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ViaEmilia | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 11-03-2007

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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 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 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.


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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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ViaEmilia from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.85 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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