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Bernard Svetly Lezak - Bernard Family Brewery

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic | website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Globetrotter on 08-13-2004

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

It pours from 12oz bottle (best by 14:18-T02, whatever that means) a hazy light gold with a small head of foam. It shrinks very quickly and has no lacing.

The smell is faint. I get some malt but I really have to sniff with an effort and there's nothing else that strikes my nose.

The taste is similar to some German brews I've had before. Pretty big malt profile that borders on semi sweet and some hop character in the background that adds some dryness and some balance. Not bad but not anything special. It finishes slightly bitter with a short aftertaste. Again, too *typical* to make it stand out.

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Photo of braugon
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of vinivini
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of tux_alin
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KristijanG
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the best I have had from this family brewer. Had 3 weeks past expiry. Grainy, light, some malts. Was good antidote to spicy food, almost metallic and medium-thin mouthfeel before. Drinkable, flowery smell and in taste, grassy, clean. Thanks, Georgina.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a .5L swingtop from EuroMarket in Astoria. It poured a tall white head that left a little lacing and had a sweet bready aroma with a hint of cider. The malts are bland in the flavor, but there is a very pleasant, smooth spicy hop bitterness that quickly takes over and drowns out the sugary malt. It's drinkable, but I'd like a more barley-like taste before those lovely hops roll in. Maybe the bottle's old or been abused, but there's no dating or dust of the bottle, so I'll assume the best. Not a bad beer, but I'd certainly prefer a Pilsner Urquell.

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3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firstly, I was expecting a pilsner when I bought this half liter swing-top, mostly because it says Original Czech Lager... but this reminds me of a Munich Helles or something with more full malt characteristics.

Pours a hazy golden honey-like color with soap-water head. Smells like sweet malt, a little caramely.

Sweet malty taste with some sourness and plenty of spicy hop bitterness on the finish

Feels spicy and sharp on the tongue but fine carbonation. Good drinkability overall, but not as good as a Pilsner in my opinion due to the heavier malt character which slows me down... err, makes me want to slow down faster?

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Photo of GregaR
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is grainy and skunky. Taste is crisp, malts up front and finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall I would consider this a decent brew.

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Photo of emerge077
2.34/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Venturing a guess that this is the beer I just had. 12 oz. green bottle, "Bernard" 4.7% Czech Pils. On special for $2.50 at Underbar.

Poured into a tiny juice glass, in homage to my favorite haunt, Johnnie's Lounge. Golden body, tiny carbonation streams. A flaccid skim of foam that barely covers the surface. Dull grain and sweet corn aroma. Sweet taste of corn and mushy, overcooked vegetable and grain water. Body is fuller than the average lager, not crisp, pretty wet and slick feeling. Carbonation does nothing to clean the palate, instead the vegetal corniness hangs around, tasting unpleasant. One and done, won't be trying this again.

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Photo of kurgan3
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a thin, bubbly white head. Retention is poor and does not give much of a chance for lacing.

Nose is pleasantly grainy with a light touch of floral hops. Not much though, I could certainly use some more cones here.

Taste is not bad, lacks some saaz hop flavoring, but has a nice, leafy bitterness on the finish that grabs on well. Grains are honeyed with a little bit of toast, which explains the darker color of this pilsner. A little undercarbonated and not as crisp as I would like, but on the other hand it has a full body and plenty of flavor. This is a pretty tasty, albeit not very classical, take on the style. Worth a purchase if you know you are getting it fresh.

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Photo of Chronark
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a week in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, this takes first prize for best beer sampled. The bottle is standard Czech brown half-liter with a tapered neck. The label is blue, white and gold, with a coat of arms and a few awards. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 8/21/04, I opened it on 8/7/04. This family brewery now belongs to Staropramen, according to several locals I spoke to.

Pours an orange-tinged clear gold under a one finger white head with minimal body but good retention. A few spots of lace grace the side of the glass. Lots of Czech hops great the nose, with a touch of metal amongst the flowers and a bit of malt for balance. The mouth is very prickly and fairly thick. The opening features sweet malt graininess, accompanied by an ever present crisp hoppy bitterness, which is smooth rather than biting, but the bitterness is ubiquitous, lingering long after the finish. Definitely a good quaff.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Attractive clear deep golden color with a modest white head, slight carbonation, and scattered broken lace.

Aroma: Rich pale malt aroma, very much like fresh bread, with a pleasant noble hop presence, and a slight mineral quality.

Taste: Slightly toasty pale malt, strong noble hops, and a slight paper note near the finish. The hops close out the taste with a slightly spicy, pepper note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite decent Pilsener, perhaps a bit excessively hopped, but nonetheless, quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a 16.9 ounce brown glass bottle with a flip top stopper, served in a Pilsener glass. Thank goodness the brewer used a brown glass bottle, thus avoiding the typical lager skunk aroma.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sigmund
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle, as Bernard Lager, now available in Norway at REMA 1000 stores. ABV is 4.5%. Golden colour, moderate white head of poor retention . Fairly nice aroma of Zatec (Saaz) hops, notes of grass, hints of honey. The flavour is fairly malty for a pilsener, and the hops are slightly better than average. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Green glass. Gold foil-ed over neck. Gold branded pry-off crown cap. Classic Czech diamond-shaped label art. 500ml format.

4.9% ABV. Best by 26.08.16. 12 degrees. Unfiltered.

Served cold into stemware. Reviewed live as a svetly beer (Bohemian lager, pale lager). Brief impressions below:

HEAD: ~1cm wide. Off-white colour. Nice consistency and complexion. Recedes somewhat quickly; the retention is a mere 2 minutes - average for the style. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant translucent gold. Transparent. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment visible within.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a decent appearance overall; nothing unique or special, but generally enticing.

AROMA: Crystal malt, pale malt, lightly fruity and floral hops. I wouldn't call it grassy. Sweetness is surprisingly high, raising questions about balance. Yeast profile is clean; I find no esters. Finishes seemingly dry, a bit like an Oktoberfest.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Follows the aroma, with fruity hops and sweet malts going big in the body, and some dryness finishing it out. Touches of floral hop notes are also present, but it's indeed quite sweet for a pale lager. The absence of grassy notes rules out any Saaz or Noble hopping - at least to the extent that you'd find in, say, a Czech pilsner. This is ultimately quite a simple one-dimensional brew, but while its depth of flavour is lacking I wouldn't call it shallow or reticent - just plain and overt, lacking any subtlety or nuance.

The sweetness throws it out of balance to my tastes, but it's not egregious. I do like it for what it is, and it boasts a cohesive flavour profile.

The mouthfeel is as straightforward as the flavour profile. Light-bodied, unrefreshing, smooth, wet, well rounded. Adequately carbonated, but not dialed in. It's not buttery, astringent, or harsh or anything, but it fails to accentuate specific notes in the flavour profile and to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt whole of a beer, lacking true harmony of texture and taste. But it's drinkable and enjoyable in its simplicity. I'd much sooner reach for a Czech pilsner at this price point, but I'm not unhappy I tried this. Casual drinkers after a drinkable pale lager will find this serviceable, but the discerning drinker will be unimpressed. Extremely average.

C (2.82) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Vincent68
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Fľaša 0,5 l. Pekná, vysoká, dobre držiaca pena, krúžkuje. Chmelová aróma, číra, zlatavá farba. Chuť plná, horkastá. Dobrý nepasterizovaný ležiak.

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Bernard Svetly Lezak from Bernard Family Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.