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Berkshire Czech Pilsner - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Czech PilsnerBerkshire Czech Pilsner

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BA SCORE
88
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 05-29-2009)
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Reviews by Hibernator:
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Berkshire Brewing Czech Pilsner
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy head on top. Ample amounts of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass.

The nose is pleasant and clean with whiffs of freshly baked bread and grains. There is also a floral presence as well.

A super clean and crisp pilsner. The malt backbone has a bread and dough quality to it. This is such a drinkable and smooth lager in so many ways. There is a mini hop bite and lemon wedge zing on the finish, but overall the beer is extremely well balanced.

Probably one of the better session beers I've sampled in quite some time.

Hibernator, Oct 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles in early July, during the early part of the release.

Pours a beautiful golden with a nice inch head in a pilsner glass. Aroma is what I'm used to with other great lagers.

Damn this beer is solid. Great balance between a slighthly sweet malt and some finishing crisp hops. Unlike prior years, this is a really clean lager. I could drink this all day in the summertime - heck I'd drink this year round.

Though Berkshire specializes in English-style ales, they make great lagers when they put their minds to it.

SunDevilBeer, Jul 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

40451, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Doomcifer, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mctizzz, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical light pour with almost zero head to it. I was hoping for a lot of a hoppy head and nose to this. I was disappointed since it was on the milder side.
The taste was light and the over mouthful was not totally balance. My mouth was bombarded with different flavors, some being hop, some being malit, but it was too inconsistent.
The final taste and aftertaste was also disappointing.
This was not a bad brew, but something I juts really didnt like

rdilauro, Jul 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrewBest, Feb 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Griffith, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

snowmaggedon, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

grahuba, May 09, 2014
Photo of Rappaman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Rappaman, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of fluffy bright-white head. This retains with a soft foaminess, which leaves back a robust cascade of spotty lace. The aroma is fresh and airy feeling in the nose, with a leafy spiciness and then a touch of earthy fruit behind it. This melds the graininess of the malt but is maybe coming off as a little too sweet overall. It’s definitely got a twang to it anyway.

The taste is has fresh citrus flavor and a moderate spicy bite to it, with some softer feeling fruit notes working themselves in as well. The malt is a bit more tight feeling but still mostly has a grainy sweetness going on with it. This finishes dry and spicy with some lingering bitter pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm prickle to the carbonation that then smoothes our more across the back. This definitely has a quality crispness to it overall though.

This was decent. It’s wasn’t quite as good as I remembered it being on draft at the brewery a couple of years ago, as this kind of got a little overly loose with the sweetness in spots but things did tighten up a bit the more I worked it and I was overall pleased with it by the end. A worthy pick-up if you see it.

Kegatron, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Zbyler
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow. About one finger of white head.

S- Bready notes, floral and grassy aromas.

T- Bready malts, light citrus/lemon notes, floral notes, fresh grassy flavors, corn, slight bitterness on the end.

M- Mild carbonation, light, refreshing.

O- overall a solid offering from BBC. On a hot summer day it would be excellent. Very refreshing.

Zbyler, May 10, 2013
Photo of sawbones420
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't done a review in a while and I believe this is the first time this beer has been released so I figured I'd throw my two cents in.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Yes, I have a pilsner glass but if you've had as much BBC as I have, you've learned that all their beers have a malt profile that tastes best in a shaker.

Pours hazy straw, with a head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

Smell is fine, slightly fruity, slightly malty. Smells like a lot of BBC beers.

First sip is delicious and crisp. As suspected, this has that classic BBC malt backbone that I really dig. It probably detracts from the "authenticity" of the style, but I'm finding it very drinkable. Those hints of fruit I smell come out only a little bit in the taste with a very subtle hop tang. There's a quality to the flavor that reminds me of the pleasant almost grassy flavor of some Chinese green teas.

Mouth-feel is similarly crisp though it flattens out slightly towards the back of the tongue.

At 5%, I believe this is the lowest it gets from BBC in terms of ABV. This makes it very drinkable and very sessionable, however at this price point ($5/22oz.) it's not likely that I'll enjoy more than one at a time. If this ends up on tap at a local bar, I imagine it'll be one of the better values available. Give it a try if you see it on the shelf

sawbones420, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass a straw gold with a nice white styrofoam head that settles to a quarter inch disc.

The nose is sweet grass with the slightest touch of lemon.

A sip is open and light with lots of tingly carbonation - bready malt sweetness is tempered by very subtle hops. Clean, smooth and mellow.

BBC, you make a fine brew. Truly.

OldIronLungs, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the BBCs 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours light amber - darker than a typical pils. White foamy, leaving a full layer. Pils-y smell but mild. Cleab malty flavor. Subtle hop. Some citrus. Clean finish. A little sweet, if anything. A good beer, not great.

KTCamm, Jul 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

HinghamRick, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Shaymus, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

trevorpost, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A tad more than a fingers worth of tightly packed crisp head that is the purest white head that I've ever seen... Slight retention gives way to a full uniform lacing... The color is a pale yellow gold with an ever so faint haziness... An ample amount of medium bubbled briskly paced carbonation...

S - Earthy with some floral notes... Lightly toasted malts... A hint of spiciness... Some noble hoppiness... Spot on the for style... Simple, but effective...

T - A touch of graininess to start... Some faint floral notes... Grassy... Some bread crust undertones... Very subtle hop presence...

M - On the fuller side of light bodied... A tad on the thin side of the equation... Very light carbonation... A bit sleek... Mostly clean...

D - A very solid representation of the style but rather unremarkable at the same time... Steady and quite average... I would never turn a shot at this one down in the future, but this is far from the top tier of the style in my humble opinion...

philbe311, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of bgjohnston
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured an orangy golden color with a small head of tiny bubbles. I would have liked a bit more carbonation, but what was there was very nice.

It was maltier in smell and in taste than I was expecting. It was not a heavy malt presence, but still stronger and more persistent than I was expecting. Maybe the Noble Pils from Sam Adams or the Lagunitas pilsner is just more to my taste, as they were more crisp and less sweet on the palate. I wanted a drier finish, too.

Overall, not a dislike for me, but I do prefer other brewers of this style.

bgjohnston, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +1.8%

nebula1999, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured 22oz bomber into a pilsner glass. Golden with slight haze.

S - light biscuit, grass

T - Malt up front, balanced in the middle some hops, residual sweetness with staying power

M - Typical carbonation for the style, light body but thick enough to let you know you're actually drinking a beer.

O - Excellent pilsner - or course since so many of us have BMC to thank for our intro to pilsner style beers, this beer benefits from the poor comparison. Regardless, I'm a big fan of all Berkshire products and I would definitely try this one again especially during the warm summer months.

ColdOneKev, Jun 15, 2013
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Berkshire Czech Pilsner from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.