100 Barrel Series #15 - Bohemian Pilsner | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #15 - Bohemian Pilsner100 Barrel Series #15 - Bohemian Pilsner

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pilsner is made from three different European malts including a large portion of Pilsner malt which provided the slightly sweet and malty backbone of the beer. In order to achieve the crisp bitterness and aromatic nose, we brewed with Tetnanger and Czech Saaz hops. The beer was dry hopped with the Saaz as well. The authentic Bohemian Pilsner yeast added depth and after a prolonged lagering period helped produce much of the character of this beer. Our Bohemian Pilsner has a smooth, slightly malty flavor that is balanced with a crisp bitterness and clean hop aroma.

42 IBU

Added by errantnight on 07-20-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by PeatReek:
Photo of PeatReek
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, just a touch of haze and a rocky, bright white head. Smells bready and floral and just a touch bitey, more like a German pils than a Czech one. Bitterness is prominent in the taste, which is otherwise dry and crisp, slightly savory and floral: distincty Saaz-y. Finishes very clean. Body is light and effervescent, just right. There's a slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste that again reminds more more of the industrial German pilsners than the musty, complex Bohemian biers, but it's still a damn good attempt and possibly my favorite American pils.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with 62906 stamped on the back of the label. It was a clear light yellow, with a thick white head that lasted forever. Impressive lacing. It had a grainy floral aroma. The taste was buttered popcorn, ending with some hops bitterness. Very comfortable in the mouth. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with a batch # and bottled on date on the label.

A- What a wonderful white froth that forms, the active carbonation helps to keep the head alive as it leaves a trail of lace with each sip. Brilliant clarity showing a golden straw color.

S- Fresh noble hop aroma, very aromatic ... soft with floral and mild spicy notes. Light biscuity maltiness.

T&M- Crisp and upfront moderate body, this brew seems to have the perfect level of carbonation. Rounded pale malt with suggestions of white grape skin, spicy and oily herbal hop set the tone from bitterness to flavor. The hops meld well with the crispness, maltiness rides along the crispness and ends with a fresh dry grain flavor. Lots of herbal and mild spicy hop flavor in the finish.

D- Hot damn! Perhaps one of the best beers I have had this summer, the NE needs more lagers like this ... my vote is for Harpoon to brew this year round.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle with the usual 100 Barrel series gold foil. I see "session" # info but no freshness or bottling date info. Pours clear, medium straw, with just a few lazy bubles rising tot he top. A nice top it is...near white and initially rocky, then settling to a thick film of tiny bubbles and leaving better then average lacing. Light perfume, and flowery hops upon the nose. This is a pleasantly crisp and snappy brew. Notes of rye, spicy hops, nice layers of malts and German/Czech beer goodness. Give me a brat, some kraut, more of this pilsner and all will be good. Nicely done by Harpoon.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm really enjoying these 100 barrel series beers.

1Pt 6 fl oz bottle poured into a large pilsner glass.

Poures crystal clear, golden amber, big lively white foamy head starts out at about 3", then dissipates slowly to a constant 1/8" covering. Nice look. Seems very fresh.

Smells malty sweet and sour, wheaty a tad bit yeasty with a minor hint of green hops.

Taste...ahhh, this is a really good Pilsner. Starts off with a wonderful blend of malt, wheat and hops. The balance is exquisite. Malted sweetness with dry hop overtones. A nice herbal taste... almost spicey ending.

Th feel is very good, a medium body, the big creamy head gives it a smooth feel going down but the bubbles and livelyness gives it a refreshing bite. The Dry hop effect gives it clean-dry feel as well.

Tastey and easy to drink. I only purchased two, now I know this will not do.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw with a giant white foamy head. A very nice looking beer with champagne-like carbonation. The smell is a very pungent aroma with sweet malt, apples, hops, and spices. The taste is a real good mix of crisp hop bitterness and a sweet malt. Floral, fruit, and cloves are present in the taste. The m/f is light and very well mixed. A damn good beer and I wonder why Harpoon doesn't brew this year-round?

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Photo of hreb
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle served in a UK (20oz) pint glass. Appearance is a clear and pale golden with lots of bubbles rushing to the surface. The head is white and small but long-lived. Aroma is fresh and crisp, and typical of the hoppy pilsner experience.

I notice two things immediately in the first sip. First, the hops aroma is very pleasant. Pilsner has that "skunk" quality (I mean that in as good a way as possible) but this smells FRESH. Second, the carbonation is through the roof. Oh, it stings! Why, harpoon, why? But then it changes. The sharp carbonation gives way to a creamy and smooth texture which I didn't expect in a pale pilsner. There's a subtly sweet malty flavor which is really nice, if a little cloying, and again, not what I expect in a pilsner.

The head is leaving a creamy white lace on my glass. Anyway, this is really nice. The dry hopping makes it a pilsner, but the body makes it something special. This is definitely one of my favorite from the Harpoon 100 Barrel series (which I've found really hit-or-miss), up there with the Triticus, Abbey, and Scotch Ale.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on July 21, 2005. On Tap at Captain Kidd’s - Woods Hole, MA. Pour of clear pale yellow, topped with a solid white head, smooth. Percolating. Lacks visual depth. Aroma is a wispy blow of fragrant sweet lemon grains. Pleasing and summery. Flavor is a tart metallic tinge of salted grains and penny hops. Lacks thorough body. Needs tooth and chewiness. Grain plays weak. Smacks heavy of metallic apples. Sweetness wanes like a pesticide lemon. Not nearly as drinkable as it should be.

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy straw color with a decent with head that left some nice lacing. The smell is of noble hops and pale malts, a bit spicy. The taste is of spicy noble hops, I notice a bit of a metallic taste. It has that Euro funk taste. The feel is light but not watery, finishes dry. Its easy drinking, fine American example that stays true to the Bohemian style.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle of Harpoon's new Bohemian Pilsner. I am drinking it from a Three Philosophers goblet.

Appearance: The pils is a pale yellow color with a fairly clear look. There is a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The pils has a malty aroma that provides hints of an earthy noble hop.

Taste: The pils has a firm hoppy flavor that is hallertau or saaz or some other varietal of east european hop. The flavor is crisp but subtle. The hops are paired nicely with a biscuity malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: The pils has a nice mixture of malty biscuit and earthy hop, nicely made.

Drinkability: The pils is a solid, if unspectacular (as most pils are unspectacular), entry.

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Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline pale straw with lumpy white frothy on top leaving sticky clumps of lacing. Sharp saaz-y aroma. Creamy and slightly buttery. Taste follows the smell...czech hops and faint green apple. A little more clean than crisp. Mouthfeel is actually pretty solid, somewhat crisp and dry. A nice, dry pils with a creamy touch.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice crisp golden colour with a kick-ass, large frothy head thats is nice and sticky overall. Good stuff.

The aroma is a bit straw-like and grassy, a bit sweet and a touch hoppy. It's simple but to the point and gets its point across.

The flavour hits you again withe the grassy straw flavour up front, moves into some sweetness and hop flavour in the middle, then back to the straw/grass again at the finish. Again, its simple, but to the point and tasty. Mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp.

This one was pretty good overall. Well, made, well balanced and a good amount of flavour. Not my favourite style in the world but I'd be happy to have another.

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Photo of errantnight
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasant surprise! The last thing we had heard from Harpoon was that another keg of the Saison was on its way it... but lo! The Bohemian Pilsner instead!

I was a little less than enthused, but optimistic. There just aren't many pilsners I dig on (Prima Pils comes to mind as the only notable exception).

The beer pours a crisp, clear golden yellow with abundant (but light) head and sparkling lacing throughout.

Smells malty and crisp with just a hint of hoppy flair. I don't want to get too excited, but the aroma shows hints of character.

The taste is...

Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Not adjunct-y and full of ick. Of course, that absence does not a quality beer make. There is a familiar pale malt forefront that is extremely well balanced by a hop back that grows on the tongue. A little richer than some Pils, more medium bodied than light, with a buttery touch. This is the perfect beer for these ridiculously hot summer days.

Not to overrate drinkability for a beer style MEANT to be drinkable, but I found myself compulsively lifting my glass to this baby. Not as much endearing complexity as others, but beautifully crafted as a thirst quencher with style. Delicious and refreshing (as much as a dehydrating beer can be, anyway).

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger creamy and pillowy merangue-like white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light spicy noble hop with a gentle husky malt.

The taste was upfront spicy hop with a backdrop of light grainy malt. There was subtle biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was light with a misplaced creaminess.

Overall a very quaffable pils. Could have used a more adventurous hop profile however.

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Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrickKnee
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to sample this last night at the Harpoon Beer Dinner and it was by far best beer they had going, (i dont include the IPA anymore, its just too reliable). ANwyas purs a nice think white head that you would expect from a good pilsner. Nice clean mouthfeel. Very Drinkable. Was having some spicy peperoni and shrimp with bloddy mary sauce and let me tell you it went quite well. A great beer to sit and drink while watching the sun set, which was what i was doing when i drank it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear bright golden brew. Head holds on nicely, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is light pale grains overcome by Saaz. Taste is just what I'd expect from a good pils-style: Discernable pale malt sweetness, overpowered by crisp Saaz hoppiness, and a clean close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. I'll be looking this one up again. If only these 100bbl taps were as prevalent as UFO et al. Guess it's just not all about me. Oh well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to gold in color. Nearly clear (slight haze). Excellent head, but it dies rather soon.

Light straw-like aromas, some grassiness; "soft" malt, nearly no hop smells

Very dry pilsner, the hop bitterness shows up nicely on the taste. Very nice body--quite full for the style. The carbonation is perfect as well.

Very pilsner, well worth putting into a flight with other pilsners. Dry, flavorful and smooth.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner pours a clear light straw yellow into the glass. A small creamy white head forms on top and slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface, leaving behind a fair amout of lace as the foam dissolves. An aroma of dry malt, white raisins and floral hops hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer is very well balanced. It's mainly crisp biscuit malt with nice notes of white raisins, bubblegum and mild pepper mixed in. It finishes mildly bitter and leaves behind some sweet malt and floral flavors.

This is an easy drinking, well balanced beer. Reminds me of an imported Czech pilsner.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear yellow in color with short 1/4" head that falls quickly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Light lacing develops.

Smell: grass and a bit of light bitterness is detectable.

Taste: a bit maltier than expected with some grass, bit of breadiness, pepper spice, and a nice bitterness. Definitely a bit on the sweeter side. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Very clean finish. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: easy drinking and mildly refreshing. A bit too malty for my personal preference, but still quite good.

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Photo of Damian
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from an 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Somerville, MA

Poured a slightly hazy, very light and pale straw yellow with a tight, bubbly, three-finger, bone white head. Tons of cascading, spider webbing lacing formed large ridges that last well after the beer was finished.

Smell was malty rich with noticeable Munich and Vienna malts. Some earthiness was noticeable as well, with a touch of snappy hops in the background.

Taste was crisply hoppy from start to finish. Citrusy, lemony, spicy and slightly buttery notes were apparent as well. Alcohol was somewhat more noticeable than expected. The extremely dry, hoppy, puckering finish resonated.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, grainy and very overcarbonated.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was light, crisp and would have paired perfectly with a variety of foods. However, the intense dryness and excessive carbonation was a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow, just a little bit more yellow than straw. Small quickly dissipating head. Champagne like carbonation. Much more dry than a Pilsner Urquell. A very drinkable bomber unlike some of Harpoon's recent offerings. Hopheads would easily see this as a sessionable beer at 4.7% with the flowery hop notes.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden straw color has a 1” clean white head, with excellent retention and some thin ropey lacing left behind on the glass. Taste is just what I'd expect from a good Pilsner, smooth pale malt with hints of grape skins, dry grains, and a spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, the beer is medium bodied and highly carbonated. The aroma is of fresh noble hops with hints of a bread-like maltiness underneath. This beer is easily one of the best American made Pilsners and I would recommend it to anyone who’s trying to get away from drinking mass produced, low quality, inferior Pilsners from the big companies.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber, No freshness date. Pours a pale golden yellow. Nice white head and spider web great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Biscuit aroma of pale malts rice hulls and floral hops, a little fruity underneath. Light bodied. Light sweet bread taste, little husky with a crisp hop bitterness in the middle. Finish is floral with a little spicy dryness. Very crisp and refreshing, balanced perfectly, easy drinking. I enjoyed this pilsner.


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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at barcade...reviewed from notes.

A- Bright golden yellow with a cappuccino like white head that stood 1/3 of an inch.
S-Big sweet malts with a hint of caramel. Dank grassy plant-like hops.
T-Big sweet malt front and finish. Crisp grassy bitter hops in the middle of the body and lightly in the finish.
M/D- I really enjoyed this beer bubbly, crisp, refreshing, and a unique variation on the style...I look forward to trying other 100 Barrel beers.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 40 ratings