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Bakalar Svetlý Ležák | Pivovar Rakovnik

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Brewed by:
Pivovar Rakovnik
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 01-02-2008

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Photo of NathanE2047
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice, characterful Czech lager/pilsner.

Gold, it has a medium-large white head, somewhat airy, steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top but leaving only hints of weak lace.

The aroma is strong, pelasant grain, lemon, a lot of herbs, bread crust, and mineral; overall, quite a nice Czech aroma.

The taste is similar, very fresh, airy and crisp with strong, zesty herbal character, almost minty, with lemon rind, over toasted grain. It is aromatic and a light sweetness underlies a persistent, just dominant, aromatic herbal bitterness that lingers. The character is light but lively and zesty, the elements interplying nicely in a good Czech fashion.

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Photo of Kitsune
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Dentist666
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.9% ABV, green 0.5l bottle.
Pours orange-amber beer with nice golden 2-finger head. Strong aroma of hops, grains, bread. Taste is full, malt and moderate herbal hops in the finish. Very well balanced with decent carbonation. Drinkable and crisp, good choice of czech lagers.

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Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounces into nice lined pint glass.

A: Nice deep golden color body with a four finger white head that seems to retain itself pretty well. Lacing is pretty thick on this lass.

S: One gets that Euro pale ale burst of hop-malt on opening then lemony nutty and grainy notes at first then a bit of malt.

T: Almost herbal salt-water taffy maltiness. I like the smoothness of this lass. She ends with a nice dry hoppy herbal smack.

M: Lots of carbonation, but its almost creamy and smooth, so pretty good feel on her.

D: I'm sure a keg is in order.

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Photo of velkyal
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beers of Rakovnik have traditionally been among the best Czech lagers - and Bakalar continues that tradition. Pouring a beautiful golden colour with a magnificent head, the sight of this being placed in front of you is wonderful, as is the first taste. This is a smooth lager, with just the right hint of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, not too heavy on the malt, the kind of beer I could drink ad infinitum. The head stays for the entire duration of the beer and from first mouthful to the last swig it is a pleasure.

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Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml green bottle. Pours clear pale amber with a one inch white head. Some short lived lacings. Aroma is skunky hops. Taste is very light bitter hops with a somewhat sweet malt backing. No date on the bottle. The label says it uses Zhatezki hops. A bit light on the palate and the carbonation was just enough. Very easy drinking Pils.

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Photo of Lion088
3.64/5  rDev +8%

Photo of ordybill
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. not bad, but has the skunky aroma like most green bottles from Europe.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the local German deli mart. Aroma - very malty with some sweetness, nothing mind blowing. Carbonation - was decent, as the beer warms the mouthfeel gets more creamy. There is a nice clean bitterness on the finish. Easy drinking beer - a nice break if you're used to mondo hop beers that are taking over the marketplace. I'd buy this again if I am ever in the Czech Republic.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Euromart in Astoria. After pouring, the beer needed a good 10 minutes or so for the skunking (thanks green bottle) to dissipate. The aroma was a clean bready malt and the flavor started the same way, but finished with a big kick of peppery spicy hops. Ah yes, now that's a Czech pils. It's not quite as refined as Jever or Pilsner Urquell, but it's a fine beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 500mL bottle for $3.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This clear light gold brew displays rigorous carbonation and generates 1" of short-lived fizzy head that almost immediately collapses to nearly nothing. Smell is funky skunk and adjunct sweetness. The taste is the same, pretty intense skunk, plus some yeasty funk that's likely from some chunks of sediment I observed at the bottom of the glass. Feel is slightly on the light side of moderate and the carbonation has settled to an appropriate level.

Yeasty skunky pilsner, not too bad.

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Photo of RoyFokker
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zmeik
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of der_meister
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bear1964
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of herrburgess
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wl0307
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown glass bottle, BB 13/06/08, served chilled in a pint-size pilsner glass.

A: dark golden to light amber hue, coming with a fluffy white foamy pillow and rather sharp fizziness; a little haze is detectable in the glass as well as at the bottom of the bottle – is it "semi-unfiltered"?
S: very sweet malty upfront, as in rough grist of biscuity malts, while the grassy Saaz is equally pronounced, with an edge of lager’s sourness. However, the overall balance renders a quite mundane aroma, as both elements – malts and hops – are not at all lively; rather, they are semi-heavy with plenty of sticky syrupy sweetness (like burned sugar) to boot.
T: better than the aroma, the slightly nutty and biscuity malts come pretty clean as well as being juicy, without any cloying feel; ensued by a semi-clean aftertaste of grassy hoppiness and rather moderate bitterness, before hitting a bitter-sweet finish.
M&D: an OK example of South Bohemian Svetly Lezak, that it is rich in maltiness with a "healthy" (but insufficient...) input from Saaz hops, albeit pretty mundane without being exciting at all. A lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, easy-drinking Czech lager; for me, this one doesn’t stand out as truly delicious that I couldn’t live without... maybe it’s better on tap, though!

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Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 1pt.9 oz. green bottle into a pils glass. No date. The body was deep golden yellow with a sizzling white head. Active carbonation.

Smell was Skunkopotomous! Lemons. Increasingly floral as it warmed.

Taste was bright bitterness. Crisp. Nice drying finish. Earthy hops and more than anticipated hops flavors. Peppery. Husky.

Mouthfeel was medium and nicely carbonated.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Light lager is gifted with short bitter refreshing scent. It responds to the demands of wide consumer's groups at various parties, celebrations and friends' meetings.

--Pivovar Rakovnik website

More orange than haystack and more yellow than tangerine. Sparkling carbonation gives the beer a lively look and has created a pretty good looking head of manila colored foam. An appealing texture, a reasonably long life and a decent array of lace means an above average appearance score.

The brewery can call this lager whatever they please, but it smells more like an average Euro pale lager than a Czech pilsener. The initial blast of skunkitude is beginning to fade. What appears in its place is a pale graininess and a musky hoppiness, neither of which impresses.

Bakalar Lager 1454 is decent beer that reminds me of a much hoppier version of the U.S. macro lagers. That doesn't mean that it tastes well-brewed. It tastes like hop bitterness and flavor are covering up some flaws. At least it doesn't taste well past its prime, as do many similar offerings from the former Eastern bloc (which, granted, isn't necessarily the brewer's fault).

The pale/pils malt delivers a modicum of barely sweet graininess that is almost completely covered by a (mostly) grassy and (mildly) lemony hoppiness that is almost certainly Saaz. This hophead appreciates the moderate tongue slap of bitterness that accompanies each mouthful. The finish is acceptably clean and almost crisp.

The mouthfeel is no world-beater, but at least it isn't thin and watery. The heft is about right and the carbonation is neither too boisterous nor too lazy. That pretty much means an average score no matter how you slice it.

Bakalar Lager 1454 is best thought of as a Euro pale lager with at least 50% more hops than the average member of the breed. Although it tastes okay and is easy enough to drink, I won't be taking it to any parties, celebrations or friends' meetings during this lifetime. No matter what the consumer's groups demand.

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Photo of djrn2
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 500ml bottle, best before 13th June 2008, drank on a wet and cold Jan night 2008 in Shropshire.

Poured into a small (0.2 litre) Veltins Pilsner stemmed glass three times.

Looks OK, light golden hue to the body and a white foam head which tries to stay with you, but can't manage the whole experience.

Pilsners have no huge aroma, this one had a sweet smell, real candy sweet, too sweet for me.

The beer tasted sweet too, dry and sweet are the two main features this beer has.

Not a lot of anything to sing about in the mouthfeel stakes, watery for a 5.0% beer and no great redeeming factors for me to pontificate about.

Just another lager to add onto the huge list trying to sink us British under a sea of imported tosh.

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Photo of stangski83
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a sort of Euro skunk that seems typical of anything out of Poland or the Czech region, but i am honestly pretty happy with this brew. Nothing special or amazing, but it serves its purpose. I could see this being an everyday brew if I lived in Eastern Europe. Fortunately, I do not, and I get to have this as an alternative to the Macros thanks to my local convenient store. Paid about $2.25 for a bottle of this, and while not expensive, I don't feel that it was a bargain either. Can't say I'll be rushing out to buy another. In the meantime, it serves as another notch in the beer belt. Thank you for the reminder as to what the original Eastern Euro immigrants were trying to copy and why the Americanized result wasn't any better.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev -11%

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