Bohemian Pilsner | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner
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Bohemian PilsnerBohemian Pilsner

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bucko on 03-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Misfit138:
Photo of Misfit138
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in pint glass

A- Dark yellow in color with a bright white head that went away quickly

S- Sweet malt and hints of floral hops

T- Initially sweet grassy and caramel malts followed with a sharp quick grapefruit finish

M- Fairly light in body and moderately carbonated.

D- Drinkability would be pretty high, it's a nice beer. It isn't going to be your new favorite or anything, but its a decent lager from the Midwest.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked a single from Four Firkins. Pours a clear gold with a white head. I don't know about this one. The citrus element is oddly ovrepowering. It reminds me more of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy than anything. The flavor gets a little grassier and spicy towards the end and the beer finishes on a proper hops note, but this is different and not necessarily in a good way. Try at your own risk.

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Photo of morimech
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems I got one of the not so good bottles. Pours a hazy golden color with just a small head that forms after the pour then quickly disappears.

The smell is weird. Like buttery bread and lemon. It smells sweet.

I can kinda taste a pils in there. But it gots a sweet fruity taste that dominates.

It is a bit watery and not well carbonated. Not a well done pils. I hope they get their quality control in shape and can try this again knowing I will get a better product.

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Photo of brewbucker
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light clean gold with nice carbonation and a white two finger head. Aroma is sort of a sweet light malt and corn with notes of citrus. The flavor mild malt, light hops, and hints of corn, wheat and citrus. It feels a tad dry and bitter to the palate and overall it is a clean and refreshing beer. Quite a nice change from all of the stouts and IPA's I have been drinking.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Pilsener
No freshness date

A: A moderately vigorous pour produced a 4.5 finger white creamy froth head that later reduced due a thick cap lacing the glass with nice white rings. Color was a clear straw yellow.

S: Strong Pils malt aroma from the minute I popped the cap. Bready yeast and some floral hop.

T: Taste somewhat followed the aroma with grainy and bready sweetness. A grassy bitter hop finish dominated the palate and aftertaste that lingered quite a bit. The spicy character of Saaz hops was very subdued for a Czech Pilsener.

M: Texture was creamy with a nice dry finish. Highly carbonated.

D: A light bodied beer with a moderate abv and smooth finish. Definitely a session beer.

I was surprised to see the low rating this beer received as I thought it was a good representation of the style and an all around good beer. I have read there is great variation between bottles and batches so maybe I was lucky enough to get a good bottle. I will be trying this one again.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

Appearance- Light copper color, slightly hazy. Only a little head which dissipated quite quickly. No lacing left on the glass.

smell- smells slightly sweet and citrusy behind a traditional pilsner smell.

Taste- Doesn't taste sweet. Tastes a little bit roasted, toasted compared to the usual pilsner taste.

Overall- a pleasant beer to drink, especially at a cold temperature, but nothing special. And got a bit less impressive as it warmed.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brau Brothers Pils pours out a stiff white head over a clear, honey
colored brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose is
a suprisingly rich and malty, with a hint of honey, even. The flavor
is sweet-ish malt and citrus-y, with a bit of a grassy hop finish. The
mouthfeel is crisp and almost round, this is no watery lager, and not
the slightest trace of either rice or corn.
Actually, a pretty decent brew- not super flashy, but full of flavor and
something I could drink all day.

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Photo of climax
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one poured pretty dark for a pilsner, a dull brownish/honey color was pretty murky as well. white head was fairly small

nose was pretty clean and malt dominant. slight bitterness and diacetyl. corn, fruity notes, yeast, and even garlic were all in a relatively mild package

taste was better than the nose i thought. not a blast of flavor, but enough to satisfy. buttery and bitter however hop presence seemed low. there were flavors of fruit and the yeast, very clean finish

body was medium, carbonated nicely. finish was slick and clean

surely not a hardcore pilsner but it was just fine for my liking. pretty easy to drink, enjoyable, and unoffensive.

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Photo of Greggy
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice light golden color into a pilsner glass with a nice 2 finger haead that very slowly recedes into a nice fluffy head.

Smell- A big lemony malt comes through with a bit of graham cracker in their to. A touch of honey is noticeable as well. Not bad..

Taste- Like the smell there is a big lemon component to this with a refreshing honey-graham taste as well. I really enjoy the taste but it really isn't on par with what a pilsner should taste like. There is very little hop presence in the brew, but moreover, just enough to balance out the malt. Increasing the hops would help this be more of a pilsner in my opinion. I really want to give this >4 for taste, but judging by the style, I just cannot justify it.

Mouthfeel- Another area where this brew is lacking is in the mouthfeel department. There is very little carbonation in this brew. I believe that with a more medium carbonation, this brew would have greater potential.

Drinkability- This is a very refreshing and enjoyable brew. The problem is, it isn't a pilsner. I will enjoy this brew on numerous occasions this summer, but as a beer, not a pilsner, if that makes sense.

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Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is from notes I made a couple months back on a sample given to me by a Brau Brothers sales rep. Since then I have probably drank a couple cases of it, and can say that the brewery certainly has quality control issues with this particular beer. I have had great bottles, I have had bottles where is seems the yeast ran riote and turned everything into a buttery mess, and I have had bottles where there was absolulty no carbonation. The last sixpack I bought seemed to have all bottles in each of these three states. The other reviews already posted seem to do justice in addressing the bad bottles, so with review I will address the good bottles I have had.

This brew pours a clear golden color. The head is large, bright white, and stable. Lacing sticks all over the sides of the glass, all the way down. The aroma is of biscuit, toffee, herbs, spice. The taste is very, extremely well balanced. The malt and hops are in harmony. Biscuity, bready flavors are cleansed by a nice zesty hops finish. There is also a mild, but noticeable, mineral presence that lingers through out the sip which reminds me a many of the great pilseners I drank during my days living in Germany. The mouthfeel is spot on for a pils; light bodied with nice carbonation, and a rather velvety smoothness. Overall, this is one of the best pilseners I have ever had the privilege to drink. I will most certainly buy this beer again, and again. On a side note it is really nice to see such a small brewery, from such a small place, in the middle of such a large corn field, brewing beer their own way and bringing it all the way out to Rochester.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Czech style Pils pours a yellow/golden color--trending toward yellow--with a decent cap of white foam floating above. The aroma has an emphasis on pale malt. There is a slight hint of earthy hops in the background. The beer is smooth and medium bodied on the palate. Flavors are dominated by bready malts which give way to the earthy, spicy Saaz hops, leaving the palate dry.

A drinkable, ample brew.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Brau Brothers Pilsner was a pale golden color and a little hazy. It had a white head that didn't last. The aroma was a little sweet and malty. The taste was malt upfront with more hops towards the finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a decent pilsener that's crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of ZAP
1.77/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A-Hazy, bronze color....flat and lacking any head (never a good thing)

S-Does not smell at all like a pilsner...bready and yeasty....sweet aroma...not bad but not close to fitting the style

T-See smell....sweet and bready....did they put this together from a homebrew kit??? It sure tastes like hops to speak of...just a bready, worty sweetness.

M-Flat and it medium bodied....doesn't feel right

D-Not recommended except for the fact it is a new brew to try. I am disappointed with this one. I have three others to try and I hope they are better.

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Photo of budgood1
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out a dirty golden colour, bronze hues with a huge frothy egg shell white head. very active carbonation supports the head and leaves lots of very clingy lace. as i sample a few bottles, the rich, thick head never dies. very odd aroma...sulphuric, vegetal...lemon dish soap maybe? whatever it is, it's not pleasing. quite a malty taste profile, very heavy on the palate; husky grain, hay, and touch of alcohol spice. hopping is coarse and adds a touch of unrefined bitterness. like a pale ale but with a lager yeast. big body on this pilsener, almost too big...with a quite smooth and velvety mouthfeel. it slides down quite well and finishes a bit boozy. if i could buy 40's of malt liquor that tasted like this, i would be happy. but for a "bohemian style pilsener", this isn't even close.

ok, i expect a pils to be light, bright and hoppy..with a refreshing sense of quaffability. this offering is heavy, dark and coarse, with a boozy thud that isn't welcome for this style.

it's an interesting beer, but i'm not sure it's a "good" interesting....especially for the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dirty looking copper tone. Thin dirty white head. Overall, kind of a dirty looking beer. Not good for a pilsner. The aroma is pretty sweet and has some character. Biscuity sweet. Maybe a little nougat. Not a lot of hop character on the nose though, which disappoints me a bit. After being let down a bit with the appearance and nose, the taste is pretty decent. And there are some hop characteristics a bit of a lingering bitterness....and a bit of spiciness. The malts give a solid foundation of sweet, bready character. Overall, this is average....decent. But nothing I'd need to run out for again.

The Brau Brothers Scotch Ale is clearly the cream of the crop.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy gold, good carbonation and head.

Smell: Dry lemon pith.

Taste: Not really a pilsner taste. Hoppy dry citrus pith, a little bready sweetness, reminds me of a cascade-hopped pale ale. That being said, the taste is fine, just not a pilsner.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Didn't read any reviews before purchasing a single of this beer. As I wrote before, doesn't taste like a pilsner at all, more like a US pale ale. For a pale ale it tastes fine, not great, not bad. If you're looking for a nice grassy pilsner you won't find it here.

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Photo of mwagner1018
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Very light caramel straw color, relatively clear, slight haze, nice carbonation rising. Light, quickly diminishing head.

S- Significant yeasty, sweet malt aroma permeates from the bottle as it pours, and lingers in the glass. Buttery and caramel notes, but dominated by a bacterial sweetness. Smells similar to a Belgian Trip, which is odd, and in conflict with the style.

T- Malty, yeast, up front very sharp acidity (almost stale hop character), mild bitterness that finishes on the palate. Buttery tinge, that creates an odd off flavor, diacetyl, and seems to be too significant for the style.

M- Very carbonated, buttery on the tongue.

D- Well it may be worth the price $7.49/sixer plus tax, and I want to support as many local (MN) brewers as possible. But I just can't see myself drinking this one. It is crisp, but doesn't fulfill my desire for a nice Bohemian style European lager, leaves me wanting something that it can't deliver- complexity, balance, and cleanliness. I bought 6, so I will have to try it again, and see what I think on the next one.

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Photo of bigreduw64
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a nice 2" head, slowly dissipating, but not disappearing. Initial smell is of stale refrigerator, but opens to a slight floral aroma. Initial taste has a faint background of the spicy hops one would expect out of a traditional pilsner, but they never come up front. Instead a corn like sweetness comes forward and does not play well with the beer. This is a lackluster beer made without a lot of flavor. Many better pilsners out there to spend my money on.

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Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Simple amber with more bubbles than one normally sees. Up top is a bone white head that is soft rather than sticky, which is why the half-rings of soap sudsy lace look to be fleeting. Still, it's not a bad look.

Czech pilseners (even those brewed in the U.S.) should be fresh, clean and bright. This beer is none of those. The nose is too earthy-funky and the hops are more musky than grassy and herbal. In the end, this Brau Brothers brew smells like a below-average pale lager that contains less than high-quality Saaz hops.

The taste is roughly the same. Speaking of rough, it tastes like there's a lot of extraneous stuff going on, almost like an ale yeast was used and the (unwanted in this case) esters are having a field day. In other words, the beer is anything but clean. In fact, it's messy. Spicy phenols come to the fore with warming. Not good.

That odd sort of earthy graininess is still present and the hops haven't improved at all in the transition from nostrils to palate. An almost absent starting sweetness segues into a sharp bitterness on the finish. I hope these guys plan to do a whole lotta tweaking from batch to batch because their beer isn't up to snuff yet. Not even close, really.

Part of the almost quinine-like bitterness might be coming from the excessive carbonation. It was obvious on crown cracking that the beer would be too bubbled. It's also too light in the mouth, which is never a good combination.

Bohemian Pilsner isn't horrible beer, but it is incredibly amateurish beer. I've said it before and I'll say it again: even though I've never home brewed, I'm fairly certain that my initial attempt at a Czech pils would taste at least this good.

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Photo of daledeee
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a local offering: southern Minnesota and eastern Iowa. Close enough

This beer pours hazy yellow with a small head. The nose is butterscotch and corn with a little citrus.

Taste is odd to say the least. Kind of hoppy or soapy(?). Grains otherwise. Aftertaste is not that great. Mouthfeel is marginal. Overall, not a favorite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.91/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Spicy, flowery hops and the nose-turning scent of spoiled lemons. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Taste: Sticky sweetness spicy and floral hints. Then, there it is again, the sour, rancid lemon juice. Finishes with more of that odd, off-putting sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit of a blight on the pilsner scene.

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Bohemian Pilsner from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 13.8% out of 100 with 29 ratings
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