BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer) - Nova Paka Brewery
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2.15/5 rDev -33.8%
A - Honey gold. Low white head settles into a dusting with poor lace.
S - Buttery. Light malt, touch of lemon.
T - Unfortunately the butter carries through to the taste as an unpleasant off-flavor. Waxy bitterness and lightly grassy.
M - Medium light body. Mildly sweet finish.
O - The off-flavor really hurts this brew. Disappointing because I really liked their Dark.
04-01-2011 01:56:11 | More by vfgccp
2.38/5 rDev -26.8%
Yellow label, no ABV listed. Pours a disappointingly thin head which completely disappears and doesn't even leave a skim or crown. Color is a golden-amber, mild bubble activity, and, well, not much more to say about this disappointing-looking beer.
Curiously fruity aroma, lots of apple and apple-juice, and really not much more than that. Doesn't seem very pils-like at all.
Flavor is somewhat an improvement over look & smell...malt is caramel-y and slightly roasted in flavor, and the hops are crisp and bright, although nothing really comes together, and any flavor disappears rather quickly, leaving a mild but unpleasant metallic, bitter finish.
Thin body, a bit watery, light and slick; carbonation tingles just a little bit, mildly dry.
Boring, unimpressive, deeply flawed...not one I would ever pick up again. Too bad, I was so in the mood for a Czech pils, too. "The result of time perfected hand crafting techniques since 1872"? Bah.
05-02-2010 23:14:25 | More by Metalmonk
2.78/5 rDev -14.5%
355 mL bottle (one of a six-pack) from Brewer's Retail. They don't change their lineup frequently at the Beer Store, so I couldn't resist giving it a go. The Czechs brew good lagers right?
Dark, golden pour with a large, but loose head, that fades quickly and leaves some lacing. This looks quite promising.
Smell is faint biscuity malt, lemon, and raw, raw, raw noble hop oils. Skunkiness too.
Ick. Horrible. This beer does have a nice honey, biscuit malt flavor, and an ample spicy hop aroma, but it's competing an unwelcome lemony sourness and even, dare I say, funk to it. I mean, almost peppery funk of an Orval or Panil kind. And the sharp astringency going down is almost unspeakable. My mouth is puckering long after I swallow. (Originally a 1.5, upgraded to a 2.5 on re-tasting -- see "EDIT")
There is something seriously, seriously wrong with this beer. The fact that it's skunked is the least of its problems; I think there's some sort of wild yeast infiltrating this brewery.
That said, the mouthfeel is pretty good, if you can look past the dreadful flavour. Soft carbonation and moderate body.
But that said, this is almost undrinkable. I will open another bottle, and rereview if necessary. But I am very disappointed in this bottle. (Originally 1.5, upgraded to a 2.5 on retasting.)
Cracked open another bottle from the sixpack. The taste is not nearly as funky this time, but still unpleasantly astringent. I don't know what was wrong with that first bottle. The taste is still not amazing, but certainly not as unspeakably hideous as it was the first time. I'm going to have to mull over this one. And maybe will taste it a third time. The marks reflect the retasting.
04-21-2010 23:16:24 | More by hegelec
2.88/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a hazy amber in color with a 2 finger cloudy white head; lacing was OK, but nothing to write home about.
Smells of sweet malt, hops and a touch of yeast; very basic aroma.
Tastes of sweet malt, hops, caramel, grass or hay and a hint of fruit, with very light carbonation. Crisp and light with an overall sweet malty flavor, this did not offer much as far as taste goes, but it was boring and basic enough to be enjoyable.
A decent Euro lager that goes down smooth and easy and scores extra points because it is very cheap for a 20 oz bottle.
12-10-2010 05:02:46 | More by CHickman
3.08/5 rDev -5.2%
Surprised to be only the 2nd review.
App: huge white head. Perfect clarity. Dark gold. Pretty much what a pilsener should be.
Smell: sweet malt with a hit of caramel. Dominated by the hop aroma. Grassy and floral, but delicate.
Taste: light flavor. Sweet malt with a bit of caramel. Rough, brisk bitterness. Ends sweet and creamy.
03-31-2010 16:58:07 | More by emsroth
3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
It pours a deep, deep gold with a foamy white head that initially dissipates quickly hen holds up with a little centimeter of head above the beer. It is crystal clear with tons of visible carbonation bubbles. Not much lacing.
The smell is interesting. Immediately it is bready and malty, then it works into some hops and even a hint of almost fruity bubblegum.
The flavor is okay, a bit metallic at first. It has almost a subtle hint of smoke as well. It is primarily bready with a dry, hoppy finish.
I don't know what to think of it really, an oddball.
01-25-2011 02:28:06 | More by crossovert
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly but consistently left a thin head covering the surface..
S: There are aromas of bready malts and hints of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of bready and grainy malts and also has some hints of smoke, similar to what one would find in a rauchbier. A light amount of bitterness from the hops is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't overly difficult to drink, however the taste isn't interesting enough to make me want to try another one of these.
02-26-2011 03:43:37 | More by metter98
3.23/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Greenport mug.
A: Pours a dirty gold with hardly any head at all.
S: Cut grass, lemon zest, there's that unmistakable hint of German hops.
T: Same fresh cut grass flavours, but there's a strong, nasty metallic taste. Like 'mouthful of pennies' strong.
D: I thought it would be drinkable but that harshness is the flavour kills it.
Overall: Not the best pils I've had. This is pretty rough stuff. Buy the 'dark' it is MUCH better.
11-10-2011 03:32:08 | More by JohnnyChicago
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Poured a clear dark gold with copper hues with a 1cm bubbly head. Some lacing is produced.
S - A light caramel sweetness under a floral and grassy aroma.
T - Mild honey sweetness followed a light tang with hints of fruit and a bitter finish with a hint of aged wood.
M - Good carbonation. A bit of creaminess. A crisp to drying finish.
D - Pretty good but I have a hunch these are probably even better if fresher. The six-pack I got expires in a month.
11-10-2010 03:34:10 | More by decimator
3.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 400ml Radeburger seidel.
Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaved behind a few large lace spots.
Smell: Sweet and buttery pilsner malt with a few citrus notes.
Taste: Begins with some citric and grassy hop flavors, rounding to buttery malt and finishing with pine and citric hops. Slightly more bitter than other Czech pilsners.
Mouthfeel: Lighter body with crisp carbonation and a refreshing, somewhat dry finish.
Drinkability: this beer is less rounded than other Czech pilsners, relying more on the hops without much of the malt profile. Still, it is more than a worthy example of the style and worth a drink.
01-17-2011 21:53:13 | More by Mosstrooper
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
a very well done pilz from the land of pilz. the look of something good. Golden clear with a thick head of white that didn't fade. Nose of straw and honey pollen, but subtle sweet. Palate as basic and textbook as it comes. Straw, apple, honey, pollen that graduates to bitter floral woodiness. An all around great session. And a good buy.
09-22-2010 07:07:31 | More by rtepiak
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
Picked this up at the Morton Williams on 2nd in NYC; had never heard of it before, thought I'd give it a try. Poured into a pint glass.
Poured darker golden transparent with 1 finger of white foam. Dissipates quickly, but leaving some resdiual history. Laces well.
Smell is lightly grassy, mildly floral. Smellas like the style.
Taste is very clean and crisp, with a mild hop finish. Closes dry. Very well balanced. Good taste for a straightforward beer.
Lightly carbonated in the mouthfeel.
Overall, an enjoyable, refreshing, very drinkable brew. Excellent example of the style.
11-02-2009 01:48:16 | More by KTCamm
4.33/5 rDev +33.2%
Picked it up at my local Food Emporium f/k/a the good ole A&P...in the traditional "1 pt., 0.9 Fl. Oz." bottle (500 ML) as depicted here. I don't know what it is about this beer, but I LOVE IT!! Whatever you do - DO NOT listen to these lackluster reviews without first trying it for yourself. I have wracked my brain to come up with a good way to describe this beer and I think the best I can do is compare it to another great beer: it reminds me of Weihenstephaner Original, which I actually prefer to the more highly regarded Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, except that BrouCzech Lager has a bit more "bite" to it. The extra bite actually makes it better in my book. And by "bite" I mean...hmmm...well, flavor I guess. In any case, do yourself a favor and give it a try. Another thing in its favor: it seems to be somewhat more moderately priced than other imports...at least that's my impression.
12-24-2011 00:17:14 | More by
BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer) from Nova Paka Brewery
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