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Bernard Svetly Lezak - Bernard Family Brewery

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery 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: Globetrotter on 08-13-2004)
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Photo of emerge077
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Mattias, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Beerman1977
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Beerman1977, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of gulden
3/5  rDev -14.8%

gulden, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

tone77, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Following Skeeterhawk in guessing this is the beer that made it to Texas.

Bottle Inspection: Brown flip top .5 liter bottle, embossed glass, notes floor malted Moravian barley, suggests chilling before opening (thanks, I wouldn’t have thought of BEFORE opening…) and best before 08:42-T04 (sampled… hell if I know) – New to Texas, bought one of the first bottles to show up. The “04” is scary.

Aroma: Firm barley sweetness, some mild wet grain, and some earthy hops.

Appearance: Brassy gold, good clarity, thin dying larger bubble head

Flavor: Czech pilsner profile, crisp hops, spicy, assumed to be Saaz, malt base supports but lets the hops burn a bit in the finish. Some sweetness does make it through, but carries a mild papery note.

Mouthfeel: Firm to fizzy carbonation level, light-medium body, odd oily slick texture that I do not like.

Overall Impression: A fair Pilsner. Hops are a bit over done or maybe just not enough malt base, either way the beer seems a bit off balance, even for a Pilsner. Not bad, if you like Pilsners, it’s worth a shot.

HardTarget, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Pegasus, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Bitterbill, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of braugon
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

braugon, Apr 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Ciocanelu, Sep 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

jooj8, Mar 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

hansavijaticar, Jul 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

NandoPereira, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Sigmund
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Sigmund, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

tempest, May 22, 2013
Photo of BeerZack
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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?

BeerZack, Apr 16, 2007
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just saw that this was available here in the Houston area, so I picked a bottle up. I am guessing that this is the same beer as the name on the review as these two beers were the only ones with the same alcohol percent. Often the TABC makes beers change their names before they will allow them to import so I am guessing that this is one of those times.

Appearance: 1/2 liter swing-top with lots of embossing on the bottle. Pours a very clear slightly orangish golden color with a 1/4" head of very active white foam at first. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first to maintain, but all of the action pretty much came to a halt in about 30 seconds. Now it sits pretty still with a very thin ring and only a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: The beer initially smelled really malty with a clean but noticeable spicy & floral hop presence. The cold beer doesn't yield much more than a few toasty notes as you get deep into the aroma. There seems to be a slight metallic note here.

Taste: The flavor has much more assertive hopping than I suspected from the aroma. The hops somehow manage to take charge of the show after only a few seconds of malt on the palate. The hops taste much more spicy than the aroma suggested and lead into a somewhat dry bitter finish to linger. The carbonation seems a lot more of a part in the flavor as the appearance will tell you. There is quite a bit of gas here to expel after drinking. Ahhh...

Opinion: Well, this is an OK beer. It isn't my favorite in that the hops are so assertive the entire time in the flavor. I expect a bit more of a balance to the malt than this beer has. It is still a good tasting and clean beer, but it is more geared to the hophead, which I am not. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 13, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

GregaR, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Sspeer1, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mltobin, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cwc, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
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Bernard Svetly Lezak from Bernard Family Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.