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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

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3.37
pDev:
19.29%
 
 
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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle.

A: Moderate spicy, floral hops with a light clean malt presence.

A: Golden color, clear with a moderately dense white head that has adequate retention. Ample lacing is evident in the glass.

T: Crisp with a moderately spicy hop flavor. There is a light malt sweetness, though pretty well attenuated and clean.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The water used is super soft and noticeably refreshing.

O: Tasty; the beer is refreshing and very easy to drink. It finishes just a touch sweet, but overall a solid Czech pilsner.

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Photo of donspublic
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip, aggressive pour yielded < 1 finger head that recedes quickly, no lacing. Crystal clear light golden to look at. Smells lightly of grain, some floral grassy hops. Taste is pilsner crisp, but with some corn flavor going on, mild sweetness, somewhat semi dry finish. Nice refreshing beer, but there are so many more done here in the states that I would rather spend money on.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yellow with a bit of brown tint, and moderate white head. Not much lacing. Nose gave a big skunky blast at first, but this subsided and became dominated by the expected pilsener floral hops. Taste was also pretty much what would be expected of a typical Czech pilsener. Floral hops with a slight thin bitterness over lean malt. Refreshing if not exceptional.

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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 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 ordybill
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Yhe beer is a clear light golden color. The aroma is slightly skunky with some hops. The taste is mild with some grass notes.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal like glass.

Crystal clear body, with what can only be described as a very fine brass copper color, very light pale like amber with nice slow rising carbonation. Head manages barely half a finger on the pour, and settles to a fine puck and simple small but thin collar.

Very dry sensing grain, a bit of caramel like powder sensations as well, getting into flour like aromas. Sharp and quite crisp as well to match a lot of the toasty and crackery like sensations.

The dryness continues with a surprising balance. Crisp and extremely bone dry flavors. Caramel and huge brown dry bread crust, mixing with just a little bit of malt possible corn like (possibly) sweetness. Peppery and very dry hop feeling finish as well, with muted and dried out flavors.

It's a neat take on a sort of amber czech lager, with a very interesting bone dryness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with corn flake, grass, and cracker flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rebel Beer has a very thick, overflowing, slightly off-white head, a deep golden, bubbly, mostly clear appearance, with larger and smaller tan chunks suspended top to bottom, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of medium-toasted malt, slight citrus, and grassy hops. Taste is of sweet & sour, medium-toasted malts, grassy hops, and bread dough. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Rebel Beer finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of Premo88
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: almost gold, a bit darker than many pilseners ... 100% crystal clear, and so effervescent ... looks like a scientific experiment going on in the glass! bubbles and bubbles and bubbles. tidy but thick white head of foam almost 1 inch that stays about 1/4-inch think because so much carbonation is still rising well after the pour; sticking and lacing with a huge collar of foam. perfect

S: biscuit malt, some grassy/spicy hops in back; some saltiness in there, almost bacon-like; as we get going, starts to take on some of the floral/peach/fruity notes you taste ... might be the tasting is affecting the smelling here, but it's nice either way

T: wow ... super sweet bread malt that's almost fruity (English pale ale-like) ... peach; very floral, but there's a definite black-pepper bite in there. it's just a tad watered-down from some of the best pilseners I've tried, and there's no big American-style hop bite here -- but, man, this is good stuff. has just a hint of butteriness like an English brown ale.

F: not as dry as you can get with the pilsener, just a bit juicier. a bit thin, but at 4.4% ABV, I'm willing to pass it all off as "very drinkable" ... and it is, loads of carbonation help fluff up the body

O: yet another solid installment in the pilsener family ... perhaps not my absolute favorite, but whereas some showcase more hops or more bite, this brew is a full-on fruity sweet version and would be a perfect gateway beer to the more bitter pilseners of the world. good brew!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. The retention is quite poor and its texture is rough looking. Only a modicum of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aromatically, it's rather dinky - not only is the hop profile muted, so is the malt backbone. There are some buttery touches; again, it's really faint. Its maltiness comes through more vividly once it opens up, but it's too little and too late.

T: Huh. This tastes cardboardy, there's no way around it. There are touches of grape around the middle and a mildly bitter finish - unfortunately it doesn't save it. I don't think it's super old, but it tastes pretty oxidized to me.

M: This is reasonably thick for only 4.4%. On the other hand, it isn't dry or crisp enough to go down effortlessly. Well carbonated, though, so it's not entirely undrinkable.

O: This one is meh city. Not only is it not what I want from the style, the cardboard taste kills it even further. With Pilsner Urquell so readily available, I see absolutely no reason to return to this.

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

This beer doesn't get a great rating and now I can see why but several years ago . . . when I was still drinking Bud and thought AmberBock was an amazing beer. Czech Rebel is the beer that opened up a whole new world of beer to me . . . Always in my heart.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some pale yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with moderate aromas of sparkling apple cider (initially but it fades after a few minutes). Light hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts with a light to moderate amount of light fruit (apple) sweetness. There is a light presence of grassy hops which impart just a touch of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and smooth towards the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing though not overly complex or interesting. I'm not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again but it goes pretty well with spicy foods.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the local beer store, let's see how well it compares to actual beers in Prague.

Pours a nice fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly, just a little lacing though, it's crystal clear with a slight small sediment all over mixed in somehow, a golden but watery looking tan colored beer.

Nose isn't too bad, a typical Czech lager actually but not quite as good as the ones in Prague, some grainy toasty malts, a soft layered lager malt base with some complexity, little grassy, with mild grassy hops, not nearly the hop character as most Czech lagers I had over there, and overall a bit lighter, but not skunked or ruined... at least yet.

Taste starts with more of the sweet malts, grainy toasty cereal malts, little sweetness, little watery too but not bad, soft layered malts. Then hops, and plenty of them this time, earthy and herbal mostly, little grassy leafy, starting mildly bitter but ramping quickly, and even a touch of a fruity character. Lager brings the slightest sulfury and mineral note, but mostly soft and crisp. Finish is quite bitter with a long lingering herbal grassy hop note, little fruity, mild toasty straw malts, and somewhat crisp lager.

Mouth is lighter bod and a little watery but not much, lots of popping carb, mild soft lager crispness.

Overall not bad, nothing really ruined, a hint of sulfur note but not much if any, hops eventually kick in although not the same bright hops I remember from Czech Rep, but decent malt profile and lager notes, well rounded, little light on the malts and body though, but still just a step below most of the beers I had in Prague.

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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 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 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 pkalix
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored, small head, typical (?) pilsner . . . . ?
smell is... interesting. got that malty aroma i remember liking from certain brews in my distant past, but not sure if i still do with a refined set of taste buds....
taste is.... decent. got that weird bready taste, but that was desirable in a yesteryear taste... czech beers used to be relatively tolerable but i've had some real downers.
this is tolerable, i suppose, but after a couple plinys it's not cutting it. but to be fair, it's tolerable...

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Photo of MaximalC
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent straw color with a decent head of white foam. The aroma is very mild, smelling faintly of Saaz hops, vague sweetness, and some light skunk. Taste is almost nonexistent on the front end, consisting of carbonation and an indefinable something that's technically not nothing. Some honey-like sweetness emerges in the finish as you're still racking your brain to determine if you actually tasted anything at all. While the modicum of flavor that exists is not offensive, it's so mild that it's bordering on seltzer water. Even an American light macrobrew has bolder flavor than this. I'm an admitted skeptic of Pilsners to begin with, and this certainly does nothing to champion their cause.

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Photo of GMB
2.19/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Czech pilseners are notoriously difficult (and expensive) to produce. Subtle hops, clean, fresh water, and just the right amount of roasted grains will produce something divine.

Rebel pours a medium amber color slightly darker than what I expect from Czech lagers. A mildly frothy head is supported by a fireworks-show of beautiful bubbles that fill the glass.

The nose is mostly of toasted grains; the aromatic characteristics of the hops are hidden by a somewhat unpleasant tinny scent.

The taste of a good pilsener beer is crisp and balanced; that of a great pilsener beer is harmonious and sings like a carefully tuned piano. Rebel is none of the above. The taste of toasted malt obscures any bitter, fruity, and floral characteristics imparted by the hops. The faint but lingering tinny taste also neutralizes the flavor of the hops, which ought to be on display here.

The beer's initially impressive carbonation went flat. It is difficult to judge a beer's mouthfeel when the taste is so unpleasant, because the former only has value insofar as it complements the latter. Still, I can say that on my first sip there was a champagne-like sharpness on the tongue, which would have nicely complemented any well-executed pilsener. Within a few minutes, though, the beer was below-average.

The fine print on the back of this beer's label identifies it as "The Award Winning, Authentic Czech Beer." Our postmodern world has taught aesthetes to be suspicious of claims of authenticity, for it is no indication of quality or aesthetic value. But I was surprised to read that this beer has won awards. Where? From whom? The bottle doesn't tell us this important bit of information...

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pils is an active clear, bright dark gold color. It develops a pure white head on top right over a finger tall that sticks around, surprisingly dense and rocky, and leaves good lacing as it falls.
Some grains and a red grape note set the tone, an interesting pils with a touch of floral and citrus, extremely light on the hops but they are present, with a balance of malts to complement. Even for a light style, just a little more strength would do.
The taste follows suit pretty well, the light grape notes with an unoffensive foundational grains note balancing with something a little dryer in the malts and a little brighter in a citrus note, but with a leafy, herbal element coming out on the end.
The body is as light as expected but not boring, even veering toward medium almost, with a semi-dry feel as, rather than clashing, somehow a dryness mingles with the sweeter, maltier elements. It's consistently crisp and has a nice underlying smoothness as well.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured a clean golden tan color with creamy foam. There was a honeyed sweet aroma on it, followed by a faded honeyed hop flavor with light bitterness. Not very tasty. Even going from ice cold serving temps to slightly warming a stale cereal malt flavor (“like bad Coors”) dominated. Pour or pass on this.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Hobrau stein glass. Appears a clear golden color with a huge white head that exhibits good retention. Looks quite nice.

S: Smells like some sweet pale malt with some herbal noble hop aromas. Kind of unexciting.

T: Initial wave of honey-like sweetness, some clean grain, and a nice herbal hop flavor that finishes dry with some lingering herbal sweetness. Very simple but I like it.

M: Light to medium body with good carbonation.

O: A very nice and simple lager. I'd pick this up again for $2 per 500ml bottle. I'd love to have this with some kielbasa or stuffed cabbage with mustard, kraut and potatoes.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers."

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a darker yellow than the other pilsners of the night. This beer pours more of a dark goldenrod, almost like a Dijon mustard color. Not much foam, but whatevs.

I'm finding out after the fact that this is a Czech pils. It certainly doesn't smell or taste like one. This beer smells almost entirely of malts. I thought it was a bock at first, what with its soft grape bubblegum aromas and significant breadiness. It's like a diet malt liquor in some ways. Totally not style-appropriate, but potentially interesting.

The flavor departs quite significantly from the nose. It's still malt-heavy upfront, with lots of musty, dusty pils malt. Very little ester on the palate. The finish proves that, yes, there are hops in this Czech pils after all: a bracing metallic bitterness attacks the whole tongue. It is unpleasantly metallic, like eating rust.

The mouthfeel is standard-issue for the style. If you're worrying that the body would be syrup-thick since the malts are so strong on the nose and tongue then fret not; it's still a thin-bodied beer. Overall, this is not a good pils. It is way, way too malt-forward, especially for a pilsner in the Czech tradition. What a weird beer.

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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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