Rebel | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
279
Reviews:
194
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hot day, cold beer. On to the beer:

The snow white inch thick collar on top makes a great contrast with the golden straw color of the beer. Retention is fine, lacing is good. The nose is similar to many lagers of Central Europe; straw/hay, some honey sweetness.

The flavor is very light in intensity. Light cracker flavor, very little maltiness doing here. Proccessed bitterness towards the end of the sip, and it hangs around a while. Hints of honey are echoed. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is very light, this being on the watery side. Because of it's lightness, it's easy going down, yet that lingering bitterness lowers its drinkability potential.

I was excited to try this Czech Pilsner, but that's where it ends. It's okay, though not worth a second purchase at $2.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an amber tinged gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is spicy with hop notes reminiscent of a mix of hay, lemon zest and a clean, almost earthy spiciness. Behind this are some malt notes of grassy grain, a touch of sweet pale malt and a nice saltine-cracker like toasty grain note.

The beer has a crisp, clean bitterness to it that just about cuts through the fullness of the malt. This has a certain heft to it, more than you typical, crisp German Pils, but perhaps not quite as much as a Budvar. The malt contributes a sweet grain flavor (just a touch of grassy honey), and a touch of cracker flavors as well as some light, grassy grain flavors. This has a fullness of malt character, but it is clearly a secondary note to the hops. This has a nice, pronounced hop spiciness to it as well as a touch of lemon zest, a light taste of dried hay and a herbal backdrop that yields ultimately to the clean bitterness.

This is quite a nice beer; so quaffable and it has an interesting clean malt character coupled with an outstanding Czech hop character. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer, but it has proven to be a lot better than anticipated. I would be happy to quaff a few of these on a hot day.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up at the Coop over the weekend.. it looked new to me... and I love a good Czech pils.. so why not?

Poured into my shaped SA glass.. 1" head leaves nice lace and a descent cap above a crystal clear golden brew.

Nose is expected graininess.. sorta bready with a more spicy than floral hoppiness.. very clean.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly.. nice malt profile with the near perfect hoppiness... the only real complaint is it sorta has a metallic component as it warms.. I could be imagining it.. but I don't think so... still very clean and pretty damn good for the style.. the body is medium and so is the carbonation..

I actually will probably buy this again. It wasn't expensive.. and I like the fact that it's in brown bottles and has no skunkiness..

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

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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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle, a new beer at Hi-Time, so I picked up a bottle as I like the style,

A: Pours a standard pale yellow pils colour. Head retention is solid, spots of lacing.

S: Aromatic, floral Saaz hop nose, sweet bread.

T: This is quite good, I think the freshness of this brew really helps. Strong hop character from the great Saaz hops. Malt it bittersweet, the balance is excellent and the malt and hops play off each other well. No DMS, thank God, as I've found too much in imports. Straight up tasty Czech lager.

M: Prickly, engaging carbonation. Light, crisp and smooth feel. Very appropriate to style.

D: One of the best Czech pils I've had from across the pond. Once poured and tasted, I had a craving for more. Got to go back and buy a 6-pack, as I only bought this lone single. Refreshing on this hot January night.

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Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, medium gold with light orange hues and a frothy 2 finger white head that was moderately lasting. The head was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass as it receded. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: fresh barley grains that smelled like they were fresh from the fields, with a dry herbal hopping.

T: For flavor there was a touch of dried buttered grain sweetness with a nice showing of spritzy lively lemons. A mild herbal hopping with light straw accents also is present. The flavor is very clean, crisp from start to finish and everything you could possible ask for by style.

M: light on the tongue, smooth, slick with a beautiful lemony zesty hopping that went just perfect with the fresh graininess. A slight carbonation tingle is experienced add to the experience.

D: Good drinkability, crisp, with a great grain palate and soft hopping that is perfectly fitted to style. An easy session and dare I say case worthy. Honestly this beer went down before I even realized it, was that smooth.

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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 RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 WDJersey
3/5  rDev -11%

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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head into my pint glass. Good presentation here. Not much else to note.

Aroma is a mixture of sweet, slightly bready malt with a decent amount of hops in the nose. Inviting aroma.

Taste is full of sweet malt with only a slight hint of hops. No harshness here. Leans more towards buttery bread.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and hops and they stick around as well. Decent. Again, nothing harsh.

Not bad for the style. Highly drinkable but likely too simplistic. I was hoping for more of a harsh hop bite. Absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden hue with a thin white head that has some retention. The aroma is very nice. As I'd imagine a Czech hop garden to smell like. This has all the makings of a great Czech pilsner, but there is a slight soapy aftertaste. It's not big and not real annoying, but it's there. Otherwise, this tastes pretty damn good. Some spicy saaz hop tones. A good solid malt footing to work upon. Floral notes. Herbalness. Really pretty damn nice.

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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 drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ho hum pils. name Rebel is perhaps a bit melodramatic. In any case, a drinkable pils of no special attributes. Head is white and a bit of lace. Color is a clear yelllow. Aroma is crisp, yet slightly malty and hoppy, & beery. Flavor is about the same. Average body and carbonation. Ditto finish. Ok beer. If it had a different name, I'm sure I'd have a better opinion. Just me. sorry. Rebel YELL!

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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice little Bohemian Pils....nose is soft and sweet....very clean gold color with minimal head...taste is grainy...not a lot of hop bite, and tends to taste more like a lager to me........a good one though...it does have a slightly dry finish...creamy texture...easy drinking...thirst quenching...a good summer beer...

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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 mrfrancis
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The after its release from the 12-ounce green bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold with a mountainous bright white head that is frothy in texture and the lace a fine covering upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean to the senses, start quite sweet, fair malt profile and the top thin. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, drinkable but not anything special.

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Rebel from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
3.37 out of 5 based on 279 ratings.
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