BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer) | Nova Paka Brewery

BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer)BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer)
37 Ratings
BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer)BrouCzech Lager (Brouček Beer)

Brewed by:
Nova Paka Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KTCamm on 11-02-2009

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly but consistently left a thin head covering the surface..
S: There are aromas of bready malts and hints of floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of bready and grainy malts and also has some hints of smoke, similar to what one would find in a rauchbier. A light amount of bitterness from the hops is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't overly difficult to drink, however the taste isn't interesting enough to make me want to try another one of these.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.16/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Honey gold. Low white head settles into a dusting with poor lace.

S - Buttery. Light malt, touch of lemon.

T - Unfortunately the butter carries through to the taste as an unpleasant off-flavor. Waxy bitterness and lightly grassy.

M - Medium light body. Mildly sweet finish.

O - The off-flavor really hurts this brew. Disappointing because I really liked their Dark.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of biegaman
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

BrouCzech got half of the appearance right: its pristine, shimmering gold complexion is peppered with tiny bubbles. It looks brilliant, though it's missing a head. One would expect such active and consistent carbonation to produce a healthy, long-lasting lather but, alas, even the trim around the glass requires a magnifying glass to spot.

Czech pilsners are distinguished by their floral, almost spicy hoppiness, the contribution of the country's flagship hop: Saaz. For the unfamiliar, it is a wonderful and distinct scent, not so tropical or piny as 'New World' varietals, that offers a more rustic and herbal yet highly ambrosial bouquet. It helps define European lagers and is renown for this style especially.

But not this specific brand. BrouCzech leaves plenty to be desired. The aroma contains virtually none of the characteristics described above. And while I have no suspicions of adjunct, the maltiness it displays is also incredibly lackluster. There's a slight cardboard/ newspaper tinge that suggests staleness even though there's almost a year before the stamped 'best before'.

The palate really fares no better. The grain again lacks any richness, complexity or even the basic subtle bready sweetness. The finish, in place of a floral or spicy bitterness, allows the wet cardboard taste to carry on unabated. It actually becomes a little unpleasant once the chill wears off. I definitely look for more hop character and cleaner maltiness from this style.

The label doesn't just state that the brewery has been around since 1872 but that this lager has been brewed the same way ever since. I'm sure the technique hasn't changed but really doubt that the recipe hasn't - suppliers, consumer tastes, costs, brewmasters - all these things change over time. Even it hasn't, maybe it aught to have... BrouCzech should be better.

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Morton Williams on 2nd in NYC; had never heard of it before, thought I'd give it a try. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured darker golden transparent with 1 finger of white foam. Dissipates quickly, but leaving some resdiual history. Laces well.

Smell is lightly grassy, mildly floral. Smellas like the style.

Taste is very clean and crisp, with a mild hop finish. Closes dry. Very well balanced. Good taste for a straightforward beer.

Lightly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Overall, an enjoyable, refreshing, very drinkable brew. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of CHickman
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber in color with a 2 finger cloudy white head; lacing was OK, but nothing to write home about.

Smells of sweet malt, hops and a touch of yeast; very basic aroma.

Tastes of sweet malt, hops, caramel, grass or hay and a hint of fruit, with very light carbonation. Crisp and light with an overall sweet malty flavor, this did not offer much as far as taste goes, but it was boring and basic enough to be enjoyable.

A decent Euro lager that goes down smooth and easy and scores extra points because it is very cheap for a 20 oz bottle.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at The Beer Store; best before Mar 3 2017 and served well-chilled. I cracked a few bottles last night and wasn't super-impressed, but now that I have time to mull this lager over in a bit more depth, I'll try to give it a fair shake.

Pours crystal clear golden-yellow in hue, with one finger of soapy white head that wilts off within the next minute or two. A thin collar and film remain; minimal lacing. Average-looking pale lager. Nothing particularly notable about the nose, in either a good or bad sense - I'm getting some lightly doughy, grainy malt sweetness and a touch of diacetyl, with hints of grassy, leafy, floral continental hops.

A few other reviews have mentioned metallicity in the flavour profile, which is one of the first things I noticed about this beer with yesterday's bottles. It's not a crippling problem, but it prevents this otherwise-passable lager from being something I'd go to on a regular basis. Beyond that, it's a very straightforward pils - grainy, bready barley malt flavours, with grassy, floral hops drying out the palate on the back end. Light in body; a tad thin/watery, with moderate carbonation levels that seem a little weak for this style. Refreshing and easy to gulp, if nothing else.

Final Grade: 3.31, a B-. I'll be blunt - I don't think BrouCzech Lager is one of the better Czech pilseners I've tried over the years, but at $11/sixer (quite cheap by this region's standards), I really wasn't expecting much to begin with. I have a fondness for the classic Czech pilseners - but if you ask me, BrouCzech is a little closer to those "sub-pilsener" imports that are shipped out of places like Poland, Czech, Lithuania, etc. That is to say, they're hoppier (and arguably better) than the heavily marketed pale lagers like Stella/Heineken, but not quite as clean or well-crafted as the premium brands from Czech or Germany. More of a Kozel than a PU or Budvar, if you get my drift. If you appreciate Euro lagers and are on a budget, BrouCzech is probably worth a gamble.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow label, no ABV listed. Pours a disappointingly thin head which completely disappears and doesn't even leave a skim or crown. Color is a golden-amber, mild bubble activity, and, well, not much more to say about this disappointing-looking beer.

Curiously fruity aroma, lots of apple and apple-juice, and really not much more than that. Doesn't seem very pils-like at all.

Flavor is somewhat an improvement over look & smell...malt is caramel-y and slightly roasted in flavor, and the hops are crisp and bright, although nothing really comes together, and any flavor disappears rather quickly, leaving a mild but unpleasant metallic, bitter finish.

Thin body, a bit watery, light and slick; carbonation tingles just a little bit, mildly dry.

Boring, unimpressive, deeply flawed...not one I would ever pick up again. Too bad, I was so in the mood for a Czech pils, too. "The result of time perfected hand crafting techniques since 1872"? Bah.

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Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep, deep gold with a foamy white head that initially dissipates quickly hen holds up with a little centimeter of head above the beer. It is crystal clear with tons of visible carbonation bubbles. Not much lacing.

The smell is interesting. Immediately it is bready and malty, then it works into some hops and even a hint of almost fruity bubblegum.

The flavor is okay, a bit metallic at first. It has almost a subtle hint of smoke as well. It is primarily bready with a dry, hoppy finish.

I don't know what to think of it really, an oddball.

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Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very well done pilz from the land of pilz. the look of something good. Golden clear with a thick head of white that didn't fade. Nose of straw and honey pollen, but subtle sweet. Palate as basic and textbook as it comes. Straw, apple, honey, pollen that graduates to bitter floral woodiness. An all around great session. And a good buy.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.99/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark Pilsner with a big foamy head and good lace retention throughout. Grainy, malty and somewhat floral aroma. Malty taste with mild hops. Light feel and low carbonation. Not overly flavorful in terms of taste; simple not complex and slightly watery. The low carbonation is a tad off putting considering I like pilsners and lagers in general to be crisp. Not a bad brew that has its qualities, but not something I will seek out too often.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of npendres
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Greenport mug.

A: Pours a dirty gold with hardly any head at all.

S: Cut grass, lemon zest, there's that unmistakable hint of German hops.

T: Same fresh cut grass flavours, but there's a strong, nasty metallic taste. Like 'mouthful of pennies' strong.

D: I thought it would be drinkable but that harshness is the flavour kills it.

Overall: Not the best pils I've had. This is pretty rough stuff. Buy the 'dark' it is MUCH better.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 400ml Radeburger seidel.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaved behind a few large lace spots.

Smell: Sweet and buttery pilsner malt with a few citrus notes.

Taste: Begins with some citric and grassy hop flavors, rounding to buttery malt and finishing with pine and citric hops. Slightly more bitter than other Czech pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with crisp carbonation and a refreshing, somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: this beer is less rounded than other Czech pilsners, relying more on the hops without much of the malt profile. Still, it is more than a worthy example of the style and worth a drink.

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Photo of bmaggot
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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