Machine Czech Pilz
Bunker Brewing Co.

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #48
Ranked #21,519
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Bunker Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
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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Photo of WunderLlama
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of yuriyt
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ff426mfd
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
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 !

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Photo of Gajo74
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From can: This was a bit warmwhich seems to have lifted the profile somewhat. Much more solid in the wheelhouse of Pilz. Give 'er a shot.

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I guess I'm spoiled as I found this to be just another beer. A dry finish would have added points & perhaps a slightly lighter body. May be that I've been diving in the Hefe tank more lately, but the end result is the same. Sitting in front of 40 tapsweek after week, I'm not easily impressed & even though this is a slow week for mid-range ABV brews, 1 is plenty.

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Photo of j_hollings13
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer of all time. Make fun of me if you wish, but for me nothing beats a perfect Czech Pilsner and Chresten has perfected the Pilsner with Bunker Machine. Clarity, aroma, taste, perfect carbonation, and sensations produced in the mouth and on various sections of taste buds are so delightful. Chresten once told me that making this particular beer was the reason he got out of bed in the morning. Thank goodness he does get out of bed for this delicious brew. I worked in Portland all of last summer, and I liked Bunker Machine better than the lobster.

I don't know anything about notes or how beer is made. I'm probably just a redneck from the hills as far as beer snobbery is concerned, but if you want a smooth flavorful golden beer Bunker Machine is the one.

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Photo of Boto
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a clear golden color. There was almost no head or lacing associated with it. The aroma was lighter, but still good. Some malts, as well as some earthy hops and a hint of spices. The taste is good. Some hop bite, a medium body, malts, some earthy hops and a hint of spiciness. Easy drinking. Not bad!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Little Tap House in Portland.
Comes to the table a crystal clear light gold color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet pilsner malt and spicy saaz with a hint of light fruit. The flavor is bready sweet honeylike malt countered with a light fruity and spicy earthy hop bite. Medium body with a mspirited level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Nice pilsner, but with so many american versions it lacks that rich complexity found in continental versions.

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Machine Czech Pilz from Bunker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 97 ratings