Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Bohemian PilsnerHarpoon Bohemian Pilsner

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner follows the age-old tradition of extended lagering to help produce a smooth yet complex beer. The blend of European malts is balanced with Tettnang and Saaz hops to create a slightly malty beer with a crisp finish.

48 IBU

Added by Duhast500 on 04-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 124
Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden, light body. Attractive foam and lacing down the tall glass.

Rather plain overall. A little bready malt, kind of sweet. Mostly bitter, from start to finish. I would wish for more aromatics. As you sip the aftertaste gets more and more bitter. Some mineral flavors, a touch of salt, and a tart citric taste. More of a lawnmower beer that got overdosed with quinine. Pretty to look at, however.

From the 12 oz bottle bought in Washington, DC.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.25" white head with medium life. The body is a clear straw yellow color with a touch of gold. It smells very mildly of toasted malt. The taste is BMC pilsner with just a little something extra, especially in the bitter hops department. The finish is quite bitter, more like an IPA.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner poured a crystal clear light yellow with a foamy 1 ½ finger white head that had good retention. The nose is dominated by a floral scent, grassy and a little lemon. The taste matches the nose with a light spicy floral bitterness. The mouth feel is crisp, with clean malt on the palate.

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner is a refreshing and easy drinking Czech Pilsner that is worth a revisit.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head quickly dies to a thin lacing above a clear golden colored pils.

Light sour, citrus, some grains, a very light yeast in there aroma.

Light sour to bitter taste with some light graininess coming through, maybe a little yeast. Really not much taste to this, kind of the weak sauce of pilsners that I've had, but in a way that good, since I'm not to keen on them anyway.

This light bodied beer finishes with a dryish aftertaste with more hints of the sourness and slight bitterness the aroma and taste had.

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Photo of argock
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 07/15/11 on bottle neck. Received from a friend.

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head with good retention and some wisps of lacing. Got to mark down the haze though.

S: Mineral elements with sulfur, grassy, herbal hops, and cereal grains, all lighter than they ought to be.

T: Bland and uninspired with the first thoughts that came to mind. No liveliness in the hoppiness, just straight bitterness with no sharp snappy bite of noble hops you expect in the good to very good in this style. Pale maltiness is almost candy sweet and lacks the bready, lightly toasted quality the standard-bearers style.

M: Crisp and right-on for body with light-to medium and active carbonation.

O: Run-of-the-mill with misses on appearance, aroma, and flavor, and some of them pretty big misses. Not recommended.

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Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice light color, slight hoppy flavor, and a subtle lemon taste that I enjoyed. I haven't had a ton of pilsners but this one stood out to me as being different than those that I have had in the past. Maybe it's because I've only had poor quality pilsners, I'm not sure.

I would look forward to trying this again in the future but it looks like at this point it might have to wait until April given the seasonality of this beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the summer mixed 12-pack. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with a good half inch of short-lived head. Smells very clean, with hints of malt and fruit. Tastes fruity and malty with caramel, pear, grass, with a very clean finish. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very drinkable. Balanced and subdued but not bland or boring. A decent example of the style. Glad to see this in the summer mix-pack!

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a finger and a half of very clean looking white head. Body is a light yellow, decent amount of carbonation rising to the top. Head actually sticks around too, it slowly shrinks but never disappears.

S. Spice is up front with a hint of garden hop aroma. A bit of malt on the end evens her out. I smell a little grain as it warms.

T. Starts off with an earthy hop flavor, flashes to sweet malt for a second and then the wheat bread takes over with a spice finish that is not overdone.

M. Refreshing. Carbonation provides a nice bite on the front of the tongue. Goes down nice and easy, doesn't leave anything behind but the aftertaste.

O. Wow, I was pleasantly surprised on this one. Pilseners are not normally my first choice, as I usually find them rather weak, but this one was excellent. Two thumbs up and recommendations to all who like this style.

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Photo of Number967
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden straw color typical of a pilsner. Poured into a pint glass the head dissipated quickly. Smells bready, buttery with maybe some citrus or lemony notes at the end. The taste is peppery and slightly bitter at the back of your palate but is even throughout. Not a huge fan of pilsner beers but this one is slightly above the many Eastern European brands i pick up in my neighborhood. It is a bit more mild when compared to its European counterparts and doesn't leave your taste buds feeling numb. Not a bad beer, but my favorite pilsner comes from another brewery in Boston.

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Photo of sgroene
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant pale gold with bright white head that fades slowly. Abundant hop aroma with noticeable but rather faint diacetyl.

Maltiness in the early finish followed by a balancing punch of Saaz Hops to finish nice & crisp.

Very nice example of a Bohemian Pilsner. It's apparently only available as part of summer pack from April - Sept, but wish it was part of their year round rotation.

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Photo of u2carew
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger white head. Clear golden body. Amazing head retention!
S) Noticeable hops, actually all hop aroma - fruity with some spice.
T) Subtle peppery notes upfront then moves to a grainy, nutty mid section. Finishes with a nice hop bite and sweet fruit - liken to apple.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Dry in the finish.
O) A well crafted true-to-form brew. I'll definitely have another one!

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got three of these in a Harpoon mixed 12 pack. I thoroughly enjoy all of Harpoon's 100 barrel series offerings, and I hadn't yet tried the Bohemian Pilsner, so I basically bought the 12 pack for this reason alone. And I don't know if it's a tactic from these larger sized microbreweries - but I frequently end up buying a 12 pack for one of the beers in the pack.

I call these breweries Midcros. Because they're definitely not macros, and they're a step up in size and distribution from the average micro. Think Stone, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Rogue, Dogfish Head, etc.

Being that it's a hot day here in Vermont (90+ which is a thankful rarity), this beer is perfect. The 12 pack also included a summer ale or some such, and while perfectly drinkable, it doesn't stand up in the flavor and aroma categories.

I could make this beer a summer standby, along with Sierra Nevada's summerfest and Victory's Prima Pils.

But I guess I'll be buying it in the 12 pack, if I'll be buying it at all. And I'm not a huge fan of the wheat offering in the 12 pack, so I probably won't be buying too many more 12 packs this summer.

I will have another Bohemian Pilsner tonight though, with a slightly spicy curried chicken which is just finishing up as I type.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden pale head which dissipates to a thin lace on the glasses edge.

Noble hops produce a spiciness mixed with a sweet malt.

A nice spicy mix of hops comes in with a carbonation. As it dissipates the malts come thru to create a mix between hops and malt. A spicy finish create a nice flavor

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one from a buddy watching the Bruins FAIL.
A golden yellow with a large amount of big bubble head. The nose has a large amount of herbal hops with a light wheat background. Some grassy notes as well. The flavor is hops right up front but not overwhelming. Fruity hops flavors. Lemon, orange and grass with a light,bready, caramel Pilsner malt backing. Body is light and smooth and finishes crisp. A lot of hoppy flavor for a Pilsner.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon and wheat. Some light citrus hop and a touch of sweet malt also mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some light lemon flavor with a touch of sourness and a bit of wheat flavor. There is just a touch of citrus hop and sweet fruit as well. Through the middle, some bitterness and some bready malt flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of bready malt flavor and a touch of bitterness and lemon flavor that lingers.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really crisp and smooth and only a touch watery. The finish is nice and fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. Super smooth and really refreshing. The flavors really mix and meld together nicely. It could use a touch more of a kick in the flavor, but overall what is there is solid.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a bright head with fine even speckled lacing. Aroma brings a nice pungent herbal hop profile with a pale malt biscuit profile. Another Noble pils competitor with lime green neck label colors. Flavor is a nice lively hoppiness amongst pale golden malts with assertive rolling Saaz hops. I'm getting herbal/grassiness/mild citrus with a pale biscuit malt sweetness, finishes bone dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation makes the whole flavor pop on the palate really well. Out of the mixed summer sampler this is the star, but it's funny how 2 of the last 3 samplers have a Noble Pils competitor in their varieites.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle part of mixed 12-pack. A nice crisp aroma and mild fruity taste. Has pale yellow color. Has a slightly sour finish but still finishes on the fruity crisp side. Refreshing and light feel.Has a crisp feel to it like a freshly opened fruit.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The color is a clear yellowish gold with a slim finger of foamy white head that is fading away.

The smell is a little sweet pilsner malt aroma with some sugary sweetness that is lighter then expected.

The taste is a bit more bitter than expected. There is a slight hop flavor that goes into the sweetness that is the whole profile of this beer. A crisp flavor that is smacking with a sweetness that is dry and interesting as I solider on into a lime-like juiciness. A candy feel to this beer blinks at the taste buds as it switches gears into a green flavor push. Things seem a little misunderstood.

The feel of this beer is medium but has a well constructed mouth feel that is like a combination lock. So many turns this way, then turns that way and then we're home free.

A drinkable, crisp feel is there through this beer and smacks back your senses to when you first opened a larger like this. Can you fulfill the challenge?

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