Apertif Pilsner
Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Apertif PilsnerApertif Pilsner
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Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #498
Ranked #25,423
3.47 | pDev: 26.22%
Dec 24, 2023
Sep 05, 2017
The first beer any brewer tastes when visiting another brewery is always its pilsner. Unlike other styles, pilsners can’t hide faults behind malt, hops or barrels, and so are a true representation of the brewery at hand. At Moody Tongue, we find beauty in the simplicity of this style and as a brewer we respect the challenge. This is our pilsner, and we are excited to share this with you. As the first beer which any brewer drinks before exploring other styles, enjoy our Aperitif Pilsner to wake your palate before your next meal.
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Rated: 3.52 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Dec 24, 2023
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Reviewed by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I didn't know what expect from this Pilsner from the wildly different reviews I've read. Saw a single for $2.99 and thought, what the hell. Poured a slightly hazy light gold with a one finger white foam head that settled into a thin layer throughout. Smell was a little weak, slightly skunky, and crackery. Taste was much better than the aroma, no skunkiness whatsoever. Crackers, honey, light lemon on the taste. Very smooth. Subtle, but firm bitterness. Better than expected.
Jul 12, 2023
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
L-This beer is so heavily carbonated in the beginning that it is impossible to pour right. It literally had a 5+ fingered head on the pour within seconds. Once settled, there is a lacy, slightly frothy head, with a hazy carbonated body and yeasty floaters.
S- Yeasty sourdough and phenols, combined with cracked black pepper and lemon grass. Earthy undertones and whole wheat as well. Hop character in there as well.
T-Bitter and spicy hop upfront, with some slight phenolic notes (banana and clove), some nutmeg and coriander as well. German hops are present. Slight sweetness and a bit of a watered down finish.
F- Feels light and foamy due to the excessive heavy carbonation. You could not drink this beer from the bottle. It would make you puke due to the carb.
O- Feels overall like a solid home-brewers beer that is 2-3 cycles away from being decent... I can appreciate that they did try to do something different here though... It was an interesting drink for sure, it just isn't fleshed out and a little off the rails for me to fully enjoy. Interest has been piqued in the brewery, but likely won't have this particular beer again.
May 21, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by jchanley from Illinois

Apr 19, 2023
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Rated by RoryG43 from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
If you enjoy the bitterness of a classic Pilsner this is your beer.
Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Clear golden pour with a finger of white foam. Lemon and grass with a stale hop finish atop muted german pilsner yeast and crisp malts in both smell and taste. Body is highly carbonated yet thin, grainy and almost skunky, though it is still a fresh bottle. Went ok with tzatziki and pita
Jun 07, 2022
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Rated by Uprightfever from California

1.44/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
This is the worst Pilsner I’ve ever been served.
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle coded JABT (not helpful) poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 5% ABV per label. The beer pours bright light gold in color with off white head. The head hangs around in the way of a half inch cap and there is a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is mild with notes of pils malt and sourdough bread, along with a slight mineral note. The taste is a unique slightly sweet / tart / bitter hybrid with flavors of lemon, sourdough, pils malt and floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with just above average carbonation and a dry finish. Fairly clean lagering. Overall, unique take on a pilsner. Wouldn't be a repeat buy for me, but I respect doing something different.
Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 1.5 by wildman69 from New York

May 24, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.17 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Sep 15, 2018
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

1.78/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
12 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a golden, straw body, lightly hazy with a smallish, white head that steadily fizzles away.

Smell: Houses a scent like spoiled apple juice shaken with rotgut boxed white wine.

Taste: A little pop of sweetness before you go off to flavors ranging from store-brand juice box to 'off' pinot grigio and finishing with a sour, stale twang. I'm scouring the bottle and its label for a clear, discernible packaging date to no avail. I checked again to see if there was printed explaination or apology for this mess, but the label is rather stark.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Very low carbonation.

Overall: Passing itself off as an aperitif, eh? This thing could put me off meals for a straight week! Yeesh.
Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by robotic_being from Illinois

Jul 19, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by sendbeer from Georgia

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by CPAles from Illinois

Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 3 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Oct 27, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Sep 23, 2017
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Rated by Jaybeam from New York

4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Great pilsner! I highly recommend it!
Sep 11, 2017
Apertif Pilsner from Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 21 ratings