Bernard Světlý Ležák 12° | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Světlý Ležák 12°Bernard Světlý Ležák 12°

Brewed by:
Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by plaid75 on 05-23-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of steveh
3.93/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Chronark
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Beate
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Julian4077
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of cornpone
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
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°.

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Photo of xungmound98
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of plowe70
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of yaron73
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bernard Světlý Ležák 12° from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 21 ratings