Rock Of Ages
Skull Mechanix Brewing

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
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3.7 | pDev: 17.57%
Skull Mechanix Brewing
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cool to have this pretty near to having their german pils, these guys have the lagers down it seems like, this is also really good. for me this is a little lighter, drier, and even more crisp than its german counterpart, paler in color and frothy and bubbly, more visually alive than the german one, but still with some substance. i like the hops in here, saaz type but that might not be all, soft edges but still crisp bitterness, incredibly fresh, with a note of lime zest and melon and even wet wood, quite bold in the finish and carrying on just a little longer than the grain. subtle straw and hay, crackery even doughy old worldy lager yeast, and very dynamic really, insanely refreshing and balanced, to me a bit more drinkable than the german one, but that is generally my personal preference as pils goes. i was impressed overall with the quality of the liquid in here at skull mechanix, especially the lagers. this was one of their best beers that i had for sure, just right in the texas heat!

Jul 08, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Runs $5 USD per pint at the brewpub. Billed as a Bohemian Pilsner. 4.5% ABV. 38 IBUs.

Pours a clean clear yellow body with a frothy white head 2cm in height. Head retention is ~5 minutes.

Aroma brings Pilsner malt, cracked grain, slightly spicy hops (Saaz I'd reckon), and a hint of an unbunged kellerbier-like dampness that doesn't suit it (or the intended style). Aromatic intensity is average.

Thin on the palate, lacking a robust feel. Overvarbonated and crisp yet dry on the finish. Damp with overtones of kellerbier-like aerated wort...this isn't a clean drinking pilsner at all.

Scratchy. Finishes bitter, which is odd.

Hop profile is a bit grassy but not spicy...if Saaz hops were utilized, they're poorly showcased. I suspect Noble hops of American origin were used (I'd put money against this having been brewed with Czech Saazer Saaz).

Has a vitaminy yeasty note...again, this isn't squeaky clean as a pilsner should be.

Drinks like a Noble-hopped kellerbier, which is fine but it's way off-style. Those hoping for a solid Czech pilsner would he better off sticking to Live Oak's Pilz which is far better executed, cheaper, and much truer to style. Hell, imported Pilsner Urquell that's sat on a tepid shelf for 2 months would probably drink cleaner.

Drinkable, though, and I'll easily polish off the glass. I can't say I'd pay $5 a pint again, though, and if my next Skull Mechanix brew is as off-style as this one it'll be a long time before I'm back... especially since St Elmo is down the street.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

May 07, 2018
Rock Of Ages from Skull Mechanix Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 7 ratings