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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #15 - Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #15 - Bohemian PilsnerHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #15 - Bohemian Pilsner

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BA SCORE
86
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Pilsner is made from three different European malts including a large portion of Pilsner malt which provided the slightly sweet and malty backbone of the beer. In order to achieve the crisp bitterness and aromatic nose, we brewed with Tetnanger and Czech Saaz hops. The beer was dry hopped with the Saaz as well. The authentic Bohemian Pilsner yeast added depth and after a prolonged lagering period helped produce much of the character of this beer. Our Bohemian Pilsner has a smooth, slightly malty flavor that is balanced with a crisp bitterness and clean hop aroma.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: errantnight on 07-20-2006)
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger creamy and pillowy merangue-like white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light spicy noble hop with a gentle husky malt.

The taste was upfront spicy hop with a backdrop of light grainy malt. There was subtle biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was light with a misplaced creaminess.

Overall a very quaffable pils. Could have used a more adventurous hop profile however.

plaid75, May 10, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline pale straw with lumpy white frothy on top leaving sticky clumps of lacing. Sharp saaz-y aroma. Creamy and slightly buttery. Taste follows the smell...czech hops and faint green apple. A little more clean than crisp. Mouthfeel is actually pretty solid, somewhat crisp and dry. A nice, dry pils with a creamy touch.

wedge, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy straw color with a decent with head that left some nice lacing. The smell is of noble hops and pale malts, a bit spicy. The taste is of spicy noble hops, I notice a bit of a metallic taste. It has that Euro funk taste. The feel is light but not watery, finishes dry. Its easy drinking, fine American example that stays true to the Bohemian style.

Gmann, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden straw color has a 1” clean white head, with excellent retention and some thin ropey lacing left behind on the glass. Taste is just what I'd expect from a good Pilsner, smooth pale malt with hints of grape skins, dry grains, and a spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, the beer is medium bodied and highly carbonated. The aroma is of fresh noble hops with hints of a bread-like maltiness underneath. This beer is easily one of the best American made Pilsners and I would recommend it to anyone who’s trying to get away from drinking mass produced, low quality, inferior Pilsners from the big companies.

Kookiekwan, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on July 21, 2005. On Tap at Captain Kidd’s - Woods Hole, MA. Pour of clear pale yellow, topped with a solid white head, smooth. Percolating. Lacks visual depth. Aroma is a wispy blow of fragrant sweet lemon grains. Pleasing and summery. Flavor is a tart metallic tinge of salted grains and penny hops. Lacks thorough body. Needs tooth and chewiness. Grain plays weak. Smacks heavy of metallic apples. Sweetness wanes like a pesticide lemon. Not nearly as drinkable as it should be.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw with a giant white foamy head. A very nice looking beer with champagne-like carbonation. The smell is a very pungent aroma with sweet malt, apples, hops, and spices. The taste is a real good mix of crisp hop bitterness and a sweet malt. Floral, fruit, and cloves are present in the taste. The m/f is light and very well mixed. A damn good beer and I wonder why Harpoon doesn't brew this year-round?

jmz62565, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. My glass is full of a very light straw colored brew with a finger of frothy foam over top. A huge cascade of carbonation is boiling up in the glass, quite possibly making the head grow as it sits. The brew is as clear as could be. There is just a ton of carbonation in this brew. The aroms is very nice. I find a nice soft pilsener malt base, with just a kiss of grainyness. The spicey noble hop is really nice, with a touch of floral and grassyness in there as well. I think this one smells good. The flavor is okay. It hits first with a very mild pilsener malt sweetness, followed by a moderate fruity blast that is very fleeting. A moderate spicey bitterness follows, with the spicey and peppery noble hop flavors finding their way out on the finish. This one is nice. I think the flavors are not hitting me in the order that I would expect. Mouthfeel is light, with a very solid carbonation. The carbonation definately dwindles as the drinking continues from the brew out-gasing. I'd like a little more retention of carbonation through the drink. I think this brew is fairly drinkable as well. It is fairly solid in the flavor department but is not too strong or big as to where I will have any trouble finding a good home for the rest of the bottle.

kmpitz2, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to gold in color. Nearly clear (slight haze). Excellent head, but it dies rather soon.

Light straw-like aromas, some grassiness; "soft" malt, nearly no hop smells

Very dry pilsner, the hop bitterness shows up nicely on the taste. Very nice body--quite full for the style. The carbonation is perfect as well.

Very pilsner, well worth putting into a flight with other pilsners. Dry, flavorful and smooth.

smcolw, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this pils poursa very light straw color, with a 1/2 finger of pure white frothy head that laces very quickly, a few scant bubbles of carbonation cling to the glass

S - big up front malty - wheaty aroma, with a citus aroma lurking in the background

T - more of a hop experience in the taste than in the aroma, nice malt/hop balance, not overly malty or bitter, some determined spiciness as well, like ginger or cloves, very nice flavor

M&D - a little dry for me, and some strong spices, but overall pretty good, not great but good, but an above average beer when all is said and done

sinstaineddemon, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from an 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Somerville, MA

Poured a slightly hazy, very light and pale straw yellow with a tight, bubbly, three-finger, bone white head. Tons of cascading, spider webbing lacing formed large ridges that last well after the beer was finished.

Smell was malty rich with noticeable Munich and Vienna malts. Some earthiness was noticeable as well, with a touch of snappy hops in the background.

Taste was crisply hoppy from start to finish. Citrusy, lemony, spicy and slightly buttery notes were apparent as well. Alcohol was somewhat more noticeable than expected. The extremely dry, hoppy, puckering finish resonated.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, grainy and very overcarbonated.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was light, crisp and would have paired perfectly with a variety of foods. However, the intense dryness and excessive carbonation was a bit overwhelming.

Damian, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at barcade...reviewed from notes.

A- Bright golden yellow with a cappuccino like white head that stood 1/3 of an inch.
S-Big sweet malts with a hint of caramel. Dank grassy plant-like hops.
T-Big sweet malt front and finish. Crisp grassy bitter hops in the middle of the body and lightly in the finish.
M/D- I really enjoyed this beer bubbly, crisp, refreshing, and a unique variation on the style...I look forward to trying other 100 Barrel beers.

jameaterblues, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice crisp golden colour with a kick-ass, large frothy head thats is nice and sticky overall. Good stuff.

The aroma is a bit straw-like and grassy, a bit sweet and a touch hoppy. It's simple but to the point and gets its point across.

The flavour hits you again withe the grassy straw flavour up front, moves into some sweetness and hop flavour in the middle, then back to the straw/grass again at the finish. Again, its simple, but to the point and tasty. Mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp.

This one was pretty good overall. Well, made, well balanced and a good amount of flavour. Not my favourite style in the world but I'd be happy to have another.

SixpointJMH, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of hreb
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle served in a UK (20oz) pint glass. Appearance is a clear and pale golden with lots of bubbles rushing to the surface. The head is white and small but long-lived. Aroma is fresh and crisp, and typical of the hoppy pilsner experience.

I notice two things immediately in the first sip. First, the hops aroma is very pleasant. Pilsner has that "skunk" quality (I mean that in as good a way as possible) but this smells FRESH. Second, the carbonation is through the roof. Oh, it stings! Why, harpoon, why? But then it changes. The sharp carbonation gives way to a creamy and smooth texture which I didn't expect in a pale pilsner. There's a subtly sweet malty flavor which is really nice, if a little cloying, and again, not what I expect in a pilsner.

The head is leaving a creamy white lace on my glass. Anyway, this is really nice. The dry hopping makes it a pilsner, but the body makes it something special. This is definitely one of my favorite from the Harpoon 100 Barrel series (which I've found really hit-or-miss), up there with the Triticus, Abbey, and Scotch Ale.

hreb, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

This pilsner poured a clear, light golden color with fluffy, white foam that persisted a very long time and clung to the glass. There was a steady fine carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of sweetness and with a slightly "spritzy" hoppiness. The taste was very lightly malty with a good hoppiness (moderately bitter with some floral hops notes). Very mild flavor overall. The mouthfeel was crisp and relatively clean with mild body and strong carbonation. This was an OK pilsner, but a bit thin on body and flavor.

UncleJimbo, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, just a touch of haze and a rocky, bright white head. Smells bready and floral and just a touch bitey, more like a German pils than a Czech one. Bitterness is prominent in the taste, which is otherwise dry and crisp, slightly savory and floral: distincty Saaz-y. Finishes very clean. Body is light and effervescent, just right. There's a slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste that again reminds more more of the industrial German pilsners than the musty, complex Bohemian biers, but it's still a damn good attempt and possibly my favorite American pils.

PeatReek, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear bright golden brew. Head holds on nicely, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is light pale grains overcome by Saaz. Taste is just what I'd expect from a good pils-style: Discernable pale malt sweetness, overpowered by crisp Saaz hoppiness, and a clean close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. I'll be looking this one up again. If only these 100bbl taps were as prevalent as UFO et al. Guess it's just not all about me. Oh well.

ppoitras, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with 62906 stamped on the back of the label. It was a clear light yellow, with a thick white head that lasted forever. Impressive lacing. It had a grainy floral aroma. The taste was buttered popcorn, ending with some hops bitterness. Very comfortable in the mouth. I could drink a few of these.

lordofthewiens, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner pours a clear light straw yellow into the glass. A small creamy white head forms on top and slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface, leaving behind a fair amout of lace as the foam dissolves. An aroma of dry malt, white raisins and floral hops hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer is very well balanced. It's mainly crisp biscuit malt with nice notes of white raisins, bubblegum and mild pepper mixed in. It finishes mildly bitter and leaves behind some sweet malt and floral flavors.

This is an easy drinking, well balanced beer. Reminds me of an imported Czech pilsner.

WanderingFool, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bland yellow color with little head. There is only a slight smell, but when its stirred it emits a pilsner-like spice with a hint of sour apple. The taste is good, although I must say that there is a perfect amount of carbonation in this beer. There is a tart taste to it, probably caused by hops. Like the smell there is a bit of sourness to the taste. This is a good beer, but not quite as big as I was hoping for.

Toddv29424, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw that this was their recent 100 barrel offering, I was quite excited. Finmally, an appropriate style beer for the time of year in which it was released.


Pours a clear straw gold color. Nice wispy foam and good lace remain on the sides of the glass.

Smell is very pleasant breadiness with some slight muddy or grassy hops on the end. Some fruity aspects also.

Taste is a fine example of a straightforward golden colored beer. Very basic up front maltiness with a good biscuit or bread -like taste to it. Then some decent grassy or muddy hoppiness. Very mild and subtle.

Nice crisp clean mouthfeel. Some chalkiness is noted but nothing to detract from the enjoyment of this one. Extremely drinkable also. I hope they have alot more fo this cuz I'm gonna be stocking up.

rousee, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of horshack7
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a golden with slight copper hues and a very foamy head about an inch worth.

Aromas: Hop notes very slight floral notes.

Taste: Nice hop notes and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and a little crisp.

Notes: This one is very light and goes down very easy and excellent summer brew. Cheers

horshack7, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series - Bohemian Pilsner
Session 15
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a pale golden color with bronze highlights. An ultra white, fluffy head forms on top and leaves nice patterns of sticky lace all over the glass

Pleasant aroma with whiffs of noble or saaz hops and a touch of sweet grain madness.

The mouthfeel is really well-balanced. I really dig the hop presence in this beer with hints of black pepper and spicy bite. Honey laced grain, earthy grass and a touch of fruit blend together. Smooth lager quality with a clean accent in the middle and a finish that showcases the spicy hop snap. The drinkability level is awesome, so enjoyable and refreshing.

I really enjoy Czech pilsners and this is one of the better American interpretations I've had to date. Good work Harpoon. Gotta recommend this one to my good friend who digs this style.

Hibernator, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. brown bottle.

Clean and bright, pale gold in color. Bright white, dense foam with good retention, leaving behind thinly scattered lacing around the entire glass.

Bright citrus and light fruity esters: lemon, light grapefruit, white grape, and green apple. Mellow, underlying toasted malts. Very clean and natural aromas for a Pilsener.

Toasted oats, lightly sweetened malts with a slight biscuit flavor. Clean wheat with just a thin layer of yeasty mustiness. Light hints of citrus: lemon, lime, and tropical fruit: melon, pineapple. Mildly bitter leaving a dry, wheat-filled aftertaste.

Light in body; crisp and very clean, maybe just a touch too carbonated.

Stylistically, this is nearly dead-on. Props to Harpoon for making a refreshing, lively, and flavorful Pilsener; which is never an easy task.

NEhophead, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle with the usual 100 Barrel series gold foil. I see "session" # info but no freshness or bottling date info. Pours clear, medium straw, with just a few lazy bubles rising tot he top. A nice top it is...near white and initially rocky, then settling to a thick film of tiny bubbles and leaving better then average lacing. Light perfume, and flowery hops upon the nose. This is a pleasantly crisp and snappy brew. Notes of rye, spicy hops, nice layers of malts and German/Czech beer goodness. Give me a brat, some kraut, more of this pilsner and all will be good. Nicely done by Harpoon.

Billolick, Aug 28, 2006
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