Bohemian Pilsner | Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

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Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner

Brewed by:
Matilda Bay Brewing Co.

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bohemian Pilsner has a light, golden colour and a distinctive hop character with spicy and peppery notes. Importantly, its bitter finish is balanced across the palate with a clean mid-palate and full malty flavour.

35 IBU

Added by rastaman on 06-24-2004

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Photo of joecast
4.3/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

how can this come from the same brewery as beez neez?

grassy/wet hay hop aroma leaps out of the bottle followed by a head that begins forming before you even pour it out. the aroma could be a bit sharper, also seems to be a hint of sweet maltiness.
once in the glass, a deeper gold colored beer is revealed with a fine thin gold-tinged head.
taste is very smooth. the maltiness doesnt intrude with its sweetness nor detract from the bitterness of the hops.
overall, a beer that does what you expect and does it well. the only criticism i can offer is maybe a touch more hops. (but id like that in just about every beer)

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Photo of foles
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I havent had what I call a real characteristic pils for a long time. The smell is slightly lemony with a musty edge. Not too bad, the taste reminds me of the experience I had with a little brew in Stuttgart - Stuttgarter Brau. It goes through a flavour transition as it is consumed, slightly bitter up front, then a lemony jest and a flowery light, fresh, crisp finish. Lovely. The only drawback is probablt that the characteristic could be a little more pronounced, but I shouldnt complain...

I've found my favourite pils of the moment. Just a tad expensive despite being a local beer here in Perth (originally although the brewing has shifted I am led to believe)

I'm going to invest in a carton of these.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance - Amberish-gold, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Great bitter fruit smells, quite strong for an Australian pilsener.

Taste - Plenty of Saaz hops gives this beer fruitiness and a good bitterness level.

Mouthfeel - Great texture and carbonation.

Drinkability - Would make a great session drink.

Overall - Arguably the best popular Australian pilsener.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, slightly cloudy, with a little head that falls away leaving a thin layer that clings to the glass. Smells slightly citrusy, slightly flowery, very pleasant. The flavor is very nice. Sweet but not overly so, a little toffee flavor in the background, enough bitterness to finish pretty clean. Mouthfeel isn't too thin, not too thick or creamy, right in the middle, just right I think. I really like this beer, it's very drinkable, not too strong on any one point, very balanced. Very enjoyable. I'll be getting more of this.

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Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Dan Murphy's in Burwood. Poured a very attractive golden straw color with small white lacing that didn't stick to the glass. Nose was very clean but also earthy with the grains. Taste was enjoyable, it was quite bitter, with loads of hops hitting the tongue and the earthiness showing up as well. Towards the end you could really taste that signature lagerish taste, I can't really exactly say what it is, but its there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with the hops making it seem perhaps a bit bigger. This beer is also extremely crisp and tasty, worth having a six pack of. I love the massive hop presence in this beer, it almost seems like a Double Pilsner. I paired it with a hunk of extra sharp cheddar and could barely contain my joy. Cheers

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Photo of Finite
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden colour with a great head which is a bit rugged but holds well in my pilsner glass. OK lacing all the way down. Really sexy wavy bubbles rise to the head speeding up as some bigger faster ones fly straight past and up.

Smell: Fresh saaz hops with oily aromas and some slightly off smell to it as well which was a bit off-putting. Sweetness and floral aromas present.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Quite bitter really fresh and pretty course all the way down but some sweetness is there. Lots of spices and grassy flavours which linger around the middle of the taste. Some sweetness returns in the aftertaste but the bitterness isn’t giving those floral hops much room to move. Still the hops in this have a lot of attitude which I kinda like. I was liking it more after about half way down. Some malts at the back of the throat, teasing the palate.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy to drink with some food paring I would imagine. A little lonely by itself but with some Indian it would get fantastic. It’s a good beer when I’m sick of sweet ale and I’m eager for a hoppy, bitter kick in the face. Great brew and a best from matilda bay.

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Photo of WHROO
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good pilsner & one of the more traditional bittery ones at that.
Cloudy Amber with a 1 finger head, good head retention & lacing was a fraction above average.
Aroma was not too evident, got some bitter citrusy hops & a little fruit malty sweetness.
The taste is what a strong pilsner is all about - malty fruit sweetness at first, then the strong hoppy bitterness that lingered to finish. We had a drinker amongst us that loves her beer but not bitterness & she was blown away by the level of bitter than turned her off...i liked it but!
It was alive enough in mouthfeel, nice & clean - i love the contrast between the initial sweetness then the hop bitterness, would probably have liked a little more malty fruity sweetness across the top & middle tongue section.
Twas quite enjoyable!!!

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Photo of rjimlad
3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a chilled schooner glass and discovered a large persistant head and fine lacing. My second bottle in a warmer schooner glass kept the head right till the end. Carbonation was high but this gave a strong sparkly mouthfeel which I liked. Not much aroma on this one but previously I had some which delivered florally esthers for a moment. My wife thinks I'm olfactorily challenged anyhow. Colour was golden deep straw.

Taste is a little subdued by the electric mouthfeel but eventually I got a nice crisp, bready mid-palate with a pleasant lingering bitterness that didn't overwhelm. Not much complexity but well balanced and very drinkable. I agree with other reviewers that there's more interesting examples of this type but for me its readily available, my wife likes it and I can stay with it for a while until the Hunter Semillon chills.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich gold and clear the bead is lively and the dense white head is persistent.
Very middle of the road smell with no clear character other than a vague tinned water sort of smell.
There is plenty of crisp bitterness overlaying a sweetish background
The mouthfeel is thick and oily but cleansing.
A moderately acceptable beer that is probably representative of its style but just a little boring for mine

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
This is a very good looking pilsener! Poured a thick, bubbly 2.5 fingers of white head, which tooks its time reducing. Darker in colour than your average pils, a pale copper-gold.

Smell - 3.5
There was a whisper of skunk upon opening, but this vanished immediately (perhaps it was my imagination). The main aroma is a sweet one of fruit and floral hops.

Taste - 3.5
Wow, the most obvious thing here is the ridiculously powder-dry finish. Intial flavours are good; slight fruitiness, malt-honey sweetness and a nice level of hop bitterness. Unfortunately the finish leaves dryness, bitterness, and little of the upfront flavours.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Carbonation is moderate, as is weight in the mouth. Does not go down as easily as some other more common pilseners, but that is more to do with the aftertaste.

Drinkability - 4.0
This is defintely a sessionable beer, but for its style it does not fare quite so well. The overly dry and bitter aftertaste would stop me wanting to drink this all night.

OVERALL - 3.65
Not quite excellent, but definitely a world class pilsener that Australia can be proud of. Served ice cold into frosted pint glasses at pubs, this seems like a standard, bitter macro, but let it warm a little and it is clear that it is better than that. Unfortunately the price is high, even though it is a local beer, which is disappointing (although I would still rate it as decent value). Better from the bottle than on-tap in my experience.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BeerNutta
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this a Beertopia this year.

I was very surprised. Tasted good on tap. Poured a golden amber with minimal head.

Tasted like honey with a smooth hop finish. Very refreshing. However, I would think that the sweet honey aftertaste would be annoying after a while.

A little too much carbonation. Other than that. Good Beer.

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Photo of diablo14
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive had this on tap before and wasnt all that impressed. they have just put this out in bottles and i must say it was actually better than i had previously recalled it being. now that the brew has changed hands, the hops has taken a slight step up. bit of a shock i must say!!

nothing too different in the appreance stakes, tho this beer does seem to have better head retention than most local nuimbers. i will say it has a fair saaz hops presence thats far more legit than most other aussie beers that claim to use this hops in its beers, and that includes micros. has a reasonable malt aroma with a hoppy smell that suggests that there really is saaz included here. taste isnt anything more than basic, does have a little more malt these days i feel, and again there is a hop presence that gives this beer a little more than most of its competitors. its fairly crisp, and not offensive in its impact on the palate.

its overpriced for is quality, but i still dont think its a bad brew. funny thing is is its better from the bottle than the tap. maybe that says it all.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hopnerd
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dansmcd
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of fluffy white head cap a clear light amber body. Decent streaky lacing follows.

S - Typical pils aroma of light grainy malt and crackers with a slight fruitiness and honey.

T - Clean and mild. Lemon, grain and the faintest peach are all I can decipher really.

M - Thin body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

O - Sessionable and inoffensive.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light bodied, and rather light coloured gold, with almost minimal head. Even with a pretty vigorous pour, it seltzers up, and the dissipates to the thinnest of rings, leaving some tiny bubbles around the edge. Decent lacing from what's left, however, leaving tiny-patterns sudsing around the glass, and the body looks pleasantly thick. Head is a clear disappointment, but otherwise decent enough.

Nose is fresh with lemony zest and a slight creaminess that almost makes me think of Belgian yeast. Then it sinks a bit, leaving some old grain characters and a faint whiff of musty organics. Eh. OK, but not great.

Taste misses the mark even more. Thin entry with a lick of metallic hops, before the big musty grain note comes through on the back, leaving a green but rather unsavoury finish. Feel is extremely thin. I don't know where the body I espied in the appearance went, but it doesn't lend anything to the very light palate. Eh.

Eh. I seem to have said "eh" a lot in this review, and that seems to be the critical point. It's not bad, but it really lacks interest, even enough to make me enthusiastic about my next sip.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Time for a Pilsner face-off! Two decent Australian (and one Kiwi!) Pilsner's battle head to head for my admiration, who will win? Let's see! First cab off the rank is Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilsner.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Clear gold body with a bone white head that began at 1.5cm and dropped to a 0.5cm covering... standard stuff really (although the head from a real Czech Pilsner would retain much better).

S: Cut grass hops power through some light crystal malts with a herbaceous hint of what's to come. Not bad at all.

T: The crystal malts are quite feathery and take a back seat to the citrus/cut grass hops. There is a spicy and bitter back note which leaves you high and dry (literally dry!) in expecting something else. Nothing extraordinary here.

M: Standard carbonation for a Pilsner - slightly creamy and medium bodied.

D: Yeah it's not bad on a hot day but today is not that day for me (it's all rainy and miserable outside, a great day for a Pilsner face-off). I'm not getting anything unique out of this brew, even though Matilda Bay are quite known for their beer capers this is not one of them.

Food match: I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Czech food (check!).

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows soft spicy and floral hops with bready malt underneath.
Flavours focus on the malt with more sweet bready characters and a bit of caramel. Could use some bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on.
Pretty decent and to style, apart from the unchallenged malty sweetness.

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Photo of ADZA
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mate came over with a sixer of these and i havnt had it in a while but i do like the new label just hope the beer is improved aswell and it pours a crystal clear pale straw hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is feint noble hops and grains,the mouthfeel is very average and light bodied and has tastes of noble grassy herbal hops,pale malts,grains and a lemon tinge finish and overall its pretty average and i remember it being better and im glad i didnt buy it cheers.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a moderate head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild hops with a bit of malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus, some malt sweetness and fresh grain. Taste has a nice bit of hops, mild malty sweetness with some grain and hint of fruit. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice take on the style. Better than I expected.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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Bohemian Pilsner from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.
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