Double Aught
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #181
Ranked #38,896
3.7 | pDev: 9.46%
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Double AughtDouble Aught
Notes: Brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts and a light touch of noble hops, this light, pale lager is malty yet crisp and refreshing.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Bottle Backlog is dwindling, but as it does so, there seem to be arms of the Hydra, five or six growing back to take the place of one! No matter, I am a man of action & so I am still winnowing away to the point that the end is in sight.

From the Bottle: "Inspired by the perfectly balanced light lagers of Central Europe, we set out to brew a Pilsner to be proud of. The result is a crisp and refreshing beer that’s brewed with 100% barley malt and imported Hallertauer hops."; "Brew Master Notes[:] Keep cold, respect life, beer is perishable, serve at 40 [deg.] F."

One of the few things that I enjoy about bottled beers is the Pop!ping of the cap. It just speaks to some devilish part of my tiny reptilian brain, I suppose. Having accomplished this, I found a slow C-Line pour to be just the thing! It raised just under two (2) fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention that was kind enough to leave some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality. It was pretty without being very dark. Nose was more biscuit-y & malty than I would prefer in a Boho (Czech) Pils, but it also had a nice Noble hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium but big for the style. The taste was also a bit sweeter than I would prefer in the style with a honey-drizzled biscuit-y sweetness underlain by the grassy, hay-like hops. I will grant you that it was aligned with the style according to the revamped Style guide, but I was still left kinda cold as compared to a Pilsner Urquell, which I consider the style's standard bearer. Finish was semi-sweet to semi-dry, but I just wish that the hops had been more prevalent. It was not bad, per se, but it left me feeling unfulfilled. YMMV.

Oct 26, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Vibrant medium gold color with frothy white head and nice moderate carbonation.

S - Crisp crackery honey malt, lemon, some earthiness, and a hint of peppery spice.

T - Honey graham cracker with lemon, some herbal spicy earthiness, and a mild citrus bitterness on the back end. Develops a little bit of sugary residue in the back of the mouth.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation that settles down to a soft finish. Nice dryness on too of the tongue.

O - Pretty decent.

Oct 22, 2018
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Offa from California

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a very good pilsner with a nice German character.

Gold, it has a fairly large white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top, some lace.

Aroma is herbaceous and citrusy with some underlying bread and mineral.

Taste is very good - nice lemony - herbal hop just dominating with light mineral and bready sweetness to balance the slightly zesty bitterness.

Feel is pretty good, some liveliness but a tad thin.

This is a very good, refreshing but flavourful pilsner. It's hardly the best available in this region but it's a very good fallback.

Sep 26, 2018
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a great pilsner, well brewed, delicious subtle yet expertly crafted, I highly recommend trying this if you like the Pilsner style

The color is golden with white head, great retention.
The aroma is mostly malt however yeast and floral,spicy hops have a part in the smell too.
The feel is smooth with mild bitterness and gentle yeast texture with mostly dry finish
The taste is great fresh malt with toasted grain flavor and herbal hops with a spicy aspect yet mild resinous quality adds to the dry finish
This is as a said a great beer in my opinion -Kudos Bear Republic!

Aug 17, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't read the BB date on this one now, but I'm pretty sure it was 9/18.

Look- crystal clear vibrant golden color with a white head that sticks around; spotty lacing

Nose- getting a tart green apple, almost soapy note that's predominant, but under that I can detect some soft floral notes and light bread

Taste- starts off with a nice, rich, bready malt, along with some floral hops, just a hint of the green apple and a mild bitterness

Feel- medium-light bodied, pretty heavy for a pilsner. Nonetheless, it's still refreshing with a semi-dry and somewhat bitter finish.

Overall- decent tasting pilsner, but the apple/soapy note in the nose was off-putting.

Jul 23, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of white head that departs rather quickly. Fair amount of lace.
Smell is crackers bready yeast.
Taste is cracker malt with a balancing amount of euro hops.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp.
Overall a decent effort from a fine brewery.

Jun 30, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with low head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of bread and spices. There is a light apple note as well.

Taste: There are moderate bread flavors. The spicy flavors are moderate to low with light apple notes as well. It is moderately bitter.

Feel: It has a moderately light body.

Overall, this is a quality example of a Czech Pilsner with the balance being toward the bready malts.

Nov 20, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw colored golden yellow. Completely clear and very effervescent - almost champagne like. Thin white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head.

Smell has notes of grain, grassy hops, slightly sweet with a hint of bread malts.

Taste follows he nose with notes of sweet malts, grain, bread, light grassy hops with a bit of dry grass bitterness.

Feel is light, a bit thick and sweet - I wish it was a bit more crisp. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall its not a great Czech pilsner, but as a simple easy drinking lager goes, its a good beer.

Sep 26, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting pils - a smooth and easy drinking experience...

When I read the words "Double Aught" it reminds me of an article I once read about what the 2000s should be called, this phrase - double aughts - was supposed to encompass that decade. I don't think it has or ever will. But as far as this beer is concerned, I found nothing about double zeroes to be associated with it. The look was a very bright yellow-ish tinge, appealing to my eyes, though the smell was a weird tang of sweetness and mustiness. Feel was light-bodied and a bit astringent, with a taste that was lightly hoppy - reminding me of the Czech basis for this pils. Anyway, a good brew. It wasn't the best I've ever had but it was definitely one to enjoy.

Sep 16, 2017
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date

Cloudy yellow with barely any head. Smell is very malty with some floral hops. Taste is a great mix of barley and hops: baked bread, crackers, sour/bitter citrus and grass.

Great pilsner; it's something I could drink all day

Sep 03, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
A - crystal clear pale yellow body with a fizzy white head that fades to a foam
S - biscuity pilsner malt, spicy & grassy noble hops
T - moderately bitter grassy, earthy & spicy hops pair nicely with biscuity pilsner malt
M - light body with moderate carbonation, finishes crisp and clean
O - good pilsner here. Nothing outside of the box, but very easy to drink.

Aug 21, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant gold and had rapidly rising bubbles with a rapidly disappearing 1" snow white foam cap.

S: Rich malt aromas, light grain, cracker, light floral and earthy hops and hop spice. Has a clean fermentation character with slightly more malt than hops in the aroma.

T: Rich malt, cracker, traces of light caramel balanced by floral, earthy hops and a very pleasant and lingering crisp bitter hop finish.

F: Medium light body with low carbonation.

O: A very drinkable, flavorful light beer. The body is a little thin and the head retention is a little low.

Apr 07, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a pilsner a light straw color with a thinner bone white head atop.Crushed pilsner malts and some cracker meal mainly in the nose,a light smattering of leafy hops is detected as well.A nice crispness on the palate,quite dry with cracker and fresh baked bread notes,not doughy but bready.A decent herbal hoppy note in the finish makes for an easy drinking but substantial pilsner.

Mar 21, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toasted malt and grasses. Sweet caramel taste with a good bitter bite.

Jan 17, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

DATE: November 24, 2016... OCCASION: a Thanksgiving spent in the city ends on the couch with more football... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... pours a sallow yellow golden body, with a turbulent center... a snow-white head laces nicely to a half-finger width, ringing the glass like a crown while creating clouds inside its circle... lemon grass, sweet dough malts, slight metallic ping, some softened fruit, and off-putting phenol supply a mixed bag of aromas... mouthfeel is light, almost as a light beer might feel, with minimal effervescence and slight action at the throat...little to speak of at the teeth or tongue, though it is a bit creamy... banana, lemongrass, slight bittering hops, and watery attitude makes this a rather uneventful beer, despite its engaging name... not a beer much above the run-of-the-mill light beer to be had for less cash... not feeling this one, despite its promising start...

Nov 25, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours pale straw color with a bright white head, decent head retention, good amount of carbonation, beer is clear, looks good.

A: Soft lemon, grass, wet hay, pepper, spice, aromas are subtle, has a nice complexity.

T: Follows the nose with a soft touch of citrus, moderate peppery spice, slight hop flavors, wet hay, grass, very drinkable and enjoyable.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Very tasty, really enjoyed this for its drinkability, good amount of flavor, definitely reach for this again.

Nov 11, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.67
Purchased: Oct. 26, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 30, 2016
Reviewed as: Czech Pilsner
Misc.: Best by Nov. 21, 2016 (I think)

Finished some work rather early and decided to review a few beers. Was not in the mood for a pilsner, but why not? Picked this up at Trader Joe’s, breaking up a 6-pack. Generally a fan of Bear Republic, so hoping this would be decent.

Poured a light-to-medium clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, which is to be expected. Good watery lacing. Very good-to-outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled those great Czech Pilsner notes, getting white bread, hazy, corn cereal, peppery spices, watery grain, grass, hay and hints of floral aromas. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose, getting spicy peppery notes (looking at the bottle, Hallerauer?), corn cereal, salty white bread, grass, hay, maybe cloves, floral and clean grain. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Just a very good Czech Pilsner. One of the spicier ones I’ve had though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

Nov 10, 2016
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crimsonfloyd from California

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw yellow. Quite translucent. White head. Smells of yeast, cornmeal, grass. Bready yeast flavor with nice lime tang. Medium-light body and crisp mouthfeel.

Oct 26, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed pale golden yellow hue, white froth on top does a good job sticking around. Sweet floral hoppiness & clean graininess in the nose. Bready with a soft graininess throughout, hops go from floral to herbal to peppery with a balancing hop bitterness. Clean for the most part, a little but of nuttiness from the yeast but very neutral. Finished semi-dry with some lingering grain and herbal hop.

Sep 27, 2016
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle. Looks and smells great. Very crisp....seems very carbonated. Taste is not typical Pilsner to me. Pretty good but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Sep 18, 2016
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seedyone from New York

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Slight haze & vague head & lacing yielded a easy drink lightly flavored quaff that, even though it was OK ame up shy against the cavalcade of stars in today`s selection.

Feb 01, 2015
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cambabeer from New York

3.51/5  rDev -5.1%

This did seem more "german" in taste and smell than "czech." Smooth feel, more toasted grain and lighter hops in the nose and taste and less herbal floral hops than I expected. More full bodied, not as crisp as your normal czech pilsner. Very sessionable.

Sep 11, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

a tasty pilsener, more in the german tradition than the czech, with a slightly sweeter and larger grain character, and less of the grassy limey hops. bready or rather crackery malt body to this, even though the color hints at some caramel, it stays away from the fully desserty side. all grain up front, with only a bit of bittering hops to balance the finish. the body is really big for the style, drinks more like a pale than a pils, which may limit its sessionability for some. for me, it was just fine, slippery going down still and plenty bubbly. i tend to prefer the czech style, i like those hops a little bit more and its crisper many times. the yeast aspect of this is strange, underachieving maybe. overall good beer, a straight shooter from bear republic. should have mass appeal.

Aug 28, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Ridgewood

Clear yellow under a sticky white head that leaves tons of lace behind on the glass. Aromas of fresh dough. light floral spice, and a slight sulfur note. This may, in fact, be the doughiest smelling beer I have come across. Spicy hops, grain, slight grass, and lager yeast. Pretty light, clean, crisp, and drinkable. A very simple PIls. Certainly not bad overall, but it didn't grab me and demand to be drank by the gallon like a really good Czech Pilsener does.

Oct 14, 2013
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elNopalero from California

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap, wrote it down as “00” which I assume is the same as double-aught. So there.

This pours a golden yellow-straw color with great foam.

This has a lightly hopped aroma with a distinct lightly toasted biscuit note to it.

There’s a slight peppery note on the flavor which complements the grassy hops and toasted biscuit. I made a note of the carbonation as it kept things feeling light.

I really enjoyed this one. First time seeing it.

Sep 10, 2013
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 140 ratings