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Rebel - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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77
okay

222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%


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:
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allengarvin

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz green bottle, poured into a tall slender flute. Just became available in Dallas this week. I picked up one of the first 6-packs, so it's pretty fresh.

Appearance: Very clear golden color, with slight head of foam. Continuous stream of small bubbles floating up through the beer.

Aroma: Pleasant flowery aroma. Very little malt on the nose.

Taste/Body: Lots of hops up front, bitter and floral tasting. Malt is there if you search for it, but not prominent. Finish clean and quite dry. Medium body, with crisp carbonation.

One of the better Czech pilsners available in the US. Drier than Pilsner Urquell, with perhaps a touch more hops. Bohemiam pilsners aren't my favorite style, but every now and their their delicate subtlety is appealing.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 03:39:02 | More by allengarvin
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Pegasus

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 02:25:11 | More by Pegasus
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HardTarget

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Green 12 oz bottle looks like a scaled down version of the pictured bottle, mentions the brewery was founded in 1333 but no other information.
Aroma: Pepe LePhew has nothing on this baby. Strong skunk aroma that I identify with Heineken, not unpleasant, mostly of a diacetyl buttery character with some peppery hop overtones to it as well.
Appearance: Three finger white head settled to about a half a finger leaving thick clumpy lace. Glass is clear gold with tiny bubble carbonation streams.
Flavor: Classic pilsner profile, spicy hops on a full bodied malt beer. The BJCP lists this one as a classic example. Something of a buttered pepper.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly rich and full given the clarity. Dry clean finish.
Overall Impression: A good Pils. Clean, full, refreshing, it’s everything it should be. I feel like my scores are for the style more than the beer, this one is well made. Thanks to BA Pegasus for dropping one off for me to try, and to BA assurbanipaul for recommending it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 00:39:48 | More by HardTarget
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crossovert

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 04:31:55 | More by crossovert
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far333

Connecticut

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ouch. Apple juice colored with a white, wet head that pops and fizzes like soda. Smell of bitter hop, pine, and skunk. Mouthfeel is slick, kinda watery. Head disappears quickly and laces not at all. Taste is mostly bitter, and skunky Bud-esque, right through to the aftertaste. Poured out half the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 20:46:18 | More by far333
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Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rebel pours a pale amber color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. At first I get a bit of bready malt in the aroma then some hop spicyness becomes apparent. Bready malt is most noticeable at first in the flavor, there is also a hint of caramel. There is a nice noble hop spice that is a bit muted while the beer is still cold. A nice sessionable pils.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:10:38 | More by Drew966
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elNopalero

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 18:17:33 | More by elNopalero
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:02:41 | More by yemenmocha
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the Rebel yells..like quality pilsner goodness. I've been drinking this Czech cheapie for years and it never disappoints. You can get it on its home soil in a bottle too but I've never seen it on tap strangely, despite looking in dozens of dive bars throughout the Republic.
A classic golden lager pours into my flute, although the head lasts about thirty seconds. A lot of carbonation bubbles too but don't get worried. Fresh but faint yeasty nose.
The taste is crisp and very bitter. I wish Miller and their ilk would spring for $1.19 on this bad boy and take some notes. This is how pilsners are done. A hoppy bitterness stays with the tastebuds long after the beer is gone. The quality water adds to the surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. If you like Czech pilsner like I do you can drink these all night..mint..

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 01:16:12 | More by daliandragon
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:35:42 | More by kingcrowing
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yesyouam

New York

3/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 12:06:17 | More by yesyouam
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/yellow bubbly body, 2 finger body,

S: grain and malt

T: sweet malt, grain, slight dry finish

M: light/med body, mild prick on tongue, semi-dry mouth

O: Solid beer. Really enjoyed it and would get it again.
Not amazing, but solid enjoy and great session/gateway
brew for newbies.

PRETTY GOOD, BUT NOT A MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 21:01:21 | More by BeerLover99
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden straw color with a thin 1/8" of foam after a relatively aggressive pour. The head was gone within a few seconds and there are very few bubbles rising to maintain it. After the head falls, the beer looks pretty lifeless in the glass.

Aroma: I get lots of spicy Czech hops and a little bit of it has turned skunky already. There is also a pretty well defined toasty malt presence going on with this beer. As the beer sits and breathes for a little bit, this skunky thing subsides a bit.

Taste: The flavor is more malt driven than the aroma would have suggested. There is quite a bit of toasty malt in the flavor of this one along with a defined hay-like sweetness there to give the hops a run for their money. You get the flavor of the hops in the beginning, and then you notice the sweetness. Along about the middle of the profile the tides turn again and the hops start to show up again. The finish is slightly balanced toward the hops and they mix with the water to give a dry minerally like chalky impression to linger for a good while after the finish. There is no real alcohol noticeable in this beer at all really.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. It has a bit of a harsh aftertaste for such a light beer. I don't really get any adjuncts here, but I suspect that the water in Pilsen has changed a bit since this style was created. It has a bitter edge like there was Gypsum used in this beer to make up for the Calcium. Bad choice if that was the case. I will drink this whole beer, but I won't be drinking it much more in the future

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 22:23:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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farrago

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finger and a half of cream white foam, the bubbles explode at such a fast rate you think Willy Wonka is behind it all, gone done to the surface like that, no lacing left behind. Light orange liquid, not pale, transparent with very mild visual distortion, a few scattered bubbles here and there. The nose has a nice liveliness to it, lots of all kinds of bread, like one big marble loaf in your nostrils, sweet golden honey accents, general maltiness then more salt 'n' pepper than herbaceousness, tame mixed white fruits, it seems like it aims to mix things together like a stew than let the elements stand apart. Medium-bodied, strong through the attack before relaxing and just letting it flow, unfold as it wants. Honey, molasses and caramel very obvious while displaying restraint when needed. The breadiness is more doughy than yeasty and had the crust cut off. A few corn notes. The carbonation somewhat lowgrade, not a deciding factor. More floral than fruity or citrusy. Hops bring tingle to the finish so it does end on an up note.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:40:21 | More by farrago
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jsh420

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:54:50 | More by jsh420
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Todd

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Regal looking label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden. Clear with lots of tight carbonation. Head is a frothy white crown, a bit sticky, with chunky bubbles.

Smell: Light dextrin sweetness and mild grain aromas. Also pick-up some grape.

Taste: Light bodied. Light malt. Dextrin sweetness. Tea-like floral hop flavours, a flash of lemon. Grape, like concord grape. Herbal notes, grain dryness and a slight metallic flavour on the palate at the finish.

Notes: Nice, light, authentic Bohemian Pilsner. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle with no visible freshness date. There are visible protein clumps in the bottle, but there are almost none after the pour, though it does look unfiltered. The beer is solid gold, with low carbonation and three fingers of frothy white head that leaves a few rings of lace. In the nose it's mildly hoppy with a light dose of malts - not too aromatic, but pleasant. Tastes of nice noble hops and a bit of sweet malts. Grassy and spicy, with light lemon and pine, a little doughy, with a near medium bitterness on top of a light, dry body that has a lightish, hoppy finish. Not the best pilsner, but it's a very pleasing lager that is easy to session. Cheap and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 21:32:45 | More by mmmbeer
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.36/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. The retention is quite poor and its texture is rough looking. Only a modicum of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aromatically, it's rather dinky - not only is the hop profile muted, so is the malt backbone. There are some buttery touches; again, it's really faint. Its maltiness comes through more vividly once it opens up, but it's too little and too late.

T: Huh. This tastes cardboardy, there's no way around it. There are touches of grape around the middle and a mildly bitter finish - unfortunately it doesn't save it. I don't think it's super old, but it tastes pretty oxidized to me.

M: This is reasonably thick for only 4.4%. On the other hand, it isn't dry or crisp enough to go down effortlessly. Well carbonated, though, so it's not entirely undrinkable.

O: This one is meh city. Not only is it not what I want from the style, the cardboard taste kills it even further. With Pilsner Urquell so readily available, I see absolutely no reason to return to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:47:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Amalak

New York

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brownish gold in color. Thin bubbly head, good lace. Has a decent nut malt smell.

Solid malty tasting beer. Simply but good. This is one of those beers where nothing really jumps out that makes you say I gotta have that, but it is definitely a solid beer.

No bad after taste, goes down easy. But after you are done, you just want to say, ok, what's next.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 04:52:11 | More by Amalak
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putnam

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A gold/brass color with a head in a hurry to fade. Along the way it looks like an untoasted crumpet, bubble-side up. Smells like grain rations in burlap. I remind myself that I like Pilsner warmer than this. The first few draws are cold as steel. It's like licking a good chef's knife, cold. As it warms notes of cracker appear. Not Triscuits or Ritz, but rather Rye Crisp, Stoned Wheat Thins and water crackers. Dry, in other words. There is no hint of butter or shortning.
Medium-sized bubbles wander to the surface.
Warmer, and now the rich, woodland harvest emerges. Sheafs of sun-toasted barley. Tannic fruits like juniper, hops and pine cones dance in and out. there is a lingering sweetness like that clear rosewater flavored syrup that is used to drench those fried middle-eastern pastries (together with the pastries.)
"Obvious Turkish influence in this beer," I think to myself. My wife, reads my mind and asks, "What does THAT mean?" Images of Renaissance Mocha coffee traders from Beirut or Cairo selecting drier malt flavors in their beers. Hydrating beer. Good.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 17:31:32 | More by putnam
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bum732

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 03:47:07 | More by bum732
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colts9016

Idaho

2.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 04:41:35 | More by colts9016
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daledeee

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice clear yellow, head goes away quickly. Smell is hoppy and malty. Taste is like a lager. Roasted malt flavor. Pretty hoppy. Nice carbonation. I am not as fond of lagers as I used to be but this one is pretty good. Taste stays good as it warms up. That is more than I can say for most american lagers. This is reasonably priced for an import also-$6.79

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 21:52:26 | More by daledeee
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 15:45:55 | More by soupyman10
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear, hay like gold, topped with a two finger puffy white head, did not lace at all. Full of tiny streams of bubbles.
Grain and grass aroma, some lemon zest.
Grainy, biscuit, grass, and citrus zest in the taste. Weird apricot/toffee aftertaste.
Light to medium bodied, I wouldn't bother trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 19:15:40 | More by mschofield
Rebel from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
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