Icon Series: Bohemian Pils | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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84 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer starts with the distinctive Saaz hop nose, then a pleasant maltiness for such a light beer followed by a floral, spicy and earthy hop flavor that closes with a focused bitter finish. Very refreshing.

The inspiration for this beer comes from hop buying trips to the Czech Republic. The unfiltered, unpasteurized pilsners that you find there at the birthplace of the style gave the idea of recreating that same beer, but with an increased emphasis on the flavor and aromatic qualities of the hops.

We used one malt (pils) and one hop (Saaz) in brewing the beer. The maltiness is derived from the decoction mash, a traditional and rarely used method for heating the mash by removing a portion of the mash, boiling it, and then mixing it back in. The boiling causing caramelization that deepens the beers color and lowers the fermentability of the sugars resulting in a slightly richer bodied beer. Saaz hops are the only hop used in brewing that have never been hybridized, dating back to when hops were first used in brewing hundreds of years ago.

Added by Michaeldmanley on 11-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
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0
Gots:
9
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1
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: January 12th, 2014.

A: Clear gold. Huge thick head of bright white.

S: Little bit soapy and bitter. Lemon.

T: Lemon and citrus in front, with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

M: Thin, nice carbonation.

O: Nice, maybe a little bitter for my taste. I prefer Saint Arnold's Summer Pils.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a semi-c;lear bright hazy golden color with bright white frothy head that left minimal lacing.

S- Big grassy, grape, and bready notes. Smells like a really fresh pilsner.

T- Big grassy, grape, bready, floral, pilsner malt, and some spicy Saaz hop notes.

M- Prickly carbonation, very dry, and refreshing.

O- A very refreshing and complex pilsner.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a frothy white head. Not a whole lot going on for retention and lace.

Nose is freshly crushed grains and herbal/floral hops. Low sweetness...fresh and crisp - just like a good pilsener.

Taste has biscuity, grainy malt that tastes really fresh and clean. The hops are a bit understated and could use a little boost, but has enough bitterness on the back to keep it in the dry realm. This is really good...might be the most simplistic of the ICON series, but also might be the tastiest too. Good stuff and a really good example of the style.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A finger of white head. Good retention an lace. Color is a clear gold.

Flavors: Classic German pils. Bready and biscuity malts. Earthy and grassy hops. Some spicy hops. Has a floral bite to it.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Light bodied. Higher carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, solid pils with a good drinability. Nice hop profile.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Icon Series: Bohemian Pils from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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