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Big Rock Saaz Republic Pilz - Big Rock Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 09-08-2012)
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2014 01:54:14 | More by jcubz
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

06-03-2014 22:56:39 | More by WillAndSarah
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

06-01-2014 02:58:25 | More by Sammy
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

05-12-2014 03:36:22 | More by LDuke
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

04-29-2014 22:13:43 | More by FadetoBock
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-02-2014 15:35:25 | More by MJ63
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2014 03:52:41 | More by Tivlavrie
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2014 17:01:13 | More by Fader
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mremoquillo

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2014 02:28:32 | More by mremoquillo
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Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +23.1%

01-11-2014 14:09:46 | More by Subliminal64
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

01-09-2014 22:33:54 | More by Exeter
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

12-31-2013 05:22:10 | More by RedAleMan
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

12-27-2013 15:06:11 | More by TerryW
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can picked up at The Beer Store. Early on during my craft beer conversion, this brewery was the source of many of my favourite staples, including Trad and Grasshopper. Their lagers, on the other hand, never really managed to grab my attention - but I'm always willing to try a new pilsener. Served well chilled.

Pours a pale straw yellow colour, topped with one finger of soapy, sparkling white head that rapidly seeps away, leaving a dense, fairly short-lived cap. Decent lacing. The aroma is very mild and not very interesting; grainy malts, a faint hint of lemon and floral hops. Not far from what I expected at this point, really.

Very clean, simple straightforward flavour profile that adheres to the style. The malt backbone is grainy and a little bready; its light sweetness remains the dominant presence until the tail end, where grassy notes of wet hay with a somewhat floral quality begin to come through. Dry finish; only a touch of lemon and then a clean aftertaste. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gives this one an appropriate bite for the style. Easy to drink quickly, and tasty enough for that to be a realistic prospect.

Final Grade: 3.48, a B-. I haven't had a new beer from Big Rock in years, but their Saaz Republic Pilz is a great way to break that black streak. While I wouldn't consider this quite on par with my favourite Czech-made examples, it's still a quality, easy-drinking lager that I'd consider returning to again. If you aren't already a lager enthusiast then this isn't going to convert you, but it's still miles ahead of that XO Lager garbage they took off the market a few years ago, as well as the passable but similarly-fated Gopher Lager. Give this one a shot.

Serving type: can

12-16-2013 05:18:26 | More by thehyperduck
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

12-10-2013 15:34:50 | More by rogerdandy
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Tom_Servo

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.7%

11-07-2013 01:14:01 | More by Tom_Servo
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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

10-30-2013 05:58:17 | More by Ianleesrivette
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at King's Head in Winnipeg. From notes.

A - Poured light-ish golden with a two finger white head. Bright. Good carbonation. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Grainy, lemon. A bit weak.

T - Grainy, lemon, noble hop. Better than the aroma and fairly pleasant.

M - Decent carbonation, light-ish body, lemony snappy bitterness.

O/D - Not a bad beer for Big Rock. Lacks a bit of stronger flavour, but it's good for the most part. Wouldn't have a session on it, but it was nice to try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 21:17:47 | More by tbeckett
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

we had a broken case of the "swinger's pack" at my store, so I swiped up almost one of each variety that was inside. This was one of them. I've had it at beer festivals before, but I guess it's time to take a proper look at it.

Big Rock's products are really hit or miss for me - some are excellent like the Scottish heavy ale, and some are huge letdowns like the lime beer. This one is really not too bad.

The beer pours pale yellow, and certainly more pale than a pilsner, which I think is what they were going for here. "Saaz" undoubtebly refers to saaz hops that were used in the brewing process, making a proper pilsner the obvious comparison. The aroma is not very potent, although it certainly is a bit more potent than their regular fare.

The taste is surprising - it's actually very good. Considering the pale colour and quick dissipating head I hadn't expected a whole lot from this beer, but it's really nice. It's very smooth in my mouth and smooth going down, but there is a really nice hoppiness on my tongue. This is certainly no pilsner - it's way too weak for that kind of label, although as a slightly more potent pale lager it's pretty good.

It's hard to expect Big Rock to be pulling off a top quality pilsner, but this is all right for the occasional sip.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 06:48:25 | More by Olek4374
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev 0%

08-28-2013 16:08:38 | More by YamagamiTravis
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale gold with moderate head. Aroma is green and biscuit malts with floral Saaz notes. Taste is standard macrobrew pils malt with some spicy floral hops. There is a pleasant lingering sweetness like shortbread but the beer is underhopped on the palate and needs more spice and bitterness. Body is thin and finish is clean and crisp. Some grass and hay notes. Better than the macro lagers but underwhelming. Needs more hop presence and a bit more body, although the aroma isn't too bad. There are better craft pilseners in western Canada.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 02:29:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-18-2013 02:20:08 | More by joefinnigan15
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a light yellow color lager with a medium size white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt base with light dry floral notes. Taste is also dominated lightly sweet malt notes with some dry floral hoppy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. This is not a bad beer overall but would have benefited from additional hops presence.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 18:43:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

08-16-2013 14:05:22 | More by KStark
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Druid

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

08-04-2013 00:04:52 | More by Druid
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Big Rock Saaz Republic Pilz from Big Rock Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.