Klisch Pilsner Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Klisch Pilsner BeerKlisch Pilsner Beer

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.42%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of sweemzander
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled week 1 of March 2011. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a nice fluffy white head with great retention behind it & lacing aplenty.

(S)- A nice dryness with bits of lemon and lightly earthy grains.

(T)- A nice mild honey-like sweetness with subtle lemon and several earthy grains I cannot pinpoint.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level and balance. A mild malty sweetness with those earthy grains.

(D)- For the style, this is quite a good beer. Crisp and refreshing with a super easy drinkability.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with suspended yeast. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, herb, yeast, slight citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight citrus, and slight grass. Overall, a pretty decent pilsner with a good body, aroma, and appearance. A little more bitter and herbal than I'm used to for a German Pilsner.

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Photo of soze47
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had a 12 oz. bottle today, dated the fourth week in July.

Appearance: Golden wheat in color, somewhere between straw and honey. 1 1/2 inch of head, not too dense, that faded quickly. No lacing and not a lot of bubbles.

Aroma: Not a big nose. Slight spiciness and hoppiness with biscuity overtones.

Taste: Malty note of slight sweetness upfront, but the hops temper it well. Not bitter or spicy by any stretch. The flavors balance into a nice toastiness overall.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and finishes dry. No residual traces of lingering flavors in an off-putting way. Stays balanced throughout.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Lots of flavor, not watered down at all. Great for a session.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. Not my favorite for the style, but a great alternative and a good candidate to serve to those fussy and stubborn macro-lovers.

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Photo of battlekow
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with Schell Pilsner. I haven't ever had a pilsner that really interested me or stood out, but this came the closest. Nothing really exciting in the appearance. Smell is slightly above average with some sweetness, maybe apples. It has a distinct flavor, grainy and sweet, deceivingly simple. It tastes...natural. Finishes with a nice little bitter kick. Klisch blows Schell away.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Samual Adams Perfect Pint. Bottled October, week 2, 2011

A - Light straw in color. Little white head that collapses to a tiny ring around the top with no lacing. Has a slight haze to it.

S - Very nice clean bready malt right up front. Some pleasant herbal/spicy hop notes are easily detected.

T - Clean malt profile that keeps this light beer balanced. Faint herbal hop flavor throughout. Not all that dry but a nice mildly spicy hop kiss at the end.

M - Light in body, medium carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer but never got any distinguishing traits to set itself apart. Quite enjoyable with good hop flavor.

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Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sent to me by BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Served in a DC Brau tulip because I'm awesome.

A: Poured an orange-tangerine color, pretty clear, and with a soft 1/2 finger white head.

S: 1/2 malt, 1/2 hop. This was played down the middle. I wish there was more Pizazz here.

T: Nice overall flavor, good citrus component, clean finish.

M: Bubbly enough, mildly splotchy on the glass, and gulpable enough.

O: I see Lakerfront entries in the DC area from time to time but have never seen this one. Good stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec. - 2nd Week - notched on label - poured into glass:

Pours bright golden with a foamy 2+ finger head that descends and stays leaving lacing.

The smell is of hay/newly-mowed grass and grainy.

The taste is grainy - slightly tart fruity. It's sweet with a hint of tart - with a mild bitterish touch in the finish.

It is light-bodied with medium carbonation for the style - slightly sluggish with an oily/slick feel.

It's a mild, "refreshing" pils. Pretty basic - well-balanced, has a dryish touch.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dull straw, very clear. One finger head that disappears as quickly as I pour. Leaves a thin wisp and shows tons of bubbles floating to the top.

Mild hints of cut grass.

Crisp, clean. Lots of good bite from beginning to end. Sweet aftertaste. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is active from the carbonation. It's slightly watery underneath.

Overall, I thought it was a good session. Definitely something I would try again. If you're feeling like a pilsner, this one's a great choice.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. The half inch of stark white head dissapears almost instantly. Not much lace left behind.

The aroma is typical pilsner. tortilla chips, malt, fresh cut grass and earth.

The flavor is pretty much in line with the nose. Hops, tortilla chips, some bitter fruit. I'm not a fan of the style but this seems to fall in line with the typical pilsner.

Light body with loads of carbonation.

Overall a decent representation of the style. Not something I would pick up again but pilsner lovers would.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= very pale golden color with a small light head that leaves decent lacing very bubbly
S= a malty corn kinda smell. Somewhat muted hard to put my finger on it
T= very sweet malts smooth a little hops. Mostly just sweet. Lots of corn and bread on the aftertaste
M= light and well carbonated
D= very high. Refreshing beer with a very smooth taste great!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant and refreshing Pilsener, but somewhat lacking in depth and complexity.

Pours a pale straw yellow, clear but with the faintest haze. Nice carbonation, with a good solid head and decent lacing. The aroma is pleasantly crisp. with that sweet, honeyish malt character of a good Pilsener and a faint hint of noble hops. The flavor is somewhat thinner than the aroma, but still malty and sweet with a crisp finish and a surprising bitter bite on the back of the tongue. The one thing that keeps it from breaking into the outstanding ranks occupied by American Pilsener standouts such as Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox and a few others is the hop flavor - the hop bitterness is nice, but the hop flavor is a bit thin and slight. A little more complexity, a little more ambition on the hop schedule, would elevate this from a good beer to a great one.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came as part of a Beer of the Month sampler -- my first one. I poured this pale gold brew into a pint glass, with little head, and slight lacing. It's aroma was a fairly impressive combination of quince and banana. It tasted a little sweet for a pilsner, but it had a crisp hoppy edge to it. Nice. It finishes slightly dry, but not over the top. Very nice. In conclusion, I might keep a few of these on hand, if they were available locally.

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Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head that settles slightly. Good retention with sticky lacing. Slight chill haze. Straw colored body.
S) Citrus, grains and grass.
T) Light on the palate at first then moves to a mellow nutty grain and subtle citrus tones - lemon peel. Finishes fairly clean with a light lingering of grains.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Light. Dry and a little gritty in the finish.
O) A nice brew. Very refreshing and easy to drink. I'd pour another.

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Photo of KI9A
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours typical piss-yellow of the style. Decent head, hangs around a bit.

S: Grassy, bisquity.

T: Follows nose. Cracker/bready, earthy. About what a Pils is supposed to be. Maybe a shade sweeter than normal.

M: Crisp, light, refreshing.

D: Extremely quaffable. Perfect on this hot 90+ degree day.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow, good clarity, head is light with solid retention, spotty lacing.

S: Nice jolt of noble hops, spice and mint, some berry and sweet malt.

T: Sweet notes of malt and corn, light meady character. Hops are relatively light, this seems more like a Helles than a Pils, but the flavour is solid. Sweet finish.

M: Feel is light-bodied, smooth and creamy. I would like a bit more carbonation to style, not bad overall.

D: A good beer, I'd say a Kolschy pilsner due to the name, it seems like a hybrid of the 2 styles. Certainly worth a shot. Not amazed, but a good beer from Lakefront.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A down the center pour yields massive head. It settles slowly atop a clear golden colored pilsner. It is radically rocky, I'm thinking continental divide here.

Aroma is very mild, just a hint of malt and some faint citrus hops. It tastes very similar, some malt sweetness giving way to a little hop flavor and some bitterness. Not a lot going on, but not totally boring. Good chugger that it a big cut above any BMC beers.

Some nice body and feel here. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy, but just not exciting,

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - It has a golden yellow body with about 1/8 of an inch of head white head.

Smell - There is a grain and Malay aroma I would consider medium in strength.

Taste - It has a definite grain flavor. It too has a sweet, hope, and citrus characteristic. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Moderately coarse but smooth compared to other pilsners.

~ I could do it again. This is almost a session brew. I'd have to take a stab at a sixer and see what happens.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical clear straw-yellow, with a very thick if not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and malty with a fruity undertone, appealing and tempting. Flavor is typical of a pilsner, except it is more mouth-filling than I expected and has a slight hoppy bitter undertone and a firm hint of sour fruit. Texture is fizzy, lively and sassy, leaving a malty and sour aftertaste.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light lemony hop followed by a sweet husky malt.

The taste consisted of some upfront honey sweetness with a decent floral hop. Some fruit esters apparent as well. Bready finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style and slightly chewy. Maybe a bit to heavy on the tongue though.

Overall a tasty beer that grew on me as I drank it. The fullness of the malt seems to authenticate this pils, but the misplaced sweetness detracts. Either way, good drinkability.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Botted date of "First week of June" no year.

Pours a little hazy straw yellow color with more than a finger of white head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Nose has minor malt sweetness and just a bit of citrus and grassy notes. Decent amount of carb and medium to light feel. Tasting just a bit of malt sweetness but the rest of this experience flirts with the "green bottle beer" taste. Very slight skunked taste in it. Finish is slightly bitter but nice and crisp.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pils with quite a dry hoppy finish which sets it apart from many craft lagers which tend to be sweeter. Not on the same level as prima pils but decent enough to drink when the weather gets warm. Much prefer the stein beer as a lager from these guys

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloud, golden/yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. Also, a sweet fruity aroma.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with some grassy hops that added s subtle bitter kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice sessionable, easy drinking lager.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

This particular cask had a placard in front of it claiming that it had been dry-hopped, but did not go so far as to explain with what variety of hops. The server on duty at the time did not know either.

Poured out a rather clouded golden straw color with a fizzy single finger of evaporating head (room temp cask) and no lacing at all, but the aroma was absolutely filled with a combination of white pear juice and fresh grassy herbals over the top of a crackery malt. Oh man did it ever smell like it was going to be an sweeter German Pilsner, but it really surprised me by presenting a standard dry Czech pilsner flavor through and through. The finish was clean and crisp, and the refreshingly carbonated lighter body was absolutely true to style. It's just that...it smelled like a sweeter German Pilsner yet tasted like a drier Czech Pilsner. And while I would normally knock a lot of points off my review for false style advertising, the image of the bottle shown above merely has the world "pilsner" alone on the label, a legal loophole in my self-imposed criteria!

So I therefore tentatively recommend trying this one if you are curious about what the two styles of pilsner would taste like blended together. Its weird, but weirdness does not necessarily equal badness in this case.

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Photo of chetripley
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A different representation of the Pilsner style, more American than German, due to its medium amount of alcohol and little bitterness.

Poured a dark straw color into a tall pilsner glass, with 1 inch head hanging around a while with very little lacing.

Smelled grainy and fresh and was crisp and smooth to drink, with more of a malt character than hop.

Drinkable and thirst quenching, leaving me ready for more. Far surpasses other American brewed pilsners in its fuller body.

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Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wildly different from other Pils, more body, more odd flavors, I opened an IPA for my family and this for me wanting a light brew, and for a moment, I didnt know what I was drinking. But then, malty, bready, crackerly brew got to me and I enjoyed it. 100% agree w reviewer who said "turn it into a BLONDE ALE", that's more what it is.

A - Pours a slight hazed, golden/yellow color with a foamy, two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Subtle, not much here, but smells of grains and sweet floral notes.

T - It tasted fairly sweet, lots of bread. Was very good with cheese and mozzarella tomatoes with basil. Would be good with salad and as a pre-dinner beer, which was the case tonight. Included light grassy hops that made the finish nice.

M -Not right for a pils, more medium weight body. But I liked it, just change the style please.

O - I'd drink another. Might want to try. Reviewers overly ding this beer for being off-style, but it's a nice middle of the road blonde ale with an appetizing finish.

It's original, not cliché.

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Klisch Pilsner Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.45 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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