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Berkshire Czech Pilsner - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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88
very good

63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 181
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 mltobin
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, split with a couple pals, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is straw yellow with one finger of a white head. This Czech Pils has an aroma with biscuit, malt, some sugar. A fairly basic smell, but a little better than average. Tipping it back and I taste malts, some hops, quite a bit of bread. The mouthfeel here is great, very low-key and crisp. It has perfect carbonation and finishes very clean. Over the years, I grab a bomber from these guys once in a blue moon. And this was a good choice and it went very well with the spicy food that I had for dinner alongside it. (593 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – The beer was poured a medium golden color with a big thick just lightly off white head. The head had decent retention, eventually fading to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of malt. It has a bready and biscuity smell. Mixed with these malts is also some floral, grassy and light citrus hop aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry malt flavor. Towards the middle there is some citrus that comes to the tongue. Any sweetness that was present in the start (which was quite light) is now largely gone. At the end there is a floral and grassy hop flavor which combined with the malt base to leave a slightly bitter and dry flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The beers body is rather average as well as its carbonation level.

Overall – It had a decent flavor and aroma, but was nothing too special. It was rather simple and lacked much complexity. Good for a easier drinking brew, but nothing to really go out of your way for. (1,027 characters)

Photo of palma
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker golden slightly hazy body. Fizzy looking white head. Very thin lace throughout the session but lasting.

Nose is big floral. Weak Saaz hops. A slight, almost undetectable skunkiness.

Taste is very good. Wonderful light malted backbone. Nice grassiness that is not overwhelming as some others of this style
sometimes are. Strong enough hop profile, not very spicy but still complex enough to be interesting.

A close to excellent American made Bohemian pilsner. Definitely will pick this up again. (505 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/11 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear, nice deep golden color with a one fringier of bone white, sudsy head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grassy, large bread notes, a bit of underlaying fruitiness, and just a touch of spice.

T: Taste is grain, bread and corn at the forefront. A grassy presence combs through in the middle with a touch of spicing. Finish is a very light malt flavoring with a granny smith apple flavoring that hangs in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, some girth to this for a pilsner with a slick finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation. The granny apple flavoring took me by surprise, in a pleasant way. (799 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours golden and only lightly hazed. Light frothy head is plain white in color. Head fizzles off.

S-I love when a Pilsener gives off aggressive hoppy aromas. This beer does that. There are both American and Euro hops in the nose. It has citrus and grass. Also there is some nice breadiness. Grainy and clean. A very pleasant aroma.

T-I found that I liked the aroma a bit more than the actual flavor. The flavor has the acceptable hop bouquet but it is rather lax. The flavor is a bit more watery than the nose would suggest. The breadiness is very well mastered however.

M-Great body. Light and crisp and far too easy to imbibe. Representative of this style's best attribute.

O/D-This smelled on par with Prima Pils by Victory. However, it fell a bit short for me. Nevertheless, this was a tightly crafted Pils and I would choose it over most from outside of the U.S. It displays the American take on a Pilsener. (919 characters)

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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to break out the pilsner glass for this beer. Been a while.

Pours with the distinctive bight white fluffy head that builds up the flute of the pilsner glass. Really nice retention and it slowly settles looking like whipped egg whites. My favorite component holds true here which is that the head can rise about a 1/2 inch above the rim of the glass. Bright brass color with perfect clarity and some sparkling carbonation rising to the surface. Lots of lace remains. A good looking pilsner indeed.

Aroma is bright and fresh. Light dough, grassy, a little whiff of light white pepper.

Wow, very nice. Quite bready with just a touch of bitterness to off set a bright light lemon sense along with some grass notes. Finishes with more bread.

Light, refreshing and almost creamy. Quite nice.

This is right on the spot for the style. Sometimes it’s just a treat to drink a nice pilsner. This fits the bill and is obviously a fresh bottle.

Nicely done. (957 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a pint glass in two parts.

Appearance: Nice light, bright yellow color with a really fluffy, two finger white head. Really good retention.

Aroma: Bubblegum and pale malt sweetness with some mild herbal hops. Really nice balance throughout.

Taste: Nice balance of floral, earthy hops and some malt sweetness. Really a surprising amount of flavor for a pilsner and near perfect balance. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a bit of a dry finish. Perfct carbonation.

Overall, this is by far my favorite pilsner to date and I think its a homerun for its style. Incredibly easy to drink and refreshing and more than a bargain at four dollars a bomber. (704 characters)

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two pours from a 22 oz bomber into a plastic tumbler. Yeah yeah. I was away from home and there wasn't any otherwise respectable glassware.

A: Gold with two fingers of foamy white head. Lots of hills and valleys of lacing along the sides of the cup. Foam gradually sinks down to just a few dunes along the top.

S: Crisp pale malts and grassy/hayloft hops notes.

T: Sharp, clear pale malts with a significant pungent hay/grass/pine hop bite.

M: Medium/light and smooth with less aggressive carbonation than I'd expected. Dry finish.

O: Great example of the style. Berkshire's brews have been hit or miss for me. I know I can at least count on their pilsner. (662 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this bottle in a trade, it's a very nice example of the style.

The beer pours a deep gold hazy color with some very nice lacing left on the glass with a nice ring of head, looks very nice. The smell is hardly there, but I do get the twist of Saaz hops and some nice wheaty bready and certainly grainy malts, a clean overall smell just not very strong. The taste is very well balanced and goes clean over the palate with nice fruity notes and excellent tasty semi sweet malts and fresh grains, and a lemon twist of hops and maybe a little bit of dates at the end, though its abruptly cut off with a dry finish. A classic clean and sudsy feel, pretty nice overall and easy to drink. A nice beer I'd get again, great to have while watching football! (770 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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... (988 characters)

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Straw yellow that is clear, nice larger bubble head that dispersed quickly and left a tiny bit of lace.

Grainy, toasty, with some herbal notes.

Graininess up front with some sweetness and herbs in the middle finishes crisp and dry on the tongue with a little bitterness and toast.

Nice refreshing beer that goes down nice and smooth. Nice beer after cutting your lawn. (396 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of abgba121
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
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 (293 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Giovanni's in Glastonbury, CT. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Waitress leaves a 3/4 inch fluffy white head that sticks around awhile leaving a few streaks of tight lacing. Pours a cloudy yellow and leaves a few thin swatches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Almost no aroma, even as the beer warms. Some pleasant fruit and effervescence come out with time, but it's very faint.

Taste: Mildly lemony, spicy, with a full bready malt backbone that works perfectly with the creamy feel and high carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Delicious and refreshing. Tempted to give it a higher score for taste, but perhaps it's a bit too 1-or-2 note most of the time, and not quite hoppy enough (there's some spiciness and earthiness, but it's not really in balance with the giant malt influence). That said, I absolutely love the flavor. Some fruity highlights come out with warmth, making it even better. So refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, creamy, with exactly the right level of carbonation (high). Dry enough finish. Very satisfying. Approaching perfection.

Overall: What a beautiful summer beer this is. Walking into a small pizza joint to get out of the heat on a 90+ degree Summer day, and ending up with this in my glass is very satisfying. Great beer, and as perfectly seasonal as food or drink can be. (1,330 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" white head. Hazy straw yellow color. The flavor profile is typical BMC all the way too me, just a little stronger and smoother, and I kind of wonder if that isn't more to the credit of it being a fresher and constantly refrigerated version of a pilsner. Yes, I enjoyed it and would repeat, but as far as the build of the beer goes I'd still just call it a little above average. (391 characters)

Photo of bgjohnston
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's Liquors. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden colour with a white one finger head atop the brew that fades to leave a nice halo and good white flecks.

S - Nice sweet malts and grains along with nice light Saaz hop notes.

T - Wow. Very surprised. Sweet bready malts and more of the musky Saaz hops. Very fresh and clean tasting.

M - A very nice and refreshing mouthfeel. Very clean finish.

O - Overall I was quite impressed with this offering from Berkshire Brewing Company. Always good.to support local, and with beers like this they make it very easy. (608 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Clear, clean, golden straw yellow with a two-finger head of fizzy carbonation bubbles upheld by a bit of creaminess which lingered for a bit but left little lacing.

S: Loads of rustic grains, bread malts and baked, buttery biscuit aromas to go along with slightly spicy, musty Saaz hops.

T: Toasted cereal malts hit the palate first with a little creaminess and zesty, milled graininess. The hops slowly build in for a distinct, spicy, bubbly and slightly metallic taste that dries out the palate and washes the brew down with a lightly bitter and bready aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a little creaminess up front before the bubbly, spicy drying hops take hold.

O: A nice, balanced pilsener with an authentic Czech feel to it. Saaz hops are the subtle star of the show and bready, earthy, milled floor malts add enough substance to keep it a nice hot weather brew. Not a ton of interest on a normal basis, but BBC did a fine job here. (1,044 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of sawbones420
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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 (1,338 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
2.75/5  rDev -30%
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 (453 characters)

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Berkshire Czech Pilsner from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.