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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer starts with the distinctive Saaz hop nose, then a pleasant maltiness for such a light beer followed by a floral, spicy and earthy hop flavor that closes with a focused bitter finish. Very refreshing.

The inspiration for this beer comes from hop buying trips to the Czech Republic. The unfiltered, unpasteurized pilsners that you find there at the birthplace of the style gave the idea of recreating that same beer, but with an increased emphasis on the flavor and aromatic qualities of the hops.

We used one malt (pils) and one hop (Saaz) in brewing the beer. The maltiness is derived from the decoction mash, a traditional and rarely used method for heating the mash by removing a portion of the mash, boiling it, and then mixing it back in. The boiling causing caramelization that deepens the beers color and lowers the fermentability of the sugars resulting in a slightly richer bodied beer. Saaz hops are the only hop used in brewing that have never been hybridized, dating back to when hops were first used in brewing hundreds of years ago.

(Beer added by: Michaeldmanley on 11-14-2013)
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Reviews by Shaw:
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4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

I'm not sure why BA calls this a German pilsener; "Bohemian Pilsener" is right on the label.

Pours just about perfect: golden with a big bright white head.

Grass and grain aroma.

Nice bitterness in the flavor, with hints of fruit and bigger flavors of biscuit. Hint of sulphur.

Very smooth body.

Overall an excellent lager. Seek this one out.

Shaw, Nov 24, 2013
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Nose is freshly crushed grains and herbal/floral hops. Low sweetness...fresh and crisp - just like a good pilsener.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Tons of rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters very slowly. Sporadic yet persistent lacing.

S: Italian bread with a bit of soapy tone.

T: Light bready malt grains. Light crisp hop.

M: Light body, grainy character. Bready tone lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Sessionable but tasty.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Lots of rising effervescence, giant frothy head, and some fair persistent lacing. Bready nose. Bready flavor with a light hop. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 28, 2013
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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.