Fizzy Yellow Beer | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 08-30-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Philousa
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Green Flash taproom 12/30/11.

Golden yellow and completely clear. A little head laces a samll thin ring around the glass. The aroma is completely reminiscent of a Czech Pilsner. Lots of lemon zest and european yeast funk. No hops present in the nose. Lemony with a good pils malt backbone. Tart to bitter malt/yeast combo. Very little hops bitterness at the end. Some mild nuttiness in there too. A complex Pilsner. Watery feel that makes it super drinkable.

I love a good Czech Pilsner, but I usually have to find them in the US through an importer. This is the first 100% American made Pilsner that I've loved. It's complex but very light at the same time. This is what every fizzy yellow beer should be.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod with a firm two finger white head, leaving great lace. The beer is neither fizzy nor yellow, but I'll give it a break since I'm judging it as pilsner.

S: Distinct spicy noble hop character, grassy with a hint of pine, but very Bohemian.

T: Great Saaz hop bitterness backed with a delightful bready malt flavour. Tasty and well made.

M: Crisp and clean, smooth and light-bodied. Very easy drinking, but with a lot of flavour.

O: The name is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion. This is an expertly crafted Czech-style pilsner, another winner from Green Flash.

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Photo of beagle75
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a tall goblet at Brix in Sunset Beach.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright and lively herbaceous hops dominate, slightly peppery, with sharp and substantial bread that is only lightly toasted.

T: Begins dry, with abundant grassy and spicy hop aromatics, while acidity is bright but restrained. Flavors turn slightly toward the earthy in the middle, possessing a mineral kick that is contrasted by a whiff of honey. The finish builds slowly toward moderate bitterness that is accented by distinct pilsner malt that grew out of the honey from the middle.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and lively on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Arguably the best pils brewed in California, this beer takes a different approach to the style than others which are all about practiced restraint, such as Moonlight's Reality Czeck. This beer is not only not done any favors by its tongue-in-cheek name, it is also well on its way to imperial pils territory based on flavor alone, with an aggressively honest Bohemian sensory profile. Fine contributions such as this from Green Flash (or their 30th St. pale ale... or their summer saison) are what is missing from their small-format bottled line-up.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice glowing deep yellow with a nice white cap and lots of bubbles. TRhis is fizzy yellow!

S: Nice floral hop aroma, perhaps a hint at honey

T: Very good. A nice sweetness up front, grains, and loads of floral hops, bitterness comes in about midway, finished clean, crisp and bitter

M: Light body, refreshing

O: Outstanding. I enjoyed every sip and whiff of this beer!

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/28/2009. I tried this at the Stone 13th anniversary fest, at Stone World Bistro and Gardens, and now I'm drinking it at Newport Pizza in Ocean Beach.

The beer is transparent straw golden and crowned by a two finger fluffy white head. The retention is good and scattered lacing is left behind.

The aroma is immediately floral hops. It's also slightly spicy (Saaz or Sterling) with a hint of citrus in the form of lemon. The malt is faint and crackery.

The flavor opens up spicy with moderate bitterness. The crackery malt lays a solid yet light foundation for the clean hop bitterness. Overall the beer is balanced with the focus leaning toward the spicy hops. Alcohol is well masked. The finish is bitter, spicy, and clean.

This is an enjoyable and refreshing lager that I'd love to see in bottles. It's perfect for these scorching summer days.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tyler's in Carborro.Poured into a standard pint glass a somewhat dull lemon sunshine yellow with a one finger head that was gone in a "flash",aromas of sweet honey and toasted cereal grain mainly,a light smack of herbal hop as well.Well rounded and no joke of a beer flavor wise,sweet honey and toasted grain with a real nice shot of citric hop in the finish.A hopped up pilsner that is quaffing as all get out,I could drink alot of these on a hot day and not want more flavor.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Apex in Portland. This was left over from a GF tap takeover event.

The beer pours a striking gold color with pretty good head retention and light lacing. The nose is also attractive, as I pick up bread dough, light sandlewood and a hint of dry citrus and pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, crisp pilsner. The beer has good bitterness in the finish as well, almost too much for the level of malt this beer has. Otherwise, mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, crisp and bitter finish.

A solid effort, no doubt, but I think that perhaps lagers aren't the brewer's strong suit.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Main Tap Tavern, on to the beer:

A patchy white head remains on top of this highlight yellow beer. Unlike its name, this isn't fizzy, but it is yellow. The nose is soft, featuring some grass and grape nuts.

Starts off straightforward, but seems to add a few more dimensions of flavor as the pint goes down. Straw and some fruitiness are immediately noticed, additional notes of honey and herbal hops eventually get thier due. Light and easy in the mouth with smooth carbonation, which in turn makes this beer refreshing and easy to drink.

This is not the typical fizzy yellow beer you see everywhere. Green Flash's version is much more smooth, less nasty, and more flavorful than the typical beer consumed at backyard BBQ's, tailgates, etc.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source

Poured a translucent golden yellow with pale yellow highlights when held up to the light and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had some good hop character with various grains, citrus, and spice notes. The hops were there on the palate as well but was more bitter from the help of the citrus grapefruit but had spice and various grain accents. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, mild hoppy, spice, and bitter finish. Honestly it was really bitter for a czech pilsner but was pretty tasty.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly clouded pale golden hue with a bright white head forming thick, fine even coated lacing forms in bands with each sip. Aroma had light herbal citric toned hops with pale biscuit malt breadiness, nice malt bill in this standard American brewed pils. I feel that Green Flash was trying to show Stone that Fizzy Yellow Beer isn't for wussies if your brewing flavorful pils that represent the roots of the style. Nice biscuit malt presence amongst earthy/herbal/citrus hop accents not overly bitter but upfront presence of hops is known against the minimal pale malt sweetness. Dry finish nice drinking beer comparable to the likes of Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yellow Pils than the more German/Czech versions brewed in PA. Light bodied beer with lively carbonation kept things interesting throughout an entire pint no complaints here, drinkability is a solid beer with flavor and meant to be had by the pint for a few beers with friends.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The pour is a lightly hazed golden color with a big white head.

S: Like many good lagers, this one starts off with a sweet bread note and a touch of hops. The hops are floral and earthy with just a mild grass note. A bit of lager yeast and biscuit malts, perhaps a light adjunct note.

T: Unfortunately, not quite as good of a flavor. It features a mild bitterness as well as some straw and grass. There is a light fruitiness of esters as well as some actual yeast. The base is sweet bread, but it lacks the biscuit quality of the nose.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: It's too bad this didn't taste quite as good as it smelled. Overall, though, a pretty decent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Crescent Moon, Omaha, NE
Date: On-tap in late spring, 2012 (review from notes)
Glass: Standard US pint

Green Flash's Fizzy Yellow Beer is a fairly standard, but enjoyable, pilsener, with surprisingly notable lemon citrus flavors and scents. I enjoyed the beer quite a bit, and wouldn't hesitate to have another if available.

Arrives with a 1.5cm head of clean, white foam, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, with above average retention. The head descends to a thin cap atop the body with a thicker ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal, but present, a few squiggles and lines along the sides of the glass. Body is a yellow-gold color, transparent, with visibly active and plentiful carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma features notable lemon-like esters along with white bread dough and slight graininess. Pleasant, easy, and refreshing.

Taste reveals a good balance between bread-like, mildly sweet malts, lemon citrus, and bitter European hops. Tasting opens with bread-like and lightly sweet malts, leading into a mid-palate with notable lemon flavors, a hint of black peppercorns, and bread-like malts. The back of the palate has a flash of spicy, bitter hops alongside sweet bread-like malts and modest lemon. Aftertaste features European hop bitterness and subdued bread-like malts.

Beer is medium-light to medium in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity that manages to avoid causing this to be fizzy, but still have a noticeable presence. The result is a crisp lager that finishes semi-dry, with lingering European hop bitterness and little residual stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of Merkur
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Neighborhood in San Diego.

Beer looks like its name. A clear straw color that is a shade darker than you normal light lager beer.

Beer smells a little bit of grass and hops.

Beer tastes very dry and sharp intially, and then opens up with a bit of a hoppy flavor. The beer tastes like a souped up version of your normal boring "lite" beer. Very nice.

Beer is thin but goes down very easy.

Pleasantly surprised. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear straw and golden yellow with a thin white cap. Leaves decent lacing down the glass. Near perfect for the style.

Grassy and floral aroma from the hops, along with a bit of simple bread and biscuit character. Above average.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. The main flavors of grass, hay, mild floral hops, and biscuit combine for an easy-drinking lager.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable.

Simple, drinkable lager that goes down easy and pairs well with spicy or heavy foods (pizza, hot wings, etc.).

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Fizzy Yellow Beer from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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