Herold Bohemian Wheat Lager | Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.

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Herold Bohemian Wheat LagerHerold Bohemian Wheat Lager

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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jdhilt
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades almost instantly - no lace. Ugly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemon/cider nose. Starts sweet with apple cider/lemon flavor, hints of wheat and apple pie at finish. Strange wheat. $2.49 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of packetknife
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After have the Black I was really looking forward to this, unfortunatly I was dissapointed. Not bad just nothing notable.

Golden w/ amber hues. Dense bleached head that stuck around. It most reminded me of vanilla and lemon. Some people mention banana but maybe my banana-tasting-cells are out of commision because I didn't get that. Slightly acidic in taste and on the nose. Thinner than I expected.

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Photo of Gusler
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a lightly “Hazy” straw or light gold color, the head is expansive, frothy, brilliant white with thick sticky sheets of lace that cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, fruit sweet, earthy, clean and crisp. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny, the finish is scarcely acidic, sparsely hopped, dry, and to my taste buds, “Watery”. Drinkable, but once again it will suffer do to its lack of body, hops and its mediocrity. Ranks another dissappointing #906 on my current 1000 beer master list

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Herold - Bohemian Wheat Lager

Pours a dark gold / amber color. Consistent fluffy lace dissapates almost immediately. Scents of orange and other fruits. Tastes border that of ales more than lagers. Surprisingly low 5.1% ABV. This beer is moderately heavy, not overwhelming. Decent beer. Bought at Binny's in Elmwood Park, IL.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one did not do too much for me.

Poured a hazy pale gold with a short-lived, large bubbled, white head. Faint smell of cloves and fruit, some leather. Taste was not as clove and banana as one expects from the Bavarian Hefe Weizens. Not sure if that is a plus or a minus. Taste is fairly tame slightly fruity, some spice and a short doughy finish. Drinkable? Yes, will I seek this out again? Not likely. I may give it another try to be fair, but I was not impressed with this bottle.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the Total Wine in McLean VA as they usually have a range of this brewery’s product. The Bohemian Wheat Lager looked fine, definitely cloudy but picks up gold well in the light. However, there was little aroma no matter how far I stuck my nose into the glass. I’ve never had this kind of beer although I’ve a couple of their other syles. The Wheat Lager flavor is in the range that you’d expect of a blend of the two styles. It was nicely soft on the tongue and there was good lingering finish. It’s an outdoorsy tasting beer in an Adirondack chair sort of way, one of the advantages of a larger bottle. I liked it but I wouldn’t put wheats in my favorite beer styles either. I’d certainly order another, depending on the alternatives.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps past its prime. Good wheat aroma. Lace, appearance. Light mouthfeel. Disapointed in that the taste may love lost some edge. The malt and caramel, bitterness and spice, maybe oxidation. Also sour finish. Shared with Radek, he found on one of the on-line beer sites.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured semi-cloudy orange with a fairly well-retained white head that leaves virtually no lacing.
The smell was of sweet caramel and wheat.
The taste was of sweet caramel, spiced wheat and a tinge of hoppy bitterness in the background. Malt dominated the hops. a slight orange citrus emerges as the drink progresses.
The tastes are suddenly muted by watery thinness as it swirled in the mouth. As the drink warms, it does thicken a bit. But, the yeast adds a sour tang that leaves a bit of an odd aftertaste as a whole.
It's not a terrible brew at all, but one that I would not particularly seek out again. The flavors have possibilities, but something seemed to be keeping them together, leaving an odd, but again not bad, taste after the drink is finished.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium amber color, only slightly cloudy, with monstrous white puffy head that exploded from the glass, bur rapidly difell to only a slight ring. Smell is very nice with cloves and bananas dominating. Taste is dissapointing with only a slight spiciness that is overpowered by sweet caramel malt flavors.Finishes OK, but nothing great. Not bad drinking, but definitely not my favorite.

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Photo of horndecker
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey-colored, with a fine bit of foam lapping the top of the glass. Oddly, the head doesn't stick around very long for a hefe-weizen.

The nose is ultra-banana, spicy and earthy. A hint of cabbage. Pretty interesting.

The taste starts mineral, then fruit hits, a lot of banana, something citrus, then malt and pleasing grain flavor. Peppery and dry at the end, with a soapy tea-like aftertaste.

Medium to light body and drinkable. I would not search this out when there are so many better weizen readily available.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimally hazy medium gold with a hint of orange. Since the beer is unfiltered, I expected at least a little yeasty murk. Because the head was semi-explosive, it took a quick reaction on my part to avoid a soggy coaster. The foam is soft, insubstantial and unimpressive. It also leaves almost no lace. [Note: the style has since been changed from hefe weizen to EPL.]

Back to respectability. The nose is good for the style, with sweetened banana far outpacing clove. It isn't that the former is so intense, it's that the latter is so muted. I'm hoping the upward trend continues on the palate.

Unfortunately, it doesn't. The flavor shares the nose's straightforward personality. Bohemian Wheat Lager is acceptably malted, with more sweetness than is typical. The biggest problem is that there isn't enough hefe flavor in this hefe weizen. Although sugared banana is noted, it isn't as prominent as it is in the nose. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is a rather pedestrian 2.0/5.0.

Clove is a near no-show. Since clove spiciness is such an integral part of the flavor profile for hefe weizens, I don't like this offering nearly as well as the better known versions. As I get farther into the bottle, the haziness of the beer doesn't increase, but the strength of the flavor does (but only a little).

The finish is as clean as possible for a beer this sweet. The mouthfeel is a few clicks shy of medium, has a pleasing slickness on the back end and is undercarbonated. All in all, nothing too impressive, but in keeping with the rest of the beer's attributes.

Bohemian (adj): the disregarding of conventional standards of behavior. By that definition at least, Herold Bohemian Wheat Lager is anything but bohemian. It's a mild-mannered, sweeter than normal, relatively light-bodied hefe weizen that doesn't stake out any new territory and doesn't demand much of its drinker. With so many better versions out there, this one won't be making a return visit to my weizen glass.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, golden color with a nice head. Smell was sweet, with banana and caramel notes. Taste was fruity and clovelike with banana flavor and a slight hint of caramel. Had a decent amount of body, slightly crisp. Could definitely grab a few of these at once. A good, solid, flavorful beer.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, not much carbonation and not much head. Smells wheaty and hoppy. Taste is much like other wheat lagers, wheaty, and hoppy, not very complex but still quite good for the style. Overall, not bad, but I'm not sure if I would get one again, because there isn't much that is unique about this brew.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw and golf color with a creamy white head.
Aroma had the classic, banana and clove profile with some talc as well.
Flavor continued with banana and clove profile and added some cracked wheat and pale crystal malt to the mix.
Mouthfeel started well with a nice floral and malt base but had a sort of mineral water finish which seemed a bit out of place.
Drinkability was good except for aforementioned slight flaw. Fairly refreshing and enjoyable but wonder if the pH was a little off in the water.

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Photo of pbrian
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting take on a hefeweizen- a lagered version from Czech. Head is smaller, aroma is muted (too light on the clove, spices), body is thin. That being said, it's light, clean and refreshing with no real faults other than its failure to stand up to the real thing.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of wheatbeers, but I did enjoy the harold. I found this beer along with many other fantastic Czech beerrs at Pivni Gallerie in Prague.

It comes in a pretty standard half liter Euro bottle with an attractive green label. Cap is plain white.

pours a ruddy orange with a quickly dissipating head. Leaves only a little lacing on the glass.

The smell comes off as a failry band wheat beer. Perhaps smells a touch sweeter than other wheat beers.

Taste hits with some mild hops and the yeast/wheat flavor at first. As the beer hits the back of the tongue the sweetness comes through. The hops all but dissapear at this point. A touch malty, some fruit can also be identified. A bit of banana and citrus linger as the beer goes down. After swallowing the beer leaves a slightly oily mouthfeel. The spicy czech hops come back to leave a pleasant spice on the mouth.

Mouthfeel was probalby my biggest complaint. The oily feeling left in the mouth knocked it down a notch.

Overall decent, not a bad wheat beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear pale golden color with a fluffy head that retains well but doesn't leave much lace

Smell: Modest banana and clove nose

Taste: Starts with a mild banana spice bread flavor that picks up in sweetness by mid-palate; after the swallow, some citrus tartness appears

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with fairly high carbonation

Drinkability: As a hefe, this is not great as the flavors are understated; not sure why this is categorized as a Euro Pale Lager, as it is not to that style; despite this, the beer is easy to drink and is a good crossover from Blue Moon

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear pale golden with a slight haze when held to light. The head was just slightly off white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was banana fruitiness and slight bubblegum. Some low clove spiciness was present and a slight wheat aroma.

The flavor was crisp, but slightly sour. The banana fruitiness was restrained and a sweet bubblegum flavor was more prominent with a citrusy (acidic) sourness in between. The spiciness in the aroma was almost nonexistent in the flavor. The bittering component was high enough to keep the sweetness in check and to dry out the beer.

The finish was dry after the bubblegum sweetness subsides. The dryness was pleasant and crisp in the aftertaste. The body was medium and the wheat mouthfeel was nicely accomplished.

16.9 ounce bottle. No sediment in bottle after pouring. If the sourness was not present this would be a pleasant yet restrained hefe.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark yellow with a 1 in foamy head. Columns of medium size bubbles, head dissipates to about 1/4 inch, some lacing. Smells like a wheat beer, with some fruit in the nose. Clarity of the beer and the relatively thinner mouthfeel come from lagering, maybe? Tastes, while not as aggressive as good hefe weizen, is fine for the style. This is an easy to drink beer that I found reasonably priced. I am happy to have most anything from Pivovar Herold around my home. Fine alternatives to the big beers.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high tan head.
S: There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, which has aromas of dark malts and some hints of cherries.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark toasted malts and cherries.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of ism
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin white head disappears quickly, no lacing whatsoever. Slightly hazy honey-bronze body, can easily make things out through the glass. Nose of bananas and some sweet wheat spices. Medium body, very low carbonation, full-on wheat flavors of banana, very slight acridity, hint of cloves, yummy yeasty flavors with subtle vanilla notes, refreshing, finishing crisp like a lager. Very easy-going and smooth, flavor satisfying hefeaddicts but not as complex or as captivating as others in the style. Straddles the two styles very well but cannot wow in either, which is okay since it's got its own niche.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with a white head.
Big ripe banana aroma that is quite pleasing. Malts can be noted as well.

Taste was a let down from the aroma. Low yeast profile with only a slight ripe banana flavor. Light in body and relatively smooth. Pale malts and wheat. Seems to be lacking a bit in hops.

Lighter body shows in the mouthfeel.
Good drinkability although the beer's a little rough around the edges.

Overall, a solid beer, but not something I'd look for again.

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Photo of fattyre
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellowish golden with a large billowy dissipating white head. The mouthfeel is firm and rounded. The smell is of sweet bubblegum and a rich earthiness. The taste is a pleasant earthiness with sweet bubblegum and a mild bannana flavor. This is a mild pleasing wheat.

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Photo of bobes
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer just to give it a shot. Herold describes it as a Bohemian Wheat Pils. Based on that I expected a BoPils-like hopping level on a wheat-based beer. While the beer is not what I expected, it is a very good beer and somehting I would definitely drink again.

Aroma: Light clove and banana with hints of flora hops in the background. Very light aroma, not agressive at all.

Apearance: slightly darker than a BoPils and a bit hazy probably from the wheat. the beer pours with a dense and effervescent white head but that dissipates quickly.

Taste: Clove dominates palate entry fading into a light spicy hop character. some of the wheat beer charcter comes thru in the mid-palate and transitiions nicely to a mild tart character. Appropiately bittered.

Mouthfeel: high levels of carbonation masks the slickness associated with a wheat beer. Finish is slightly drying but almost not worth mentioning. The residual wheat character coats the mouth and provided a richer than expected mouthfeel for a otherwise light bodied beer.

Drinkability: Fantastic... easy to drink and enjoy, could have several very easily.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served into a half liter weissbier glass, pours a cloudy orange body topped by a large, pillowy head. Extreme carbonation is evidenced in the glass by thousands of top surging tiny bubbles. Head retention is very good, and lots of clingy vanilla lace is left to patch the glass.

Aroma is lemony citrus and overripe banana, with clove, coriander, and white pepper right behind. Wheat husk and a hint of earthy yeast and hops complete the appropriate style profile.

Mouthfeel is light medium, and the carbonation is a bit overwhelming.

Tastes like a very nice German Hefe. Lemonzest, old bananas, spicy coriander and white pepper, and a twangy yeast note melt into the wheat malt quite well. Wheat character begins a bit grainy, but segues into some damp and doughy wheat breadiness. Grassy and earthy hop bitterness balances things out very well. Slight yeast twang near the finish, but very tasty overall.

This is a nicely executed hefe weizen, very much in the German style, although brewed in the Czech Republic. Tasty and refreshing, a must try for fans of this style.

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