Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12°
Bernard Family Brewery

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #348
Ranked #44,800
3.52 | pDev: 13.07%
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic
Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12°Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12°
Notes: Also known as Bernard Celebration Lager
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3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is a perfect medium amber. Smell slightly hoppy and metallic. Taste is great slightly sweet at first then turns to the bitterns of a Pilsner. All of the the taste buds are at work on the pallet. Over all a very good beer. Highly recommended.

Jan 03, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With its classy pop-top, this seems to be a classic of the style... but not much better than today's average.
It is a good-Looking pils with an orange-ish tinge to the yellow clarity. Smells are classic of malts and Czech hops. It is hard for me to get excited about the Taste because the hops for me are too strong. Also, too dry in the mouth to enjoy with food.

On the list of "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die", the list would be better without it. Bernard has poor distribution in the U.S. and there are plenty of Bohemian pilseners on the list than to also have this Bernard that is only average in Taste.

May 07, 2019
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DrMullet from Florida

3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light copper/orange color with minimal lacing.
Smell is pilsner. Straw and grass with a few floral notes.
Taste is malty and copper/metallic.
Finishes bitter and slightly spicy.

Nov 04, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.51/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a color for a lager - or I wanted to say, for a LEZÁK, because that's what we got here ladies and gentlemen, a real Czech lezák. I heard about and drank Celebration Ales but never a Celebration Lager so I'm overwhelmed how good a Czech beer can be! Truly (Czech) hoppy in both the nose and the taste, and I'm emphasizing "Czech hoppy" here because the Saaz/Zatec hops are one of a kind, and even if they are used anywhere else in the world, they never taste this good as they do here in the Czech Republic, in Czech Beers. I am happy for its hoppiness, even for its slightly dry hop bitterness - because all is SO CZECH. Damn.
All the hops and the malts in this beer just reminds me of the breweries in Prague where they brew the beer right in front of you, where you soak all the raw hops and malts into yourself and enjoy their freshness like nowhere else! The pearls of smooth natural carbonation running along the side of the glass make the beer feel so typical Czech, so easy to drink and the flavor is just inimitable.
Unfortunately my limited knowledge doesn't let me express the greatness of the Czech lezáks, all I can say that it is worth to try this beer. This is no mistake a Cebration beer, it is a celebration of the greatness of Czech lezáks, Czech hops and good beer. Wish this glass would never end!

Aug 17, 2018
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour. Bittering hop aromas and lager yeasts. Light pale malts, light bitterness, a little sweet but overall underwhelming and average. A very easy drinker, goes down sessionable. Clean and well made. Clean water. Bit of a cling/coating on the palate.

Mar 31, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From XXXII. In Bavaria glass. After dinner. Although this unfiltered beer has much more aroma and (herbal) taste, I still prefer the profile that american hops provide.

Jul 04, 2016
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SCproUA from Ukraine

3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Average beer without the frills, all on a solid average rating, a slight, perfectly quenches thirst, do not want nothing to distinguish separately, you can drink !!!

Apr 16, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12,3% Plato.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear golden with nice white head, good retention.
Fresh aroma of hay, malts, grassy hops.
Taste - malts, slightly metallic, slightly sulphuric, generously hopped.
Light, creamy.

Mar 03, 2016
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bark from Sweden

3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The colour is pilsner-yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and airy, it sinks quite quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is sweet with distinct floral hops and a touch of orange juice.

The taste is bitter-sweet and clean. Floral bitterness. French bread and biscuits. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing bitterness, green plants and red appels. Bread-like sweetness in the finish and hints of toffee.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is quite sticky.

A very sweet average Czech pale pilsner.

Nov 09, 2015
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden color with a generous white head with decent retention.
The aroma is weak but pleasant, some grains and malts.
The taste is pleasantly bitter, not too much, nor too little.
The aftertaste is neutral but still nice.
Feels very refreshing.

Mar 08, 2014
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dbaker61 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

0.5 L bottle, 5% abv
Appearance: Light yellow color, quick settling head. Left little foam down the glass as I drank it.
Smell: Very nice level of hops aromas. "Clean" is the word which came to mind.
Taste: Excellent level of bittering hops. One of the better Pilseners I have had. A good, strong hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Very clean, astringent. No aftertaste.
Overall: Excellent Pilsener. After trying a couple of other beers, I went back to this one. Very refreshing.

Aug 22, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another one brought back from Prague, in a great swing top bottle. Just mowed the lawn, a nice Czech pilsner should hit the spot.

The pour creates a glorious looking head that rises slowly at first, then suddenly rises quickly as I have to stop pouring, it finishes perfectly bubbling a mound that's at least an inch over the top of the tulip glass and barely hangs in without running down the side, big fluffy creamy looking head that eventually fades at a med to slower pace, lots of soapy spotted lacing as the pillowy head collapses in a heap and eventually falls over sideways, it has a nice color too, mostly clear honey blond orange color.

Nose is nice, pretty much exactly what I expected, starting with nice straw pilsner malts, a light cracked straw and hay, touch of a toasted wheat, little cracker and grassy malt too. Then hops, a nice Czech style noble grassy hop kick, very nice pure noble hop aroma, slight earthy mostly grassy. A nice aroma all around with good aromatics even over the fresh cut grass coming in with the breeze through the window.

Taste brings more of the same, following similarly with the nose. Starting with the hops though, nice grassy hop character, again pure noble hop flavor, with a nice spot of bitterness that isn't too sharp but definitely enough to know it's there, the hops bring a hint of earthy spicy flavor but mostly just grassy again, and hint of the fresh cut grass coming through on the hops as well. Malts are there as well, a nice toasty pilsner malt, with more cracked wheat and toasted straw, light grassy, and touch crackery sweet blond malt. Finish adds a nice crisp pop, fairly dry and crisp, nice lingering grassy hop character, touch of a spicy pop too, light sweet blond malt character lingering as well.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carb, good crisp finish.

Overall quite nice. Well done malt base, nice hop character and balance, good crisp finish, no off flavors, quite nice. Hard to decipher if this is technically a Czech style pilsner or German style, as it gives me more of the German pilsner flavors, which is not a bad thing at all, quite tasty and very drinkable. This is my kind of summer beer!

Aug 15, 2013
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Ctiry from Czech Republic

4.98/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Full body taste with a yeasty aftertaste. Decent bitterness. The best pilsener type lager I ever had and this taste is supported by very nice pop top bottle. The shelf is shorter than usual because they do not use pasteurization. It is 7th biggest brewery in Czech republic.

May 27, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger foam quite persistence. Very faint smell, more than i would wish or expect. It got a little better after I let it warm up. Tasted some spicy bitterness and bredy malts. The usual czche hops show up at a later stage. Old school beer. Tried to celebrate a working hard day ahead of a holiday (harder than usual). Deserved something better. Don't get me wrong. This is a top pilsener, ahead of Urquel.

Oct 12, 2012
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heygeebee from Australia

2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The good news is that you can get beers from what i assume is a small brewery at somewhere like Northmead, in their extensive Euro range. Not expensive, either. Several medals on the label!!!!

The rest of the news isn't quite such a cause for 'Celebration'

Pours ok, one finger head that recedes quickly, looks darker than a Euro lager.

After that, sadly, it neither has the fresh taste nor does it refesh like a Euro, or more accurately of course, Czech lager should.

Earthy, dull flavours predominate, some bitterness but not a lot, and it is light and watery in the mouth. Would be OK in summer, but hell, there are so many better.

The bottle had six months left on the bb date, as well.

Move along folks, nothing to Celebrate here, sadly.

Jun 20, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown swingtop bottle purchased from Leura (now called "Downunder"?) Cellars, a huge burst of malt-scented carbon dioxide explodes right into my face on opening, but the beer doesn't gush, fortunately. Pours a pleasant bright golden colour, perfectly clear with a fine, and boisterously frothy head of white. Some blobs of soapy lacing stay sullenly on the sides of the glass. Looks like a good, classic Czech Pils.

Nose is cleansingly sharp and metallic, with a crisp organic Saaz note, and a pleasant brewday-malt underpinning. Hint of green apple skin. It's very nicely balanced between the malt and the sharp hops, giving it a softness overall. Very nice.

Taste is a little flat, unfortunately, with very little body, especially through the center. Light fermented honey characters on the mid palate, with a pleasant zing of metallic and slightly earthy hops coming through on the back. Doesn't have quite the spritz and sparkle I associate with Czech pilseners.

Drinkability is good, for what it's worth. The light body and the zing of hops on the back combine to give enough interest and enough smoothness.

It's not a bad beer, but it falls down a bit where it counts. Certainly something I'd be happy to drink as a cleansing finish, or to quench my thirst on a hot day, though.

Jan 11, 2011
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BucBasil from South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from the 500mL brown swingtop bottle.

A: The bottle opened very forcefully with a bunch of fog coming from the top. Poured slowly and still got a huge head - pure white, foamy, and with good retention. The beer itself is a crystal clear dark gold with plenty of carbonation visible within.

S: Faint aroma of some hops, a touch of fruitiness and light bread. Somewhat spicy. Average.

T: Pretty subtle beer, easy drinking, but pleasant. Basic malt profile of bread gives way to a nice hoppiness and spice that carries through til the end. Finish is slightly bitter and sort of powdery dry. Floral.

M: Somewhat filmy or watery, and not as crisp as I expected. Smooth though.

D: This is one easy drinking beer. Good taste, yet somewhat light. I don't think I'd ever turn this down, and might pick up in the future. A nicely balanced beer, and a good all around Cech Pils.

Jun 07, 2010
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

With pen and paper as my weapons, I continued my beer-tasting crusade in Slovakia. This beer is my first pilsner-like beer, and this was actually a mistake caused by my very average Czech/Slovak language skills.... But ok, since I never refuse a beer I didn't have before, I tried. Funny, by the way, to see how people in this pub looked strangely at me when I was smelling and tasting the beer, and writing down remarks immediately afterwards.

As expected, the beer pours a nice clear, golden-yellow color, with a bright-white head.

Smell: well, like the average pilsners, but a bit more hoppy

Taste: This is one nice pilsner, slightly bitter and fresh. The aftertaste is hoppy with some vague hints of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Very easy to drink

Overall: Good for the style, one of the best pilsners I ever had. Not spectacular, just good. Will not refuse on in the future, especially not during a hot summer day....

Aug 24, 2009
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ricke from Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-03-20. Served in wine glass. Best before: 2009-07-30.

A: Crystal clear shiny golden color. Big white and thick head. Very good hear retention. Some lacings.

S: A fair amount of floral hop aromas, grass, nettles, white bread and faint malt sweetness.

T: Sweet malt, slightly caramel-like. Dry hay, grass, floral hops. The hop character is quite enjoyable. Faint bread-like flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter and contains some mineral flavors and mild spices. A very refreshing and fairly balanced taste. Nothing spectacular, but definitely drinkable.

M: Light body, plenty of sharp bubbles from the carbonation.

D: I liked this beer. It's absolutely not spectacular, but it's still rather good. Very refreshing and easy to drink. I quite liked the hop aromas in it, especially in the smell. The taste is perhaps bit too restrained and laid-back. Would have liked a more sturdy malt backbone.

Mar 20, 2009
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Quej from Canada

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very light, and quite carbonated, with a head that quickly dissapates.
S - Mostly metallic scents with a bit of sweet maltiness.
T - Mildly tasty for a pilsener. Some malty sweetness and a very clean finish. Pretty coppery tasting, with no hint of hops and a sweet aftertaste.
M - Light bodied, but not overly so.
D - Very decent, as a good pils should be.

Jan 13, 2009
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Gorilla from Australia

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always found the famous Czech lagers very disappointing - the trip to Australia in green glass results in them tasting soapy. Not so with this beer, which was far fresher. Good head with nice lacing, and died down to a thin foam after a minute. Pleasant golden colour, and a smell that nicely blended honey sweetness with noble hop aroma. The taste was malty without the honey sweetness that can sometimes be evident in beers of this type, with a great mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I'll certainly go back to this beer, and it's nice to finally have a Czech lager worth buying all the way down here.

Dec 14, 2007
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jspruit from Denmark

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this nice 500ml bottle on trip to Prague for about a euro or so.

Poured with a small head-nice body and smelled like a clean pilsner too. Golden in color and tasted smooth and velvety going down with a hint of hops and floral/citrus tastes.

I would definitely recommend this to someone as

Apr 29, 2007
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BeerSox from Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5l bottle into mug.

Hazy honey color with a light tan thin head that doesn't last long. Sringy lacing makes tiny layers.

Bready malts with a sweet caramel aroma.

Grain and sugary flavors lead off the taste with a little bit of European hop flavor and bitterness coming in. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. The finish consists of lingering hops.

An alright Czech lager, but a departure from the original Pilsner Urquel. Worth a try.

Apr 03, 2007
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allengarvin from Texas

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just available in Texas, labelled as "Original Czech Lager". Label looks nearly the same as the czech version pictured, at least, though it's only 4.7% abv. Pours a burnished gold color with a thick though not lasting head. Aroma is somewhat faint, with powdery, spicy hops being most noticible. Initially slightly sweet grainy malt followed by powdery, drying bitterness. Lacks hop flavor. Neutral texture, with slightly high carbonation.

Not too bad, but doesn't stand out compared to many of the other excellent Czechs.

Aug 02, 2006
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JanM from Sweden

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The old school cap looks nice but does it make it more expensive? The golden colored brew poured with three fingers of foam smelling of hops and flowers/herbs, bread and a hint of citrus. The taste was bitter with some bread spices. The initial sweetness was quickly buried in the bitterness. It had a bubbly mouthfeel and the dry bitterness lingered in my mouth. Pretty good pilz but a little too bitter for my taste.

Apr 24, 2006
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 91 ratings