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Review by SAP on 07/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 3 8 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, off-white colored crown of foam. The beer is a rich copper color that shows an almost clear, gold-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy hops, hay-like grain and fresh crushed pale grain. This is solidly balanced between the hop character and the grain; much of this is due to this having aged for a bit. This smells exactly like I would expect from a good, Bohemian version of a Pils (this doesn’t have even a hint of diacetyl though); a touch herbal, a hint of lemon zest and maybe even some nettle notes are noticeable here in the nose as well. The nose isn’t perhaps as big as I was expecting, the age could account for that, but it is spot on with what I would expect for something in the Pils genre.

Pretty dry tasting as it first hits my tongue; the beer picks up a pale malt sweetness though that lingers in the finish. The sweetness is well tempered by an herbal, grassy, almost wild-flower like weed character that comes from the ample hops. There is a nice, lingering bitterness here that at times can provide quite a bit of a bitter bite. I wouldn’t characterize the bitterness as clean as there is lingering, menthol like character that intermingles with the hop bite. While this has a bit more zing than you typical Pils, this is still down-right quaffable; the body wouldn’t be out of place in a traditional example of a Czech Pils (though perhaps a touch on the full side), as this is certainly not light bodied like a German Pils typically is. A touch of butter-scotch like malt character adds a nice dimension to this beer. The malt sweetness at times disappears completely for some sips; the hope character with a firm herbal hand just takes over, but the clean malt character is able to regain its composure during subsequent quaffs of this beer. The malt character can produce, in concert with the hops notes, a herbal-honey like note that lightly accents the flavor

I am not sure of the age of this, but I got it in November of 2008, but it is still drinking quite nicely; the hop character is still quite vibrant, and there is a nice malt character that is just noticeable so that this beer achieves some balance. I wouldn’t be surprised if this beer is close to peaking (though I wouldn’t necessarily guess that a Pils type beer should be drink any way except as fresh as possible). This is a nice beer that is quite enjoyable.

Served In: Tulip