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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner follows the age-old tradition of extended lagering to help produce a smooth yet complex beer. The blend of European malts is balanced with Tettnang and Saaz hops to create a slightly malty beer with a crisp finish.

48 IBU

(Beer added by: Duhast500 on 04-18-2011)
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ffshore545, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jmlewisjr, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Patches826, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

thampel09, May 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

HinghamRick, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pcsnyder, May 10, 2013
Photo of rmarsch
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

rmarsch, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of ShippinUpToBoston
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

ShippinUpToBoston, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of 999biotch
1.83/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

999biotch, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

MNBeerNE, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Mojo
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mojo, Oct 25, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
presence.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Oct 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BamfBacon, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

micromaniac129, Oct 07, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Dools9, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Molnar, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Zach136, Sep 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Keith_R, Sep 24, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 23, 2012
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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.