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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 122
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: 122 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

metter98, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Jason, Jul 06, 2012
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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty nice. Smells alright. Flavor is "okay." Seems a bit too thick for the style, imo. Feels good though. For me personally, this is not as smooth as the style dictates. Nice hop tones and presence, but just not ironed out enough. Still a pretty good beer though.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
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 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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 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
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the summer mixed 12 pack. Pours a very bubbly golden color, nice fluffy head. Smell is of sharp Euro-type hops. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, great pils taste to it with a clean finish. A nice smooth, well balanced beer perfect on a hot summer day. Crisp and refreshing, a nice addition to a summer mixed pack.

oriolesfan4, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
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 tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

tdm168, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
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
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 Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 06:24 PM
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  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.

DefenCorps, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -16.4%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon and wheat. Some light citrus hop and a touch of sweet malt also mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some light lemon flavor with a touch of sourness and a bit of wheat flavor. There is just a touch of citrus hop and sweet fruit as well. Through the middle, some bitterness and some bready malt flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of bready malt flavor and a touch of bitterness and lemon flavor that lingers.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really crisp and smooth and only a touch watery. The finish is nice and fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. Super smooth and really refreshing. The flavors really mix and meld together nicely. It could use a touch more of a kick in the flavor, but overall what is there is solid.

ngeunit1, May 19, 2011
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -16.4%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

whatname, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +11.4%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Zach136, Sep 24, 2012
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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.