Chukker Czech Pilsner
Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

Chukker Czech PilsnerChukker Czech Pilsner
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #376
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,095
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 12.61%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
39
From:
Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
79
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Chukker Czech PilsnerChukker Czech Pilsner
Notes: Crisp as the colors at the start of the first polo chukker, our deep golden Czech pilsner is as easy drinking as it is flavorful. Brewed in the tradition of classic Bohemian Pilsners, Chukker has an appealing spicy and floral character from the use of noble Czech Saaz Hops, perfectly balanced with light tones of toasted bread from pilsen and caramel malts. Enjoy a Chukker with its noble pedigree, like the game once played by Sultans and Kings!
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Reviews by Camjmorton:
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3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I personally have never been a big fan of Pilsners, but this is without a doubt one of the better ones I've ever had. I had it yesterday, and it was great to sip on in the middle of a hot day. The nose has hints of caramel and there was a nice lacing around my glass. It poured a pure golden yellow color, the traditional color of a pilsner. There was a surprising lingering taste of hoppiness that lasted much longer than expected. A nice surprise.

Again, I'm not a huge pilsner fan but this was a nice treat. Highly recommended to Pilsner fans.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep orange and brass color and fairly clear, with some small rising streams of single thin carbonation. Fluffy and thin white head but a good cap of retention and lacing on the glass with it. Quite a nice looking pilsner.

Bouquet is quite nice but emphasis is on the malt. Nice clean and sweet, with hints of bakery desserts and very faint sugar. Not much hop angle noticeable on this, but it's a very nice aroma.

Palate comes through quite lightly, slightly a bit wet for my tastes and enjoyment. Moderate carbonation, with matching dough, but finally some hop presence makes it's appearance for once. Good finishing herbality and somewhat leafy with a bit of mint to go with it. Not as crisp, but also missing just the nice hinting density that seemed to becoming on the nose.

Overall it's fine either way.

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

Photo of Beejay
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium yellow in color, clear with a white head.

S: Bready, with a hint of sugarand apparently a hint of herbal spice. Herbal and grassy.

T: Bready with an odd sweetness, not cloying, but something odd there, almost a touch fusel. It is a little similar to the strong Euro lagers that crank out boozy beers quick. Bitterness is strong with earthy, herbal, and grass notes.

M: Medium in body, with high carbonation, and a long bitter cling.

O: Overall this is a style of beer that is really making a strong showing in craft breweries right now, and this one falls short of it's contemporaries.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of streetcommander
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color and clarity are good and true to style.
Smell is fantastic spicy Saaz hops and other nobles.
Taste is good and nearly crisp. More body and residual sweetness than I was expecting for a beer of ~4.4% abv.
Leaves a sourness and twang on the tongue, again, similar to a higher gravity brew. ...strange. ...But not bad.
Beer should have either higher abv. or less body IMHO.

Drank from Ikea water glass, made in bangladesh. Temp was 45F rising to 60F. Still very drinkable at 60F.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Carolvs
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel gold color with a slow flow of carbonation in the body, and a filmy, sparse, clingy, white head. Nose of rich caramel and roasted nut sweetness. Very malty. Flavors are roasted forward, with a solid bitter hops blast of pepper and grass, with some floral highlights, and a solid caramel base. Smooth bodied, with a crisp, dry foundation. Rich and roasted caramel aftertaste, with a dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color that's about a shade or two darker than the average pilsner. The head is a finger high, with an eggshell color. Retention is decent, and the head leaves behind a nice ring of lacing. Looks really nice.

S: I have to dig my nose around to find the Saaz goodness (in fairness, it isn't the freshest bottle...), but it's there in a more herbal expression. I'm also getting what seems to be a typical character in this brewery's offerings: marinara sauce. Malts also seem undefined. Don't tell me this is going to be another misfire from these guys...

T: Again, the primary flavor is marinara sauce. Touches of crackery malts along side some grassy hops can be tasted, however. I don't know if its the house character or whatever, but I don't like having my beer taste vegetal and acidic. There's an interesting mint character post-swallow, but it doesn't save it by any means.

M: The feel is very coarse and sharp going down the palate, but the dryness compensates slightly. It's also very fizzy (not unexpected for the style). Even if it doesn't taste good, it can be choked down easily.

O: C'mon guys, step it up!

2.3/5: I'm starting to think Old Bust Head will be one of "those" breweries...

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidloRapid
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bamarooster
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden/slight-amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread and biscuits. There are some aromas of caramel, black pepper, and a touch of honey. Slightly musty in aroma too.

Taste: Nice flavors of a really well-crafted pilsner. Toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper. At the finish there is a touch of floral, grassy, piney, slightly citrusy, slightly bitter (but not overpowering) hops. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely effervescent, as there is a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very nice pilsner. Malty, slightly hoppy, crisp, refreshing, satisfying, well-crafted. I’d certainly drink it again! Nothing like a BMC, fizzy, yellow-beer pils.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Chukker Czech Pilsner from Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 39 ratings