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Blue Sky Pilsner | Uinta Brewing Company

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Blue Sky PilsnerBlue Sky Pilsner

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by fantome on 10-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of smcolw
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer bubbled out of the bottle, yet when poured, it creates a frizzy, quickly dying head. The color is pale yellow or watery straw. The liquid is clear. Surprisingly, there is nice, but slippery lace.

Slight skunk to the otherwise mild aroma. Slightly earthy, faint smell of wet leaves.

The skunk shows up in the taste as well. There's a mild hop that saves this beer from a completely deplorable rating. Highly carbonated and a thin body makes this feel closer to a spritzer. It's drinkable in a pinch.

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Photo of kdown
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light Gold in color, very clear. Thick creamy head that quickly faded to a lacy film across the beer. A slight amount of lacing remained in the glass.

Noted a slight sulfur aroma, also a clean grassy aroma as well.

This was very smooth for a Pilsner and not as much assertiveness as I like.
Mouth feel is almost creamy and I notice less carbonation than most pilsners.

No off flavors to speak of, just not a great deal of flavor. Interesting in that the flavor ends very cleanly with no hop lingering flavor at all.

Not very impressed with the lack of depth of flavor here. The more I drink this beer the less impressed I am.

As mentioned above, mouth feel is almost creamy and rather light. Not a great deal of body.

Well, if you consider water drinkable, then so is this, but I doubt I'll drink another.

If it's a real Pilsner you seek, don't try this one.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one

A: Carbonation sounded subdued when I popped the top but seems ok once poured. The head won't be around much longer, but whats left of it is just off white and delicate. Body looks a lot like an American domestic with very slow moving bubbles working their way to the surface.

S: Lightly fruity, white grapes, some honey and toasted bread.

T: This beer has a specific and particular taste...its the saaz hops. Starts off with some melon rind then salad greens. Then the saaz pop up with a light green apple flavor to it. Finishes lightly bitter and earthy.

M: Light body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: Not a lot of depth here. One flavor, hope you like it. For me, it grew a little bit tiresome after a while.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks to mjyoung for sharing.
A: Pours an extremely pale watery yellow with two fingers of dense, fluffy, bright white head that lasted forever before eventually fading into a thick film that left a few wisps of thin lace. Great head retention.
S: This doesn’t smell like much other than a bit of crackery grains.
T: Pretty bland but I notice a mild sweetness first followed by very light hints of dry cracker or bread crust and light grains. It’s not bad tasting but the flavors that are there are so light I can hardly taste them. I might get some cooked vegetable in finish.
M: Very bubbly carbonation that froths up in my mouth. Thin body but the mouthfeel isn’t necessarily watery.
O: I understand this is a light style of beer but this is really bland. It looks good in the glass though. Thanks again for bringing me this from Utah, Matt.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of rkuhnel
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle that was bottled in March 2009 this poured a hazy yellow with a small white head and remarkably heavy lacing in the glass. Nose of caramel malts and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is pretty standard pilsner and the finish is slightly bitter. Not bad. I wish more brewers put bottling dates on the bottle

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Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Consumed on 9/21/09.
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles. Lacing thin, semi-sticky. Straw colored.
S) Fruity. Citrus notes. Some grainy tones.
T) Light graininess and malty sweetness.
Noticeable nuttiness. The hops are mellow in the finish. Overall the taste is light and not very pronounced.
M) Light bodied. Fizzy. crisp. A light tannin feel.
D) An alright pilsner, but very light. I expected a brew with noticeable body, whether it was light or not.

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Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very pretty pour, with a clear pale lemon color and a massive head that leaves gobs of lace

Smell: A little bit of lemon and grain

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing hint of lemon that appears by mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow; just a touch of grass and grain in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very approachable, but not at all a distinguished example of the style

Thanks, douglass88 (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tugdriver7
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having lived in Utah (in a past life), I couldn't resist the opportunity to pull the Uinta sampler out of the cooler at Wells in Towson, MD. I was surprised to see it, and the irony of beer from Utah made me wonder how it would taste. This was the first of three different beers in the sampler. I'd classify it as a quality lawnmower/session brew. Light gold color, minimal head, slight malt in the nose with a fairly malty taste up front and a very subtle bitterness (hops) in the mix, but no real hops flavor to speak of. A smooth body and subtle carbonation make it quite drinkable, but there's a strange, lingering grainy staleness in the flavor that prevented me from really enjoying it fully. A bit on the watery side, too, though the mouthfeel was artificially thick. Still, worth trying if only to drink (sorry, it still makes me chuckle) beer from Utah. Believe me, you'd have to have lived there to fully understand the irony. Fortunately, there is apparently one decent brewery out there that knows what a craft beer should be. Can't wait to try the pale ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal, grassy & perfumy hops

T: Grassy hops, cereal & a bit of honey up front. More dryness & a bit of fruittyness as this warms. Finishes dry & fruitty, hops just disappeared

MF: Medium bodied, medium carbonation & fair balance

Drinks alright, not that inspiring a Pils, all things considered

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Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When I had it at The Bayou, it was listed as "Bohemian Pilsner", so I am assuming that they are one and the same. If not, someone else who is familiar with Uinta's beers can add this one and I will get my review moved. Onward!

Right off the bat, it arrived with no head. Zero, nada, zilch! The color was a medium yellow-gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a definite Saaz quality to it. The mouthfeel was thin and not terribly hoppy on the palate. The finish had a brief hop bite before subsiding into a a weak wateriness. Uh oh, that monkey on my back began to screech again ...

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Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, short, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
"Generously hopped with imported Saaz hops and aged for nearly a month" on the bottleneck...
Pours a light, nearly see-through, straw-colored hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated...
Smell: Light pilsener aroma with hints of Saaz hops, and straw...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing light taste with a touch of lemons thrown into the mix...
Light, loose mouthfeel along with an ultra-easy level of drinkability...
Not bad...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny head disappears quickly, some lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, spices, and yeast. The taste is slightly bitter/hoppy, ends with a nice clean finish. Light body, well rounded brew. Drinkable, would be great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a short 1/2" white head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grass and a faint bitterness is all that is detectable.

Taste: grainy malt, grass, a hint of honey and lemon zest, and a mild bitterness creates an average pils.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a clean but a bit dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer that will do in a pinch. Definite session beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have never heard of this brewing company...so I picked up this bottle at Stateline in Elkton,MD.

A- Body is a crystal clear pale yellow that pours with a tiny foamy white head. Head fades quickly to a thin collar which retains well. No lacing is left behind in the glass and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-Nose is faint and more sweet than hoppy with pale malt shining through and a hint of floral hops added as an afterthought.

T-Sweet pale malt upfront that has a cornlike flavor and a touch of soft hops added to the mix. Finish is very clean.

M-Medium carbonation and a lightweight drinkable body. Not too thin or watery.

D- Is this the best pilsner ever? No. It is, however, unoffensive and very drinkable. I was somewhat surprised that a beer with such a mild character would have a nice mouthfeel...but it does. This would be a good transition beer for the BMC folk.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Uinta Brewing Company's eco-themed branding boasts its use of 100-percent wind-power energy for all of their beers, hence the name "Blue Sky Pilsner." Just a faint chilly haze is noticeable from the pale yellow color; the head gets by for as long as it needs to with a thin rim of stickage on the glass. Big, doughy biscuit aroma with a faint spicy hop, fresh malt and mild yeast standing dominant. The palate is very clean, which lets the dry malt character really shine. Light biscuity cracker flavors with some suggestions of rising dough and dried grass in the back. Spicy hop bitterness is compact, but big enough to keep this beer on an even keel. Dry finish with a clean, fading graininess and remnants of spicy hop on the tongue.

Unbelievably clean, tasty and drinkable to boot. To our liking, though it could have used a little bit more hop character. All in all, a good brew here. America needs more lagers from smaller breweries like this--highly sessionable and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent lemon with waxed lemon edges. The bleached bone white head is on the small side despite an increasingly elevated pour. It looks pretty good though with its rumpled surface and the beginnings of some decent glass coverage. Sea foam lace sticks in no identifiable pattern.

I like the nose even though it doesn't smell like Blue Sky was 'generously hopped with imported Saaz hops', as the label claims. Saaz often smell lemony to me and such is the case here. I miss that pungent, grassy, spiciness that this variety often imparts however. Perhaps they ordered the kinder, gentler version.

This is okay beer. It's biggest problem is that it lacks guts. Maybe the 4% ABV has something to do with that, I don't know. Just when my taste buds start to get excited, the flavor is washed away before it can really grab hold and make a positive impression. Not bad for an easy drinking, refreshing German pils though.

Saaz are now identifiable as Saaz. Their flavor and bitterness aren't present to the degree that I'd like though. Lemon zest is still present and is still a definite positive. A cracker-like pale malt base does its part to keep things crisp and clean; just what beer of this style should be. Actually, this stuff ain't half bad. It's certainly disappearing with a minimum of fuss and bother.

The mouthfeel, while unquestionably light, holds on throughout each mouthful and throughout the entirety of the bottle. I don't mind a light mouthfeel on a light style if it's done right. It is here. Moderately lively carbonation is a perfect fit as well.

For some reason, my impressions of Blue Sky Pilsner (spelled incorrectly above) were a bit overcast during the first few ounces. As I got deeper into the bottle though, the clouds parted and I was treated to a pretty good little pils that should session like a dream. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

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Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, hops, spices, some fruit (lemon & banana) and a small amount of malt.

T: The flavor starts out bready and spicy, and then some hops and fruitiness kicks in. The malt character is very thin, but the beer is able to maintain a good balance. The after-taste is a combination of sweetness, hops & breadiness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty and refreshing, goes down very easily, not filling at all, this one is a good choice when you want something light, but typically I may go with something a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, golden yellow with a small, loose, white head. Nose is lightly sweetened honey malt, with a noticeable spicy, noble hop presence. Taste features cerealy malt up front with light sweetness. Mildly bitter, spicy hops provide some balance. Finish is long and bittersweet. Light-bodied, with a sparkly mouthfeel. A nice summer session beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color was a golden amber with a 1 finger bubbly head that clung to the side extremely well. There was a constant stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Smell was slightly hoppy with some wheat aromas. Taste was slightly bitter, reminded me of green olives, with some wheat aftertaste. Felt thin and watery in the mouth. Very easy to drink, could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Gold, very bubbly, basically clear, with a good bubbly head and lacing.
S- Nice wheat scent, really looks and smells like a Hefe.
T- Has a berry taste (blueberry?). Some caramel in there? It's nice and crisp and carbonated, but lacks that nice Czech Pilsner bite. Mild pilsner.

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Blue Sky Pilsner from Uinta Brewing Company
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