1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Lev Lion LagerLev Lion Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

44 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 30
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lev Lion Lager Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bigbankhank
2/5  rDev -40.1%

bigbankhank, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ElGuapo
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
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

ElGuapo, Jul 11, 2002
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.

magictacosinus, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

hotstuff, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Sammy, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of jeffjeff1
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
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

jeffjeff1, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of RocketWidget
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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".

RocketWidget, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -10.2%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -10.2%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.2%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Vestlake
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Vestlake, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of beerguy101
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

beerguy101, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of fisherman34
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

fisherman34, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of brywhite
3.14/5  rDev -6%

brywhite, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of Irish12
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Irish12, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of vidisad
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

vidisad, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of putnam
3.25/5  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.

putnam, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of PacificCoaster
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

PacificCoaster, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
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.

BDIMike, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of drewbage
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

drewbage, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

TastyTaste, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

aracauna, May 16, 2003
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Lev Lion Lager from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.