Shower Beer | Champion Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
championbrewingcompany.com

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
138
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
29
Trade:
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 138
Photo of beersampler6
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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)

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Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a straw yellow color. a two finger white head forms has decent retention before fading away to just a tiny lacing. a little bit of haze but mostly clear and bright.

Smell: strong bread-like to light cracker, sweet pilsner malt. grassy to spicy and light floral hop character

Taste: opens up with strong pilsner malt base. lightly sweet and giving off notes of bread to crackers, possibly lightly toasted. hop character takes over the back, starting with a grassy to herbal taste, before giving way to more spicy, lightly floral taste.

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, drinkable, refreshing. light to moderate bitterness that just barely lingers on, although the ending is pretty clean.

Overall: a pretty solid pilsner. not sure I am the biggest fan of the hop profile they created but it is very much to style and still good. a few minor flaws but all in all a well crafted and brewed pilsner.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on date 11/09/2015 stamped on the bottom of the can. My first beer from Champion Brewing Company, acquired the lone six pack of this stuff from the local bottle shop. Intriguing name and can art.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A crisp bright golden lager body, slightly hazy, with adequate carbonation, and over a finger of frothy white head that stays a while. Minor spotty soapy lacing that falls back down into the glass.

S - Aroma is earthy, herbal, & grainy. Lots of bready crackery pilsner malt, lager yeast, and light earthy herbal Saaz hops.

T - Taste is the same: crisp, bready, malty, crackery. Lots of bready biscuit malts, traditional lager yeast, and earthy herbal grassy Saaz hop presence. Dry, earthy, herbal, grassy, grainy. Good traditional flavor.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Bready, herbal, & dry finish. Very light and easy drinking stuff.

Overall, a nice pilsner from Champion Brewing, I was fairly impressed with this one. Would be interested to try more from this brewery.

Champion Brewing Shower Beer -----4/5.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting murky cloudy for a Pilsner. Looks like an unfiltered IPA. Slight lemon zest smell but not picking up the Saaz hops much. Nice hoppy beer. Again getting some lemon like in the smell. Overall, this is more of an IPL than Pilsner but it's still a good light flavorful and well crafted beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice New Year's day football watching beer.Pours into a pilsner light golden with a thinner white head atop with good lace left behind.Light crushed malt aromas with light mildly sweet dough as well.A decent sharp hop profile on the palate,quite dry and grainy.Again a great beer to watch the Maize and Blue destroy Florida today.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours from the can a lightly hazed, pale gold body with a airy, well-frothed, white head. A few traces of stray lacing.

Smell: Gently bready, dough-hinting pils malts with a faint hint of cereal sweetness and fair sense of lemon as well as some grassiness.

Taste: Pils maltiness, a tad grainy with a hint of raw dough. Squirt of lemon juice mixed with a lil' pinch of sugar. Grassy, gassy hops with ample bitterness and a lingering spiciness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An acceptable, drinkable pils.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler, pours a honey-gold a bit darker than what I associate with Pilsener--not that that's a bad thing, because it looks great. Big 3+ finger, white and fluffy head that lingers. Smell is a musty earth, grass and something floral, with fruity yeast coming through along with bready malt. Taste has all the elements in there. Feel is smooth with less carbonation than I expected, with a pleasantly dry and slightly bitter finish. Overall this is an excellent Pilsener-style beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden color with a ton of carbonation feeding a fluffy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of toasted grains and floral hops, a cracker backbone, and some grassy profiles. Flavors are subtle citrus forward, with a grainy backbone, toasted wheat notes, and floral hops bitterness. Light, smooth bodied, with a toasted and grainy aftertaste. Smooth, light finish. Solid beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer is a crystal clear light golden color with a minimal white head. The taste is a nice hippy flavor. This is much stronger than the aroma. A pretty good beer that has a great package in the can.

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Shower Beer from Champion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 138 ratings