1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Original Litovel Premium - Pivovar Litovel

Not Rated.
Original Litovel PremiumOriginal Litovel Premium

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Litovel visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 05-31-2003)
View: Beers (6) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-06-2014 20:40:05 | More by Latarnik
Photo of rredshift
rredshift

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-28-2014 18:37:39 | More by rredshift
Photo of BlackHaddock
BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Third beer of the day at Green Week in Berlin on 17th Jan 2014 as I drank around the world.

0.3 Litre on-tap within the Czech Republic area at the festival.

Usual lager/pils look: golden, clear and bright. White head that didn't stay long.

Crisp refreshing but odourless and almost tasteless in nature: nothing to set it apart from all the other brews in this style really.

Pleasant enough, but not enough to make me choose it over any other Czech Pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 09:32:30 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Dolanmcduk
Dolanmcduk

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a local corner liquor store.
500 ml dark bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours with above average carbonation instantly forming medium bubble size head no matter how slow you pour it. Head approaches 2 fingers and rapidly dissipates leaving a thin ring and covering. Color is clear, darker gold/honey.

S- Smell is very light, similar to euro lagers, very close to lighter German lagers, but not much to go on here. Faint grassy and straw scent.

T- Balanced sweetness, and hop. Not much of either, this beer does not come charging out of the gate with any flavors dominating. The straw and grass are apparent as the major flavors. There is a sweetness as well that is very faint. It's fresh tasting. Personally I enjoy more hop presence, but cannot fault the beer for that. Not an overpowering beer, could drink a few of these and not even notice.

M- Not bad, was worried it would be fuzzy from the amount of carbonation, but it is restrained, again like the smell and flavor. I'm not a fan of excess carbonation. There is dryness that becomes apparent in the finish. It has that common euro aftertaste that I kinda like.

Overall this beer is very restrained in all areas. Is that a bad thing? After nullifying your senses with crazy IPAs and locomotive stouts, it's alright to have something like this on hand. Would recommend to give to your less adventurous friends, to ease them into foreign beers.

Sometimes you need something just alright, and Litovel is just alright with me.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:05:05 | More by Dolanmcduk
Photo of Heminoolo
Heminoolo

Estonia

2.5/5  rDev -28%

09-23-2012 12:45:34 | More by Heminoolo
Photo of evlu1441
evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I decided to pick this one up alongside another Czech pilsner to compare (Budvar).

It pours a medium golden colour. There is a nice frothy head that settles down to a nice thin layer. It's a very nice looking golden lager.

The aroma is very mild. There is a faint Saaz hop aroma and some graininess, but there isn't much to talk about overall.

The taste is nice and malty to start, and some slight hoppy flavour comes through before finishing with some nice pronounced bitterness. Carbonation is very noticeable, and sometimes slightly distracting.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and at a better price-point than its competitors. I'm going to have to keep Golden Pheasant at the top of my Czech-style pilsner hierarchy for the time being.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:08:52 | More by evlu1441
Photo of andrenaline
andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of big bubbled head which quickly recedes leaving no lacing.

S - Very mild but some sour lemons and grassy hops come through.

T - Grassy hops off the top followed by bready caramel malts with a little skunkiness to it. The flavours are rather mild, but suitable for the style.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a tad watery and finishes a little too dry for my liking.

D - A classic euro style lager, but I'm not a huge fan of this one. Several weaknesses make it one of the less desirable foreign pilsener options.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 17:42:53 | More by andrenaline
Photo of CrazyMike
CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with bubbly head. Smell is very grassy and malty, picked up some bread.

Taste is very malty with floral hops, picked up bread, spices and sweetness as well. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Aftertaste has a lingering malty taste with some bitterness.

Overall, this is a refreshing pilsener. Taste has some strong points (mainly the malt), but overall it is easy to drink. Would recommend when it is hot out.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:47:04 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of Shadman
Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czech beers tend to be decent so when I spied this @ the local liquor conglomerate @ a decent $$ per bottle...

Very bright, clear golden colour with a very nice, thick head and tons of lacing.

Sweet malts with a hint of citrus. Lot's of grassy Saaz hops balance out the maltiness.

Nicely balanced Czech Pils. Sweet bread malt, hint of lemon zest battle it out with lot's of grassy hop bitterness. Hop bitterness wins out in the end as it is what lingers toward the finish. Finishes dry, but not overly so.

Nice medium body with good inital carbonation and feel.

I really enjoyed this beer..I think it has the potential to be a real thirst quencher if it's still available this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:39:44 | More by Shadman
Photo of wordemupg
wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar29 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots bubbles popping up from everywhere and floating up to a big fluffy head that left a few patches of lace

S lots of grassy hops with some sweet malts

T not far from the smell but with some bread and citrus

M a crisp clean typical pilsener good carbonation and refreshing

D no problems with this lager I only wish it was a hot sunny day

I would drink this again, the price is fair and its a decent lager that's worth trying

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 02:22:56 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden (with light brown notes). The head is a bit "fluffy" at first but then turns a bit more compact. The head is large and light off-white, it dissipates pretty fast.

S: The smell is refreshingly malty (both caramell and pilsener), but a bit to "bready" for my taste. There are floral hops as well with some bitter ones.

T: Malty, but the hops is where this beer goes to town: the bitter hops dominates over the floral hops - it's more like a German Pilsener than a Czech one.

M: The aftertaste is bitter and dry - I like it, but it's more German than Czech to me. The body and the carbonation is medium.

D: Not the best czech pilsener, but it goes down without a hazzle.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 12:48:29 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of atis
atis

Finland

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with foamy head, large carbonation bubbles rising, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is bready with acidic berries and weak herbal hops.

Taste is sweetish grainy malt with mild citrus herbal bitterness that is felt in the finish, citrusy aftertaste, bits of boiled vegetables in between, slowly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. It lacks some complexity, but is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 19:58:08 | More by atis
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. This was the first and only authentic Czech pilsener that I have ever seen on tap around town, in the little oft-renamed Central European bistro that I used to frequent.

Into my half-litre souvenir Gambrinus mug, this beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent splattered paint lacing around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells strongly and warmly of grainy, bready pale malt, white soda crackers, heated lemon pie filling, and earthy, herbal, floral, and grassy noble hops - an aroma so readily identifiable, that the Czechs should trademark it, because all of their good pilseners seem to be marked by it. The taste is likewise hoppy at first, that softly assertive, floral, grassy, and spicy Saaz goodness, followed closely by more semi-sweet grainy, somewhat biscuity pale malts, a subtle sourdough breadiness, and a kind of sour citrus rind tartness.

The carbonation is moderate in intensity, and duly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally armor-clad smooth, though a slight chink is taken out by those sneaky hops. It finishes mostly dry, certainly crisp, and lingeringly hoppy, in the relatively reserved Bohemian sense.

A rather good example of the style, definitely something that I enjoy as a sessionable accompaniment to steaming goulash and fried cheese, all over dark, spartan wood tables. Or now at home, with less appropriate fare - oh well, it's still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 00:01:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by half-pint on tap, at the Approach Tavern, Bethnal Green, East London. The pub has both this one and Litovel's Classic on tap for more than two years now...

A: pale golden hue, coming with non-stopping, explosive streams of tiny bubbles like a small tornado in the glass!... topped with extremely tight and creamy froth with brilliant retention.
S: upfront is a distinctively sour edge of doughy malts, a touch of lemons and faintly apple-ish aroma... floating notes of lightly dusty hop resins and plenty of grassy Saaz hops lie constantly in the background. Rather balanced nose, with malts outweighing hops by a thin margin.
T: doughy lager malts with a dryish flow of bitter-sweet taste of hops, clean on the mouthfeel... the sweetness of bready malts initially gradually gives way to an utterly dry, chewy and herbal-bitter palate of hops on the sides of the tongue... the intensifying hop-bitterness dominates and lingers in the aftertaste, giving the flavour a bit more depth.
M&D: medium-bodied, really crisp and clean on the mouthfeel, full of soft and creamy fizziness... Overall this is an above-average Pilsner, with lovely malt entry upfront followed by profound bitterness of abundant amount of Saaz hops, while the dry palate makes it very quaffable. This beer on tap is pretty good~~

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 19:19:07 | More by wl0307
Photo of JanM
JanM

Sweden

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Litovel Premium poured with a nice head and an inviting golden color. The smell is of sweet bread and grapefruit. It's not overly carbonated and the taste is crisp, clear, bready with a bitter aftertaste. There are some herbs in there which gives it a fuller taste compared to its German cousins. Litovel Premium definately belongs to the premier league of Czech pilz rating somewhere between the dominant Lobkowicz Démon and the refreshing Holba Premium.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 18:13:32 | More by JanM
Photo of bark
bark

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep yellow. The finger thick foam is white and compact.

The gentle smell is fresh and bitter with some margarine and French loaf.

The taste starts with a soft malty flavour, some white bread, aroma hops, some more neutral malt, and a growing bitterness. The aftertaste is plain bitter with neutral malt and a trace of alcohol.

The carbonation is average for a pils; medium strong with medium bubbles.

Czech pilsners are sometimes hard to review: They are mostly well crafted, but they are quite similar and sometimes rather anonymous.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 20:54:02 | More by bark
Photo of BigBry
BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall skinny brown 500 ml bottle with date stamped on front label (same bottle as the picture). Pours a golden / orangey color with a full white head. Foam is a mix of large and small bubbles covering the liquid, but didn't leave any lacing. Hold it up to the light and it is a bit cloudy, even some small floaties suspended in there - doesn't affect the taste though. There is a bit of a metallic smell, but overall it is a hoppy spice aroma. This beer has a crispness that you expect from this style. Pretty basic pilsner type flavor - crisp, clean, easy to drink. It does leave a bit of that spicy and slightly metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 23:22:00 | More by BigBry
Photo of canadianbarman
canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--Came in a large 0,5 L brown bottle with the freshness date clearly on the front label. Poured with a nice size head that lasted quite nicely as lacing. The color was of a golden, straw like color.
--Kind of a spicy, floral malty smell.
This beer had a nice crisp taste to it. It is, so far the best beer of this style that I have tasted. The others were not impressive so I was expecting not much with this one, but was pleasently surprised. Would like to try again.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 00:34:55 | More by canadianbarman
Photo of pootz
pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orangey-gold, nice frothy cap that dissipated to a glass clinging lace. Wonderful floral-spicy saaz hop aroma mingled with sweet grain smells. Starts fairly crisp, citrus tang, light mouth feel with that wonderful pilsner thirst busting tartness....then finishes dry with a lingering metallic after taste from the hops.

A very good representation of the Bohemian lager genre and a premium export beer. Buy some if you like their pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 03:02:30 | More by pootz
Photo of Garin
Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a perfectly clear straw-gold yellow, with a nice firm head. The head is well supported by a good carbonation.

The aromas are of sweet malt, grassy and floral hops, about what I'd expect but not much more.

Sweet malt starts the flavour out, but the bitter and floral hops take centre stage in the flavour. A spiciness builds throughout, along with a bit of a malt character.

The mouthfeel is crisp, tasty, and refreshing. The carbonation is interesting and light.

Overall, it's quite drinkable and refreshing. As far as widely available czech pilsners go, I prefer the Czechvar, but there's nothing wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 19:10:44 | More by Garin
Photo of lipschitz
lipschitz

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Pours Clear, honeyed yellow with a large foaming head…that quickly dissipates. The aroma is very faint – a bit of hay with a whisper of herbal undertones. Taste is initial steely metallic, followed by lingering malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.
Notes: This is a capable pilsner…but not much more than that. It seems that most of the flavour that may have existed was filtered, or pasteurised out. It was in no way offensive, but it also doesn’t invite you back for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 13:41:17 | More by lipschitz
Photo of IronDjinn
IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Czechvar (original Budvar) and Topvar as a pilsener. Has a very impressive foamy head on it which subsides to a ring, which in turn leaves a light trace of lacing down the glass. Smell is of sweet malt, a bit of hay. Taste is crisp and clean, main focus on malt, very light floral hops in the aftertaste. Very smooth. Quite drinkable, I can't complain, but it's still rather average. Not as complex as Czechvar, but the same drinkability as Topvar, it would make an okay sessional.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 17:55:59 | More by IronDjinn
Original Litovel Premium from Pivovar Litovel
80 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.