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

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78
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49 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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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.

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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.

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 Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden Pilsner with the most stubborn head I have seen on a beer for quite some time.

Smell is sweet and grassy with a big dose of those Czech hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a good hop balance and a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good drinkable Pilsner. This stuff isn't Pilsner Urquell but it is a damn good beer for its price.

Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear yellow with a very nice light and bubbly white head that got about two fingers high then faded after a minute to a hazed skim of thin bubbles, no real lacing. Smell is of cardboard at first and behind the staleness is a bit of slight citrusy hop. Taste is very clean with an unusual hop taste thats mildly sharp and toned well in its bite, its a bit waxy-like and estery, some slight honey and very mild malt in the back. Feel is about right for a pilsner, fairly medium body and has quick settling dryness thats very tame in the finish. This is one of my favs for pilsners, the label is confusing as hell, LION on the top of the label, then "Kralovsky", then LEV, then "Pale Double Bock" very strange. But anyways, this is some pretty good stuff, the smell was way off from last the time I had it.

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.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Lev Export Lager Beer with the green-&-white label.

This is a pretty good Czech pilsner, with defintie good Czech character, but it's not great or up to the level of Lev Lion "Double Bock."

Deep gold, it has a medium-big, off-white head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring, leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is a nice Czech smell but on the milder, simpler side. It has lightly toasted bread, herbs, honey, a hint of apple, and a hint of mineral, like a more herbal/hoppy take on a good basic American lager.

The taste is pleasant, basic good Czech lager, wioth toasted bread, strongish herbs, sweet honey, and a lightly bitter herbal finish. However, it's a bit thin and light and the herbal character does not hold up extremely well. It's not great, but it's quite good and easy to drink.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of whynot44
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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

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.

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