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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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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Photo of Ryan011235
1.4/5  rDev -61%
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 30, 2012
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
Photo of DubleAs
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

DubleAs, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

bubseymour, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of pfrdaly
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

pfrdaly, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of RussBecker1
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

RussBecker1, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

JayKay412, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

mactrail, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of NPiet0709
3/5  rDev -16.4%

NPiet0709, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -16.4%

AWS2111, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -16.4%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Peller80
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Peller80, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of swinyeju
3/5  rDev -16.4%

swinyeju, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Rekrule, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of robuess
3/5  rDev -16.4%

robuess, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of argock
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 07/15/11 on bottle neck. Received from a friend.

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head with good retention and some wisps of lacing. Got to mark down the haze though.

S: Mineral elements with sulfur, grassy, herbal hops, and cereal grains, all lighter than they ought to be.

T: Bland and uninspired with the first thoughts that came to mind. No liveliness in the hoppiness, just straight bitterness with no sharp snappy bite of noble hops you expect in the good to very good in this style. Pale maltiness is almost candy sweet and lacks the bready, lightly toasted quality the standard-bearers style.

M: Crisp and right-on for body with light-to medium and active carbonation.

O: Run-of-the-mill with misses on appearance, aroma, and flavor, and some of them pretty big misses. Not recommended.

argock, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of BDIMike
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking pilsner. A clear golden color. A good amount of carbonation creates a thin white head that goes away very quickly.
Smell has almost nothing to it. A refreshing, crisp biscuit smell.
Taste is good. A very nice and crisp beer. A good amount of biscuit taste with a refreshing floral hop taste.
Mouthfeel is okay. Not too thick, but a very nice refreshing crispness that is good for a summer beer.
Drinkability is nice. A very refreshing and clean beer. If you don't like craft beers much, try one of these. It is a drinkable, yet refined pilsner that the big boys are attempting with their standards.

BDIMike, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

HinghamRick, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

fatbatcat, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

ShippinUpToBoston, Jan 30, 2013
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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.