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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.11%
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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Dabai

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-07-2014 20:50:41 | More by Dabai
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kojevergas

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

C

12-13-2013 04:14:08 | More by kojevergas
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Sazz9

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

12-04-2013 02:55:30 | More by Sazz9
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blastoderm55

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

12-06-2013 03:15:33 | More by blastoderm55
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Nuggetz

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

12-18-2013 16:10:45 | More by Nuggetz
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javlin624

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-17-2013 05:23:57 | More by javlin624
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beaverapproved

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-28-2013 11:50:53 | More by beaverapproved
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Johan_van

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-22-2014 21:14:38 | More by Johan_van
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-05-2013 03:32:20 | More by CDCNAM
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UHCougar12

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-27-2014 23:46:46 | More by UHCougar12
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EGreen

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-10-2014 02:22:49 | More by EGreen
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-15-2014 21:15:13 | More by Blaze5445
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PhatAtUT

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-03-2013 16:19:18 | More by PhatAtUT
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OgreSanchez

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-07-2014 03:21:53 | More by OgreSanchez
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Honey_Badger

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

11-24-2013 18:02:48 | More by Honey_Badger
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

11-28-2013 05:10:30 | More by bmwats
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msturek

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

12-26-2013 15:12:53 | More by msturek
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ranger7

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

02-09-2014 22:10:18 | More by ranger7
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-18-2014 13:35:57 | More by tbryan5
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-09-2014 23:14:28 | More by Shafaegalo
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tpgraham

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-12-2014 16:09:37 | More by tpgraham
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-22-2014 01:39:57 | More by ilikebeer03
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RTG3467

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-25-2013 16:03:54 | More by RTG3467
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-14-2013 22:24:45 | More by greenspointexas
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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.