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Bohemian Pilsner - Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bohemian Pilsner has a light, golden colour and a distinctive hop character with spicy and peppery notes. Importantly, its bitter finish is balanced across the palate with a clean mid-palate and full malty flavour.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: rastaman on 06-24-2004)
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Photo of mazstar
1.53/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've had Bohemian Pilsner before on tap and I recall it had a typically hoppy and floral pilsner taste and smell - this time around I think the Fosters crew had siphoned Victoria Bitter into the bottles.

Everything about this beer smacked of VB leading me to write to them alerting them to double check if in fact the right beer is going in to he bottles.

There was zero floral or hops and the taste was a lifeless malt with just a touch of bitterness - nothing resembled a European pilsner here. I expected much more from Matilda Bay even if it is part of a large macro brewer. Felt exactly like a heavy full bodied lager without any taste or discernible positives.

Absolute rubbish - stay away.

mazstar, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -38.8%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of Stew41
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Never been convinced on this one although did show better tonight. Pale larger nose, feels a little stale. Palate is essentially boring but has some body and weight with some ok hop character but not appealing in any sense. Finishes a little disjointed although reasonably bitter.

Stew41, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of rastaman
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this isn't to bad. Crappy lager sorta base, but with a decent amount of saaz in the flavour, pretty easy to drink and all that, with some OK bitterness in the finish, dry finish, lightly honeyed hay character. An easy swiller, and not much else, but not bad.

rastaman, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

csmartin6, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of DaveFL1976
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap from a fluted Bohemian Pilzner glass. The coaster tells me that it’s brewed with the finest pale male and saaz hops. But I’ve been told that before from other coasters.
The 1/4inch head flattened out in the time it took to write those two sentences. The beer pours a light amber color. Smell – well there’s not much smell. A faint crisp waft of malt and the lightest hop smell you’d expect from a pilsner. The hops do come out a bit on the taste, though. A bit too carbonated, but this is a pretty smooth drinking beer. Nothing outstanding, but it’s certainly not bad or offensive.

DaveFL1976, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Macca
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a crystal clear dark orange colour with an ok white head.

The nose is all grain. Maybe with a little sweetness in there. No sign of the hops.

Same, same on the palate. A touch metallic.

A bit thin in the mouth.

A very average boring pils.

Macca, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a moderate head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild hops with a bit of malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus, some malt sweetness and fresh grain. Taste has a nice bit of hops, mild malty sweetness with some grain and hint of fruit. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice take on the style. Better than I expected.

soju6, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -8.3%

XsoldoutX, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden coloured beer poured with a couple of centimetres of white head into a pint glass. A bit of lacing is left behind.
S - Grainy, light herbal hop notes, a touch of honey.
T - Very much like the smell.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Drinkable for sure but pretty much just like any "premium lager" in other words pretty boring.

brendan13, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Mosant
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Mosant, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows soft spicy and floral hops with bready malt underneath.
Flavours focus on the malt with more sweet bready characters and a bit of caramel. Could use some bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on.
Pretty decent and to style, apart from the unchallenged malty sweetness.

CrazyDavros, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mate came over with a sixer of these and i havnt had it in a while but i do like the new label just hope the beer is improved aswell and it pours a crystal clear pale straw hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is feint noble hops and grains,the mouthfeel is very average and light bodied and has tastes of noble grassy herbal hops,pale malts,grains and a lemon tinge finish and overall its pretty average and i remember it being better and im glad i didnt buy it cheers.

ADZA, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Time for a Pilsner face-off! Two decent Australian (and one Kiwi!) Pilsner's battle head to head for my admiration, who will win? Let's see! First cab off the rank is Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilsner.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Clear gold body with a bone white head that began at 1.5cm and dropped to a 0.5cm covering... standard stuff really (although the head from a real Czech Pilsner would retain much better).

S: Cut grass hops power through some light crystal malts with a herbaceous hint of what's to come. Not bad at all.

T: The crystal malts are quite feathery and take a back seat to the citrus/cut grass hops. There is a spicy and bitter back note which leaves you high and dry (literally dry!) in expecting something else. Nothing extraordinary here.

M: Standard carbonation for a Pilsner - slightly creamy and medium bodied.

D: Yeah it's not bad on a hot day but today is not that day for me (it's all rainy and miserable outside, a great day for a Pilsner face-off). I'm not getting anything unique out of this brew, even though Matilda Bay are quite known for their beer capers this is not one of them.

Food match: I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Czech food (check!).

doktorhops, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light bodied, and rather light coloured gold, with almost minimal head. Even with a pretty vigorous pour, it seltzers up, and the dissipates to the thinnest of rings, leaving some tiny bubbles around the edge. Decent lacing from what's left, however, leaving tiny-patterns sudsing around the glass, and the body looks pleasantly thick. Head is a clear disappointment, but otherwise decent enough.

Nose is fresh with lemony zest and a slight creaminess that almost makes me think of Belgian yeast. Then it sinks a bit, leaving some old grain characters and a faint whiff of musty organics. Eh. OK, but not great.

Taste misses the mark even more. Thin entry with a lick of metallic hops, before the big musty grain note comes through on the back, leaving a green but rather unsavoury finish. Feel is extremely thin. I don't know where the body I espied in the appearance went, but it doesn't lend anything to the very light palate. Eh.

Eh. I seem to have said "eh" a lot in this review, and that seems to be the critical point. It's not bad, but it really lacks interest, even enough to make me enthusiastic about my next sip.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of dansmcd
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of fluffy white head cap a clear light amber body. Decent streaky lacing follows.

S - Typical pils aroma of light grainy malt and crackers with a slight fruitiness and honey.

T - Clean and mild. Lemon, grain and the faintest peach are all I can decipher really.

M - Thin body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

O - Sessionable and inoffensive.

dansmcd, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

magpieken, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of hopnerd
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

hopnerd, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of diablo14
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive had this on tap before and wasnt all that impressed. they have just put this out in bottles and i must say it was actually better than i had previously recalled it being. now that the brew has changed hands, the hops has taken a slight step up. bit of a shock i must say!!

nothing too different in the appreance stakes, tho this beer does seem to have better head retention than most local nuimbers. i will say it has a fair saaz hops presence thats far more legit than most other aussie beers that claim to use this hops in its beers, and that includes micros. has a reasonable malt aroma with a hoppy smell that suggests that there really is saaz included here. taste isnt anything more than basic, does have a little more malt these days i feel, and again there is a hop presence that gives this beer a little more than most of its competitors. its fairly crisp, and not offensive in its impact on the palate.

its overpriced for is quality, but i still dont think its a bad brew. funny thing is is its better from the bottle than the tap. maybe that says it all.

diablo14, May 24, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this a Beertopia this year.

I was very surprised. Tasted good on tap. Poured a golden amber with minimal head.

Tasted like honey with a smooth hop finish. Very refreshing. However, I would think that the sweet honey aftertaste would be annoying after a while.

A little too much carbonation. Other than that. Good Beer.

BeerNutta, May 23, 2005
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +7%

dmorgan310, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of jarmby1711
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich gold and clear the bead is lively and the dense white head is persistent.
Very middle of the road smell with no clear character other than a vague tinned water sort of smell.
There is plenty of crisp bitterness overlaying a sweetish background
The mouthfeel is thick and oily but cleansing.
A moderately acceptable beer that is probably representative of its style but just a little boring for mine

jarmby1711, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of LittleCreature
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
This is a very good looking pilsener! Poured a thick, bubbly 2.5 fingers of white head, which tooks its time reducing. Darker in colour than your average pils, a pale copper-gold.

Smell - 3.5
There was a whisper of skunk upon opening, but this vanished immediately (perhaps it was my imagination). The main aroma is a sweet one of fruit and floral hops.

Taste - 3.5
Wow, the most obvious thing here is the ridiculously powder-dry finish. Intial flavours are good; slight fruitiness, malt-honey sweetness and a nice level of hop bitterness. Unfortunately the finish leaves dryness, bitterness, and little of the upfront flavours.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Carbonation is moderate, as is weight in the mouth. Does not go down as easily as some other more common pilseners, but that is more to do with the aftertaste.

Drinkability - 4.0
This is defintely a sessionable beer, but for its style it does not fare quite so well. The overly dry and bitter aftertaste would stop me wanting to drink this all night.

OVERALL - 3.65
Not quite excellent, but definitely a world class pilsener that Australia can be proud of. Served ice cold into frosted pint glasses at pubs, this seems like a standard, bitter macro, but let it warm a little and it is clear that it is better than that. Unfortunately the price is high, even though it is a local beer, which is disappointing (although I would still rate it as decent value). Better from the bottle than on-tap in my experience.

LittleCreature, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a chilled schooner glass and discovered a large persistant head and fine lacing. My second bottle in a warmer schooner glass kept the head right till the end. Carbonation was high but this gave a strong sparkly mouthfeel which I liked. Not much aroma on this one but previously I had some which delivered florally esthers for a moment. My wife thinks I'm olfactorily challenged anyhow. Colour was golden deep straw.

Taste is a little subdued by the electric mouthfeel but eventually I got a nice crisp, bready mid-palate with a pleasant lingering bitterness that didn't overwhelm. Not much complexity but well balanced and very drinkable. I agree with other reviewers that there's more interesting examples of this type but for me its readily available, my wife likes it and I can stay with it for a while until the Hunter Semillon chills.

rjimlad, Jan 17, 2007
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Bohemian Pilsner from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.