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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
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:
Beer added by: Duhast500 on 04-18-2011

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
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by rjplumer:
Photo of rjplumer
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle part of mixed 12-pack. A nice crisp aroma and mild fruity taste. Has pale yellow color. Has a slightly sour finish but still finishes on the fruity crisp side. Refreshing and light feel.Has a crisp feel to it like a freshly opened fruit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden pale head which dissipates to a thin lace on the glasses edge.

Noble hops produce a spiciness mixed with a sweet malt.

A nice spicy mix of hops comes in with a carbonation. As it dissipates the malts come thru to create a mix between hops and malt. A spicy finish create a nice flavor

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear yellow straw, good lacing

SMELL: Herbal, floral, soft resin, hop oil, light biscuity malt, very clean

TASTE: Very crisp, moderate sized body, slightly bitter, herbal, sweet floral, spicy, mild breadiness, dry, very clean, mildly hoppy finish

Very well done. Extremely drinkable with a solid hop profile which is pretty much what I expect for the style. If there was a touch more malt backbone here it would certainly rival its counterparts.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a bright head with fine even speckled lacing. Aroma brings a nice pungent herbal hop profile with a pale malt biscuit profile. Another Noble pils competitor with lime green neck label colors. Flavor is a nice lively hoppiness amongst pale golden malts with assertive rolling Saaz hops. I'm getting herbal/grassiness/mild citrus with a pale biscuit malt sweetness, finishes bone dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation makes the whole flavor pop on the palate really well. Out of the mixed summer sampler this is the star, but it's funny how 2 of the last 3 samplers have a Noble Pils competitor in their varieites.

Photo of LXIXME
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head quickly dies to a thin lacing above a clear golden colored pils.

Light sour, citrus, some grains, a very light yeast in there aroma.

Light sour to bitter taste with some light graininess coming through, maybe a little yeast. Really not much taste to this, kind of the weak sauce of pilsners that I've had, but in a way that good, since I'm not to keen on them anyway.

This light bodied beer finishes with a dryish aftertaste with more hints of the sourness and slight bitterness the aroma and taste had.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lynnwood Grill. Poured in a Harpoon IPA Pilsner glass (irony noted)

A - clear gold with a big white head that has good retention

S - faint grass

T - grass, pilsner malt, odd bitterness in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This was a hot evening and this hit the spot. Honestly though, beyond it's refreshing qualities, it lacks depth and flavor. There are better examples out there.

Photo of u2carew
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger white head. Clear golden body. Amazing head retention!
S) Noticeable hops, actually all hop aroma - fruity with some spice.
T) Subtle peppery notes upfront then moves to a grainy, nutty mid section. Finishes with a nice hop bite and sweet fruit - liken to apple.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Dry in the finish.
O) A well crafted true-to-form brew. I'll definitely have another one!

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of herbal hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that herbal hops are a bit stronger and there are also flavors of bready malts. There is a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an average pilsener but the herbal hops set it apart and make it taste a bit different compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, never drank a featured pilsner by a craft beer brewer, but I assume its a good beer.

A: Pours a light straw color with a very thin head that leaves some lacing. Pours much like an adjunct lager.

S: Strong hop citrus up front with some lemon zest following in the initial flavor. Some strong grassy notes consisting of some clove throughout the smell, with an underlyning of sweet peppery spice.

T: I get that peppery spice and clove up front, followed by honey , lemon zest and citrus through the middle. The aftertaste of this beer has some honey and bready yeast type flavor.

M: Very earthy tasting beer with a lot of combining flavors from clove to cinnamon to yeast and honey. No carbonation, but very medium bodied beer.

O: A very good pilsner, I was expecting an adjunct lager type of character of this beer, but Harpoon gave it flavor, body and quality. Very well done Boston!

Photo of bushbeer75
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner poured a crystal clear light yellow with a foamy 1 ½ finger white head that had good retention. The nose is dominated by a floral scent, grassy and a little lemon. The taste matches the nose with a light spicy floral bitterness. The mouth feel is crisp, with clean malt on the palate.

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner is a refreshing and easy drinking Czech Pilsner that is worth a revisit.

Photo of bubseymour
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - looks like apple juice

s - I don't smell anything at all. I don't know if I should qualify it as bad since its absent of smell

t - Not a very good pilsner. bitter and not because of noble hop flavors, just bland bitterness. Slight grainy notes as well. Slightly metallic taste like an APA as well.

M - ok

Overall - Not a pilsner that I would go back to. Rather have a BMC for refreshness.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a finger and a half of very clean looking white head. Body is a light yellow, decent amount of carbonation rising to the top. Head actually sticks around too, it slowly shrinks but never disappears.

S. Spice is up front with a hint of garden hop aroma. A bit of malt on the end evens her out. I smell a little grain as it warms.

T. Starts off with an earthy hop flavor, flashes to sweet malt for a second and then the wheat bread takes over with a spice finish that is not overdone.

M. Refreshing. Carbonation provides a nice bite on the front of the tongue. Goes down nice and easy, doesn't leave anything behind but the aftertaste.

O. Wow, I was pleasantly surprised on this one. Pilseners are not normally my first choice, as I usually find them rather weak, but this one was excellent. Two thumbs up and recommendations to all who like this style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/26/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready from a thin malt character and lager yeast. Then a mild malt and citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one from a buddy watching the Bruins FAIL.
A golden yellow with a large amount of big bubble head. The nose has a large amount of herbal hops with a light wheat background. Some grassy notes as well. The flavor is hops right up front but not overwhelming. Fruity hops flavors. Lemon, orange and grass with a light,bready, caramel Pilsner malt backing. Body is light and smooth and finishes crisp. A lot of hoppy flavor for a Pilsner.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pasty white fizzy but creamy looking 1 finger head that tries to fade but is reinforced by the many bubbles floating up, and leaves some bits of lacing as it fades, brilliantly clear golden pilsner color.

Nose is crisp and aromatic, bright as well. First thing I get is the nice noble hops, mild grassy and floral hops, strong noble hops that smell fresh as well. Then pilsner aromas, light soft toasty straw malts, creamy and fresh aromatic malts, very light crisp lager like aromas.

Taste starts with a decent bitterness but not strong, again the big time noble hops dominate nicely with some fresh grassy and floral hops, nice noble hops, with a hint of a juicy fruity hop kick. Malts are quite juicy and tasty, nice lighter toasty hint of straw like pislner malts, with a touch of creaminess. It also has a crisp lager demeanor as well. Finish gets fairly bitter, surprisingly bitter actually, with lots more grassy floral hops and a touch spicy at this point, with long lingering bitterness, quite dry and crisp.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, good carb.

overall very impressed, one of the best Harpoon beers I've ever had. Like Sam Noble Pils but kicked up a notch, with great noble hops that start light, but give a nice kick, and finish nice and strong, with great malt flavors and good long dry crisp and bitter finish. I think I'm actually going to get a bunch of this for the summer.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.44/5  rDev -60%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 7/3/12

Best by 07/15/12

Golden yellow color; a shade on the faded side. Fluffy two finger head drops rapidly, leaving a 1/4th inch layer. Mild lace.

The aroma is apple cider and cooked veggies. Hints of yeast and herbal grasses. Mostly apple cider, though. Tastes like dirt and herbs, moldy lemon peel, sweaty soccer field grass and griddle crusties wrapped in a chalky feel. Fairly thin body, but the carbonation seems appropriately lively.

Overall impression - I haven't sent one down the drain in a while; it's about time to break that streak.

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head, but it dies too quickly and leaves little lace on the glass. The color is pale gold with no cloudiness at all.

Malted grain aroma with a mild floral hop nose. Attractive with no raw grain smells.

Peppery initial taste. This changes to a mellowed pale malt flavor. But the swallow reverts to the pepper from the hop. Relatively complex with a full mouthfeel and ample carbonation. Classic pils flavors that I think could compete against more famous versions.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  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.

Photo of Mojo
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by October 15, 2012:

Into a pilsener:

A: hazy straw yellow colored body with a one finger white bubbly head. The head lasts about a good thirty seconds, rapidly rising bubbles are seen rising

S: Czech Saaz hops up front (reminding me a bit like Sam Adam's Noble Pils). Nothing else really comes out.

T: a bit bready and eventually the malts and hops kick start a full flavored peppery bready taste wonderfully combined

M: light to medium, slightly bitter with a decent amount of carbonation coming out on the tongue.

O: this is a solid summer beer. Since this doesn't expire until October, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna savor the rest of these up until then.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember being annoyed by the fact that Harpoon brewed an imperial pilsner before they brewed a regular one. I guess they're trying to fix that. Bottle, best by 15th October 2012.

A brilliantly clear golden yellow with a dense, fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose has a nice Saaz hop aroma, lemony, kafir lime leaf, a little dough, a little cilantro,

The palate opens with a nice hop character up front, with a good blend of hop flavor and bitterness. The lemony hop character in this beer is unique in that it really brings to mind kafir lime leaves, instead of a more earthy, lemony aroma that most Czech pilsners have. There's a slight metallic flavor to the palate as well, one I don't wholly enjoy. The malt character is minimal, not really doughy, and mostly sweet. Fairly clean, I get no serious off-flavors or aromas. Nice, soft water profile makes this light, focused on the delicate hop flavor, and crisp carbonation of a light acidity. Drying, refreshing finish, this is an easy-to-enjoy beer. Recommended.

Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The color is a clear yellowish gold with a slim finger of foamy white head that is fading away.

The smell is a little sweet pilsner malt aroma with some sugary sweetness that is lighter then expected.

The taste is a bit more bitter than expected. There is a slight hop flavor that goes into the sweetness that is the whole profile of this beer. A crisp flavor that is smacking with a sweetness that is dry and interesting as I solider on into a lime-like juiciness. A candy feel to this beer blinks at the taste buds as it switches gears into a green flavor push. Things seem a little misunderstood.

The feel of this beer is medium but has a well constructed mouth feel that is like a combination lock. So many turns this way, then turns that way and then we're home free.

A drinkable, crisp feel is there through this beer and smacks back your senses to when you first opened a larger like this. Can you fulfill the challenge?

Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden, light body. Attractive foam and lacing down the tall glass.

Rather plain overall. A little bready malt, kind of sweet. Mostly bitter, from start to finish. I would wish for more aromatics. As you sip the aftertaste gets more and more bitter. Some mineral flavors, a touch of salt, and a tart citric taste. More of a lawnmower beer that got overdosed with quinine. Pretty to look at, however.

From the 12 oz bottle bought in Washington, DC.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice light color, slight hoppy flavor, and a subtle lemon taste that I enjoyed. I haven't had a ton of pilsners but this one stood out to me as being different than those that I have had in the past. Maybe it's because I've only had poor quality pilsners, I'm not sure.

I would look forward to trying this again in the future but it looks like at this point it might have to wait until April given the seasonality of this beer.

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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.