Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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1.83/5 rDev -49.2%
Uh, is it me or do most U.S. "craft" breweries completely miss the mark when churning out Czech or German inspired pilsners? I keep giving them chances to outshine or least compete w/ their European counterparts, but the end result is usually the same. Now that ales and their brethren have reserved a certain revered status as the pinnacle of brewing science, (something that most of the craft breweries are laughing all the way to the bank b/c of), lagers are somehow recently relegated for lesser palates as "beginner beer." I think those Rhineland breweries are still scratching their head on how it came to be. Anyway.... on with the beer.
German pils are one of my favorites and so I consider myself a decent judge at identifying what to look for. The smell is the first indicator that this is really not a representation of a Czech pilsner.. I haven't had that many different Czech pilsners outside of the more commonly available ones, but I have never detected the smell of Cascade hops, grapefruit laden,citrusy, somewhat floral. One look at the bottle confirmed Tettnanger hops, actually a.k.a. fuggles since it was probably grown in the States. Since the same varieties grown on U.S. soil do not resemble their European counterparts as far as the makeup of their compounds; the resulting overall flavor is a far cry from where it should be. The hop profile totally missed the mark, more suited for an average APA or IPA, definitely West coast flavor here, which I find to be a ubiquitous fault in U. S. "craft" beer. The taste confirmed this. Little malt body presence, not the grassy hay like profile of some pilsners that transport one to the fields and retain the organic simplicity and taste of the barley and hops. Instead, I get something that tastes like typical processed bagged malts and hops. Hops are very forward in their overbearing grapefruit citrusy flavor, overwhelming the thin malts. The lack of balance b/tw hops and malt seems to allude most American brewers. Simplicity is key and less is more when it comes to pilsners. They should have you searching- more elusive in flavor composition, not plowing you down with a cascade hop presence that you get when ingesting too much grapefruit zest. I won't go on about the water not being soft enough to be Czech like. In the end you are getting a so-so APA or maybe a starter IPA here. This isn't the real deal. Try a real Czech beer instead of this impostor.
01-01-2013 15:40:14 | More by 999biotch
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
This beer pours a pale straw with a small white head. Lots of elaborate lacing is left on the side of the glass. The nose is mainly honeysuckle and flower, quite subtle and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Taste is not bad at all. I expected weak, but after the initial mild metallic taste a bold hop presence asserts itself. Certainly not the best beer ever made, but very drinkable.
10-25-2012 02:59:36 | More by Mojo
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
12. oz brown bottle. Freshness date on bottle.
A: Pours clear yellow with a nice large forming fluffy head. Leaves excellent
lacing and Plenty of carbonation can be seen shooting to the top.
S: Light floral hops and a hint of malts. An overall clean aroma.
T/M: Crisp and slightly bitter. Spicy, floral hops go nice with a touch of chewy
malts. The finish is clean with only a hint of dry hops.
D: A really nice beer and an above average representation of a Pilnser.
Great drinkability with tasty hops. Could benefit from a stronger malt
10-19-2012 23:10:51 | More by mnrider
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a straw color. A bright white head sits on top. It's well carbonated but a bit hazy.
Aroma has a strong malt bill and a lightly spiced hop bouquet.
Taste is malty and only sutle hints of spicy saaz hops come through. It drinks clean and crisp and semi dry. Its refreshing to drink and pretty good.
10-07-2012 11:23:49 | More by micromaniac129
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured into a shaker pint glass, Best Before 9/15/12, so a bit late on this one.
A: Yellowish gold color, finger of sudsy white head retains moderately.
S: I'm getting an herbal minty smell, some toasty bread crust, kind of a stale smell.
T: Bready malt, some grassy slightly bitter hops, a bit floral and some sweetness.
M: Medium, crisp, medium carbonation.
O: This bottle is a bit past its prime. Overall, not very good and not t something I would purchase again. Maybe if I find it fresh next year I'll give it another go.
10-07-2012 03:11:23 | More by Dools9
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, the beer is a slightly hazed, pale, honey-gold coloring with a thin strip of white film around the edge of the surface. Aromas of toasted oats, lemongrass, and subtle, grassy hops. Flavors are sharp and hoppy, with a resiny and peppered hops backbone supporting a light, herbal spiced and slightly citrus sweet highlighting character. More dynamic than I was expecting. Sweet and bitter aftertaste, with a drying, clean, bitter finish. Tasty beer, and very interesting.
09-23-2012 02:03:16 | More by GarthDanielson
Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.