Old School Pilsener
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
3.57 | pDev: 14.57%
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Old School PilsenerOld School Pilsener
Notes: This is the brew master’s favorite is designed to please the most avid craft beer drinker. A lot of time and effort goes into making this beer. German malts, Czech hops and special lager yeast are used to make this as authentic as possible. Our water is engineered to be as close to the water used in the Czech Republic as possible. The beer is then lagered for one month for all flavors to come together.

20 IBU
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Blue Moon glass, and the beer makes a decent appearance with a nice fluffy bright white crown of foam. The body is mildly hazy and golden colored.

The aroma is of fresh cut straw, witha strong metallic quality. Throw in some hints of tobacco too.

Taste wise, it seems pretty in synch with the aroma.

Feels light in body, mildly carbonated, and leaves the palate refreshed.

Feb 16, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed, medium gold body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Scant scent of pils and lightly malted barley giving a small, small touch of light caramel, breadiness and backed with an ineffectual sniff of noble hops.

Taste: Pils malts with a sliver honey, nearing a twinge of caramel sweetness. Rather low noble hop character and bitterness, both a bit underpowered, leaving it to close out a bit sweetish at the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a bit humdrum. Just sayin'!

Nov 03, 2011
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eclaycamp from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a light golden straw color with a pluming fizzy head that drops to about a half inch. Cereal and straw come through in the nose of the beer. There's a surprising amount of flavor in the beer. There are clear notes of lemongrass along with some clean bitterness coming through with some hints of light malted sweetness. Crisp and dry finish - quite refreshing. I'm not really a fan of the pilsner style of beer but this one exceeded my expectations.

Jul 23, 2010
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Vancer from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ITap, got a chance to try a new beer from a new brewer. The tall pilsner glass contained a slightly hazy golden amber brew, with a nice ivory head and good ring laces. Darn fine looking brew.

Aroma was all malt, even smells thick and rich. Very tasty brew, has a lot going on with sweet malts, citrus and hints of orange. Big hop kick in the finish to balance out the initial sweetness. Seems close to a pale ale, but I'm not complaining - very good brew, I'm looking forward to trying their other beers.

Apr 19, 2009
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scruffwhor from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice clarity to this bright hay colored pilsner. Good two finger, soapy head that slowly recedes to a thick head, then to a thin island of foam. This is pretty good for a pilsner. The bubbling is pretty good too.

Spritzy, light lemon zest on first sniff with the added toast and feed grain malt aromas. Great pilsner aroma overall.

Starts lemonand toasted feedgrain malt mixuture. The crisp body shows of the faint lemon hop notes a little more in the middle. The finish is toasted, somewhat musty, and sweet.

I think you could trick a lot of Czechs and Germans with this beer. Hell, it blows a lot of traditional pilsners out of the water.

Apr 29, 2010
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this to test drive, as it recently arrived in the Chicago market. Review from notes.

Brilliant gold, about a fingers width of foam, strong retention. It maintains a healthy skim for the duration of the glass, leaving spotty lacing in it's wake.

Clean, mild aroma of bready pilsner malt.

Bready and a little fruity, some mild grassy hop flavors that hang around in the somewhat dry aftertaste. Light to medium bodied for a Pils, it has a pleasant feel and taste, an easy drinker for warm days.

Overall this is a good crisp Pilsner, not as sweet as some Czech examples. It's simple yet high-quality, and would be versatile with different cuisines.

May 09, 2010
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & crackery notes

T: Follows the nose, some grassy hop notes & a touch of pear up front. Pear & apple skin mingle with crackery notes & grassy hops as this warms, slight metallic hop twang as well. Finishes crisp, bitter & crackery

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty decent balance

Drinkable enough, but not a great Czech Pils by any means

Oct 02, 2011
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Tone from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, slight hops, and some pale malt. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, slight hops next, and some pale malt in the background. Overall, a decent brew that is better than most Pilsners I've had from St. Louis brewers.

Jun 10, 2009
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confer from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C- Pale yellow but a little hazy, far from crystal clear.
S- The smell is only a faint trace of mild lemony hops.
T- Taste is the same as the smell. Very light on the hops, should have a little more of a hop bite.
M- Very light and dry.
O- Not a bad beer, misses on a some of the Czech Pils characteristics. It must be a good summertime quencher.

Nov 23, 2011
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tapman from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more orange than usual, healthy head to style (2 fingers) with adequate retention. Pretty standard, just a hue or two darker than most I've seen and the head could be a little bigger. Could be my pour, though.

Pale malt, though a little toasty so perhaps some good imported German malt? A little something darker, some vienna or a touch of munich perhaps? It the sour bitterness from hops or acetaldehyde? Or just some super lemony yeast? Also some toffee and in the nose. Odd...

Super-malty! Maltiest pilsner that I have ever had, I think. Not just malty (sweet), but malty, like malt powder. Also some toast (definitely munich) and what I would assume is some minty hops like N. Brewer or Perle. Low bitterness and high flavor make the hops in this one quite tasty.

Fine mouth. Nothing out of the ordinary and in fact the carbonation is a bit biting which is good depending on the weather if you ask me.

Surprisingly complex, this one tastes too much like it should be a vienna type lager. A vienna blonde or a blonde vienna, it doesn't have that delicate pilsner constitution. I believe this one fits in between styles and while well balanced and very flavorful, though it does not taste or smell like a traditional pislner.

Aug 27, 2010
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a light orange and copper with a slight haze to it. fluffy pillow like head hangs around for some time, some lacing.

lots of light floral hops with a bit of zest to them. lights malts follow.

sweet up front. lots of light floral hops, light zest, and light biscuit malts. the finish was a bit bitter, almost like an ESB.

body was moderate, not too light and not too heavy. great carbonation to fill out the rest. again, nice sweetness lines the teeth.

not your average pilsener, but very good. much better than i was expecting. ill be sure to add these to the fridge for the summer heat.

Apr 30, 2010
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KI9A from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slight hazy yellow nice foamy top..hangs around a bit.

S: Corn, bready.

T: Bisciuty, malty, actually a bit sweet. No real hop profile, just some there for bittering.

M: Light, but, sweet. Not nearly as crisp as many other Pils.

D: It's a good beer, just not up to par with other Pils. Very drinkable, though.

Jan 31, 2010
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hooliganlife - thanks for the local! Poured in to a wine glass, actually.

Appearance: Pours a darker but still crisp golden body - probably a good sign about the flavor of this one - and is capped by one-finger of nearly pure snow white head, marred only slightly by a tinge of color. The retention on this one is fairly impressive - probably another good sign about the flavor of this one - sticking around for a significant amount of time. Carbonation is fast, furious, and fine, likely contributing to the staying power of the head. The lacing is impressive in its own right, forming spiderwebs and sticky spindles as it runs down and the clings to the sides of the glass. A solid start, with a lot of the characteristics of a good pilsner.

Aroma: Dominant is the malty, biscuity character, dry and cracker-like, though a handful of other notes make themselves known as this one warms (not something you usually let a pilsner do, but this pilsner is pleasant and complex enough that you don't mind). The hops are less dominant in the nose than the mouth but do come across in a hay-like, moderately spicy way, and there's a nice medicinal fruitiness that's surprisingly "heavy" for a pilsner.

Taste: Dry, spicy hop notes. Noble, grassy hop overtones. A faint sweetness backing up a lot of dry, crackery malts. The appearance of honey from the melding of the spice and the sweet twang left over from the otherwise well-attenuated pilsen malt. A little heavier than I'd like, perhaps, but otherwise very solid.

Mouthfeel: The crisp, zippy carbonation showcased above melds well in the slightly thick (stylistically speaking) body, but a moderately puffy but still even feel. Also, soft. This one's soft.

Drinkability: I was really surprised by this one. Pilsners are so easy to screw up, to adulterate inappropriately, because they're such light, delicate, wide open. This one - except for what came across to my palette as a slightly heavy roast and the slightly high 5.6% abv - is traditional. That is, it's flavorful, crisp, bright, and refreshing. It's what a pilsner should be, on the whole, and so I'm gonna recommend it to anyone who likes the style. Thanks again to hooliganlife for the great surprise.

Aug 11, 2009
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Jayli from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/26

A: This beer pours a crystal clear somewhat straw color with a 1/2 inch of white bubbly head to it. Head recedes quickly and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S: Nose is of grain, corn, some earthy hops and a faint touch of sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a touch of sweetness, hint of caramel with the middle filled out with grain, corn, biscuity, and a grassy earthly finish that gives some bite.

M: Light to lighter side of medium body, highly carbonated - carbonation is visible, clean and crisp on the tongue.

D: This is a nice beer, goes down easy, not filling at all, the ABV is reasonable and makes it worth sitting with for an evening.

Dec 09, 2009
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mjl21 from California

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Scott. 12 ounce bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Comes in at 5.8%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. Has a 1.25 finger off white head that crackles as it rests in the glass. The head has some nice retention and rests at a half finger level. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S-When it is cracked, the Saaz hops used are evident. Also get some pilsner malt and some grain, but the hops carry the nose.

T-It is a touch sweeter than it is in the nose. There is lots of Saaz flavor upfront. The sweetness hits in the middle. It finishes with a nice level of bitterness. As it warms I get hints of green apple.

M-It is a tad thicker than a lot of pilsners. It has some nice crisp carbonation which results in a dry finish. The body is soft and creamy. It is not grainy in the finish.

D-A nice pilsner that goes down easily. Good keg beer.

This was a nice extra from a new brewery that is already pulling off some good stuff. Would have no problem drinking more of this one.

Oct 08, 2009
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30%

Nov 25, 2011
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jaydoc from Kansas

3/5  rDev -16%

Nov 13, 2013
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16%

Sep 02, 2014
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent straw color. Descent head on the pour but performs a rapid and complete vanishing act, leaving not a trace behind.

Floral, fruity and grassy notes in the nose.

Flavor is more fruity than many other pilsners with lemon zest and mango. Malt is mellow and smooth with bready tones. Quick snap of fresh grassy hop bitterness. Well balanced.

Light to medium bodied and crisp. Just a tad undercarbonated.

Solid pilsner. Glad to see a relatively new brewery come out with a good example of a style which seems to be lost in a world of craft ale brewers.

May 23, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a hazed gold with a foamy bright white head.

The smell is okay. Yeast, pleasant bready malts, and a hint of noble hops.

The flavor is decent. It is too sweet for the style but overall it is pleasant.

This is one of the closer pilseners to the Czech variety you will find brewed in the US.

Mar 22, 2012
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 12/18/09

6/17/09 etched on the bottle

Mellow hue of faded yellow with highlights of gold. One finger of white foam; 50% holds after a few minutes. Thin layer of retention throughout with nice rings of lace.

Very earthy aroma; hints of hop bitterness upfront, grains, hay & grass. Muted notes of lemon & dry malt undertones. The aromas are smooth & rather subtle, though they are quite pleasant. Hints of wheat. Has almost a flowery or pollen-like quality.

Saaz hops offer a spicy bitterness that is immediately apparent. Thankfully the hoppiness is the strong suit & is notable from start to finish of each sip. In a more supportive role are hay, grains & wheat. There grassy notes similar to those in the nose.

Basically light bodied with reasonably vigorous carbonation. Said carbonation makes the hop bitterness all the more enjoyable. Earthy notes on the finish.

I was quite pleased with this one; very tasty & enjoyable. I can only imagine how good it would be if the date on the bottle weren't half a year ago.

Apr 28, 2010
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TheMightyGUEST from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pulled from my notes used for my blog.

I'll preface this by saying this was my first pilsner, so I didn't have much of an idea of what to expect. I enjoyed it for the most part, but it bore characteristics I don't typically look for in beer.

Appearance was incredible! It was a rich dark honey color with an amazing head that exceeded six fingers (!). The head eventually died down, but it never really went away, keeping at least two fingers for the rest of the drink. Lacing wasn't heavy but it stuck around well into the drink.

The smell was dominated primarily by a yeast smell with light intones of wheat and hops.

Tasted was dominated once again by yeast and hops. For it's color I was surprised by the bitterness. It was not overwhealming to be sure, more on the medium side of bitter taste I would say. As this is not something I typically look for in a drink, it was a shock at first, but quite easy to get used to.

Mouth feel was clean, primarily carbonation. A lighter body.

Jan 25, 2010
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soju6 from Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fresh grain and hint of sweetness.

T: Taste of caramel sweetness, some citrus and touch of honey. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body. crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, nice take on a Czech Pils. Another good beer from a small regional brewer.

May 03, 2012
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plfahey from Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale to medium gold, with a slight cast of haze, and a moderate white frothy head with decent retention.

Aroma-Light grainy malts blend with moderately low notes of hops, but are overtaken by notes of butter (diacetyl) and corn (DMS). Light fruity esters present as well.There are some redeeming notes, but on the whole, the buttered corn aroma really isn't doing it for me.

Flavor-Better than the aroma but still not great. Up front the buttery diacetyl rears its ugly head again, but its blunted a bit by a sort of mineral quality and some moderately low hop flavor/bitterness. However, in the finish, the corny DMS comes out and the buttery flavor returns.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Some slickness is contributed by the diacetyl.

Simply put, this beer was not good. Pilsners are supposed to be clean and free of ester and other yeast characters, showcasing malt and hop flavors. Unfortunately, this one was a bit messy, and not one I'll be drinking again.

May 24, 2011
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DCon from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack of this @ Casey's General Store in St. Genevieve, MO for $7.99. Put 5 in a cooler for Memorial Day and kept one to review. Poured from the 12oz bottle into my Mizzou Pilsner glass. Has no B.O.D. but does say to "Serve Cold" on the side!

Aroma- Very nice grainy smell with a maltiness that backs it up with hints of sugar. Clean lager smell!

Appearance- Pours a golden and clear body with 3 fingers of head. Stays frothy and the retention was great! Leaves tons of lace that is thick.

Flavor- Strong, strong, strong! Starts off with a ton of malt but then has a caramel/brown sugar finish. WAY to sweet for this style. Am wondering if this should be a Czech Pilsner?

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Rich, Creamy, and has the brown sugar aftertaste still. Wondering where this comes in? Nice though.

Overall Impression- We used to sell the Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley @ the Wolf Public House. This brewery has a very nice line of brews. I was able to bring 4 back from St. Genevieve and am excited to try all of them. This particular pilsner was much too sweet and had a huge amount of brown sugar/malt for this particular beer.

Jun 03, 2011
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