Bernard Svetly Lezak | Bernard Family Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 08-13-2004

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of emerge077
2.34/5  rDev -30.6%
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 kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Thirsty's in York, PA. Poured cold into a lager mug.
A - Light amber lager the shade of apple cider, maybe a tad lighter, with a thin whit 1/4 inch of head.

S - Yeasty w/ a trademark Czech aroma - light skunkiness gentle hop odor.

M - An average extra fizzy effervescence at first w/ a slightly bitter hop tinge and clean finish w/ a malty tinge.

T - A fresh malt fullness with an herbal sweet hop that has a grassy ting that makes the malt seem lightly dry, yet smooth w/ a gentle creamy aspect. Very mild yet full tasting w/ similarities to a Helles as others mentioned. Nice hop flavor w/ a noble hop character and greal malt.

D - A very tasty lager w/ character that most aren't capable of reproducing. Malty w/ an herbal hoppiness. Very quaffable w/ session strength went well w/ my six cheese pizza

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Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Their website has this listed as a "unique, half dark lager". Even after a 500ml bottle I wasn't sure exactly what to categorize this under. All the same it was good. Thanks to my parents for returning this one to me from Prague.

Pours... quite dark. A roasted amber colour. The nose has diminished significantly. Some hops, but mostly a caramel malt comes through. Flavour offers some lightly roasted caramel malt. Good presence. Some wheat in there maybe? This is very much like some of the dunkels I had in Poland. Carbonation is quite high despite a slightly dated bottle. A little grainyness in the texture. Aftertaste is light, with little stickyness. Pretty full bodied for a lager.

As I realized first hand from my experiences in Poland and Germany, beers really do - somehow - loose their lustre when crossing the pond. To have a simple Munich Helles fresh in Munich, or even a Zywiec off tap in Krakow are some of the best beers I've ever had. In that place and time they rate as high as any aged Belgian quad or Russian Imperial bursting with coffee. This, I would imagine is an excellent beer. Sadly, from my sample bottle is was nothing more than a "could be..."

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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 scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again to piwoski for the hook-up.

Poured from a green twelve ounce bottle.

Pours a pale yellow with very light to nonexistent bubbling and no head and very, very little foam. The aroma was faint dry malt and drywall. Not overpowering, just sort of here and there beneath the surface. The taste is a refreshingly thirst quenching dry pale and pilsner malt with some very faint herbal hops. Very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Pegasus
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of HardTarget
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
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 SkeeterHawk
3.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.27/5  rDev -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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Photo of SmashPants
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Format: embossed 500mL brown bottle, caged top. Standard boring euro label.

Appearance: light yellow in colour with a frothing head that quickly drops to a half-finger. Okay.

Aroma: nothing outrageous here, just some standard malts and a bit of yeast over the top.

Taste: follows the nose almost verbatim - not unpleasant, but I don't think it's as good as it's made out to be.

Aftertaste: lingers for a short period, but then dissipates. Not bad, since all you want is to quaff this stuff back. The price isn't too bad for a Euro lager, so why not?

Mouth feel: this almost ruined the beer for me. The carbonation is exteremely low for a lager, almost tastes flat. I'm thinking that the jostling it got on its trip from Sydney to Brisbane may not have helped the beer, so I won't pre-judge.

Overall: a particularly unbrilliant beer. Not much special going on, and the carbonation is way too low.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a medium head. Aroma is mild and toasty with a light touch of sour wheat mash.

Taste is a lightly toasted pale malt with a nice gentle Saaz bite. Malty sweet, a little earthy with just a hint of butter, very smooth. Not very complex but very clean and sharp. Finish is clean and bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, drinkability is through the roof. I was expecting a pilsner but this is closer to a rich hoppy Vienna lager style that finishes a little Oktoberfesty. I could learn to love this.

Best before date of "09:26-T04." Just caught it in time.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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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