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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 265
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

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Reviews: 184 | Hads: 265
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with corn flake, grass, and cracker flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away and left some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty with some notes of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink but the flavor isn't very interesting so I'm not sure if I will try it again.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.88/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Loved the name if the beer. It made me wanna try it which is good for the brewery. But as I sat down to enjoy this brew I realized that I really can't get into pilasters too much. So I sat there trying to toss back a rather large bottle of beer for myself. Clear yellow and grassy and a fluffy head on this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice,frothy head that is impressive in its stickage and leaves a few clumps of foam behind

Smell: Bready malts, with the classic Euro lager twang to the aroma that borders on the skunk, even though the bottle is brown

Taste: Bread, up front, with a sweetening of the malts at the same time as the bitter hops take command; I just don't care for the hop profile of many Euro lagers (I know this is a Czech Pils) but the sweetness that develops underneath builds considerably after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Not sure I care for the sweetness and wonder what is causing it but I certainly don't find the hop profile on this beer appealing, either

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably as authentic of a Czech Bohemian Pilsner as I have had. Not as clean as more popular German Lagers, but more notable in sweetness, earthiness, and rusticity.

The beer opens with a mildly hazy pour of deep gold or light copper color. Initially good head formation of bleached white foam but the head falls quickly and looses carbonation for a rather dull appearance.

Pilsner malt and fresh baked breads take precedence in the nose. Backed up by a lot of earthy, yeasty goodness: pungent hops, a grain/malt mix, light vegetable notes and low lying fruitiness.

Sweeter than expected, the malt profile is first and foremost in taste. Again, a mix of maltiness and graininess set the stage, then allowing the spicy and pungent hops to give a strong herbal flavor and eventually rising bitterness. Pears and apples give an estery note that weaves in and out of the malt sweetness, giving the beer a bit more complexity though misplaced in this style. Bold flavors of yeast and stale breads make me think this beer might not be the freshest. A blend of corn-like vegitable and light butter flavor make too much of an impact to consider this a great example.

Again, heavier in the body compared to other European Light Lagers, this Bohemian Pilsner lays on the tongue a bit longer because of the fleeting carbonation, creaminess, and sprite. Finishes with a mouth-coating maltiness and graininess.

This is a fair beer for its style but the elements of age may be hurting it a bit. Not a good comparable to Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, bright yellow-amber. The head is average in size, somewhat frothy, not all that long-lived and leaves almost no lace. The aroma is spicy-musky, an aroma that I usually associate with noble hops. When less than fresh, it's a smell that reminds me of a skunk's scent, although I don't believe that this particular beer is actually skunked.

Nothing special on the palate. It tastes like grain with the aforementioned noble hop aroma translated into less than fresh noble hop flavor. There's also a biting bitterness that borders on quinine-like and an underlying metallic flavor. For all of that, it is drinkable. Calling it enjoyable, though, is going a bit far.

I've heard so many good things about Czech beer, but Rebel is almost certainly not one that aficionados have in mind when praising the brewmasters from that country.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a big head that goes very quickly,quite a bubbly brew.The smell was a little musty kinda awkword for a pilsner I think,thee is some slight bready aromas as well.The taste is a little blah,there is a little hop dryness in there with a weak sweetness to it.Drinkable but not overly flavorfull in my opinion.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with no head. Nose is like dirty grains. Flavor carries a slight body and then goes metallic on me real quick. I have a feeling this might be drain pour very soon. Feel has a nice bubble on it, but a thin liquid feel. Overall. Not very good. Wouldn’t suggest it and not sure it is even worth trying. Pass.

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

Big, foamy head, bright gold color. Dry, hoppy aroma. Distinct malt presence, slightly sour aftertaste. For a lager, fine, but not my cup o' tea, and certainly not in league with the Czech Rep's best pilseners. Not bad, but no better.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a large fluffy white head. A great amount of lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is grassy - lemongrass with a grainy background - a classic pils nose.

The taste isn't up to the aroma, though it stays in the realm of satisfactory. Swwet graininess overtakes the grassy/lemony character that was in the nose. Flavor fades a tad as it progresses, leaving a slight metallic touch. Pretty crisp finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Well-carbonated without being prickly.

On-spot for a classic pils overall. If the taste matched the aroma better - well, that would make for a better brew, but as it is its a classic refresher.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some pale yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with moderate aromas of sparkling apple cider (initially but it fades after a few minutes). Light hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts with a light to moderate amount of light fruit (apple) sweetness. There is a light presence of grassy hops which impart just a touch of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and smooth towards the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing though not overly complex or interesting. I'm not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again but it goes pretty well with spicy foods.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale golden color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is good . There is the presence of pale malts and Czech style aroma hops. The taste is decent, but not great. This is a very clean tasting beer. It's not at all complex in malt composition, but it goes down easy. The mouthfeel is good. It has just the right amount of carbonation and is low bodied. This is a good drinking beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal like glass.

Crystal clear body, with what can only be described as a very fine brass copper color, very light pale like amber with nice slow rising carbonation. Head manages barely half a finger on the pour, and settles to a fine puck and simple small but thin collar.

Very dry sensing grain, a bit of caramel like powder sensations as well, getting into flour like aromas. Sharp and quite crisp as well to match a lot of the toasty and crackery like sensations.

The dryness continues with a surprising balance. Crisp and extremely bone dry flavors. Caramel and huge brown dry bread crust, mixing with just a little bit of malt possible corn like (possibly) sweetness. Peppery and very dry hop feeling finish as well, with muted and dried out flavors.

It's a neat take on a sort of amber czech lager, with a very interesting bone dryness.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deeply golden colored beer with a decent white colored head.

Smell is very full of toasted grain with a good shot of noble hops too. Lots of grassy aroma with some caramel. Slightly spicy smelling with the hops favoring grass and saffron scents.

Taste starts out a little sweet with a hint of hops bite. Hop bite is about average nothing spectacular though. Mostly malty with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink, could have more flavor though.

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger pillowy head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell had that trademark Euro lager aroma. Otherwise, there was a decent hop presence and light grainny element.

The taste was very well balanced. A nice upfront biscuity flavor which finished with a dry and spicy hop kick. Very similar to your green bottle German Pils beers.

The mouthfeel was clean and actually a tad bit chewy. There was good carbonation as well.

Overall a nice Czech Pils. I have passed this beer by so many times in the supermarket and am glad I finally tried it. A nice refreshing brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up at the Coop over the weekend.. it looked new to me... and I love a good Czech pils.. so why not?

Poured into my shaped SA glass.. 1" head leaves nice lace and a descent cap above a crystal clear golden brew.

Nose is expected graininess.. sorta bready with a more spicy than floral hoppiness.. very clean.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly.. nice malt profile with the near perfect hoppiness... the only real complaint is it sorta has a metallic component as it warms.. I could be imagining it.. but I don't think so... still very clean and pretty damn good for the style.. the body is medium and so is the carbonation..

I actually will probably buy this again. It wasn't expensive.. and I like the fact that it's in brown bottles and has no skunkiness..


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, medium gold with light orange hues and a frothy 2 finger white head that was moderately lasting. The head was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass as it receded. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: fresh barley grains that smelled like they were fresh from the fields, with a dry herbal hopping.

T: For flavor there was a touch of dried buttered grain sweetness with a nice showing of spritzy lively lemons. A mild herbal hopping with light straw accents also is present. The flavor is very clean, crisp from start to finish and everything you could possible ask for by style.

M: light on the tongue, smooth, slick with a beautiful lemony zesty hopping that went just perfect with the fresh graininess. A slight carbonation tingle is experienced add to the experience.

D: Good drinkability, crisp, with a great grain palate and soft hopping that is perfectly fitted to style. An easy session and dare I say case worthy. Honestly this beer went down before I even realized it, was that smooth.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
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