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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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83
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
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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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

shigg85, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Shaw
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of darocny
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured into a 512 pint glass. Has a bright yellow color with a light, but substantial head and moderate retention. Leaves a delicate ring of lacing behind.

Soft, flowery hops and light cracker malt. Taste follows the nose very closely though the hops take on a peppery spice. Finishes very dry. Subtle carbonation and great mouthfeel.

This pils stands up with the best of them. An excellent beer from Saint Arnold and so far the best from the Icon Series. This beer is not only refreshing and very traditional for the style, it is extremely well-crafted.

darocny, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

dcloeren, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours a crisp yellow-orange with an explosion of bubbles resulting in one-finger of pure white head.

Has a lively aroma with grain, dry hay, a twist of lemon and a hint of vanilla.

Crisp as can be with a dab of caramel, more lemon, and grass. Dry and light bodied with a finely tuned hop finish.

An absolutely wonderful pils that stays simple yet packs the flavor where it counts.

stephens101, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow color. A fluffy pillowing white head forms with ultra fine bubbles rising. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Saaz hops,grassy, lightly floral, biscuit malts. A nice spicy/peppery aroma. Lingering bitterness. Simple, but very nice.
T: Again, fairly simple but very enjoyable. At first floral, grassy, and spicy Saaz hops. Lovely biscuit malts. Lingering bitterness that brings everything together.
M/D: A light to medium body. Fine and soft carbonation. Very dry. I just wish there was a bit more effervescent bite. Though incredibly smooth. Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I will be getting more of this.

This is beautifully simple. Well made and so enjoyable. Something I highly recommend.

champ103, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of mattLummus
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

Good, quality Pilsner. Decent head and a nice floral and tangy aroma. Hops really stand out. Taste is more tangy with a slight bitter finish in opposition to the floral aroma. Finish is nice and clean and lingers for a decent moment. The Bohemian reference in the title is fitting.

mattLummus, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a semi-c;lear bright hazy golden color with bright white frothy head that left minimal lacing.

S- Big grassy, grape, and bready notes. Smells like a really fresh pilsner.

T- Big grassy, grape, bready, floral, pilsner malt, and some spicy Saaz hop notes.

M- Prickly carbonation, very dry, and refreshing.

O- A very refreshing and complex pilsner.

Hoptometrist, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a frothy white head. Not a whole lot going on for retention and lace.

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

Taste has biscuity, grainy malt that tastes really fresh and clean. The hops are a bit understated and could use a little boost, but has enough bitterness on the back to keep it in the dry realm. This is really good...might be the most simplistic of the ICON series, but also might be the tastiest too. Good stuff and a really good example of the style.

twiggamortis420, Jan 23, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

ovaltine, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

BKotch, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Beer_lover89, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Musineer, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

kew, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Jame515, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

StArnoldFan, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A finger of white head. Good retention an lace. Color is a clear gold.

Flavors: Classic German pils. Bready and biscuity malts. Earthy and grassy hops. Some spicy hops. Has a floral bite to it.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Light bodied. Higher carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, solid pils with a good drinability. Nice hop profile.

mothman, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

a hazy straw yellow/golden hue with a finger of head.
sweet pilsner malt, bready, slight citrus zest
slightly bitter herbal grassy hops up front with lots of sweet bready malt.. Candy like sweetness shines through on the finish
light to medium in body with high carbonation
for the style this beer is most excellent. Full of flavor and very refreshing/easy to drink. Not usually a fan of this style but I can see polishing off a few of these in a sitting.

facundoCNB, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

hsus0225, Apr 22, 2014
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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.