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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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Photo of nquigley16
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, never drank a featured pilsner by a craft beer brewer, but I assume its a good beer.

A: Pours a light straw color with a very thin head that leaves some lacing. Pours much like an adjunct lager.

S: Strong hop citrus up front with some lemon zest following in the initial flavor. Some strong grassy notes consisting of some clove throughout the smell, with an underlyning of sweet peppery spice.

T: I get that peppery spice and clove up front, followed by honey , lemon zest and citrus through the middle. The aftertaste of this beer has some honey and bready yeast type flavor.

M: Very earthy tasting beer with a lot of combining flavors from clove to cinnamon to yeast and honey. No carbonation, but very medium bodied beer.

O: A very good pilsner, I was expecting an adjunct lager type of character of this beer, but Harpoon gave it flavor, body and quality. Very well done Boston!

Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Mortarforker
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of KSather
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jurbanik
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of divineaudio
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pokal glass.

a - pours a crystal clear, light golden shade and forms a finger thick, coarse, bright white head. after calming, i get a thin film and some nice, leggy lacing in my glass.

s - lightly toasted bread, fresh cut grass, faint citrus, faint spice.

t - bready malt with a pronounced hop spiciness. notes of citrus and pine in there as well. moderate bitterness comes in and lingers well into the finish. nicely balanced.

m - lighter in body but lots of carbonation to fizz up in the mouth. medium co2 profile.

o - i'm pleasantly surprised by this one, an easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor. seems to represent the style well and will be on my shopping list in the future.

Photo of NPiet0709
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of RussBecker1
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of andylipp
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Peller80
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

Photo of stormking
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bdoggboston
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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.

Photo of dreis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of fatbatcat
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.