complex pilsner taste. Unfortunately I just haven't had enough of this style to accurately speak of what is going on, but it's pretty good.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, carbonated.

O - Best pilsner I've had, not to say I'd seek it out from some of my regular offerings, but it's quite good and easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 00:51:14 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Sean9689


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Phung. Appreciate it, -Carl.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, white frothy head, some spotty lacing and thin film on top with some large bubbles here and there. Good looking brew.

S - Grains, hops, hay, nice floral notes, nice malt profile, slight herbal character. Very complex for the style.

T - Grainy, hay, malts right up front followed by the slight hoppy notes. Has everything you want out of this and lots going on.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation.

D - Very very solid and lived up to the high expectations that I set for it. Would have again over and over. Must-try!

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 00:43:23 | More by Sean9689
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 1800!.. 32oz growler poured into my Narke tulip. Thanks to Rodney X for one of my last real top 100 ticks... This looks like great for a growler, a medium honey gold slightly murky. A great head white head with an incredibly long lasting head and good lacing. Looks great... The aroma is sweet grains and very floral, a musty hay note with a bitter finish... The taste is really good, the best czech pils I've had. Light sweet hay on the front with a floral finish.

Great for the style but not an elite beer, really glad I got to tick it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 00:40:02 | More by jrallen34
Photo of afksports

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's often difficult to review a style you don't love, but starting the day with a Moonlight Czech Pils on tap at Toronado makes me quickly forget that. (It could have been the Parabola that made me forget, to be honest).

The appearance is prototypically pils, with a deep straw hue that sustains good lacing throughout the glass and yields a half finger head at the start of it. The nose didn't offer many malt notes to me, besides a bready character, but as a pilsener it needs to do two things in my book: floral/herbal hops, and water. It does both well in the nose, and continues that in the taste. That taste has a great but not overdone hop character that starts bitter and biting, carries through with citrus in the middle that brings out the bready malts, and finishes with a bitter bite that's incredibly clean.

The mouth, even on a light beer like this, manages to be almost medium-bodied, and the carbonation really helps this one. Not just that, but it is supremely drinkable and not at all drying.

This one really set the stage for drunken stumbling out of Toronado, which I think is just about right when you only get to go there once on a vacation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 00:14:13 | More by afksports
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Finally, a growler of Reality Czech. We never see this in San Diego. Thanks! It only seems fitting to pour this into my Moonlight pint glass. This pint glass has never been so satisfied.

A: Perfectly transparent burnished straw gold with a monstrous soapy white head. Retention is outstanding, and the head takes five minutes to recede in a cavernous fashion, revealing patches of liquid. Great Brussels lace.

S: Complex malt with grainy and bready notes complemented by a spicy hop presence. The Saaz bouquet is floral, with faint grassy and herbal notes. The malt lays the foundation, but the hops really shine. Clean, with no fruity esters. A faint diacetyl presence appears in the background. Outstanding.

T: Spicy hops with a moderate soft and rounded bitterness, and a subtle sulfur note. Malt is grainy and lightly bready. The finish is well balanced, crisp, dry, and clean.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall: Delicious and amazingly drinkable. A rare treat.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2011 04:03:19 | More by HopHead84
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Monks' Kettle

A pretty golden color, crystal clear with a fine bead and a lasting head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is herbal and nutty. The flavor is somewhat subdued compared to some pilsners I have enjoyed. It is somewhat spicy with a pronounced bitterness that lingers.

Perhaps not as balanced as it could be, and although quite tasty, it leaves me thinking about what I will try next. Perhaps that is the peril of being included on such an awesome tap list as the Monks Kettle has.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 22:42:48 | More by CliffBrake
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 04:11:26 | More by drabmuh
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flavor Bistro, Santa Rosa, CA.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light biscuity malt and vibrant noble hop spice.

The taste consisted of competing forces of grainy yet soft pilsner malt and spicy noble hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 23:36:56 | More by plaid75
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear gold with a thin veil of a head, but still leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells malty, floral, and salty.

Sweet malt taste, floral and citrus notes, a little acidity, ends with a slightly bitter hop finish.

Body is light and carbonation is sharp, giving this a crisply refreshing mouthfeel.

Finally, a pilsener that I can actually drink!

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 05:09:02 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Flavor Bistro

A golden straw pour with a thin, soapy rim. Looks extremely refreshing from jump... so let's dive in!

Well, we have a Pils here... but a really good one! Light citrus with lots of grass in the nose.

Taste is similar but I pick up a twinge of floral hops there too. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Easily the best pilsner I've ever encountered. Sharp carbonation, light mouthfeel and overwhelming drinkability. This one is a winner!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 14:25:11 | More by rudylaw
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 21:25:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Park Chow in San Francisco on Thursday, August 5th. Following review based on notes from that occasion.

Served in a flute.

Appearance: Arrived with a finger and a half's worth of soft, white foam on top. That head retained quite nicely thanks to gentle, continuous streams of carbonation, which were easy to spot through Reality Czeck's crystal clear, bright golden body. Each sip painted a layer of cappuccino-like, foamy lacing on the walls of the glass. Nearly flawless (a bit more retention would have given it a 5.0).

Smell: Sweet and complex. Cantelope, honey, and passion fruit were the first aromas that caught my attention; three components I wasn't expecting to find in a Czech pilsener. Oily hops and leafy vegetation were quick to follow. The clean malty backbone was certainly outshone by the aforementioned aromas, but it too was very pleasant and added a hint of wholegrain crackers. Extremely fun to whiff, expecially for such a light-bodied beer.

Taste: Citrus, honey, and leafy, oily hops came through first. A few sips in, I began picking up honeydew and passion fruit as well. The beer finished moderately bitter with just a touch of alcoholic dryness. Hop oils formed a thick coat on my palate, leading to a flavorful and lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Malty and light-bodied with just a bit of oiliness from the hops. The assertive carbonation provided a lot of palate stimulation, but did it in a soft, rolling sort of way; in other words, it didn't sting at all. Finish was crisp and mildly dry, and led into a sweet, hoppy aftertaste. Great mouth-coating. Excellent!

Drinkability: If this were on-tap more often, it'd be my go-to beer in the city. I had two glasses at Park Chow: one on its own; the other paired with lasagna and a fresh salad. It was a great fit in both situations. If you ever spot this beer, give it a try!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:11:48 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of portia99


3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a somewhat pale, golden color with excellent clarity and only a skim coat of white foam that faded quickly down to a medium sized collar on the glass. No lacing.

S - Grassy and floral hops mixed in with some sweet malt, bready and biscuity notes too. Typical, but good example of the style.

T - Followed the aroma pretty well - grainy, biscuity, balanced malty sweetness, floral hops with a big earthy and bitter hop finish. Unfortunately, got a big dose of diacetyl in here too, which is a major detractor, especially in a style as light as this. Not sure how old the keg is - no reviews from the Toronado in a while, but I would expect the keg to be fresh here. The diacetyl really killed my enthusiasm for this one.

M - Medium bodied with appropriate medium carbonation.

D - Well, I came into it wanting to like this a lot. The keg at the Magnolia kicked when I was there earlier in the day so I was very happy to see this on tap at the Toronado. My first thought is that this is just an old keg or maybe it hadn't been poured in a while and was sitting in the lines, but at a place like the Toronado I wouldn't expect this. At any rate, the diacetyl was overpowering and really killed my enjoyment level on this. I'd love to give this one another shot at some point, but at least for now, it didn't live up to the hype or my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 15:52:28 | More by portia99
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Trappist in Oakland.

Pretty average clear golden yellow pour with nearly no head save for the thinnest bit of soapy lacing on the top. Honestly I don't think I could have distinguished it from Bud at first glance, although it is a little darker.

Nice classic pilsner smell, followed up by the classic pilsner taste. If in fact this were a Czech pilsner, which it is not. Effectively it's the most well done version of Pilsner Urquell I've had. Not too sweet, and a great bitter finish.

Easy on the mouth, properly carbonated. A real pounder (oh and I pounded it).

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 08:10:29 | More by Chizoad
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 03:40:39 | More by Sammy
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Toronado

Pours a straw golden clear color with a very nice white head. Very nice lacing too.

Aroma is that authentic pils aroma. Very lagerish. Little malty in the nose.

Taste is probably the best pils I have yet to have. Nice and light malty flavor with a good lager touch. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is high carb and nice crisp dry feel.

Overall I wish I could get this more often. It's nice to just have a nice crisp pils every once in a while. And this is the best.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 18:03:37 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk and Kettle SFO 4.3.10 $5.25 pint.

Straw/light gold clear body, huge rising carbonation, two finger white soapy head slow dissipation, nice lacing. The nose is authentic Pilsener, clean smell and a grassy hop presence. Taste is very pils, a bit sweet up front, clean, reminds me a lot of Trumer Pils in a good way, but a bit sweeter. Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp. Drinkability at this ABV is extremely high. A bit hoppy for the style and a little on the sweet side but that just adds to the allure of this fine offering from Moonlight. Another winner. probably the best American Pilsener I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 23:42:40 | More by jdense
Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.