Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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1.4/5 rDev -61.1%
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.
07-30-2012 03:30:18 | More by Ryan011235
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
2.48/5 rDev -31.1%
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.
07-03-2012 20:26:40 | More by bubseymour
2.7/5 rDev -25%
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.
08-23-2011 21:33:50 | More by LXIXME
2.83/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
06-08-2012 02:24:14 | More by mactrail
3.05/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
08-05-2011 03:29:57 | More by argock
3.08/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
07-25-2012 02:01:39 | More by BDIMike
Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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