Big Rock Saaz Republic Pilz - Big Rock Brewery
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Reviews by tbeckett:
3.54/5 rDev +8.6%
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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3.48/5 rDev +6.7%
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
3.38/5 rDev +3.7%
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
3.34/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours pale gold with moderate head. Aroma is biscuit malt with a touch of floral. Taste is standard macrobrew pils malt with a tinge of spicy floral hops. There is a pleasant lingering sweetness like shortbread but the beer is underhopped 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. There are better craft pilsners in western Canada.
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2013 02:29:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.46/5 rDev +6.1%
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
3.75/5 rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
A fellow CANMan, BigBry, sent me a bunch of CANned beers from CANada and I always look forward to opening one of his boxes. The spent CAN will be passed on to a CAN collector in York Haven, PA who I visited today for the first time. He has built a two-story, five-bedroom house specifically for the storage of his CAN collection and I was still able to impress him with my donations!
From the CAN: Saaz Republic Pilz [-] A distinct but mild bitterness on the front end followed by a slight hop middle and a clean, refreshing finish. Poured in a glass, Saaz Republic Pilz is a thing of beauty, sporting a dense, white head atop a golden yellow body. [undersigned] Brewmaster Paul Gautreau (sp?)"; "Simple ingredients. Extraordinary taste. Truly C[AN]adian."; Big Rock Brewery [-] Brewing real beer since 1985".
The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I was jonesing, so I went directly to an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was amusing and I watched as two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy French Vanilla-colored head formed. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity and King Midas and Croesus began to argue over who would get the first sip. Nose had the beautiful scent of freshly-mown grass that Saaz imparts. I looked over at the two jagovs across from me who were still arguing and I took the first sip. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste, while grassy, did not measure up to the nose. Finish was dry with a light grassiness that lingered well after the swallow. I liked it, but having had better examples of the style from a CAN, I CANnot recommend it (unless you live in western CANada, in which case it will be more readily available than what I would otherwise put you onto).
Serving type: can
06-26-2013 02:53:36 | More by woodychandler
3.53/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
341ml brown bottle with twist off cap and gold foil over the cap poured in a pilsener glass.
Clear, pale gold in colour. White head is minimal, about 1/8 inch on the pour and recedes to just a thin ring with no lace to speak of.
Light grain sweetness with the unmistakable czech hops in the aroma. Fairly straight forward, but promising.
Mainly grainy at the start. Hops come into play after the middle, towards the end. Finish is mildly hoppy and pretty crisp.
Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Nothing special for a Czech Pilsener, but that being said, this might be my new favourite Big Rock beer. Here's hoping their offerings improve!
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2013 03:47:25 | More by Noxious26
Big Rock Saaz Republic Pilz from Big Rock Brewery
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