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Santo Viejo - Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House visit their website
Puerto Rico

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MTNboy on 07-24-2007

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Great beer!! Served here at the pub bar. Has a nice light tan foamy, frothy head that mostly dissipates. No lace. Very malty aroma. Has a lovely polished brass color. Flavor and body is where this beer really shines though. Absolutely a session beer. It's one of the best micro-brewed czech pilsners I've ever had. Yummm. Wish it wasn't so far to go to from Wisconsin. Wah. Good hop character that's right in line with the standard. Excellent hop/malt balance. Perfect finish.

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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only tried two OHB beers but this one I liked the best. It had a murky bright yellow color almost orange and a thin white head. Right off the nose I could smell some vanilla, coriander and some pepper which I like a lot in my beers. The taste was amazing very refreshing and filled with spices and very nice balance between the hops and the spices. It left a great after taste that made me want more and more and was also very refreshing. Overall a great beer, I whish I could have it more often.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of battlekow
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its murky yellow/orange appearance is the only remotely average thing about Old Harbor's Santo Viejo pilsner. It smells crispy and slightly fruity, perhaps of apples. It tastes absolutely delicious. You'll notice most its wonderful peppery character and utter lack of mustiness. The apple-y smell shows up as a welcome background flavor. Pleasant dry & toasty finish. Spritzy, lively mouthfeel. In this and their Kofresi stout, Old Harbor boasts a couple surprisingly good beers.

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4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden color, head is lush but doesn't show any lacing due to frozen glass. (I asked them to switch the glass and they gave me a whole new pour without charging me, but still, a frozen mug? really?)

The smell is of earthy hops, lemon, and malt.

The taste is just as good as the smell, with a good bite up front and a full maltly middle leaving a lemon grass malty sticky finish

Overall this is one hell of a pilsner and by far the best year round offering at Old Harbor Brewery.

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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the OHB

This one was the most intriguing to me since it was either this or a Kolsch. The appearance was a nice golden color a touch deeper than you would expect for the style, but still nice. The aroma had that distinct bready pilsner smell but not much more than that. The flavor was surprisingly good. There was a robust malty note to the pilsner that you wouldn't expect. It wasn't as dry and crisp as would be traditional as well. There were some light citrus notes that I would have expected only came from the hops, but they all worked for good flavor profile. The mouthfeel was really smooth, something that this brewery seems to do rather well. Overall this was another winner from OHB, they make solid beers.

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: three finger frothy head with decent retention and nice lacing on a golden with crimson hues body.

S: a little pungent and earthy with bland pale malts and slight lemon note.

T: earthy and herbal hop notes, pale malts in the background with a lemon grass note provides a slight bitter finish but less so than other czech pilsners.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: one of the better beers from this brewery and certainly the best of their year round beers. Not as bitter as many czech pilsners.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Santo Viejo is a wonderful Pilsner that is very reminiscent of the ones I have had from Germany and Czech. All the major ingredients are imported except for the water. It is an unfiltered beer so it gives it a wonderful taste and color.

Appearance- It is a little more of a brass color than most pilsners you will find. There was a great head with a lot of staying power.

Smell- Decent hops bouquet with a little fruit ester. It was simple but nice.

Taste- Clean and crisp. It tasted authentic as a Pilsner should.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation and bitterness.

Drinkability- It is another good beer for the climate down there it easy to drink and very refresing.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Santo Viejo from Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.