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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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77
okay

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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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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

brentk56, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

crossovert, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

pours a very light golden color with a small white head with a bit of lacing. Nose is pilsner malt and a bit of light hoppiness.

Taste is kinda weird, it's got a kind of mustiness to it. There is some maltiness to it but honestly it's not that great. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a small hop bite. But theres just some weird off taste that I can't explain that's turning me off.

kingcrowing, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Sweet grains dominate, with some grain husk hints and mild citrus. Corn notes.

Taste: Begins with sweet grains and citrus hints, finishing grainy with mild grassy hops and some sweet apple flavor. The aftertaste is a lot like corn...

Mouthfeel: Lighter, crisp body with sharp carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Having enjoyed many Czech pilsners while living in Slovakia for three months, I consider myself somewhat an expert on the style. This one is a bit lacking compared to many, but isn't necessarily bad. Fairly average overall- I can't say it's not worth it, but there are others of the style I would try before this one. A real Czech pils shouldn't have the corn flavors, either, but luckily this one doesn't have overwhelming corn notes, preventing it from being terrible.

Mosstrooper, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish amber, slight nose typical of a Czech pilsner, sweet hops and malty scent. The taste is very crisp and clean, lacks the depth of character in both hops and malts that some other Czech pilsners have, still, this is a solid example of the style and the kind of beer where you could have one, or two, or three, just about anywhere.

appenzeller, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lots of corn, some grassiness and floral notes, corn nuts

L: Golden yellow, decent creamy head with good lacing.

T: Sweet toasted corn maltness with some grassy hops. Mild bitterness, cornuts!!!! Finishes earthy dry with some metallic taste.

M: Slightly crisp mouthfeel.

An interesting pils, the corn flavor and aroma blew me away, maybe i havn't had a lot of Czech pilsners. Don't think there is any corn in there, maybe the yeast? Who knows, all in all, not too bad, but probably wouldn't try again.

bum732, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a bright golden color with a 1 finger head of creamy foam. leaves bubbly lacing in arches here and there

S: slightly sweet and grainy, with a barely detectable aroma of spicy hops, overall very faint

T: well rounded grainy and malty sweetness, with a hop flavor of lemon and spiciness, much stronger than the nose would lead you to expect. finishes with an earthy grain and mineral-like character with lingering hop spiciness.

M a decent medium body with a crisp character that follows through to the off dry finish

Overall, a decent czech pils but i've had better. I would like it better if there were more malt character, but more than anything more hop character would be nice. Comes to close to the adjunct category for me to honestly say it was worth eleven dollars.

OlRasputin989, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only difference between this beer shown and mine is that mine has a gold label and is 4.8%ABV,it pours a nice golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger fast vanishing head and no lacing,it has a rather subtle aroma of grassy,herbal hops not much else gets thru,it has an average mouthfeel which doesnt have much body to it but is very sessionable with tastes of grassy herbal hops and some pale golden malts and by no means is this beer a brew that you would recommend to someone or remember but would buy a carton of for a party if cheap enough,its definately not my sort of brew that i enjoy drinking at home and wouldnt buy it again unless i had a party to go to.

ADZA, May 26, 2010
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 Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Natural510, May 07, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

BEERchitect, May 06, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rebel Czech Pilsener was a clear amber color with a half inch, off-white head that quickly faded to a collar.

The aroma was just a sweet grainy smell, with zero skunk aroma.

The taste was sweet, grain (hey, it's a pilsener), and bread & buttery. Just a little bit of salt too.

The mouth feel was almost medium bodied, oil and reasonable carbonated.

The drinkability was fine, taste being better than adequate and a respectably low 4.4 ABV.

A bit better than the average pilsener. I noticed a lightly musty aroma late in the beer after it had warmed.

kegger22, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head into my pint glass. Good presentation here. Not much else to note.

Aroma is a mixture of sweet, slightly bready malt with a decent amount of hops in the nose. Inviting aroma.

Taste is full of sweet malt with only a slight hint of hops. No harshness here. Leans more towards buttery bread.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and hops and they stick around as well. Decent. Again, nothing harsh.

Not bad for the style. Highly drinkable but likely too simplistic. I was hoping for more of a harsh hop bite. Absolutely worth a try.

Brad007, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of MatteoRicci
2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A--amber, pale gold.

S--Hints of toast, honey, distinctly sour.

T--Malty, distinct taste of hops, caramel, bitter aftertaste.

M--Round, goes down easily, smooth.

D--probably not, unless I crave a bitter, malty beer. Not what I'd reach for on a night out with friends or while lounging at home.

MatteoRicci, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

tone77, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with a thin head that settles very quickly. Head retention is low, but lacing is somewhat decent.

S: There is not alot on the nose. Some biscuity malt and a faint hint of fruity, floral hops.

T: More malty than other Czech Pilseners. Fruity, with hints of toast, and it's finish is dry, with hints of grass and green fruits.

M: The best quality this beer has is the mouthfeel. It's medium bodied, and somewhat viscous. The finish is longer than other beers of this style.

D: This beer is enjoyable, and easy to drink, but there are others of this style that I would go for first.

WYVYRN527, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of DLReeves
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

DLReeves, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of lester619
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking dark golden clear bubbly body with a nice big head. Smell is floral and fruity with a dry biscuity backbone. Clean and balanced flavor. Some pine, lemony citrus cut nicely by a spicy hop bitterness and yesty fresh baked bread and sweet toffee like malts. Good sharp carbonation makes for a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Maybe just a little metalic skunky aftertaste comes out, but not bad. Overall very clean and skunk free. Probably the least skunk filled European lager I have ever had. Nice beer.

lester619, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a lover of pilsners (especially the Czech persuasion), I find too often that people simply bash beers they have no clue about. As a solution, I've decided to buy every pilsner/helles/dortmunder I see and make an informed decision. This cost $1.99 at DeCicco's.

An absolutely spectacular pour with a gorgeous, crystal clear golden orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing. My Moonlight glass was made to show this beer off!

The nose is solid. Not as good as can be, but still good. Mild grainy sweetness with a delicate honey character and a touch of lemon hop character. Mildly sulfury as well

Rather lackluster, this beer opens with a delicate grain character, very dry and cracker like with a mild husky flavor. Hop flavor is also quite restrained, there's a little earthy character. The finish is solid, a touch of bitterness appearing initially before a strange medicinal astringency appears. The sulfur character grows as it warms. Just a little thin and watery for my liking, the body could use a little more heft. Drying on the finish, this is an easy to drink beer, one that I'd like to try fresh.

DefenCorps, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

drpimento, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw color yellow, very bright, with a good amount of carbonation. Small white head that faded too fast, but at least left a covering.

S - Clean malt smell, but not a lot of it. Grain aroma really comes though.

T - Crisp and simple. Although not a lot of sweetness, it comes though without any real hop presence. Then it almost seems like there is a coin in your mouth as it finishes

M - Thin and watery, like a pils, nice little tingle from the carbonation, doesn't feel much different than carbonated water.

D - It is refreshing and has a nice grain flavor. Good picnic/BBQ in the sun beer, but not one I would care to drink while the beer was the focus of attention.

Overall the beer isn't bad, but I won't purchase it again.

steelerguy, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of bradybeer
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bradybeer, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of emsroth
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle. Awesome label.

App: True gold with fluffy, white 2 finger head

Smell: Caramel malt and nothing but. Not what i look for in a pils, especially a czech one.

Taste: Greeted by the caramel malt. Next follows a bit of a chemical taste. Ends with a sharp, burning hop bitterness from those czech hops. A rather light flavor.

Has the mouthfeel of a cheap american lager: light but sticky.

Not a great beer, but i'd have this over alot of others.

emsroth, Aug 11, 2009
Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
77 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.