Štěpán - český Klasický Ležák Světlý
Pivovarský dům

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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #130
Ranked #27,970
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Pivovarský dům
Czech Republic
Very Good
Notes: Classic Pale Czech Lager

Unfiltered, unpasteurized Pilsner beer. Round, pleasantly hop-forward, full of taste.
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monkist from Hungary

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a very good pale lager from Czech! Had this at Pivovarsky Dum, the brewery in Prague and it was amazing! I am not a fan of lagers, not at all, get sick by the strong sourness of their yeast. However, this one had quite a mild taste with an almost non-present yeast. Should have had this again instead their "Champagne" beer next... Way better than Pilsner Urquell. You bet it is.

Aug 16, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pivovarsky Dum, Prague - Pours clear golden with a large white head. Medium carbonation. Smell - yeasty, malty. Taste - creamy, light hoppy with a crisp dry finish. Very refreshing on a sweltering hot day.

Aug 16, 2015
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a daytrip to castles Krivoklat and Karlstejn, Alewife and I opted for food and drink at Pivo Dum. I had two 0.5l glasses of this, at 44CZK per (about $2.46 currently).

It poured medium golden, and was a touch hazy. The head was rocky and fluffy, a white mass of foam lasting a long time, with solid lace. Hops are a touch rindy, but also with lots of grassy, spicy notes. Had a medium body, and was mostly decent on the tongue.

Tasted a touch crackery up front, with some subtle sweetness. Then came a hint of rind once more, with top-notch floral, grassy hops. Was more grasy than floral, and it even had a suggestion of mint. Very nice, and went well with my brewers goulash. Prosit!

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Oct 08, 2013
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sundered from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

just got back from overseas..the pivovarsky klub is awesome..i wish they bottled this..haven't stopped thinking about it

unfiltered pale lager

poured beautifully by an expert staff..good amount of head..pale and slightly cloudy..

slightly stronger than usual barley aroma..hops slightly low..

tasted quite crisp and refreshing with a smooth mouthfeel..

insanely drinkable

if you're ever in prague, check this out...
I am going back when i can afford to

Dec 20, 2010
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pivovarský Dům, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a two finger high head that took a long time to die down.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty but is nicely balanced by the Saaz hops, which leaves some notes of citrus flavors. The finish is bitter and leaves you longing for another sip.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Dec 09, 2010
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pivovarsky Klub in Prague. Served in a tall mug, cool.

A-crystal clear with a gold body and thick white head (hard to believe its unfiltered).

S-floral, metallic

T-sweet grain and cereal flavor in the front, light balancing hop finish


D-nice and sessionable beer. Not outstanding but good. I would drink again.

Aug 11, 2010
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dirtylou from New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another offering had at the brewpub in praha

coaster notes

appearance: served in a .3 Liter mug, perfect little drinking vessel. golden straw body, active white cap

smell: grassy, citrus, czech hops, honey, grain

taste: on par with the better czech pilsners i had in praha - grassy and sweet, lemon peel, czech hop citrus, toasted grain

mouthfeel: crisp and light

drinkability: good

Jun 11, 2010
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rukus29 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just back from prague with some updates/additions for this brewery. typed up from hand written note taken at the microbrewery.

A = Gold, slightly hazy, half finger of head settles quickly

S = Maltiness, some honey, a little vanilla, tinge of hops but very little, nothing overpowers the nose

T = Honey at first, maltiness jumps out from the midpoint on, smooth amount of hops throughout and both the malt and hops linger afterwards, a truly full-feeling flavor

M= Mild to high carbonation tingles the tongue, very light feel, wet and crisp

D = Great example of a pilsner as it should be, could probably put this down all night

Probably one of my favorite czech pilsners - though it is unpasteurized, the spices and hops are not too out of control and yet are still more lively than the other pilsners. Has a great balance between sweetness and bitterness

Dec 08, 2009
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried at the brewery in Prague.

Cloudy dark gold body. Good lacing, tending to offwhite head. Minimal carbonation, collapsing head with big bubbles.

Hoppy fragrant nose, with a zingy metallic smell, quite citrussy, but with a nice sweeter fruit fragrance too. Very nice.

Excellent hoppy bitter palate, fragrant and fresh. Hints again of ripe fruit, but the sharp hop bite cuts throudh the sweetness. Quite wonderful.

Mouthfeel sharp and crisp; a perfect complement.

Could this be the best Czech pils in the world? Quite possibly. Whatever beer holds that mantle should be quaking in its boots in any case. Wonderful.

Aug 09, 2009
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Socrates from France

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Pivovarsky Dum brewery in Prague in July 2006, served in a 4 liter giraf, with a side of beer cheese and their tender venison for dinner. Excellent golden color, of course impressive in the giraf, and it certainly looks like a classic light lager. A bit fewer bubbles than most Czech beers though, which is also apparent in the mouthfeel, which comes across a little flat. The biggest surprise in the flavor was the hops, which were taken up a notch or two from the standard classic Czech lagers, and I enjoyed it very much. The Czech hops have a very refined flavor, and come across very nicely in the aroma as well. As far as drinkability, this was almost perfect...my colleagues and I readily consumed 3 girafs, in addition to trying a giraf of the dark (and an abandoned attempt at stomaching a small glass of banana and nettle beer). I strongly recommend this brewery and this beer if you are in Prague, it is very inexpensive, and has great food to accompany the beer as well.

Jul 29, 2006
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wl0307 from England

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this unfiltered pale pilsner at the brewpub for three times during my visit to Prague last week.
From the appearance it's quite hazy, yellowish/pale golden, with a white, foamy head which sustains quite well.
The nose is full of soft, fruity hoppyness and has a slightly sweet grainy/corn-like malty touch to it--softly aromatic.
The taste is slightly sweet malty at first, against a good backbone of aromatic, fruity hoppyness and a kind of pleasantly "clashing" mouthfeel between the teeth and the tongue, which I sometimes experience when tasting maltier Pilsners. The mild grainy flavour works into the aftertaste, though by no means sweet, alongside a lingering, fruity hoppyness on the palate...
Light-bodied and medium-flavoured unfiltered pale lager, it goes down really well. However, the tasty flavour tends to decrease step by step, and from the second pint on it just gradually pales... to have just one pint of this beer at each visit proves the most pleasant for me. Recommended!

Jul 09, 2005
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Enygma from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale color as one would expect. This one isn't really too impressive. It's thoroughly drinkable and tastes quite good. It's got a bit of a hoppiness to it as one would expect of a czech pilsener, but it's nothing remarkable. Certainly worth the money and not a bad choice at all if you're in the mood for a pilsener, but there are better ones to be had elsewhere in town if you're looking for a really great one.

Mar 30, 2005
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ark57 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a pale goldwith a sligth haze and a good sized head. The aroma has some dleicate hops and some grain. The taste is good despite a slight corn flavor. It has some good malt in the medium body and a good bitter finish. Not the best lager in town, but a solid beer.

Jun 16, 2004
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