Lev Lion Lager | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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Lev Lion LagerLev Lion Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic
hbrebel.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ElGuapo on 07-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of huthuty
4.41/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I found the look of this beer appealing, a medium amber color I poured this beer into a nonic at a very cold temperature amounting to a medium quickly dissipating head,

The smell is dense of malt, hops is barely detectable

The taste is of very sweet grains, it is very good for such a sweet malty brew, I like the taste more than similar brews but hop heads shall go wanting

It is very drinkable, if I had 6 of them I'd probably be chugging

Overall I would reccomend this beer, especially for people who like a good lager

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

Pours a clear golden Pilsner with the most stubborn head I have seen on a beer for quite some time.

Smell is sweet and grassy with a big dose of those Czech hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a good hop balance and a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good drinkable Pilsner. This stuff isn't Pilsner Urquell but it is a damn good beer for its price.

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Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a darker straw yellow color with great carbonation leaving a nice white cap

Smell: Floral hops, some hints at bread, very clean, crisp and refreshing on the nose. Smelled good.

T: Nice presence of floral hops with a blend of bread and grains, has a nice little sweetness to it on the end

M: Body was clean, crisp, refrshing and light bodies. I found myself really liking this beer as did my wife. The sweetnesss and hops just shine on this and provides a light bitterness.

O: Enjoyable and well worth the $2!

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Lev Export Lager Beer with the green-&-white label.

This is a pretty good Czech pilsner, with defintie good Czech character, but it's not great or up to the level of Lev Lion "Double Bock."

Deep gold, it has a medium-big, off-white head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring, leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is a nice Czech smell but on the milder, simpler side. It has lightly toasted bread, herbs, honey, a hint of apple, and a hint of mineral, like a more herbal/hoppy take on a good basic American lager.

The taste is pleasant, basic good Czech lager, wioth toasted bread, strongish herbs, sweet honey, and a lightly bitter herbal finish. However, it's a bit thin and light and the herbal character does not hold up extremely well. It's not great, but it's quite good and easy to drink.

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Photo of kagent777
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from the Utah system. About $2 paid. Poured into my perfect pint glass straight from the fridge.

Appearance: This is a very clear beer, straw colored, with a foamy white three fingered head that settles slowly and leaves irregular splotchy lacing. Lots of effervescent bubbles.

Smell: Sweet apple juice, slight mineral twang along with bready malts and some earthy hops.

Taste: Clean, as opposed to crisp, lager taste. Basic malts, cracker-like and a little sweet, go along with a light floral (apple) hops note. Light basic mineral bitter to back against the malt. This style should not be in your face, and this one has a nice subdued flavor.

Mouthfeel: Middling body with heightened carbonation, but not so much that the feeling is prickly. Right where it should be.

Overall: I think this is a pretty good example of this style. Not a bad $2 to spend. I still think I prefer Bohemian Brewery's Czech Pilsener, brewed here in SLC.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tavernjef
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear yellow with a very nice light and bubbly white head that got about two fingers high then faded after a minute to a hazed skim of thin bubbles, no real lacing. Smell is of cardboard at first and behind the staleness is a bit of slight citrusy hop. Taste is very clean with an unusual hop taste thats mildly sharp and toned well in its bite, its a bit waxy-like and estery, some slight honey and very mild malt in the back. Feel is about right for a pilsner, fairly medium body and has quick settling dryness thats very tame in the finish. This is one of my favs for pilsners, the label is confusing as hell, LION on the top of the label, then "Kralovsky", then LEV, then "Pale Double Bock" very strange. But anyways, this is some pretty good stuff, the smell was way off from last the time I had it.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

An imported pilsener that doesn't smell/taste like skunk piss and is super easy on the wallet? Yeah, I'll take it.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Kenzie
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of chinesebeatle
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of silverevo9
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been trying to source this beer from my local liquor store, but unable. My brother just brought me 6 pints from San Diego and now I'm reviewing. This beer to me is a little underrated. The store he bought it from was selling it dirt cheap. On sale, 2 pints for 3 dollars. The carbonation on this beer strikes me first, strong and lively. The first pour already develops color in the head. Changing from white to a caramel swirl as you sip. Head remains with light lacing as you drink. Flavor on this beer really knocks it out of the park for me. Has a color and taste similar to Rebel Czech. Although Rebel Czech has deeper tones.Taste on the palate sends signals of a rich, earthy ,wood pile taste. Very drinkable beer, that quenches you with every sip. Saaz hops are familiar on the nose with this beer flavor, as with all Czech pilsners. Nice sweet malt backbone that makes this beer easy to drink. Slight bitterness to go along with the finish. All in all a very enjoyable well made pilsner.

Awesome beer!

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Photo of appenzeller
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold, big bubbly head that leaves some lacing. Smell is honey, apple . . . Saaz hops. Taste reflects the smell, this is the same general flavor profile of most Czech pilsners. Carbonation somewhat lacking.

I'm somewhat surprised by the large number of negative ratings on this beer, it's not outstanding but is a perfectly good Czech pilsner, light years beyond most North American pilsners. I can only suspect that for whatever reason a lot of this stuff is getting shipped to consumers on the local train, so to speak. My sample was reasonably fresh relative to the long trip.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like your typical lager: well-filtered golden yellow, small head and lots of bubbles moving quickly to the top.

Bright aroma offers honey and straw up front, lighter notes of apple and pear, and clean grassy hops.

Flavor is watery butterscotch, unidentifiable herbs, honey, watery orange, apple, pear, light hops, yellow cake batter and a faint skunkiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth while achieving crispness; its light to medium (at best) body is probably as it should be for the style. A bit dry which makes for a quick flash of flavor before dying out.

An easy-drinking pils and very clean, although for all the flavor impressions I got, it seems a bit timid and not as assertive as better versions of the style. Worth a try, and, like all Czech Pilsners, probably not even close to matching a glass poured from the tap in its homeland.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. bottle. It has a medium head with a light golden straw color. The head didn't last long but left a thin layer on top. Not much smell too it but it smelled almost like leather to me.

Very smooth and creamy in your mouth with little fanfare. A basic, solid beer with some mellow hops beneath the creamy flavor, giving it a balance of slightly bitter with it. Some citrusy spice in the aftertaste.

A good beer, well done and enjoyable and I'd enjoy it again, for sure.

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

Appearance: Bright golden yellow, thin sticky lace on top.

Smell: Sweet grain and spicy hops with a hint of fresh cut hay.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied with a cleansing crispness. Leans towards the dry side. A light handful of malt sweetness upfront and a growing semi biting grain the streams middle to end. Hops give off an earthen and herbal feature with a clean spicy flavor and give a hand to drying this brew in the finish with its clean bitterness.

Notes: Very clean with delicate hop and malt flavors. Highly pallettable, makes for a perfect lunch time brew. 4.7 percent abv

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Photo of utahbeerdude
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Nice dark golden color, quite clear, with a creamy head that has good persistence and clings to the side of the glass. Good carbonation.
Aroma: Somewhat typical pils/light lager aroma with sulfur (not unpleasant) dominating, some sweet malt, and perhaps a trace of hops. Very faint metal at first, but it quickly dissipates.
Flavor: Carbonation and slight bitterness at first, turning into maltiness, then a short prickly finish, and finally some dry bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Good body with nice supporting carbonation.
Overall: A bit unique compared to the other pils/light lagers I have tried. Good balance, although I might like a bit more bitterness in the beginning, but overall all components blend quite well together to produce a nice experience.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/gold color with nice fluffy head,smell was very breadlike and a little iron like.Had nice balance in flavor just not enough of it in my opinion,had some biscuit malt in the background here with a hop hitting ya late as you swallow.A pretty darn drinkable pilsner,although not a fan of the style I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of whynot44
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear slightly orange gold color with a modest, quick disappearing white head.

The aroma is faint biscuity malt and slightly spicy herbal hops.

The taste is typical Czech pilsner with a somewhat biscuity beginning, followed quickly by the spicy hops for a somewhat dry finish and lingering crisp hops aftertaste. Nothing outstanding but nothing offensive either.

Clean and easy to drink, it should be an excellent ball game or grass mowing beer.

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Photo of McStagger
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly darker than pale straw. Two fingers off white eggshell head. Retention is minimal, as the head quickly collapes. Carbonation is moderate for the style. With a moderate amount of medium sized bubbles heading to the surface. Decent lacing.

S: Tart and a bit metallic. Green apple, green grape. lemon, white tea, some banana like esters (strange!). Malt backbone is slightly sweet biscuit. Very slightly herbal.

T: Subdued bitterness, even for the style. Slightly sweet grain up front, with the lemon and grape juice flexing mid palate. More of the fruity esters flex mid palate, with an undercurrent of slightly metallic bitterness throughout. This bitterness is actually the bedrock for me, with the bready malt also showing mid palate. Finishes on the fruity ester with more hints of the granny smith/green grape note. Dry, but not ridiculously so.

M: Medium bodied for the style. This one is not as sharp as many pilsner, Czech or otherwise. Carbonation is present, but it lacks the acidic burning.

O: Great for being 1.69 a 500ml.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of crossovert
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a medium yellowish god with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is both doughy and floral. It isn't too interesting, but it isn't bad.

The flavor is a little better. It has a surprising bitterness that cuts deep. It isn't a huge bitterness but it is poignant and noticeable, especially with the mellow malt bill.

It is a rustic one, maybe that equates also to cheap since this bomber didn't cost much at all, but it is a decent Pilsener.

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Lev Lion Lager from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
3.37 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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