Berkshire Czech Pilsner | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Czech PilsnerBerkshire Czech Pilsner

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Busker

Added by Kegatron on 05-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 186
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Straw yellow that is clear, nice larger bubble head that dispersed quickly and left a tiny bit of lace.

Grainy, toasty, with some herbal notes.

Graininess up front with some sweetness and herbs in the middle finishes crisp and dry on the tongue with a little bitterness and toast.

Nice refreshing beer that goes down nice and smooth. Nice beer after cutting your lawn.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Tanned yellow and crystal clear color. The head is dense on the surface, Champagne-like underneath and has an amazing sticky lace.

S - The earthly, slightly musty hop aroma is noticeable a foot away from the glass. The malt influence is mainly straw and freshly crushed, and there is a bit of apple and even a small amount of spice (not sure if this comes from hops or yeast).

T - Wonderful! The malt character is so distinct, it is as if you can taste a handful of the grain that was used in the mash. The taste of grits comes to mind while drinking. Ends acidic and with minimal bitterness and, again, some spice.

M - Light-medium body and dry. Could be more carbonated.

O - Easily one of the best pilsners I've tried. Incredibly flavorful, as well as dry and refreshing.

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Photo of abgba121
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a very thin white head and leaves behind minimal lace

S: very light, fruity, almost banana like

T: crisp and dry, a slight detectable hop finish. A little sweet and fruity in the middle

M: thin body and well carbonated

O: a decent pilsner, though nothing amazing

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Photo of Pahn
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Giovanni's in Glastonbury, CT. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Waitress leaves a 3/4 inch fluffy white head that sticks around awhile leaving a few streaks of tight lacing. Pours a cloudy yellow and leaves a few thin swatches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Almost no aroma, even as the beer warms. Some pleasant fruit and effervescence come out with time, but it's very faint.

Taste: Mildly lemony, spicy, with a full bready malt backbone that works perfectly with the creamy feel and high carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Delicious and refreshing. Tempted to give it a higher score for taste, but perhaps it's a bit too 1-or-2 note most of the time, and not quite hoppy enough (there's some spiciness and earthiness, but it's not really in balance with the giant malt influence). That said, I absolutely love the flavor. Some fruity highlights come out with warmth, making it even better. So refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, creamy, with exactly the right level of carbonation (high). Dry enough finish. Very satisfying. Approaching perfection.

Overall: What a beautiful summer beer this is. Walking into a small pizza joint to get out of the heat on a 90+ degree Summer day, and ending up with this in my glass is very satisfying. Great beer, and as perfectly seasonal as food or drink can be.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" white head. Hazy straw yellow color. The flavor profile is typical BMC all the way too me, just a little stronger and smoother, and I kind of wonder if that isn't more to the credit of it being a fresher and constantly refrigerated version of a pilsner. Yes, I enjoyed it and would repeat, but as far as the build of the beer goes I'd still just call it a little above average.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured an orangy golden color with a small head of tiny bubbles. I would have liked a bit more carbonation, but what was there was very nice.

It was maltier in smell and in taste than I was expecting. It was not a heavy malt presence, but still stronger and more persistent than I was expecting. Maybe the Noble Pils from Sam Adams or the Lagunitas pilsner is just more to my taste, as they were more crisp and less sweet on the palate. I wanted a drier finish, too.

Overall, not a dislike for me, but I do prefer other brewers of this style.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's Liquors. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden colour with a white one finger head atop the brew that fades to leave a nice halo and good white flecks.

S - Nice sweet malts and grains along with nice light Saaz hop notes.

T - Wow. Very surprised. Sweet bready malts and more of the musky Saaz hops. Very fresh and clean tasting.

M - A very nice and refreshing mouthfeel. Very clean finish.

O - Overall I was quite impressed with this offering from Berkshire Brewing Company. Always support local, and with beers like this they make it very easy.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Clear, clean, golden straw yellow with a two-finger head of fizzy carbonation bubbles upheld by a bit of creaminess which lingered for a bit but left little lacing.

S: Loads of rustic grains, bread malts and baked, buttery biscuit aromas to go along with slightly spicy, musty Saaz hops.

T: Toasted cereal malts hit the palate first with a little creaminess and zesty, milled graininess. The hops slowly build in for a distinct, spicy, bubbly and slightly metallic taste that dries out the palate and washes the brew down with a lightly bitter and bready aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a little creaminess up front before the bubbly, spicy drying hops take hold.

O: A nice, balanced pilsener with an authentic Czech feel to it. Saaz hops are the subtle star of the show and bready, earthy, milled floor malts add enough substance to keep it a nice hot weather brew. Not a ton of interest on a normal basis, but BBC did a fine job here.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the BBCs 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours light amber - darker than a typical pils. White foamy, leaving a full layer. Pils-y smell but mild. Cleab malty flavor. Subtle hop. Some citrus. Clean finish. A little sweet, if anything. A good beer, not great.

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Photo of ZappaCat
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't done a review in a while and I believe this is the first time this beer has been released so I figured I'd throw my two cents in.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Yes, I have a pilsner glass but if you've had as much BBC as I have, you've learned that all their beers have a malt profile that tastes best in a shaker.

Pours hazy straw, with a head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

Smell is fine, slightly fruity, slightly malty. Smells like a lot of BBC beers.

First sip is delicious and crisp. As suspected, this has that classic BBC malt backbone that I really dig. It probably detracts from the "authenticity" of the style, but I'm finding it very drinkable. Those hints of fruit I smell come out only a little bit in the taste with a very subtle hop tang. There's a quality to the flavor that reminds me of the pleasant almost grassy flavor of some Chinese green teas.

Mouth-feel is similarly crisp though it flattens out slightly towards the back of the tongue.

At 5%, I believe this is the lowest it gets from BBC in terms of ABV. This makes it very drinkable and very sessionable, however at this price point ($5/22oz.) it's not likely that I'll enjoy more than one at a time. If this ends up on tap at a local bar, I imagine it'll be one of the better values available. Give it a try if you see it on the shelf

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Photo of rdilauro
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical light pour with almost zero head to it. I was hoping for a lot of a hoppy head and nose to this. I was disappointed since it was on the milder side.
The taste was light and the over mouthful was not totally balance. My mouth was bombarded with different flavors, some being hop, some being malit, but it was too inconsistent.
The final taste and aftertaste was also disappointing.
This was not a bad brew, but something I juts really didnt like

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass a straw gold with a nice white styrofoam head that settles to a quarter inch disc.

The nose is sweet grass with the slightest touch of lemon.

A sip is open and light with lots of tingly carbonation - bready malt sweetness is tempered by very subtle hops. Clean, smooth and mellow.

BBC, you make a fine brew. Truly.

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Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by of 12/22/11. 22 oz bomber into a tall pilsner glass...finally get to rock an actual pilsner in this glass!

A - Really dark golden brown/yellow body. Super fluffy white head that breaks apart into chunks. Loads of bubbles.

S - Bready malts, cereal grains and some mild hops. Fairly one dimensional. This is the only flaw I found in this beer.

T - Really nice creaminess and bubbly texture. Rich malty bread, some sweetness and just the perfect amount of hop bittterness at the end to tie it all together. This is really delicious. Its also worth noting that I cracked this about 45 minutes after I bought it so its warmed up a slight bit. Still amazingly drinkable.

O - Perfect. Summer. Beer. This might just be my new favorite summer seasonal. Its so simple, crisp, clean and refreshing. 22 oz of summer! Another winner from BBC.

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a 1 finger sticky head. Very pretty Pils!

S- wow this smells fresh! Bready ,alts first backed by some crisp hops-Saaz. This does not have the hops of say a Prima Pils, but more traditional.

T- The taste surprises me. Better than I thouhg this would be. Berkshire makes solid brews but this is a gem! Nice crisp, fresh pils for a hot summer day. Very impressed with this offering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with lively carbonation.

Overall, this is one of Berkshire's finest offerings. Expertly crafted and I have to say, better than Prima Pils in my opinion. Less hops, but better crafted overall. Great beer to sit in a lawnchair and admire your freshly manicured lawn!

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles in early July, during the early part of the release.

Pours a beautiful golden with a nice inch head in a pilsner glass. Aroma is what I'm used to with other great lagers.

Damn this beer is solid. Great balance between a slighthly sweet malt and some finishing crisp hops. Unlike prior years, this is a really clean lager. I could drink this all day in the summertime - heck I'd drink this year round.

Though Berkshire specializes in English-style ales, they make great lagers when they put their minds to it.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy yellow body with a frothy white head. Decent retention and head size. Spotty lace down the glass.

S- Bread and cereal grain malt off the top. Floral and grassy hops balance it out. Some fruit notes.

T- Malty for a pilsner, cereal grain, bread and caramel in the forefront. Hops lend spice, citrus and floral grassy notes. Butter and dark fruit as well.

MF- Light slick body with a somewhat creamy feel. Good carbonation and light bitterness.

Drinks well, could probably be a bit more hoppy for a pilsner. Solid, like most of BBC

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Photo of SABERG
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner straight body glass

A - Very nice deep yellow, very active and steady carbonation.
S - Sweet malt, hints of grass, touch of earth, compelling.
T - Balanced, malts are light, a short snap of hops. Pils all the way, fine representaion.
M - Smooth early, a hint of oils towards the end.
Light and refreshing.

O - Berkshire has again balanced a beer between strict representation to style and its own siganture. A great seasonal.Seek it out and enjoy

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Photo of Aggie69143
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bbc czech pills is a nice golden czech style pills,with flaverfull soft malts.This beer is easy to drink and very refreshing.The mouthfull is probally its best aspect of this beer.HAS A nice subtle bitterness from the hops,highly recomened to try this one.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a classic gold pilsner. Shiny almost, with a big frothy head.

Aroma is of clean, crisp malts. Faint hops, not as much hop aroma as the label touts. Some simple caramel notes and little husk round out the aroma.

The taste is simple, yet so solid. Nice touch of honey sweetness on top of cracker-like malts. Touch of grassy hops. Smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is sufficient, but fades quickly on the tongue.

GREAT drinkability. Goes down way too easy.

Often pilsners are overlooked by beer geeks because they're not "big" and exciting. This pilsner shows craft and deserves attention.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best by 01/04/2011 indicated on the bottle. Pours a translucent orange gold with copious tiny bubbles effervescing from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Head is one inch, bright white and latte-like. Nose is citrusy with grains and a kiss of Saaz hops. Taste consistent with nose - cereal grains are expressed and there is also a touch of sweetness in the mix. Finishes with a combination of lemony citrus and a mild hops bittering. Mouthfeel is light bodied and lively with a crisp finish. An extremely pleasant and drinkable Czech Pilsener. Having had both the bottle and draft version, I have to say that I found the bottle to be the more preferable of the two.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear pale yellow/amber color. Nose is grassy hops. Flavor is sweet grass with light bitterness. Good pilsner. Their site puts the ABV at 5.5%. $4.50 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Cody. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Largely blank nose with some light grains and hops, certainly nothing off-putting though. Flavor is good, though I'm a sucker for this style. Very good balance between malt and hops, this comes off as fresh and bright, with a short, crisp finish. Super nice flavor here. Not as grassy as many Czech pils, but the balance and profile is superb. A lot of people will pass this one over as it's not super exciting, but it's quite well crafted.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Berkshire.

Hazy, dark yellow color. White foamy head = white foamy retention. Smells like light grain...and that's it. Some Saaz would have been nice. Taste is snappy pils malt, a little doughy underneath, and crisp carbonation. Again, some Saaz would have been welcome. I've read everyone else's reviews who rave about this beer and have evident hop contribution but I'm jut not getting it. I think it deserves further investigation.

A very Berkshire brew - it's not outstanding but really solid, traditional, and good example of style. I like it and hopefully I'll see it on taps around Boston soon as Steel Rail and Coffehaus seem to dominate.

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Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a gold rimmed Buzzards Bay stemmed glass.

A - Pours a sparkling, "able to read a newspaper thru it" clear, bright gold with a big finger of fluffy white head. Not quite whipped creamy as I love to see it cap a draught in Germany, but very nice. Some fragile whisps of lacing coat the sides of the glass.

S - Big hit of floral hops up front layered on top of some delicate bready and lightly sweet malt with a touch of graininess. Very clean fermentation as it should be.

T - Lightly fruity/citrusy at first that gives way to a muted sweetness with a backing of bread and cereal grain. Noble hops give a clean and crisp bitterness, although compared to my experiences with fresh German pils, they seem a bit muddy (perhaps more accurately described as a bit too floral)...not as clean a beer as it should be and seems to be the firm bitter bite from the hops that isn't quite hitting the spot. No hints of diacetyl.

M - Somewhat light and thin overall, even for the style. I expect a bit more body here and a stronger carbonation level. As it is, the carbonation can only muster a light tingle on the tongue...again should be crisper and firmer feeling. Probably the least desirable aspect of this beer to me. Not horrible by any stretch, but seems to be just off the mark.

D - Overall a pretty good American example of this style. While not up to the best Czech and German versions, and not even the best US version, it is quite tasty and a good summer thirst quencher. Think the rest of this is gonna go well with the burger that is just finishing on the grill.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear golden amber brew. Frothy head holds on, with Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is light, consisting of balanced pale malts and tentative hops.

Taste starts with pale sweetness, cuts with a sharp lemonness, then crisp Saaz comes on strong at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Yet another good brew from BBC.

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Berkshire Czech Pilsner from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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