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12th Street Pilsner (15th Anniversary) | Rogue Ales

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12th Street Pilsner (15th Anniversary)12th Street Pilsner (15th Anniversary)

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Edwin:
Photo of Edwin
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a golden color with a creamy, white head that stays around for a while.

Smell - A nice floral smell with some hoppiness and citrus notes. I wassmoking, so it was a tad understated on my nose at the time.

Taste - Pretty darn good. Had some nice hoppiness to it with a good malty flavor and some bright freshness to it. My initial thought: "peppy".

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth going down. Nothing too overbearing. Easy like Sunday morning.

Drinkability: Would be a GREAT summer porch-sittin' brew. Nice and fresh with some refreshing qualities to it. Could be a beer you'd want to buy a case of. Go and get you some!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a pretty orangish-yellow in color with some explosive carbonation and carried a giant, puffy, Pilsner head.

Smell – The light delicate hops are well done here, although they don’t seem very “noble”. The floral notes especially come out nicely. The light, easy grain rounds out the well-balanced nose.

Taste – The hops are light at the taste, just like at the nose, and the grain comes out a bit on the orangy side. This one has a nice flavor if a bit off-style.

Mouthfeel – This Pils is bigger than light-bodied and heavy for the style. The carbonation that I saw in the glass didn’t fair as well in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is a good, complex Pils that’s a bit heavy-handed at times but a solid drinker nevertheless.

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Photo of shapudding
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy and lemon yellow. Some scrod floatin' around in there. Some carbination floating up. White frothy head on the edges and a bit of a cloud in the center. Not much going on for a scent, -hops and citrus. Maybe some floral notes in the background. Fairly highly carbinated when it first hits your tongue, yet for some reason the carb doesn't annoy me in this one. Smooth feeling with a bit of sweetnes and hoppy flavors. Nothing severe screaming out at me in this one, it is just nicely flavored.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

boy was i happy to get my hands on this one. i'll drink anything rogue and their limited edition brews are pretty much imposisble to find around here. this one pours a nice cloudy orange colour with a sea foam like head that's nice and sticky. this is definitely one of the best looking pilsners i've seen. the smell here is typical of the pilsner style, but there's a fullness involved that's not generally associated with a pilsner. notes include a bit of spice, some hop, grass and wheat. good stuff. the taste, again, is a bit better and has more fullness to it than a typical pilsner. there are grass and spice notes throughout along with a touch of a metallic tinge at the finish. hop burps are present along with a healthy does (for a pilsner) of hops up front followed by a touch of sweetness in the middle. definitely an easy drinking brew that doesn't have the bad aftertaste that many of the euro pilsners tend to have. i'd say for a pilsner, this brew is great overall, if not 100% true to the pilsner style. no real complaints about this one at all. thanks to mrnuggets for the bottle.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample. Tasted in 2004-Poured a clear gold body with an average sized white head. Aroma is citric hops and a mild sugary fruity malt aroma.Taste is sweet citrus, hoppy bitterness. Nice mouth feel, with a really interesting aftertaste. Thanks for the sample Jeff!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 22 oz. bottle (acquired from the local Rogue pub) into a pint glass. An ample rocky white head formed, then slowly subsided leaving behind tendrils of big-bubbled sticky lacing. The color was a vibrant gold, and clear...very attractive. The enticing pilsner aroma was fresh and floral. The taste was very satisfying and energetic, with a soft vaguely honey-sweet malt profile, a wonderful citric balancing hoppy biterness, and dry zippy finish. The body was full and firm. All of this translates into a higly drinkable beer, even within the style. I haven't been as impressed with Rogue as everyone, but this one won my admiration.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once you slice through the dense Duvelian marshmallow head and into the chill-hazed pilsener body, it's hops hops hops! Smelling it -- that herbal, grassy, and, for lack of a better word, "beery" pilsener nose -- and tasting it -- more herbs, spice, citrus, and a barely sweet, leafy, bitter finish -- you can't help but think more goes into this than what they claim.

It isn't all grainy, which suggests that great pacman yeast and not any sort of lager strain. Maybe it's cheating to use ale yeast for a lager beer, but the brew suffers none of the usual benefits of ale yeast -- no fruit or creaminess. It tastes as though it was cold-fermented with ale yeast and, because PacMan eats everything anyway, Rogue's proprietary yeast is perfect for pilseners. It ferments as cleanly as a lager yeast without any diacetyl or sulfur.

As it warms, however, 12th Street gives off some weird, Belgian phenolics and this beer becomes far too aggressive for a pilsener.

The choice of Sterling hops over Saaz is what makes this beer so great. The aroma and taste is a dead-on match, while the coarseness I often associate with Saaz is gone from this brew.

Beers like this through reviewers into fits. What would I say about the beer if it said Heineken on the label? The fuller malt and grassier hops are spot-on with that Heine style (though this is much more flavorful). Czech Pilsener (along w/ some German styles) has a distinct uniformity to its taste. Unlike any other style, there is only a slight difference between great and medicore in the world of pilsener beer. That said, this is good.

Prague wishes it could do it this well.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A hazey golden-amber, this beer produced a big ass head that settled down slowly. It became extremely rocky and rough as it did so. The white foam clung tenaciously to the side of the glass. There was tons of lace left behind.

Smell: Raw, freshly cut green grass assualted my nose right after the pour. Possibly some wild flowers as well. As the head settled, a lot of nice roasted malt and vanilla came through. It was a lot warmer smelling than I thought it would be. A kind of odd, sour hoppiness floated over the top.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but with much more presence than I expected from a pilsner. Very smooth on the tip of the tongue. As the beer moved back into the mouth, a lively carbonation kicked in that fit the style perfectly without becoming too rough.

Taste: Crisp and sharp. A great balance of sweet and dry. Malts and grasses mix well with a sharp hoppiness that cuts through and lingers well into the aftertaste. There were some underlying bread and vanilla components that really helped to round out the flavor.

I'm not a huge pils fan, so my experience is somewhat limited. But I have to say, this is one of the best that I have ever had.

Thanks Rob!

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Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a foamy white head. The smell is a nice mix of hops and malt. The taste is a nice Saaz-ish hoppiness that's met quite well by the slight twinge of the maltiness. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, a very nice sessioner.

Well, definitely a solid pils in my summer of pils. Unlike most of those, though, this does seem to lean more towards the Czech side. A nice hoppiness that doesn't go out of control, and one I'd gladly have again.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer in over 10 days, thanks to Atkins (at least i've lost over 10 pounds). 6oz. sample from a 220oz bomber bottle, the remainig brew was stored in my imperial pils re-closeable bottle (also from Rogue). This brew is cleal golden yellow with a white head of frothy foam. The aromas are as previously stated. Fresh, floral, hoppy, malys, with a touch of flowers, honey, and lemon peels/zest. The taste is quite hoppy in the middle but very malty and smooth on the finish. The honey notes definately play a good role in this brew as well. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, just right for a czech pils. The drinkability is outstanding. Man, Rogue does it again. A BIG BEER brewery totally nailing a smaller, session beer style. This rivals Pilsener Urquell and the other masters in the realms of Czech pilseners. Get this if you can find it. To me it is one of the best pilseners ever brewed!

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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with champagne bottle effervescence. Golden straw body with a cushiony soft, big, white head.

Smell: light skunky notes, fresh biscuity malt. Hops are noticeable and remind me of the sea coast.

Taste: light, buttered toast malt. Hops come in big! Me gusta this surprise. My kind of pilsner. Similar to Prima Pils in hoppiness. Very dry, acidic, and citrusy. Finish is bitter with lingering honey malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: bubbly and refreshing. Surprisingly big feel. I wouldn't mind knocking back a few bombers every summer evening...

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Photo of beercollector
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Down to my last three bottles of this birthday selection number 4 of 15. It pours golden with good fizz and a big frothy head that stays quite a while.

It has a dough smell and little else. The taste is citrus with a slight hop aftertaste. This is a light beer by Rogue standards. The taste does not linger but has a good smooth mouth feel and pleasant carbonation.

This could be a good session beer if it were still available.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The latest in the anniversary set pours a thick golden hue, with slight haze and offers up a prodigious snow white head, delicately dotted, leaving spidery lace behind as it elegantly falls away.
Aroma is vibrant, fresh, and floral, with a distinct, though minor, honey note, giving a touch of sweetness, though the tone is overall dry. They've pegged the Czech pils nose exactly, with a brilliant hoppiness, as well.
Taste: crisp and dry at the front, hops meet tongue in full force, soften, then deliciousness ensues. They've got the malt just right, and there's just enough hops and sweetness to match the dryness in the mouthfeel and finish. Light bodied, and supremely drinkable. You wish there were more days in the month.
Me, I'm just glad I got a bottle, and have dB to thank for it.
To quote the bottle, the 5 ingredients are: Beeston Chariot Pilsner and Weyermann malts, 100% Sterling hops, and, of course, free range coastal water and top fermenting pacman yeast.
So, that's why I like it so well.
Hats off to Rogue, again!

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it's a shame this stuff was only around for a month. I've had a couple bottles so far, and i must say that this beer has seriously grown on me. Pours a light gold colour, thick white head that is here to stay. almost flowery flavor, overall it tastes like a beer. the world dry comes to mind. Get that yeast in there 'cause it makes it better.

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12th Street Pilsner (15th Anniversary) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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