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Rhino Chasers PilsnerRhino Chasers Pilsner

Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 101
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A really outstanding pilsner--I think underrated as it's a stock beer at Lost Rhino. Beautiful, tall, long-lasting head, leaving generous lacing on the glass. Saaz and Hallertau hops on the nose, just right for a (real) premium pilsner. Real nice rather thick mouthfeel. Taste is all hops & malt perfectly balanced. I think every "session IPA" drinker should try this--as it really is superior, imho. Lager is a more advanced beer than ale--which is why the Germans & Czechs perfected it. And I'm proud that American craft-brewers now routinely make lagers like this--better--I think, than most German and even Czech pilsners.

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Photo of delta490
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is dark gold, moderately cloudy with a big foamy white head that has great retention. A steady amount carbonation flows up the sides. The aroma is bright and crisp, with green fruit and grains dominating and a light spicy pepper quality in the background. The taste is much the same. The body is lighter without being thin or watery with just a slight tingle from the carbonation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, honey gold coloring with a sparse, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle floral highlights, and hints of tart and sweet lemon. Flavors are crisp and bold forward, heavy on citrus tart and a toasted grain backbone, with some bittering hops thrown in the mix, too. Smooth, big, and crisp bodied, with a tart lemon linger on the otherwise toasty aftertaste. The finish is smooth and crisp. Solid brew.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Luckily I live right near the brewery so I like to visit there and grab some samplers and then fill a nice cold growler. I picked up a cold growler of this stuff and took it home speeding very fast. This one has 5.6% ABV and 45 IBUs.

Look-It pours a fluffy white head kissing the golden yellow clear liquid. It has a head that settles to a thin film after a while and the lacing is wet, drooping, and delicate.

Smell-It's aroma is floral, spicy, and sweet from the malts. The pilsner aspects really shine through at first, but then I get the floral hoppy notes from the IPA part of the genome.

Taste-It tastes like it smells, but with more prominent citrus like clementine and orange peel zest, slightly. I get very subtle hints of peppercorn and clove. I get a lot of lemon chamomile tea throughout. That is probably the most prominent flavor. The esters of the hops shine through nicely over the malty backbone of the pilsner which are ripe with yeast-driven flavors. Lastly, I get subtle hints of honey-suckle.

Mouthfeel-It feels moist, wet, and silky smooth. I think it feels like a pilsner first, and then a lingering resinous coating sticks around after that. It really is delicious to taste and feel a hoppy pilsner and I think you should try this.

Overall-I think the experience very closely fits the beer type and title. The refreshing lemon-zest flavors and yeast forward background really go well together. The mild hop component is so well-balanced and drinkable. I'd say that this brew is very quaffable, which is a term I give only to the most refreshing beers. Cheers!

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Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was served on tap at the Lost Rhino Brewery. Appearance: It has a light yellow gold color with a very slight haze. It was was briefly topped with a small white head which quickly faded out. Smell: The aroma was very light and clean with faint grassy hops white bread. Taste / Palate: It has a light base with pale biscuity under tones and a plain dry hop character though out. This finished with a fairly firm hop bitterness.

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Photo of Beejay
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale gold, dust, with a small-ish cloud of white head.

S: Honey and malt character, as well as a very herbal smelling hop aroma. Herbal and grassy.

T: Honey malt character coming through, and then the hops hit. Herbal, and earthy with hints at a flowery field. The bitterness isn't aggressive, but certainly assertive.

M: Medium light, with high carbonation. A bit of a cling in the finish.

O: Overall very tasty. Not the greatest pilsner I have had, but far from the worst. A six pack of this at a BBQ would be just fine..

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Meridian Pint, Washington D.C.:

Overall, this is a solid beer, kind of what you would expect from the style...straight forward. The beer appeared a nice clear, golden color that produced a good two finger head that was pretty well retained and had noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass. The beer gave off a light, bready aroma. The taste followed the nose...again, solid Pils. The beer had a lighter feel to it, it was very easy to drink, clean, crisp and refreshing. Probably a beer that I would get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at Right Proper Brewing Company, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of grassy hops with underlying notes of bready malts. Hints of spicy hops are also perceptible. The hops lend a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener has a nice does of hops and really opens up your palate. It would be a good way to start off a meal.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had picked this up during one of my recent visits to D.C., but the picture approval process took a while and no CANQuest (TM) beer will ever be reviewed until a pic is in place. How do you lose a rhino? Why would you feel CANpelled to chase after it if you did? Is this a Virginia homage to a San Diego surfboard company? I seem to remember a chain of Rhino Chasers in the mid-to-late-1990s, including one at LAX. This has me CANfounded!

From the CAN: "Premium [CAN]adian Pilsner and Munich malts create a sweet backbone, but hops are what really make this brew stand out. Spicy hop flavor and fresh aroma are from the U.S. grown Hallertau and Saaz. Uncluttered and sharp, our pilsner relies on the basics of lager brewing. Good water, excellent ingredients, solid brewing practices, and lots of patience."

The loud Crack! was music to mine ears and to celebrate, I CANducted an inverted Glug. My stein glass (over)filled rather quickly and so I had to curb my enthusiasm for the moment. The end result was what looked like lemon meringue pie in my glass - a dense, two-finger cap of fluffy, rocky, bone-white head atop the hazy lemon-yellow liquid (SRM = > 1, < 4). I was also put in mind of the old sitcom saw where someone puts too much detergent in the washing machine and suds go everywhere to comedic effect. When I did it as a kid, no one found it particularly amusing. Nose was like lemon, grass and back pepper all intermingled. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing, the way the style really ought to be. The taste left no doubt as to which hops they had used. It was as grassy and spicy as any imported Czech Pils that i have had and yet it was AmeriCAN made! Man, this was really good. The finish was semi-dry with the malts keeping it from being over the top. This would be excellent on a hot day and a welcome addition in the beach cooler.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a Whole Foods in Falls Church, VA. Foggy yellow/gold. Lots of lacing on the glass. This is a somewhat earthy pilsner with a grassy tone and a very mild inky edge. Actually pretty easy to drink. A bit thick, and by a bit I mean just a tiny one. Not too bad.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Pours a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, some lemons. Taste is a tad tart, some lemons, spicy, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall us a sessionable beer, tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisit on tap 2/6/2015

Solid no frills offering by Lost Rhino.

A: golden clear, with medium lacing. Foamy/fluffy white head built up nicely, and seems "fragile", but does stuck around a while.
S: grainy malt nose, cereal. Noble hop bitterness, tending towards grassy.

T/M: little sweet with notes of wine grape/raisin initially on the tongue in the cereal flavors. That is taken over by the typical pull of a Czech pilsner on the tongue, noble bitterness well done. Finishes crisp and leaves a little feel of "green" on the tongue, lightly spiced and nicely dry.
O: A well balanced Czech pilsner that is both crisp and mildly malty, but has a good backbone of hops bitterness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

With its heart in the Czech Republic, but brewed in America, the beer shares a little of micro-brewed culture and taste to meet that of traditional European flavor for a taste that strives to be the best of both worlds.

Bright gold with brilliant clarity, the beer opens with an impressive zesty character. Streams of carbonation race to construct a spiritzy white head that unfortunately collapses midway through the session. Better head character would really impress.

Grainy-sweet aromas are dryly of malt and somewhat husky. Cracker-like breads meet high hop character for a melange of earth and dough. Growing pine aromas arise as the beer comes up to temperature.

It's part-malt, part-grain infrastructure is supple with honey sweetness, dry crackers with husk and cereal. With a rougher-than-usual grain taste, the sulfur taste of burnt matches seems elevated. But a late taste of pine and sod is sharp, crisp, and less refined that I like in Bohemian Pilsners. Somewhat American-ized in its approach- the beer has an unbridled "green" taste to it.

Medium bodied for lagers, its adept malt textures allow for a little more heft to come along with the mild sweetness. The first sips are zesty and refreshing but the later half of the glass falls dull on the palate and diminishes its crispness and dryness in finish. Still, finishing warm and semi-dry the beer still carries value even in its final sips.

A griany-sweet aftertaste is toppled by lingering bitterness and keeps the beer alive until the next sip. It's a fine lager, yet also unrefined in its attention to details that make authentic Czech Pilsners so elegant.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint glass. Not the best glass to evaluate this style but off we go. From notes.

Lots of pinhead carbonation coming up, even some in the middle stuck to the sides of the glass. No head is presented but always leaves a good simple thin collar while drinking. Body is a nice clear gold, maybe even a little darker.

Nose though is completely empty. There might be a small hint of light doughy malts, but I can barely sense it, but there is nothing going on here, the beer smells lifeless and dead.

Palate though finally wakes up quite suprisingly. A very noticeable spicy hop profile it seem, which continues on the afterfinish with a good coating feel. Density on the feel comes through a bit with a good honey sweetness. The malts coat quite nicely as it warms also.

Overall a finally much better beer from these guys, it hits with a good flavor profile and is easy drinking, I could have this again.

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Photo of Guden
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Rabbit Grill in Arlington

A- Slightly hazy bright gold. Big white head fades some but keeps a small layer and thick bubbles of lace.

S- Piney hops dominate the nose. Less spicy and more American citrus and pine than I expected in a pils. Smells nice, just not like a czech pilsner.

T- Medium bitterness blends with juicy pine, citrus and a jam note. A bit of pilsner sweetness comes through near the end but the finish is pine and bitterness.

M- Thin with medium carbonation. Just right for the style.

O- A refreshing drink, somewhere between a pilsner and an American pale ale. Good, not great, but I would enjoy it again.

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

On tap at Lost Rhino.

Pours a clear, crisp golden color with a large foamy white head and coats the glass with ample lace. Aroma is straight forward pale malt, straw and grassy hops. Flavor is a little disappointing, much maltier than the nose, lacks hops and has a mild fruitiness. Light bodied and crisp. Inoffensive, but forgettable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray last night. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a nice, foamy white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of floral hops and some crisp pilsner malt. Nothing complicated, but that's how it's supposed to be. Flavor lost some of the hop touch, though the graininess was there without being too pronounced. Finish had a bit too much graininess and a touch of tannin. Otherwise, light with crisp carbonation. Pretty good; I'd have this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a faint hop aroma. Smells good.

Beer is thin and has a nice opening with a mild sweetness and the finish is moderately dry but not overly so. A decent pilsner overall and I'd have it again.

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Photo of localone703
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, let me step back here a second. I originally came on here gushing about this near perfect Tuppers Pils clone. But repeated tastings have forced me to modify my report in a downward direction.

It's a decent crisp pils - clean and refreshing with a mild soapy hop bight on the finish, but...

it wasn't as delicious or flavorful as I first thought, and Tuppers still does hold the throne.

I thought there was more hop character and overall character at first, but that was only in relation to their profoundly underwhelming Face Plant IPA.

This is still their strongest suit to date, but I feel rather poorly served to find a new local beer that so quickly has me looking to other pastures for sources of Virginia pride.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

pours very slightly hazy straw/gold. reasonable head, very nice retention. nose is very clean - nice mix of european hops, malt presence is under-stated but more than adequate.

taste - in a word, crisp. i don't want to call it a 'lawnmower beer', cause it's far better than that, but this would be a great, easy-drinker on a hot summer day. brewer cites hallertau and saaz, and the spiciness does not disappoint.

great palate reset for me in the midst of tons of other heavy beers at the festival.

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Rhino Chasers Pilsner from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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