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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #386
Ranked #45,432
3.45 | pDev: 14.2%
Pivovar Litovel
Czech Republic
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orangey-gold, nice frothy cap that dissipated to a glass clinging lace. Wonderful floral-spicy saaz hop aroma mingled with sweet grain smells. Starts fairly crisp, citrus tang, light mouth feel with that wonderful pilsner thirst busting tartness....then finishes dry with a lingering metallic after taste from the hops.

A very good representation of the Bohemian lager genre and a premium export beer. Buy some if you like their pilsner.

Apr 27, 2004
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matuka123 from Finland

3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 14, 2021
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Adela96cze from Czech Republic

5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/10 I’m cZech and I know a lot about beer ... you all stick to corona please .. thanks

Mar 26, 2020
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canadianbarman from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--Came in a large 0,5 L brown bottle with the freshness date clearly on the front label. Poured with a nice size head that lasted quite nicely as lacing. The color was of a golden, straw like color.
--Kind of a spicy, floral malty smell.
This beer had a nice crisp taste to it. It is, so far the best beer of this style that I have tasted. The others were not impressive so I was expecting not much with this one, but was pleasently surprised. Would like to try again.

Jun 22, 2004
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lipschitz from Canada (AB)

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Pours Clear, honeyed yellow with a large foaming head…that quickly dissipates. The aroma is very faint – a bit of hay with a whisper of herbal undertones. Taste is initial steely metallic, followed by lingering malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.
Notes: This is a capable pilsner…but not much more than that. It seems that most of the flavour that may have existed was filtered, or pasteurised out. It was in no way offensive, but it also doesn’t invite you back for more.

Jun 18, 2003
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Garin from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a perfectly clear straw-gold yellow, with a nice firm head. The head is well supported by a good carbonation.

The aromas are of sweet malt, grassy and floral hops, about what I'd expect but not much more.

Sweet malt starts the flavour out, but the bitter and floral hops take centre stage in the flavour. A spiciness builds throughout, along with a bit of a malt character.

The mouthfeel is crisp, tasty, and refreshing. The carbonation is interesting and light.

Overall, it's quite drinkable and refreshing. As far as widely available czech pilsners go, I prefer the Czechvar, but there's nothing wrong with this one.

Jul 10, 2003
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Czechvar (original Budvar) and Topvar as a pilsener. Has a very impressive foamy head on it which subsides to a ring, which in turn leaves a light trace of lacing down the glass. Smell is of sweet malt, a bit of hay. Taste is crisp and clean, main focus on malt, very light floral hops in the aftertaste. Very smooth. Quite drinkable, I can't complain, but it's still rather average. Not as complex as Czechvar, but the same drinkability as Topvar, it would make an okay sessional.

May 31, 2003
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bark from Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep yellow. The finger thick foam is white and compact.

The gentle smell is fresh and bitter with some margarine and French loaf.

The taste starts with a soft malty flavour, some white bread, aroma hops, some more neutral malt, and a growing bitterness. The aftertaste is plain bitter with neutral malt and a trace of alcohol.

The carbonation is average for a pils; medium strong with medium bubbles.

Czech pilsners are sometimes hard to review: They are mostly well crafted, but they are quite similar and sometimes rather anonymous.

Oct 08, 2005
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vladn from England

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 20, 2020
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JanM from Sweden

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Litovel Premium poured with a nice head and an inviting golden color. The smell is of sweet bread and grapefruit. It's not overly carbonated and the taste is crisp, clear, bready with a bitter aftertaste. There are some herbs in there which gives it a fuller taste compared to its German cousins. Litovel Premium definately belongs to the premier league of Czech pilz rating somewhere between the dominant Lobkowicz Démon and the refreshing Holba Premium.

Nov 13, 2005
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall skinny brown 500 ml bottle with date stamped on front label (same bottle as the picture). Pours a golden / orangey color with a full white head. Foam is a mix of large and small bubbles covering the liquid, but didn't leave any lacing. Hold it up to the light and it is a bit cloudy, even some small floaties suspended in there - doesn't affect the taste though. There is a bit of a metallic smell, but overall it is a hoppy spice aroma. This beer has a crispness that you expect from this style. Pretty basic pilsner type flavor - crisp, clean, easy to drink. It does leave a bit of that spicy and slightly metallic aftertaste.

Jun 27, 2005
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with bubbly head. Smell is very grassy and malty, picked up some bread.

Taste is very malty with floral hops, picked up bread, spices and sweetness as well. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Aftertaste has a lingering malty taste with some bitterness.

Overall, this is a refreshing pilsener. Taste has some strong points (mainly the malt), but overall it is easy to drink. Would recommend when it is hot out.

Jan 19, 2011
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wl0307 from England

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by half-pint on tap, at the Approach Tavern, Bethnal Green, East London. The pub has both this one and Litovel's Classic on tap for more than two years now...

A: pale golden hue, coming with non-stopping, explosive streams of tiny bubbles like a small tornado in the glass!... topped with extremely tight and creamy froth with brilliant retention.
S: upfront is a distinctively sour edge of doughy malts, a touch of lemons and faintly apple-ish aroma... floating notes of lightly dusty hop resins and plenty of grassy Saaz hops lie constantly in the background. Rather balanced nose, with malts outweighing hops by a thin margin.
T: doughy lager malts with a dryish flow of bitter-sweet taste of hops, clean on the mouthfeel... the sweetness of bready malts initially gradually gives way to an utterly dry, chewy and herbal-bitter palate of hops on the sides of the tongue... the intensifying hop-bitterness dominates and lingers in the aftertaste, giving the flavour a bit more depth.
M&D: medium-bodied, really crisp and clean on the mouthfeel, full of soft and creamy fizziness... Overall this is an above-average Pilsner, with lovely malt entry upfront followed by profound bitterness of abundant amount of Saaz hops, while the dry palate makes it very quaffable. This beer on tap is pretty good~~

Sep 20, 2006
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Jul 06, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Third beer of the day at Green Week in Berlin on 17th Jan 2014 as I drank around the world.

0.3 Litre on-tap within the Czech Republic area at the festival.

Usual lager/pils look: golden, clear and bright. White head that didn't stay long.

Crisp refreshing but odourless and almost tasteless in nature: nothing to set it apart from all the other brews in this style really.

Pleasant enough, but not enough to make me choose it over any other Czech Pilsner.

Jan 28, 2014
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Shadman from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Czech beers tend to be decent so when I spied this @ the local liquor conglomerate @ a decent $$ per bottle...

Very bright, clear golden colour with a very nice, thick head and tons of lacing.

Sweet malts with a hint of citrus. Lot's of grassy Saaz hops balance out the maltiness.

Nicely balanced Czech Pils. Sweet bread malt, hint of lemon zest battle it out with lot's of grassy hop bitterness. Hop bitterness wins out in the end as it is what lingers toward the finish. Finishes dry, but not overly so.

Nice medium body with good inital carbonation and feel.

I really enjoyed this beer..I think it has the potential to be a real thirst quencher if it's still available this summer.

Apr 16, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. This was the first and only authentic Czech pilsener that I have ever seen on tap around town, in the little oft-renamed Central European bistro that I used to frequent.

Into my half-litre souvenir Gambrinus mug, this beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent splattered paint lacing around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells strongly and warmly of grainy, bready pale malt, white soda crackers, heated lemon pie filling, and earthy, herbal, floral, and grassy noble hops - an aroma so readily identifiable, that the Czechs should trademark it, because all of their good pilseners seem to be marked by it. The taste is likewise hoppy at first, that softly assertive, floral, grassy, and spicy Saaz goodness, followed closely by more semi-sweet grainy, somewhat biscuity pale malts, a subtle sourdough breadiness, and a kind of sour citrus rind tartness.

The carbonation is moderate in intensity, and duly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally armor-clad smooth, though a slight chink is taken out by those sneaky hops. It finishes mostly dry, certainly crisp, and lingeringly hoppy, in the relatively reserved Bohemian sense.

A rather good example of the style, definitely something that I enjoy as a sessionable accompaniment to steaming goulash and fried cheese, all over dark, spartan wood tables. Or now at home, with less appropriate fare - oh well, it's still pretty tasty.

Mar 15, 2009
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atis from Finland

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with foamy head, large carbonation bubbles rising, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is bready with acidic berries and weak herbal hops.

Taste is sweetish grainy malt with mild citrus herbal bitterness that is felt in the finish, citrusy aftertaste, bits of boiled vegetables in between, slowly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. It lacks some complexity, but is not bad.

Jul 15, 2009
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar29 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots bubbles popping up from everywhere and floating up to a big fluffy head that left a few patches of lace

S lots of grassy hops with some sweet malts

T not far from the smell but with some bread and citrus

M a crisp clean typical pilsener good carbonation and refreshing

D no problems with this lager I only wish it was a hot sunny day

I would drink this again, the price is fair and its a decent lager that's worth trying

Mar 30, 2010
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden (with light brown notes). The head is a bit "fluffy" at first but then turns a bit more compact. The head is large and light off-white, it dissipates pretty fast.

S: The smell is refreshingly malty (both caramell and pilsener), but a bit to "bready" for my taste. There are floral hops as well with some bitter ones.

T: Malty, but the hops is where this beer goes to town: the bitter hops dominates over the floral hops - it's more like a German Pilsener than a Czech one.

M: The aftertaste is bitter and dry - I like it, but it's more German than Czech to me. The body and the carbonation is medium.

D: Not the best czech pilsener, but it goes down without a hazzle.

Sep 11, 2009
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of big bubbled head which quickly recedes leaving no lacing.

S - Very mild but some sour lemons and grassy hops come through.

T - Grassy hops off the top followed by bready caramel malts with a little skunkiness to it. The flavours are rather mild, but suitable for the style.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a tad watery and finishes a little too dry for my liking.

D - A classic euro style lager, but I'm not a huge fan of this one. Several weaknesses make it one of the less desirable foreign pilsener options.

Jan 22, 2011
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear golden, nice white head, good retention.
Smell - grainy, doughy, hay, herbal hops.
Taste follows the smell, pretty typical and ordinary bohemian pilsener.

Apr 28, 2016
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Exeter from Canada (AB)

3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 03, 2015
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evlu1441 from Canada (AB)

3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I decided to pick this one up alongside another Czech pilsner to compare (Budvar).

It pours a medium golden colour. There is a nice frothy head that settles down to a nice thin layer. It's a very nice looking golden lager.

The aroma is very mild. There is a faint Saaz hop aroma and some graininess, but there isn't much to talk about overall.

The taste is nice and malty to start, and some slight hoppy flavour comes through before finishing with some nice pronounced bitterness. Carbonation is very noticeable, and sometimes slightly distracting.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and at a better price-point than its competitors. I'm going to have to keep Golden Pheasant at the top of my Czech-style pilsner hierarchy for the time being.

Sep 08, 2011
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Jsteez from Utah

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A review, soon to come

Jul 02, 2018
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