ViaEmilia
Birrificio Del Ducato

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From:
Birrificio Del Ducato
 
Italy
Style:
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #86
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,603
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 7.01%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
36
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 14, 2022
Added:
Nov 03, 2007
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  9
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Rated: 3.61 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey

Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
pours a cloudy yellow gold body with a cream colored frothy big-bubbled foam head that has moderately high retention, leaving slathered webs of lacing behind as it settles to a murky cap with a semi-rocky halo

aroma is slightly sweet, mostly creamy lager malt with pungent herbal hop wings that shortly fade back into the malt

taste is (weirdly enough) creamy hop??? with a shade of bright fruit and melon and lager malt.

feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, running smooth throughout, if not a little on the creamy side with a bright fruit finish and aftertaste.

overall:
this one sticks out with an odd offering in the feel and overall taste of the brew. i've never quite had a brew that could be easily described as a "creamy hop" variety, but here I am confronted with the very reality of it. the feel is also unique in the overall smoothness - near-oatmeal-like really - which brightens up in its fruity offerings for the aftertaste. all that being said, I could easily pick this out from a lineup, I feel like, which really adds to the experience. the downside? pricetag. this would be a gamechanger at a $10/sixer offering, yet the single bottle cost me nearly half that at a single glass offering.
if you'd like to splurge on a creamy, hoppy lager - look no further. it went splendidly with a few creamy/gouda cheese offerings and I longed for a full pack for sure.
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No can date
Pours a very large fizzy foamy 2+finger head with moderate retention, no lacing, hazy deep golden tan color

Nose sweet pilsner malt, cereal, grain, little bready, light floral herbal hops

Taste more grainy sweet pilsner malt, grainy cereal, little doughy, lighter to med herbal floral hops with med bitterness ramping a bit on the dry finish with more spicy herbal hop flavors lingering, long bitter finish

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, med to a bit higher frothy carb

Overall decent pilsner
Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a clear golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like doughy malt, slightly spicy hops, fresh cut grass, lemon, and crackers.

This is just super well done and super drinkable, with a really refreshing bitterness to it. It's lemony, and slightly doughy, with a pleasant but not overwhelming sweetness.

This is lighter bodied, but not thin - just quite lean, with a great drinkability.

I guess this is an unfiltered Italian pilsner, and this sort of thing is going to be absolutely straight down the middle for me.
Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.6 by thatsmyspot from Italy

Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy, golden color. Excellent head. Good initial blanketing lace.

A bit earthy smell.

The flavor is improved but still very dry with a bitter bite. Fuller bodied with a higher carbonation level. Long after taste.
Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by desint from Belgium

May 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jul 30, 2018
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Rated by pjwalsh606 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very smooth!
Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by JoshJ from Australia

May 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.7 by marcrech from Brazil

Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by Ela from Massachusetts

Aug 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Interesting, but not likable. Not being a hop-head, I can't wax enthusiastic about their use in style that is probably more about malt than hops. But, ViaEmilia was refreshing.

I've never seen a head this mountainously fluffy. (I almost went and got a spoon so I could get to the beer.) Mostly floral, then I get grassy and finally some sweet malt. Tastes are largely the same, but finishes bone dry... I presume from the dry-hopping. Feel has good bubbles, but the bitterness hangs on too long for me. Finally,ViaEmilia shares an unfortunate characteristic of too many Italian beers: "interesting" does not justify the price here. Twice I've had ViaEmilia. I'm done.

This is listed in the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" and the reviewer told Del Ducato's interesting story and suggested a goat cheese to go with Via Emilia... probably a good pairing I won't ever have.
Mar 08, 2017
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Rated by CwrwAmByth from England

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Really nice, malt forward pils. Great taste of lightly toasted grains on the finish, coming through with real purity.
Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Aug 03, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
these guys are so impressive lately. this is a kellerpils type, unfiltered lager beer, the first lager i have had from them i think, and a hoppy one at that. a great blend of brewing traditions here, and something entirely original as they go. its amazing how sometimes beer like this can be so good or so bad, when it seemingly the same ingredients and the same processes. this one is fabulous, my only regret is that it doesnt come in a larger package for less money, but thats the italians for you right? very cloudy pale yellow almost grayish appearance, tall white head comprised of tiny micobubbles and some sediment swirling. soft though, and intentional not sloppy or lazy, meant to be, inviting, alive. the nose is major hoppy for a pils, smells almost more english on the hops, magnum or something, bitter and grassy, but more intense than the czech or german hops, maybe just dosed heavy, its tough to tell because the malt is so rugged and raw and bold for the style too. pils malt like i have never seen it. texturally interesting, almost heavy for how light the beer is overall, and standing up to the hops in a whole new way for my palate. surprised others havent liked this more. this is awesome beer, notes of hay and ageing lager yeast, with an almost wheat look and feel, bone dry and dancing with carbonation. this is why i keep spending money on their tiny bottles, when they hit they nail it. a 30 pack of cans would be a better format for this unique gem...
Mar 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by jancona from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.99 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Feb 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by leitmotif from Romania

Feb 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Feb 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.95 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by RMoeNay from Connecticut

Dec 31, 2014
 
Rated: 4.2 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Nov 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by hoppecatania from Italy

Sep 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by dpvatty from Kentucky

Jun 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

May 07, 2014
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Reviewed by mmmbirra from Italy

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is a quite nice, hoppy and unfiltered pilsner. Strong hoppy aroma with a little citrus as well. Yeast does a good job of clinging to the bottle so though while unfiltered it's not cloudy and full of yeast.
Nice full hop flavor with a good pilsner malt base that perhaps is just a little thin and not as rich as it should be.
Nice firm bitterness in the end that's a little above your average pils but not astringent. Very enjoyable.
Really not a Czech pils, too light in color, too light in body, and without a rich enough malt body. Solid German pils though, even if lacking that good German pils malt body.
I should add that the price, even in Italy, is laughable and even as good as this beer is I'll likely never buy another bottle. €4.90 for one 33cl bottle.
May 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Lare453 from Florida

Mar 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

Feb 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Jul 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by DRBiser from Maryland

May 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by mendvicdog from Maryland

May 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by MrHyde1886 from Italy

Oct 31, 2012
ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 70 ratings