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Bohemian Pilsner - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner

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BA SCORE
75
okay

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bucko on 03-14-2007)
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brewbucker

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light clean gold with nice carbonation and a white two finger head. Aroma is sort of a sweet light malt and corn with notes of citrus. The flavor mild malt, light hops, and hints of corn, wheat and citrus. It feels a tad dry and bitter to the palate and overall it is a clean and refreshing beer. Quite a nice change from all of the stouts and IPA's I have been drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:03:38 | More by brewbucker
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-01-2012 23:54:10 | More by HoistinBrews
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tbeq00

California

3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-12-2011 20:25:40 | More by tbeq00
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Ejayz

Iowa

4/5  rDev +29%

11-29-2011 02:53:14 | More by Ejayz
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +29%

11-17-2011 00:39:25 | More by doucmehu
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PokerGod

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

Appearance- Light copper color, slightly hazy. Only a little head which dissipated quite quickly. No lacing left on the glass.

smell- smells slightly sweet and citrusy behind a traditional pilsner smell.

Taste- Doesn't taste sweet. Tastes a little bit roasted, toasted compared to the usual pilsner taste.

Overall- a pleasant beer to drink, especially at a cold temperature, but nothing special. And got a bit less impressive as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:10:39 | More by PokerGod
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Czech style Pils pours a yellow/golden color--trending toward yellow--with a decent cap of white foam floating above. The aroma has an emphasis on pale malt. There is a slight hint of earthy hops in the background. The beer is smooth and medium bodied on the palate. Flavors are dominated by bready malts which give way to the earthy, spicy Saaz hops, leaving the palate dry.

A drinkable, ample brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:31:44 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Misfit138

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in pint glass

A- Dark yellow in color with a bright white head that went away quickly

S- Sweet malt and hints of floral hops

T- Initially sweet grassy and caramel malts followed with a sharp quick grapefruit finish

M- Fairly light in body and moderately carbonated.

D- Drinkability would be pretty high, it's a nice beer. It isn't going to be your new favorite or anything, but its a decent lager from the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:39:14 | More by Misfit138
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Pilsener
No freshness date

A: A moderately vigorous pour produced a 4.5 finger white creamy froth head that later reduced due a thick cap lacing the glass with nice white rings. Color was a clear straw yellow.

S: Strong Pils malt aroma from the minute I popped the cap. Bready yeast and some floral hop.

T: Taste somewhat followed the aroma with grainy and bready sweetness. A grassy bitter hop finish dominated the palate and aftertaste that lingered quite a bit. The spicy character of Saaz hops was very subdued for a Czech Pilsener.

M: Texture was creamy with a nice dry finish. Highly carbonated.

D: A light bodied beer with a moderate abv and smooth finish. Definitely a session beer.

I was surprised to see the low rating this beer received as I thought it was a good representation of the style and an all around good beer. I have read there is great variation between bottles and batches so maybe I was lucky enough to get a good bottle. I will be trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 18:40:37 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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katan

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a darker golden color. Very hazy - too much for a pils. Head formation was strong, just a bit off white, 2mm. Laced down to a film.

S - Light pilsner malt note. There is a fruity off note in there, a yeast production element I think.

T - Starts off dry, grainy, biting. A bit astringent, or husky. Mid-stream gets more sweet, but its a fruity note, almost strawberry to me. FInishes cornmeal like, very grainy again.

M - Moderate beer body - pretty strong for a pils. Carbonation profile is light, not biting. Finishes with a clinging sweetness that grabs the tongue.

D - Drinkability is OK. ABV is up there for a pils. Not filling by any means. Nothing overly bothersome about the flavors.

Unfortunately I would have to say this is my least favorite Brau beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:49:12 | More by katan
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bigreduw64

Wisconsin

1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a nice 2" head, slowly dissipating, but not disappearing. Initial smell is of stale refrigerator, but opens to a slight floral aroma. Initial taste has a faint background of the spicy hops one would expect out of a traditional pilsner, but they never come up front. Instead a corn like sweetness comes forward and does not play well with the beer. This is a lackluster beer made without a lot of flavor. Many better pilsners out there to spend my money on.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 22:39:27 | More by bigreduw64
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Very light caramel straw color, relatively clear, slight haze, nice carbonation rising. Light, quickly diminishing head.

S- Significant yeasty, sweet malt aroma permeates from the bottle as it pours, and lingers in the glass. Buttery and caramel notes, but dominated by a bacterial sweetness. Smells similar to a Belgian Trip, which is odd, and in conflict with the style.

T- Malty, yeast, up front very sharp acidity (almost stale hop character), mild bitterness that finishes on the palate. Buttery tinge, that creates an odd off flavor, diacetyl, and seems to be too significant for the style.

M- Very carbonated, buttery on the tongue.

D- Well it may be worth the price $7.49/sixer plus tax, and I want to support as many local (MN) brewers as possible. But I just can't see myself drinking this one. It is crisp, but doesn't fulfill my desire for a nice Bohemian style European lager, leaves me wanting something that it can't deliver- complexity, balance, and cleanliness. I bought 6, so I will have to try it again, and see what I think on the next one.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 21:36:15 | More by mwagner1018
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climax

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one poured pretty dark for a pilsner, a dull brownish/honey color was pretty murky as well. white head was fairly small

nose was pretty clean and malt dominant. slight bitterness and diacetyl. corn, fruity notes, yeast, and even garlic were all in a relatively mild package

taste was better than the nose i thought. not a blast of flavor, but enough to satisfy. buttery and bitter however hop presence seemed low. there were flavors of fruit and the yeast, very clean finish

body was medium, carbonated nicely. finish was slick and clean

surely not a hardcore pilsner but it was just fine for my liking. pretty easy to drink, enjoyable, and unoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:42:22 | More by climax
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daledeee

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a local offering: southern Minnesota and eastern Iowa. Close enough

This beer pours hazy yellow with a small head. The nose is butterscotch and corn with a little citrus.

Taste is odd to say the least. Kind of hoppy or soapy(?). Grains otherwise. Aftertaste is not that great. Mouthfeel is marginal. Overall, not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:03:55 | More by daledeee
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked a single from Four Firkins. Pours a clear gold with a white head. I don't know about this one. The citrus element is oddly ovrepowering. It reminds me more of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy than anything. The flavor gets a little grassier and spicy towards the end and the beer finishes on a proper hops note, but this is different and not necessarily in a good way. Try at your own risk.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 01:33:19 | More by tempest
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy gold, good carbonation and head.

Smell: Dry lemon pith.

Taste: Not really a pilsner taste. Hoppy dry citrus pith, a little bready sweetness, reminds me of a cascade-hopped pale ale. That being said, the taste is fine, just not a pilsner.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Didn't read any reviews before purchasing a single of this beer. As I wrote before, doesn't taste like a pilsner at all, more like a US pale ale. For a pale ale it tastes fine, not great, not bad. If you're looking for a nice grassy pilsner you won't find it here.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:24:48 | More by Mdog
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mynie

Indiana

1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One thing, right off: this ain't no Czech pils.

Pours dark gold with a decent head. Nothing exceptional but nothing bad, it doesn't look particularly flat or bland.

Smells off. Not off in any traditional or particular way--just off. Little syrupy, little waxy. Almost like a solvent of some kind, chemicals.

I'm making it sound like it smells worse than it actually does. There are plenty of tolerable chemicals. When I put this up to my nose I don't gag and draw it quickly away. But it's not what a pilsener should taste like. It's not crisp or refreshing. It doesn't make me want to drink it.

Tastes tolerable, a little better than the smell. There's almost something beery, here. Little bit of weediness, and I think that syrupyness is something like a hop flavor. Pretty--pretty bad.

Is this made from kit?

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:19:54 | More by mynie
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Simple amber with more bubbles than one normally sees. Up top is a bone white head that is soft rather than sticky, which is why the half-rings of soap sudsy lace look to be fleeting. Still, it's not a bad look.

Czech pilseners (even those brewed in the U.S.) should be fresh, clean and bright. This beer is none of those. The nose is too earthy-funky and the hops are more musky than grassy and herbal. In the end, this Brau Brothers brew smells like a below-average pale lager that contains less than high-quality Saaz hops.

The taste is roughly the same. Speaking of rough, it tastes like there's a lot of extraneous stuff going on, almost like an ale yeast was used and the (unwanted in this case) esters are having a field day. In other words, the beer is anything but clean. In fact, it's messy. Spicy phenols come to the fore with warming. Not good.

That odd sort of earthy graininess is still present and the hops haven't improved at all in the transition from nostrils to palate. An almost absent starting sweetness segues into a sharp bitterness on the finish. I hope these guys plan to do a whole lotta tweaking from batch to batch because their beer isn't up to snuff yet. Not even close, really.

Part of the almost quinine-like bitterness might be coming from the excessive carbonation. It was obvious on crown cracking that the beer would be too bubbled. It's also too light in the mouth, which is never a good combination.

Bohemian Pilsner isn't horrible beer, but it is incredibly amateurish beer. I've said it before and I'll say it again: even though I've never home brewed, I'm fairly certain that my initial attempt at a Czech pils would taste at least this good.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 11:55:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice light golden color into a pilsner glass with a nice 2 finger haead that very slowly recedes into a nice fluffy head.

Smell- A big lemony malt comes through with a bit of graham cracker in their to. A touch of honey is noticeable as well. Not bad..

Taste- Like the smell there is a big lemon component to this with a refreshing honey-graham taste as well. I really enjoy the taste but it really isn't on par with what a pilsner should taste like. There is very little hop presence in the brew, but moreover, just enough to balance out the malt. Increasing the hops would help this be more of a pilsner in my opinion. I really want to give this >4 for taste, but judging by the style, I just cannot justify it.

Mouthfeel- Another area where this brew is lacking is in the mouthfeel department. There is very little carbonation in this brew. I believe that with a more medium carbonation, this brew would have greater potential.

Drinkability- This is a very refreshing and enjoyable brew. The problem is, it isn't a pilsner. I will enjoy this brew on numerous occasions this summer, but as a beer, not a pilsner, if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:13:10 | More by Greggy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.88/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Spicy, flowery hops and the nose-turning scent of spoiled lemons. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Taste: Sticky sweetness spicy and floral hints. Then, there it is again, the sour, rancid lemon juice. Finishes with more of that odd, off-putting sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit of a blight on the pilsner scene.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 03:31:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out a dirty golden colour, bronze hues with a huge frothy egg shell white head. very active carbonation supports the head and leaves lots of very clingy lace. as i sample a few bottles, the rich, thick head never dies. very odd aroma...sulphuric, vegetal...lemon dish soap maybe? whatever it is, it's not pleasing. quite a malty taste profile, very heavy on the palate; husky grain, hay, and touch of alcohol spice. hopping is coarse and adds a touch of unrefined bitterness. like a pale ale but with a lager yeast. big body on this pilsener, almost too big...with a quite smooth and velvety mouthfeel. it slides down quite well and finishes a bit boozy. if i could buy 40's of malt liquor that tasted like this, i would be happy. but for a "bohemian style pilsener", this isn't even close.

ok, i expect a pils to be light, bright and hoppy..with a refreshing sense of quaffability. this offering is heavy, dark and coarse, with a boozy thud that isn't welcome for this style.

it's an interesting beer, but i'm not sure it's a "good" interesting....especially for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 23:54:50 | More by budgood1
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morimech

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems I got one of the not so good bottles. Pours a hazy golden color with just a small head that forms after the pour then quickly disappears.

The smell is weird. Like buttery bread and lemon. It smells sweet.

I can kinda taste a pils in there. But it gots a sweet fruity taste that dominates.

It is a bit watery and not well carbonated. Not a well done pils. I hope they get their quality control in shape and can try this again knowing I will get a better product.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 20:22:57 | More by morimech
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Brau Brothers Pilsner was a pale golden color and a little hazy. It had a white head that didn't last. The aroma was a little sweet and malty. The taste was malt upfront with more hops towards the finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a decent pilsener that's crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 18:35:51 | More by afinepilsner
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is from notes I made a couple months back on a sample given to me by a Brau Brothers sales rep. Since then I have probably drank a couple cases of it, and can say that the brewery certainly has quality control issues with this particular beer. I have had great bottles, I have had bottles where is seems the yeast ran riote and turned everything into a buttery mess, and I have had bottles where there was absolulty no carbonation. The last sixpack I bought seemed to have all bottles in each of these three states. The other reviews already posted seem to do justice in addressing the bad bottles, so with review I will address the good bottles I have had.

This brew pours a clear golden color. The head is large, bright white, and stable. Lacing sticks all over the sides of the glass, all the way down. The aroma is of biscuit, toffee, herbs, spice. The taste is very, extremely well balanced. The malt and hops are in harmony. Biscuity, bready flavors are cleansed by a nice zesty hops finish. There is also a mild, but noticeable, mineral presence that lingers through out the sip which reminds me a many of the great pilseners I drank during my days living in Germany. The mouthfeel is spot on for a pils; light bodied with nice carbonation, and a rather velvety smoothness. Overall, this is one of the best pilseners I have ever had the privilege to drink. I will most certainly buy this beer again, and again. On a side note it is really nice to see such a small brewery, from such a small place, in the middle of such a large corn field, brewing beer their own way and bringing it all the way out to Rochester.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:03:52 | More by KarlHungus
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber hue, with a heckuva lotta gunk floating around...big, pillowy head, though, long-lasting...but the weird particles floating up are not reassuring.

Sweet and sour in the nose. Funky, fruity...not at all what you'd want out a pilsner...this is a bit weird. Very twisted, lemon-y, ..."off", is what it is...

Taste: ooo, ew,...uh...not really a pilsner, or not a good version, or, to be fair, good bottling?
It's a mess. Czech Pilsner? Far from the mark! The yeast went wild in this one, and the hops went crazy!
I'm dumbfounded...did they know what was in the bottle before they unleashed it on the public? Is it supposed to be like this? Crazy, man!

(See, I'm speaking like a Bohemian, even if this pilsner isn't!)

Way too funky for what they should be shooting for, and I'm not even sure if this is what they mean to do...a real mess, like I said.
Drinkable, but not enjoyable, especially if meant to be to style.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 10:51:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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Bohemian Pilsner from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
75 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.