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Lion Pale Double Bock - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

56 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 06-03-2004)
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Reviews by BDIMike:
Photo of BDIMike
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color. A lot of carbonation, but with only a thin white head.
Not a lot to the smell. Just a small bit of caramel to the smell.
Taste is okay. It is interesting. A pale lager, but a nice caramel malt taste to it as well. I have never had a pale double bock, but I like the differing tastes. They just aren't as strong as I would like.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. It is fairly smooth, but not spectacular.
Drinkability is good for this beer. It has some interesting tastes, but not very strong. Not one of the best beers, but something like I have never had, so I am glad I did.

BDIMike, Aug 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I see alot of brews from this Czech brewer here in Greensboro,pours a deep rich golden with thin head that is gone pretty quickly.I pick up some iron notes as well as some sweetness in the aroma with some alcohol as it warms a little.Taste is malt dominated with those iron notes even more pronounced even a little saltiness that hits the tongue in the finish.Not a real complex beer for the style but sturdy and solid.

oberon, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright and clean with a golden yellow hue, dense and frothy head floats on top.

Smell: Ripe granny smith apple in the nose, lots of grain in the aroma also.

Taste: Smooth with a light to medium body, grain dominates the taste buds for a bit. Then a mild bitting hop bitterness riding the crisp carbonation gives off an spicy herbal flavor that is everlasting. On the dryish side with a grainy aftertaste. The apple-like fruitiness gets lost within the hop character.

Notes: Beef up the malt a liitle and it might just be a good bock ... pale it is double bock it is not. Hoppy and dry, it makes for a great thirst quenching hot wheather beer. 5.15 percent abv.

Jason, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of masikon
2.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass this was the expected straw yellow with a fluffy head which didn't last long and very active carbonation rushing to the surface. Nose was not really very good sort of musty and leatherish but it was actually a somewhat offensive odor to me. Tasted better than it smelled but not by a whole lot, biscuity in the beginning but quickly dominated by hops which pucker the lips and act as more of a spicy feeling in the mouth rather than an actual taste. Overall I wouldn't buy this again, For some reason the label said this was a "pale double bock" which it certainly is not. Basically an average or slightly sub-par pilsner. This one is bound for the drain.

masikon, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of johnbonham1980
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice crisp beer but not something I'd spend a lot of time seeking out.

Poured into tall pilsner glass, 4 finger craggy white head which takes a good bit to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing all the way down the glass. Medium level of carbonation, sparkly. Drinkability is high, body and mouthfeel a bit lighter than I'd like.

Tastes and smells like fresh apples and pears. Decent enough hop bitterness, malt presence really needs to be upped on this beer. If you ask me, this beer would be an easy 3.5+ if it had some decent malty backbone to balance out the yeast and hops. Also has a hard to identify spicy aroma, maybe some clove... on initial pour I found some very interesting stuff in the nose but I can't identify exactly what it is. Almost struck me as a sweaty aroma, but not in a particularly unpleasant way. Curious.

Finishes with a lingering sweet, fruity aftertaste.

Probably be much better on tap.

johnbonham1980, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Glibber, May 19, 2013
Photo of bditty187
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

IMO, “Pale Double Bock” means Maibock; clearly this is not a Doppelbock or a Maibock. Hell, it is not even a bock! The neck label says it won an award as a “Bohemian Style Pilsner.” WTF, it is all so confusing.


Golden-coppery in hue, which is quite attractive; slightly off-white head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was decent, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. There was no subsequent lacing. Overall, this is adequate looking beer.

The nose is earthy with lots of grass and hay. It seems spicy at the back. Airy… empty… fairly boring, I get hints of grain. So a “double bock” beer fails to generate pleasant malty aromas? How pathetic. The more I smell this beer the hotter the nose gets, slightly caramely but not in a malty good way. I don’t know what is going on. The nose is not offensive but it is peculiar and not inviting.

The palate is grainy with nail polish remover infused with some caramel notes. I also detect cloying sweetness with an overabundance of grass/hay. As a Pilsner this beer is dismal. Okay, in reality this beer is just so damn odd. I don’t like it, regardless of style. It is just so sweet/hot and grassy and I don’t care for the overall direction. I mean, lack of direction. Messy. I don’t get any joy drinking this, as such, what is the point.

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is way too low for the style, the mouthfeel is sluggish. Yuck.

Not likable. Not drinkable. Not again. What a jumble of flavors. I can’t finish my bottle. Thank you Daniel for the bottle, even though it sucks! Skip it, folks.

bditty187, May 19, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow-gold with smallish white head, strong carbonation, and decent lace. Smells very grainy. Sweet and metallic with a touch of hop bitterness. Simplistic, if clean and pleasant, flavor profile. Sweet graininess dominates and is finished with a drying hop bitterness. Medium-weight for a pilsener. Perhaps a bit too carbonated and gassy for my taste.

Refreshing and easy-to-drink if you're in the mood for an uncomplicated beer. Not much character to remember it by, however.

Double-bock labeling is double-marketing-bull. This is more of a Bohemian-style pilsener in my opinion.

dgallina, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of hotstuff
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured, it had a small white head with fine sized bubbles. The body of this beer was carbonated and the hue was pale yellow. The nose was malty and fruity and the flavor was bitter. In my opinion, there is nothing to write home about with this particular beer.

hotstuff, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of jessicapreuss
3/5  rDev -5.4%

jessicapreuss, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

17 oz picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $2.75.. poured into my Smokestack goblet...

Fairly tight 2 finger head.. lasts a while.. only spotty lacing.. brew is fairly clear golden honey.

aroma is clean pale malts... I would hesitate to call this a pilsner.. there just doesn't seem to be enough hops there.. subtle spiciness, but it is in the background.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. not alot going on here at all... needs more hops to be considered a pils... more like a maibock. body is on the thick side and the carbonation is lively enough.

Not bad... this brew is just not a Czech Pils. again, definitely more like a maibock... even then, it is only a moderately interesting maibock.

3.5/3/3/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -5.4%

mpalestino, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Zorro
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is toasted grains and that is all.

Taste is a bit sweet and metal and some grains and... This just isn't too good.

Mouthfeel is Bud.

Not real drinkable, Zorro SPITS!
This stuff sucks! What more can I say except... Budweiser is better!

Zorro, May 03, 2004
Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orangeish golden with a thin, but creamy and lasting, off-white head.

The smell is grainy, herbal, a bit of apple and sulfur.

The taste is herbal/Continental-type hops (Saaz?) with a yeasty breadiness and something chemicalish/sulfur-like. An apple-like fruitiness seems out of place, and brings this one down. Sweetness restrained by a bitterness.

Why does it claim to be a Pale Double Bock? (A bit stronger than there pils Rebel?) A mediocre-ish pilsner that has too many little flaws/detractors if you ask me. Becomes a bit aspirin-like as it progresses, and the apple-thing didn't do anything for it. Overall- it's okay, I suppose, as there's enough to it to keep it from the "bad" side (helped by very good appearance and nice enough aroma - everything else meiocre), but wouldn't seek to have again.

jwc215, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of grdahl
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not all Czech beers (at least imports) are great...This was a bit of a let down for me. It actually tasted a bit skunky to me..I've never seen this beer in the Czech Republic...maybe this is why...Not a bad beer but certainly not up to Czech standards

grdahl, Aug 22, 2001
Photo of jlervine
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent yellow gold with a finely carbonated white frothy head and sinks down into Belgian lace within a minute or two. Carbonation bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Smell reminds me of a pilsner, with earthy herbal noble hops. Taste is thicker, richer, fuller, and immediately reminds you that this is not a pilsner at all. Not as malty as many bocks that I've had, this one is more akin to a pils on a bodybuilding plan. Malt tones are light, smooth, and finish with almost a honey-like sweetness in the finish. The hops get in the way a bit more than anything else. Not bad, just different.

jlervine, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml from Capital Market,Salem. Nice golden almost orange coloured beer with a huge frothy white head. Very malty aromas, bready, some caramel. Taste is also very malty..very bock like. Slightly toasted carmel, with hints of grain and honey. Very nice on the tongue, liked the smooth feel of this one. Overall i liked this one but really dispute as to wether ti is a Bohemian Pilsner. I believe it IS a pale Bock or even a Euro strong lager..it certainlly seemed way over the 5.1% on here.

Reidrover, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of aracauna
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit surprised at the paleness of this doppelbock. I know that the style can be fairly pale, but this is the first one that I've had that wasn't to lagers what stouts are to ales. A nice maltiness keeps this from being a total dissapointment, but I was expecting more after seeing the name.

aracauna, May 16, 2003
Photo of TeachChefs
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

TeachChefs, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with a full creamy white head and light carbonation - nice looks. Light spicy hop nose ... a bit herbal. A very light touch of malt/grains in the nose and mouth ... not very hoppy for a Bohemian Pilsner. Medium-light bodied and smooth with a crisp dry biting finish.

Fails in style in both Double Bock and Bohemian Pilsner but should be classified as a Czech Pils in my opinion.

Per Label: "Zal. 1565" & "Pravoverecny Pivovar Hradec Kralove" & "World Beer Cup - Silver Award in Bohemian Style Pilsner"

Per Beer Club notes: 5.15% ABV

RBorsato, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bright gold color, head is very thin when it fades, just a lightl lacing of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is very malty and full, with a grassy feel to it. Very malt dominated flavor, grassy and metallic, very much like a maltier version of a euro pale lager. Good mouthfeel, enoguh hops for the style. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

TastyTaste, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of Gints316
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Gints316, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of horndecker
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green 12 oz bottle with el cheapo looking label. Reads "pale double bock".

It's pale for a double bock, for sure. Brassy and clear, middling head with a bit of clump to it. Odd vegetal aroma at first, then sour and weedy hops. Toasty and slightly sulfurous, pilsner-like nose. Big bitter hit on first sip, lots of malt beneath, turns sweetish and oaty for a second at the tail end. A brief flash of hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste which thins to a tea-like herbal thing. Occasionally a hint of salt lingers.

Medium bodied and healthy carbonation, not unpleasant, but everythings just a bit odd here. Bitter and sweet out of balance or in the wrong sequence, or something. An odd duck I would not refuse, but I wouldn't seek out.

horndecker, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of misterscooter
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An orange nectar honey smell greets you from the top of the snow white head that sits high but dissipates quickly to a thin layer on tap that sustains from the plentiful carbonation. A clear, pale gold beckons me.

The taste is light and crisp without much jumping out in flavor. Biting and bitter but not overly so, the dry beer is thirst quenching. Wheaty grains are the main flavor. Doesn't remind me of most double bocks but that could be where the pale part comes in. I expect something a bit heartier but it isn't terrible, by any means. Just seems like a different style.

misterscooter, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

DerwinWentworth, Jan 24, 2014
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Lion Pale Double Bock from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
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