Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 124
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.14/5  rDev +15%
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.

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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.

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Photo of argock
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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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!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in plasticware (only thing available)

A: clear dark yellow; champagne-like in head and carbonation; not much lacing
S: fruity, sweet, malty
T: cloves, somewhat dry, bitter, peppery, complex, flavorful; strong hop presence (thank you!)

Very flavorful, interesting pilsner

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.25" white head with medium life. The body is a clear straw yellow color with a touch of gold. It smells very mildly of toasted malt. The taste is BMC pilsner with just a little something extra, especially in the bitter hops department. The finish is quite bitter, more like an IPA.

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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.

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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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