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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
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 is retired; no longer brewed.

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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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

cfrobrew, Oct 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Dabai, Jul 07, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/22/13. Acquired directly from Denver's Saint Arnold rep in the parking lot of Argonaut Liquor (as dodgy as that sounds).

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of beige colour. Decent smooth consistency. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent clear pale copper. No floating yeast particles are visible. Average vibrance.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pilsner. Certainly not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Straw, starches, pilsner malts, grains, Saaz hops, and floral hops. Starch is dominant. Maybe some faint honey? No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A clean fragrant aroma of mild strength. Pretty standard for a pilsner aside from the starchiness.

T: Pilsner malts are dominant. There's some faint honey, evidenced by the atypical sweetness for the style. Light floral and Saaz hops. Hay/straw. Grains. Faint lemongrass. A light dose of crackery malts. Vague spiciness. Fairly balanced, and certainly cohesive, but not gestalt. Build is pretty standard for the style. Quite starchy.

I'm not sure what's meant to be "Bohemian" here; there aren't any atypical spices or real game-changers. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I do like it for what it is. Quite simple. Lacks complexity, nuance, intricacy, and subtlety.

Mf: Has a chalky starchy dryness. Smooth. Somewhat refreshing, but far less so than most beers in the style. Suits the flavour profile generally well. The texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste. Decently carbonated, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Not soft or particularly crisp. Pretty decent execution.

Not oily, rough, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable, albeit less so than most beers in the style (even worse ones). I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little pilsner and I can't say it disappoints. Not Saint Arnold's strongest work, but I do enjoy it for what it is. Don't expect a world-class pilsner - just a fairly priced brewski apt for sipping during an American football game.


kojevergas, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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blastoderm55, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
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beaverapproved, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

UHCougar12, Feb 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

EGreen, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Blaze5445, Mar 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

OgreSanchez, Feb 07, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's ok, but I'm not sure it is worthy of the Icon label. It has a lot of flavor for the light color. They should have introduced this in the summer to avoid competing with all of the dark and rich fall/winter brews. This is something to drink when mowing the lawn. It's definitely worth trying at least once.

Honey_Badger, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm always ready and willing to jump on St. Arnold's latest Icon, but I was especially excited to see them taking on a Pilsner. A good Pilsner is hard to find, but their Summer Pils is my favorite.

Appearance - Snow white 1-2 finger head that stays with the beer the entire time, gradually reducing to about 1cm. Beautiful lacing.

Smell - Pretty much what you expect out of a Pilsner. Sour and slightly bitter.

Taste - Perfectly middle of the road. Slight bitterness and sourness with a sweet taste at the end. Very enjoyable, but not much to pull it away from the pack.

Mouthfeel - Mildly carbonated as expected.

Overall - I wanted to love this beer, I really did. While it is quite enjoyable, it doesn't separate itself from the back of other acceptable Pilsners. I'll be looking forward to the summer again more for the Summer Pils than ever hoping for this one to be brought back.

msturek, Dec 26, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: January 12th, 2014.

A: Clear gold. Huge thick head of bright white.

S: Little bit soapy and bitter. Lemon.

T: Lemon and citrus in front, with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

M: Thin, nice carbonation.

O: Nice, maybe a little bitter for my taste. I prefer Saint Arnold's Summer Pils.

ranger7, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tbryan5, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

IrishGermanAmerican, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Shafaegalo, Feb 09, 2014
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tpgraham, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ilikebeer03, Apr 22, 2014
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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.