Czech / Bohemian Pilsner
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #272
Ranked #37,174
3.6 | pDev: 8.89%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: This Bohemian Pilsner is golden in color, and has a spicy hop aroma from Saaz hops. It is medium-bodied with refreshing carbonation. Its hop and malt characters are well balanced.
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: an orangish yellow color. a little too hazy for the style. small head that leaves nothing behind

Smell: earthiness, some citrus, pilsner malt

Taste: opens up with an earthiness that makes way to a pilsner malts with a slight spiciness. some citrus notes come through occasionally

Mouthfeel: light and thin. lacks a good crispness that i look for in a pilsner

Overall: a decent beer. missing some aspects that i expect for a beer of the style. bit of a let down from kuhnhenns

Aug 28, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on tap at Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. This beer has to be the lightest thing I've ever seen. This could color-match a well hydrated man's urine. Too light even be called "straw", it's very nearly transparent. A bone white collar, with no real head, lasts for a good while and leaves a few wet patches of lace before they slowly creep down the glass.

It's got a crisp, clean, lager-y aroma, but it leaves me struggling to pull other descriptors out of my ass in order to give some substance to this review. Light grains, maybe. Some very faint malt and the lighest-ever induction of hops. The aroma on this is almost lighter than the color. Not offensive, but only because there isn't much there that could offend you.

Very thin and watery on the palate. Sure, pilsners are typically thin - I have no problem with that. But the carbonation doesn't give me that super crisp and snappy mouth feel that I want in my pilsners, leaving this beer feeling more like an Aquafina than anything. Ghostly on the palate, and nearly that much in flavor, too.

The most mildly imaginable apple and citrus hits on top of a calm sea of faint pilsner malt. Mid-palate leaves a bit to be desired as the finish has only a light brush of Noble hops that give a finishing earthiness to the brew. Other than that, I don't know what else to say. There isn't much to the composition of this beer at all.

You could probably drink this as fast as you could drink a glass of water, as there's really nothing holding you back. It's still better than many BMC macro-pilsners, because it's void of the awfully stale, overly-sweet corn flavors, and it actually *does* have a nice hoppy finish, albeit an extremely light one. I preferred Classic American pilsner over this one, and I'm wondering why more people don't feel the same.

Jul 22, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub in a pint glass. Sampled 9/4/2010.

A - Pours with a finger of foam with good retention that dissipates to a thin cap, and leaves behind splotchy lace. Body is a transparent golden color with a few bubbles slowly moving upwards.

S - Pilsener malt, a bit of stone fruit, and some spicy noble hops. Somewhat muted, but gets better as it warms up.

T - Taste is roasted grain with a bitter Saaz finish. Not overly sweet - just a bit of honey at the onset. Solid but unspectacular pils.

M - Refreshing, nice soft carbonation tingle, and medium-light body that's big enough for the 6.5% alcohol.

D - Downed a pint pretty quickly after the five hour car ride, but didn't feel the need to fill a growler of this one. I think the Kuhnhenn fest was the superior German-style lager.

Mar 08, 2011
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The menu described this simply as "Kuhnhenn Pilsner", but going by the same listed ABV of 5.5% and the other recent reviews, I figured this must be the beer I'm tasted. Pours to a clear straw golden forming a white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild-moderate carbonation. Aroma of fresh hops with a clean ferment. Crisp and light bodied with a pronounced lemon-peel zest in the middle. Medium herbal bitterness. Not bad for the style.

Apr 27, 2007
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xav33 from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kuhnhenn Czech Pilsner
64 oz growler
Moderate pour in an English pint
Unknown brewing (recent?), enjoyed 2 days after the growler pour, 04/07

Poured a clear gold with a medium frothy somewhat diminishing white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate to strong rustic yeast, dry leaves, cheese and light spruce.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet bread malt and light spruce hops followed by a strong bitter cheesy yeast and dry leafy hop on a moderate finish.

Overall, a nice Czech pilsner with good flavor, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Apr 11, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange, Creamy, tons of lace. A nice bitterness in taste and creamy mouthfeel. Very fresh and clean and quaffable. Saaz hops and perhaps another hops for an American touch and nicely malted, with a bias for a somewhat bitter finish. At the brewery.

Jun 28, 2006
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Frozensoul327 from Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another nice offering from Kuhnhenn. Pourd out to a dark amber orange color that was just a touch cloudy. Medium carbonation. Smell was very hoppy, with some minor hints of maltiness and earthiness. Taste was straightforward and direct; hops, grain, pine, grapefruit and bitterness flavors were all well balanced. Finished a bit on the bitter side with a aftertaste of greens. Not bad. More along the lines of what I would call an IPA, but still a good beer. Worth a try.

Sep 17, 2005
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marburg from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz mug at the bar. Dulled gold color. Clear. Excellent white head with decent retention. Eggy herbal aroma highlighted by the occasional crisp, spicy hop burst. Starts a tad sweet though still clean -- sweet, wet grass, and graham cracker (?). Aggressive hop attack on the finish of the palate is sharp and refreshing -- not overdone. Not a stellar pilsener -- but a damn good one.

Apr 22, 2005
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one makes a marvelous summer session beer, very crisp and refreshing.

Pours a light straw in color with a thin white head. Nose is suprisingly sweet, a bit floral, bready elements obvious as well. Taste is a bit grassy with a certain yeastiness to it. Floral elements and a very smooth and noticable malt profile, quite unexpected for the style but very nice. Overall wonderfully crafted.


Apr 11, 2005
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walleye from Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at my fravorite brewery. from the tap, poured a nice amber with a small white head ( it was 11 o’clock at night so the color might be off ). aroma a nice and hoppy, grapefruits hints of caramel and honey. flavor hops , caramels, pine, and a nice bitterness. like the decription says this beer has a nice clean crisp taste to it.

Dec 12, 2004
Czech / Bohemian Pilsner from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 14 ratings