Rebel | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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BA SCORE
24.9%
Liked This Beer
3.36 w/ 281 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#41,878
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
281
Liked:
70
Avg:
3.36/5
pDev:
16.07%
Alströms:
3.63
 
 
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8
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16
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2.19/5  rDev -34.8%
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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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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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2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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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2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
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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3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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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4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light honey, Tons of stark white head, slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - I think my favorite part. Yeasty, bready, fresh and bright. I LOVE the smell on this one.

T - Nice malt clean center, small but appropriate hops.

M - Light body, good balance and carb.

D - Very easy to drink.

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3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks like your typical chzech style lager. Nothing too special, but doesn't look ominous, either.

S- Nice. Very much what I was expecting.

T- Very good flavor. I would definitely order this if I found it at a bar. Very similar to Urquell and i mean that as a sincere complement.

M- Fantastic. Again, second only to Urquell.

O- Excellent pilsner that I can only imagine would be better in Prague.

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3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Yellow with a trace of orange throughout. Hard pour yields a 1 inch white head and some spotty lacing

Smell: Grass and bread

Taste: Candy sweetnees from the malt and not much else going on. Just ok

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation

Overall: Not a fan of the style but still ok

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3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. No best by or bottled date on bottle.

A: Classic Czech pils appearance, not as pale as a German, more on the amber/golden side. Huge bubbles here, massive head that stays 'til the last drop. Excellent.

S: Fresh out of the oven bread. This is as close to fresh bread aroma in a beer that I've ever had. Can smell the spicy hops in the background, too.

T: Spicy, lemon/weak grapefruit-like hops, bready malts, a touch of honey sweetness. Hits all the pilsener notes well.

M: Very quaffable, a hook it up to my veins type of beer.

O: A great Euro pilsener that somehow manages to beat out the local made ones despite coming from across the world, in who knows what kind of conditions.

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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/yellow bubbly body, 2 finger body,

S: grain and malt

T: sweet malt, grain, slight dry finish

M: light/med body, mild prick on tongue, semi-dry mouth

O: Solid beer. Really enjoyed it and would get it again.
Not amazing, but solid enjoy and great session/gateway
brew for newbies.

PRETTY GOOD, BUT NOT A MUST HAVE!

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3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Czech Rebel pours a dark golden color with a thin cap of foam above. The aroma is green apple and pale biscuit-like malt. Grainy pale malt greets the taste buds. A slight sweetness through the center as bitterness moves in. Finishes with a snap. This is a clean brew. Not bad, really.

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Rebel from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Beer rating: 24.9% out of 100 with 281 ratings
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