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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States
heaterallen.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Pale Lager Beer".
1.012 BG, 5.0%, 38 IBU, 3.8 SRM

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,321
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
103
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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33
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 41
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 8/25/14.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice assertive grass and herbal qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Attractive big pile of foam in the Peroni lager glass. Thick and long-lasting suds, bubbles streaming. This is more thick-bodied than crisp. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

Flavor is jammy and tastes like it's flavored with something. Resiny hop bitterness. Dank finish with a quite bitter aftertaste. There is something gummy about it. Cereal taste with some acidic notes.

This does not seem like a very good example of a Pilsner. It's a nondescript light beer that fails to be refreshing. Price was an eyebrow-raising $6.69 for the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle from Beermongers, Portland, OR

Poured into a pint glass at home (this beer traveled a distance indeed), a crystal clear golden yellow; an aggressive pour yielded a huge four finger head, which receded to about one finger, then to a thin patchy layer that retained throughout the session; nice crusty lacing on the glass. Smell of grains, pils malts (surprise!). Taste of sweet pils malt, clean fresh floral hops, grassy, a touch of spice in the aftertaste. I was told this was a highly desirable pils that is unique from many of the others I may be used to, but really it's about the same as any run-of-the-mill Czech pilsner. Not bad, but really not my style. Light mouthfeel, crisp, and definitely drinkable: goes down easy and goes well with food. Attractive and drinkable for the style, just really not my thing.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rab53
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of John_M
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the Belmont Station fringe fest.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a good size, rocky, pillowy white head. Head retention was quite good, and the beer left a considerable amount of sticky lacing. The nose is a bit reticent, but is otherwise pretty classic pilsener, showing light honey, cracker and considerable white pepper. Happily, the beer delivers a lot more flavor on the palate, and I really enjoyed the amount of hoppy bitterness I picked up on the finish. Without overdoing it, the hops really dominate and counter the light sweet honey and bread dough flavors. The beer comes across as a biy yeasty (which I don't think is a bad thing), and mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is exceptional, and I found this pils to be crisp, mouthwatering, and completely refreshing. Delicious, and another very nice effort from the folks at Heater Allen.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Belmont Station recommended by maltmaster420. I poured this into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer appears straw golden with great clarity and apparent effervescence. The white head is frothy and about two fingers high. Retention is good and some thick lacing is left behind.

The aroma is biscuity malt with spicy, floral, and earthy hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The flavor is slightly sweet biscuity malt with a medium level of bitterness. The hops are spicy and the alcohol is well masked. The finish is clean.

The beer is light bodied with a medium - high level of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

This is a pretty straight forward Bohemian Pilsner. Pretty damn enjoyable.

2/22/2013

Updated score from 4 to 4.5. This beer is fantastic.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, no bottled on or best by date. Also, for some reason, I thought this was Heather Allen brewing, not Heater Allen.

A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful pilsner. The nose is stunning. Soft, doughy malts with a suffuse Saaz hop character, this beer has a soft, mineral character. The hop character grows, gaining a mildly herbal note. The malt character is fantastic. Yes, it's mildly doughy, but it's got a mildly fruity component, almost like honeydew melons?
The palate opens crisply bitter with a beautiful balance between the mineral notes and the crisp Saaz hops with a mild resin character. Along with it is the soft malt character, mildly doughy, and with a mildly biscuity pilsner malt character. Exceptionally clean, this beer reminds me of the New Glarus Unplugged Bohemian Lager. Drying and crisply bitter on the finish, this beer has a mild resiny character on the finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic, it's got the perfect combination of mellow malt, crisp hops with great balance between flavoring and bittering, and a beautiful fullness to the palate that I expect from the best Czech pilsners. *Just* a touch watery on the finish, I have to ding half a point here 'cos there's just one part of the back of my palate that isn't experiencing a post-coital glow.

This is about the most graceful beer I've had this year. It sashays over your palate, enchanting you with its beauty. Highly recommended, this is the best Czech pils that's still brewed (I'm looking at you, Dan Carey).

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seattle review dump.

A- 500ml pours a hazy very pale yellow brew atop which a massive several finger head forms. The cap has a thick and frothy texture and great retention. Thick pillows of lace connected by webs.

S- Pils grains with a mostly clean lager base sans a few hints of pale fruits and bread. Spicy and floral hops aside straw, herbal, grassy, cereal and mineral water hints.

T- Flavorful and fulfilling malty base without any muddling of flavors or intruding sweetness. Rich cereal and pils grains complimented by Noble hops which drop spicy, grassy, herbal and floral notes. Balanced all the way with a clean yeast base.

MF- Creamy and somewhat silky consistency to a light-medium body. Crisp and fairly dry with a clean bitterness in the end.

A very solid US soil Pilsner. The malts and hops both bring signature flavors and in the end it is all about the balance and clean lager ferment.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of markgugs
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is lightly hazed golden color with a tight white head. Nose has a gentle grain, some sweet biscuit malts, fairly assertive hop presence with a good bit of lemon, some herbal grassy notes, and a hint of citrus. Taste is a touch more sweet than the nose, grain is cleaner and malts are more forward. Hops are a bit more balanced and more grassy and earthy. Sweet biscuit malts with assertive grain up front, honey maltiness mid palate with grassy herbal hops in the back. The lemon shrinks a bit, carbonation is moderate and finish is clean.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden shade. Slightly hazy liquid. Big white head with excellent retention and lots of bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass. The aroma has a delicate, fresh malty flavor, spicy, floral hops and a touch of sulfur. It's all quite pleasant. Some citrus and resin in the mix. Similar taste. Gentle and tasty. Light malt character. Very fresh. Clean lager yeast flavor. Light bitterness. Nice hop flavor. Good mix of spice, grass and citrus. Excellent mouthfeel, light and creamy. Very easy to drink. This is a tasty pils. One of the best that I've tried.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright honey and dry grains. Clean.
The taste starts smooth sweet, then mild moving to moderate bitterness, finishes long dry bitter. Nice profile and balance.
The texture is crisp and bubbly.
Excellent.

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Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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