Lion Pale Double Bock | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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Brewed by:
Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by grdahl on 08-22-2001

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42
Ratings:
68
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
21.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 68
Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a lots of fine particulates floating in suspension along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples, corn, grainy malts, and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the herbal hops seem to be a bit stronger and mask any traces of sweetness that one might have expected from the corn. The herbal flavors aren't overly strong, but linger into the finish, where they are most noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The suspended particulates don't make the mouthfeel seem to be "rough", but they definitely restrict it from feeling clean.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops, but both the aromas and flavors are quite muted.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very malty beer in both aroma and taste (I think the label of heller bock is closer to the style than the pilsner listed here). Foamy white head on medium gold body. Dry , slightly chalky finish. Not bad, but don’t be expecting a pilsener.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, caramel, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing too special going on here.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a dark orange body with a strong carbonation and a thick rocky head of sticky white foam.

S- The slight note of sweetness leads to some toffee character with a lagered smoothness and a floral herbal hop note in the finish. As this beer opens there is a flint smell and some fresh sweet wort notes.

T- The nice honey malt sweetness has some pils malt flavor that finishes with a cider flavor and a bitter hop bite that grows in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- Nice rich malt that is sweet but has a lagered quality to it and bitterness of the hops helps cut that sweetness. As it warms the sweetness tends to be a bit too strong.

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Photo of Crundy
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: clear orange amber color, white head, no lacing

S: corn, wheat, floral hop, slight toffee note, musky malt smell

T: dank flavor, corn, bland caramel malt flavor, earthy hop flavor

M: its dry and decently carbonated, light bodied, leaves a dank bitter aftertaste

O: This beer doesn't have much going on. It's not terrible but I probably wouldn't buy it again. The flavors didn't work well together and the musky dank flavor is off putting to me.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color. A lot of carbonation, but with only a thin white head.
Not a lot to the smell. Just a small bit of caramel to the smell.
Taste is okay. It is interesting. A pale lager, but a nice caramel malt taste to it as well. I have never had a pale double bock, but I like the differing tastes. They just aren't as strong as I would like.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. It is fairly smooth, but not spectacular.
Drinkability is good for this beer. It has some interesting tastes, but not very strong. Not one of the best beers, but something like I have never had, so I am glad I did.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep but glowing orangish color if that makes any sense at all. Nice bubbles and head retention

S: Corn and grains, wheat, some floral hops, hint at toffee and or caramel

T:Wheat, grains and a hint at corn come out, floral hops and a nice Earthiness come in to play. I detect a very slight amount of toffee or caramel perhaps

M: Nice, lighter to medum body, refreshing and easy to drink

O: For the price it is a good beer! A little3 heavier than 5.1ABV

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Photo of Reidrover
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml from Capital Market,Salem. Nice golden almost orange coloured beer with a huge frothy white head. Very malty aromas, bready, some caramel. Taste is also very malty..very bock like. Slightly toasted carmel, with hints of grain and honey. Very nice on the tongue, liked the smooth feel of this one. Overall i liked this one but really dispute as to wether ti is a Bohemian Pilsner. I believe it IS a pale Bock or even a Euro strong lager..it certainlly seemed way over the 5.1% on here.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT for about 1.50. Bottle claims to be a pale double bock?

A: Nice golden straw color, a little deeper than other pilseners. Stark white head about an inch thick reduces to about half of that. Excellent clarity, lots of carbonation as well. Big sticky clumps of lacing on the sides as well.

S: Not a whole lot going on, somewhat medicinal smell, can't really place that one, hops are subtle, but peppery and lemony in the scent.

T: Not at all what I expected. Very minerally and metallic up front. Malt characteristics are somewhat sweeter than other pilseners, but not to the level of a bock. Definite spiciness from the hops comes through in the end. Metallic taste is simply too offsetting.

M: Thin, crisp and nicely carbonated. Feels almost a little higher in ABV than 5.1. Slight burn when going down. Finish is rather wet and begs another sip.

D: Not the best beer I've ever had, but I could drink quite a few of these, and I'd reach for it over a macro, but really nothing that special.

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Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful Czech lager/pilsner (despite the name), light and smooth but tasty, full-bodied and interesting.

Dark gold, it's just a tad hazy with a medium, off-white head that slowly shrinks and leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is nice, malty grain with light bread, lemon, honey, herbs, pine, and hint of sulphur.

The taste is wonderful, with a zesty herbal and grassy quality, hay, honey, toasted bread, lemon, a very faint caramel element, and a spritzy quality. It's a bit sweet with lightly dominant bitterness. It's full bodied but lively and tingly, and exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

17 oz picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $2.75.. poured into my Smokestack goblet...

Fairly tight 2 finger head.. lasts a while.. only spotty lacing.. brew is fairly clear golden honey.

aroma is clean pale malts... I would hesitate to call this a pilsner.. there just doesn't seem to be enough hops there.. subtle spiciness, but it is in the background.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. not alot going on here at all... needs more hops to be considered a pils... more like a maibock. body is on the thick side and the carbonation is lively enough.

Not bad... this brew is just not a Czech Pils. again, definitely more like a maibock... even then, it is only a moderately interesting maibock.

3.5/3/3/3.5/3.5

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orangeish golden with a thin, but creamy and lasting, off-white head.

The smell is grainy, herbal, a bit of apple and sulfur.

The taste is herbal/Continental-type hops (Saaz?) with a yeasty breadiness and something chemicalish/sulfur-like. An apple-like fruitiness seems out of place, and brings this one down. Sweetness restrained by a bitterness.

Why does it claim to be a Pale Double Bock? (A bit stronger than there pils Rebel?) A mediocre-ish pilsner that has too many little flaws/detractors if you ask me. Becomes a bit aspirin-like as it progresses, and the apple-thing didn't do anything for it. Overall- it's okay, I suppose, as there's enough to it to keep it from the "bad" side (helped by very good appearance and nice enough aroma - everything else meiocre), but wouldn't seek to have again.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color. Thick white head settles to leave a thin layer of foam. Smell initially is grassy, but on further review smells a bit soapy. I'm glad it tastes better than it smells. It actually tastes really good. Taste is very faintly malty, flowery hop taste, not bitter in the least. Extremely easy to drink if you can get past the smell. I don't know if i could drink this all the time because of that. I wonder if the smell would be different on tap.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.84/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. bottle on a whim, the last one on the shelf at Beaumont Market. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear rich golden-orange pour, with just about 2-fingers of frothy white head. Ample carbonation bubbles float to the top.

S: Smells of adjuncts, lots of overly sweetened malts. Grain and corn with a faint tinniness.

T:Malty-sweetness of corn and wheat and slightly spicy. Mostly grain flavor with enough bittering/herbal hops to round off the finish.

M: Thinner than anticipated mouthfeel, but with a zesty clinging spiciness that gives some tingling residual effects. Weirdly sticky, but generally smooth.

D: OK, but not one I'd get again. I was suckered in by the term "Pale Double Bock" on the label, which sounded plenty interesting. What I discovered, however, was a sweet, grainy hodgepodge of flavors that failed to live up to my expectations. Maybe worthy of a try but nothing more.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice crisp beer but not something I'd spend a lot of time seeking out.

Poured into tall pilsner glass, 4 finger craggy white head which takes a good bit to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing all the way down the glass. Medium level of carbonation, sparkly. Drinkability is high, body and mouthfeel a bit lighter than I'd like.

Tastes and smells like fresh apples and pears. Decent enough hop bitterness, malt presence really needs to be upped on this beer. If you ask me, this beer would be an easy 3.5+ if it had some decent malty backbone to balance out the yeast and hops. Also has a hard to identify spicy aroma, maybe some clove... on initial pour I found some very interesting stuff in the nose but I can't identify exactly what it is. Almost struck me as a sweaty aroma, but not in a particularly unpleasant way. Curious.

Finishes with a lingering sweet, fruity aftertaste.

Probably be much better on tap.

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Photo of horndecker
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green 12 oz bottle with el cheapo looking label. Reads "pale double bock".

It's pale for a double bock, for sure. Brassy and clear, middling head with a bit of clump to it. Odd vegetal aroma at first, then sour and weedy hops. Toasty and slightly sulfurous, pilsner-like nose. Big bitter hit on first sip, lots of malt beneath, turns sweetish and oaty for a second at the tail end. A brief flash of hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste which thins to a tea-like herbal thing. Occasionally a hint of salt lingers.

Medium bodied and healthy carbonation, not unpleasant, but everythings just a bit odd here. Bitter and sweet out of balance or in the wrong sequence, or something. An odd duck I would not refuse, but I wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of bditty187
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

IMO, “Pale Double Bock” means Maibock; clearly this is not a Doppelbock or a Maibock. Hell, it is not even a bock! The neck label says it won an award as a “Bohemian Style Pilsner.” WTF, it is all so confusing.


Golden-coppery in hue, which is quite attractive; slightly off-white head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was decent, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. There was no subsequent lacing. Overall, this is adequate looking beer.

The nose is earthy with lots of grass and hay. It seems spicy at the back. Airy… empty… fairly boring, I get hints of grain. So a “double bock” beer fails to generate pleasant malty aromas? How pathetic. The more I smell this beer the hotter the nose gets, slightly caramely but not in a malty good way. I don’t know what is going on. The nose is not offensive but it is peculiar and not inviting.

The palate is grainy with nail polish remover infused with some caramel notes. I also detect cloying sweetness with an overabundance of grass/hay. As a Pilsner this beer is dismal. Okay, in reality this beer is just so damn odd. I don’t like it, regardless of style. It is just so sweet/hot and grassy and I don’t care for the overall direction. I mean, lack of direction. Messy. I don’t get any joy drinking this, as such, what is the point.

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is way too low for the style, the mouthfeel is sluggish. Yuck.

Not likable. Not drinkable. Not again. What a jumble of flavors. I can’t finish my bottle. Thank you Daniel for the bottle, even though it sucks! Skip it, folks.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As previously mentioned, not really a double bock at all.

Appearance is nice, a yellow-amber, rich golden color with pretty good head.

Smell is a bit malty, not much of note.

Taste is sweet with a fruity, almost clove flavor. Could be an age issue. Not really bad, but not great and not what I'd look for in the style.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin.

This beer does go down pretty easy, if you like the taste, for what it is. Not something I'd really recommend.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.04/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the beer of the month club. Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is pleasant with a nice summer fruitiness dominating. Taste Has has a nice fruitiness, but very mild, mixed with a moderate hop bitterness. Similiar to a euro lager but more malt present. Finished crisp and refreshing. A nice light simmer brew with great drinkability

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Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and some floral herbs.

T - The taste is sweet malty and finishes dry. Nicely balanced.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Very Drinkable. Never heard of a Pale Dobblebock before, so I had to give it a chance. It's really not a bad brew, I would buy again and recommend.

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Photo of masikon
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass this was the expected straw yellow with a fluffy head which didn't last long and very active carbonation rushing to the surface. Nose was not really very good sort of musty and leatherish but it was actually a somewhat offensive odor to me. Tasted better than it smelled but not by a whole lot, biscuity in the beginning but quickly dominated by hops which pucker the lips and act as more of a spicy feeling in the mouth rather than an actual taste. Overall I wouldn't buy this again, For some reason the label said this was a "pale double bock" which it certainly is not. Basically an average or slightly sub-par pilsner. This one is bound for the drain.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An orange nectar honey smell greets you from the top of the snow white head that sits high but dissipates quickly to a thin layer on tap that sustains from the plentiful carbonation. A clear, pale gold beckons me.

The taste is light and crisp without much jumping out in flavor. Biting and bitter but not overly so, the dry beer is thirst quenching. Wheaty grains are the main flavor. Doesn't remind me of most double bocks but that could be where the pale part comes in. I expect something a bit heartier but it isn't terrible, by any means. Just seems like a different style.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with a full creamy white head and light carbonation - nice looks. Light spicy hop nose ... a bit herbal. A very light touch of malt/grains in the nose and mouth ... not very hoppy for a Bohemian Pilsner. Medium-light bodied and smooth with a crisp dry biting finish.

Fails in style in both Double Bock and Bohemian Pilsner but should be classified as a Czech Pils in my opinion.

Per Label: "Zal. 1565" & "Pravoverecny Pivovar Hradec Kralove" & "World Beer Cup - Silver Award in Bohemian Style Pilsner"

Per Beer Club notes: 5.15% ABV

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Photo of Vancer
2.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Boy, “pale dopple bock” – what a disappointment. No date on bottle, maybe it was older than the sands of Egypt. Pour was orange/yellow, no head at all. Just some slight malts in the aroma. Taste was pretty plain, maybe even a little Euro skunk in there – this reminded me of drinkin’ a Heineken – which ain’t a good thing! I’d pass on this one.

Bottle was full of floaties – looks like it has a yeast infection.

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Photo of beercollector
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer poured clear dark golden with a huge frothy head. the head was very lasting.

You could smell a lot of malt. Not much else.

This was moderately sweet, light acid and bitterness. It had a good malt flavor. This was a pleasant beer to pas an afternoon. The Spring bocks are a good flavorful beer to drink in the afternoon. Then follow with a good stout in the evening.

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