Rebel - Měťanský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
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2.13/5 rDev -36%
Pours a transparent straw color with a decent head of white foam. The aroma is very mild, smelling faintly of Saaz hops, vague sweetness, and some light skunk. Taste is almost nonexistent on the front end, consisting of carbonation and an indefinable something that's technically not nothing. Some honey-like sweetness emerges in the finish as you're still racking your brain to determine if you actually tasted anything at all. While the modicum of flavor that exists is not offensive, it's so mild that it's bordering on seltzer water. Even an American light macrobrew has bolder flavor than this. I'm an admitted skeptic of Pilsners to begin with, and this certainly does nothing to champion their cause.
01-04-2013 02:21:27 | More by MaximalC
2.18/5 rDev -34.5%
Czech pilseners are notoriously difficult (and expensive) to produce. Subtle hops, clean, fresh water, and just the right amount of roasted grains will produce something divine.
Rebel pours a medium amber color slightly darker than what I expect from Czech lagers. A mildly frothy head is supported by a fireworks-show of beautiful bubbles that fill the glass.
The nose is mostly of toasted grains; the aromatic characteristics of the hops are hidden by a somewhat unpleasant tinny scent.
The taste of a good pilsener beer is crisp and balanced; that of a great pilsener beer is harmonious and sings like a carefully tuned piano. Rebel is none of the above. The taste of toasted malt obscures any bitter, fruity, and floral characteristics imparted by the hops. The faint but lingering tinny taste also neutralizes the flavor of the hops, which ought to be on display here.
The beer's initially impressive carbonation went flat. It is difficult to judge a beer's mouthfeel when the taste is so unpleasant, because the former only has value insofar as it complements the latter. Still, I can say that on my first sip there was a champagne-like sharpness on the tongue, which would have nicely complemented any well-executed pilsener. Within a few minutes, though, the beer was below-average.
The fine print on the back of this beer's label identifies it as "The Award Winning, Authentic Czech Beer." Our postmodern world has taught aesthetes to be suspicious of claims of authenticity, for it is no indication of quality or aesthetic value. But I was surprised to read that this beer has won awards. Where? From whom? The bottle doesn't tell us this important bit of information...
09-27-2012 20:26:23 | More by GMB
3.58/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
07-20-2012 12:56:13 | More by Brenden
2.28/5 rDev -31.5%
This poured a clean golden tan color with creamy foam. There was a honeyed sweet aroma on it, followed by a faded honeyed hop flavor with light bitterness. Not very tasty. Even going from ice cold serving temps to slightly warming a stale cereal malt flavor (“like bad Coors”) dominated. Pour or pass on this.
07-18-2012 18:17:33 | More by elNopalero
3.63/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-08-2012 08:38:35 | More by Sharkophile
2.58/5 rDev -22.5%
Part of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers."
12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Pours a darker yellow than the other pilsners of the night. This beer pours more of a dark goldenrod, almost like a Dijon mustard color. Not much foam, but whatevs.
I'm finding out after the fact that this is a Czech pils. It certainly doesn't smell or taste like one. This beer smells almost entirely of malts. I thought it was a bock at first, what with its soft grape bubblegum aromas and significant breadiness. It's like a diet malt liquor in some ways. Totally not style-appropriate, but potentially interesting.
The flavor departs quite significantly from the nose. It's still malt-heavy upfront, with lots of musty, dusty pils malt. Very little ester on the palate. The finish proves that, yes, there are hops in this Czech pils after all: a bracing metallic bitterness attacks the whole tongue. It is unpleasantly metallic, like eating rust.
The mouthfeel is standard-issue for the style. If you're worrying that the body would be syrup-thick since the malts are so strong on the nose and tongue then fret not; it's still a thin-bodied beer. Overall, this is not a good pils. It is way, way too malt-forward, especially for a pilsner in the Czech tradition. What a weird beer.
12-31-2011 17:00:03 | More by Reaper16
3.35/5 rDev +0.6%
Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Smell - Very skunky. When I first opened the bottle I smelled it from about 2 feet away lol. Grassy and smells like sourdough.
Taste - The taste is similar. Pretty bitter with a skunky flavor to it. Has sweet malts. Not much else I can point out about it..
Mouthfeel - Light bodied with light carbonation.
Overall - Not a bad beer for what it is, just not my favorite style, but I can't knock it.
12-03-2011 04:55:55 | More by jsisko01
4.13/5 rDev +24%
A - Clear light honey, Tons of stark white head, slow to leave. Lots of cling.
S - I think my favorite part. Yeasty, bready, fresh and bright. I LOVE the smell on this one.
T - Nice malt clean center, small but appropriate hops.
M - Light body, good balance and carb.
D - Very easy to drink.
11-12-2011 05:35:20 | More by srandycarter
4/5 rDev +20.1%
A- Looks like your typical chzech style lager. Nothing too special, but doesn't look ominous, either.
S- Nice. Very much what I was expecting.
T- Very good flavor. I would definitely order this if I found it at a bar. Very similar to Urquell and i mean that as a sincere complement.
M- Fantastic. Again, second only to Urquell.
O- Excellent pilsner that I can only imagine would be better in Prague.
11-07-2011 02:30:03 | More by PerHops
Rebel from Měťanský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
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