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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, lager yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a little complementary sweetness comes in. The hops presence is on-target for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good sessionable beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Sam21
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into flute.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant and clear gold color with a thick white head. Nice rings of lace.

Smell - Sweet biscuity malts and some floral hope aromas. Very balanced and inviting.

Taste - Sweet and lightly buttered biscuits with some mild spiciness. Hops don't command any sort of presence in the finish. Very clean and dry finish. Balanced, just like the nose.

Mouthfeel - Solid medium body. Lots of mouth coating carbonation.

Drinkability - Complex, balanced, and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer and think that it is a great addition to the Berkshire seasonal lineup!

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color. I think if I had to really give it a name, I'd say it's maize. There's a nice fluffy white head on top, about two fingers thick. You can see the beautiful bubbles rising to the top. Pilsners happen to be, at least in my (usually not so) humble opinion, one of the most beautiful beers when poured properly. It doesn't matter what kind of glassware you use, they still look amazing. Though I will admit, the pilsner glass adds to that a bit.

The aroma has hints of the grassy, spicy hops and just a slight hint of the sweet malt. Upon first sip, you're hit with those hops. As it lingers in your mouth, you get the nice sweeter malt flavors. It's really hard to describe their flavor as they don't hang around too long before the flavor turns back to the hops and leaves a nice dryness. It's really hard to stop drinking this one. The carbonation in this beer, though relatively effervescent in the glass, is more mild in the mouth, though you can feel it tingle a bit on your tongue. It helps this beer go down easy, keeping it refreshing. While it may not be huge in-your-face flavor, it's just the perfect amount of flavor with a nice dry finish. This is exactly the kind of beer needed on such a beautiful day. I see myself buying more of this beer in the future. It's another excellent beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of ElDavicho
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit tricky...I enjoy a nice pils e'ry now an den but they're difficult to get down to words...

Nice mid-deep golden color. Pretty opaque surprisingly...nice sudsy head that starts thick and sticks around after receding.

Malt and saaz soaked crackers, not quite bready, to thin for that. Mildly citrus and ghostly floral in the outfield.

Great, great stuff. If I was local, its definitely something I'd keep around all the time especially for company that may not be beer savvy. Bitter twang on the swallow lingers for a moment. Citrusy flowers and sweet crackers all come through cleen and crisp. Nice clean alcohol as it warms or as I feel it...not sure which is having that effect on the taste :-/

Dry, mildly carbonated and very much the viscosity of water. Not too much going on, but it is what's expected and doesn't detract.

Plenty drinkable. Low ABV helps for sure, but it's just good stuff. Drink it cold, drink it slow or suck em down. However you want to do this is a good pils. Tastes like a good pils should. If there were beers that could completely displace adjuncts given the exposure, stuff like this would do the job.

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

Poured deep golden hue, 1/2 inch head that reduced to thin sudsy collar.
slightly fruity aroma.
Very tasty, and true to the style..slight hop kiss on the finish.
crisp and clean taste and mouthfeel.
drinkability is great on this one..could drink em all day long.. :)

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice big fluffy head rises up to almost 2 fingers but fades semi quickly at first before it slows. The beer is mostly clear with a nice toasty golden straw color with a nice deep color to it. It leaves a very slight lacing on the sides as well.

N: Mmm, almost perfect pilsener nose. Nice light malts, slight straw, some wheat, toasty malts, a nice crisp lager aroma, and with all that some light grassy mild hop effervescence with a light very nice noble hop character.

T: Wow, this is a really nice pilsener. Very crisp lager flavor, very refreshing. Some nice malts, slightly toasty, light wheat, and a straw flavor too. It also has a slight dry yeast flavor that gives it a slight Belgian saison flavor. All that with a very mild bitterness and hints of noble grassy hops.

M: Medium to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp, just as it should. A slight lingering sticky feel takes away from it a bit. Some lingering toasty malts and lager flavors, as well as that dry lager yeast like straw slight saison etc flavor is there just a tad. A slight bitterness in there too and the slightest memory of the noble hops, as well as a mild grassy hop taste. Mostly dry but that slight sticky sweetness sticks, perhaps the only flaw.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good solid gold brew with a nice white thick foam head that lasts. No lacing, but who cares? - very pretty.

Grassy and herbal spice in the aroma. Some sweet light malt round it out. Might be fighting thru the head for scent.

Very nice. Not as crisp as hoped, but flavor makes up for it. Nice light malt, with a perfect balance of bitter and grassy-sweet. Some raw grain and bitter husk, but again, sweet and bitter. Clean soft finish.

Light too medium-light. A bit more body? Nice.

Overall, the bomber went away fast. Try this if you like the style. I hope this becomes a year-rounder. You guys at BBC had me at negative many years ago, but have brewed your way back into my favor. Drink this.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave from BBC for sharing this bottle with me!!
Appears a pale and clear yellow with a fluffy white head. Some nice lacing.
Smells citrusy, crisp hops, light malt.
Taste is a wonderful blend of hop crispness and light malt sweetness.
Light body with nice carbonation and super smooth.
Well I think I have found my new favorite summer brew !

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Photo of Walken
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Berkshire: Czech Pilsner (No bottling date) (Tasted 07/11/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Sparkling with supreme clarity, this amber tinged golden beer fills the glass topped by a solid looking three millimeter head that retains admirably.
Odor: Assertive floral hop character with aromas of honeysuckle and lavender, fresh cut grass in back. Solid rich bready malt on the nose as well.
Consistency: Spot on. Zesty, crisp carbonation on a light bodied beer with a decidedly malty demeanor.
Taste: Bread crust, crackers, cracked pils malt balanced perfectly by a light wave of citric/spicy hop bitterness. Hints of lemony hop flavor accentuate a muted tang, almost like that of wheat malt. Malt & hop flavors carry through strong into the dry finish, this beer cleans up very nicely, leaving one desirous of another sip.

Glad that BBC is sticking to their guns and brewing great beers to style, this is no exception, phenomenal!

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Photo of gfreed
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a regular fan of BBC brews, I was not surprised by the overall tone of their take on a German style: subtle where other American breweries are harsh; understated where others are hamhanded. A quickly-disappearing cottonball head let loose with waves of hops and oranges and a distinct cloud of malt sweetness. More of same in the taste, with some grassy flavors that rounded things out nicely. No overhopped sting at the end, no syrupy suffocation from the malt at the beginning. It could have been a wee bit drier in the finish, but that's a quibble. This was also slightly undercarbonated for my taste, but still hit the spot on a hot evening. Worth seeking out while it's available.

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a fluffy white cap. Good head retention, lots of sticky lacing clung to the glass. Very hoppy aroma, floral and slightly fruity, lemon zest, with a little bit of spiciness. Slight sulfur character as well. Hiding behind the hops is a delicate maltiness that's easy to miss at first. Bitterness was present throughout, balanced rather than being up front and bracing. I was expecting a little more of a bitterness kick from the hops, but it ended up working with this beer and there was certainly a lot of hop flavour jammed in here - floral for the most part, with a fruity and spicy finish. Clean maltiness provided a bit of sweetness. Dry and medium bodied, average carbonation, crisp. Quite good. Much better than most lagers being churned out by otherwise respectable craft breweries in the US (other than several in PA) and a solid pils. I enjoyed it and will be picking up a few more of these in the near future.

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

I just put this on tap at home and it's good - my buddy who was over the night I put it on tap was raving about it the entire night. I'm glad my beer guy held one for me, despite me leaving it his store for over a month.

It had a huge head on it for the first few glasses - I may need to turn my Co2 down even though it's been good for other beers (I think it's at ~14 psi).

Flavor is great - It's definitely a good session beer. It has a bit of hoppy-ness to it but the bitterness is offset by some sweetness in the form of added spices. The sweet aftertaste (sort of metallic) could be toned down a bit but it's a great beer - a really nice alternative to the uber-hoppy IPA's out there right now.


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Photo of Lothar666
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When my tap at home ran dry I Scored a log of this limited edition offering from BBC kind of by accident without realizing right away what it was that I had gotten my hands on. Now that I have had the opportunity to try it my only regret is that this was the last keg of it available in the state.

This sample was served in a pilsner glass in my man-cave upstairs.

A- Hazy, cloudy translucent blonde body with a stark white creamy head. Very appealing.

S- Simple is sometimes better. Nothing too specific here, just the clean, fresh and crisp notes of two row malt with a slight grassy or clover fragrance to it.

T- Sweet and delicious with a grassy clover flavor and a clean crisp finish with only a slight sweet aftertaste to speak of which only leaves the mouth wanting more. I have a feeling one log of this will not be enough.

M- Light bodied, not syrupy at all, slightly grainy, very pleasant.

D- This one goes down extremely easy,like water only much more delicious. It makes me glad that I have 5 gallons of it on tap. Still, I don't think this is going to last me very long.

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

Had this one on tap at Sierra Grille tonight.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a nice looking half inch of head.

Smell is sweet citrus, hay and some yeasty spiciness.

Taste is pretty sweet without the sharp bite of other pilseners I've had, it reminds me more of a "golden ale". Definitely an easy drinking beer during the summer with the zesty spiciness of the Saaz hops.

Overall it wasn't a bad pilsener and definitely worth a try if you see it on tap as BBC doesn't do many lagers.

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