Czech Pilsener
Bohemian Brewery

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #187
ABV:
4%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,350
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 15.49%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
74
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Bohemian Brewery
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  6
SCORE
83
Good
Czech PilsenerCzech Pilsener
Notes: Light crisp full bodied, well aged lager made from Pilsen malt, and real Czech yeast from Prague, Czech Republic.
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fully serviceable if unremarkable lager here, crisp enough, fresh tasting to me, and with all of the elements on display in the flavor, but maybe a shade heavier than the most refreshing examples of the style, and lacking somewhere just slightly, although its hard to pinpoint. yellow and frothy in the glass, plenty of carbonation here, some lace left behind after each sip, looks the part. smells dry but slightly toasted on the grain side, almost a baked breadiness to the malt, not rich or anything, but fuller for the style i reckon. some noble hops add a little fresh grassiness, and i also can appreciate an old world european lager yeast strain here. all of this is there in the flavor too, and it comes together well. the ferment is clean and there is a nice mineral profile and finishing bitterness from the hops. it goes down a notch heavier than some, but has a lot of appeal still too, and is very fresh to me overall. nice with spicy wings, a good start to our vacation this weekend, and a rather authentic take on the style overall. perhaps a little better than its ratings here...

Oct 23, 2020
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Leveesgonnabreak

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer in the real Bohemian tradition. The brewery is one of the best I've been to anywhere, all of the beers brewed there are true to their heritage. When comparing to Urquell, in my opinion the benchmark pilsner, this one lacks slightly in the malt level and I can't tell the hops they are using, but doesn't seem to be the Saaz, it also could benefit from a small increase in ABV, but nonetheless a great beer and one I purchase often, especially for parties and gathering because everyone seems to like it.

Nov 07, 2019
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bbarfuss from Utah

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, clear, and bubbly. It has a strong malty, yeasty smell - like every good Czech pilsner. The taste is smooth and yeasty, with a bitter finish. Slightly dry mouthfeel. It's an enjoyable beer, but at the end of the day, just stick to Urquell.

Jul 25, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Original rating 2016-01-08] Can. Label says 1842 and looks just like the picture for ’Bohemian Brewery 1842 Czech Pilsener’ but that one says draft only. Maybe they recently started putting 1842 in cans?. Clear gold, thick white head. Looks like a pilsener. Smells like a pilsener. Tastes like a pilsener. Not bad but nothing special.

Oct 24, 2018
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huthuty from Utah

4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden yet thick with a solid head
Smells yeasty and malty, hops can also be detected
Taste is an incredibly balanced taste with sour undertones
Incredible brew, if you're ever in Utah def one to get

Oct 15, 2017
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had a couple of years ago at Alta Ski Area, Utah, poured from 12-oz. can into clear plastic beer cup, and again this year at Snowbasin Resort, Utah, on draft into clear plastic beer cup, and Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah, poured from 12-oz. can into pilsner glass. Except for that last can, which was definitely off, Bohemian's (1842) Pilsener (Czech Style) is a solid effort.

Feb 27, 2017
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Hobb4429 from Utah

4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, nice pour, has a nice thick head on it. Wonderful golden amber color. Smell is nice, nothing over powering. Taste is smooth and rich with flavor, a little hoppy but nothing like an IPA, just a nice subtle hoppiness. Overall I think this is a great beer that I will for sure drink again!

May 07, 2016
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Nichol from Utah

2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm continually surpised by the "BA Score" given to Bohemian Brewery's beers. I've yet to find one I enjoy, and their pilsner is no exception. Like all of the other beers from Bohemian, it's weak and disappointing. The only reason I finished the few purchased was because I paid money for it. Didn't enjoy. Don't like. Like many other Bohemian beers, I won't have it again.

Mar 03, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Park Stone in Farmington Utah. Fresh, Nice looking and a pleasant smell. While it may not be a spot on representation of the style I enjoyed drinking it so it gets good marks from me.

Jun 21, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost clear, slightly hazy golden color with orange tint. Medium retention white fluffy head. Forms nice film on liquid surface and walls of glass. Nice level of carbonation judging from bubbles floating up from the bottom. Smells mildly each of grains, bread, and lemon. Taste is most lemon-like up front and in finish, though the latter is more rindy. Breadier in the middle as it foams up, and also in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied. Medium, fine carbonation, making it fairly smooth going down if you let it linger. Not too dry but tingling to the gums and tongue.

Jun 11, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells malty with a strong noble hop scent. Spicy and grassy and a little soap smelling. Slight sour scent here.

Starts out fairly hoppy with a strong grassy hop taste. Assertive hop bite with a medium bitterness. Slightly spicy this is a beer that really wakes your taste buds up. Little bit of soapy hop taste.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

Overall tasty, possibly the best lager in Utah.

Mar 21, 2014
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

hazy gold/orange pour with 2 fingers of frothy head which dissipated quickly, nice lacing. smells of butterscotch, bread, caramel, buttery biscuits. slightly acidic flavor, slight grassy hop bitterness, definitely getting that buttery biscuit flavor. light body, high carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

not a very impressive beer. i've had way better pilseners, though not sure if the slightly acidic thing is a czech thing, or just a fluke.

Apr 24, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in the tall glass. Nicely foamy with a sprightly carbonation on the tongue. Hoppy nose.

Mouthfeel is sudsy and light, with a faint oily sensation. Fairly crisp with a fleeting malty flavor. Taste of crackers with an assertive hoppy flavor. Aromatic hop flavor along with the smell. Not as bitter as many Pilseners, and the hop level seems appropriate to the light 4.0% ABV.

Pleasant and highly quaffable light beer. From the 12 oz can bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

Dec 24, 2012
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kagent777 from Utah

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can purchased from an actual grocery store here in SLC. I poured this into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Light straw in color with more haze than expected from a pilsener. A nice white clingy inch head with lacing all the way down, impressive for 4 ABV.

Smell: Malts, grass, hay and herbal hops. A mild honey sweetness. Smells like a good lager should.

Taste: Crisp with a mildly hoppy cleanness. I think this a solid example of what a brewer can do with a 4.0ABV limit cap. Joe has packed a lot of flavor into this beer for it's size.

Mouthfeel: Even a little thicker than other comparable beers. A mostly clean finish with a bit of hoppy bite, just a touch, on the end.

Overall: Probably my go go grocery store beer here in Utah. This one should scare away people new to trying "other" beers.

Oct 25, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #30 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

I don't know why, but I've been wanting to try this one for a while now.

Pours very cloudy for a pilsener. There is a mild citric tone to this; but very , very mild at that. Again, like the provo pilsner before this: this is much heartier and thicker than I would expect for the style. I am wondering if leaving it out for a while has brought that out. Either way, there it is. A passable pilsener, but not one I would rush to go back to. (Not my preferred style anyways.)

Sep 19, 2012
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Jsteez from Utah

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a German Stange glass.

A-Darker orange hue with some cloudiness. Hints of golden-yellow. Nice creamy white head that left considerable lacing on the sides and a foamy film on the surface of the beer.

S-Not a lot going on here. Hints of lemon peel and malt is all I could really pick up. Maybe some spice...?

T-Nice and refreshing feel going in with a salt and pepper aftertaste. It is just the way I like my pils: peppery, dry, and a little bit of sweet malt. I could sense some citrus-like flavors, but not too much. Just enough to keep the flavor balanced. I sensed a little metallic/irony flavor every so often...maybe it's because of the Utah liquor laws to keep all beers in the supermarket at 4% ABV, or maybe it was the water they used? Who knows...

M-Light to medium body with carbonation a bit on the high side, but not enough to ruin the beer.

Overall, I am in the beginning process of bidding "farewell" to summer by drinking as many pils and kolsch out of my stange glass. I have tried to find a decent enough Czech style Pils to quench my thirst (besides the delicious Budvar), and I think this is the one!

Sep 04, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pils glass.

2.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is a bit below average and very little lacing is left.

2.5 S: Dirty herbalness makes this a lot less clean than I like my pilsners. Something along the lines of breadiness, but not less clean. Light grassy and hay qualities.

2.0 T: Less clean than the nose. The pseudo-breadiness is more intense and I don't like it. Lightly grassy again with some hay. The problem is that the yeast wasn't allowed to work cleanly.

2.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Too thick and muddled and lacking crispness. Carbonation level is fine though.

2.0 D: Not a good beer.

Jun 29, 2012
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this from an inch or so above the glass gives this beer a big white head that settles into an alright lacing above a clear golden colored pils.

The aroma is a sour leaning towards lemon with a light floral hops that has a soupiness to it.

Souriness that you would expect from a pils is present with a slight sour soupiness adding to a bitter hops taste.

Bitter and slightly sour but almost to a perfect degree make the dryish aftertaste almost exactly what you want from a beer, hey you hand me another piece of that cheese you have there.

This is one of those beers that I would like to drink with a snack tray full of cheeses and meats.

Apr 08, 2012
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pokesbeerdude from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 pack of this for $16 from the Jubilee grocery store, down to the last two. Into a SA perfect pint.

A: Pale gold in color with almost an inch of dense white head, fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Nice spots of lacing as it recedes. Excellent clarity.

S: Nice floral hop flavor, grainy little bit of malts, and a slight amount of sulfur. Not remarkable, but certainly not offensive either.

T: A little bit more flavorful than a standard macro, grainy, slightly floral hop profile, and just a touch of bitterness. Pretty middle of the road here. Tastes like a pils, but not a remarkable one. Just a standard pretty decent beer. I would enjoy a little more bitterness and a little more of a saaz presence.

M: Light body, prickly carbonation, and quite dry. Just about right for the style.

O: A decent beer to have around for the BMC drinkers, quite a few people that I've had over that aren't into craft enjoyed this more so than the other beers I've offered. Not a bad beer in the summer time.

Jul 31, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

light golden yellow, not the straw color, a little darker. Lots of carbonation coming up and a quick hint at a half inch high head, which faded as quickly as it came up. No side glass lacing to speak of.

The aroma was rather bland. Light earthy hops, with a good dose of grain. Kind of light if I am being honest as it really did not have anything sticking out to me at all. The flavor was more of the same, highly carbonated with a moldy or stale bread taste that was slightly astringent and bitter, especially towards the end, and a non existent aftertaste. Decent light body for the style and the carbonation was good all around, not too crazy on drinking multiples of this one though, just not up my alley. Maybe as a macro replacement

Jul 20, 2011
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mk3 from Utah

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical about a canned beer but am happily suprised.

It pours a light gold/straw, not a big head but a little lacing.

My sniffer doesn't work all that good, but it smells what I'd expect from a pils.

Again, I was hesitant about a can, but from my first sip I'm hooked. Most American made pils seem to hopped a bit too much and a little too bitter(and I love a bitter beer) but this pils has just that right balance of hops and malts and I'd rate it as good as Pilsner Urquell.

I will absolutely make this one of my regular beers.

4/17/11, this has become my FAVORITE PILS!

Mar 16, 2011
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bucklemyshoe from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: It pours a transluscent pale yellow to almost clear color with a finger and a half of juicy white head that has great retention and lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, citrus, hay, and light floral hoppiness.

T: Sweet pilsner malt, citrus, mild spiciness, and grass.

M: The body is medium-light with lots of carbonation and a palate-cleansing finish.

D: This is fantastic. I'll be revisiting it often - especially on the golf course.

Feb 25, 2011
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PDXHops from South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint. Slightly hazy light gold body with a finger and then some's worth of fluffy white head that slowly settles down into a skim, leaving scattered patches of lacing.

Smells of biscuity malt, straw and grassy hops. Not particularly bold, but quite pleasant. A bit of sweetness seems to float in and out. The flavor pretty much follows suit. Not a bad tasting brew at all, although it's somewhat lacking in crispness and noble hop spiciness. A few tweaks away from being pretty damned good.

Dec 07, 2010
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goindownsouth from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A rather random find, but still a great one thanks to the great guys at The Community Tap in Greenville, SC.

Stellar, classic Czech Pils presentation - light and golden in hue, sharp almost rocky head. Aromas solid, crisp and clean with biscuity goodness and fantastic hops cutting straight away. The first taste confirmed my fears - this was damn good. The balance between the malty goodness and the snappy hops make for a quaffable session beer if there ever was one. An outstanding example of the style. This is a Pils that I will absolutely take stock in, without a doubt.

Another fine example of what true session beers CAN be, no pun intended.

Na'zdravi!

Dec 06, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, hops and tiny bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of Czech hops, malt, and some lemon. Not the most complex of flavors, but solid nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not a perfect beer, but definitely drinkable.

Nov 14, 2010
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