Rebel - Měťanský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
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4.45/5 rDev +33.6%
12 oz. brown bottle, a new beer at Hi-Time, so I picked up a bottle as I like the style,
A: Pours a standard pale yellow pils colour. Head retention is solid, spots of lacing.
S: Aromatic, floral Saaz hop nose, sweet bread.
T: This is quite good, I think the freshness of this brew really helps. Strong hop character from the great Saaz hops. Malt it bittersweet, the balance is excellent and the malt and hops play off each other well. No DMS, thank God, as I've found too much in imports. Straight up tasty Czech lager.
M: Prickly, engaging carbonation. Light, crisp and smooth feel. Very appropriate to style.
D: One of the best Czech pils I've had from across the pond. Once poured and tasted, I had a craving for more. Got to go back and buy a 6-pack, as I only bought this lone single. Refreshing on this hot January night.
02-01-2009 03:05:25 | More by Halcyondays
4.38/5 rDev +31.5%
This is an excellent Czech pilsner with strong flavour and subtle complexity.
Darkish gold, it has a medium-large, creamy white head slowly shirnking to a permanent, small foamy top and leaving a fair amount of lace in some frothy rings.
The aroma is strong grain and bread, lightly fruity, with grass, herbs, honey, and a hint of mineral. Ovarall, it has a good Czech aroma.
The also a a nice, characterful, yet light Czech character. It has a lot of lightly toasty bread, light fruitiness, with grass and herbs, light sweetness balancing a light, zesty bitterness. Although the sweetnes seems to just barely have the edge over the bitterness at first, beyond the finish the bitterness lingers lightly. It's light in body, but slightly oily, well-rounded in fel with lively, zesty frothiness, a very nice texture. Although straightforward and light, it has good flavour and light complexity and the character holds up very well, with great balance of the elements.
05-18-2009 17:57:58 | More by Offa
4.33/5 rDev +30%
Being somewhat unsophisticated in" beerology", my comment is, I Like it, it tastes great, and I'm glad I found it.
Head is smooth,semi-lasting. While I prefer more of a "hoppy" taste, this one makes it just fine.
Definitely worth an additional purchase
12-20-2009 20:05:01 | More by DLReeves
4.33/5 rDev +30%
12oz bottle, no freshness dating.
Pours a lovely dark gold, crowned with fluffy cloud of head.
Sweet to the nose; I'm getting alot of banana from the malt & yeast.
Sweet & malty with a fruit-like character. Notes of banana, peach & toffee. The Saaz hops creep in at the end, giving balance to the full-bodied maltiness.
As stated, as full-bodied as it gets for a pilsner. Quite enjoyable.
A bit surprised by the lower ratings here. This offering alone shows me why Czech pilsners are renown the world over, and are drunken by the litre in their homeland.
05-07-2010 15:23:39 | More by Natural510
4.3/5 rDev +29.1%
Pours deep clear gold with a one-finger white head. Plentifully laced. Aroma is very floral hoppy for a Pils and not a trace of skunk. Must be a fresh one. Taste is full on Saaz type hops with just a hint of sweet malts. A bit of bread with just a touch of butter. Mouthfeel is about right and the drinkability is awesome thanks to the 4.4% abv. The Czechs make excellent beer! The label says "since 1333". That is an old brewery!
12-07-2008 03:54:21 | More by Spikester
4.25/5 rDev +27.6%
A damn good beer in a damn good bottle.
A- Crystal clear golden-yellow with an OK head for a pilsner and many sporadic micro-carbonation streams
S- Smells like a really good loaf of multi-grain bread and spicy floral hops
T- Taste is bready and that is one of my favorite qualities in a pilsner. Some damn good pils malt went into this beer. Tasty hops as well, but not as much as I tend to go for
M- Body is light-moderate and almost feels like carbonated flavored mineral water.
D- Chuggalugg. Definite session beer
10-09-2008 01:05:09 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
A gold/brass color with a head in a hurry to fade. Along the way it looks like an untoasted crumpet, bubble-side up. Smells like grain rations in burlap. I remind myself that I like Pilsner warmer than this. The first few draws are cold as steel. It's like licking a good chef's knife, cold. As it warms notes of cracker appear. Not Triscuits or Ritz, but rather Rye Crisp, Stoned Wheat Thins and water crackers. Dry, in other words. There is no hint of butter or shortning.
Medium-sized bubbles wander to the surface.
Warmer, and now the rich, woodland harvest emerges. Sheafs of sun-toasted barley. Tannic fruits like juniper, hops and pine cones dance in and out. there is a lingering sweetness like that clear rosewater flavored syrup that is used to drench those fried middle-eastern pastries (together with the pastries.)
"Obvious Turkish influence in this beer," I think to myself. My wife, reads my mind and asks, "What does THAT mean?" Images of Renaissance Mocha coffee traders from Beirut or Cairo selecting drier malt flavors in their beers. Hydrating beer. Good.
10-10-2002 17:31:32 | More by putnam
4.13/5 rDev +24%
Pours a medium amber with white pillow head. Aroma is classic Czech pills, not overpowering, but a nice kiss. There is a hint of smokiness in the taste, malt sweetness, and finishes with a nice slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is luscious and drinkability is very high. Nice solid beer, an excellent Czech pils-though not one that is the typical yellow gold.
08-12-2009 17:41:56 | More by bradybeer
4.13/5 rDev +24%
A - Clear light honey, Tons of stark white head, slow to leave. Lots of cling.
S - I think my favorite part. Yeasty, bready, fresh and bright. I LOVE the smell on this one.
T - Nice malt clean center, small but appropriate hops.
M - Light body, good balance and carb.
D - Very easy to drink.
11-12-2011 05:35:20 | More by srandycarter
4.13/5 rDev +24%
12-oz green bottle, poured into a tall slender flute. Just became available in Dallas this week. I picked up one of the first 6-packs, so it's pretty fresh.
Appearance: Very clear golden color, with slight head of foam. Continuous stream of small bubbles floating up through the beer.
Aroma: Pleasant flowery aroma. Very little malt on the nose.
Taste/Body: Lots of hops up front, bitter and floral tasting. Malt is there if you search for it, but not prominent. Finish clean and quite dry. Medium body, with crisp carbonation.
One of the better Czech pilsners available in the US. Drier than Pilsner Urquell, with perhaps a touch more hops. Bohemiam pilsners aren't my favorite style, but every now and their their delicate subtlety is appealing.
10-15-2004 03:39:02 | More by allengarvin
4.1/5 rDev +23.1%
bought a half litre bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($1.99)
pours a bright golden with a solid half inch head that quickly falls into a think sheet.
the aroma is light with noble hops and malt.
the flavor is spicy with hops, but not to over powering, malt, minerally.
this has become my summer goto beer. cheap and good.
07-03-2006 16:55:56 | More by plaztikjezuz
4.08/5 rDev +22.5%
12 oz brown bottle.
It pours a deep, rich, clear gold, a rather stunning color. The head is foamy and white and recedes fairly slowly leaving some nice lacing.
The smell is Czech pils through and through, perhaps a bit on the sweet side, but the sweetness in the nose is a common link between Czech pilseners, something American imitators often lack. there is a subtle herbal noble hop hint over the top.
The flavor is smooth and balanced. The malt is rich and honey-like while there is a sharp bitterness that cuts the sweetness and rolls across the sides of the tongue. It is hop/malt harmony.
The Czech Rebel follows the tradition of the Czech Pilsener to a T.
09-19-2010 04:31:55 | More by crossovert
4.08/5 rDev +22.5%
Poured from 1pt .9oz Euro style bottle into a Pilsner glass.
A - Slightly cloudy golden color. Head of fluffy white foam that faded into a bubbly film and left spotty/soapy lacing. The beer had good carbonation and a small amount of sediment was also detected.
S - Malty Eastern European Pilsner aroma, but some how, it seemed fresher and more pronounced.
T - Malty and crisp with a slight Euro skunkiness. The finish was clean and slightly dry.
MF&D - Light, crisp and easy drinking.
07-09-2008 16:37:23 | More by nasty15108
4.05/5 rDev +21.6%
Pours a darker yellow than other pilsners with one inch of white head that quickly settles. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a noble hop skunk aroma. A little sweet malt is also noted. The flavor is on the sweeter side of pils. Mild graininess and moderate amount of noble hop flavor. Nice texture and body to the beer. It is light bodied with carbonation that is not harsh. I prefer my pils to be on the drier side. If you like them a little sweet, this may be an option for you.
04-29-2009 22:19:58 | More by morimech
4.05/5 rDev +21.6%
Ah, the Rebel yells..like quality pilsner goodness. I've been drinking this Czech cheapie for years and it never disappoints. You can get it on its home soil in a bottle too but I've never seen it on tap strangely, despite looking in dozens of dive bars throughout the Republic.
A classic golden lager pours into my flute, although the head lasts about thirty seconds. A lot of carbonation bubbles too but don't get worried. Fresh but faint yeasty nose.
The taste is crisp and very bitter. I wish Miller and their ilk would spring for $1.19 on this bad boy and take some notes. This is how pilsners are done. A hoppy bitterness stays with the tastebuds long after the beer is gone. The quality water adds to the surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. If you like Czech pilsner like I do you can drink these all night..mint..
10-28-2005 01:16:12 | More by daliandragon
4.03/5 rDev +21%
Poured into a hefeweizen glass. No best by or bottled date on bottle.
A: Classic Czech pils appearance, not as pale as a German, more on the amber/golden side. Huge bubbles here, massive head that stays 'til the last drop. Excellent.
S: Fresh out of the oven bread. This is as close to fresh bread aroma in a beer that I've ever had. Can smell the spicy hops in the background, too.
T: Spicy, lemon/weak grapefruit-like hops, bready malts, a touch of honey sweetness. Hits all the pilsener notes well.
M: Very quaffable, a hook it up to my veins type of beer.
O: A great Euro pilsener that somehow manages to beat out the local made ones despite coming from across the world, in who knows what kind of conditions.
07-27-2011 04:45:46 | More by diamondc
4/5 rDev +20.1%
A- Looks like your typical chzech style lager. Nothing too special, but doesn't look ominous, either.
S- Nice. Very much what I was expecting.
T- Very good flavor. I would definitely order this if I found it at a bar. Very similar to Urquell and i mean that as a sincere complement.
M- Fantastic. Again, second only to Urquell.
O- Excellent pilsner that I can only imagine would be better in Prague.
11-07-2011 02:30:03 | More by PerHops
4/5 rDev +20.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
L: almost gold, a bit darker than many pilseners ... 100% crystal clear, and so effervescent ... looks like a scientific experiment going on in the glass! bubbles and bubbles and bubbles. tidy but thick white head of foam almost 1 inch that stays about 1/4-inch think because so much carbonation is still rising well after the pour; sticking and lacing with a huge collar of foam. perfect
S: biscuit malt, some grassy/spicy hops in back; some saltiness in there, almost bacon-like; as we get going, starts to take on some of the floral/peach/fruity notes you taste ... might be the tasting is affecting the smelling here, but it's nice either way
T: wow ... super sweet bread malt that's almost fruity (English pale ale-like) ... peach; very floral, but there's a definite black-pepper bite in there. it's just a tad watered-down from some of the best pilseners I've tried, and there's no big American-style hop bite here -- but, man, this is good stuff. has just a hint of butteriness like an English brown ale.
F: not as dry as you can get with the pilsener, just a bit juicier. a bit thin, but at 4.4% ABV, I'm willing to pass it all off as "very drinkable" ... and it is, loads of carbonation help fluff up the body
O: yet another solid installment in the pilsener family ... perhaps not my absolute favorite, but whereas some showcase more hops or more bite, this brew is a full-on fruity sweet version and would be a perfect gateway beer to the more bitter pilseners of the world. good brew!
05-31-2014 07:27:39 | More by Premo88
4/5 rDev +20.1%
I began a sushi-eating, beer drinking, presidential inauguration watching session with this beer the other day. Poured a clear gold with a small white head. More colorful than most pilseners. Aromas was faint but good: grassy hops and honeysweet malts. Lovely taste: perfectly balanced light malts with a grassy hop finish. Well-crafted, light body. Eminently drinkable and refreshing; an excellent way to kick off a session. A solidly made, flavorful pilsener.
01-25-2009 08:17:49 | More by droomyster
4/5 rDev +20.1%
I've had this from time to time over the years, mostly before my Beer Advocacy days. Having tried quite a few different beers since I last had this makes this taste quite different to me than I remember it tasting. I liked it then and I like it now.
Pours a clear, pretty golden color.. .even manages to leave some lacing on the chalice. Smells kinda sweet... white grapejuice comes to mind. Sweet-ish malt smells with a dash of lemon.
Smooth malt taste with a bit of hop spike and hop tart... not as hoppy as I like my pilsners to be but well within style guidelines. Proper carbonation which leads to tasty burps.
The website of the brewery says this is 4.8% alcohol... pairing this with the 99 cents paid for 16.9 ounces leads to a pretty guilt free beer drinking experience.
Very drinkable and highly underrated.
09-28-2005 07:16:09 | More by ommegangpbr
4/5 rDev +20.1%
A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an amber tinged gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is spicy with hop notes reminiscent of a mix of hay, lemon zest and a clean, almost earthy spiciness. Behind this are some malt notes of grassy grain, a touch of sweet pale malt and a nice saltine-cracker like toasty grain note.
The beer has a crisp, clean bitterness to it that just about cuts through the fullness of the malt. This has a certain heft to it, more than you typical, crisp German Pils, but perhaps not quite as much as a Budvar. The malt contributes a sweet grain flavor (just a touch of grassy honey), and a touch of cracker flavors as well as some light, grassy grain flavors. This has a fullness of malt character, but it is clearly a secondary note to the hops. This has a nice, pronounced hop spiciness to it as well as a touch of lemon zest, a light taste of dried hay and a herbal backdrop that yields ultimately to the clean bitterness.
This is quite a nice beer; so quaffable and it has an interesting clean malt character coupled with an outstanding Czech hop character. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer, but it has proven to be a lot better than anticipated. I would be happy to quaff a few of these on a hot day.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
06-13-2008 03:22:35 | More by Gueuzedude
Rebel from Měťanský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
76 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.