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Rebel | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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Brewed by:
Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic
hbrebel.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,528
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
282
pDev:
16.02%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with a thin head that settles very quickly. Head retention is low, but lacing is somewhat decent.

S: There is not alot on the nose. Some biscuity malt and a faint hint of fruity, floral hops.

T: More malty than other Czech Pilseners. Fruity, with hints of toast, and it's finish is dry, with hints of grass and green fruits.

M: The best quality this beer has is the mouthfeel. It's medium bodied, and somewhat viscous. The finish is longer than other beers of this style.

D: This beer is enjoyable, and easy to drink, but there are others of this style that I would go for first.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's very clear and golden. A ample 2 inch head of fluffy whiteness forms and lasts a few minutes. The aroma is surprisingly sweet, stronger than I expected. The flavor is very subtle though which I definitely expected. Slightly malty, and slightly hoppy in the finish. This is a very refreshing beer, a lot better than I thought it would be. I'll take this over any U.S. macro-lager any day!

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Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. a clear honey color with a thin head and thin sheet of lace. fresh grain aroma with a slightly sweet malt tea taste, some herbal and spice present and slight metallic note. mouthfeel light to medium carbonation a little flat. easy to drink would make a good session beer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle. Served at 40 degrees F.

Clean, clear pale golden yellow. Strawish, you might say. Small, yet persistent, eggshell white head. Nose of honey-tinged malts, powdered sugar, sourdough starter, big Saaz-y hops. A little skunkiness, but also very sea-air like. Smells good! Starts with lightly toasted biscuit malt. Some tangy hop flavor in there as well. Bready middle, with hints of cardboard, honey, and fruit (apples, pears). Skunky, funky hop bitterness increases toward a dryish finish. Not bad, but could do without the wet cardboard. Light-bodied, with a refreshing, sparkling feel. Might be better fresh.

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Photo of bum732
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lots of corn, some grassiness and floral notes, corn nuts

L: Golden yellow, decent creamy head with good lacing.

T: Sweet toasted corn maltness with some grassy hops. Mild bitterness, cornuts!!!! Finishes earthy dry with some metallic taste.

M: Slightly crisp mouthfeel.

An interesting pils, the corn flavor and aroma blew me away, maybe i havn't had a lot of Czech pilsners. Don't think there is any corn in there, maybe the yeast? Who knows, all in all, not too bad, but probably wouldn't try again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a three finger pillowy head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell had that trademark Euro lager aroma. Otherwise, there was a decent hop presence and light grainny element.

The taste was very well balanced. A nice upfront biscuity flavor which finished with a dry and spicy hop kick. Very similar to your green bottle German Pils beers.

The mouthfeel was clean and actually a tad bit chewy. There was good carbonation as well.

Overall a nice Czech Pils. I have passed this beer by so many times in the supermarket and am glad I finally tried it. A nice refreshing brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deeply golden colored beer with a decent white colored head.

Smell is very full of toasted grain with a good shot of noble hops too. Lots of grassy aroma with some caramel. Slightly spicy smelling with the hops favoring grass and saffron scents.

Taste starts out a little sweet with a hint of hops bite. Hop bite is about average nothing spectacular though. Mostly malty with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink, could have more flavor though.

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Photo of Beric
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle poured into footed pilsener
Served: 6 June 2013

Appearance: Light, of course, and uncomplicated. Actually seems a bit redder than most pilseners, almost like a red gold color, but not quite. When poured, pours a great two finger white head that quickly dissipates, leaving but a trace. Little lacing when drank. Seems light and effervescent.

Smell: The smell is pretty clean. Smells 'beer-y', without much more to say. You can't really discern any notable hop notes, though you can smell the malt just a little.

Taste: Clean and unadulterated. A slightly above average pilsener- a nice light malt backbone piggybacks on just a kiss of hops on the back end. Finishes 'dry', in the wine sense, which invites another sip. I've had better pilseners, and would like to see a more assertive hop profile in this one, though remaining subtle, as to the style.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and bubbly. Unfortunately, the carbonation seems to dissipate quickly.

Overall: Not the best pilsener I've had, but not the worst. I remember Pilsener Urquell in Germany being better than this, since the fresher beer kept just the most subtle kiss of hops more forward in the flavor profile than this one.

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Photo of quincybsilas
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

light, refreshing. good summer beer. sweet smell complements and contrasts well the hop bitterness taste, really brings it out. not too watery, which is too often a problem with this style. i could finish a dozen fairly easily. i don't understand the appearance rating category. it looks like a beer, and short of having a thumb in it or something, makes it appear good to me.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden straw color with a thin 1/8" of foam after a relatively aggressive pour. The head was gone within a few seconds and there are very few bubbles rising to maintain it. After the head falls, the beer looks pretty lifeless in the glass.

Aroma: I get lots of spicy Czech hops and a little bit of it has turned skunky already. There is also a pretty well defined toasty malt presence going on with this beer. As the beer sits and breathes for a little bit, this skunky thing subsides a bit.

Taste: The flavor is more malt driven than the aroma would have suggested. There is quite a bit of toasty malt in the flavor of this one along with a defined hay-like sweetness there to give the hops a run for their money. You get the flavor of the hops in the beginning, and then you notice the sweetness. Along about the middle of the profile the tides turn again and the hops start to show up again. The finish is slightly balanced toward the hops and they mix with the water to give a dry minerally like chalky impression to linger for a good while after the finish. There is no real alcohol noticeable in this beer at all really.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. It has a bit of a harsh aftertaste for such a light beer. I don't really get any adjuncts here, but I suspect that the water in Pilsen has changed a bit since this style was created. It has a bitter edge like there was Gypsum used in this beer to make up for the Calcium. Bad choice if that was the case. I will drink this whole beer, but I won't be drinking it much more in the future

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Photo of jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell - Very skunky. When I first opened the bottle I smelled it from about 2 feet away lol. Grassy and smells like sourdough.

Taste - The taste is similar. Pretty bitter with a skunky flavor to it. Has sweet malts. Not much else I can point out about it..

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer for what it is, just not my favorite style, but I can't knock it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a super-translucent golden hue and is capped with a modicum of white wispy head. The nose is herbal and a bit grassy, and has a mineral-metallic note underlying. There's also a soft powdery note in the aroma. The flavor is quite grainy and slightly sweet; it is mostly pleasant, but gets a bit of rankness on the finish. Feel-wise, it is lighter than medium and softly carbonated; pretty good overall. Though it is decent, it is definitely not a top-tier Czech Pils; I'd take, say, Staropromen over this any day of the week.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, lots of carbonation, white head, dissipates almost completely in a quick like fashion. Slightly lemonish aroma, no hops.

Taste, high carbonation, lager yeast, little hop mouthfeel. Not bad, but pretty standard, a little skunky at times. Better than the pilsners in the states, but nothing to brag about here.

Dry finish. A decent summer offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away and left some lacing in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty with some notes of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink but the flavor isn't very interesting so I'm not sure if I will try it again.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Golden, white head that goes fast
S: Citrus, skunk beer
T: Floral hops, bitterness,
F: Light, goes down smooth, watery
O: Easy to drink, not very good, basic beer

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a lover of pilsners (especially the Czech persuasion), I find too often that people simply bash beers they have no clue about. As a solution, I've decided to buy every pilsner/helles/dortmunder I see and make an informed decision. This cost $1.99 at DeCicco's.

An absolutely spectacular pour with a gorgeous, crystal clear golden orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing. My Moonlight glass was made to show this beer off!

The nose is solid. Not as good as can be, but still good. Mild grainy sweetness with a delicate honey character and a touch of lemon hop character. Mildly sulfury as well

Rather lackluster, this beer opens with a delicate grain character, very dry and cracker like with a mild husky flavor. Hop flavor is also quite restrained, there's a little earthy character. The finish is solid, a touch of bitterness appearing initially before a strange medicinal astringency appears. The sulfur character grows as it warms. Just a little thin and watery for my liking, the body could use a little more heft. Drying on the finish, this is an easy to drink beer, one that I'd like to try fresh.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a big head that goes very quickly,quite a bubbly brew.The smell was a little musty kinda awkword for a pilsner I think,thee is some slight bready aromas as well.The taste is a little blah,there is a little hop dryness in there with a weak sweetness to it.Drinkable but not overly flavorfull in my opinion.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Had a malty aroma, with a slight hoppiness.

T: A mainly watery flavor, with some malt, hops and a grainy quality. Maybe it's the pilsener style that invites this kind of mediocre taste, maybe it's the brewer.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer has some decent attributes, and is certainly easy to drink, but it's just not that interesting in the taste department.

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Photo of madjr80
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden brown color and plenty of carbonation. I used to buy this frequently because it was only 2 bucks for a 16.9 bottle. Of course with prices going up, it is no longer only 2 bucks. Anyways... It wasn't something that you would go out of your way for, but it did have some nice qualities that you would consider picking up a bottle or two along with a 6pk of something else.

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Photo of jvajda
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden-pilsner color and two-finger head.
Smell: Nothing too special here, just a good old Czech pilsner.
Taste: A little bland. Less flavor that desired. Light hoppy and grassy tastes. Very subtle fruit or spices flavors are just noticable.
Mouthfeel: Like your everyday pilsner.
Drinkabilty: Good session beer. This is light enough in flavor to never overwhelm, but still a little boring sometimes.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably as authentic of a Czech Bohemian Pilsner as I have had. Not as clean as more popular German Lagers, but more notable in sweetness, earthiness, and rusticity.

The beer opens with a mildly hazy pour of deep gold or light copper color. Initially good head formation of bleached white foam but the head falls quickly and looses carbonation for a rather dull appearance.

Pilsner malt and fresh baked breads take precedence in the nose. Backed up by a lot of earthy, yeasty goodness: pungent hops, a grain/malt mix, light vegetable notes and low lying fruitiness.

Sweeter than expected, the malt profile is first and foremost in taste. Again, a mix of maltiness and graininess set the stage, then allowing the spicy and pungent hops to give a strong herbal flavor and eventually rising bitterness. Pears and apples give an estery note that weaves in and out of the malt sweetness, giving the beer a bit more complexity though misplaced in this style. Bold flavors of yeast and stale breads make me think this beer might not be the freshest. A blend of corn-like vegitable and light butter flavor make too much of an impact to consider this a great example.

Again, heavier in the body compared to other European Light Lagers, this Bohemian Pilsner lays on the tongue a bit longer because of the fleeting carbonation, creaminess, and sprite. Finishes with a mouth-coating maltiness and graininess.

This is a fair beer for its style but the elements of age may be hurting it a bit. Not a good comparable to Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with a small white head that didn't leave much lacing. Has a sweet malt, bready smell to it, not much in the way of hops. Has a sweet malt flavor, almost caramel, followed by nice hop flavor. The hop is not as pronounced as Amercian pilsners but it adds to the drinkability. Has a light mouthfeel but not watery, no dryness to be detected. Not as zesty as I would have thought but it has a nice subtle hop flavor.

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Photo of DMACH
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of weig4617
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%

Rebel from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 282 ratings
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