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Bootleg Wils Pils | Bootleg Brewery

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Bootleg Wils PilsBootleg Wils Pils

Brewed by:
Bootleg Brewery

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-17-2004

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold colour, fairly still with slow trail of bead. Head is snowy in colour and dense with small clingy lacing bubbles. OK.

Smell is fresh and hoppy, with plenty of grass, hay and a nice belt of cinnamon and vanilla from the malt. Creamy underbelly with nice fresh hops for a good pilsy character. Bohemia would be proud.

Taste is a crisp pilsnery palate. Decent but subtle grain as a base that develops early hops with grass, some phenols and a drying yeast note on the back with a touch of lemongrass. Pleasant, refreshing beer.

Bit too much tingle throughout but smooth underlying base. Quite good.

Can see why this won at the AIBAs; not only is it pleasant but in honesty it's a safe, quite populist beer as well. Not to denigrate it though, because it's a well made example, and I'm in that population who would like it.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Nice clear golden colour with a hint of copper. White foamy head that stays around for a while.

S - Plenty of grains and sweet biscuits.

T - Hey not a bad mix of grains and finishes with a distinct biscuit flavour.

M - Light body and well carbonated.

D - A decent pils. Not really my favourite style of beer but I appreciate it for what it is.

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Photo of dgilks
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, light golden colour with a small, thick white head.

Mild sweetness with a hint of spice. Not a lot but fine.

A light sweet, malty beer with moderately-low bitterness and a hint of diacetyl. Fine but uninteresting.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A mild, easy drinking beer. There isn't much going on but it ain't bad.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a small, white, quickly fading head.
Nose shows some grassy noble hops, with subtle caramel and bready malt in the background.
Flavours are pretty much the same: subtle noble hops with bready and grainy malt.
Too highly carbonated.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Gold, 3 fingers of head with good retention and lacing, high carbonation.

Smell - Herbal, fruity hops.

Taste - Seemed very mild at fridge temperature, but matured with warmth into a more typical Czech pilsener flavour, though not quite as hoppy as most. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a little too cloying for a pilsener.

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable for the style.

Overall - One of the best WA pilseners.

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Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours exactly like a pilsner should a see thru pale straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with average lacing,it has a very grassy,floral hop aroma to it,it has a thin mouthfeel with a passionfruity,floral hop taste to it which isnt overly complex and finishes nice and dry,a very simple and sessionable beer.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
A controlled pour yeilds a finger of pillowy looking off-white head over an amber-gold body with definite chill haze.

Smell - 3.0
Almost candy sweet, aromas of toffee, caramel and gentle citrus. A little grassy note, but hops are drowned out by malt sweetness.

Taste - 3.0
A little over-sweet, but the moderately bitter finish means that the beer is reasonably well balanced. Flavours of toffee, honey, grains, vaguely fruity and slightly medicinal. Not quite as a pilsener should be, but I'd take this over a tasteless, Beck's style pils.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
A little on the gassy side, but carbonation feels about right, a little heavy for the style.

Drinkability - 3.5
This is a very drinkable beer, but for the style, it should be more drinkable and sessionable.

OVERALL - 3.05
Judging by my comments, it may seem I have been generous with the scoring. However, when I am not in a critical mood, I find Wils Pils to be a very enjoyable beer. Not a textbook pils by any means, but full of flavour and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of vancurly
2.04/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunatly, not much has changed in the three years since Rastaman's review.
a) Pours pale amber, slightly hazy. Good white froth.
s) Lime sorbet. Very dominant, and not what I am expecting or desiring.
f) Soapy & thin. Touch of the aforementioned lime. Nowhere near a Pils in my opinion.
m) No body, and thin. Really unattractive.
d) Very ordinary.
I wish brewers would not take the liberty of applying a style name such as Pils, and then doing something completely out of character. If they want to say "alcoholic citrus-inspired lolly water", then they should do so with no qualms.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Standard aussie style pils. Which means fizzy and pretty bland, limited saaz added, pretty easy to drink though, which was a bonus, uninteresting though. Some lemony floral notes, but on the blander side of the scale,quite drinkable, but not very interesting. Bootleg is a decent brewery too, and there stout was definitely a winner with me, unfortunately this beer wasn't.

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Bootleg Wils Pils from Bootleg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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