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Lev Lion Lager - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

49 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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Photo of McStagger
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly darker than pale straw. Two fingers off white eggshell head. Retention is minimal, as the head quickly collapes. Carbonation is moderate for the style. With a moderate amount of medium sized bubbles heading to the surface. Decent lacing.

S: Tart and a bit metallic. Green apple, green grape. lemon, white tea, some banana like esters (strange!). Malt backbone is slightly sweet biscuit. Very slightly herbal.

T: Subdued bitterness, even for the style. Slightly sweet grain up front, with the lemon and grape juice flexing mid palate. More of the fruity esters flex mid palate, with an undercurrent of slightly metallic bitterness throughout. This bitterness is actually the bedrock for me, with the bready malt also showing mid palate. Finishes on the fruity ester with more hints of the granny smith/green grape note. Dry, but not ridiculously so.

M: Medium bodied for the style. This one is not as sharp as many pilsner, Czech or otherwise. Carbonation is present, but it lacks the acidic burning.

O: Great for being 1.69 a 500ml.

Photo of RenzoD
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

An imported pilsener that doesn't smell/taste like skunk piss and is super easy on the wallet? Yeah, I'll take it.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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2.8/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.14/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of silverevo9
4.19/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been trying to source this beer from my local liquor store, but unable. My brother just brought me 6 pints from San Diego and now I'm reviewing. This beer to me is a little underrated. The store he bought it from was selling it dirt cheap. On sale, 2 pints for 3 dollars. The carbonation on this beer strikes me first, strong and lively. The first pour already develops color in the head. Changing from white to a caramel swirl as you sip. Head remains with light lacing as you drink. Flavor on this beer really knocks it out of the park for me. Has a color and taste similar to Rebel Czech. Although Rebel Czech has deeper tones.Taste on the palate sends signals of a rich, earthy ,wood pile taste. Very drinkable beer, that quenches you with every sip. Saaz hops are familiar on the nose with this beer flavor, as with all Czech pilsners. Nice sweet malt backbone that makes this beer easy to drink. Slight bitterness to go along with the finish. All in all a very enjoyable well made pilsner.

Awesome beer!

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of magictacosinus
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a pokal glass. Purchased for $1.79, with the hopes of being refreshing in the warming weather.

Pours a slightly thick yet consistently watery yellow amber color, complete with a semi-frothy head about 3 fingers high that dissipates but sticks around for a while. Carbonation is quite bubbly, with little jet streams of bubbles gliding upwards. No lacing or signs of stickiness. Well built, but pretty generic overall. Looks like what I'd expect a Czech pilsner to be, but probably I always expect more with these.

The aroma is pretty good, ranging into the territory of honey, white grapes, and bright, sweetened graininess. Smells with the sweetened, caramelized consistency of syrup. There's some zestiness at the back, as well as a bitter consistency from the malts. Sort of cracked, almost containing the same aroma as freshly bagged grains. Sort of sweet at the front, which is distracting. Definitely well put together, although lacks complexity.

At the front of the tongue I get an instant cracked grainy sensation combined with some honey, grassy Saaz hops, and a bit of butterscotch at the finish. Slightly fruity (like pear chunks), but it quickly drops off and is replaced with the grains, light barley cereal, and a little bit of herbal notes. The bitterness subsides but is replaced with a rather musty, slightly faded flavor profile, which is further accentuated with the over-carbonated, almost seltzer-y feel of the beer. Kind of watery, with tannic consistency of old teas. Refreshing, but not too bright or flavorful as I like beers of this style.

Most likely something that would best paired with food, this lacks the grassy brightness and crisp strength I enjoy these for. Not expensive, but definitely a budget option when better offerings such as Budvar and Staropraman are only a buck or two more. Didn't like this so much. Quaffable, but the flavor is too faded and mediocre.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bigbankhank
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from the Utah system. About $2 paid. Poured into my perfect pint glass straight from the fridge.

Appearance: This is a very clear beer, straw colored, with a foamy white three fingered head that settles slowly and leaves irregular splotchy lacing. Lots of effervescent bubbles.

Smell: Sweet apple juice, slight mineral twang along with bready malts and some earthy hops.

Taste: Clean, as opposed to crisp, lager taste. Basic malts, cracker-like and a little sweet, go along with a light floral (apple) hops note. Light basic mineral bitter to back against the malt. This style should not be in your face, and this one has a nice subdued flavor.

Mouthfeel: Middling body with heightened carbonation, but not so much that the feeling is prickly. Right where it should be.

Overall: I think this is a pretty good example of this style. Not a bad $2 to spend. I still think I prefer Bohemian Brewery's Czech Pilsener, brewed here in SLC.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BDIMike
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color. A very slightly hazy hue with a good amount of carbonation that creates a thin white head with nice lacing.
Smell is nice. For an import, there is a very fresh wheat smell at the base of this beer. A very strong biscuit smell also.
Taste is good for an import pilsener. A fresh biscuit wheat taste. Good hop taste at the end also.
Mouthfeel is thin but nicely crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is good on this beer. It has a solid, clean taste and is very refreshing. Good beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker straw yellow color with great carbonation leaving a nice white cap

Smell: Floral hops, some hints at bread, very clean, crisp and refreshing on the nose. Smelled good.

T: Nice presence of floral hops with a blend of bread and grains, has a nice little sweetness to it on the end

M: Body was clean, crisp, refrshing and light bodies. I found myself really liking this beer as did my wife. The sweetnesss and hops just shine on this and provides a light bitterness.

O: Enjoyable and well worth the $2!

Photo of crossovert
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a medium yellowish god with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is both doughy and floral. It isn't too interesting, but it isn't bad.

The flavor is a little better. It has a surprising bitterness that cuts deep. It isn't a huge bitterness but it is poignant and noticeable, especially with the mellow malt bill.

It is a rustic one, maybe that equates also to cheap since this bomber didn't cost much at all, but it is a decent Pilsener.

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Lev Lion Lager from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
78 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.