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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.17%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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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 utahbeerdude
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

utahbeerdude, May 31, 2006
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 misterscooter
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

misterscooter, Oct 14, 2005
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.

whynot44, Apr 22, 2005
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 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 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

Jason, Jul 20, 2004
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.

Zorro, Apr 02, 2004
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 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 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 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 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 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
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.

oberon, May 09, 2003
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.

tavernjef, Apr 19, 2003
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
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Lev Lion Lager from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.