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Rebel | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, foamy head, bright gold color. Dry, hoppy aroma. Distinct malt presence, slightly sour aftertaste. For a lager, fine, but not my cup o' tea, and certainly not in league with the Czech Rep's best pilseners. Not bad, but no better.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There is no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner flute. The color is clear, deep gold. A finger of white head dissipated fairly quickly and left an even skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of delicious grassiness when I popped the cap — a good sign, no doubt. Scents of apple, grape, strawberry, and maybe a touch of banana make it sweet and fruity. It is grassy as well, though the grassiness is pretty tame. There is a touch of skunk, too.

Taste: The mouthfeel is dry and the flavor offers a nice pilsner bite that jabs the tonsils. It is very herbal at first with touches of spice, but then the esters take over: apple, grape, strawberry, and a touch of banana. As it warms, the taste is reminiscent of apple juice — albeit with a beer-like bite.

Drinkability: I wish it would have been a little grassier or skunkier, but it is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden in color, with a white head. Large bubble of carbonation and a bit lacing are present. This brew has a semi-sweet, grainy aroma. The flavor again is of grain with a bit of sweetness in the start. The finish is abrupt and dry. The hop bitterness is minimal. I also detected a bit of a metallic flavor in this one. Overall it is a smooth, easy drinking beer; nothing extraordinary stands out.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle
This beer is a very clear golden color. The white head did not last long at all. There is light hop aroma with a little malt also. This beer starts out very crisp then slightly malty with an odd finish. A pretty average easy drinking beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow pour, head forms and vanishes in equal quickness. Aroma was lemon noble hop vibe, nothing too heavy or skunky here.

Taste was a highly carbonated lager yeast, mild noble hop mouthfeel, lemon turned to earthy. Better than average for a domestic pilsner, prolly around average for Euro.

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

Real nice appearance in the glass. Calm, gold color. Steady carbonation. Starts real easy and ends with a hop aftertaste. Good brew to swill and inexpensive too, which means you can swill plenty. Unexpectedly good flavor from a cheap beer. Goes well with a brat or two at a summer barby-Q.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Green 12 oz bottle looks like a scaled down version of the pictured bottle, mentions the brewery was founded in 1333 but no other information.
Aroma: Pepe LePhew has nothing on this baby. Strong skunk aroma that I identify with Heineken, not unpleasant, mostly of a diacetyl buttery character with some peppery hop overtones to it as well.
Appearance: Three finger white head settled to about a half a finger leaving thick clumpy lace. Glass is clear gold with tiny bubble carbonation streams.
Flavor: Classic pilsner profile, spicy hops on a full bodied malt beer. The BJCP lists this one as a classic example. Something of a buttered pepper.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly rich and full given the clarity. Dry clean finish.
Overall Impression: A good Pils. Clean, full, refreshing, it’s everything it should be. I feel like my scores are for the style more than the beer, this one is well made. Thanks to BA Pegasus for dropping one off for me to try, and to BA assurbanipaul for recommending it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice,frothy head that is impressive in its stickage and leaves a few clumps of foam behind

Smell: Bready malts, with the classic Euro lager twang to the aroma that borders on the skunk, even though the bottle is brown

Taste: Bread, up front, with a sweetening of the malts at the same time as the bitter hops take command; I just don't care for the hop profile of many Euro lagers (I know this is a Czech Pils) but the sweetness that develops underneath builds considerably after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Not sure I care for the sweetness and wonder what is causing it but I certainly don't find the hop profile on this beer appealing, either

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a bright golden color with a 1 finger head of creamy foam. leaves bubbly lacing in arches here and there

S: slightly sweet and grainy, with a barely detectable aroma of spicy hops, overall very faint

T: well rounded grainy and malty sweetness, with a hop flavor of lemon and spiciness, much stronger than the nose would lead you to expect. finishes with an earthy grain and mineral-like character with lingering hop spiciness.

M a decent medium body with a crisp character that follows through to the off dry finish

Overall, a decent czech pils but i've had better. I would like it better if there were more malt character, but more than anything more hop character would be nice. Comes to close to the adjunct category for me to honestly say it was worth eleven dollars.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Sweet grains dominate, with some grain husk hints and mild citrus. Corn notes.

Taste: Begins with sweet grains and citrus hints, finishing grainy with mild grassy hops and some sweet apple flavor. The aftertaste is a lot like corn...

Mouthfeel: Lighter, crisp body with sharp carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Having enjoyed many Czech pilsners while living in Slovakia for three months, I consider myself somewhat an expert on the style. This one is a bit lacking compared to many, but isn't necessarily bad. Fairly average overall- I can't say it's not worth it, but there are others of the style I would try before this one. A real Czech pils shouldn't have the corn flavors, either, but luckily this one doesn't have overwhelming corn notes, preventing it from being terrible.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a .5 liter Euro-style bottle, cool red lettering. Pours a beautiful gold, but the head sucks. Smells vaguely of hops, but nothing bold. Tastes hoppy and slightly bitter, but taste soon dissapates into nothing. Refreshing, but nothing outstanding, try it once at least.

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Photo of pezoids
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This first thing that stood out for me was the smell. Strong and sweet grassy/oily aroma. The beer poured out perfectly clear and was bright and golden in color. spritzy head. The taste was decent, Good blending of hops and malts - a good bohemian pilsener.

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Photo of alankwak
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden clear with average head retention and lacing.

S: Grassy notes right off the bat. Not hoppy...as it should be.

T: Well OK. It should be hoppier. It is smooth and has a grassiness many good pilseners and lagers do. More than a hint though. Dominant grassiness which is a tad off. Medium bitterness up front but no hop flavor as should be in a pils. Malt flavors are more dominant.

M: Medium mouthfeel.

O: A bit disappointing. Missing is the hopiness of a true Czech pils. Your average German Pils has more. Fairly smooth but a bit more grassiness that there should be.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A quite hoppy Pils with little malt balance. The appearanc eis golden with and nice hoppy nose and yes the hops do dominate this brew. As said before quite hoppy so not the best balance for this Pils. Smooth moutheel silky yet cleansing and astringent. The pucker at the end leave the drinkability a little lower than other Pils.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light puffs of dusty cereals over a base apple juice sweetness. Robust gold body, active, covered in a swampy haze.

Great bitter hop overtones in the mouth and a medium body. Medium carbonation. As it warms, it develops a bizarre ginger ale taste, which I enjoyed. Aftertaste is weak and metallic, which makes it sound like it's strong and powerful--but really it's not that good.

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Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only difference between this beer shown and mine is that mine has a gold label and is 4.8%ABV,it pours a nice golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger fast vanishing head and no lacing,it has a rather subtle aroma of grassy,herbal hops not much else gets thru,it has an average mouthfeel which doesnt have much body to it but is very sessionable with tastes of grassy herbal hops and some pale golden malts and by no means is this beer a brew that you would recommend to someone or remember but would buy a carton of for a party if cheap enough,its definately not my sort of brew that i enjoy drinking at home and wouldnt buy it again unless i had a party to go to.

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

A - Straw color yellow, very bright, with a good amount of carbonation. Small white head that faded too fast, but at least left a covering.

S - Clean malt smell, but not a lot of it. Grain aroma really comes though.

T - Crisp and simple. Although not a lot of sweetness, it comes though without any real hop presence. Then it almost seems like there is a coin in your mouth as it finishes

M - Thin and watery, like a pils, nice little tingle from the carbonation, doesn't feel much different than carbonated water.

D - It is refreshing and has a nice grain flavor. Good picnic/BBQ in the sun beer, but not one I would care to drink while the beer was the focus of attention.

Overall the beer isn't bad, but I won't purchase it again.

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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 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 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 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 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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Rebel from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
3.37 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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