Rebel | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
273
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
19.29%
 
 
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8
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12
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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 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 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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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review relative to style. Pours pale golden color with beautiful large & creamy white head. Nose is light with a whiff of hops. Very light malt flavor with light balancing of hops. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, and far superior to U.S. comparables.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz green bottle, poured into a tall slender flute. Just became available in Dallas this week. I picked up one of the first 6-packs, so it's pretty fresh.

Appearance: Very clear golden color, with slight head of foam. Continuous stream of small bubbles floating up through the beer.

Aroma: Pleasant flowery aroma. Very little malt on the nose.

Taste/Body: Lots of hops up front, bitter and floral tasting. Malt is there if you search for it, but not prominent. Finish clean and quite dry. Medium body, with crisp carbonation.

One of the better Czech pilsners available in the US. Drier than Pilsner Urquell, with perhaps a touch more hops. Bohemiam pilsners aren't my favorite style, but every now and their their delicate subtlety is appealing.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of Pegasus
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A substantial half-inch snow-white head tops a brassy golden colored beer with many streams of fast-rising carbonation. There is an abundance of thick broken lace.

Aroma: A rather skunky euro lager aroma dominates; there are underlying sweet malt notes and a quite restrained floral hop aroma.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet, bready malt, and grassy notes, which soon disappears under an onslaught of excessively bitter metallic hops. These linger well past the point of being refreshing, or even welcome. The finish is crisp and a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very pleasant, with just a bit of carbonation sting.

Drinkability/notes: The heavy-handed use of hops spoiled my enjoyment of what would have otherwise been a pleasant beer. Czechvar is a much more pleasing example of the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Pours a dark-golden hue with evident carbonation, an impressive head and a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Faint aroma with hints of corn, grains, biscuits, and malts...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a thick bread and butter, nutty flavor that was crisp, clean, and refreshing...
Light to medium bodied mouthfeel, no alcohol detectable, very refreshing stuff and a good depiction of the style...

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of IronDjinn
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 16.9oz brown bottle, no freshness stamp. Pours out a clear golden tone, big foamy head on it that lasted a while and eventually receded into a ring. Massive biscuity sweet malt nose to it, faint hops detected. Flavour of buttery malt, some floral hops and a metallic aftertaste that is then overcome by the hops again. It's crisp, I'll give it that. Very drinkable, no complaints here at all.

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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 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 HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Green 12 oz bottle looks like a scaled down version of the pictured bottle, mentions the brewery was founded in 1333 but no other information.
Aroma: Pepe LePhew has nothing on this baby. Strong skunk aroma that I identify with Heineken, not unpleasant, mostly of a diacetyl buttery character with some peppery hop overtones to it as well.
Appearance: Three finger white head settled to about a half a finger leaving thick clumpy lace. Glass is clear gold with tiny bubble carbonation streams.
Flavor: Classic pilsner profile, spicy hops on a full bodied malt beer. The BJCP lists this one as a classic example. Something of a buttered pepper.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly rich and full given the clarity. Dry clean finish.
Overall Impression: A good Pils. Clean, full, refreshing, it’s everything it should be. I feel like my scores are for the style more than the beer, this one is well made. Thanks to BA Pegasus for dropping one off for me to try, and to BA assurbanipaul for recommending it.

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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 ktrillionaire
3.37/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Amalak
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brownish gold in color. Thin bubbly head, good lace. Has a decent nut malt smell.

Solid malty tasting beer. Simply but good. This is one of those beers where nothing really jumps out that makes you say I gotta have that, but it is definitely a solid beer.

No bad after taste, goes down easy. But after you are done, you just want to say, ok, what's next.

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Photo of far333
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ouch. Apple juice colored with a white, wet head that pops and fizzes like soda. Smell of bitter hop, pine, and skunk. Mouthfeel is slick, kinda watery. Head disappears quickly and laces not at all. Taste is mostly bitter, and skunky Bud-esque, right through to the aftertaste. Poured out half the bottle.

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Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle.

It pours a deep, rich, clear gold, a rather stunning color. The head is foamy and white and recedes fairly slowly leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is Czech pils through and through, perhaps a bit on the sweet side, but the sweetness in the nose is a common link between Czech pilseners, something American imitators often lack. there is a subtle herbal noble hop hint over the top.

The flavor is smooth and balanced. The malt is rich and honey-like while there is a sharp bitterness that cuts the sweetness and rolls across the sides of the tongue. It is hop/malt harmony.

The Czech Rebel follows the tradition of the Czech Pilsener to a T.

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Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finger and a half of cream white foam, the bubbles explode at such a fast rate you think Willy Wonka is behind it all, gone done to the surface like that, no lacing left behind. Light orange liquid, not pale, transparent with very mild visual distortion, a few scattered bubbles here and there. The nose has a nice liveliness to it, lots of all kinds of bread, like one big marble loaf in your nostrils, sweet golden honey accents, general maltiness then more salt 'n' pepper than herbaceousness, tame mixed white fruits, it seems like it aims to mix things together like a stew than let the elements stand apart. Medium-bodied, strong through the attack before relaxing and just letting it flow, unfold as it wants. Honey, molasses and caramel very obvious while displaying restraint when needed. The breadiness is more doughy than yeasty and had the crust cut off. A few corn notes. The carbonation somewhat lowgrade, not a deciding factor. More floral than fruity or citrusy. Hops bring tingle to the finish so it does end on an up note.

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Photo of bum732
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lots of corn, some grassiness and floral notes, corn nuts

L: Golden yellow, decent creamy head with good lacing.

T: Sweet toasted corn maltness with some grassy hops. Mild bitterness, cornuts!!!! Finishes earthy dry with some metallic taste.

M: Slightly crisp mouthfeel.

An interesting pils, the corn flavor and aroma blew me away, maybe i havn't had a lot of Czech pilsners. Don't think there is any corn in there, maybe the yeast? Who knows, all in all, not too bad, but probably wouldn't try again.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rebel pours a pale amber color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. At first I get a bit of bready malt in the aroma then some hop spicyness becomes apparent. Bready malt is most noticeable at first in the flavor, there is also a hint of caramel. There is a nice noble hop spice that is a bit muted while the beer is still cold. A nice sessionable pils.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the Rebel yells..like quality pilsner goodness. I've been drinking this Czech cheapie for years and it never disappoints. You can get it on its home soil in a bottle too but I've never seen it on tap strangely, despite looking in dozens of dive bars throughout the Republic.
A classic golden lager pours into my flute, although the head lasts about thirty seconds. A lot of carbonation bubbles too but don't get worried. Fresh but faint yeasty nose.
The taste is crisp and very bitter. I wish Miller and their ilk would spring for $1.19 on this bad boy and take some notes. This is how pilsners are done. A hoppy bitterness stays with the tastebuds long after the beer is gone. The quality water adds to the surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. If you like Czech pilsner like I do you can drink these all night..mint..

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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 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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Rebel from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
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