Berkshire Czech Pilsner - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 05-29-2009

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Photo of SirSketch
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Tanned yellow and crystal clear color. The head is dense on the surface, Champagne-like underneath and has an amazing sticky lace.

S - The earthly, slightly musty hop aroma is noticeable a foot away from the glass. The malt influence is mainly straw and freshly crushed, and there is a bit of apple and even a small amount of spice (not sure if this comes from hops or yeast).

T - Wonderful! The malt character is so distinct, it is as if you can taste a handful of the grain that was used in the mash. The taste of grits comes to mind while drinking. Ends acidic and with minimal bitterness and, again, some spice.

M - Light-medium body and dry. Could be more carbonated.

O - Easily one of the best pilsners I've tried. Incredibly flavorful, as well as dry and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Julio's. Best by Nov 18 2014, consumed 28 Nov. Long time want.

A clear light yellow with a dense, white head with nice retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is excellent. Soft, supple and firm hops, lemony and mildly earthy work very well with a clean, honey and bready malt character. Medium light in body with soft malty fullness, this beer is clean, crispy carbonation. Long bready finish with some hop bitterness And excellent lemony hop flavor. Wonderful pillowy palate. Highly recommended.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
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

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Zbyler
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of sawbones420
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

Photo of bgjohnston
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Berkshire.

Hazy, dark yellow color. White foamy head = white foamy retention. Smells like light grain...and that's it. Some Saaz would have been nice. Taste is snappy pils malt, a little doughy underneath, and crisp carbonation. Again, some Saaz would have been welcome. I've read everyone else's reviews who rave about this beer and have evident hop contribution but I'm jut not getting it. I think it deserves further investigation.

A very Berkshire brew - it's not outstanding but really solid, traditional, and good example of style. I like it and hopefully I'll see it on taps around Boston soon as Steel Rail and Coffehaus seem to dominate.

Photo of Robtobfest
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a 1 finger sticky head. Very pretty Pils!

S- wow this smells fresh! Bready ,alts first backed by some crisp hops-Saaz. This does not have the hops of say a Prima Pils, but more traditional.

T- The taste surprises me. Better than I thouhg this would be. Berkshire makes solid brews but this is a gem! Nice crisp, fresh pils for a hot summer day. Very impressed with this offering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with lively carbonation.

Overall, this is one of Berkshire's finest offerings. Expertly crafted and I have to say, better than Prima Pils in my opinion. Less hops, but better crafted overall. Great beer to sit in a lawnchair and admire your freshly manicured lawn!

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy yellow body with a frothy white head. Decent retention and head size. Spotty lace down the glass.

S- Bread and cereal grain malt off the top. Floral and grassy hops balance it out. Some fruit notes.

T- Malty for a pilsner, cereal grain, bread and caramel in the forefront. Hops lend spice, citrus and floral grassy notes. Butter and dark fruit as well.

MF- Light slick body with a somewhat creamy feel. Good carbonation and light bitterness.

Drinks well, could probably be a bit more hoppy for a pilsner. Solid, like most of BBC

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, lager yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a little complementary sweetness comes in. The hops presence is on-target for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good sessionable beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear golden amber brew. Frothy head holds on, with Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is light, consisting of balanced pale malts and tentative hops.

Taste starts with pale sweetness, cuts with a sharp lemonness, then crisp Saaz comes on strong at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Yet another good brew from BBC.

Photo of abgba121
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a very thin white head and leaves behind minimal lace

S: very light, fruity, almost banana like

T: crisp and dry, a slight detectable hop finish. A little sweet and fruity in the middle

M: thin body and well carbonated

O: a decent pilsner, though nothing amazing

Photo of PicoPapa
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at 2 Brothers. Pours a murky light orangey brown with very little head. No lacing. Light aroma of grass and honey. Some sweet malty grain aroma. Taste is sweet honey and malts with some grass notes. Crisp with a nice mouthfeel from the cask. Very drinkable. Most Pilseners are a bit boring to me but this one does have some nice complex flavors. Overall, glad I got to try it on cask. May have to try buying a bomber next time i see it.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with light aromas of grassy, floral, and slightly spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger slightly.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with lighter flavors of grassy, floral, and spicy hops.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: This is a very enjoyable, very easy to drink, refreshing beer which is great for the spring/summer. Almost sessionable (just a touch too high an ABV to be really sessionable for me). Definitely would get this one again.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice big fluffy head rises up to almost 2 fingers but fades semi quickly at first before it slows. The beer is mostly clear with a nice toasty golden straw color with a nice deep color to it. It leaves a very slight lacing on the sides as well.

N: Mmm, almost perfect pilsener nose. Nice light malts, slight straw, some wheat, toasty malts, a nice crisp lager aroma, and with all that some light grassy mild hop effervescence with a light very nice noble hop character.

T: Wow, this is a really nice pilsener. Very crisp lager flavor, very refreshing. Some nice malts, slightly toasty, light wheat, and a straw flavor too. It also has a slight dry yeast flavor that gives it a slight Belgian saison flavor. All that with a very mild bitterness and hints of noble grassy hops.

M: Medium to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp, just as it should. A slight lingering sticky feel takes away from it a bit. Some lingering toasty malts and lager flavors, as well as that dry lager yeast like straw slight saison etc flavor is there just a tad. A slight bitterness in there too and the slightest memory of the noble hops, as well as a mild grassy hop taste. Mostly dry but that slight sticky sweetness sticks, perhaps the only flaw.

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear pale yellow/amber color. Nose is grassy hops. Flavor is sweet grass with light bitterness. Good pilsner. Their site puts the ABV at 5.5%. $4.50 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate head, but it settles slowly with some decent lumps. Some streaky lace. Light golden color with a continual series of fine bubbles working upward. Hazy.

Light, frothy raw grain barley aroma. Some malt is present. There's the lightest of hops in the mix. Very true to style.

Far more hoppy in the taste than in the smell. Grainy start but it fades rapidly to the bittering hop. The body is not quite as light as most pilsners. Long, bitter aftertaste. Refreshing.

Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by of 12/22/11. 22 oz bomber into a tall pilsner glass...finally get to rock an actual pilsner in this glass!

A - Really dark golden brown/yellow body. Super fluffy white head that breaks apart into chunks. Loads of bubbles.

S - Bready malts, cereal grains and some mild hops. Fairly one dimensional. This is the only flaw I found in this beer.

T - Really nice creaminess and bubbly texture. Rich malty bread, some sweetness and just the perfect amount of hop bittterness at the end to tie it all together. This is really delicious. Its also worth noting that I cracked this about 45 minutes after I bought it so its warmed up a slight bit. Still amazingly drinkable.

O - Perfect. Summer. Beer. This might just be my new favorite summer seasonal. Its so simple, crisp, clean and refreshing. 22 oz of summer! Another winner from BBC.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale, yellow gold coloring with a thin, dense, foamy white head. Floral nose, both effervescent and slightly tangy, with a touch of buttery sweetness in the background. Flavors are light, with a roastiness that comes in strong around the mid-palate. Buttery and toasted grain backbone with some slight sour notes throughout, all of which overpowers the floral flavors trying to break through. Roasty aftertaste on a light, round body. The carbonation fights to make it crisp, but falls just short. Sparse lacing left along the glass as you drink. The beer has a roasty and smooth finish. Easy enough to drink.

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Berkshire Czech Pilsner from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.