Shower Beer
Champion Brewing Company

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #101
Ranked #32,029
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Champion Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Perfect for any relaxing occasion, this Bohemian Pilsner sings with fresh, clean maltiness and spicy flavor and aroma contributions from 100% traditional Czech Saaz hops. Aged cold on Lager yeast for weeks for maximum refreshment. If you've never had a Shower Beer, it's high time. Winner of Gold Medal in the Bohemian-Style Pilsner category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

35 IBU
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VoxRationis from New York

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) shaker pint glass at The Tap House in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, but richly golden color with a two finger, fluffy, foamy yellow head, a finger of retention after several minutes, and complex rings of lacing.
S: Light aromas of lemon rind/zest, dragon fruit, grapefruit, and maybe some lychee, as well as peppery, spicy and grassy notes.
T: Semidry to dry. Palate fruity and spicy like the nose with a stronger caramel and almost toffee element. Moderate bitterness, but very much in evidence given the style.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Subtly astringent, but not unpleasantly so.
O: Had this with bratwurst and spaetzl. Amazingly fruity and fun Pilsner: if this were what most Pilsners were like, I wouldn't have made the switch.

Dec 30, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a narrow white collar around the edge and lots of lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a light to medium amount of grassy hops with notes of spicy hops and hints of bready malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This lager doesn't feel that heavy on the palate and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Sep 10, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned 5-4-20, opened 6-12-20.
2 finger white head with very good retention, slowly falls to a 1/4' dense foam with small, tight bubbles. Early lacing.
Straw gold pilsner with good clarity and active visible carbonation.
Bread dough malts and sweet, grassy hay...floral, grassy hop aroma.
Paper flavor, not oxidized or stale...somewhat weak malt profile, spicy hops followed by an astringent hop bitterness that doesn't seem to fit.
Thin-ish body, medium-high carbonation...close to crisp. Quick and dry papery finish with a good punch of lingering grassy hop bitterness.
I like some of this and other parts I don't...looks great, smells pretty solid but falls off a little in the taste and feel category.

Jun 13, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a crystal-clear golden color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades quite fast to leave just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is mostly of a grainy smell mixed with some sweeter aromas of caramel and a touch of harvest fruit. Along with these smells comes a touch of grass and hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp and clean flavor of lightly toasted malt and some sweeter caramel flavors. At the start there is a little bit of a apricot taste as well as some light but nice herbal hop tastes. As the taste advances the caramel grows a bit stronger all while the herbal hop gets a tad stronger as well. With a touch of grass joining at the end, one is left with a rather nice slightly sweet, but crisp, pils taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light and crisp with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Overall the feel is rather nice and makes for a super easy sipper.
Overall – A rather nice and flavorful pils with a low abv. A good session style brew!!

Feb 07, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this at my local tap house, Tapped in Greenville NC.
Poured from Tap into a pint glass.
Appears light golden in color.
Smells lightly bready, floral, vanilla.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style, with a bit of creaminess.
Overall, good for the style, I'd definitely order again.

Jan 30, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: pours a clear lemon yellow, medium white head that lingers
Smell: citrus, lemon zest, little hop, slight malty,
Taste: lemon rind, hop some piney some citrus,
Feel: medium-light feel, medium carbonation
Overall: easy sipping

Dec 10, 2019
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DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light yellow with medium head.
Smell is very faint touches of sweet and citrus.
Taste is bread and a bit earthy. Almost slightly stale, but not in a bad way.
More taste than expected, not great but not bad.

Nov 24, 2019
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BergBeer from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can at Codex

Look: Lightly hazy straw gold with a white head that just rims the glass.

Smell: Cracker malt, corn notes, lightly hoppy, and fruity lager yeast

Taste: Much like the smell. Cracker malt with a bit of bread notes, a little corn bread, mild noble hop notes, and a light lager yeast.

Feel: Aqueous and refreshing. No alcohol. Light plus bitterness. Fine carbonation.

Overall: A easy drinking Czech pils. Not much more to it then that.

Sep 20, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good solid beer, fairly good balance between the malt and more bitter grain taste. Tried this one on tap at a local bar. Looks good, clear golden color with just a little white head cap and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of malt, hops, grain, corn and a little bread. Taste follows the nose. Also some indistinct nuttiness in the background. Smooth, clean, mild, slightly thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. A safe beer but likely not one I’d order again.

Jul 16, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/12/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw/yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malts and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent Czech pils. All around great robustness and balance of pale malts and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome clean pils malt showcase, with perfect Noble Saaz hop presence/balance. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp drying. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

Jul 09, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and floral, spicy hops.

Taste on entry is significantly malty with a good spicy hop hit. Fairly simple flavors well combined. Malt is forefront with hops singing the high notes. Hop spiciness catches up with the malt by mid palate and then builds to the finish ending on a firm classic hop dryness that lingers in the aftertaste. Quite refreshing as well as satisfying.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

My first take is hmm, this is good. I was actually into the glass before reading the label finding the brewer calls this a Czech Style Pils. I took to it immediately and believe my response would've been the same if it was a blind tasting.

Dec 10, 2018
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: cloudy straw color with sediment. frothy white head
Smell: grasy hops and crisp, sweet citrus
Taste: sweet pale malt balances with a fairly bitter grassy/herbal/citrus hop presence.
Feel: medium body, moderate carbonation.

Not the usual hop profile for a pils, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Apr 25, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a nice clear golden amber with a modest head, for a pils. Definite hops overlaying the malt in the nose. The mouth follows, with a nicely bitter pils type flavor.

Apr 21, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Initial impression from a can:

CAN: 12 fl oz format. Pull-tab.

"Czech style pils." 4.5% ABV. 35 IBU. "100% traditional Czech Saaz hops."

APPEARANCE: Filtered pale copper body. Frothy white head.

AROMA: Grassy Noble hops. Faint graham cracker. Neutral blonde malts.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. A bit stale and imbalanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied.

OVERALL: A passable stab at a Czech pilsner. I'd sooner have Pilsner Urquell, frankly.

C (2.90) / AVERAGE

Jan 06, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can at the Burning Can Festival (NC)
Excellent white head over an amber body. Flavorful and moderately+ bitter for style.
Herbal and slightly dank. Drinks almost like an IPA.

Jul 25, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains are pretty much what is on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more of the same. Pretty straight forward beer and clean tasting, easy drinking too.

Jul 04, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with a thick head of white foam. Smells of floral notes, crackers, and biscuits. Taste is notably bitter in a good way, malty biscuitness, and a good note of pine hops. Light body and clean, crisp flavor, finish is quick.

May 25, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A slightly hazy light yellow in color, with a decent sized white head.

S: Lightly floral and fruity, with a hint of tartness and salt.

T: Light and malty, at first, then the earthy hops kick in with a bit of a spice character. Finish is freshly baked bread.

M: Light in body, strong carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: A tasty brew.. an appropriately named.

Jan 15, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super carbonated. Clean grain malt. A touch of bitterness on the mid-palate. Really short finish. Clean and crisp. Super refreshing. Would gladly drink this in the shower.

Nov 30, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (tm) is in high gear these days! I am watching sports programming as we approach the sweet spot of the year when baseball begins its postseason, football ramps up, hockey makes its reappearance (with the World Cup as a bonus this year) & the heat & humidity of the summer becomes a thing of the past. I also dig the Fall colors, Hallowe'en, pumpkin pie, apple cider & maize mazes.

From the CAN: "Czech Style Pils"; "Perfect for any relaxing oc[CAN]sion, this Bohemian Pilsner sings with fresh, clean maltiness and spicy flavor and aroma [CAN]tributions from 100% traditional Czech Saaz hops. Aged cold on lager yeast for weeks for maximum refreshment. If you've never had a Shower Beer, it's high time."

Some people adhere to the adage or CANbination of adages - "Save water, drink Beer. Save water, Shower with a friend." Ho hum. Here at Chez Woody, we save water like a Champion! I drink Beer while in the Shower with at least one friend! Rubber duckies & other acoutrements available & welcome. Extra soap at the ready for the well-endowed. We like everyone to leave here squeaky clean!

The Crack! was more like a squeak due to a rubber duck included in every CAN. Ever had Balut? Kind of like that. I CANducted a gentle Glug to give the duck a ChANce to escape. Once order was restored to the chaos, I did an in-glass swirl to raise just better than a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was another oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but I am willing to chalk it up to chill haze. I keep my in-roto beers in the reefer, which is kept pretty cold due to the food also housed there. I hate to blame the brewery when the causation is of my own doing. Nose smelled great! Mown hay & grass drying in the sun near a pepper patch while biscuits fresh from the oven cool on the sill. It was like my maternal grandparents' house as a kid with the upper lot, the lower meadow and the surrounding farmland. Mouthfeel was medium, but VERY soft! It was like the Virginia water had been run through a water softener before beginning the brewing process. I could have lived with a little more hardness, actually, but what a minor quibble. This beer was a reminder of why I was able to transition away from my beloved AIPAs to (some) lagers about a decade ago. I like to be able to taste hops & when I was put onto the idea of Noble hops, especially Saaz, it was like the scales fell from mine eyes! The taste was very hoppy, but in a grassy, peppery/spicy way and gently underlain by the biscuit malt. German Pilsners tend to rely more on the malt, making them sweeter and less desirable to me. This was CANtastic! As it warmed, the clarity improved as did the intensity of the hops. It began to take on a pronounced pepperiness as the grassiness faded. Finish was dry, spicy & quite refreshing. I CAN fill a cooler with this, have some friends over & run the shower for a while.

Sep 25, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip style glass. Dark golden color, not a big white carbonated head on the beer. Good bitterness from the Czech style in this pils, but just seemed to be lacking a bit on the end of this one. I wanted a stronger finish.

Sep 02, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This self-proclaimed "shower beer" is a clear, very effervescent straw-colored Czech Pilsener that sports a large, brief-lived, pebbly white head; lacing is fair, consisting of swoops and spots. The nose is light-medium: a nice blend of dry, biscuity malt and spicy, bitter Noble-ish hops with assertive (but not inappropriately so) alcohol overtones. The palate pretty much follows the nose, with a very slight lemony character at the top. As the nose would suggest, bitterness is on the strong side for the style, and the hop flavor is dominant (but not domineering). The finish is pretty clean, showing just a bit of grainy character, followed by the onset of a modest, spice-tinged, slightly astringent bitterness that lingers longer than it probably should. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body and is slightly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and quite peppery from the enthusiastic carbonation. (12 oz can, 95 days after pkg)

Aug 20, 2016
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-07-24 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Hazy yellow-gold with a 1-finger white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lace.

S - Sweet, rising white and corn bread, very floral, touch of lemon and grassy spice.

T - Cracker, honey, earthy and grassy spices, mild lemon flesh. Mild-moderate bitter finish. Less than a Victory Prima Pils or a Troegs Sunshine Pils but still present and enjoyable.

M - LIght-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and quite dry.

O - This is a fine Pils; one that I will seek out again. Lots of flavor and lowish ABV at 4.5% makes this a winner in my book.

Jul 24, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow with two fingers of lasting bright white head. Bready malt aroma with a dry, powdery-yeasty smell to it, and some light floral hops behind. This continues to the taste, with a flash of corn-like malt sweetness up front and then some moderately strong bitterness and a touch of Saaz spiciness on the back end. Light, pillowy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. Not as crisp or grassy as I prefer in a pils, but still not too shabby.

Jun 26, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With the heat we've been having this definitely has some appeal. Plus, who doesn't occasionally enjoy knocking one back in the shower? Pours a dark straw color with a hazy, translucen body but the head fades quickly. Lemon, gassy and herbal hops are the bouquet but it's fairly faint.

Well balanced and pleasant with the lemon, biscuit and cry malt notes but could use a little more Saaz bite and a touch more carbonation as the finish isn't as crisp as I would like. However, the aftertaste is solid and this is a good attempt at the style, if not awesome.

Jun 18, 2016
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