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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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 18
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 zmeik
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Lion088
3.64/5  rDev +8%

Photo of NathanE2047
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of Kitsune
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Bear1964
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of RoyFokker
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of herrburgess
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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 jazzyjeff13
2.47/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with no visible BB date. Judging by the details on the label, this was destined for import to the US. Picked up cheap from my local offie a while back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. An orangy-amber colour with low carbonation and visible sediment (doesn't look like yeast). No head to speak of, it pours with a hint of foam that dissipates immediately. Aroma of light malt with slight sweetness and a distinct note of stewed veg/leaves. A whiff of unripe apples and solvent in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a very mild bitterness. Notes of stewed hops and veg, with a background staleness. A harsh flavour upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, but rather flat. Body is quite good for a lager. Slightly astringent, and coats the palate. Aftertaste of stale, stewed veg.

Pretty poor - the only mitigation I can think of is that this is an old bottle. Doesn't look good, smells/tastes of stale, unpleasant flavours and has a dull mouthfeel. Not a good lager by any standard - even macro products are better. Avoid.

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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 matjack85
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My label has the word "lager" in place of the Czech words "Svelty Lezak", but I'm pretty sure this is the same beer. I found this 500ml green bottle at Sal's World of Liquor in Addison, IL for $1.49. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear medium gold color with a four finger fluffy white head that lasted awhile and left lots of lacing.

The smell was not that great. It had a typical macro lager smell with a bit of green bottle skunk. Nothing special.

This beer has more bitterness to it than your average lager. While there is a bit of grainy corn sweetness to be found, the dry, bitter hops steal the show. I didn't care for it that much but it wasn't horrible

Dry, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation.

It's drinkable and cheap, but nothing that I'd want more of.

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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 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 Mebuzzard
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, to say this is a Pilsner is a wee bit of a stretch. Czech lager would be a better description I think because the spicy characteristic isn't there.
A semi dark pour, kind of muddy orange. Not a bad head with 4 malts, giving it an average rating on appearance.
Skunk aroma at first, dies down a bit after a while. Semi sweet and grainy.
A caramel sweet overtone, not powerful. Can't really get much hops out of this one. Seems a bit stale. After being in Prague, this beer falls short; but i would love to try it over there.
A weak feel to it. It's not bad to drink, but it leaves a wanting for more spice, hops, freshness...something.

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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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