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Icon Series: Bohemian Pils - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
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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4/5  rDev +9%

Jame515, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Nuggetz, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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.

C

kojevergas, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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4/5  rDev +9%

Musineer, Dec 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

blastoderm55, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

CDCNAM, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

dcloeren, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Sazz9, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

shigg85, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of darocny
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Trappist_Vince, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

kew, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Beer_lover89, Nov 28, 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cdwil, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Gagnonsux, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of champ103
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.

champ103, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Honey_Badger
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 Shaw
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Heretic42, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

truesolution, Nov 21, 2013
Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.