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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very 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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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

rmarsch, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of sgroene
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant pale gold with bright white head that fades slowly. Abundant hop aroma with noticeable but rather faint diacetyl.

Maltiness in the early finish followed by a balancing punch of Saaz Hops to finish nice & crisp.

Very nice example of a Bohemian Pilsner. It's apparently only available as part of summer pack from April - Sept, but wish it was part of their year round rotation.

sgroene, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

CFHMagnet, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

smcolw, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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

bdoggboston, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Wally1912, May 09, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the summer mixed 12-pack. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with a good half inch of short-lived head. Smells very clean, with hints of malt and fruit. Tastes fruity and malty with caramel, pear, grass, with a very clean finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very drinkable. Balanced and subdued but not bland or boring. A decent example of the style. Glad to see this in the summer mix-pack!

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

jlindros, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Most certainly looks like a pilsener.

Light and crisp with a fluffiness to it. Like baked bread of sorts. I welcome this.

The taste confirms what I had smelt.Very nice. Light. Crisp. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Lingering buttery malt dominates the mouthfeel.

Blah blah blah. Point is, this can now be had in a sixer. I'm just glad I've finally tried it. You know, if they upped the hopping rate a tiny bit, they could have a worthy contender to other well-known pilseners.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 16, 2012
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4.05/5  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.

rjplumer, Apr 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

andylipp, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

raythealeman, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Caudalie, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

stormking, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Bilco, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

PKing, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ericwilson54, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

MNBeerNE, Nov 10, 2012
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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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