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Saranac Bohemian Pilsener - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Bohemian PilsenerSaranac Bohemian Pilsener

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BA SCORE
77
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230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: generallee on 10-15-2008)
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Photo of FatSean
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle sourced from a 'beers of winter' 12-pack. Thought it was odd that this pils was in the winter mix-pack but not in the summer mix-pack sitting just to the left.

Very nice golden color, thin head with fine bubbles that soon dissapears. Very little lacing, but nice carbonation.

Slightly toasty malts on the nose, hops don't stand out.

Tastes a bit caramely for a pils, but not bad at all. The hops appear on the finish, delicate funkiness to match the soft malts. Seems a muddled, I prefer a crisp biting pils but this beer fits the style quite well.

Mouthfeel is great, very will carbonated and love the hop coating on the tongue.

Quite drinkable to me, as any well crafted pilsener is.

FatSean, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a few bubbles rising lazily to the top. Head is about a finger and a half of white foam, which settles to just a thin, wispy lace but does leave some stick.

Smells of grain with a bit of malt sweetness, and some nice grassy and spicy noble hops.

Taste is also quite grainy and I can easily see some people finding this a bit skunky, but for me the abundance of grassy hops, which have just a bit of apple/pear fruitiness and some spice too, really round this out and make it quite enjoyable. Good amount of hop bitterness which lingers on the palate with some grain.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of a medium body, crisp and smooth. I really enjoy how hoppy this beer is, and I could easily drink quite a few. Very sessionable and solid beer here.

number1bum, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in the seasonal box.

Poured a golden amber with a good finger and a half of white frothy head. Retention was good, lacing was interesting.

Smell is average. Mild malt and floral hop, very crisp and sweet.

Taste is good, smooth. Starts with a sweet tad of biscuity malt, leading into a very mild sweet floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and dry, carbonation is prefectly non-detectable.

Drinkability is good. It's easy to drink and having a few in a row doesn't bring out the alcohol.

LumpyGuitar, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a mixed twelve pack this beer was a straw gold color that displayed perfect clarity. The head was two fingers thick, off-white, displayed mediocre retention and left some bands of lacing. The aroma was very dry, grainy and 'bright,' bursting with pilsner malt and floral hops to the point of being perfume-like. The first flavors that hit me were clean pilsner malt with hints of biscuit and a semi-sweetness similar to an apple. Hints of lemon and yeast. Good mouthfeel, light bodied and very dry as per the style. A great American example of a Czech Pilsener and quite refreshing.

thekevlarkid, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, lightly effervescent, yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head. Tiny bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pils maltiness with a distinct doughy character and notes of honey and Noble hops.

Taste: Pils malts, lightly doughy, with a light honey-like sweetness. Floral, spicy Saaz hops with a balancing bitterness. Minor citrus hints. Lingering doughy flavor on the crisp, very lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and generally enjoyable.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of wingman14
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

wingman14, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of drseamus
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light straw/amber body with a somewhat thin white head. It should be lighter for the style but it looks pretty good.

S: Pretty decent aroma. Light hop notes with some malt.

T: Nice light flavor with a good crispness. A touch of malt on top of a touch of hop. Nice and light like a pilsener should be.

M: Light bodied with a subtle thickness from some unfermentable malt sugars.

D: Not too bad, especially for a saranac pilsener. I find their beers normally have a distinct aroma and flavor but it isn't present in this light beer.

drseamus, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12pack Seasonal

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Golden straw in color, a minimal size head that dissapated into a white wisp of lacing.

Smell: A nice smelling Pilsner, earthy/grass hops are the star of the show. Refreshing florals in the nose, not overly hoppy yet sound and in control.

Taste: A nice lemon-grass finish, again, earthy florals are huge here, a bit of carbonated water and a spice of ester. No fruit profile at all, but you can tell this is a well crafted Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, thin and watery like most Pilsners but leaves the palate with a perfect mix of dry hop finish and hop spice.

Drinkability: What can I say? I grew up loving Pilsners and this one is a perfect stab at the style. You can tell the hops in this have been carefully selected, and the refreshing, yet drinkable finish of this makes this an excellent beer. Should it be included in a Winter Seasonal Pack? NO. But this is still a good brew and a good stab at Pilsner styling from Saranac.

thespaceman, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of PBoegel
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

was looking forward to trying the new beers from Saranac/Matt's Winter 12 pack.

Appearance is bright clear straw with a nice while head, which leaves some lacing.

Aroma was very toasty and biscuity with a touch of sulfur and fresh cracked grain, very little perceptible Saaz hop character at all. Somewhat light grassy and flowery.

Some faint grassy and earthy hops but dominated by a very grainy and biscuit malt profile, there is a firm bitterness which washes the palate and makes the beer refreshing but overall this is simply not a Bohemian Pilsner.

It is very similar to the Saranac Kolsch with a firmer bitterness.

PBoegel, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Stimack
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is new to the Saranac Christmas mix. The brew poured to a light yellow color with a fair sized white head that broke down quite quickly. Light grain notes come through giving that seem to give a slight toasted aroma mixed with Saaz hops. The flavors are very clean, the malts come out very nicely and give a nice toasted feel to the flavor. Also the break at the end of the hops, while very subtle is very good. Seems to have just the right amount of carbonation. I think what is nice about this Pilsner is that when compared to the imports that I have has, this seems so fresh. This would be a good brew to include in the summer pack and/or just have this one in 6/12 packs like the pale ale, etc. as I would get this brew for the summer months, very refreshing!

Stimack, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of sliverX
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poored a golden color with a filmy white head that left a nice bit of lacing
Smelled lightly of hops
Tastes a bit of grainy malts with noticeable light hops
very crisp nicely carbonated
had both from the winter 12 mixer dont think I'd search it out again but I'm not much for Pilseners anyway

sliverX, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes a lot like most Bohemian Pilsners/Czech Pilsners I've had. Pours dark yellow with good clarity and head. I feel like I should be drinking about a liter of this out of a stein in order to get the full experience of this but it's not bad in a pint glass. I never know what really makes for the "rich" flavor unique to bohemian pilsners It tastes like a mixture of corn and diacetyl. Not unpleasant but I feel like a lot of beer people would think it is a flaw, even if it's part of the style. Still tasty nonetheless. Bit of a soapy mouthfeel, with a lot of grainyness in the nose. Not bad, I get a little sick of that super rich taste after a bit though.

wiseguy142, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pilsner malt scent along with a light Czech hop aroma. It's crisp and refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has an easy drinking pilsner malt flavor that goes down quick and finishes clean with a bit of Saaz hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty well brewed pilsner. It tastey and easy drinking.

WesWes, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

plaid75, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Bright gold, excellent clarity, with a small 1/4 inch head. Dissipates some what quickly to a thin collar.

S - Classic spicy hot aroma, full of pepper and chive. Malt is soft and minimal.

T - Nice peppery and grassy flavor from the hops, followed by a slightly mineral flavor and a touch of bready malt. There's almost something brine-like in the taste as well. Absolutely no bitterness in this brew and the finish is very clean.

M - Well carbonated, and light bodied, what it should be.

D - Near perfect drinkability. The balance in this beer is nearly flawless. Good stuff.

PatrickJR, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought this as part of the Saranac Winter seasonal mixed 12 pack.

This is an above average, highly drinkable beer for sure.. why is it in a winter seasonal? I have no idea, but that's besides the fact. Definitely tastes like a Bitburger AKA straight out of Europe kinda pilsener, so it's nice and tart and easy to drink. Goes down smooth and easy with a nice sparking gold color. Great beer.. but they should include this in the summer sampler in the future.

oriolesfan4, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of SJI
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. And it's fitting that the beer should be Saranac, because my heart has a fondness for this brewery that cannot be surpassed. Especially when it comes to the annual winter variety pack. Each of the new offerings in the 08 edition is worthy of honorable mention - don't miss the Vanilla Stout and India Brown - but the Bohemian Pilsner warrants singular praise. This beer is exactly what I might have hoped for but not necessarily what I was expecting, and you know what I mean if you have followed Saranac through its various iterations. The appearance is pleasingly golden, more European than American. And the semi-sweet maltiness is well balanced with hops, evident in both taste and aroma. I have to say, if given the choice between this beer and a well known import version of the same, I'm choosing Saranac two out of three times. And if that isn't a glowing review of a Saranac offering...

SJI, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light/medium gold crystal clear body with a thin but lasting head that leaves very good lacing.

Grassy hops upfront, then a bit of husky grain and a tiny bit of alcohol.

As far as the style goes, they have it pretty right on, except it's a little too aggresively hopped. I like it as a hophead, but pilsner geeks might turn their nose up a bit.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and the carbonation is very very high, making the beer feel like it's crumbling in your mouth.

All in all a tasty, albeit highly hopped example of the style. I could definitely see myself buying sixers of this if it were available in that package.

bboven, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a corn yellow with a single-finger head that lasted a little while. The smell pretty tight with some grains, and malts. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that is quickly cut by some very nonaggressive malts that leads to a very clean and crisp finish. The carbonation and lightness of the beer makes for a very clean and crisp mouthfeel. Coincidentally, this also makes the beer very drinkable, moreso than most Saranac offerings.

TheTrevor, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Straw yellow with some fine clarity. A tightly bubbled head forms. Trace of lace.

S. Spicey hop profile with a distinctly Euro bready pils smell. Def. smells authentic.

T. Crisp up front with some tettnang and/or saaz providing some earthy bitters. Some cooked veggie/dms in there too. Corn husk. Very light grains.

M. Medium to light bodied, crisp. Heavily carbonated.

D. Fairly drinkable and light. Not a bad beer by any means. Pairs well with assorted sushi and other fish.

Stinkypuss, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Kraken, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head that disappears before you can get started. Smells of metallic and bad yeast. Just a very off smell. Tastes stale spiced water with a sour aftertaste. Its just not a good beer. Tastes like a miller or coors light but worse. Stay away.

nrpellegrini, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw yellow color. A decent amount of head, pure white in color. Ultra clear, much like a light-lager; could easily be confused with a light lager if not for the head. Can't hide any imperfections!

If it is made of barley, that is not apparent in the aroma. Again, pale lager smell. Just a touch of Euro (hallertauer? saaz?) hops, but the malt is ricey. Really weak.

Taste, again, is like a pale lager, with just a hint of those extra Saaz/Hallertauer hops thrown in. It's not a bad flavor, per se, but not up to the Saranac standard.

It actually feels pretty good: creamy and fizzy. But overall, this is a very weak offering. A slightly better lager with some okay hops. I should probably evaluate it at face value, because if this was made by Pabst I'm thinking I would probably be singing its praises. But for Saranac, it's disappointing.

williamherbert, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright straw with a large white head that has great retention and very nice lacing.

S: Husky and grassy with a bit of lemon.

T: Grassy and Saazy with a bit of malt sweetness in the background as well as some lemony flavors.

M: Medium body but the finish is not as crisp nor as clean as it could be.

D: Easy drinker that has the taste that is very true to style just a tad to heavy to be as refreshing as others.

Biscuit033, Nov 01, 2008
Saranac Bohemian Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.