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Dock Street Bohemian PilsnerDock Street Bohemian Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States
dockstreetbeer.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the style of the original pilsner beers of Bohemia in a tradition that dates back to 1842. We use pilsner malts and a generous amount of Bohemian Saaz Hops to produce a golden color, soft, nutty malt flavor and floral hop bouquet.

40 IBUs

Added by pezoids on 08-01-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
71
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
19.77%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 71
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have visited Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in west Philadelphia on numerous occasions and I have taken away some of their large format bottles, but it was only recently when The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster put some of their 12-fl. oz. bottles out as singles that they registered on my radar.

From the bottle: "Brewed in the style of the original pilsner beers of Bohemia. We use an enormous amount of Czech Saaz Hops and pilsner malts to produce its bright golden color and soft, nutty malt flavor. The balance is clean and crisp with a gentle hop nose and a long, dry finish.

I will say this about Pop!ping all of these caps recently - I have a large stash of them for a local county artist who uses them for all sorts of different things. Once again, my beloved Pilsner glass stood at the ready. I gave it a decent pour, but I have to be careful as the glass barely holds 12-fl. oz, & when the head begins to form, it will threaten to overflow the lip of the glass. This time, I got two fingers of dense, puffy, foamy head with good retention. I estimate the color to be precisely Amber (SRM = 7) since it was too dark for Gold. The Gelt Gang seems to agree with my assessment since there is no sign of them. Clarity was button bright. Nose was very grassy and somewhat biscuity and now my mouth was starting to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft on the tongue. The taste was almost completely Saaz hops and while that may not be everyone's bag, it always does it for this hophead! I recently went back and re-read this site's Style descriptions for both Czech & German Pilseners, but one point that seems to be missing is the emphasis. In the former, it is the hops, in the latter, it is the malt(s), hence my preference for the former. Sure, the malts gave this one a toasty biscuitiness, but that was not what was being emphasized. Man, those Saaz hops were really sending me! The relatively low ABV suggested that I could drink a number of them on a hot, humid day, especially if they put this in CANs. Finish was dry, of course, with a lingering hops bite that left me licking my lips for more. More?!? You want more?!? On to the Rye!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 22, 2016... OCCASION: Penn State-Ohio State Prime Time White Out... GLASSWARE: Ommegang 125th Anniversary pokal... clear, moderately effervescent golden body... a snow-white, half-finger filmy head that occupies the top consistently... sharp-as-cheddar hops elicit a pungent punch... fragrant, almost like perfume, floral, spicy and slightly toasted in its malts... first sip proves to be a winner, with a balanced mouth feel at the teeth, tongue and throat... medium-bodied, but quite drinkable... active and engaging... the flavor profile is spicy, bready, sweet and refreshing... a late graininess reminds of its Eastern European roots... this one eluded me for some time, having first sampled it over a decade ago... the payoff is a solid one, with a tasty alternative to a blander light lager....

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Photo of Navanation
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this. Darker than a regular pilsner. Maltier as well. Reminiscent of Stroh's Bohemian. That really dates me. Simple, pleasant to drink. Easy to drink. Great with any food or after an afternoon of yard work. He'll, drink it while doing yard work.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle, into pilsner glass

clear yellow in color, white head that fades. not a big aroma - a bit of sweet grainy pale malt. taste is sweeter, could use a bit more hop balance. thin body.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub, seved in a tall pilsner glass, light golden color with a solid white head. The lacing is very good. The aroma is grassy, spicey, and sweet. A hoppy pilsner, saaz hopps are featured. NIce lingering bitter finish. A very good pilsner, nice balance, great session beer.

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

Dock Street Bohemian Pilsner...on tap at the brewery.

Appearance-comes to me in a tall thin pilsner glass. Pale gold with a large foamy white head trapped with lace and bubbles. Attractive.

Smell-light hop aroma up front, alcohol and the sweet grain I associate with the style. Notable little traps of yeast and bits of malt bite.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, hops come in and provide some good flavor before being overtaken by the grain and alcohol mix associated with the flavors. Less sweet than most, a little watery on the way down, hops try to re-surface but are drowned away. Finishes with a last touch of grain.

Drinkability-lots of flavor here to like in a Pilsner and no real issues.

Overall-a well done pilsner, I like the hoppy variety of pils and this trends towards that style. Doesn't quite reach the heights of the giants like Prima or Sunshine but I like this a lot. A winner.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.57/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a golden yellow, very clear, nice frothy white head that stuck around for a while. Smell was very earthy and crisp, clean malts and some bitter hop notes. Taste had small malt body up front, pretty one dimensional there and then nice crisp and bitter hop finish. Very simple but tasty and refreshing. Great summer/session beer.

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Photo of Soonami
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before, but finally decided to review it.

This beer looks perfect! The bright, clear yellow beer, the fluffy white foam, the constant stream of fine carbon dioxide bubble, the everlasting lace left by each sip, it was exactly how a beer this style should be made to look like. And importantly, it was served in the proper glassware to accentuate the beauty of this beer.

The smell was clean, hop-forward with a little bit of malt sweetness. And it tasted that way too, but having an assertive Saaz hop bite that was spicy and a little grassy. The malt provided an underlying backbone to support the beer and provide a bit body.

I was looking for a thirst quenching beer after a hot day and I got it in this Pilsner

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewpub on 10/3/09. Served in a Pils glass.

Pours a HUGELY effervescent clear gold, topped with 2 fingers of brite-white foam. This has some of thee best retention that I've seen in a while. It just kept bubbling and bubbling, and looked beautiful paired with that clear gold color. The aroma is tight smelling with Pils malts, definitely more bready than sweet, along with fresh citrus and floral spice, which gives this a nice zesty pop in the nose.

The taste has (once again) a good firmness to the malts, with a big splash of lemony citrus and aggressive spicy hop character that STICKS in the mouth with an instense dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very crisp yet very smooth and creamy carbonation. Just a great mix of the two feels that kept this hugely drinkable.

A top notch American take on a Czech Pils, this was just SOLID with flavor and quite thirst quenching. I killed this glass in no time flat and could have pretty much kept going to this during the duration of our visit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white cap that fades out; leaves waves of lace on the glass

Smell: Bready, with a faint hint of noble hops

Taste: Very bready, with a building noble hop presence by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness dominates, leaving a slightly sweet element in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I would prefer a bit more noble hop presence

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Photo of mempath
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours like a great pilsner...very pale, white head and simple, good lacing revealed as it settles pretty fast.

nice, but subtle, nose of...raspberries, perhaps?

taste is light, refreshing but pretty complex. at least not what i expected. mouthfeel is an interesting light/creamy. makes this downright drinkable as a session pils or with a great meal. or pub lunch. i can see this going with chinese easily.

a few more sips and i get almost an Urquell sense...plus bitter honey and sweet malt...nutty/seed overall sense, too.

though i still always will favor the masterpiece hophead extremes out there, this suggests another fine light and unique lager for the summer. i need to head out for some of this on tap.

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Photo of Schmidts
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a Bottle pours a straw color with small head. Smells of Apples,nuts and Biscuts. Very Refreshing in your mouth smooth kind of spicey and nutty. It is very drinkable not a bad offering from Dock street and worth giving it a try!
Beer Its Not Just A Beverage Beer Is Food!

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Photo of Orion4900
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Dock Street Brew Pub

A. Served in a tall pilsner glass. Had a nice thinner 2 finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Body was almost a transparent straw colored and left some lacing in the glass.

S. Granny-Smith apples, wheat, and toasted pinenuts

T. A refreshing blend of flavors such as lemon zest, the tanginess of extra sharp white cheddar, along with some earthy tones of nutty bread.

M. High in carbonation, very refreshing and light with a nice light hint of hops in the finish. Dry, almost Brut in character.

D. Very easy to drink and carries a nice complexity for a pilsner. Definitely worth a try. Great Job Dock Street!

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Photo of Chinon01
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: partially translucent beautiful honeyed gold. Nice bishops collar which dissipates quickly.

n: lemons along with strong spicy saaz hop perfume. Cracker malt base, buttered toast.

t: malt chunkiness up front which finishes hoppy. Spicy saaz tang with sweet and bitter buttered toast. "Green" tasting.

mf: "alive" feeling with prickly sensation with noticeable weight.

d: A+

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Photo of iceball585
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow color, semi-cloudy, thin white layer on top, some tiny bubbles rising

S- Sweet, light malts, wheat, biscuits, light fruity auroma

T- Honey, bready, pale malts, citrus, grassy, earthy, bitter finish

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, oily, slightly fizzy

D- Worthy trying

Good flavors but nothing really stands out with this one. Good overall, but not great.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a medium-golden hue with a minor head that quickly dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Sweet, semi-grainy aroma with hints of wheat, and a nice mixture of malts and hops...
Crisp, clean, flavorful taste... Easily drinkable and a pleasure to down...
Good stuff from Dock Street...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery.

In a word: underrated. This is a fantastic pilsner full of malt and hops flavor that should be recognized for it's deliciousness. The malt lends a sweet, bready and nutty flavor, and that's met by a sharp and spicy hops flavor and bitterness that leaves a long trail of an aftertaste. Great drinkability and full-flavored - give it a try.

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

On tap at Dock Street on 6/16/08.

A - Hazy golden/straw-colored body with two fingers of creamy, bone white head that held fairly nicely and left a bit of lacing. Lots of active carbonation present.

S - Fresh wheat-like aroma with a slight biscuity malt and mild lemon zest, followed by a more fruity aroma reminiscent of apple and white grape.

T - Malt is quite bready overall, and dominates the flavor. However, there is ample lemon zest, which provides a moderate bitterness. Some grassy hops are present as well as a mild fruit sweetness.

M - Pretty smooth and creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness. Medium body with mild carbonation for a pils.

D - Honestly, what pils isn't easy to throw back? Not the best pils I've ever had, but far from the worst. This one's a bit more smooth and thus less prickly and lively than your standard pils, but overall this is a pretty solid effort from Dock Street.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium golden-orange with a foamy, off white head that quickly settled to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was light but steady.

S: The nose brought forth some nice bright hopping and citrus and was really nice.

T: The initial flavor yielded a bright sharp citrus hopping and oranges. The hopping was very dominant and clean with some honeymalt sweetness. The overall flavor was sharp and fresh in nature making for a solid example. Really liked this one.

M: light, with bright oranges coming through with a beautiful hopping. Carbonation is light and subtle on the tongue.

D: Definitly session material, Bright citrus and oranges with a clean sharp flavor and hopping makes this a joy to drink and definitely worth a try. I would buy a sixer of this easily.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dock Street- Royal Bohemian

A- Bright clear yellow with a big foamy head. Quick dissipation with a small amount of lacing.
S- Strong crisp grainy malt slight touch of sweet corn.
T- Big bold malt. Very grainy. Fresh cracked grains like oat, sunflower, spelt, and barley. A slight touch of lemon and orange poke through in the end. Slight grassy earthy hops mingle throughout but never imposing.
M- Strong bready grain malt makes a DRY beer! Sweet punchy flavors come out in the end.

Overall- What?! A Pilsner that I really enjoyed!? WOW, here's a beer that impressed someone who scoffs at Pilsners! Very flavorful and tasty. Awesome summer beer! If you like Pilsners buy this beer!

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Photo of irish
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle did not taste at all as I had remembered early tastings. Maybe a bad bottle?

Appearance is good and light. Nose is...well, not there. Having just tasted a real Czech pilsner, I missed the heft. Same for the taste as well, regretably. I am wanting to like this as much as I remember it, but no amount of wistfulness can bring back the remembered taste tonight. Sigh.

It feels thin in the mouth. If "drinkability" means the ability to toss down one after the other, this sucker is drinkable--I just don't WANT to drink one after the other.

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Photo of llitsua
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, given to me by my brother from his "Beer of the Month Club" selection. Unsure of date. Aggressive pour into plastic (I know, I'm sorry) pilsner glass gives about a two-inch head that stayed with me for a little while before becoming a ring, leaving moderate lacing. The color is golden, and crystal-clear. Smell is a faint aroma of sweet grains, maybe some honey with a taste of clean bitter hops in the front, some sweet grain in the middle, and a finishing-bitterness not unlike the beginning, quite clean. Mouthfeel is very light, with a crisp, clean carbonation. If I lived in this brewery's distribution area, I would seek this out often, especially in the spring and summer (Ironically, it's right at freezing right now with a 10 MPH N wind).

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.01/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with a snowwhite head. Some faint lacing. Smells of lightly sweet malt with just a hint of noble hops.

Yeesh. The only flavors coming through here are sweet pale malt and some DMS. Nary the hint of noble hops here. OK, just a bit as it warms. Watery mouth. The sweetness and the thin mouth - almost nausea-inducing as it warms. I had a hard time getting through this one. Not a good pilsener, certainly shouldn't be calling itself Bohemian. Where's the hops?

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a bright, pale golden color with a sufficient head. Nose is grainy, pleasant malt with a nice grassy hop overlay. Clean and crisp malty flavor, but less bitterness than I expected from the aroma. Reasonably dry finish. Neutral texture with crisp, effervescent body.

Decent pils, nothing too special.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp looking golden colour with a thinnish white head that leaves a trace of residue on the glass.

The aroma is mildly malty and a touch grassy, with a touch of floral, chalky sweetness. Fairly bland and average for the most part.

Flavour is a lot more of the same, with sweetness and chalkiness leading the way and a hint of general grain flavour mixed in throughout. Mouthfeel is light bodied and nice and crisp overall.

I was surprised at this one. Whilst not stellar, it's still got much more flavour than anticipated and is much more on point than expected as well. It's a basic one, but a decent one overall.

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