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Bernard Světlý Ležák 11° | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Světlý Ležák 11°Bernard Světlý Ležák 11°

Brewed by:
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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Photo of emerge077
2.34/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Venturing a guess that this is the beer I just had. 12 oz. green bottle, "Bernard" 4.7% Czech Pils. On special for $2.50 at Underbar.

Poured into a tiny juice glass, in homage to my favorite haunt, Johnnie's Lounge. Golden body, tiny carbonation streams. A flaccid skim of foam that barely covers the surface. Dull grain and sweet corn aroma. Sweet taste of corn and mushy, overcooked vegetable and grain water. Body is fuller than the average lager, not crisp, pretty wet and slick feeling. Carbonation does nothing to clean the palate, instead the vegetal corniness hangs around, tasting unpleasant. One and done, won't be trying this again.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It’s a decent bohemian pilsner wich works to quench the thirst with. Not as good as I would have hoped.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of SmashPants
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Format: embossed 500mL brown bottle, caged top. Standard boring euro label.

Appearance: light yellow in colour with a frothing head that quickly drops to a half-finger. Okay.

Aroma: nothing outrageous here, just some standard malts and a bit of yeast over the top.

Taste: follows the nose almost verbatim - not unpleasant, but I don't think it's as good as it's made out to be.

Aftertaste: lingers for a short period, but then dissipates. Not bad, since all you want is to quaff this stuff back. The price isn't too bad for a Euro lager, so why not?

Mouth feel: this almost ruined the beer for me. The carbonation is exteremely low for a lager, almost tastes flat. I'm thinking that the jostling it got on its trip from Sydney to Brisbane may not have helped the beer, so I won't pre-judge.

Overall: a particularly unbrilliant beer. Not much special going on, and the carbonation is way too low.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Green glass. Gold foil-ed over neck. Gold branded pry-off crown cap. Classic Czech diamond-shaped label art. 500ml format.

4.9% ABV. Best by 26.08.16. 12 degrees. Unfiltered.

Served cold into stemware. Reviewed live as a svetly beer (Bohemian lager, pale lager). Brief impressions below:

HEAD: ~1cm wide. Off-white colour. Nice consistency and complexion. Recedes somewhat quickly; the retention is a mere 2 minutes - average for the style. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant translucent gold. Transparent. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment visible within.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a decent appearance overall; nothing unique or special, but generally enticing.

AROMA: Crystal malt, pale malt, lightly fruity and floral hops. I wouldn't call it grassy. Sweetness is surprisingly high, raising questions about balance. Yeast profile is clean; I find no esters. Finishes seemingly dry, a bit like an Oktoberfest.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Follows the aroma, with fruity hops and sweet malts going big in the body, and some dryness finishing it out. Touches of floral hop notes are also present, but it's indeed quite sweet for a pale lager. The absence of grassy notes rules out any Saaz or Noble hopping - at least to the extent that you'd find in, say, a Czech pilsner. This is ultimately quite a simple one-dimensional brew, but while its depth of flavour is lacking I wouldn't call it shallow or reticent - just plain and overt, lacking any subtlety or nuance.

The sweetness throws it out of balance to my tastes, but it's not egregious. I do like it for what it is, and it boasts a cohesive flavour profile.

The mouthfeel is as straightforward as the flavour profile. Light-bodied, unrefreshing, smooth, wet, well rounded. Adequately carbonated, but not dialed in. It's not buttery, astringent, or harsh or anything, but it fails to accentuate specific notes in the flavour profile and to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt whole of a beer, lacking true harmony of texture and taste. But it's drinkable and enjoyable in its simplicity. I'd much sooner reach for a Czech pilsner at this price point, but I'm not unhappy I tried this. Casual drinkers after a drinkable pale lager will find this serviceable, but the discerning drinker will be unimpressed. Extremely average.

C (2.82) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the best I have had from this family brewer. Had 3 weeks past expiry. Grainy, light, some malts. Was good antidote to spicy food, almost metallic and medium-thin mouthfeel before. Drinkable, flowery smell and in taste, grassy, clean. Thanks, Georgina.

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Photo of mishi_d
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Beerman1977
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of gulden
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Zippo999
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is grainy and skunky. Taste is crisp, malts up front and finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall I would consider this a decent brew.

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Photo of Chronark
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of josanguapo
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Sword 5. Highly drinkable but with some notes between vegetal and metallic in the finish that doesnt completly convice me yet arent too displesant. Nearly 2 months after bb date.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Following Skeeterhawk in guessing this is the beer that made it to Texas.

Bottle Inspection: Brown flip top .5 liter bottle, embossed glass, notes floor malted Moravian barley, suggests chilling before opening (thanks, I wouldn’t have thought of BEFORE opening…) and best before 08:42-T04 (sampled… hell if I know) – New to Texas, bought one of the first bottles to show up. The “04” is scary.

Aroma: Firm barley sweetness, some mild wet grain, and some earthy hops.

Appearance: Brassy gold, good clarity, thin dying larger bubble head

Flavor: Czech pilsner profile, crisp hops, spicy, assumed to be Saaz, malt base supports but lets the hops burn a bit in the finish. Some sweetness does make it through, but carries a mild papery note.

Mouthfeel: Firm to fizzy carbonation level, light-medium body, odd oily slick texture that I do not like.

Overall Impression: A fair Pilsner. Hops are a bit over done or maybe just not enough malt base, either way the beer seems a bit off balance, even for a Pilsner. Not bad, if you like Pilsners, it’s worth a shot.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

It pours from 12oz bottle (best by 14:18-T02, whatever that means) a hazy light gold with a small head of foam. It shrinks very quickly and has no lacing.

The smell is faint. I get some malt but I really have to sniff with an effort and there's nothing else that strikes my nose.

The taste is similar to some German brews I've had before. Pretty big malt profile that borders on semi sweet and some hop character in the background that adds some dryness and some balance. Not bad but not anything special. It finishes slightly bitter with a short aftertaste. Again, too *typical* to make it stand out.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Attractive clear deep golden color with a modest white head, slight carbonation, and scattered broken lace.

Aroma: Rich pale malt aroma, very much like fresh bread, with a pleasant noble hop presence, and a slight mineral quality.

Taste: Slightly toasty pale malt, strong noble hops, and a slight paper note near the finish. The hops close out the taste with a slightly spicy, pepper note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite decent Pilsener, perhaps a bit excessively hopped, but nonetheless, quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a 16.9 ounce brown glass bottle with a flip top stopper, served in a Pilsener glass. Thank goodness the brewer used a brown glass bottle, thus avoiding the typical lager skunk aroma.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Epiktetos
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of braugon
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jooj8
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of NandoPereira
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Sigmund
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle, as Bernard Lager, now available in Norway at REMA 1000 stores. ABV is 4.5%. Golden colour, moderate white head of poor retention . Fairly nice aroma of Zatec (Saaz) hops, notes of grass, hints of honey. The flavour is fairly malty for a pilsener, and the hops are slightly better than average. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

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Bernard Světlý Ležák 11° from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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