Rooftop Pilsner | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jackndan on 06-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with perfect clarity mild carbonation and a medium head that leaves some lace. The aroma is pretty faint with a skunkiness in the best most subtle way possible. There is some hay along with some fruity and herbal notes along with a distinct ottos jacket that almost becomes dominant halfway through. The flavor is pretty damn bitter and hoppy with some fresh peach and citrus along with some fresh white bread and plenty of herbal hop spiciness. Overall this is very clean and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall classic pilsner glass, beautiful clear light gold color with a thin head and tiny streaming bubbles. Aroma of light, sweet Bavarian hops.

Taste is mild and smooth, a gentile pils hops profile with a crisp floral nature covering a good blonde malt base. Finish is clean, no off flavors. An excellent example of the style.

It may be a franchised corporate brewpub chain or whatever epithet you want to use, but I don't think the Rock Bottom restaurants get enough credit for producing some pretty decent to excellent brews.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the downtown Chicago Rock Bottom, they named it “Rooftop Pilsner” for its rooftop dining area (with a fine view of all the much taller yuppie condos surrounding it). They had to brew this in a hurry following the May windstorm that blew their rooftop taps open, draining all of their serving tanks!
Pretty good for a style which we've all had bad examples of. Have to give a "5" for appearance, it looks just right. Fizzy head leaves a golden yellow color underneath. No off-flaveors to speak of. Nice citrsy hop aroma which I found to be a little stronger after a scoop of salsa. A decent session beer.

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Photo of jackndan
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roof Top Pilsner: on tap at the Chicago location. A truly excellent example of the style, and the one I went back to after trying many other of their offerings. Pale gold in color with nice clarity. Terrific head, and exceptional lacing that almost fully covered the glass after each sip. The aroma was fairly non-descript, with minor floral notes. The taste was excellent, with sweet, yes sweet assertive hops, very floral/citrus. The hops taste lingers for a very long time, very nice. Went very nicely with the range of appetizers we sampled. Probably not brewed to the classic pils style, but this beer was well made, refreshing and made a nice session beer.

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Rooftop Pilsner from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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