Reality Czeck | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Toronado)

A: real light yellow gold, slightly hazy (dry hopping? dirty lines?).... nice, cloud-like white head, sticks around in collar, lil spatters of lace

S: bright and refreshing.... not the level nor relative richness of malt the taste soon reveals.... mostly a blend of floral and orange-lemon hops, dense yet delicate

T: wonderful smooth butter cookie malt.... lemony grassy hops, lasting bitterness.... mmm, pale and caramel malts really shine....approaching bold yet drinks light and clean.... moreish, as the malt gives way to the spring-like hops

M: starts off with a tease of medium body only to spread and attenuate back over the palate

O: solid overall... great balance, foundation and separation of constituent parts.... tastes like a Czech Pils more than anything else.... probably oughta do a follow-up review ASAP

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark golden color in the tall pint nonic. Perfect head and foam down the glass. Pleasing nose of grain and fresh straw.

Warm tones with a biscuity malt flavor. Resiny and clean sharp flavors, but the mellow malt gives it a pleasurable mouthfeel. Long hoppy aftertaste with just the right Pilsener bitterness.

This is kind of the ideal lager sort of beer. Reminds me of the way Mexican beers used to taste in the 1960s, at least in my mind. On tap at the Trappist in Oakland and a great quaff for lunch.

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Photo of Lakemonster
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a clear light amber with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is hay and straw. Quite earthy with bread and biscuit and a bit of grass. The taste is dry and earthy with straw, grass, and biscuit. The finish is drying with a very light bitterness and a lingering earthiness. Medium carbonation. Medium-light body. A great American Pilsener.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1551st Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Toronado San Francisco

App- It's truly a light yellow. Amazingly clear and lite looking in the glass with a small 1/4"-1/2" head. Again like most pils in that there was no cling and lace on this one.

Smell- Damn lagers. Just can't get passed that grassy, butter kinda Heineken thing. However, this seems more dry hopped, less lager and generally more spicy and alive.

Taste- Holy cow! Why aren't all lagers like this. Keeps the pils flavors from the malts, however as with the aromatics the hop additions do wonders for this beer. It's much more complete and clean. The flavors aren't as muddled either as most pils.

Mouth- A lighter medium body which surprised me. Was thinking it would be the usual light body. Again the thicker carbonation was a shock! More pepper and dry hops on the finish.

Drink- Much like Bombay, was hearing the hype but couldn't believe how good this was. Sad I only had one pint.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the defining achievement of this beer is its smooth tone. So many pilsners seem to have some aftertaste or lingering character that is a distraction or detractor. This one does not. Smooth with a mildly grassy tone and subtle hop spicy bits added in. This is extremely drinkable.

Beers like this show why the American brewing scene is now king, and will be so for a very long time.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado SF. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale straw yellow with a white head. Settles to just a ring and some wisps.

Smell - Earthy and very slightly grassy hops. Mild. Biscuity pale malts. Spicy?

Taste - Mimics the smell. Slightly more emphasis on the hops. Hardly what I'd call hoppy, but it's got a presence. Clean pilsener malts. Just a little toasty. Dry in the finish. Exactly what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel - The finish seals the deal for this one. Yes, it's light and drinkable,nut so are many average pilseners. This one is dry and slightly spicy. Excellent.

Overall - I'm not a lager fan, but so many pilseners are awful. This is an exception. When it's good, it's very good.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado in SF, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale gold color, topped with a thin white head, leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of floral hops with spices, grainy pale malt, has a lot of spice and some honey in the center with a grassy bitter finish. The flavor is classic pilsner flavor, but fuller and more interesting than any pilsner I've had before.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, long slightly bitter finish.

O- A great pilsner, it's light, refreshing and very drinkable but still has loads of flavor, I don't drink a ton of lagers but this is easily the best pilsner I've ever had.

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Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple pints on draft at Monk's Kettle. Nice and clear with a pillowy head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is pils malt and noble hops... quite mild but definitely appealing. Tastes grainy sweet with light malt, mild bitterness and a long bittering finish. Like the other features of this beer, the bitterness in the finish is mild and accessible.

Light and crisp and extremely clean, Reality Czech's highlight is its extremely high drinkability. It is not often that one finds a good beer that asks to be drank by the pitcher!

4, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light straw beer with amazing clarity and pristine virgin white head 1.5" thick at Toronado SF. Aroma wasn't great, a bit of that funky saaz noble hop thing going probably, no skunkiness, but if you read my reviews, thats not always frowned upon compared to your average lager reviewer.

Crisp, clean, easy drinking, slight hop and bitter twang but no aftertaste or lingering flavors, just bam, done. A very good lager and all, but allow me to fulfill the stereotype and just say that there's easily one hundred ales I'd rather have than this beer. A good beer though and something worth looking for and seeking out if you're a lager guy or girl.

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Photo of brystmar
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flavor next door to the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: Pours clean and golden with copious amounts of thick, white head. Excellent retention, leaves tons of lace. Didn't know pilsners looked this good.

S: Sweet malts, hops, pine, more fresh hops.

T: Malty and hoppy as we start things off. Bready. Spices sting the tongue midway through. Fresh hops resurrect themselves as the drink finishes, leaving a pleasantly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Clean, dry, smooth, yet still interesting; this is everything a pilsner should be.

M/D: Medium-bodied, plenty of carbonation, and very easy to drink if you enjoy the style. I'm not a big fan of pilsners in general, but I've gotta tip my hat to Moonlight for brewing the best interpretation of the style I've ever tasted.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Toronado in SF. Notes from 10/24.

A- Pale clear gold with a small white head. Frothy ring and spotty lace.

S- Simple nose of citrus zest, floral hops, biscuit and cracker malt, as well as some nice yeast bread.

T- Crisp flavor. Slightly sweet light malt with great yeast bread flavor. This is enhanced by floral, grassy and citrus zest hop notes.

MF- Light body with substantial carbonation and a smooth feel. Moderately bitter finish.

Good Pils that rivals my favorite Prima Pils. All of the good flavors in a nice balance.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer

A - Pours a super clear straw yellow with a short half finger head. The carbonation reminds me of champagne. As the head fades it leaves some nice paterned lacing.

S - Mostly straw and hay with some very faint nondescript citrus

T - Super crisp, "Like Santana champ" but seriously this is a very tasty and refreshing beer. Nice hop bite is followed by bready and strawlike flavor.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. very crisp and dry.

O - Like Prima Pils only better. I see this as a a prime example of what the style should looked and taste like.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Flavor Bistro, review from written notes.
Served in a 12 oz. wilibecher glass.

Bright gold with sharp clarity and visible ascending trails of champagne bubbles. Thin layer of compact foam on top looks like a round buttermilk biscuit. Lasting head retention, sea spray foam, and concentric rings of lace on the way down.

Grassy noble hops, dry and herbal. Clean, dry crackery pilsner malt, hint of sliced apples.

Similar flavors, very crisp, dry and refreshing with a lingering bitterness from the ample noble hops. Light bready flavors of crisp crackers and sliced apple again. So crisp and clean, with enough hops to keep interest, superbly balanced with equal malt and yeast character. Extremely versatile, a timeless classic to pair with just about anything.

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Photo of markymark88
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, full-bodied taste for a lager. I noticed very slight herb notes. A very appealing golden-brown appearence. Very smooth but thick mouthfeel. It is an extremely drinkable beer. Not an overpowering nose, but overall one of the best beers I've had. I will definitely look forward to trying this beer in the future.

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Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So having this on tap now.

Poured a slight hazy golden yellow with slight orange glow. There was a 1/4 inch off white head, that left in about a min. The haze was one as well after it set to a bright gold.

The smell is faint, little straw and malt.

Taste is kinda mild too. Watery straw tea, I find sone citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice and easy. Aside from a light bitterness on the finish, I could easily take down six of these on a hot sunny day. Granted it's drizzling today so mostlikely just one today.

Overall, not bad, but certainly not my favorite. I was expecting just a little bit more. I'll revisited again though.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright, slightly hazed gold color with a good sized, foamy, fluffy white head. Good retention leaving a nice coating of lace.

S - Nice mix of sweet grainy aroma and hops. Hop aroma is a mix of flower/herbal and citrus, primarily orange and lemon. Hints of a bready malt aroma.

T - A lot like the nose. Starts with a sweet grainy flavor with backgrounds of sweet bready and pale malt. These all provide a nice backbone. Mid sip more hop flavors come out with the citrus and herbal/floral hops. More spiced and grassy Nobel hop flavors on the finish with a slightly bitter taste lingering.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - The bitterness on the finish prevents it from being very drinkable compared to other pilseners. Decent balance in flavors and it being very crisp and refreshing make this an easy beer to drink.

Notes: Really nice pilsener with a good amount of hops in it. Quite refreshing and crisp. A little on the bitter side but overall it is fairly well balanced.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz counter filled bottle thanks to SubpeonaDeuces. Dated 9.11.11.

A - Pours a pale, hazy medium orange with a one finger white head. The head slowly fades and leaves some slight lacing on the glass.

S - Malts, lemon, wheat, and oranges.

T - The usual pilsner malts and wheat, plus a citrus rush of oranges and lemons on the sides of my tongue.

D - Good carbonation - Whew! Average body.

O - Delicious, and this not a style I ususally go for.

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Photo of Forb
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for this one!

Appearance: Translucent golden body with a decent head and retention.

Smell: The traditional pilsner scent here amid spicy, dank notes.

Taste: Potent hops that don't overpower with a faint bitterness that doesn't break through the mellow sweetness of this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation within a refreshing body.

Overall: Pilsener at perfection.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Toronado SF.

A - clear dark yellow with very little head and spotty lacing. Luckily, this was the only negative for the beer.

S - tons of floral and spicy notes with great earth undertones.

T - biscuity vanilla goodness with a solid spicy hop bitter finish. Just perfectly balanced.

M - a bit thick for a pils with a bit if residual sugar. Low carb that made the brew incredibly drinkable.

O - this packs in the flavor. For the abv, you can't ask for much more. Aroma and flavor are on for style and just really work well. Would be happy drinking this every day during the summer.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa. Poured into a Moonlight Brewing Imperial Pint glass.

A: Clear Golden color. Decent head with little retention. Pretty good retention.

S: Very nice citrus and spice notes with the traditional Pilsener yeast smell.

T: About as close to perfection as you can get. Very nice citrus, spice, yeast notes throughout.

M: Light bodied. great carbonation. Super smooth for easy consumption.

O: There is a reason this is listed as the best Czech Pilsener. I love this beer and along with Death and Taxes order it pretty much whenever I see it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SF.

Clear pale golden colour with a small head and nice lacing. Poor head retention.

Light spicy hop aroma with mild pilsner malts.

Smooth, light grainy malt with a hint of spice. Moderate herbal bitterness.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A very good Czech pilsner with good flavour and balance.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reality Czeck has a crisp, golden body that has lots of active, fast moving carbonation bubbles in it. The head is about two fingers tall, and it is creamy and solid looking. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma mixes pale malts with lots of hops. Lemongrass, a touch of skunk and the promise of bittnerness.

This is a very good, hoppy czech pilsner. The hops do most of the work, with lemongrass, grass in general, and a little bit of earthiness. The bitterness is palpable, but not unwelcome. Underneath the hops is a great pale malt base that plays a complimentary role but is still quite good. Cracker and a good bit of grain. Although they take center stage, both the hops and the bitterness are not as aggressive as many American brewed pilsners are, but I suspect that German Pilsners are more likely to have more hops in them.

The mouthfeel is great. Expansive, full, creamy.

After a long flight, it was great to grab a ccouple of these on tap while I had a snack. A very nice Czech pils.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served a fairly clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind lots of lace.

S - The aroma is a mix of light lemon, corn, bready yeast, and just a touch of hops. Really nice balance here.

T - Starts off with a mix of light lemon flavor and some bready yeast flavor. There is just a bit of corn that comes in soon after. Through the middle, a touch of hops comes through and the yeast flavor grows a bit. The finish is a mix of lemon, corn, and yeast that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and very crisp. The finish is really clean and very refreshing.

D - Super drinkable. This has set the new bar for Pilsners in my mind. The balance here is fantastic and all of the flavors really build on each other to create an excellent beer.

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Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a trip out to San Francisco to swim Alcatraz and while there made sure to stop in and get a pint of this on tap at Toronado. After a long walk down the psychedelic Haight Street, we strolled in here through the double doors.

A: Reality Czeck pours a clear golden bronze with a nice foamy white head. Look is similar to a Prima Pils, but perhaps a few SRMs darker. Very clear, and nice and cold such that it starts to fog the class. The head sticks around, but does not lace. Active carbonation throughout.

S: The smell is lively with toasted grains, some underlying Saaz, and a touch of corn. Nice and light smelling, and the true scent comes from the grains. Very grainy, but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Pretty plain, with a clean Czech lager yeast scent.

T: Very nice and smooth European Lager. This is very balanced and thirst quenching on a hot San Francisco day. The grainy character is there again in the taste, and really overpowers the hop presence. When I think of good American lagers I think of Prima Pils, Stoudts, and Pikeland. Primarily because those have a nice German/Czech spicy hop character. I was missing that in Reality Czeck.

Overall, a very well done lager. This could gain gratefully with the addition of a few more spicy, grassy hops, but very well done throughout nonetheless.

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Reality Czeck from Moonlight Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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