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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a Czech lager this suffers in comparison to its competition, but it's not without its merits; and to be fair, there is some stiff competition! It's crystal-clear, golden body is quite attractive; and it's frothy bright-white head holds a short lid fairly well but leaves only minor spotty lace about the glass. The nose is bold with a combination of grainy malt and some spicy, floral, and mildly grassy hops. The flavor delivers a nicely balanced combination of grainy malt and spicy, herbal, and floral hops. A solid bitterness permeates it, and leaves it dry in the finish with some lingering hops. There are better examples of the style available at the same price; but it remains an enjoyable pils in it's own right.

NeroFiddled, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Euromart for a $2.25. The aroma is a bit simple with bready spice. The body seems just a little watery, but there's a great mixture of sweet bready barley with herbal, grassy lemon hop character. Despite being a little lighter than other Czech pilsners it's also very drinkable and still very flavorful.

tempest, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of brakspear
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Czech pils tastes, smells, and feels like a weaker version of its better-known cousins -- Pilsner Urquell and Bud/Czechvar. It has a nice golden color but the head is quite weak. The aroma is saaz hops and malt, but toned down compared to the other Czech pils. Likewise, the taste is smooth and malty with a nice balance of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit slight for the style. All in all Czech Rebel is a nice beer, but not quite up to par with the aforementioned beers from the Czech Republic.

brakspear, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of CBFanWish
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden yellow colour with a thick frothy white head. The aroma was of sweet malts and saaz hops. The taste was mildly hoppy with a malty sweetness.
Not a bad beer by any means. I'm not the biggest fan of pilsners, but this may just be one of the best beers you can drink while sitting alongside the pool. Comfortable and easy going.

CBFanWish, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, clear pale gold color with a decent white head that fades to a very light lace.

Aroma is fruity, floral and slightly grassy with a sweet malt background.

The taste starts with a kick of hops bite then mellows a little with lightly sweet bready malt. The finish is slightly dry with a lingering grassy, slightly metallic aftertaste.

Decently drinkable and refreshing.

whynot44, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pils is an active clear, bright dark gold color. It develops a pure white head on top right over a finger tall that sticks around, surprisingly dense and rocky, and leaves good lacing as it falls.
Some grains and a red grape note set the tone, an interesting pils with a touch of floral and citrus, extremely light on the hops but they are present, with a balance of malts to complement. Even for a light style, just a little more strength would do.
The taste follows suit pretty well, the light grape notes with an unoffensive foundational grains note balancing with something a little dryer in the malts and a little brighter in a citrus note, but with a leafy, herbal element coming out on the end.
The body is as light as expected but not boring, even veering toward medium almost, with a semi-dry feel as, rather than clashing, somehow a dryness mingles with the sweeter, maltier elements. It's consistently crisp and has a nice underlying smoothness as well.

Brenden, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden hue with a thin white head that has some retention. The aroma is very nice. As I'd imagine a Czech hop garden to smell like. This has all the makings of a great Czech pilsner, but there is a slight soapy aftertaste. It's not big and not real annoying, but it's there. Otherwise, this tastes pretty damn good. Some spicy saaz hop tones. A good solid malt footing to work upon. Floral notes. Herbalness. Really pretty damn nice.

Bighuge, Jun 21, 2002
Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/yellow bubbly body, 2 finger body,

S: grain and malt

T: sweet malt, grain, slight dry finish

M: light/med body, mild prick on tongue, semi-dry mouth

O: Solid beer. Really enjoyed it and would get it again.
Not amazing, but solid enjoy and great session/gateway
brew for newbies.

PRETTY GOOD, BUT NOT A MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold color with a creamy white head. Malty aroma with sweetish bready notes and a touch of grass. Flavor is sweet with toasty malts and a lightly floral hoppiness. Clean, somewhat watery finish. Some grassy and mineral notes. Super refreshing, pretty crisp.

illidurit, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of pkalix
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored, small head, typical (?) pilsner . . . . ?
smell is... interesting. got that malty aroma i remember liking from certain brews in my distant past, but not sure if i still do with a refined set of taste buds....
taste is.... decent. got that weird bready taste, but that was desirable in a yesteryear taste... czech beers used to be relatively tolerable but i've had some real downers.
this is tolerable, i suppose, but after a couple plinys it's not cutting it. but to be fair, it's tolerable...

pkalix, May 12, 2013
Photo of Skidz
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours out pale straw and sits golden amber in the glass with a 1/2 finger fluffy white head, nice lacings, and likes to stick around for the show.

Aroma is all malts, sugary sweet. Some nice, light floral background to it, smells kind of like tulips. Fruitiness is minimal, some fresh apples and green grape skins.

Taste is a full, malty presence. Sugary sweet with fruit concentrate like characteristics, apple primarily, some grapelike sourness as well. Hopping is purely herbal, adding a very mild spiciness to the mix. Finish is nicely bittered.

Voluminous in the mouth, medium body, smooth, rich and very mild, natural feeling carbonation. Easily fits into your mouth in every way.

I have no major quarrels with the beer. It's look, smell, taste and feel is all there. Granted, it's nothing to sing about, but it doesn't dissapoint. Bottle is drained with ease.

Skidz, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Todd, Nov 14, 2000
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

ADR, Apr 21, 2002
Photo of Sharkophile
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Sharkophile, May 08, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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

jsh420, May 08, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

dsa7783, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of paulginva
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

paulginva, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Luigi
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Luigi, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

jlindros, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of TripelMajor
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

TripelMajor, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of dutchlq7
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

dutchlq7, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of stumac
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

stumac, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

kbub6f, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of pilsner75
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

pilsner75, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of DannyS
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

DannyS, Jun 16, 2009
Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
77 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.