Machine Czech Pilz
Bunker Brewing Co.

Machine Czech PilzMachine Czech Pilz
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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #64
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,107
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
109
From:
Bunker Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  18
SCORE
86
Very Good
Machine Czech PilzMachine Czech Pilz
Notes: Our flagship lager, our take on a traditional Bohemian Style Pilzner from the Czech Republic. 100% Saaz-hopped. Clean, crisp, biscuity, with a nice earthy, spicy hop finish.
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can; born some time in May '21. A solid czech pilsner - pours straw yellow with plenty of effervescent bubbles and great (initial) foamy head that rapidly recedes. Great subtle hops bitterness with a touch of malt backbone. Very refreshing and crushable. Nicely done.

Jun 13, 2021
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in my FF dimpled mug. Pours a straw gold with a fizzy, 1/8th inch head that quickly sizzles and pops as it disperses into a thin, consistent dollop. There's a slight haze to the complexion. Nose is grassy and herbal with notes of lemon. Taste follows nose with a slight, herbal bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent example of the style, but missing some clean, bready qualities I've come to appreciate in the style.

May 04, 2021
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special, yet solid. I usually shy away for CZECH Pilsners in favor or Germans, but this one drank well without that typical czech pilsner taste.

Apr 16, 2021
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JRed from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden in body with white frothy head. Aroma of grass, honeygrain, citrus. Tastes of honey grain, citrus, grass, light lemon. Light bodied with light carbonation.

Oct 24, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can - purchased locally as a single - dated 5/13/20 - poured into an IPA pint at 38°F.

Pours a fairly clear, slightly clouded deep atraw golden, topped with three fingers of eggshell head that recedes very quickly, leaving a small cap of foam, and a lacey collat. Plentiful visible effervescence.

Nose: Bready, biscuity malt sets the foundation, with a hint of lighter dusty grain notes. Tons of grassy, floral, almost vegetal hops notes, and this earthy, almost sharp funky thing that gives it an almost crude, raw, even savoury aroma to it. I'm sure this is a yeast thing, but it makes for a loud, bold, very strong aroma.

Palate: The malt loses much of the biscuit element, buy remains a bit breast, which lends a base sweetness. Some grainy wheat helps to lighten the malt load. No real minerality to speak of. It remains grassy, floral, green and slightly herbaceous thanks to the hops, which also lend some restrained resinous bitterness. The beer finishes slightly dry, resinous, and bold, with residual breast sweetness, and a siggestion of lemon.

Mouthfeel/Body: Certainly a bit more bold and weighted than some other offerings, particularly in the ABV range - the breast malt adds a fullness, putting this in medium-bodied territory. Still quite crisp and drinkable, the drying hops and fairly lively effervescence help to give this some lift. All together, it remains crisp.

Overall: There are some incredible Czech-style pilsners out there. Is this one of the greats? Far from it. Is it badly flawed? The bold yeasty note in the aroma is a bit off, but it drinks nicely. It will ultimately check the box it needs to, and while it's a bit heavy for the style, the hop balance is quite nice, and it's a very easy drinking, refreshing pilsner.

Jul 16, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to lager glass.
The appearance was a semi-bronzed yellow color with a subtle transparency about it. A two finger white foamy head sat atop in a rocky sort of way.
The aroma had a smooth semi-sweet biscuity malt flowing into some grassy hops (ever so slight spicy whiff) even further underneath was a touch of floral.
The flavor leaned towards a semi-sweet biscuity maltiness in the same respect as the aroma. Mild aftertaste of some grassy hops and biscuity malts.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a superb sessionability about it. I could pound this all day if I wanted to. Nice carbonation. Finishes semi-crisp with a refined semi-sweet malty tone.
Overall, nice lager, could be construed as a German pilsner due to the higher maltiness levels and not enough Saaz hops. Still, it's one I would come back to.

May 16, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 03/18/20.
Moderate to vigorous yields a one inch white head over a nearly bright straw colored body with some sticky lacing. Nose of biscuit, cracker, and slight hops. Taste is slightly sweet with pilsner malt and finishing with the tiniest bit of spice. Good feel and overall, very refreshing, smooth, and well balanced Bohemian Pilsner and worthy of a recommendation. Cheers to the Boys of Bunker Brewing Co.!

May 09, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz Can poured into a pint glass

Amber liquid , thin white ring

Aroma of grassiness , malts, grains

Taste is grassy, malty

Malt taste lingers, low to medium sudsing

Good beer

Oct 13, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Covenhoven in Brooklyn, NY.

Pale gold and good clarity with a slight haze. Lively carbonation forms a firm, creamy, white head. Well-balanced pils malt and herbal hops in both the aroma and flavor. Big and biscuity with a touch of spice at the end. Bitter finish with a solid malt backbone.

A really nice drinking Pils that I could easily have more than one of.

Oct 03, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can dated 06/12/19. Sampled on September 26, 2019.

The appearance is a cloudy looking straw yellow with a modest white head that dissolves to a ring. Busy carbonation.

The aroma is clean with a bit of toasted white bread, lemonzest, and grass and floral characters.

Light mouthfeel.

Overall a sweet and toasty flavor with a mild to moderate, yet clean and crisp bitterness at the finish. I found it pleasant.

Sep 26, 2019
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yuriyt from New York

4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass from can. Slight hazey pale gold with decent foam that fades quickly. Smells of straw and toast with a hint of hoppy earthiness. Lots of the hops come through in the flavor. Balance is excellent with prominent bitterness. Very crisp. Overall a stellar local take on a classic continental style. The kind of beer you don't get tired of, would gladly have another.

Aug 20, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was really excited to find this for The CANQuest (tm) while attending their 6th anniversary celebration recently at Hunger-n-Thirst! I CAN always get behind a Czech Pils, no matter what time of day or night.

From the CAN: "Czech Style Pilz"; "Czech Style Pilzner".

I was VERY excited to try this one, so once I Crack!ed the vent, I went with a quick C-Line Glug to get things rolling. This action resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had a very pleasant lemony, biscuity quality, like liquefied lemon biscotti. Yum! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very crisp, dry, lemony, biscuity & highly refreshing. It was not going to supplant my beloved Pilsner Urquell, but this was quite tasty. Finish was crisp & dry & very refreshing. It was a real bargain at the price point so it might be a worthy Summer cooler CANdidate. I reCANmend trying this one of you see it. Mmm.

Jun 04, 2019
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ff426mfd from Maine

4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was the best Pilsner I have tasted outside of the Czech Republic what a treat !! Just wish it was priced like beer in Prague were water is more $ than beer !

Sep 26, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, nice frothy off white head with good retention and lacing.
Aroma is peculiar in that it has a slightly barnyard, hay and musky grass scent. There is also a light but acceptable amount of sulfur.
The taste is quite different from the aroma in that it highlights more the subtle but clean, crackery and dry sweetness of the malts. Beyond that, the hops are also well represented in that they provide a moderate grassy prickle, more in flavoring than in bitterness. The palate is dry overall with a slightly sweet and citrusy finish.
More medium bodied than light. There is a fullness of flavor while still retaining some lager like cleanness. The flavors are bright with a fine malt to hops balance. The moderate to gentle carbonation is just right.
Very fine example of an American made Pilsner. I will have again.

Mar 28, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit hops are present in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has somewhat stronger flavors of grassy hops, which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness and mask most of the underlying biscuit malts. The grassiness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener seems to be a little hoppier compared to other beers in the style and is easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Nov 18, 2017
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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Grabbed a sixer on a whim at the packie, was reasonably priced, fresh - & im a sucker for lagers.

In the 1st smell & sip - Diacetyl city. Frankly was a chore to get this one down. Perhaps an isolated event, but IMO thus beer should've never left the brewery.

Feb 17, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and quaffable. Hints of toasted pilsner malt, grass and noble hop bitterness. Bright, but somewhat earthy. It's pretty good. Leans more towards a traditional pils than new American.

Feb 10, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple cans - one poured into a glass and the other straight from the can. So drinkable. Familiar pilsner look - clear, straw gold body with a light fluffy head. Clean and crisp are the prevalent themes - light spicy and floral hops layer atop the toasted bread-body. Crackery-malt goodness. Crisp pop after every sip. Perfect companion beer.

Jan 15, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a faintly hazy golden orange color with a finger of bright white head. Not much retention but leaves a ton of lacing.

The aroma brings a good amount of bread and crackers, with a light touch of spicy hops on the back end. Very clean and slightly floral aroma.

The taste is quite doughy and sweet. Has plenty of roasted grains and wheat bread, with some spicy, floral hops lingering on the finish.

The feel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Incredibly crisp and refreshing, with just enough dryness to keep me wanting another sip.

Overall, a damn good Pils that is about as refreshing as it gets. Could drink this one all day.

Dec 31, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #111
(APR 2016)

Crisp, Pops, Clean, Quaffable
You’d never think a Czech Pils would be brewed in Maine, but times are a changin’, and this one is a tasty one at that. Machine Czech is big on the whole crispness thing, and that really quenches the thirst. There’s just enough spicy hopping to go around, and it’s clean across the board while showing off a bit of body. This Pils dries up nicely in the finish; with each sip I’m wondering why the hell it came in a 12 ounce can, I would have prefered a 32 ounce crowler. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.75 | Overall 4.00

Aug 11, 2016
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.06/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark honey amber color with scant retention. Smells like apple juice caramel. Tastes much sweeter than I'd like. Lots of caramel and nary a hint of saaz. Better than Miller.

Mar 26, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly hazy dark golden hue with a thin half finger head that faded quickly to leave a light blanket and creamy halo.

S - Aromas of light malt sweetness, crackery grains, straw, pilsner malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Loads of crackers, toasted malts, light sweetness, dough, very very light grassy hops.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Rather light.

O - Overall this was a solid representation of the style. Would pair great with food.

Serving type: Can

Feb 25, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at duck fat in Portland.

Big creamy head, nice lacing, hazy blond orange honey color.

Nose big toasted pilsner malts, straw and cracker wheat, mild grassy floral hop note, juicy toasted malt.

Taste brings more toasted cracker pilsner malt, grainy bread dough, cracker and wheat, lots of toasty grain, mild grassy hops, fair bitterness, hops get slightly herbal and earthy like, mild hop dankness. Finish is pretty dry but slightly sticky, little bitter grassy hop, little doughy toasted malt lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall this was a nice Czech Pils. I really think people don't understand the style, and since it's not super hoppy and not watery pilsner, they don't like it. I think it was well done.

Jul 06, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Hunt & Alpine in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden straw with a white head that recedes to film pretty quickly. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Smells of grass and hops.

Taste: Tasty, dry pilsner with appealing grassiness and a little spice kick. Some lemon and hops, too.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat more dense than most pilsners.

Overall: More goodness from Bunker. Nice, easy, flavorful lager.

May 28, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lasting but small head. Nice blanketing lace. Very cloudy. Dark gold color.

Lighter malt, naturally, but there's a definitive toastiness. No graininess which I like.

Very bitter on the initial taste. Rather biting throughout--like black pepper. Good body/high carbonation.

May 16, 2015
Machine Czech Pilz from Bunker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 109 ratings