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Lemke Bohemian Pilsner

Rating: 3.75

Now for the last of the five beers from the Lemke brewery that I managed to try while in Germany last month, this one a Czech style pilsner from the brewery that I found on keg at one of their Berlin brewpubs and managed to try on my second night in the city. This one follows on from the brewery’s 030 Berlin Pale Ale, Hopfen Weisse, Imperial Stout and Original offerings which all turned out to be pretty enjoyable beers. Overall the brewery is one that I’ve been fairly impressed with and I’ll definitely be on the look out for more from them in future, although finding their beers in the UK will likely prove to be problematic at best but maybe I’ll get lucky at some point.

Appearance (4/5): Light golden to amber in colour and quite a clear looking beer that was topped with a foamy white head sitting about half a centimetre tall. There was some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and head retention was fairly good for the style, managing to hold well in the early going and get the beer off to a good start.
Aroma (7/10): More hoppy than I’d initially anticipated, there was a nice combination of lemon and citrus to kick things off an provide a decent tang to proceedings. The beer definitely wasn’t the strongest on the nose though, there was some grassy hops and touches of lager malt with a faint spice nearer the end but for the most part it was a fairly standard smelling pilsner.
Taste (7/10): Quite a tangy offering with plenty of lemon and citrus carried over from the nose to give the beer a somewhat fresh taste that was complimented by some nice grassy flavours and subtle hops. Towards the middle some biscuit and a faint sweetness started to make itself known but nothing overpowered and again it was quite a light beer; a pleasant lager taste with some corn and earthy hops seeing things out.
Palate (4/5): Light medium bodied with a fairly fresh feel to proceedings and a subtle tang from the citrus in the early going too. The beer had a pleasant bitterness to it but nothing overly pronounced, there was a semi-dry feel as well and the beer was moderately carbonated throughout. It turned out to be a fairly easy beer to drink with a nice balance but it could have been a little stronger, particularly with the nose.

Overall (15/20): This one was a fairly enjoyable offering from Lemke again but probably not quite as good as some of their previous offerings that I’ve tried recently, mainly down to the fact that the nose was quite subdued and could definitely have been stronger. There was some pleasant citrus flavours throughout the beer and I enjoyed the earthy bitterness coming through around the middle with touches of spice in there too. It was quite a fresh and easy to drink beer with some dryness and a solid lager taste throughout without it ever really exciting; nice stuff but probably not the best from the brewery.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Lemke
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Czech Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%
Serving: Keg (500ml)
Purchased: Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, Berlin, Germany
Price: €5.00 (£4.30 approx.)


Mama’s Little Yella Pils

October 6, 2016 1 comment

Rating: 3.6

My ninth Oskar Blues beer now and my first new offering from the brewery since trying their Death By Coconut and IPA beers back in March of this year, with the IPA turning out to be quite a decent beer. This particular beer is one from the brewery that I’ve seen a number of times over the years but never got around to trying, I’m usually put off by the price since I’m never overly keen to pick up pilsners over other styles of beer. I finally got round to trying this one last night at Brewdog’s Doghouse in Glasgow after finding it freshly on-tap and decided it was finally time I gave it a go. First introduced way back in 2007, this one is a Czech style pilsner that uses both Saaz and Bavarian hops that helped it win a silver medal at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival in the bohemian pilsner category. Anyway here it is, my ninth from the brewery and I’m already looking forward to trying number ten.


Appearance (4/5): Slightly cloudy but still a fairly bright golden colour that is topped with a relatively thin, foamy white head that sits a couple of millimetres tall in the glass. There was plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass though which seemed to make up for the fairly small head.
Aroma (6/10): Subdued on the nose initially, this one was as I’d expected from a pilsner in the early going with some subtle grassy hops and a light citrus nose coming through. The beer was definitely balanced but light with some pleasant sweetness and a touch of corn before the earthy hops and faint spice came through. It was a nice beer on the nose overall but it could probably have used being a little stronger.
Taste (7/10): The taste follows on well from the nose and starts perhaps a touch sweeter too, only just though. There was some nice citrus touches and a grassy hop base with some fruits in the background and the odd hop in there too. Again not too strong going down, this one would have been better had it been slightly more pronounced.
Palate (4/5): Light medium bodied and quite a clean beer that was also fairly crisp on the palate. There was some light citrus around the middle that gave the beer a subtle tang alongside the moderate carbonation levels and overall it was quite easy to drink. As I’ve said, it wasn’t the strongest beer out there but it was fresh and pleasantly refreshing.

Overall (14/20): This one wasn’t too bad a pilsner from Oskar Blues, it was crisp and quite clean with some early sweetness alongside a light citrus and grassy hop flavour. There was some background fruits and it proved quite easy to drink, my biggest complaint being that it wasn’t quite as strong as I’d have liked but it was a decent beer despite this.

Brewed In: Longmont, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
First Brewed: 2007
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Keg (Schooner)
Purchased: Brewdog Doghouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.61

San Servolo Svijetlo Pivo

October 13, 2015 2 comments

Rating: 3.8

The first of three San Servolo beers that I managed to sample whilst in Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia over the summer, this one being their Czech pilsner variety. The beers are all from the Bujska brewery based in the town of Buje on the peninsula and are ones that I became aware of when I first arrived in Pula on the first night of my holiday but I only managed to sample any of them for the first time two weeks later when I arrived in the Istrian town of Rovinj later on my trip. As it turned out, the San Servolo beers only appear to be widely available in Istria as I was able to spot them at the odd bar in Zagreb but they definitely were not as popular as the were in Rovinj and particularly Pula. From what I can gather, this particular offering was introduced in early 2013 and is naturally the most popular of the brewery’s beers. I was able to sample this one (along with two more of the brewery’s offerings) at the Mediterraneo Bar in Rovinj towards the end of my trip and I’m quite glad I was able to give them all a go.

San Servolo Svijetlo Pivo

Appearance (4/5): Golden coloured with a very slightly cloudy body and  ahalf centimetre tall, foamy white head that holds well for the first minute or so before starting to fade and turn a little patchy.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh grassy hops come through well as the start and are followed by some hay and light malts. There is some decent strength citrus notes in the background as well as a light bitterness and pale malts towards the end.
Taste (7/10): Pale malts and quite a fresh lager taste start things off here, there’s touches of citrus and some hay following on soon after with a subtle taste of corn in there as well. The beer is fresh but not overly complex, it’s just a very nice Croatian lager.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a light medium body and very fresh on the palate with some subtle bitterness coming through and quite a good balance overall. Refreshing to drink in the sun and there was no sign of any skunk or off-flavours making it a surprisingly good and easy to drink beer.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very nice and highly enjoyable Croatian lager that was easily one of the beer of the style that I managed to try whilst in the country. The beer was smooth, fresh and easy to drink with a nice balance despite it not being the most varied or complex tasting beer that I had in Croatia; a good beer and one well worth trying.

Brewed In: Buje, Istria, Croatia
Brewery: Bujska Pivovara
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Mediterraneo Bar, Rovinj, Croatia
Price: 35 kuna (approx. £3.38)

Union Ležak

September 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.6

This one is another fairly new beer from the Ljubljana based Union brewery that I managed to try whilst visiting the city last month, this beer was only introduced in 2014 and I can only assume that it’s not distributed that widely considering I found it hard finding anything from them available in Croatia, with the exception of their radler beers anyway. This one is a beer I grabbed in a Spar supermarket on my first day in Ljubljana, picking it up alongside the bottle of Triglav from the brewery that I’ve already reviewed and all I asked before drinking it was that it came out slightly better than that one. Coming in at the more reasonable 6% abv., this one is a Czech style pilsner from Union and it will be the sixth from the brewery that I have reviewed, I still have a review of their Temno Pivo to add after this one though so I’m not done with them quite yet.

Union Ležak

Appearance (4/5): A cloudy looking yellow colour with a thin, foamy white head on top that took an aggressive pour to forn but held well once it did, sitting quite still on top of the beer.
Aroma (4/10): This one started with some strange, malty notes accompanied by some dough and bread but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. The beer was quite sweet with some light hay and grassy notes but it was a very basic and plain aroma with little complexity to it.
Taste (5/10): Semi-sweet tasting with honey early on and a mix of grassy hops and hay. There was a fair amount of bitterness in there with some floral flavours and a bit of bread but again it was quite basic and one-dimensional.
Palate (2/5): Smooth and quite light bodied with some faint sweetness but it was terribly plain on the way down with light carbonation and a clean, watery palate. Bland and unexciting, there’s nothing interesting about this one I’m afraid.

Overall (10/20): This one was a strange effort from Union, a very plain beer that was almost like drinking water at times it was that unexciting. There was some faint sweetness early on with the taste plus the usual mix of grassy hops and hay but other than that there wasn’t anything to grab your attention; very disappointing without actually being bad I guess.

Brewed In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brewery: Pivovarna Union
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Spar supermarket (Ljubljana)
Price: €1.43 (approx. £1.04)

Žatec (304 of 1001)

Rating: 3.35

Žatec is a beer that is named after the town first responsible for grown Saaz noble hops (Saaz being the German name for Žatec as a result much of the credit away from the town). This one is a beer that I managed to stumble upon in London before heading out to a club for the night and was surprised when I discovered it featured on the 1001 beers list so naturally I ordered a pint. The bar in question, Smith’s of Smithfield also happened to have bottle of the stuff available but I opted for draught this time round. The beer is brewed by Žatecký Pivovar which is the oldest brewery in the Czech Republic to be continually brewing on the same site so there’s a lot of history here despite the fact that this particular lager was first brewed in 1964 and naturally uses plenty of Saaz hops.


Appearance (2/5): There was quite poor lighting in the bar when I tried this one but it looked to be quite a light amber colour with a clear body that had the odd bubble rising to the surface. The head was a fairly disappointing one with nothing more than a very thin, soapy white lacing on top that was patchy and bit little to cover the surface of the beer.
Aroma (6/10): The beer was sweeter than average for a pilsner, some nice vanilla and butterscotch notes kicked things off with some corn and lager malts not too far behind. I managed to detect some biscuit and a touch of grain as well but in truth it was quite a light beer on the nose.
Taste (8/10): Biscuit malts and some sweetness start of the taste of this one, there was also some butterscotch that had previously featured in the nose as well. Some grains and bread like taste come through around the middle with some nice grassy and Saaz hops. A nice tasting beer and a definite improvement on the nose, the beer was an interesting plisner and quite enjoyable too.
Palate (4/5): Quite a crisp beer with a fresh and sweet feel to it but also one with a good balance. It almost seemed creamy in places with a body what fell somewhere around medium and had a nice tang towards the end.

Overall (15/20): This one got off to quite a shaky start with a less than impressive look and an aroma that could definitely have been stronger but it managed to sort itself out come the second have with the taste being a marked improvement on the nose and really quite enjoyable too. There was more sweetness than I’d expected but the balance was good and it was a beer well worth trying, if only if looked and smelt better though.

Brewed In: Žatec, Louny, Czech Republic
Brewery: ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Also Known As: Žatec Blue Label (Bright Lager)
First Brewed: 1964
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Smith’s of Smithfield, Farringdon, London
Price: £4.95

Lagunitas Pils (302 of 1001)

June 15, 2015 1 comment

Rating: 3.75

This one will be my second new beer from Lagunitas in fairly quite succession and follows on from the DayTime session IPA that I reviewed here quite recently. This Pils offering is a bottle I ordered from the Brewdog online shop at the end of May based on the fact that the beer features in the 1001 beers list but also because I’m turning into a big fan of this brewery, if only more of their stuff was available in the UK. The beer is the only lager that the brewery produces and is described by their founder, Tony Magee, as the best beer they made so I’m expecting a lot from this one. Brewed with a lot of Saaz hops, he makes comparisons between this one and Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic (they also use the same yeast) but has its own unique American style thanks to the malt bill. I’ve assumed this is one that may not travel too well but it should still be a decent beer as long as I drink it fresh, so for that reason I’ll waste no time in cracking it open now.

Lagunitas PILS

Appearance (4/5): Quite a light golden colour with a clear body that features quite a few fine bubbles rising to the surface and is topped with a fairly large, two or three centimetre tall head that’s a foamy white colour and holds better than most pilsners or pale lagers out there.
Aroma (7/10): Clean on the nose with some light and grassy hops, a few touches of biscuit and nice doughy bread flavour along with some faint background citrus notes. There is some lighter malts and a faint bit of spice in there as well and overall the beer has quite a nice balance on the nose without anything really grabbing your attention.
Taste (7/10): Starting with some nice lager-style malts and a hint of citrus, like the smell this one is quite a clean taste that has some grassy hops and bit of spice pushing through with some biscuit, bread and grains not too far behind. There is some hints of sweetness towards the end of this one and a nice bite to it at the very end, a decent tasting pilsner but not an overly complex one.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and quite a clean beer on the palate with average carbonation and a hint of spice. The beer was crisp and slightly dry at the end with some touches of bitterness to and overall the beer was well-balanced and easy to drink.

Overall (15/20): This one was another good beer from Lagunitas, it’s always hard to find a really good craft pilsner that truly stands out and while I’m not entirely sure this one does, it’s a very nice and highly drinkable beer that goes down easy with a good balance helping it along the way.

Brewed In: Petaluma, California, United States of America
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1996
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Price: £3.50

Tuatara Pilsner

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.75

The byproduct of another trip to Good Spirits Company in Glasgow city centre now, a Czech style pilsner hailing all the way from New Zealand and a beer that I picked up based on the recommendation of the guy in the shop. I had only been in to pick up a couple German beers as a gift and ended up getting sidetracked, coming home with this an a couple of Brewdog’s 2014 Prototype Challenge beers. The beer comes from the Tuatara Brewing Company based on New Zealand’s North Island but it isn’t a brewery that I know anything about, or have even heard of for that matter so I’m quite excited to give this one a bash.

Tuatara Pilsner

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a light golden colour with some fine bubbles rising to the surface through a clear body. The head is a foamy white one that sits about quarter of a centimetre tall and holds relatively well for the style.
Aroma (7/10): Grassy hops and lemon with a lot of zest to it, this one smells quite fruity and fresh with some light biscuit coming through alongside a few earthy notes. The beer has a good balance on the nose and seems quite clean.
Taste (7/10): Light malts and some nice, grassy hops with a touch of lemon and citrus backing them up. The beer has a decent hop presence making itself known with some of the biscuit from the nose in there as well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth to the sip with a medium body and a clean, crisp feel with light-medium carbonation and a slightly hoppy tang plus some good bitterness throughout.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice pilsner, one that was clean and very easy to drink with a nice bitterness throughout and plenty of citrus flavours too. There was more hops than I had been expecting from the style but it was a nice surprise that helped the beer down even easier than otherwise might have been the case. Good stuff from Tuatata and a decent pilsner that I wouldn’t mind picking up again.

Brewed In: Paraparaumu, North Island, New Zealand
Brewery: Tuatara Brewing Co.
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60