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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

246 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000)
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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
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 pfamiano
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pfamiano, May 07, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Andragos
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Andragos, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

jmccullough108, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of mac10thmtn
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

mac10thmtn, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -10.2%

nheinzie57, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

MaximalC, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of GhostPants
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

GhostPants, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of rallyr32
4/5  rDev +19.8%

rallyr32, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of JALIEN
3/5  rDev -10.2%

JALIEN, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of KazzaBiss
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

KazzaBiss, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of GMB
2.18/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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...

GMB, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -10.2%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
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 elNopalero
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

elNopalero, Jul 18, 2012
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 ineedafirkin
3/5  rDev -10.2%

ineedafirkin, Mar 04, 2012
Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
77 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.