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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000)
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ale207

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-19-2014 01:34:38 | More by ale207
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold, crystal clear. Fizzy head that settles to a thin white cover over the beer. Initially a skunky quality to aroma, then to a light malt. Light malt flavor mixed with hop bitterness in middle and short dry finish. Thinner mouthfeel. Enjoyable, but middle of the road beer for style and part of world. Like the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2002 22:37:29 | More by garymuchow
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foghornleghorn22

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-16-2014 00:04:19 | More by foghornleghorn22
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-23-2013 18:43:02 | More by Slatetank
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WMBierguy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a world of beers 10 pack. I suspected that this would be a typical, run of the mill, slightly skunked Heineclone. I was pleasantly surprised. I usually don't like European pilsners. I suspect that the primary reason for this is because pretty much every sample of this style that I have tried has been at least partially skunked. This is probably because green bottles lend themselves to skunking, and green bottle Euro pilsners don't seem to survive the long trip to the U.S. very well.

This beer was not at all skunked. It poured a golden amber, and it left a thin white head. The taste was clean and pretty dry. I recommend this beer, but it's hard to make sure that it hasn't skunked. If you can find a fresh bottle, then you should give it a try. You'll be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 03:33:16 | More by WMBierguy
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herrburgess

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-27-2013 17:07:22 | More by herrburgess
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review relative to style. Pours pale golden color with beautiful large & creamy white head. Nose is light with a whiff of hops. Very light malt flavor with light balancing of hops. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, and far superior to U.S. comparables.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:02:41 | More by yemenmocha
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, some malts and fruits, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is a high quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 14:49:32 | More by tone77
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vitesse

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I re-reviewed this after having tasted it a lot more recently.

this is exactly what a well-done pilsener should be -- a pale, low-ABV lager. very much a session beer.
light straw gold color, very very bright with good clarity. not great head retention, but it IS a pils.
no esters, no diacetyl at all. very dry. pale malts here, but its a very light beer with nice soft mouthfeel. no harshness at all. the main flavor component is the saaz hops. nicely aromatic and spicy. bitter enough to make it interesting.
very little aftertaste at all.

the package says it's brewed traditionally with open vat fermentation, locally-made malts, traditional saaz hops and long lagering time. i highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 10:06:22 | More by vitesse
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snilsen13

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an above average pilsner. For the price you're unlikely to find any better. What else can you say about a pilsner... above average = this one doesn't suck. for the price = bargain beer. Go buy it and see if I'm wrong.

Yeah, this a review from memory, but I used to buy this by the case, so trust me. I really can only tell you that to my taste buds, pilsner taste either bad, good or very good. Most taste bad, they reminde me of lawnmower beer, this one tastes good and occationally I've had an excellent pilsner, but only from tap. From a bottle, pilsner can only be so good and I think Rebel is as close to that limit as I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 16:27:39 | More by snilsen13
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pilsner75

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drunk from 16.9 fl. oz. bottle in inverted cone style pilsner glass.

Appearance--golden brown with limited head but very solid lacing down sides of glass. Pinprick size bubbles continue well into drinking the class. Very appealing.

Smell--gentle yeasty smell with a little of the Saaz hops to it.

Taste--early bitterness in the middle of the tongue. Hints of granny smith apple combination of tartness and sweetness early in mouth. Mellows into toasty/wheaty flavor on the upper palette.

Mouthfeel--surprisingly chewy. Carbonation is nicely balanced.

Drinkability--goes down nicely. Would go well with wiener schnitzel and hagymás krumpli (potatoes boiled and then sauteed with onions) or perhaps some not overly fatty pork sausages. The pucker on the tongue would leave me at least wanting to have something to eat if having more than one glass.

I had left Rebel alone after a couple of not-so-good bottles. After this one, I will definitely be drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 01:14:32 | More by pilsner75
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DannyS

New York

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a 20 oz. beer mug.

A - Wow. A beautiful, crystal clear orange amber with a fluffy little pilow of head that retains decently and leaves oodles of frosty white lacing.

S - Grains and floral (lavender) hoppy aromas abound, with a slight metallic twang and some noticeable bitter notes on the nose.

T - The floral notes give a slight layer of sweetness to the grainy taste, with the hop bitterness apparent but very subdued. The other hoppy flavors help round out the fairly standard taste.

M - Light and fizzy. Not necessarily bad, just not a transcendental mouthfeel. But I don't drink pilseners for that exclusively

D - The ABV is nice and low and the flavors are light yet well balanced, making this an easy choice for sessioning.

overall - A very underrated pilsener, in my opinion. It's got enough flavor to make it enjoyable to drink, but is light enough to warrant drinking the whole pint without ill effect. An admirable choice for a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 23:40:27 | More by DannyS
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docsrock

New York

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my friend paul and i used to get these on queens blvd for 99 cents alot, a few years ago. no glass to pour into, just bottle. always impressed us, especially at the price. we used to pack a bag full with 16 or so and go to town. I don't know if he still drinks them-being in hell a and all. I stopped drinking them because I came across uniformaly skunky ones all the time. it was a good ride in the late 90's, but I awitched to ballantine ale after all the pepe le pew. none the less, it had a great price and great drinkability in its time. another friend, who is czech still swears by these, and brings a case to most bbqs. not that easy to find in the five boros anymore, but i think i will seek one out as i'm getting sentimental writing this thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 04:13:51 | More by docsrock
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dutchlq7

New York

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 0z. bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance- A foamy 2 finger off white head and a pale to medium gold color.

Smell-small malt smell and hint of spice and grape notes.

Taste- Yeasty bread taste at first and a hint of grapes which is quickly followed by a bitter spicy hoppines which lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel-Very light in the mouth with a watery feel.

Drinkabiility- A good pilsner, didnt love it but didn't hate it. I would try it again but won't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:54:27 | More by dutchlq7
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stumac

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up a clear golden color with a decent white head. nice lacing. the nose is dough, pale malts, hint of honey. the taste is light sweet fruits, hints of honey again, a tid bit of yeast, sweet pale malts, decent hop backdrop, light to medium bodied, medium carbo. Once a rebel, always a rebel...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 22:53:32 | More by stumac
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kbub6f

New York

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There are 3 inches of creamy white, bubbly fluffy head that leave crusty, sticky lacing. The beer is a very clear, rich gold. Big Saaz nose: spicy, almost cinnamon. Very nice. Starts crisp, fresh, fruity with some serious caramel through the faint, tingly middle. Finishes nicely bitter, dry, crackers. Some nice grain. Not bad at all. Some nice caramel and grain with temperature. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 16:25:54 | More by kbub6f
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the local beer store, let's see how well it compares to actual beers in Prague.

Pours a nice fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly, just a little lacing though, it's crystal clear with a slight small sediment all over mixed in somehow, a golden but watery looking tan colored beer.

Nose isn't too bad, a typical Czech lager actually but not quite as good as the ones in Prague, some grainy toasty malts, a soft layered lager malt base with some complexity, little grassy, with mild grassy hops, not nearly the hop character as most Czech lagers I had over there, and overall a bit lighter, but not skunked or ruined... at least yet.

Taste starts with more of the sweet malts, grainy toasty cereal malts, little sweetness, little watery too but not bad, soft layered malts. Then hops, and plenty of them this time, earthy and herbal mostly, little grassy leafy, starting mildly bitter but ramping quickly, and even a touch of a fruity character. Lager brings the slightest sulfury and mineral note, but mostly soft and crisp. Finish is quite bitter with a long lingering herbal grassy hop note, little fruity, mild toasty straw malts, and somewhat crisp lager.

Mouth is lighter bod and a little watery but not much, lots of popping carb, mild soft lager crispness.

Overall not bad, nothing really ruined, a hint of sulfur note but not much if any, hops eventually kick in although not the same bright hops I remember from Czech Rep, but decent malt profile and lager notes, well rounded, little light on the malts and body though, but still just a step below most of the beers I had in Prague.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:43:20 | More by jlindros
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TripelMajor

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent bohemian Pilsner.

Looks and tastes remarkably like Pilsner Urquel, not quite as good, but for the money a tasty brew.

Clear golden, well crafted, with plenty of long lasting carbonation. Great ice-cold.

Smells like hops and skunk, the way a pilsner should.

Tastes a little weaker than the more revered czech pilsners, but has it's own unique citrusy bite and enough skunk to taste Czech. Not as sweet as some of the others I've tried, which I like. Clean and Refreshing.

A little thin and weak, but easy to throw down at the end of the night or on a hot summer afternoon, and at 1.29 for a half litter, the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 23:43:06 | More by TripelMajor
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Todd

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Regal looking label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden. Clear with lots of tight carbonation. Head is a frothy white crown, a bit sticky, with chunky bubbles.

Smell: Light dextrin sweetness and mild grain aromas. Also pick-up some grape.

Taste: Light bodied. Light malt. Dextrin sweetness. Tea-like floral hop flavours, a flash of lemon. Grape, like concord grape. Herbal notes, grain dryness and a slight metallic flavour on the palate at the finish.

Notes: Nice, light, authentic Bohemian Pilsner. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A darkish yellow sub amber color. Carbonated, medium-sized bubbles, thin but persistent head. Slight malt aroma, tad of skunk trace. Very crisp flavor, retains crispness well. Hop bite is more upfront. Pleasing aftertaste. Classic Pilsner flavor profile, which leaves me with little to write. Qaulity brew, refreshing, and certainly not complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2002 12:20:20 | More by ADR
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Sharkophile

New York

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Hobrau stein glass. Appears a clear golden color with a huge white head that exhibits good retention. Looks quite nice.

S: Smells like some sweet pale malt with some herbal noble hop aromas. Kind of unexciting.

T: Initial wave of honey-like sweetness, some clean grain, and a nice herbal hop flavor that finishes dry with some lingering herbal sweetness. Very simple but I like it.

M: Light to medium body with good carbonation.

O: A very nice and simple lager. I'd pick this up again for $2 per 500ml bottle. I'd love to have this with some kielbasa or stuffed cabbage with mustard, kraut and potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 08:38:35 | More by Sharkophile
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jsh420

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours golden amber with a 2 finger head the left some spotted lacing

smells of bready grainy malts and earthy hops

taste much of the same very grainy bready malts with just enough hops

mouthfeel was light not enough carbonation to give the crispness i wanted but very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good like most pils

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:54:50 | More by jsh420
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Pours a dark-golden hue with evident carbonation, an impressive head and a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Faint aroma with hints of corn, grains, biscuits, and malts...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a thick bread and butter, nutty flavor that was crisp, clean, and refreshing...
Light to medium bodied mouthfeel, no alcohol detectable, very refreshing stuff and a good depiction of the style...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 20:14:03 | More by dsa7783
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paulginva

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pale golden. Clear with lots of tight carbonation. Head is a frothy white 3/4" crown, a bit sticky, with chunky bubbles, which disipates quickly.

AROMA: Light sweetness and mild dry grain aromas. Also picked up light hint of grape.

TASTE: Light bodied. Light malt. Dextrin sweetness. Floral hop flavors, grain dryness and a hint of lemon and herbs with light hint of grape.

MOUTHFEEL: Very light in the mouth with a watery feel. Carbonation was lively. There was a light sweet flavor both initially and at the finish. Finish was of medium length and tongue hit was in the front and middle of the mouth. Fair body lacing that persisted for an average amount of time. Light metalic flavor at the finish.

DRINKABILITY: Nice, light, authentic Bohemian Pilsner. A decent value. I would try it again but won't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 18:04:33 | More by paulginva
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a sticky white head. Has good head retention. Smells like spicy saaz hops and grains. Has a meduim-light body with a little bit of carbonation that can be felt on the tounge. Taste clean with a spicy saaz hop up front and a grainy metallic finish. Rebel is true to the style and goes great with any heavy meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 03:57:00 | More by Luigi
Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
77 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.