Koutská 12° Dvanáctka
Pivovar Kout na Šumavě

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #3
Ranked #3,326
4.26 | pDev: 11.03%
Pivovar Kout na Šumavě
Czech Republic
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Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster at Bitterceek. Dark golden, tight creamy head, curtains of lacing. Compared to the 10, this one has less of a malt presence, and a bit more hoppiness. Still creamy and smooth. And excellent

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

leagues better and more flavorful than their 10, and one of the more unique beers in this style i have had in a long time, i absolutely loved this, and could have hung out and had a dozen of them if i didnt have places to be, this really turned me on. i believe its done with honey, if its not, they have developed some really neat flavors from the grain here, i smell and taste a highly floral waxy honeycomb thing that i just adore. the hops have to be saaz, noble for sure, but slightly citrusy with a spicy even zesty bitterness to them that balances whatever sweetness comes from honey or grain here, the whole thing is earthy, balanced, and as complex a beer from this region as i have ever had. the lagering is patient and thorough, this is dry at the end, and has a very old worldy timeless sort of yeast taste to it. some minerality, some dried flowers, the green hops, and a biscuity sort of richness. amazing beer, brightly carbonated, and just a joy to drink on, especially from the tap. id love to know more about how this one was made, ive really never had anything quite like it, and it really exceeded my expectations. i swear there has to be some raw honey in here. this was just epic and i cant wait to have another!

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Photo of darktronica
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. A tough pull, with tons of light, ultra-fluffy head to slough off. Delicate balance of aromatics, lemongrass, wheat, hops, and bubble gum. Chewier body than expected.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Beer Market in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear light orange, with a small head and a good amount of lacing.

Smells kinda fruity on the nose, with grassy, flowery and spicy hops.

This is excellent. There's slight bready malts, a pleasant light fruity skunk, and a heavy and awesome spicy hop bitterness. It's also quite grassy, fresh cut, with some light floral character. This is exactly what I want when I want a pilsner.

This is so crisp, and mostly clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is one of the best pilsners I've ever had. The hop character is killer and there's just enough malt. Delicious.

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Photo of kisthekids
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a tulip glass on tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY. I got the last glass from the keg....

Appears straw yellow but perhaps slightly more opaque or cloudy than your average Czech Pilsener (the lighting in the bar wasn't good, though).

Smells good....

The taste is very well-rounded; refreshing, malty, and bitter- very well balanced, though the bitterness has a pleasant lingering to it. The bitterness is well rounded, blunt; not too much, nor is it grassy or fruity- definitely not an American style beer. Nor does it have quite the bite of a German Pilsener. No taste of the alcohol. It's definitely more flavorful than any Czech Pilsener I've had before, and definitely stands out within the confines of the style. It's complex and unique; there's definitely something special going on.

Feels bigger and heavier than your average pilsener, though it is still quite easy to drink.

This is the best Czech Pilsener I've had, however, I wouldn't say it's as easy to drink or goes as well with food as more common, lighter Czech Pilseners. I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Alewife NYC. Served in a 5 ounce nonic glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a touch of grassy hops and melon(!).

The melon-like flavor here is the big surprise. It's got the biscuity quality and lightly earthy and grassy hops profile, touches of sweet malt and then a honeydew or cantaloupe flavor. Very pleasing.

It has all the drinkability one wants in a pils and doesn't fill.

A nice find.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brief write-up at ChurchKey. The nose doesn't wow, but it brings a good blend of Saaz and crackery malt. But the taste...pure Saaz goodness. Some fruity and malty hints embellish the great grassiness. Did I mention how effortlessly this goes down? Pretty much an ideal pilsner to me.

3.89/5: This is why I love the pils

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, dark gold color. Moderate lace but leaves extensive streaky/webby lace.

Sweet, round pale malt is the initial smell I get. Very mild hop.

The flavor is better balanced but still retains the sweet Pilsner malt up front. Very rich beer for the style. Good carbonation, though. Relatively low hop finish--brief aftertaste.

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Photo of Pickle_Juice
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just enjoyed five pints of Koutska 12 at Avenue Pub in New Orleans. My initial take of the beer was it had a citrusy nose and hop character, but this faded with subsequent pours. Perhaps, my previous food offering had jaded my palate. With each pint I became more enamored with the beer's dry initial taste and smooth finish that was somewhat resiny but well-balanced. I am a particular fan of Pilsner Urquell and have tried Heater Allen Pils And Mahr's Ungespundet Hefetrube and can say that I like Koutska 12 as well or even better. Price was $7/pint but worth it! Enjoy!!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grassy European hops, biscuit malt. Flavor follows, with a very well balanced biscuit and traditional hops and and a hint of citrus, grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A very nice, balanced pilsner with a satisfying malt profile and well integrated hops. It is so nice to try this classic style Czech pilsner without skunking and ravages of age. This helps me understand how this became such a classic and long lasting style. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a dimpled mug

The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber color and was topped by an inch-tall, tight, sudsy head of bone white foam. As the the head receded, thin rings of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was pretty interesting. It was semi-sweet initially with some doughy and bready malt notes. Later, grassy hops took over. A crisp, dry, powdery yeastiness came forth as well. Eventually, it was back to the sweet, bready malts, and then the hops, etc.

The flavor profile was much drier and hoppier than the nose. Crackery malt notes made a brief appearance on the front end before being washed away by the hops. Lots of grassy, Saaz-style hops. Somewhat lemony. Slightly earthy. The beer finished with a huge dose of crisp, dry, minty hops that lingered on my palate long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was quite creamy and smooth. A fine, tongue blanketing effervescence gave the liquid a pillowy soft quality.

Koutská 12° is certainly an authentic, well crafted rendition of a Czech Pilsner, but I would have enjoyed a bit more complexity in the flavor profile. With such an intense hop presence, this reminded me a lot of Moonlight Brewing's Reality Czeck.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at Redlight Redlight.

Appearance - Hazy with a nice head. At least that's the best I can see through the dimpled glass. Retains the head well.

Smell - Spicy German hop. Sweet pilsner malt.

Taste - Good hop flavor right up front. Spicy and earthy. Hefty dose of pilsner malt. Not crisp, but it's not an overwhelming sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a pilsner. Kinda sweet.

Overall - Too heavy to be great, but the flavors are spot-on. Well hopped.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Local Option, a 12 oz. (or so) tulip glass.

Hazed unfiltered goldenrod orange, soapy white foam on the surface, random arcs of drippy downward lacing in the glass. Good surface coverage.

Dry herbal aroma, light apple esters, dry crackery malt. Hoppy and dry.
Flavors are similar, it finishes dry with a firm herbal hoppiness that lingers for awhile. Some light breadiness, dry and crockery, with a mildly fruity apple ester from the yeast. Not overly sweet like so many Czech Pils', this is more dry and drinkable. Simple and effective with enough hop nuances to keep you interested.

If this was the house Czech beer instead of Samson at Johnnie's (RIP), i'd have been in there every day. Probably the best Czech Pils that i've crossed paths with. Here's an interesting story about the brewery: goo.gl/lscEiS

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass. From notes.

Real nice mellow gold body, quite crystal clear, even a hint of red going on here. Real nice fluffy bleach white top with thick lacing while drinking. Very impressive.

Nose has classic light bready malts, with sticky yeast and hints of peanut butter cookie cracking sensations. What a real interesting smell this is. Clean.

There's a real nice clean feel to this beer with a sticky malt/yeast backbone while drinking. Cookie sensations come from hinted on the nose. Crackling peanuts in the mid palate, with a nice light grassy hop action. Dense finish and lingering malt depth.

Real enjoyable beer, quite a fun treat to be having this one.

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Photo of JosefSabl
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.5 - Lovely colour of flower honey. Clear with healthy, white thick head which dissipates slowly and leaves a ring, quite a lot of lacing and thin film of bubbles all the way to the bottom. Overall fantastic and tasty looking pint, which is a joy to watch.

Smell 3 - Not very distinctive. Some fair amount of malt and some hops maybe. Okay, but not interesting.

Taste 4.5 - Starts with fruit and some herbs for a very short time, unfortunately a tiny bit of water in the middle. But then comes a heavy strike of pure malt. Hop bitterness dominates the end.

Mouthfeel 5 - Full body with hop-bitter tail that stays with you for a long time after the last sip and begs for more. Insanely drinkable.

Overall 4 - Man, for the price... it is the last beer you’ll ever want. Drinkable, cheap, yet delicious. Much better than all those self-declared best (euro) beers. I am glad they have it on tap just around the corner. The benchmark of Czech Pils.

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Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Nice big creamy head in the mug, hit 2 fingers as it fades slowly mostly clear slight haze, straw orange color.

Nose nice Czech pils, hay, cracked straw, grainy malt, nice grassy hops, touch of a juicy malt.

Taste starts like a nice lager, soft but crisp, light and airy, lots of carb, etc. The hops really come through, lots of saaz, grassy floral, light bitter spicy bit barely, hint fruity even. Then malts, light straw and hay, hint honey even, malty flavor but lighter than expected as the hops dominate. Finish is dry and crisp, light lingering grassy hops, light bitterness, and little honey malt. Light spicy hop bite late.

Mouth is med bodied but fluffy and airy with lots of carb, very crisp.

Overall quite nice, great straw pilsner malts, nice lager profile, and tons of saaz hops. Best Czech beer I've had... so far.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey on Zwanze day.

A - Poured into a large mug an almost crystal clear dark straw light gold. Atop this sits a wonderfully dense and sudsy two finger white head that left intense side lacing.

S - Aromas of the typical Czech saaz hops, lightly grassy subtly floral with a nice biscuit and malt undertone. Definitely appealing.

T - Taste is saaz hops galore. Delicious honey and biscuits Malta. Super tasty Herr with big saaz hops and honeyed amber. Tons of honey but not oppressingly sweet. Light biscuit. Awesome.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent for the style with wonderful carbonation. Incredibly sessionable.

O - Overall I was floored by this beer. A good Czech pils?! Awesome awesome flavour here so fucking good with spot on carbonation. I could happily drink this all day!

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Photo of velkyal
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a souped up version of the phenomenal desitka, though with the extra alcohol, I would drink slightly less of it in a session.

Colour wise it is golden, and has a cracking white head.

The nose is the traditional aromas of Czech Saaz hops, lemony, spicy and just a hint of grass.

Drinking it is like supping nectar, a slight bready malt thing going on, with a long, dry finish which is eminently refreshing.

Just a great beer.

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Koutská 12° Dvanáctka from Pivovar Kout na Šumavě
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 59 ratings