Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12° | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12°Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12°

Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Bernard Celebration Lager

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-15-2003

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by jspruit:
Photo of jspruit
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shu_420
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ricke
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of vinivini
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of tade
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Robertas
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rastaman
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Floral, hoppy and bitter, as a Bohemian Pils should be. Nice soft mouthfeel aswell, with some metallic edges. Quite subtle ina lot of ways and pretty simple, but very enjoyable, and entirely downable, really nice bitterness on the finish, dry finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unpasturized. Delicate. Wisely designed bottle to preserve freshness. Something added to speed up aging, pushing Radek's translation of the description. Initial; great large had. Easy drink. No spectacular appearance and light mouthfeel. Pleasantly aggressive carbonation. Yet the malts and hops and all work gracefully together in a complex drink that grows on you with each sip. Thanks for bringing back Georgina.
She did it again, brought me a bottle back 14 months later. Very good pilsner, noticed aggressive acarbonation and very good malting.lwoered the taste but this fresher bottle was much more creamier head.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mishi_d
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robemaco
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of jisraelt
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dbaker61
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ctiry
4.98/5  rDev +42.3%
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.

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Photo of Quej
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

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Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12° from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 86 ratings