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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #503
Ranked #49,313
2.67 | pDev: 25.47%
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amazing! A beer from Israel, my first.
I was at a party tonight and a colleague that I work with turned up with this stuff – so I just had to try it.
Well it looks like a weak Wheat Beer when poured. Head retention was average and it maintained a ¼” white frothy head that evenly dispersed later on throughout.
A pale straw yellow color, with a hazy look that suggests that it is not filtered. Nose is of sweet malt. Initial tastes reminded me of honey beers that I had drunk from the UK, sweet but not sickly, and the taste supported this - reminiscent of honey flavoured sore throat capsules that had a hint of lemon in them. Weird. A Pilsner - surely not.
Honey sweetness dominates a rather easy drinking beer that has some mild bitterness in the finish that succumbs to a cloying honey finish.
For me this is a honey beer, more than a Pilsner – Am I wrong??
If it is a “Pilsner”, someone in Israel needs to get out more.

Ay, ay, ay, ay, diz iz not a Pilzner.....

Nice beer, mediocre, but not a Pilsner.
Whatever it is, it is a bit too sweet for my liking.

Dec 08, 2002
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joeagain from New Jersey

1.62/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Maccabee Premium takes advantage of the fact that "premium" can be very subjective.
Not a good beer at all. Pours a golden blonde color with lots of fizziness. The head stays around just long enough for you to take your first sip.
High carbonation greets you, marring a light malt, corn and slight apple flavor and aftertaste. The carbonation may be the high point of this lager.
I might add, that here in NJ, this beer runs about 10.00 a six pack. Way, way over priced for a beer of such poor quality.

Feb 19, 2020
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle with a gold foiled top. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bright pale crystal clear golden brew with a thin bubbly white lace.

Smell: Imported pilsner nose, soft aroma of cooked veggies and freshly milled malted grain.

Taste: Crisp and smooth mouth feel with a moderate effervescent carbonation. Medium bodied, grainy with an assertive and clean hop bitterness. Hints of sweetness and alcohol, that give a light slickness to the mouth feel, with a vague smoky flavour, perhaps from a fire heated kettle or a fusel alcohol. Hop bitterness and a faint ghost like smoke flavour linger in the finish.

Notes: An interesting pilsner, three dimensional in flavour with hops, malt and an odd hint of smoke. Certainly a brew for a beer lovers palate that wants more than just the ordinary. Yeah it is kosher if you were asking yourself.

Mar 29, 2002
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beerguy101 from California

2.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color, medium foamy white head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweet. Light bodied lager. Mildly malty and hoppy. Crisp taste. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Fairly standard tasting lager. Drinkable, but nothing special.

Aug 31, 2003
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Premium" Beer? I don't know what style this beer represents. Pilsner? Don't think so. No Saaz hop flavor. The cloudy gold color and smooth malt body are pretty ordinary. A clove-like taste hides the hop bitterness. Perhaps that is the hop flavor. Not much aroma, but mildly pleasant. Ok white head. Reminiscent of a Stella Artois or Paulaner. Like a copy of a nice beer. Not bad!

Mar 28, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A straw colored beer, the head microscopic, the lace sparse and patchy globs upon the glass. Nose is malt, sweet, but not unpleasant. Start is cloyingly sweet, the top cadaverous, the finish adequately carbonated, the hops scarce, the aftertaste dry as a bleached bone in the Arizona Desert, a totally forgettable beer.

Nov 20, 2002
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Andreji from Texas

2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

In my worldwide trip to through the art of beer (because physically couldn't go any further than greece) I come accross this conflictive region's lager and wonder whether so many years of war could've been avoided if quite simply this lager wouldve never been produced. Much as the rest of the worldwide crap macros, this representation of israel boasts international awards on its label as well. Apparently, then, crap=good or rather crap+marketing= international recognition. Well, they can all stick it, for that matter. It does not get my recognition for anything other than rubbish.

Jan 09, 2004
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Zorro from California

3.85/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a spicy hop scent. Odor of clean grain and a little bit of grass and faint floral aroma.

Taste is a little sweet and spicy at first. Tastes of clean malt and the spicy hops dominate. Nothing here but a nicely flavored Pilsener.

Mouthfeel is very good it gives the impression of a thicker beer than it is.

Very drinkable beer here. I really expected a sub par beer because I have heard about how lousy Israeli vodka is and the fact it came from a green bottle. I was pleasantly surprised by a completely acceptable Pilsner. I can recommend trying this ONLY if you know it has been properly stored. I will drink this again.

Sep 13, 2005
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bark from Sweden

3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale yellow; the two finger head is white and firm. It even got a little crater. Some lacing.

The smell is quite mild. Some bitter notes and a crisp malty note.

The taste is rather anonymous: Some malt, a clean and medium strong bitterness. The body is low/medium. The aftertaste is also clean and crisp with a fine growing bitterness. Not as strong as the Czech brews (which this one seem to imitate), but in the same range. The aftertaste also got some malty notes.

Carbonation is good: Fresh, but not sharp. Small bubbles.

Very gulpable, this one. But at the same time, it is almost watery.

Jul 20, 2006
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arguemaniac from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a rocky head that leaves a thin lace. Fairly sparse in the nose with some light hops balanced by a mild graininess and a distinct honey aroma. The sweet, malty grain flavor is also nicely balanced by some subtle hop bitterness. A slightly watery mouthfeel with tangy carbonation.

A little thin, but nicely balanced and pleasantly drinkable. Recommended.

Mar 17, 2006
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foamyhead from Denmark

2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale pilsner with a shortlasting head.
A mild sweet smell, but not too fresh.
Lots of soft carbonation, it feels round and smooth in the mouth.
It has some sweetish malt taste to it, that I actually do like. Nevertheless, it would have been nice with a little spicy hoppiness in the end. All in all a well-balanced but too light beer.
I would drink it again only if I got it offered for free on a nice summer´s day, with no other choice.

Jun 13, 2004
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tbeer40 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

May 25, 2012
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shivtim from Georgia

2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A rather boring pilsener. It pours out clear yellow with no head. Smells of grains, hay, and slight hops. Taste is slightly metallic. Average mouthfeel, decent disability due to low ABV. Seek out better options if you're in Israel, there are a few decent brews from Canaan Brewery.

May 28, 2008
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Cresant from Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this green bottle into a goblet. Served well before "best by date". The white head settled to a ring quickly. The body was clear and golden.

Smell was grainy and sweet. The bottle states there is added sugar (?).

Taste was sweet and corn-like. There was some crisp bitterness. Fine to accompany the Israeli falafal I had with it in Paris.

Mouthfeel was smooth with ample carbonation.

Aug 11, 2007
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ernie from Russian Federation

2.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Still popular but gradually giving place to imported and conract-brewed lagers and specialties.

Handsome package with lots of brass on the '30s-styled label, not bad aroma and thinnish, uninspiring taste. Bitterness feels like something artificial, and metallic note is evident. Despite a fair amount of alcohol seems like a 'weak one'.

Draught version is even more bland.

The other Tempo product, Gold Star is far better.

Jun 08, 2006
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thierrynantes from France

2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Apperarance : Clear light yellow color with white foam.
Smell : Aroma is moderate malty, sour malt.
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavor is light sweet with a short duration. Body is light, texture is watery
Drinkability : a very average beer in the Pilsener style

Mar 16, 2008
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Bowdoinbeerboy from Maine

1.62/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours with little head and beer is a pale yellow color, appears very watery.

Smell - Slight skynky odor, some light malting perhaps.

Taste- Very weak macro-esque taste, watery flavor, some typoe of filler used, probably not rice, but something odd.

Mouthfeel- Weak on the plate, poor covering of taste buds.

Drinkability- An Israeli macro, nothing special here other than its connection to the holy land!

Jan 28, 2008
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brendan13 from Australia

2.6/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden coloured beer poured with a couple of centimetres of white head into a pint glass. Head falls away to nothing very quickly.
S - A grainy aroma also with some grassy and cooked vegie aromas.
T - Along the same lines as the smell.
M - Light to medium bodied and fairly low carbonation for the style.
D - Not horrible but not something I'd recommend or buy again.

Dec 05, 2007
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Netanya... being a domestic brew this was much more inexpensive compared to the other styles being offered in the pub... For the price, wasn't too dissapointed... The taste was pretty decent... grainy and sweet with no bitter aftertones... Mouthfeel was a little below average, but the drinkability wasn't bad, as this brew went down easier than expected and did the job well... Haven't seen this beer outside of Europe... can't say I'm dissapointed about that, but it was worth a go...

Dec 16, 2007
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rodenbach99 from Canada (QC)

2.35/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


couleur jaune-paille, peu de mousse ou elle disparait rapidement, goût agréable de bière blonde commerciale, sans défaut apparent sauf son manque de caractère, sans grand intérêt, bière pour des chaudes journées au bord du lac tibériade.

Nov 21, 2007
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atis from Finland

2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light yellow, foamy head which stays solid for quite a long time, very strong lacing.

Very strong hay aroma, also grains, some slight grassy hops. Taste is dissapointing - too light and sweet (even very slight bitterness would improve it greatly), flavour is very short. Mouthfeel somewhat too thin.

Typical large-scale mass production. At least it was comparably cheap.

Oct 01, 2008
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abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey

3/5  rDev +12.4%

Apr 01, 2014
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Faune from New York

3.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation 500 ml green glass bottle with freshness date stamped below the neck.

A-light gold with a thin bubbly head which leaves a little lacing on the glass. Big bubbles cling to the side of the glass along side streams of little bubbles

S- Malty, Grainy, hint of sweetness, Bitter, grassy.

T - Crisp, grainy, malty with a hint of sweetness balanced by "hoppy" bitterness, a hint of smoke and a slightly metallic taste.

M- thin-medium body, low-medium carbonation

D- a decent beer which can be consumed easily in quantities.

Feb 01, 2009
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tangoafterdark from Indiana

3/5  rDev +12.4%

Feb 05, 2014
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pixarnick from Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev +3%

Jun 19, 2014
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