Herold Bohemian Bronze Lager 14P | Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.

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Brewed by:
Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RBorsato on 09-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pours a dark, murky orange with a little white head. What kind of haze is that? Looking through a glass of ice tea on an incredibly balmy day? Something along those lines.

Smells of wicked intense pilsenery weeds, a bit of old fruit, and a gigantic rush of caramel malt.

Tastes fantastic! Giant weeds--it smells like wonderful summertime allergens, like pollen and hayfever and sunshine, and this incredibly strong burst of sesaonal tastiness lasts until it's supplanted at the very end by a wonderful caramel malt and then, out of nowhere, that gives way to this big burst of juicy fruit goodness.

Normally, blindly buying a big bottle from eastern Europe results in a bland and/or skunked pils. This is the exception to that rule, and it is amazing.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big half-liter German bottle, served in a pilsner glass. It pours almost bronze, unfiltered?, with medium carbonation and two inches of creamy head that clings to the glass. The aroma is clean and toasted, with sweet malts and almost skunky hops. The flavor follows nicely, with clean, grainy, and sweet malts up front and skunky/spicy hops in the back, contributing a mild bitterness. It is drying on the palate, smooth, with medium carbonation, body, and finish - overall a wonderful lager. Surprised that this brewery isn't more well-known/distributed as it makes a number of fine brews that hold up quite well to their more famous counterparts.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic at just over fridge temperature. A Michael Jackson Beer Selection kept cold for the last few months.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale gold with a gorgeous, rocky head that stands a full four fingers high. Placing one ear to the foam reminds me of the sound of a bubble bath from one of those honeymoon jacuzzis at a Pocono resort. Sporadic lacing is left behind, and when the dust settles we have a persistent little mat perched on top.

Smell- Biscuity, sweet malt notes play alongside a Saaz hop character, in a very retro fashion. The aromas have an aged quality... like an old can of Ballantine, for instance. Not necessarily bad, but distinctive; noteworthy. A Peek Frean's cookie would be the solid form of the smell of this beer. With a little armpit yeast.

Taste- Mellow, slightly sweet Czech malts at the forefront, giving way to the bittering hops into the middle and then the finish. Not very complex, pretty straightforward... this is a beer designed for a sandwich or a pizza. Bready, yeasty notes become more evident as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit thin and lackluster for the duration of this experience. The activity was surprisingly short-lived in the glass and did not prevail in the mouth I would have expected. As a result, this would not be an offering I will visit again; however, the Bohemian Black Lager and Hefeweizen from Herold are two of my very favorite beers, which I suggest you try and post your opinion.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a full creamy off-white head, nice carbonation, and wallpaper lacing. Subdued hop aroma; more carmel in the aroma than hops. Substantial malt profile; soft caramel malts with a decent hoppiness to balance ... just not very Czech Pils-like. Medium-full bodied, soft and creamy with a nice balanced finish but leans a bit bitter.

I went into this thinking Czech Pils, but after tasting and reading the notes from the MJ Rare Beer Club, would have to agree that this is a Czech stab at the Dortmunder Export style... A very nice Dort !! Not surprised as this quality brewery has proven themselves many times to me.

Per Label: "AD 1506" & "Old Style Czech Lager" & "Saaz hops and Czech malts"

(16.9 oz / 500 ml tall brown sleek Euro bottle)

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Herold Bohemian Bronze Lager 14P from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
4.15 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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