Czech Mate Pilsener | Red Lodge Ales

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Czech Mate PilsenerCzech Mate Pilsener

Brewed by:
Red Lodge Ales
Montana, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Czechmate pilsner is modeled after famous Czech beers. It has a straw-gold color. The malt flavor is soft and biscuit-like. The mouthwatering Czech hops linger on the tongue. The pilsner cold ages for eight weeks, making it finish clean and crisp.

Added by GossageBrewery on 06-23-2013

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A strong gold color in the body with an initially thick, foamy white head; lively carbonation. Grainy aroma with hints of grass and some floral notes. Soft, mild malt and cereal flavors with a bold, almost biting, hop bitterness. Medium bodied; crisp and dry.

A very tasty pilsner. It's mildy sweet and has a big hop bitterness that lingers well into the finish.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a glass At Montana Ale Works. Great example of the style, tasty herbal hops, clean malts, and a little fruit from the yeast. Clean and super drinkable.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jrsqc7
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Great feel
No real smell to this smokers nose
Tastes meh to good
Malt overshadowed by hops
But boy is it crisp
Head comes and goes
Lacing up the glass
Tastes foamy?

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Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of dillon_1005
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale malt, hops, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of metallic notes. Overall, weak appearance, average aroma and blend, and the metallic notes in the body were unpleasant.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Czech Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head,average lacing and an average retention. Aroma consisted of malted grain, some floral hops. Light in body, a foundation of malted grain, sweet apple and herbal hops. Decent summer beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden color with a moderate haze and a thin layer of frothy white foam. I think a Pilsner should be a lot clearer, with more effervescence and head.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of offsetting graininess and a light, grassy hop character. Not bad at all.

Taste: very malty with tons of sweetness and a little bit of noble, grassy hops. It's not bad, actually, but it could be a little crisper.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess. Honestly, it's probably too thick for a Pilsner, but I like the creaminess.

Overall: it's a little bit heavy for the style, in its sweetness and body, but still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 03/13/16:

Straw gold and mostly clear but with a fine swirl of haze. Fine, light, foamy cap of off-white, with decent retention and lace. Fairly clean-smelling, just moderately sweet on the nose, with faint but distinct grain and light lemon notes. Very grainy palate, just shy of being harsh. Nice lemon, rind, and floral hopping, even some light peppercorn and other semi-bitter spices. Medium-bodied, crisp, softly effervescent, slight tingles and even alcoholic burn going down.

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Photo of Resuin
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a grainy and caramel smell mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas comes some nice herbal and grassy smells mixed with a little bit of a floral hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a light bready taste mixed with a lighter showing of some caramel and light bit of a graininess. As the taste moves on the bready fades a bit while the grain grows some in intensity, with a more cracker like flavor developing overall. Some flavors of an herbal and grassy hop nature come to the tongue as the taste moves to the end. With a little bit of a more floral hop nature coming at the very end, one is left with a rather nice crisp and slightly lighter, but nicely hopped and clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the style and taste, the feel is spot on making for a very nice, crisp, and easy drinking feel overall.

Overall –This one was crisp, lightly dankly hopped, and flavorful. All the while it was very smooth and clean, making for a very tasty and drinkable brew overall.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear straw yellow with a 1 finger head of foam, nicely lacing.

A sharp bitter hoppy nose with a mild malty sweet presence.

Full flavoured with a sharp Noble hop bitterness intertwined with a sweetish and earthy malt taste. This is very good indeed, very much like a Czech Pils.

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Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a really really light and easy version of a czech pils, but really well made, and i feel like it has gotten better over time. its barely yellow, very pale in color and carbonated like soda. small white head doesnt last real long, but the aroma of dusty grain and crackery lager yeast does. its classically czech, better than so many copies of this style. the hops are fresh too, really quenching and bright, light too, some notes of tea as well, probably some saaz in here if i know them like i think i do. the flavor is a great combination of the smells. the grain is typical light pilsener malt, but the hops really come to dance. hardly bitter but floral and full of flavor. i love how clean it finishes and how refreshing it is without being watery or boring. my critique is its just a bit too light, even for the style. it needs a little more body and pep, although its refreshment factor is great. even more of the same hops would make this special, but as it stands its a great light drinking beer. also one of the great labels in beer, great art here, simple, elegant, witty.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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