Double Aught | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts and a light touch of noble hops, this light, pale lager is malty yet crisp and refreshing.

Added by MisterClean on 09-26-2008

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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Bottle Backlog is dwindling, but as it does so, there seem to be arms of the Hydra, five or six growing back to take the place of one! No matter, I am a man of action & so I am still winnowing away to the point that the end is in sight.

From the Bottle: "Inspired by the perfectly balanced light lagers of Central Europe, we set out to brew a Pilsner to be proud of. The result is a crisp and refreshing beer that’s brewed with 100% barley malt and imported Hallertauer hops."; "Brew Master Notes[:] Keep cold, respect life, beer is perishable, serve at 40 [deg.] F."

One of the few things that I enjoy about bottled beers is the Pop!ping of the cap. It just speaks to some devilish part of my tiny reptilian brain, I suppose. Having accomplished this, I found a slow C-Line pour to be just the thing! It raised just under two (2) fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention that was kind enough to leave some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality. It was pretty without being very dark. Nose was more biscuit-y & malty than I would prefer in a Boho (Czech) Pils, but it also had a nice Noble hops presence. Mouthfeel was medium but big for the style. The taste was also a bit sweeter than I would prefer in the style with a honey-drizzled biscuit-y sweetness underlain by the grassy, hay-like hops. I will grant you that it was aligned with the style according to the revamped Style guide, but I was still left kinda cold as compared to a Pilsner Urquell, which I consider the style's standard bearer. Finish was semi-sweet to semi-dry, but I just wish that the hops had been more prevalent. It was not bad, per se, but it left me feeling unfulfilled. YMMV.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Vibrant medium gold color with frothy white head and nice moderate carbonation.

S - Crisp crackery honey malt, lemon, some earthiness, and a hint of peppery spice.

T - Honey graham cracker with lemon, some herbal spicy earthiness, and a mild citrus bitterness on the back end. Develops a little bit of sugary residue in the back of the mouth.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation that settles down to a soft finish. Nice dryness on too of the tongue.

O - Pretty decent.

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Photo of Offa
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a very good pilsner with a nice German character.

Gold, it has a fairly large white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top, some lace.

Aroma is herbaceous and citrusy with some underlying bread and mineral.

Taste is very good - nice lemony - herbal hop just dominating with light mineral and bready sweetness to balance the slightly zesty bitterness.

Feel is pretty good, some liveliness but a tad thin.

This is a very good, refreshing but flavourful pilsner. It's hardly the best available in this region but it's a very good fallback.

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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a great pilsner, well brewed, delicious subtle yet expertly crafted, I highly recommend trying this if you like the Pilsner style

The color is golden with white head, great retention.
The aroma is mostly malt however yeast and floral,spicy hops have a part in the smell too.
The feel is smooth with mild bitterness and gentle yeast texture with mostly dry finish
The taste is great fresh malt with toasted grain flavor and herbal hops with a spicy aspect yet mild resinous quality adds to the dry finish
This is as a said a great beer in my opinion -Kudos Bear Republic!

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Photo of bret717
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't read the BB date on this one now, but I'm pretty sure it was 9/18.

Look- crystal clear vibrant golden color with a white head that sticks around; spotty lacing

Nose- getting a tart green apple, almost soapy note that's predominant, but under that I can detect some soft floral notes and light bread

Taste- starts off with a nice, rich, bready malt, along with some floral hops, just a hint of the green apple and a mild bitterness

Feel- medium-light bodied, pretty heavy for a pilsner. Nonetheless, it's still refreshing with a semi-dry and somewhat bitter finish.

Overall- decent tasting pilsner, but the apple/soapy note in the nose was off-putting.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of white head that departs rather quickly. Fair amount of lace.
Smell is crackers bready yeast.
Taste is cracker malt with a balancing amount of euro hops.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp.
Overall a decent effort from a fine brewery.

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Photo of shelby415
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with low head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of bread and spices. There is a light apple note as well.

Taste: There are moderate bread flavors. The spicy flavors are moderate to low with light apple notes as well. It is moderately bitter.

Feel: It has a moderately light body.

Overall, this is a quality example of a Czech Pilsner with the balance being toward the bready malts.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw colored golden yellow. Completely clear and very effervescent - almost champagne like. Thin white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head.

Smell has notes of grain, grassy hops, slightly sweet with a hint of bread malts.

Taste follows he nose with notes of sweet malts, grain, bread, light grassy hops with a bit of dry grass bitterness.

Feel is light, a bit thick and sweet - I wish it was a bit more crisp. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall its not a great Czech pilsner, but as a simple easy drinking lager goes, its a good beer.

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Photo of gefinley
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting pils - a smooth and easy drinking experience...

When I read the words "Double Aught" it reminds me of an article I once read about what the 2000s should be called, this phrase - double aughts - was supposed to encompass that decade. I don't think it has or ever will. But as far as this beer is concerned, I found nothing about double zeroes to be associated with it. The look was a very bright yellow-ish tinge, appealing to my eyes, though the smell was a weird tang of sweetness and mustiness. Feel was light-bodied and a bit astringent, with a taste that was lightly hoppy - reminding me of the Czech basis for this pils. Anyway, a good brew. It wasn't the best I've ever had but it was definitely one to enjoy.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date

Cloudy yellow with barely any head. Smell is very malty with some floral hops. Taste is a great mix of barley and hops: baked bread, crackers, sour/bitter citrus and grass.

Great pilsner; it's something I could drink all day

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
A - crystal clear pale yellow body with a fizzy white head that fades to a foam
S - biscuity pilsner malt, spicy & grassy noble hops
T - moderately bitter grassy, earthy & spicy hops pair nicely with biscuity pilsner malt
M - light body with moderate carbonation, finishes crisp and clean
O - good pilsner here. Nothing outside of the box, but very easy to drink.

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Photo of Jcbroome
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrew8626
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of braican
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Double Aught from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 134 ratings