ViaEmilia | Birrificio Del Ducato

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 11-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of vacax
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored, thin but sticky compact white head, looks nice for a Czech Pils. Aroma is quite delicate, but there is a very pleasant noble hop aroma there with a bit of malt behind it. Would score much higher in aroma if it were more intense. Flavor is floral with light perfumey hops, fairly assertive moderate bitterness on the back end is a bit unexpected, finishing nice and crisp. Really quite a nice little pilsener here, delicate yet refined. Feel is quite light, fairly intense carbonation, very refreshing. Very nice and refreshing beer, easy to drink for the layman in its subtleness, yet elegantly crafted.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as this was enjoyed by me back on Sunday 8/24/08.

Had this on-tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. The bartender, who is quite knowledgeable about beer indeed (especially about the ones served where he works), told me this beer is at Italian take on a pale ale, and did not say anything about it being a Czech style pilsener. Served to me in a tulip glass. Draws a fairly cloudy, solid medium golden color with a white head a good inch thick when served, settling to a good 1/2 inch. Lots of little bubbles rising up the top of the beer. Great head retention and lacing. Aromas of hops, citrus, and perhaps some hints of maple or brown sugar. Maybe a hint of banana. Cascade hop bitterness flavors upfront followed by some roasted malty sweetness and hints of maple and brown sugar. Has a very dry aftertaste. Also a very slight touch of spice present. Has a slightly crisp, very creamy, frothy light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Good stuff. Certainly unique to this palate and totally unlike any Czech style pilsener I have ever had before, which is why I certainly question if that is indeed the correct style for this beer to be classified as, as it currently is in this website's database.

Eric

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Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very odd Czech pilsner. Beer is yellow and very hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is grassy and lemony with some lactic acid in there. Quite a strong aroma, funky sour, for a pilsner.

Its strongly bitter and tart with a hint of basement funk in the palate, its bretty. Odd, very odd, for a pilsner. Its quite enjoyable though, nice change of pace, very interesting beer.

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Photo of yancot
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head with great lace.

S: Noble Saaz, classic nose very grassy/herbal.

T: Saaz hop bitterness is plentiful and delicious. Backed by just enough bready malt. This is trademark well-made pilsner.

M: Crisp and clean. Light-bodied and refreshing. Elegant.

D: This a very good pilsner beer and I'm glad I tried it. Ducato knows what they're doing. Price is what really hurts me having this again, I like it, but will I really buy it when I can get a similar experience from Budvar, Rebel or Prima at 1/6 of the price.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's go with a hoppy Italian lager. On to the beer:

Slight haze appears in the body, which is the color of hay straw. The head on top is thick and patchy, retaining well and leaving some good spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma....me like. It's a refreshing change of pace from hopped up American-styled beer. Fresh cut grass dominates with a pnch of lemongrass.

The label didn't lie. This is hopped nicely, providing clean cut clipping of fresh grass, just like the aroma. There's just enough malt to provide a thin layer of pale malt sweetness. The bitterness from the hops is there, though controlled, and fades to just a trickle. Carbonation and the "bite" are both surprisingly light; I hoped for just a little more in this. Still, this is enjoyable, drinkable beer from Del Ducato.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbirra
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.

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Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the custom bottles from these guys, its got to up the price on these beers though.

Via Emillia pours a light orange/yellow color with a small bubbly white head. Good hop character in the nose. Good balance thoughout, grainy pale malt sits nicely with a big grassy/herbal hop bitterness. Light in body, good carbonation and very refreshing. Would drink large quantities of these beers if it wasnt for the price tag. Very well made stuff here.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHyde1886
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jancona
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (odd shaped) into a schooner. Interesting to see a craft beer from Italy. Didn't see a best before date. Tasted this one blind without being able to tell actually what it was on the bottle; happily got it right!

A - pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a very fluffy head.

S - nice nose on this one fresh bready malts with some hints of citrus in the background.

T - nice sharp, but not excessive hops attack with a hint of pine and citrus, resolving into a light bready malt finish with enduring bitterness.

M - very light with mild carbonation. Very fresh, with a nice enduring bitterness to keep it at maximum quenching power.

D - superb.

This is a very, very impressive beer. Frankly one of the better Czech Pilsners I've had; can compete with some of the best without a doubt.

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Photo of hoppecatania
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a beautiful thick, full and pillowy white head.

Fresh banana and fruity pear assertive floral nose.

Semi creamy mouthfeel that is inviting and appealing but short.

Flavors are layered and somewhat complex of lightly bitter malted fruit and yeast that gives way to a big and long pine/grapefruit bitter finish and a pilsner back end.

Not a typical Pilsner but it does have that Pilsner bite or snap to it with perhaps some complexities that are unexpected. Nice beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer menu at Max's refers to this as a dry hopped pale lager, but I'm pretty sure it's the same beer described here.

My impression was that this would likely be akin to some typical american style macro swill, but in fact it looks a bit better then that. The beer pours a light gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is also a bit better then your typical macro lager, though not a lot better. Still, aside from the predictable corn aroma, I also get some intriguing ginger and wheat. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though in all fairness it's not half bad. The beer is surprisingly flavorful, and is also very crisp and refreshing. There is also a slight honey component along with the ginger and white pepper.

While nothing special, I enjoyed this beer. It was very crisp and refreshing, and would be an excellent choice to quench one's thirst after a warm day of yard word or, yes, mowing the lawn. Not bad at all...

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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from this brewery that I tried on my quest to try all of them. It poured very light in body and a really pale yellow in color with a one finger bright white head. It kind of resembles an American pale wheat. The aromas are of pale malts, grass, floral notes, and honey. It actually kind of smells like the pilsner I tried last night. The flavors are very mellow. It's heavy on the pale malt, grass, lemon, honey and has a nice and surprising very dry, hop finish. That came from nowhere after having spent some time on the nose. It's very drinkable for the style. I believe the bottle says it is a dry hopped pale lager. It's not too shabby. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a bit. Some spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: grass, lemon citrus, and some floral hops are easily detectable.

Taste: mild malt profile with some grass, lemon zest, and a noticable Saaz hop bite. Some floral tones arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: nicely refreshing and hoppy version of a Czech Pilsener. Easy to consume this beer, a few could be consumed in a session, but it is a bit expensive to do so.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy yellow, white foamy head, hints of which stick around for the whole glass, some lacing.

Nose is fruity, lemony citrus, just a hint of spiciness - unusually fragant for a pils.

Taste is very much a showcase of grassy, slightly herbal hops, which emerge alongside the subtle slightly crisp malt, almost wheaty, and then stick around in all its grassy, floral glory. Crisp finish maintains the grassy hops, moving towards a palate coating light bitterness. Interesting beer.

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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.85 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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