Archive for the ‘Czech Pilsener’ Category

This morning’s selection is a beer that I had on tap when I stopped to grab a quick lunch. I paired this with a tuna dish with mango and jalapeno and it worked quite well.

soundczech

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “About the Beer: Like music to your ears, the Terrapin ‘Sound Czech Pilsner’ is a concert of flavor. Brewed with 100% Pilsner malt for exceptional crispness, and accompanied by Czech and German hops for noble superiority, this traditional lager will make you stand up for an encore performance. Pair with: Vermont Cheddar or Creamy Brie, serve with a low country boil…shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn, onions and a little Old Bay all in the pot. Spread out your newspaper, crack a Sound Czech and feast.”

Random: Restaurant Wars is my favorite challenge on “Top Chef.”

The beer poured with a one finger, 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 a lot of pilsner malt and river pebbles. The taste started with mineral water and pebbles. It also had a lot of pilsner malt. It didn’t have any grass to it, but a slight amount of corn. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with corn. I liked this beer a lot. It was easy to drink and had nice flavor. I could see this pairing well with almost any food. I’m glad that I gave this a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Val and I saw this new offering from Captain Lawrence sitting on the shelves. The 6th borough refers to Westchester, which is where Val is from. I’ve been getting into pilsners a lot lately, so this seemed like a good choice. Let’s see how it was.

6thboroughpilsner

ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The 6th borough may just be a state of mind, but we live here, and this beer was brewed here. Bright, crisp and hoppy, this beer will bring you back to the ‘burbs’ with each sip.”

Random: This beer came in at 35 IBUs.

This beer poured with a four finger, slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was pleasant with bread, light lemon pith, and a touch of tin. The taste was crisp and refreshing. It had the same notes of lemon pith and tin, but a lot of grassy hops came through too. Pale malt came through at the end and gave a small shot of sweetness. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pale malt. A can of this was $1.59, which came to $.13 per ounce. This beer was quite affordable, but it just had a bit too much metal for me. It was still a solid beer though and I wouldn’t refuse one if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.

IMG_2655

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