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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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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a bad bottle on my first review so I am re-reviewing this beer:

Appearance: Well, this is a good looking beer, I'll give it that. A nice clear golden body with a frothy white head that lasts forever; plenty of lacing, too. The color is too light for a doppelbock or even a Maibock, for that matter.

Smell: The brew smells of malt, although the aroma is somewhat weak; also a bit grainy

Taste: Very much underflavored for a bock of any kind; mostly sweet malt but rather innocuous

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, with good carbonation; a bit too carbonated for the style

Drinkability; "Pale double bock???" This beer won a silver in the Bohemian Pilsner category a couple of years ago. So what is it, exactly?

brentk56, Apr 10, 2005
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 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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep but glowing orangish color if that makes any sense at all. Nice bubbles and head retention

S: Corn and grains, wheat, some floral hops, hint at toffee and or caramel

T:Wheat, grains and a hint at corn come out, floral hops and a nice Earthiness come in to play. I detect a very slight amount of toffee or caramel perhaps

M: Nice, lighter to medum body, refreshing and easy to drink

O: For the price it is a good beer! A little3 heavier than 5.1ABV

barleywinefiend, Aug 06, 2011
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 Wasatch
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and some floral herbs.

T - The taste is sweet malty and finishes dry. Nicely balanced.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Very Drinkable. Never heard of a Pale Dobblebock before, so I had to give it a chance. It's really not a bad brew, I would buy again and recommend.

Wasatch, Jan 26, 2006
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 tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean pale golden light yellow with a small foamy white head that reduces quickly, lace in minimal spots. Aroma is clean with a slight dry maltiness and some grains getting almost sweet. Taste is a bit better with a nice pale malt profile, which unfortunately doesn't stick around for very long. Light leafy hops create a very slight bite at the middle. Overall stays pretty crisp and clean with a slight drying bread crust-like finish. Feel is clean, soft, yet a bit crisp with a close to medium body and carbonation, but seems to be missing some malty body. Not a bad drinker, would probably be a nice quencher in warmer/hotter weather.

tavernjef, Mar 14, 2004
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 alexgash
1.1/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Standard golden yellow with a frothy white head.
Smells of honey, grass, wet basement, corn sugar, light euro-skunk hops, and cat pee. There’s a lot going on here and it’s mostly bad.
Taste doesn’t get any better. Starts with wet cardboard malt with a light nutrasweet twirl. Turns to musty basement cobwebs. Blechh. Minimal skunky hop burns through. Finish is skunky bitter with notes of stale cornflakes. Soapy, thin mouthfeel. Yuck. Drain pour.

alexgash, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Boy, “pale dopple bock” – what a disappointment. No date on bottle, maybe it was older than the sands of Egypt. Pour was orange/yellow, no head at all. Just some slight malts in the aroma. Taste was pretty plain, maybe even a little Euro skunk in there – this reminded me of drinkin’ a Heineken – which ain’t a good thing! I’d pass on this one.

Bottle was full of floaties – looks like it has a yeast infection.

Vancer, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the beer of the month club. Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is pleasant with a nice summer fruitiness dominating. Taste Has has a nice fruitiness, but very mild, mixed with a moderate hop bitterness. Similiar to a euro lager but more malt present. Finished crisp and refreshing. A nice light simmer brew with great drinkability

tgbljb, Apr 29, 2006
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 msubulldog25
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. bottle on a whim, the last one on the shelf at Beaumont Market. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear rich golden-orange pour, with just about 2-fingers of frothy white head. Ample carbonation bubbles float to the top.

S: Smells of adjuncts, lots of overly sweetened malts. Grain and corn with a faint tinniness.

T:Malty-sweetness of corn and wheat and slightly spicy. Mostly grain flavor with enough bittering/herbal hops to round off the finish.

M: Thinner than anticipated mouthfeel, but with a zesty clinging spiciness that gives some tingling residual effects. Weirdly sticky, but generally smooth.

D: OK, but not one I'd get again. I was suckered in by the term "Pale Double Bock" on the label, which sounded plenty interesting. What I discovered, however, was a sweet, grainy hodgepodge of flavors that failed to live up to my expectations. Maybe worthy of a try but nothing more.

msubulldog25, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of beerguy101
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold color with a large white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, fruity and sweet. Light hops. Light malts. A fairly standard lager. Slightly malty, some hoppyness. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is crisp. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

beerguy101, Aug 30, 2003
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 Offa
4.65/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful Czech lager/pilsner (despite the name), light and smooth but tasty, full-bodied and interesting.

Dark gold, it's just a tad hazy with a medium, off-white head that slowly shrinks and leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is nice, malty grain with light bread, lemon, honey, herbs, pine, and hint of sulphur.

The taste is wonderful, with a zesty herbal and grassy quality, hay, honey, toasted bread, lemon, a very faint caramel element, and a spritzy quality. It's a bit sweet with lightly dominant bitterness. It's full bodied but lively and tingly, and exceedingly drinkable.

Offa, Sep 17, 2008
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 uturn
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

uturn, Jan 12, 2013
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 JISurfer
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Yeah, this was pretty nasty. I couldn't finish the bottle, honestly. It was quite skunky and had a very grainy taste, mixed with a sweet alcohol. Kind of like a really bad malt liquor. It was a little bit too harsh on my buds, as it left a bad aftertaste. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something. One positive thing, was that it had a nice head to it in it's initial stages, which did last a little bit.

JISurfer, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -5.4%

mpalestino, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of pkalix
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

pkalix, Jul 10, 2014
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Lion Pale Double Bock from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.