Tooth & Claw
Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #67
Ranked #17,227
3.88 | pDev: 10.31%
Mar 22, 2023
Jan 29, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: John likes bees. John’s like of bees led him to hanging out with other people who like bees. Some of the other people who like bees work at The Field Museum. The Field Museum was opening a bistro and bar. John was opening a brewery. And that is pretty much the story of how Off Color and The Field Museum collaborated to make this crisp, clean pilsner with a dry-hopped bite far inferior to Sue’s.
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light and golden color with a strong white head. SRM of 6. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of pale malts, grains, bread malt. Then a grassy and oaky aroma underneath. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of pale bread malts, grains. Somewhat buttery in the middle. A grassy and oaky flavor underneath. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied, strong carbonation. Soft and dry. (4.25)

Compared to Modist Just You Wait 3/2023: Pours slightly darker, stronger aromas. More oaky and grassy notes. Less pale bread malt. Similar body and dryness.

Overall: A pretty good Czech Pilsner here. Off Color always seems to have a trick up their sleeve with their beers, but this one drinks to the Czech style without any surprises. Bready flavors, a bit of earth and maybe even oak, but pretty darn good and standard for the style. (Rating: 4.03)
Mar 22, 2023
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can into a pint glass. Crystal clear light golden color with a 2-finger sudsy white head. Smells of hay, green apple, faint lemon citrus, almost like a cider. Toasty, bready malt flavor with a good amount of spice and lemon acidity. Bitterness might be a little high for the style but not overwhelming. Crisp, dry finish.
Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 3.95 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 31, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear light golden yellow color with a nice white head , Smell has lemon spritzes ,pale malts grassy herbal notes . Taste follows the nose with lemon splash, light situs ,herbal grassy notes ,very nice . Mouth feel is dry but with a floral sweetness ,crisp very tasty …loved it
Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours a superbly clear pale gold body, short white head, lines of rocky lacing.

S - Quiet note of grass, apple, and a honeyed dough malt note.

T - Lovely open of lemony freshness, followed by a slight middle suggesting bread and floral tea, and a more angular, spicy, bitter bite in the finish.

M - An aggressive carbonation and a light weight, followed by a prickly dry close.

O - This is an extraordinarily pleasant, drinkable Pils. Not my favorite style, this one delivers on the things I like best. Highly drinkable, this Pils is clear and easy without being muted or boring. Solid work.
Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by soarinsteven from Illinois

May 24, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 vintage; drank 10/28/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Fresh flowers, roasted corn & faint peach notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Roasted corn, fresh flowers & mild peach flavors.

A bit odd, but interesting. Certainly worth trying.
Oct 29, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 17, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 03, 2021
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Reviewed by STLRadley from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured a beautiful golden color with a thick head that dissipated to a thin ribbon that held until the end. Purchased within 6 weeks of package date in a 16 oz. can. Delicate aroma that is perhaps more reminiscent of a German rather than a Czech pilsner. A nicely balanced flavor from the aroma and bittering hops with crackery notes that shine through. The beer has a medium body and finishes dry on the palate. Overall, this is a fine pilsner that will undoubtedly quench the thirst on a sunny day. Highly recommend. 
Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Look: Pours a dull, drabby yellow color with a very sparse, rocky head of thin foam. Head fizzles away quickly leaving no lacing. Lots of sediment and floaters from the bottom of the bottle. Not very appeitizing to look at honestly.

Aroma: Malted, slightly toasted grains. Wet hay and caramel, a bit of white grape. Toast. Somewhat medicinal with undertones of honey. Vague cellophane / packing plastic note.

Taste: Toasted grains + caramel candy with undertones of white grape must and grassy, musky hay. Bitter lemon peel and a touch of waxy, fruit rind. Not really typical for the style, that white grape tang and wet hay funk is a flaw in my opinion.

Feel: Lightweight feel but with a slick and somewhat palate coating sugary aspect to it. Very little carbonation. Almost flat.

Overall: Personally, I find it to be a little too "funky" for my taste in pilsners, but some people might like that aspect of it. This one missed the mark for me.
Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by stanale from Illinois

Aug 04, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours out the bottle one of those golden colors that looks like the big boys of adjunct lagers made it, right down to the high grade clarity on it. The aroma is of that familiar noble/saaz kind of crisp floral herbalness. Right away the appearance and the aroma firmly plant this beer in lager country.

Taste is right in line with being smack dab in the middle of lager country, nice pilsner malt, light, airy, the hersbrucker(?) hops provide the bright crisp lemon meets dandelion grass kind of vibe. Its got a solid bitterness, Herkules hops baby, German bred for a German style lager, fits the bill, right down to the little hit of black pepper going on, nicely done. I think it is the one driving the firm lager bitterness around 40ibu.

Kind of wish I drank this on a hot day instead of a cold spring one in April. Perhaps its not the most exciting or imperialized beer, but its a nice banger when you just wanna bang beers and not think or drink 1oz at a time.
Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

May 08, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by bpkrippner from Missouri

May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Gold in color with vibrant carbonation bubbles. There’s a fingernail of off white on top. I smell corn and grassy hops. I’m tasting grassy hops and well water yeast. The mouth is dry, crisp, and refreshing.
May 02, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by Stevedore from Oregon

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 3.13 by zaraspook from Illinois

Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Sep 10, 2019
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Crystal clear pale gold body with plumes and plumes of steady rising carbonation (tiny bubbles). A surprisingly robust bright white head with excellent retention and pretty solid soapy lacing. Gorgeous presentation.

Per category definition, the nose is slightly sweet with a pronounced toasted and bready malt profile. A little light yeast, lemongrass and citrus rind, with a familiar noble hop personality. Pretty standard (but solid) nose.

The flavor profile is category-honest (so pretty mild and straight forward) but there's something about it that strikes just the right cord. Certainly bready and malty, with grassy notes and a faint lemon zest. But the sweetness is just right and comes off as quite floral and a little nutty (kudos to the grain profile), versus the horrendous corn-infused quality many (most?) American lagers offer. It's extremely clean and highly refreshing, with the dry-hopping presenting a little citrus personality that is highly additive. Certainly not going to knock your socks off, but quite good relative to the rest of the light pils universe.

Feel is soft and medium-light, with pretty perfect carbonation. Goes done so easy.

I'm just not a pilsner and light lager guy, but this is a wonderful, clean, crisp, and refreshing beer. A really pleasant surprise that opens my mind (a little) to what light lagers can offer.
Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by BalancingBrooms from California

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.42 by Giggy from Michigan

Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle. Cool label.

Pretty old but still good. Great malt taste for a lager, drinking this while it's a little warm is like chewing on a bowl of "Cream O' Wheat". The hops blend into the background providing a base for the wheat and alcohol presence. Seems higher than 5%, but I'm not complaining.

I wouldn't mind having more of this around.
Mar 25, 2019
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Reviewed by strohme2 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle , dated as Enjoy by 13Mar19. Poured into a tulip.
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Smaller head, but great retention. Small amounts of lacing but a light, white cap of foam during the whole drink.
Aromas of lemon, lemongrass, cracker and dough.
Not complex and similar profile as the aroma. Crackers, lemon, light, small skunky finish.
Light, crisp, bubbly body.
Very drinkable, refreshing.
Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Taste: super crisp and refreshing, Caramel malt, some hops. Same with the nose. Pale gold, crystal clear,big foamy white head, some lace. Medium light body. Easy drinker. 35 IBUs
Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 2.21 by Fear from Illinois

Oct 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Brewed for the Field Museum and her famous dinosaur, this brew is crystal clear, with a slim head. It looks clearer than a typical macro lager, although the aroma is spicy and pungent. The taste is lightly malty and flavorful. Medium body. Nice.
Aug 25, 2018
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is malt, hops and corn. The taste is floral hops, grass and grain.
Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 3.34 by eppie82 from Illinois

Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a decent white head that recedes rapidly leaving marginal lacing. Aroma is grassy and slight corn with a touch of biscuit. Flavor is sweet corn and grass. Not as much hop bite as I was expecting from a dry hopped beer. Feel is nice enough, crisp and well carbonated. Nice beer.
Jun 14, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jun 04, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by Haybeerman from Colorado

May 15, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Apr 10, 2018
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