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Breznak Svetly Lezák - Pivovar Breznak

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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Breznak
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003)
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

05-09-2013 12:21:21 | More by Ciocanelu
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When most people in the world think of beer what they overwhelmingly envision is a Czech Pilsner (or some derivation thereof) and, indeed, this one fits that picture: Březňák Světlý Ležák has the golden-yellow colour of summer corn, uninterrupted clarity, the odd fluttering bubble, and a thin patch of bleach white head.

The flagship quality of a true Czech pilsner is the spicy, floral notes of the Saaz hop - or at least it should be. Though brewed in the Czech Republic, Březňák smells like it could have been made most anywhere; the nose offers no defining characteristic save for that all-too-familiar light graininess and faint corn-like flavour.

Good quality malt makes for a lack of bad flavour in the aroma and a plethora of nice flavour on the palate. This lager is sufficiently clean, pointing to a lack (or conservative use) of adjuncts, but doesn't have the delicious bready taste of other Czech pilsners. It's more light-medium bodied than medium and drinks closer to a standard commercial lager than pilsner...

In large part because it's also lacking the style's trademark floral and grassy hop notes; the finish is marked by a modest earthiness but, as in the bouquet, it fails to impress the spicy, floral aura of Saaz. What I think of as 'authentic' Czech pilsners - and certainly the ones I enjoy the most - have a lot more hop presence than this.

Contrary to what many beer geeks believe, "basic" does not equal "bad". Basic can be very good. In this case, however, "basic" could be a lot better, notably by displaying more of the basics - for a Czech pilsner hops are severely underrepresented in both aroma and flavour. Then again that's not surprising when a brewery like Heineken is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

Serving type: can

05-24-2014 23:03:32 | More by biegaman
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RD1163

California

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-06-2013 04:08:24 | More by RD1163
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korene84

California

2/5  rDev -34.2%

04-06-2013 04:06:33 | More by korene84
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany under the name Breznak Original Bohmisch Pils. Poured into a footed pilsner glass.
Colour is very deep yellow-golden, with something more of two fingers of foam. White and soapy, with very good retention and heavy lacing left on the glass. A constant stream of bubbles is rising to the surface. Aroma is quite hoppy, but not as much as I would expect from a Czechish pilsner. Some light malt aroma too, along with adjuncts. Rice, maybe?
Nice bitter taste. Unfortunately, very metallic at first, along with this adjunct flavour, but it gets much better on the aftertaste where the hops really shine, with a long finish as well.
Medium thickness on the body, very dry on the palate and just the right amount of carbonation.
I really liked this one, very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:16:05 | More by Douberd
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stevoj

Germany

3/5  rDev -1.3%

07-13-2012 16:45:22 | More by stevoj
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aztraz

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

06-28-2012 16:54:12 | More by aztraz
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Harkrank

Sweden

3/5  rDev -1.3%

12-23-2011 21:54:18 | More by Harkrank
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hobojon

California

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle bought in europe somewhere.

Appearance as expected. White foam, dark gold color. Very clear.

The aroma is actually good. Strong noble Saaz hop aroma, clean lager yeast, and pils malt with some bread? or toast.

The taste is clean, light and refreshing. Mild herbal bitterness, acidic bite from carbonation, malty sweet but drying with some noble hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is okay, bubbles could be finer. Med high carb (provides crispness though).

Very drinkable, smooth and well brewed. I don't see a date on the bottle, but it seems fresh enough. Rather flavorful for only being 4.1% abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 19:32:21 | More by hobojon
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crossovert

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Called Original Böhmisch Pils in Germany, they still brew it. 500ml bottle. Mindestens haltbar bis: 23.12.2011.

It pours a very nice deep-gold, straight up Bohemian style. The head is bright and white and leaves some very nice lacing.

The smell is grainy, mellow, and a bit sweet. There is some flowery hops that come in with multiple whiffs.

The flavor is very much textbook Czech pils. It is pretty refreshing actually after having sampled so many German versions lately. It definitely has more of that biscuity buttery presence than a German pils. It also has the noticeable flower and herbal flavors of the Saaz hops.

This isn't the most full-flavored or delicious pilseners I have had, but it is nice having it after a decent drought for czech pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 18:33:51 | More by crossovert
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad pilsner! Too bad it is retired. I bought this beer five months ago in the middle of Germany. Tonight took it out of the fridge and poured it in my Struise Glass.

A somewhat darkyellow fluid with a white head and no visible carbonation. That's a pity!

Not a bad smell and a bit of a bitter hop taste. Not too bitter, just right.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 22:01:57 | More by Brabander
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Daredevil

Switzerland

3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I seem to be the third to comment on this brew .... well I do not entirely agree with the review of the first two, as I do believe this to be a fairly decent lager ... not a legend of course, but there is a nice balance between hops and malt, the brew has a medium to strong body and a pleasant bitterness (although nowhere near a Pilsner) .... for me this is a good blue collar Czech lager ...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 21:06:43 | More by Daredevil
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stcules

Italy

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, full. Beautiful foam. Good appearance, correct.
The smell is fully malt, but there are some hop notes, well noticeable.
The taste is balanced too, between the maltiness and the bitterness.
Nothing exceptional, but pleasant and drinkable, thanks to the light body.
Aftertaste: not much. Some bitterness in the back.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 21:23:40 | More by stcules
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy drinking Czech Pils, not as good as PU or Budvar, but tasty as you'd want, this beer is fine by me. Some nice soft malts and floral hops, crispish and soft, not skunky which was good since it had travelled such a long way and came in a green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 02:27:08 | More by rastaman
Breznak Svetly Lezák from Pivovar Breznak
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