Bernard Světlý Ležák 11° | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Světlý Ležák 11°Bernard Světlý Ležák 11°

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Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 08-13-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a week in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, this takes first prize for best beer sampled. The bottle is standard Czech brown half-liter with a tapered neck. The label is blue, white and gold, with a coat of arms and a few awards. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 8/21/04, I opened it on 8/7/04. This family brewery now belongs to Staropramen, according to several locals I spoke to.

Pours an orange-tinged clear gold under a one finger white head with minimal body but good retention. A few spots of lace grace the side of the glass. Lots of Czech hops great the nose, with a touch of metal amongst the flowers and a bit of malt for balance. The mouth is very prickly and fairly thick. The opening features sweet malt graininess, accompanied by an ever present crisp hoppy bitterness, which is smooth rather than biting, but the bitterness is ubiquitous, lingering long after the finish. Definitely a good quaff.

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Photo of kurgan3
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to look at given the lack of head but an aroma that is hoppy and fresh and an intense yet refreshing flavor that provides a rich and thick mouthfeel as well. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a medium head. Aroma is mild and toasty with a light touch of sour wheat mash.

Taste is a lightly toasted pale malt with a nice gentle Saaz bite. Malty sweet, a little earthy with just a hint of butter, very smooth. Not very complex but very clean and sharp. Finish is clean and bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, drinkability is through the roof. I was expecting a pilsner but this is closer to a rich hoppy Vienna lager style that finishes a little Oktoberfesty. I could learn to love this.

Best before date of "09:26-T04." Just caught it in time.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Thirsty's in York, PA. Poured cold into a lager mug.
A - Light amber lager the shade of apple cider, maybe a tad lighter, with a thin whit 1/4 inch of head.

S - Yeasty w/ a trademark Czech aroma - light skunkiness gentle hop odor.

M - An average extra fizzy effervescence at first w/ a slightly bitter hop tinge and clean finish w/ a malty tinge.

T - A fresh malt fullness with an herbal sweet hop that has a grassy ting that makes the malt seem lightly dry, yet smooth w/ a gentle creamy aspect. Very mild yet full tasting w/ similarities to a Helles as others mentioned. Nice hop flavor w/ a noble hop character and greal malt.

D - A very tasty lager w/ character that most aren't capable of reproducing. Malty w/ an herbal hoppiness. Very quaffable w/ session strength went well w/ my six cheese pizza

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again to piwoski for the hook-up.

Poured from a green twelve ounce bottle.

Pours a pale yellow with very light to nonexistent bubbling and no head and very, very little foam. The aroma was faint dry malt and drywall. Not overpowering, just sort of here and there beneath the surface. The taste is a refreshingly thirst quenching dry pale and pilsner malt with some very faint herbal hops. Very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Tadej
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of vinivini
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Their website has this listed as a "unique, half dark lager". Even after a 500ml bottle I wasn't sure exactly what to categorize this under. All the same it was good. Thanks to my parents for returning this one to me from Prague.

Pours... quite dark. A roasted amber colour. The nose has diminished significantly. Some hops, but mostly a caramel malt comes through. Flavour offers some lightly roasted caramel malt. Good presence. Some wheat in there maybe? This is very much like some of the dunkels I had in Poland. Carbonation is quite high despite a slightly dated bottle. A little grainyness in the texture. Aftertaste is light, with little stickyness. Pretty full bodied for a lager.

As I realized first hand from my experiences in Poland and Germany, beers really do - somehow - loose their lustre when crossing the pond. To have a simple Munich Helles fresh in Munich, or even a Zywiec off tap in Krakow are some of the best beers I've ever had. In that place and time they rate as high as any aged Belgian quad or Russian Imperial bursting with coffee. This, I would imagine is an excellent beer. Sadly, from my sample bottle is was nothing more than a "could be..."

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Photo of dcmchew
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a thin, bubbly white head. Retention is poor and does not give much of a chance for lacing.

Nose is pleasantly grainy with a light touch of floral hops. Not much though, I could certainly use some more cones here.

Taste is not bad, lacks some saaz hop flavoring, but has a nice, leafy bitterness on the finish that grabs on well. Grains are honeyed with a little bit of toast, which explains the darker color of this pilsner. A little undercarbonated and not as crisp as I would like, but on the other hand it has a full body and plenty of flavor. This is a pretty tasty, albeit not very classical, take on the style. Worth a purchase if you know you are getting it fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cwc
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Bernard Světlý Ležák 11° from Bernard Family Brewery
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