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:
192
Ratings:
277
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
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Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold color with a creamy white head. Malty aroma with sweetish bready notes and a touch of grass. Flavor is sweet with toasty malts and a lightly floral hoppiness. Clean, somewhat watery finish. Some grassy and mineral notes. Super refreshing, pretty crisp.

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Photo of DannyS
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a 20 oz. beer mug.

A - Wow. A beautiful, crystal clear orange amber with a fluffy little pilow of head that retains decently and leaves oodles of frosty white lacing.

S - Grains and floral (lavender) hoppy aromas abound, with a slight metallic twang and some noticeable bitter notes on the nose.

T - The floral notes give a slight layer of sweetness to the grainy taste, with the hop bitterness apparent but very subdued. The other hoppy flavors help round out the fairly standard taste.

M - Light and fizzy. Not necessarily bad, just not a transcendental mouthfeel. But I don't drink pilseners for that exclusively

D - The ABV is nice and low and the flavors are light yet well balanced, making this an easy choice for sessioning.

overall - A very underrated pilsener, in my opinion. It's got enough flavor to make it enjoyable to drink, but is light enough to warrant drinking the whole pint without ill effect. An admirable choice for a session brew.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-yellow with a white head that fades into a thin lace. Smells of clean grains, grassy (I guess) and a lot floral noble hop notes. Tastes mildy sweet. Pale malty flavors. Vaguely metalic and a lot of floral, aromatic hops. Noble hops (saaz I'm sure) dominate the palate. Slight bitterness keeps the beer refreshing throughout drinking it, along with the fairly high amount of carbonation, giving it a sharp "nip" when you swallow each gulp. Drinks easy. Not a bad pils, a fine standard example of the style.

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent Czech pilsner with strong flavour and subtle complexity.

Darkish gold, it has a medium-large, creamy white head slowly shirnking to a permanent, small foamy top and leaving a fair amount of lace in some frothy rings.

The aroma is strong grain and bread, lightly fruity, with grass, herbs, honey, and a hint of mineral. Ovarall, it has a good Czech aroma.

The also a a nice, characterful, yet light Czech character. It has a lot of lightly toasty bread, light fruitiness, with grass and herbs, light sweetness balancing a light, zesty bitterness. Although the sweetnes seems to just barely have the edge over the bitterness at first, beyond the finish the bitterness lingers lightly. It's light in body, but slightly oily, well-rounded in fel with lively, zesty frothiness, a very nice texture. Although straightforward and light, it has good flavour and light complexity and the character holds up very well, with great balance of the elements.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rebel is a very clear golden beer with a soft, dense white head that fades and leaves good lacing. The aroma is fruity, rather sweet, with perhaps a touch of funk. It smells pretty nice and actually reminds me of the way Bedele smells. It's pretty light bodied and a little papery, especially at the finish. The flavor is well balanced with a light, grassy bitterness, notes of lemon and pretzels, and a hint of sweet malt. It's better than most European Lagers I've had. It must be because of the brown bottle.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker yellow than other pilsners with one inch of white head that quickly settles. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a noble hop skunk aroma. A little sweet malt is also noted. The flavor is on the sweeter side of pils. Mild graininess and moderate amount of noble hop flavor. Nice texture and body to the beer. It is light bodied with carbonation that is not harsh. I prefer my pils to be on the drier side. If you like them a little sweet, this may be an option for you.

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Photo of colts9016
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour into my Trumer Pils Glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A medium burnish gold color in the body of the beer. There is a stable one finger white head that is foamy and slightly creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is brilliant.

Nose: A mild floral aroma and I can smell the malt in the beer. In the nose there is subtle sweetness on the end.

Taste: A mild floral and hints of citrus taste with a week malt back bone.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is tad bit bitter. Okay for this beer to be a good Czech beer the Saaz Hops needs to be more pronounced. I think I got an aged bottle of beer. The beer is bland, uninteresting, and okay at best.

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Photo of stumac
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up a clear golden color with a decent white head. nice lacing. the nose is dough, pale malts, hint of honey. the taste is light sweet fruits, hints of honey again, a tid bit of yeast, sweet pale malts, decent hop backdrop, light to medium bodied, medium carbo. Once a rebel, always a rebel...

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Photo of Pmazz19
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsener glass.

A - Straw yellow, very little head but decent carbonation, very bubbly.

S - Grass

T - Very light, The beer has a very earthy taste which is not always a good thing. I taste some type of adjunct(whether its actually there or not) something about this beer is reminiscent of Pabst.

M - Not as crisp as I'd expect, I wish there was a little more carbonation

D - Overall an unoffensive beer but certainly not a great beer. I'll finish the bottle but won't buy again, although if it was given to me I wouldn't refuse it. It was $1.69 for a 16.9oz bottle so I figured I had nothing to lose.

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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 billybob
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. a clear honey color with a thin head and thin sheet of lace. fresh grain aroma with a slightly sweet malt tea taste, some herbal and spice present and slight metallic note. mouthfeel light to medium carbonation a little flat. easy to drink would make a good session beer.

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Photo of olmatty
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a two finger white head with poor retention and lacing, beer is a tawny gold.

Smell- I can't decide if this smell is just a bitter pale malt or some kind adjunct odor. Not very pleasant.

Taste- Earthy and robust and slightly sweet. Malts seem to have a somewhat adjunct-like quality. This flavor combines with bitter hops and it's hard to tell when the odd malt flavor ends and the hop flavor begins. Tastes somewhat like raw malts.

Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation, more robust than German Pils.

Drinkability- Earthiness detracts from drinkability.

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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 droomyster
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I began a sushi-eating, beer drinking, presidential inauguration watching session with this beer the other day. Poured a clear gold with a small white head. More colorful than most pilseners. Aromas was faint but good: grassy hops and honeysweet malts. Lovely taste: perfectly balanced light malts with a grassy hop finish. Well-crafted, light body. Eminently drinkable and refreshing; an excellent way to kick off a session. A solidly made, flavorful pilsener.

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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 BWH3
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: beautiful clear well carbonated deep golden beer topped by a fairly large white head. These are the prerequisites for the style. The retention is average at best and leaves a nice ring of foam.

S: The aroma has a hint of sweet cereal malt and some corn like sweetness as well. The hops have the necessary noble musk but not the spicy and floral Saaz notes so cherished in the Czech Pils.

T: Easy drinking watery and mild on the malt and hops flavors. The bitterness is smooth and not harsh as required but the other flavors are just too mild to impress. Appropriately no fruity yeast esters.

M: Light bodied, average head retention. Well carbonated and gassy

D: Just an OK Czech Pils. Easily sessionable and would pick it over the run of the mill American Macro lager or Pils

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Photo of Vancer
2.39/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The 12oz green bottle delivers a clear, straw brew into the Sammy freebie glass. Pretty good foamy white head sitting on top, ring o' lace tries to appear, but quits. No dating, not good.

Classic euro skunk aroma progresses into a thin, but still malty quaff. Bit of corn and grain mixed together shows up - but still an overall weak and watery brew. It has a crisp finish - kinda like the way a club soda goes down.

Oh, I see it's only 4.4%, no wonder. Well, it sure wouldn't be a session brew for me.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours with a hesitant head that is thick and leaves fairly thick lacing. The brew itself is a medium dark gold. Very pleasant first impression.

Smell: Floral maltiness is detected as strong component of aroma. Additionally, the hops aroma appears to be aromatic rather than high alpha hops. There is a Euro Lager feel to the body.

Taste: Well, this isn't a Euro Lager, and it's a little off for a Czech Pilsner....but not too much. There is a buttery grain essence for the duration of flavor curve. The grain flavor is welcomed, but the buttery element is not welcomed.

Mouthfeel: The mouth/palate impression is quite forgetable. Not good not bad. The flavor onset is a little subdued. A slight ramp-up with a moderate duration sustain. Very very average.

Drinkability: This is a moderate presence brew. HOWEVER...the low alcohol content certainly raises the drinkability. This helps ofset the rather palate pasting of aftertaste.

Prosit!
Nikki

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Photo of Spikester
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours deep clear gold with a one-finger white head. Plentifully laced. Aroma is very floral hoppy for a Pils and not a trace of skunk. Must be a fresh one. Taste is full on Saaz type hops with just a hint of sweet malts. A bit of bread with just a touch of butter. Mouthfeel is about right and the drinkability is awesome thanks to the 4.4% abv. The Czechs make excellent beer! The label says "since 1333". That is an old brewery!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A damn good beer in a damn good bottle.

A- Crystal clear golden-yellow with an OK head for a pilsner and many sporadic micro-carbonation streams

S- Smells like a really good loaf of multi-grain bread and spicy floral hops

T- Taste is bready and that is one of my favorite qualities in a pilsner. Some damn good pils malt went into this beer. Tasty hops as well, but not as much as I tend to go for

M- Body is light-moderate and almost feels like carbonated flavored mineral water.

D- Chuggalugg. Definite session beer

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Photo of docsrock
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my friend paul and i used to get these on queens blvd for 99 cents alot, a few years ago. no glass to pour into, just bottle. always impressed us, especially at the price. we used to pack a bag full with 16 or so and go to town. I don't know if he still drinks them-being in hell a and all. I stopped drinking them because I came across uniformaly skunky ones all the time. it was a good ride in the late 90's, but I awitched to ballantine ale after all the pepe le pew. none the less, it had a great price and great drinkability in its time. another friend, who is czech still swears by these, and brings a case to most bbqs. not that easy to find in the five boros anymore, but i think i will seek one out as i'm getting sentimental writing this thing.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this cheap looking beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a nice golden color and that was all that was nice. The smell was slightly sour and I thought the taste was sour or flat also. The head was nonexistant as was any lacing. Very poor quality beer and I will not buy again.

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

Purchased from the Belmont Station in Portland, OR on my first visit to the store.

This beer looks great, is crystal clear and has a decent head on top. Her nose is a bit timid, and could use some kick. Perhaps some additional Nobel or Saaz hops are in order. Flavor is OK but when in the same game as many great Czech Pilseners, you really have to be on your toes, and this beer fall a bit short. But, after a few more drinks I am getting into the beer more and I would say that It's worth a go. If you a fan of pilseners don't pay to much attention to ratings, just give it a go and decide for yourself.

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

Pours a clear golden color with moderate carbonation. Small white head that thinly lingers. Some lacing down the glass.

Smells light and grainy. Sweet mild malt scents too.

Can taste some grains - sweet. Mild hop finish.

Goes down very easily and stimulates the tip of the tongue.

A very drinkable pilsner. Perfect for a hot day or with a light meal.

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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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Rebel from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
3.37 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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