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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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184 Reviews

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 265
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

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Reviews: 184 | Hads: 265
Photo of aluskungs
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darker than most pilseners. There is not much of a head but there is evident carbonation.

Strong corn smell. No hops that I can smell of but there is a grassy smell.

Good carbonation with a sweet flavor that leaves a small residue on your tongue. Minimal hop bitterness and flavor.

Easy to drink with good balance but would like more hop flavor in this beer, this is a pilsener after all.

A rebel beer this isn't, just your average european lager.

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Photo of colts9016
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour into my Trumer Pils Glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A medium burnish gold color in the body of the beer. There is a stable one finger white head that is foamy and slightly creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is brilliant.

Nose: A mild floral aroma and I can smell the malt in the beer. In the nose there is subtle sweetness on the end.

Taste: A mild floral and hints of citrus taste with a week malt back bone.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is tad bit bitter. Okay for this beer to be a good Czech beer the Saaz Hops needs to be more pronounced. I think I got an aged bottle of beer. The beer is bland, uninteresting, and okay at best.

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Photo of cokes
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a pils, as well it should. Golden. Clear. White froth (though a bit smaller than most).
Muted nose of Saaz. Otherwise empty aroma-wise.
Pale and bready up front with a ghost of a green raisin fruitness. Some hard-water minerals are noted. Odd vanilla-leaning sensation midway. Herbal Saaz closure with a rotting orange/dish soap finale.
Spritzy and mineral water-esque. Easily drinkable, in a macro sort of way (considering this is dirt cheap, that may be the best comparison).
While not terrible, this has some critical flaws. There are many better bohemian pils.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single.Clear golden coloured lager, nice quater inch white head. Subdued aroma, slightly grassy hop and some biscuit. A very balanced and weakish taste for a Bohemian Pils..there are certainlly hops..grassyand floral tastes and some malts..biscuit but its weak for some reason. The palate is boring but OK really..smooth. Not impressed at all one of the poorer pils from the Czech republic.

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Photo of milkbaby9
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (no date code, drank 9-22-2010) into Dartington ultimate lager glass. 1 inch white head reduces semi-quickly to a cap with no lacing left. Clear pale gold color, a bit darker than the usual garbagey pale yellow of cheap lagers.

Aroma initially a bit of a vegetal spicyness then as the head disappeared, a sweet malty aroma came up. Taste: as the carbonation pricks the tongue like soda, iimmediately a very sweet grape and orange juice/soda (without the sour acidity) comes in and overwhelms. Aftertaste is a bit of desultory citrus rind bitterness on top of a bit of biscuit malt.

Almost like a slightly under-carbonated soda pop with tinge of bitterness. Too sweet but so drinkable like soda because it kinda tastes like soda...

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Photo of Boto
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a fairly decent light golded color. It does have a bit of a fizzy head, however. Fairly decent hop aroma, although not very complex. There is a bit of maltiness and hop bitterness to the taste. Not up in the Budvar catagory, but overall a fairly decent quaff!

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Photo of Pegasus
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A substantial half-inch snow-white head tops a brassy golden colored beer with many streams of fast-rising carbonation. There is an abundance of thick broken lace.

Aroma: A rather skunky euro lager aroma dominates; there are underlying sweet malt notes and a quite restrained floral hop aroma.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet, bready malt, and grassy notes, which soon disappears under an onslaught of excessively bitter metallic hops. These linger well past the point of being refreshing, or even welcome. The finish is crisp and a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very pleasant, with just a bit of carbonation sting.

Drinkability/notes: The heavy-handed use of hops spoiled my enjoyment of what would have otherwise been a pleasant beer. Czechvar is a much more pleasing example of the style.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured light golden with thick white head. Decent lacing.

Smells of malt, maybe a bit of corn and grainy.

The taste is grainy, maybe a bit skunky. There's no date on the bottle. A faint hop bitterness and sour grains.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, leaning toward crisp.

Smooth, mellow, easy drinking.

An OK beer, but I don't think I'll ever have another.

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Photo of Razor
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Czech Rebel Beer has a basic golden yellow appearance. There isn't anything that really stands out to me and there's not that hurts this beer either in the appearance.

The smell was sort of bland to me, I didn't get an awakening aroma that stood out and caught my nose.

The taste is a little above average. It sort of has a smooth taste, I can't really figure this one out.

The mouthfeel is average with a crisp bite to it. Nothing really special here.

The drinkability is about average. I could sit down with a few of these but nothing really stood out for me.

Overall I think this is an alright beer but nothing I would highly recommend.

**Pocket A's in one hand, Czeck Rebel Beer in the other**

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Clear, orange golden color. Two fingers of white head with average retention and spots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint aroma. What's there is ridiculously sweet though, almost sugary.

Taste: Sweet pale malt front end with honey tones. Fruity and slightly yeasty middle, followed by a moderate hop bitterness, followed by that all too familiar unpleasant chemical aftertaste. Ugh!

Mouthfeel: Light, watery body. High carbonation and very crisp.

Drinkability: It's alright. It's kind of refreshing, but the taste just isn't doing much for me. Chemical aftertaste intensifies as you drink it.

Final Notes: This beer is OK. Not great, not bad, but just okay. I won't be looking to buy it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The after its release from the 12-ounce green bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold with a mountainous bright white head that is frothy in texture and the lace a fine covering upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean to the senses, start quite sweet, fair malt profile and the top thin. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, drinkable but not anything special.

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Photo of geexploitation
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark gold color, perfectly clear, with only a minimal dusting of head. Smells like a typical, but uninspired, pilsner -- a touch of tangy hops, but not enough to make things distinctive, alongside some insipid, sour malt smells. On the palate, good bitterness first off, framed by dry, bready malts at the mid-palate. The finish is nicely dry, but the aftertaste is quite unpleasant -- kind of a vegetal and acrid. Overall, an OK pilsner with some serious flaws, but nothing to shout about and nothing to purchase again.

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average lager, but at 99cents for a 16.9 ounce bottle what do you expect? This was very drinkable and light on the palate. It poured a very light, almost clear, golden colour with a small head that dissipated rapidly. This smelled and tasted pretty average in my opinion, not that great for a czech lager beer, and no where near as good as the excellent Czechvar. The mouthfeel was very watery on this beer, and the taste was pretty light. Still it is quite a value, and it is a very drinkable beer. Nice on a hot day!

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Photo of Morris729
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale amber color with a foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Nose is stale grains along with some mineral notes. Taste begins with a light caramel maltiness followed by some grassy and herbal hops towards the end leading to a rather crisp finish. A pretty average pilsner that’s certainly enjoyable on a hot summer day, though better choices are not hard to find.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rebel is a very clear golden beer with a soft, dense white head that fades and leaves good lacing. The aroma is fruity, rather sweet, with perhaps a touch of funk. It smells pretty nice and actually reminds me of the way Bedele smells. It's pretty light bodied and a little papery, especially at the finish. The flavor is well balanced with a light, grassy bitterness, notes of lemon and pretzels, and a hint of sweet malt. It's better than most European Lagers I've had. It must be because of the brown bottle.

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Photo of proc
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

99 cents for 1 pint 9 ounces? This is a steal compared to any American macro. Refreshing, quirst-quenching, with a light hop, but decent malt presence. Almost as faavorful as Czechvar. I like this better than Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Yellow with a trace of orange throughout. Hard pour yields a 1 inch white head and some spotty lacing

Smell: Grass and bread

Taste: Candy sweetnees from the malt and not much else going on. Just ok

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation

Overall: Not a fan of the style but still ok

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours with a hesitant head that is thick and leaves fairly thick lacing. The brew itself is a medium dark gold. Very pleasant first impression.

Smell: Floral maltiness is detected as strong component of aroma. Additionally, the hops aroma appears to be aromatic rather than high alpha hops. There is a Euro Lager feel to the body.

Taste: Well, this isn't a Euro Lager, and it's a little off for a Czech Pilsner....but not too much. There is a buttery grain essence for the duration of flavor curve. The grain flavor is welcomed, but the buttery element is not welcomed.

Mouthfeel: The mouth/palate impression is quite forgetable. Not good not bad. The flavor onset is a little subdued. A slight ramp-up with a moderate duration sustain. Very very average.

Drinkability: This is a moderate presence brew. HOWEVER...the low alcohol content certainly raises the drinkability. This helps ofset the rather palate pasting of aftertaste.


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Photo of Litterbean
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pilsner. Golden with a decent head, noticeable carbonation.

Overly skunky smell. Grainy with hints of hops, but overall not really impressive.

Taste is average. Clean and crisp, with hops in the background. Nothing special that sets this apart. Still, it's a decent beer that fits in the style. Perhaps it got spoiled coming overseas.

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Photo of olmatty
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a two finger white head with poor retention and lacing, beer is a tawny gold.

Smell- I can't decide if this smell is just a bitter pale malt or some kind adjunct odor. Not very pleasant.

Taste- Earthy and robust and slightly sweet. Malts seem to have a somewhat adjunct-like quality. This flavor combines with bitter hops and it's hard to tell when the odd malt flavor ends and the hop flavor begins. Tastes somewhat like raw malts.

Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation, more robust than German Pils.

Drinkability- Earthiness detracts from drinkability.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While not a top pilsner, this beer is not bad, certainly much better then mass produced beers in the U.S. Nothing special about it though, as it poured very clear, with not much aroma. Sort of a reserved grain like flavor, which blends with a slight bitter tone. Not much else for me to say, other then it was enjoyable, clean tasting, and could be consumed with ease.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ho hum pils. name Rebel is perhaps a bit melodramatic. In any case, a drinkable pils of no special attributes. Head is white and a bit of lace. Color is a clear yelllow. Aroma is crisp, yet slightly malty and hoppy, & beery. Flavor is about the same. Average body and carbonation. Ditto finish. Ok beer. If it had a different name, I'm sure I'd have a better opinion. Just me. sorry. Rebel YELL!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I happen to believe that a lager should be clear. That's part of its charm. This beer is unfiltered which detracts from its appeal. Many of the properties common to most Czech lagers are repeated here. The color, the aroma, taste -- been there, done that. This is not a bad beer, but the flavor is off a note and there are otherwise no special attributes to be found. This is a run-of-the-mill lager that fails to distinguish itself from a sea of more worthy contenders.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hot day, cold beer. On to the beer:

The snow white inch thick collar on top makes a great contrast with the golden straw color of the beer. Retention is fine, lacing is good. The nose is similar to many lagers of Central Europe; straw/hay, some honey sweetness.

The flavor is very light in intensity. Light cracker flavor, very little maltiness doing here. Proccessed bitterness towards the end of the sip, and it hangs around a while. Hints of honey are echoed. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is very light, this being on the watery side. Because of it's lightness, it's easy going down, yet that lingering bitterness lowers its drinkability potential.

I was excited to try this Czech Pilsner, but that's where it ends. It's okay, though not worth a second purchase at $2.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at a beer tasting. No real head on a standard golden looking beer. Nose is fruit, some light spice. Flavor is mediocre, grain and malt. Mouthfeel is medium, standard for the type. Overall, a mediocre beer, not one I'd seek out by any means.

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Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
77 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.