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

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
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:
Beer added by: ElGuapo on 07-11-2002

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 53
Photo of ElGuapo
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

had it quite some time ago, but it was not a good experience. i asked a dude from the czech republic how it was and he said it was known to be horrible nationally. bitter and skunky were the memories of this mediocre lager

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Photo of hotstuff
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a very small white head with small-medium sized bubbles. The head quickly diminished with this beer. The body was clear and the hue was golden. The nose was somewhat buttery and some hops and the flavor was bitter, sour and tart tasting. The mouthfeel was tingly and thin.

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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An OK lager, with light malt, and some bitterness, light mouthfeel. appropriate carbonation, crisp and clean. Not much in aroma. Light yellow, grassy, mineral water aftertaste. rather boring. Could use more something. Thanks for sharing your Czech finds, Radek.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at my work at Bevmo because a customer recommended it.

Appearance- pale yellow color, thin head

Smell- lagery malt

Taste- pale malt, lager flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok, probably wouldn't drink it again, not too good, It's better than Bud though lol

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, golden yellow with a lot of carbonation but not much head. Head itself is lacy white. A brew with not much smell to it. Taste is fuzzy and hoppy, nothing overwhelming. An average beer, but there are much better Czech pilsners to be found, and I think that even the standard Rebel beer is a little better than this. I give it a "meh".

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Photo of beerguy101
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light pale gold color with a medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, fruity and slightly sweetish. Nice mildly hopped Pilsner. Some malts, but mostly hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper coloured with strong carbonation. Very nice grassy Saaz hop aroma, with a bit of honeyed malt in the background. More herbascious notes in the mouth, and the initial sweetness of the malt fades away into a watery/oily abyss, leaving no grainy notes behind. A bit of an odd berry taste on the finish, but not enough to detract from the hops. Medium bitterness. An inoffensive, but overly watery example of the bohemian style. Definitely smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting. Yellow-gold with a lacy head. Clean, saazy Czech pilsner nose. Not bitter like I expected it to be, more of a sweet malty taste. Very sweet finish. This is more like a lager than anything else. This used to be a really good Czech beer several years ago.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with orange tints and a nice, deep, white head.

Smell – The sweet orangish grain is rough around the edges.

Taste – The orangy hops come out big at the taste. They are underscored with some decent grain.

Mouthfeel – This Pils is somewhat dry with a good, light bitterness at the finish. It is a little bigger than light in the body and felt nice in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – It’s uninspired but very drinkable and kind of wears on you by the end of the pint (half liter). The dry, crisp character of this one kept it going down well.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very macro-like with a lot of corn and wheat. The flavor is more of the same, very corny with some light hop flavors. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of putnam
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh. Hop extract. It boils from under the freshly liberated cap like frog burps in a swamp. Only mintier.

This is a drinkable, clean beer. At best second tier among Czech lagers, it offers the familiar round, biscuity, malty body and aromatic hops that is distinct for the region. Thirst-quenchingly watery, this is the kind of beer not to be "enjoyed" but to be ignored while steadily, evenly consumed during a session.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, grass, and slight corn flake aromas. Taste is much the same with corn flake, earth, grass, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but a bit boring for the style to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't stray to far from the style, or mediocrity. It walks a straight line of what a czech pilner should be. Lots of grassy malt in the nose and flavor. Highly carbonated, not much hop or alcohol present. Pretty run of the mill, but not offensive in any ways.

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Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 0.5L bottle at a BJ's Woodland Hills Tasting

Beer is a pale gold with brilliant clarity and spritzy carbonation.

Aroma is spicy hop flower with a strong honey aroma that continued into the flavor.

The flavor is sweet and grainy with a sugary malt lacking any continental crispness. Ending is slightly corny.

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Photo of aracauna
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't a bad pilsner, but it's also not a godsend for the style. The hops are noticeable, as they should be in a pils, but it's not overpowering. It's crisp, but slightly buttery and very drinkable. I tried this at a festival, but I'm sure that if I were to actually see the price tag on what I'd pay for it at the store, I wouldn't want to pay for it.

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Photo of crossovert
3.47/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of McStagger
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of whynot44
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear slightly orange gold color with a modest, quick disappearing white head.

The aroma is faint biscuity malt and slightly spicy herbal hops.

The taste is typical Czech pilsner with a somewhat biscuity beginning, followed quickly by the spicy hops for a somewhat dry finish and lingering crisp hops aftertaste. Nothing outstanding but nothing offensive either.

Clean and easy to drink, it should be an excellent ball game or grass mowing beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/gold color with nice fluffy head,smell was very breadlike and a little iron like.Had nice balance in flavor just not enough of it in my opinion,had some biscuit malt in the background here with a hop hitting ya late as you swallow.A pretty darn drinkable pilsner,although not a fan of the style I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Nice dark golden color, quite clear, with a creamy head that has good persistence and clings to the side of the glass. Good carbonation.
Aroma: Somewhat typical pils/light lager aroma with sulfur (not unpleasant) dominating, some sweet malt, and perhaps a trace of hops. Very faint metal at first, but it quickly dissipates.
Flavor: Carbonation and slight bitterness at first, turning into maltiness, then a short prickly finish, and finally some dry bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Good body with nice supporting carbonation.
Overall: A bit unique compared to the other pils/light lagers I have tried. Good balance, although I might like a bit more bitterness in the beginning, but overall all components blend quite well together to produce a nice experience.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden yellow, thin sticky lace on top.

Smell: Sweet grain and spicy hops with a hint of fresh cut hay.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied with a cleansing crispness. Leans towards the dry side. A light handful of malt sweetness upfront and a growing semi biting grain the streams middle to end. Hops give off an earthen and herbal feature with a clean spicy flavor and give a hand to drying this brew in the finish with its clean bitterness.

Notes: Very clean with delicate hop and malt flavors. Highly pallettable, makes for a perfect lunch time brew. 4.7 percent abv

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Photo of misterscooter
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. bottle. It has a medium head with a light golden straw color. The head didn't last long but left a thin layer on top. Not much smell too it but it smelled almost like leather to me.

Very smooth and creamy in your mouth with little fanfare. A basic, solid beer with some mellow hops beneath the creamy flavor, giving it a balance of slightly bitter with it. Some citrusy spice in the aftertaste.

A good beer, well done and enjoyable and I'd enjoy it again, for sure.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like your typical lager: well-filtered golden yellow, small head and lots of bubbles moving quickly to the top.

Bright aroma offers honey and straw up front, lighter notes of apple and pear, and clean grassy hops.

Flavor is watery butterscotch, unidentifiable herbs, honey, watery orange, apple, pear, light hops, yellow cake batter and a faint skunkiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth while achieving crispness; its light to medium (at best) body is probably as it should be for the style. A bit dry which makes for a quick flash of flavor before dying out.

An easy-drinking pils and very clean, although for all the flavor impressions I got, it seems a bit timid and not as assertive as better versions of the style. Worth a try, and, like all Czech Pilsners, probably not even close to matching a glass poured from the tap in its homeland.

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