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Red Hill Bohemian Pilsner - Red Hill Brewery

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Red Hill Bohemian Pilsner
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85
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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brendan13 on 10-26-2008

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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuously frothing inch high snow-white head. Slightly cloudy butterscotch/toffee hue.
Big weet-bix malt nose, with strong resin and fresh, green, spicy hop notes.
Appetizing hoppy bitterness with noticeable resinous sweetness. Very clean crisp malty taste reminiscent of walnuts.
Massive tang from lively carbonation.

Overall a good mix of bitter and sweet, with a nice aroma of hops and malt. Too much carbonation in my opinion, but really, a good example of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of spicelab
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Murky honey with a proud white head. Great retention and decent lacing.

Nice vibrant aromas of pear, cut grass, spicy herbs and boiled candy underlain by plenty of doughy yeast and hearty cereal grain.

Flavour is skewed more to the organic, nutty, grainy notes. Quite a richness to it actually. Some earthy pine builds over the course.

Medium bodied with a surprising chewiness and a deceptive bitterness that creeps in after the initial dry finish.

Rather good. Much more punch than I ordinarily associate with Pilseners, but it seems entirely appropriate.

Photo of Macca
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a dark golden colour with a solid half finger of dense head.

The nose is dominated by hoppy florals and fruitiness.

This continues in the mouth and a good whack of malts.

There is a creamy mouthfeel from some high carbonation and some good bitterness.

Photo of koolk
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark (for the style anyways) orange with a small head that immediately disappears. Not a lot of bubbles.

Initally and very strong floral nose - lots of yeasty floral notes and then even some hoppy floral notes. This is well followed up by some raw pungent spicy hop notes. I likes. Toss in a bit of fruity yeastiness as well.

Palate is somewhat crisp, with an aggressive bitterness on the finish. Not a ton of flavour, but some nice mid palate malt.

Mouthfeel is where this beer is off kilter a little. Seems very fat and yeasty, not overly refreshing. Very very low carbonation.

I don't know about this. I think I may have a dodgy bottle. 10 mins after writing this it is head-less and bubble-less yeast flavoured beer. I have a feeling this may be a dodgy bottle.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden amber with huge off-white head that sinks in nice marshmallowy craters all through the top. Densely packed and fed from below by a plethora of fast bubbles. Mild haze to the beer as well. Pretty damn cracking.

Smell is very fruity and tasty. Nice sweetness but a healthy, grounded bitterness to it as well. Lots of baked pear aroma with cinnamon, apricot and raspberries added to the mix. Very slight bread grain note at the back and a nice phenolic bitterness underlying. All in balance though, allowing those beautiful fruit aromatics to dominate.

Taste is quite pleasant. Lots of grainy notes throughout with slight caramel malt at the front that gets more savoury towards the mid where pleasant fruit flavours take over - red delicious apples with orange and lemon zest and a good belt of tangy pear. Hop bitterness is distinct but not hugely pronounced until the very back, just wells up with slight piney notes and nothing too raw or earthy; really quite pleasantly balanced. If I have a criticism, it's that it's a bit mild for a pilsener, it lacks that crisp bite of hops and comes across tasting almost more like a pale ale. But the pilsenery malt is noticeable and there's plenty of nice clean hop character so I'm not complaining.

Quite smooth, quite full. Not too dry on the back, again maybe a touch full for the style, but nice.

A cracking drop from Red Hill. Smooth, tasty and refreshing.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my NYE 2010 celebrations.

Pours a very hazy golden straw colour, with a thick and solid head of pure white. It crackles after a while, and collapses slightly, but leaves some decent sudsy lacing. The colour is bright and the cloudiness is pleasantly unusual - it reminds me of the unfiltered Pilsner Urquell I had the chance to sample at the brewery in Plzen.

Nose is deliciously redolent with sharp Czech hops, giving a citric bite mixed with the organic sweetness of clipped grass. It's incredibly fresh and bright. There's a slight buttery roundness to give it some depth and complexity. Wow. This is a fantastic Czech Pils nose, and reminds me of some of the best examples I've had fresh at the source.

Taste is also extremely suitable, dipping through crushed fresh grain, green grass, with a light citric uplift at the end to lend refreshment where it's needed. Bitterness is clean and clear, and the body is light and crisp. Spot on, stylistically.

These guys really know what they're doing. This is a damn-fine Czech Pils, so stylistically true, but with the finesse and complexity of the best examples even in their own country. I really wish they had a wider distribution, and that they'd see their way to New South Wales more often.

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a non see through golden apricot hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves nice lacing,the smell is floral hops,honey malts and orange rind,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and the floral spicy hops are the first taste i get followed by citrus zest,a touch of peach,honey malts and the finish is dry with the taste of those spicy,floral hops left lingering and overall a very nice drop for a summers day like today and very easy to knock back cheers.

Photo of heygeebee
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Beer Cartel. No BB.

Reviewing in context that this is now the Pilsner in the Red Hill range. Not sure of recipe tweaks since last time. Noted as 5.2%. Happy to be corrected on this.

Pours a pale straw, lovely two finger white head. Lines of lace. Superb for a Pilsner.

Aromas of grassy hops, some doughy malts.

Taste is well integrated, and hop driven. Hint of honey. Doughy malty mid palate does not dominate but balances. Hops on back palate are crisp but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, but still crisp and refeshing. Well carbonated but not to burp level.

Going down really really well, which is indeed the mark of Good Beer. Best Pilsner I have had in a while, sharp and crisp being the factor in the 'like'.

Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of brendan13
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pilsener glass a pretty clear dark golden, bordering on orange.
A thick inch of dense white head disipates gradually.
S - Initially quite a pungant floral and grassy aroma.
A vigorus swirl after a few sips also reveals a slight herbal spicy quality.
Some light sweet grainy notes also come through.
T - Floral and grassy hops also are at the forefront of the taste followed by a slight spice & nice clean light maltiness.
M - Fairly light bodied with a medium to high carbonation level.
A clean refreshing bitterness.
D - A top effort. Not many Australian microbreweries do a Pilsener and get it right but Red Hill have.
My only complaint is 5.9% is on the higher side for the style. You don't really sense it but closer to 5% would be better.

Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, gold colour. Big, frothy white head. Great head retention.

Reasonably malty with a crisp, clean spicy hop aroma.

Hmmm, it's an easy drinking lager but it lacks some X-factor. I get plenty of clean, pils malt as well as some light floral and spicy hop flavour. It isn't over the top but the hop flavour could be higher. A touch of lactic acid comes through as well which in the quantities found is not offputting and adds a bit of character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Good.

A decent lager that has potential to be a great beer (and probably is when super, super fresh).

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Red Hill Bohemian Pilsner from Red Hill Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.