Saranac Bohemian Pilsener - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Bohemian PilsenerSaranac Bohemian Pilsener

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234 Ratings

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: generallee on 10-15-2008

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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 146
Reviews by PicoPapa:
Photo of PicoPapa
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle and the final beer I've reviewed from the 12 Beers of Winter pack. Pours a clear straw yellow with minimal head. No lacing. Aromas of malt and grains. Taste is more of the same of the malts and grains. This beer is drinkable but doesn't have much else going for it. Probably the least flavorful of the lot. Tastes slightly better than your average Pilsenser.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the beers of winter 12 pack.
In a pilsner glass the beer was a gold color with a thick white head that left a good deal of lace.
It had a fresh, outdoors aroma. Floral. A little peppery in my nose.
Sweet bready taste, herbal hops.
Crisp mouthfeel.
Decent beer. Not the greatest Czech pilsner, but also not the worst.

Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: It had a small white head that slowly fades and leaves some nice lace behind on the glass. The body has a light pale golden color with crystal clarity and viable carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is light clean and simple with floral hop character.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a crisp taste with a mild biscuity dry malt flavor and floral hops that bring pleasant bitterness. It finishes fairly clean with light bitterness. The palate is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a vibrant texture.

Notes: This is a new brew for Saranac and a new addition to there Winter mixed 12 pack.

Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle no freshness date though it was part of their winter 12-pack 10'-11'.

Substantial amount of foam from a firm decanting, crystal clear pale golden color. Oily hop nose; herbal and spicy with a dried grass maltiness in the back. Some crispness in the lighter bitty mouth feel. Spicy hops meet a dried grassiness that comes off a little sweet. Oily hop is pretty interesting, the malt I expect to be more crisp and all the way dry.

While this brew might be clean and lager-like it does not resemble the pilseners I have had over the years ... decent but one bottle was more than enough.

Photo of Kraken
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of the winter sampler. It seems that I may have already been gifted my first present of the season; as the 12 pack winter sampler was mis-priced at 8.99. I let the owner know about his mistake and offered to pay full price, but he let me slide. Whoot!

Firm pour yields a minimal quarter inch head that vanishes like a parlor trick, leaving behind some wispy white tendrils along the edge of the glass. No lace, color is a very pale yellow.

Nose- light pepper and spice some straw. Not much going on.

Palate- Very light and refreshing, tang of hops in the finish. Lemon rind mildly dances across the palate. Finishes dry with a light caramel flavor. Very refreshing, although, in my opinion somewhat out of place for a winter sampler.

Mouthfeel- tangy, and dry.

Drinkability- This would be a great lawn mower beverage.

Nice beer although not entirely memorable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard yellow appearance with average clarity to it, crisp clean white head. Smelled of noble and saaz hops would be my guess. Nothing skunky.

Bummer, I like skunky, wasn't in the taste either. Rather plain, high carbonation excentuated the hopping and a prickly feeling, but substantive taste profile was lacking. Light mineral and grain mouthfeel. Bitterness is up. Whats the deal, they can't hop an ipa or pale to save their life, but here, they get it right, almost to the point of being on the high end, but I guess I shouldn't complain, just pointing out a weird phenomenon.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale straw colored golden hue with a bright white head, forms thick and dwindles slowly leaving thin speckled lacing all around my glass. Mild sweetness with biscuit pilsner malt and lemongrass light zesty hop spice character flowing together. Flavors have a crisp sweetness with ample bitterness, very solid mix of malt and hops. Not an over the top Czech pils, but if this sold in sixpacks it would be really popular. More zesty hops with light lemongrass citrus hop qualities and balancing light toasted malts. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with refreshingly crisp carbonation. Drinkability is solid all around easy going hoppy pils, very enjoyable.

Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: citrusy Saaz hops work with bright, alluring malts--smells straight out of Eastern Europe... Appearance: swiftly effervescent, light golden body that rushes up the flute to stimulate a webbing three-finger white head... Palate: medium-bodied, slightly oily at the throat but substantial enough to be a lager... Taste: flavorful, zesty hops that awaken the tongue; refreshingly smooth, with the slightest hint of corn or hay; some banana and clove as well... Overall: pleasant, softly buffering pilsner--definitely a seasonal that I will seek out in its season...

Photo of asabreed
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Light straw yellow, very light straw yellow, with an immediately fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, then settles with some raindrops on the side.

Smell: Light grass, herbal, and citrus notes. Not much else, but those are there.

Taste: Hints of grass, bitterness, herbal earthiness, citrus, and mildly lingering grapefruit in the end.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with extremely spritzy and carbonated water-type carbonation.

Drinkability: Not undrinkable, not a beer I'd be happy to return to, unless someone had it as a lawnmower brew and offered me one.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a good amount of soft, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy with a faint malt note. The taste is malty up front and slightly sweet, and then the Saaz hops come in and add balance and a nice earthy, grassy finish. This is a light bodied, well carbonated, very smooth beer.

This is a pretty good beer. It's brewed to style so nothing exceptional here, but it's smooth and balanced. The slight sweetness is really the only drawback.

Photo of Ezone024
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden, looks like a standard beer flavored beer. aroma has a nice hop spice to it, with light grains and grass.

light in body and flavor but has a nice compliment of hops to make it just flavorful enough to enjoy.

nice mouthfeel, crisp with a little spice. easy drinking beer good alternative to macros if you want something good thats not too intense.

Photo of SidewinderX
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, part of a winter brew pack.

Appearance: Pale golden brew with an impressive pure white head that laces nicely.

Smell: Very crisp, refreshing smell. A hint of citrus or fruit behind a mostly grain forefront.

Taste: Crisp, tastes much like it smells. Nice taste.

Mouthfeel: A decent taste... a bit nippy. Very much a "refreshing" taste... not something usually seen in a pilsner.

Drinkability: Decent beer. Not what you'd expect in a winter brew mix pack, but a change is good. Not my favorite pilsner, but not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Pours honey colored with one finger of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Canned corn & grassy hops

T: Grassy hops, slight floral & lemony hops, plus breadyness up front. Leafy hops come through as this warms. Finishes crisp with a slight metallic twang & grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy, not a bad take on the style

Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a pils glass, the pils is a fairly pale straw color with some lazy bubbles floating to the top. Pure white head that left a wall of lacing around the glass.

The aroma is not very strong. Some light cracker like malt. Don't really pick up any saaz hops.

The flavor is of a cracker like malt which is correct for the style but is seems a touch light. The hops are pretty much nowhere to be found and that is a disappointment. Perhaps a touch of lime citrus that can be found in nobel hops, but I am reaching.

The feel is light but not watery, well carbonated, quite crisp. It is very light on the palate with a subtle bitterness that makes the beer very balanced and easy to drink.

The flavor is a disappointment but the feel and drinkability is spot on. I would never seek this beer out but I have no issues drinking it.

Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a small white foamy head on top. Smells of bready malts with a bit of an earth tone, also a slight floral scent from the hops.

Taste is crisp and smooth, the malts are there but not quite what you expect, a little lighter in taste. The hops are barely noticed at first but lingers slightly on the back end. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a light and refreshng beer, just seems a little too light, makes it a bit watery. Not too bad though!

Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, grains are present, a touch of hops, not bad but nothing special. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly average beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle numbered 2688-1717 and sampled on Super Bowl Sunday 2009.

Appearance - It pours a golden-yellow with about a half inch of foamy white head that remains on top for several minutes. Slow but regular carbonation. Adequate lacing.

Smell - The aroma is most defintely on the malty side. If you really take a whiff you might catch a hint of corn and/or rice but the malts are the key scent.

Mouthfeel - Much better than most Pilsners. Medium body and kind of creamy.

Taste - A very nice balance of malts and grains, almost honey-like without the color. Mild overall. A decent Pilsner and probably onje of the better choices from the Saranac Winter mixed 12-pack. Liked this one a lot.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, part of Saranac's "12 Beers of Winter" sampler. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. It smells like bready malt and a tiny bit of grassy hops. To me it smells more like a macro lager than a traditional pilsner, but the aroma is clean and not offensive at all. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bready malt, grain and a little bit of grassy hops. It does finish nice and crisp. Mouthfeel/body is light with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's pretty easy to drink and it wouldn't be hard to have a few of these. This isn't a bad beer, but if I was in the mood for a pilsner I would pick something else. However, it is worth a try.

Photo of philbe311
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale gold in color... Fizzy, slightly fluffy and active white foam quickly dissipates leaving a slight head... Impressive retention for a pilsner... Completely translucent... Excellent lacing...

S - Grainy... A slight lemon zest... Mild malt notes detected... An ever so slight hint of pepper and clove...

T - Biscuit... Grain... Lemon Zest... Pepper... Faint maltiness...

M - Light to medium bodied... Lots of carbonation... Not much to this one... A slight spiciness lingers...

D - Looks good and smells good, but falls flat in all other areas... An honest attempt at the style and far from drain pour, but not a brew I would seek out in the future, too many other quality Czech Pilsners to choose from...

Photo of bourbonbock
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle of this into a clean pint glass.

A. Light and yellow with some white head that fell into a cap after about 1 minute.

S. This smells like a budweiser.

T. Pretty clean and crisp taste with a nice hint of hops hiding behind the malt. Not a bad taste overall but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

M. Pretty clean and crisp but a hop oil is left on the palette.

D. I might think about finishing the other one in the sampler pack but then again I might not.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #145
Served On: 03/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 3/31/2012

This was in the 2011 - 12 Beers of Winter mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a bright golden yellow color. Very clear with a consistent flow of carbonation bubbles floating upward. Head was a thin ½ finger cap of white spongy foam.

Smell: Wet grass with some citrus. Crisp hops. Aroma was very clean and crisp.

Taste: Upfront was some nice carbonated lemon peal with a sweet malt in the background. I also noticed that interesting twang that most Saranac beers seem to have (yeast maybe? or possibly a base malt they use?). Finish and aftertaste were very clean with some faint citrus lingering.

This is a nice pilsner that showed obvious signs of good quality. It always cracks me up when the Miller Lite commercials refer to their beer as a pilsner.

Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow color with a nice white head that fades fast but leaves lacing. The smell is light of some malt and hops, with some yeasty notes. The taste follows suit some light hop and malt flavor with the yeast notes following in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, light, and smooth. Nice carbonation, good balance in flavor, not powerful, but gets the job done. This is an easy drinker, a good pilsner, an enjoyable beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tastings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night! Big thanks to Alex for pulling through on the bulk of these

very light golden pour with loads of carbonation and a little head of white that seems to stick on top for just the slighest bit of time. aroma is light biscuit, hints of grain, touches of light banana an spice. taste is about the same but seems to be just a touch off for me. not the way it is supposed to work for sure. light finish leaves almost no aftertaste and it is over before it began.

Photo of rlee1390
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the Saranac Winter Mix

A-Small head that quickly dissipates. Clear yellow that you can almost see through. Highly carbonated

S-Lemon and bread scents

T-A synthetic lemon flavor. Not as bad as Pine-Sol but in that feel. Not feeling any bitterness.

M-Light and carbonated

D-Not overly drinkable in winter. Summer it would be fine but I really am curious why it is in a winter pack.

Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was rather neutral and featured a very light grain and noble hop.

The taste was upfront light and dare I say bland. However, an incredibly doughy flavor appeared at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and very easy to drink pils.

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