Světlý Ležák 12° (Bohemian Lager)
Bernard Family Brewery

Světlý Ležák 12° (Bohemian Lager)Světlý Ležák 12° (Bohemian Lager)
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #355
Ranked #43,809
3.49 | pDev: 14.9%
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic
Světlý Ležák 12° (Bohemian Lager)Světlý Ležák 12° (Bohemian Lager)
Notes: This unpasteurized light lager is a beer with a balanced bitter taste in harmony with its tasty fullness, hop aroma and rich foam.

Ingredients: water, barley malt from the Bernard malt house, prepared Saaz hops, hop extract
View: Beers
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JamFuel
JamFuel from Sweden

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with fine, soapy head.

Smell is clean and crisp with some crackery malt and floral and citrusy notes with a hint of knäckebröd.

Taste is clean, crisp and floral. Crackery malt and notes of citrus and knäckebröd and hints of metal and butter.

Muthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice, true to style Czech pilsner.

Jan 16, 2021
Photo of jonphisher
jonphisher from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little darker than gold, crystal clear, nice initial head that turns into a nice thin creamy layer that lingers the whole time drinking.

Smell is very refreshing, just like crispy clean beer. Very light earthy aromas, not really sure how else to put it. It smells like fresh air on a beautiful day.

The flavor is mildly sweet and pleasantly hoppy, earthy and some subtle spice. I also keep thinking of some sort of fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel is perfect light body with a tad of bitter on the finish. It drinks so creamy and smooth and it finishes so so clean.

Dec 05, 2020
Photo of jonmikel
jonmikel from Spain

3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Supermarket in Olomouc. 0,5 l bottle poured to a Pilsener Glass.
-Inside the frame of Pilsener look, more ambered-dark, though still transparent. Small White foam head (1 mm). Leaves big traces. Looks Good.
-Hoppy smell: cellar/cereal smell. Potent smell.
-Full body: bitter and sweet at the same time.
-Leaves bitter feel in the mouth and tongue though a lite bit after a while.

I like it a lot. I recommend it. It is not the most famous one but very Good indeed.

May 26, 2020
Photo of josanguapo
josanguapo from Spain

1.98/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

De Corte Ingles. En copa Alhambra. En almuerzo, con raviolis rana de jamon york y queso. Sin partido previo por enfermedad de niño a ultima hora :(.Tienes notas vegetales raras, con un final como alimonado que no le aportan nada positivo sino todo lo contrario: rechazo

Feb 29, 2020
Photo of monkist
monkist from Hungary

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really like how this beer smells, Saaz hops all over. Tastes very Czech as well - but suddenly there is quite some distinct weediness/grassiness to it. Like raw, ground hops there, raw... or cut grass out in the sun.
But this rawness disappears after some time (or you get used to it) and it will be your typical, nice Czech lezák.
The good thing about it is that it’s quite well balanced, with just enough hops, malts and bitterness. If it wasn’t for that weediness, it would be almost perfect. Like this, it’s “just” alright.

Aug 08, 2019
Photo of jlindros
jlindros from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, really wish I saw the date before buying this, best before 01/10/18
Pours a decent but smaller fizzy head with low retention, little lacing, hazy sediment laden slight amber color

Nose really nice malt profile, grainy sweet pilsner malt, little straw like and touch corn, smells quite sweet malty aroma, and some fruity notes, faint floral hops

Taste lots of cereal grains, almost doughy bready and fair sweetness, a bit sweeter than I expected, bitter hops kick in, medium bitterness at first then getting to a higher spicy bitter hop late, floral slight spicy hops out front, rich malts and mild fruity esters, medium dry finish getting a little astringent and quite bitter, not as clean as typical pilsner

Mouth is med to lighter bod, medium to lighter carb, sightly astringent

Overall not bad, not sure why the rating is so low, it's like a Czech pilsner in hops and finish, more like Helles in malt character, enjoyable on that end, but a bit too sweet overall and gets a little astringent

Apr 07, 2019
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium from Florida

2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 mL bottle. Pours golden and clear. Smells of grassy hops and some pilsner malt. Kinda sweet without much grain aroma to back it up. Tastes grassy with a slight honey sweetness. Bitter grassiness and a drop off in malt flavor leaves a mineral back end. Light. Kinda bland.

Nov 21, 2018
Photo of daliandragon
daliandragon from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This has recently started showing up in local stores and I am assuming it means this ancient Moravian brewer has been bought out by one of the international monster distributors. The only previous time I had seen this lager (and the dark) was in a grubby but delightful pub with cafeteria seating in Olomouc, CZ many years ago, even before I joined BA.

Terrific yeasty, malty nose on top of dark golden body. Flavor is yeasty with tons of residual proteins among heavy sourdough bread and moderate grassy and herbal tinged hops. Creamy in texture and very easy to drink. Probably not terribly fresh but still tasty and different.

Sep 07, 2018
Photo of steveh
steveh from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Discovered this one at the nearest Binny's. Had never heard of the brand, but I was glad to see a different Czech Lager.

Both a bottled on and best by date on the label: Best by April 28, 2018. Poured into my short Becher glass and reviewed against the BJCP guideline for Czech Premium Pale Lager - 3B (of which this beer is given as an example of style).

L -- Clear, deep golden color with a firm, persistent white head.

S -- Mellow, bready malt and lightly herbal hops.

T -- Sweetish, bready malts up front that immediately fold to herbal, spicy and bitter hops. The flavors don't linger long on the palate, but the bitterness remains present into the aftertaste and finish. There's a mellow fruit ester character in the aftertaste -- light lemon to peach, but it's not at all distracting.

F -- Soft to dry mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- A very interesting and flavorful beer at 4.9%. The herbal hops dominate, but aren't overwhelming or harsh. This beer is a good study for those interested in Czech beers. I like that it isn't Pasteurized -- the dating gives confidence on that too.

Dec 04, 2017
Photo of FBarber
FBarber from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color. Quite effervescent. Thin bubbly white head dissipates steadily leaving a partial slick of soapy foam on top of the beer.

Smell has notes of bready malts, a hint of spicy pepper, grain, and earthy hops.

Taste follows the nose with those bready doughy malts on display off the bat. Taste is permeated with spicy hops providing some bite but also a hint of floral citrus notes. Hints of wild blossom honey are noted giving a touch of sweetness. Finish is semi-dry with an earthy bitterness.

Feel carries some heft to it - giving it some weight. Places it on the heavier side for the style. Fizzy carbonation. Somewhat dry finish dries the mouth.

Overall this is a really well done Czech pilsner - really really good beer and sorely underrated on here. Don't let the low scores deter you. If you can get this fresh do it!

Oct 09, 2017
Photo of superspak
superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/28/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, white bread dough, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malts and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit fruity/yeasty in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Taste of big cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, white bread dough, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, white bread dough, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink. Great balance between Pils malts and Saaz hops; very flavorful for the low ABV. This was just a bit too overly drying for the style, but otherwise pretty spot on. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 23, 2017
Photo of bark
bark from Sweden

3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale gold (6 EBC), the liquid crystal clear. The two finger head is white and airy; it sinks quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell got notes of butter, French loaf, candy sweetness and floral hops. Quite average.

The taste is light. Thick notes of butter and pop corns. Medium sweetness. Floral hops, relatively low bitterness. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is a bit malty with growing clean sweetness, hints of butter and fresh flowers (rose-flavoured candy). The short finish got notes of margarine and smooth sweetness.

The carbonation is fresh, the many mid-sized bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is semi-smoot.

Highly drinkable, fresh buttery notes, clean and balanced. An OK Czech 11°.

Nov 11, 2015
Photo of metter98
metter98 from New York

3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of bready malts and hints of grainy and adjunct malts. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and tastes like a hybrid between a Czech Pilsner and a Euro Pale Lager.

Apr 06, 2013
Photo of plaid75
plaid75 from New York

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a moderate grainy malt with an earthy noble hop.

The taste consisted of round malts, an earthy noble hop and a bit of metal.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop driven euro lager.

May 23, 2012
Světlý Ležák 12° (Bohemian Lager) from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 36 ratings