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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
273
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
19.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 273
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 vitesse
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I re-reviewed this after having tasted it a lot more recently.

this is exactly what a well-done pilsener should be -- a pale, low-ABV lager. very much a session beer.
light straw gold color, very very bright with good clarity. not great head retention, but it IS a pils.
no esters, no diacetyl at all. very dry. pale malts here, but its a very light beer with nice soft mouthfeel. no harshness at all. the main flavor component is the saaz hops. nicely aromatic and spicy. bitter enough to make it interesting.
very little aftertaste at all.

the package says it's brewed traditionally with open vat fermentation, locally-made malts, traditional saaz hops and long lagering time. i highly recommend this one.

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

Pours a clear, light golden color with a decent head that fades to a thin layer pretty quickly. Slight musty malt aroma. A little grassy too. Metallic mineral taste with a bitter bite. The bitterness seems more from the mettalic character than hops. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, carbonation good. Not a bad deal at .99 a bottle, but I can't recommend this beer. Spend a little more for a better product.

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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 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 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 Dogbrick
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can't say I enjoyed this one much at all. Maybe it is because I had my first Chimay Bleu to look forward to after this, but I had trouble gleaning anything positive out of this beer. This one was $1.19 as opposed to the Brou Czech which was $.99, but I enjoyed the Brou Czech more. Go figure. Sharp, sour flavor and aroma was weak. I am staying away from this one.

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

A pretty average lager, but at 99cents for a 16.9 ounce bottle what do you expect? This was very drinkable and light on the palate. It poured a very light, almost clear, golden colour with a small head that dissipated rapidly. This smelled and tasted pretty average in my opinion, not that great for a czech lager beer, and no where near as good as the excellent Czechvar. The mouthfeel was very watery on this beer, and the taste was pretty light. Still it is quite a value, and it is a very drinkable beer. Nice on a hot day!

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Photo of putnam
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A gold/brass color with a head in a hurry to fade. Along the way it looks like an untoasted crumpet, bubble-side up. Smells like grain rations in burlap. I remind myself that I like Pilsner warmer than this. The first few draws are cold as steel. It's like licking a good chef's knife, cold. As it warms notes of cracker appear. Not Triscuits or Ritz, but rather Rye Crisp, Stoned Wheat Thins and water crackers. Dry, in other words. There is no hint of butter or shortning.
Medium-sized bubbles wander to the surface.
Warmer, and now the rich, woodland harvest emerges. Sheafs of sun-toasted barley. Tannic fruits like juniper, hops and pine cones dance in and out. there is a lingering sweetness like that clear rosewater flavored syrup that is used to drench those fried middle-eastern pastries (together with the pastries.)
"Obvious Turkish influence in this beer," I think to myself. My wife, reads my mind and asks, "What does THAT mean?" Images of Renaissance Mocha coffee traders from Beirut or Cairo selecting drier malt flavors in their beers. Hydrating beer. Good.

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Photo of proc
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

99 cents for 1 pint 9 ounces? This is a steal compared to any American macro. Refreshing, quirst-quenching, with a light hop, but decent malt presence. Almost as faavorful as Czechvar. I like this better than Pilsner Urquell.

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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 brakspear
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Czech pils tastes, smells, and feels like a weaker version of its better-known cousins -- Pilsner Urquell and Bud/Czechvar. It has a nice golden color but the head is quite weak. The aroma is saaz hops and malt, but toned down compared to the other Czech pils. Likewise, the taste is smooth and malty with a nice balance of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit slight for the style. All in all Czech Rebel is a nice beer, but not quite up to par with the aforementioned beers from the Czech Republic.

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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 ADR
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A darkish yellow sub amber color. Carbonated, medium-sized bubbles, thin but persistent head. Slight malt aroma, tad of skunk trace. Very crisp flavor, retains crispness well. Hop bite is more upfront. Pleasing aftertaste. Classic Pilsner flavor profile, which leaves me with little to write. Qaulity brew, refreshing, and certainly not complex.

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Photo of jackndan
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light bodied Czech Pilsner. It is what the macro-brewers beer should taste like. 99 cents for a half of a liter (17 ounces), which is a great deal. Highly recommended.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold, crystal clear. Fizzy head that settles to a thin white cover over the beer. Initially a skunky quality to aroma, then to a light malt. Light malt flavor mixed with hop bitterness in middle and short dry finish. Thinner mouthfeel. Enjoyable, but middle of the road beer for style and part of world. Like the price.

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Photo of pbrian
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Not as deep as PU/Czechvar but there's no mistaking its bohemian heritage. I always walk out of the package store with at least one $0.99/16.9oz bottle. You simply can't beat that!

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Photo of grdahl
4.24/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't realize you could buy this here, luckily my wife is Czech so I have lots of opportunities to taste lots of Czech beers. This one is very good, not great but it compares favorably with others from CZ

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Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Regal looking label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden. Clear with lots of tight carbonation. Head is a frothy white crown, a bit sticky, with chunky bubbles.

Smell: Light dextrin sweetness and mild grain aromas. Also pick-up some grape.

Taste: Light bodied. Light malt. Dextrin sweetness. Tea-like floral hop flavours, a flash of lemon. Grape, like concord grape. Herbal notes, grain dryness and a slight metallic flavour on the palate at the finish.

Notes: Nice, light, authentic Bohemian Pilsner. Very refreshing.

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