Reality Czeck
Moonlight Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,236
4.28 | pDev: 9.58%
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: A delicate soft Lager, authentic to the west coast of the Czech Republic.
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straightlambic from California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Jul 19, 2013
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Zeitgeist. Highly recommended by Herr Venom... Quaffed 3x outside in their "Biergarten" with axisjones, enjoying a gorgeous Saturday afternoon (28May05).

Poured a smidge cloudy yet still a striking golden color. Slow, sporadic carbonation meandering top-wards. Thin egg-shell white head layering things, though leaving intricate lacing. Lovely aromas of bready malts co-mingling with sharp, spicy hops. Mmmm! Body easily a medium, and fantastically smooth for a Pils. Glides over the tongue. Great taste (less filling!)... Ooops... Yes, great taste. Bready and a tad toasty. A touch dry but with a killer Noble hop spiciness that lasts and lasts while sticking all over the mouth and throat. Sooo quaffable. A top-shelf Pils! Had I closed my eyes I could have thought that I was somewhere in Bavaria or Bohemia.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5


Jun 01, 2005
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TheLongBeachBum from California

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Sampled on Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, on two separate occasions. The small tap handle simply had the words Reality Czeck on it. Served in a clean sleeve-like drinking vessel with a printed Moonlight symbol on it.

Appearance: The staff at Flavor Bistro knows their shit, and are all obviously well trained for every Pint I had of the Reality Czeck was the perfect pour from the Tap. A hazed yellow body, much more reminiscent of a Belgium Wit than a clean filtered golden Czech Pils; but Brian Hunt would be the first to tell you that he never conforms to styles to minute details. What is in the glass looks absolutely perfect though, a firm whisked egg-white head strays up and out of the top of the glass, last time I saw a head like this I heard the words “Eeets footin Strongarm Man” ring around from the pourer when I questioned it. The longevity of the head is supreme, it does collapse as you work your way through, but only to reveal and equally sexy clumpy covering that laces nicely with dominating and confident rings. Outstanding looks.

Nose: Crisp clean aromas, superlative punctuating fresh lightly hoppy nose with a restrained malt base that allows everything to balance. The Pint reeked of “freshness”; however you want to define that. Background had a lovely cereal husky nature, but this was a perfectly good thing, for me.

Taste: This is where it gets interesting, it had everything and nothing, so hard to describe but I recall, lemon, limes, grass, hop flowers, husky malt grains, firm toasts, citric sharpness with some metallic traits, but just as they should be with a talcum softness in the finish. Everything it needs to be, nothing more, and nothing less. Faultless.

Mouthfeel: Perfection, a firm and never waning medium body has a crisp resilient carbonation that effortlessly scours the plate and allows every last grain (literally) to cross the palate. Soft and purely ground down to a talcum powder texture, the sharpness of the hops and citric nature expand the horizons of the Mouthfeel, far from one-dimensional.

Drinkability: *DEADLY*

Overall: Seems wrong to give a perfect 5.0, but this really *IS* that good. To try to improve it would be like killing the Goose that lays the Golden Egg. On-draft, fresh from the Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, this was Simply Stunning, Exquisite, Dangerously Drinkable and Effortlessly Addictive. Believe the Hype and laugh at Prima Pils. Some slight deviations and variations from the better home-spun Czech Pils style that those anal nit-pickers revel in, I ignore them all, for the simple reason that my first taste of this literally reminded and mentally transported me back to my first trip to (the then) Czechoslovakia. It had me eulogizing about those first half-litres of Pilsner Urquell, StaroBrno, Gambrinus and Budvar that I tried way back in 1991. In that respect, this is where the Reality Czeck wins hands down. Forget my original reason to visit Russian River, sampling the Reality Czech at Flavor Bistro was worth the 900 mile round trip from Long Beach to Santa Rosa just for this alone.

Jan 04, 2007
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a near perfect czech type pils, nothing innovative or boundary pushing about this one, which is something i have come to look for in moonlight beers, they use some crazy botanicals and exotics in their stuff, but this one is straight up. a classic european lager yeast leads both the aroma and flavor for me, woven so well into the dry fresh pils malt that this could not possibly be mistaken for anything else, its the essence of the style in every way, dialed in to the max. its crystal clear on the pour, incredibly active, and more yellow than golden, delicate but exuberant. its somewhat hoppy for the style, but has a rather classic hop complexion to it, saaz or something like it, cut grass on its way to being dry and leafy, with the lightest citrus complexion and earthen bitterness as it winds down. dry and snappy, refreshing as can be but not watery feeling, effervescent and with some body, but i could drink 20 of these pretty happily. a really textbook example of the style. pils is a beer that never really turns me on, and they all sort of taste the same sometimes, but then once in a great while i find one thats this good and i remember why the style itself is so widely adored. they should all be this good! brilliant work on this one from moonlight!

Nov 09, 2017
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strongaf from Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Mar 27, 2013
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chalkfullof from California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Feb 09, 2012
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SocalKicks from California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Jun 02, 2014
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QuakeAttack from California

3/5  rDev -29.9%

Jun 03, 2014
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 21, 2015
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

May 06, 2013
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jul 11, 2014
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 14, 2019
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Paccamacca from California

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 05, 2015
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craft_shannie from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Sep 12, 2014
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sloelco from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jun 06, 2014
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sbangs from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Aug 01, 2014
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CoolEthan from California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Jun 02, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Aug 10, 2013
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HabiMendes from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Jul 06, 2013
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Lakemonster from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have tasted very few high quality pils. This one blew me away. It was refreshing, light and full of good pils flavor. I was fortunate enough to have this on tap at Toronado with a good friend who was showing me the local brew scene. I won't forget it and would highly recommend you try it.

Jan 11, 2013
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htomsirveaux from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Dec 31, 2011
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Beerswag from California

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Monk's Kettle, San Francisco on July 17, 2010.

Although I found Moonlight Brewing's Reality Czech to be a touch malty, it otherwise hit the nail right on the head. It displayed a great golden color; a perfect white froth head with good retention; a swirling aroma of spicy/floral and slightly grassy hops over gently sweetish and straw-like malt; and a solid, balancing bitterness.

Nicely done!

Sep 12, 2010
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AndrewSmith from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 04, 2015
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francisweizen from Alaska

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe the hype.

Fresh keg, tapped at Zeitgeist in the mission. Bright gold. Goldy gold, the most gold that fucking gold can get in a beer. Perfectly sized and contained head of thick egg cream white foam. Aromas are al that a pils should be, and nothing that a pils shouldn't be. Floral German/US hop varities lend this brew a great aroma of lemon, lime, bread dough, flowers, oranges, and more. The taste is a combination of the aromas but intensified, unified, and perfected. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light with an intense small bubbled carbonation that never let's up lending this brew a perfect drinkability. Insanely drinkable. Refreshing and subtle, yet horribly complex and thought provoking. This is beer.

May 03, 2005
Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 305 ratings