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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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83 Ratings
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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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2.98/5  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.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.