Archive for the ‘Czech Pilsener’ Category

We decided to stay in a historic hotel in Savannah. We didn’t (or at least, I didn’t) realize that it was a “haunted hotel.” We didn’t have any unearthly encounters, but the room was really small. I must have banged my knees and toes on every single piece of furniture in the room. Add to this the drunk people because of the open container law and this just wasn’t my scene.

rallypoint

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘Rally Point’ is a term used in military maneuvers to represent a place for troops to regroup, but there’s no need for such formality here, soldier. Just grab some friends and gather round this light session brew. Bearing a sweet, malt character that bursts with rich complexity, this traditional Bohemian-style Pilsner’s earthy Czech Saaz hops provide a pleasant touch of spice with a clean, crisp finish.”

Random: The one thing that I did like about Savannah was that every place that we went to had a god selection of local beers.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright, golden orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had milled grain, mineral water and grass. It didn’t have much sweetness on the nose, but it was quite clean. The taste was crisp and clean as well with the same grass that was on the nose, but had a caramel sweetness at the end. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. For the style, it had a lengthy and earthy finish. This beer didn’t pull any punches and went down easily. This would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

When I flew back from California, the next day, River Horse was having an event celebrating their release of their new year-round beer, Roly Poly Pils. Although the draft list wasn’t the most exciting I’ve ever seen and I thought the tickets were a touch overpriced ($15 per person for entry, a glass and one beer token), we decided to go the event. I hadn’t been to the new brewery and the space was open and clean. They also had unlimited soft pretzels, which I took advantage of. The first beer I had was this one.

rolypolypils

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A complex balance of malts round out Czech Saaz and German Hallertau hops, followed by a clean and crisp finish A class Czech-style Pilsner, our Roly Poly Pils is a super drinkable and tasty year round beer!”

Random: Because we live in the same town as River Horse, we have more glasses from them than any other brewery.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had mineral water and Pilsner malt. It had a really clean smell. The taste also had a nice mineral quality with some grass and grain from the pilsner malt. The body was on the thicker side of the style with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with slight sweetness from the malt and light grass. This beer was insanely drinkable and one that I enjoyed a lot. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a six-pack for a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

My parents went on a river cruise awhile back and came home saying how wonderful this beer was. They’re not into craft beer at all, but I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about.

Czechvar

ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Even though there is nothing that can replace the direct sensory experience, let us try to describe the flavour of Czechvar beer. The first impression you get is a pleasurable and delightfully hoppy aroma. The delicate and yet rich malt flavour causes our beer, from even the first sip, to glide smoothly down your throat – maybe even too smoothly. it leaves a fine, pleasantly bitter taste that disappears so slowly… that you are already beginning to look forward to another perfectly flavour-balanced sip.”

Random: I’ve heard that the Czech Republic is beautiful and quite affordable to visit, compared to the rest of Europe.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose immediately gave me a skunky note. After a few sniffs, I picked up milled grain, but the skunk was overwhelming. The taste, luckily did not have as much skunk as the nose did. It presented with grain and a honey-like sweetness to it. It also had notes of mineral water. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and sweet finish with grain and honey. A single of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce). This beer was overly-simplistic to me. There are many other examples of the style that I would grab before I went back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at Bru. I was still looking for a lighter ABV beer that packed some flavor and would pair well with the German fare. Their beer list was extensive and it was difficult picking out a beer. So, I went for this one which they offered on draft which Val was surprised that I never had before.

staropramen

ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In every glass of Staropramen lies the free spirit of Prague. The pleasantly smooth taste and well-rounded flavour rewards your palate with a soft malty flavour, before finishing off with gentle bitterness. Staropramen lager, a genuine legend of Prague.”

Random: I walked 4 miles at load out today. My legs are going to hurt later tonight.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that was thick and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very grainy with some sweetness at the end of the sniff. The taste was sweeter than I am used to for the style. It had some caramel sweetness and then a touch of bitter hops at the end of the sip. It had a thick body for the style with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grains and some sweetness. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, although not one of my favorite styles. It washed down the remainder of the sausage very nicely.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Happy Friday! I have one more day of work and then a day off. I’m stuck working from home on Monday, but at least I get one day off. This was a beer that we brought back from Delaware in a mixed pack. Let’s see how this one went.

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ABV: 4.8%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Climb on in and grab a paddle. Our first foray into lagered beers, Blue Paddle Pilsener-Lager, is a Czech style pilsener with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish. ‘Blue Paddle’ refers to the implement our warehouse manager’s Grandma once used to lovingly paddle his a** when she caught him stealing sips of her beer. With more body than a traditional Belgian pils, Blue Paddle is reflective of Europe’s finest pilseners.”

Random: I love playing ping-pong. When we finally move, I’m going to try to convince the other half to let me get a ping-pong table.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left a hint of lacing on the glass. A crown was also left on top of the clear, golden-yellow body with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was light as expected with grass and cracker. The taste had a bit more depth to it, but not much. I got lots of grain and bread up front with crackers too. After a few sips, light, grassy hops came out. It had a thinner body with prickly carbonation on the tongue. The finish was long for the style with grains and a touch of bitterness from the grassy hops. This beer was definitely easy-drinking, but was on the boring side. If you’re trying to give your macro-drinking friends a craft beer, this would be a good start.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

End of quarter is finally over. Today was nothing short of exhausting. The only good thing is that I thought I wasn’t going to be home until well after 9 PM and I made it home by 7:45 PM. I have two whole days off now, which I definitely need. One of those days, my plan is to do a lot of nothing. I doubt it’s going to work out that way, but a girl can hope, right? Anyways, onto the review.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Herbal nose, slightly sweet, with a dry finish.”

Random: This beer has been brewed since 2007.

This brew poured with a half finger, pure white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a mostly clear, straw yellow color with light carbonation. The nose was very sweet, especially for the style with a lot of floral notes as well. Perhaps a dash of honey as well? The taste was just as sweet, with cereal grains taking center stage. I didn’t detect honey in the taste. The floral notes were present with some grass. It made this beer a bit too sweet and disjointed. The body was on the heavier side of the style with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with cereal grains and grass. I was not a fan of this beer. It was too sweet for my taste and just didn’t flow well. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, I have two weddings to go to in the month of July. I haven’t been to a wedding in forever, so it should be interesting, especially since I have to find a dress to wear. I hate shopping, so I’ve been putting this off for awhile, but I have to find a dress and shoes. I have a few coming to the house via the interwebs, so hopefully I like one of them. Anyways, this was a brew that the other half picked up for me. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With a deep golden color and thin white head, Dyckman Brew’s slightly sweet aroma is characterized by an undertone of pale malts and citrus notes. This premium lager is cool fermented and aged for six weeks to create an exceedingly balanced malty-sweet flavor with a spicy finish. It boasts a smooth, rich, and refreshing feel. Una Vaina Bien.”

Random: I haven’t had a beer of this style since October 2012.

This brew poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight crown was left on top of the golden-yellow, clear body with insanely high carbonation. The nose had some light, floral hops with bready malt. The taste was really clean with some bready malt and a bit of sweetness that manifested as honey. The body was light with really high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the honey sweetness. This brew was really light with some really clean flavors. It’s not the best of the style that I’ve had, but it was really solid. It’s worth a try if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0