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Bernard Sváteční Ležák 12° | Bernard Family Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 10-16-2003

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 15
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Surprisingly bitter for a Czech lager...overhopped. Hints of a metallic off-character.

Drinkable in spite of its shortcomings.


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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DanielCseklye
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Quej
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poskok
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of k3ve
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ricke
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pappetros
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jspruit
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BucBasil
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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 allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.56/5  rDev 0%
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....

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Photo of mishi_d
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JanM
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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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