Saranac Bohemian Pilsener
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Bohemian PilsenerSaranac Bohemian Pilsener
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #403
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
77
Ranked #45,829
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 15.38%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
238
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Winter
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Gots
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SCORE
77
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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 238
Reviews by cgise22:
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Straw yellow with some fine clarity. A tightly bubbled head forms. Trace of lace.

S. Spicey hop profile with a distinctly Euro bready pils smell. Def. smells authentic.

T. Crisp up front with some tettnang and/or saaz providing some earthy bitters. Some cooked veggie/dms in there too. Corn husk. Very light grains.

M. Medium to light bodied, crisp. Heavily carbonated.

D. Fairly drinkable and light. Not a bad beer by any means. Pairs well with assorted sushi and other fish.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw-colored. Decent head with no lacing.

S: Pretty much all honey-like malty sweetness. Hardly any trace of hops. Not a good sign.

T: My fears are assuaged after the first sip. Plenty of crisp, clean hops. Some honey flavors in the background.

M: Light with enough carbonation.

D: A decent pilsner. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't see myself ever seeking this one out. Why does Saranac put this in their winter sampler?

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought this as part of the Saranac Winter seasonal mixed 12 pack.

This is an above average, highly drinkable beer for sure.. why is it in a winter seasonal? I have no idea, but that's besides the fact. Definitely tastes like a Bitburger AKA straight out of Europe kinda pilsener, so it's nice and tart and easy to drink. Goes down smooth and easy with a nice sparking gold color. Great beer.. but they should include this in the summer sampler in the future.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Bright gold, excellent clarity, with a small 1/4 inch head. Dissipates some what quickly to a thin collar.

S - Classic spicy hot aroma, full of pepper and chive. Malt is soft and minimal.

T - Nice peppery and grassy flavor from the hops, followed by a slightly mineral flavor and a touch of bready malt. There's almost something brine-like in the taste as well. Absolutely no bitterness in this brew and the finish is very clean.

M - Well carbonated, and light bodied, what it should be.

D - Near perfect drinkability. The balance in this beer is nearly flawless. Good stuff.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown longneck into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Pours a sparklingly clear straw-gold with a tall, rocky white head that fades slowly to a thick crown. Big, thick rings of lace mark the beer's journey from glass to stomach.

A nicely spicy, somewhat floral Saaz hop bouquet presents itself to the nose, with just the faintest whiff of grain.

A medium-light body and fairly soft carbonation ensconces a crisp palate of mildly sweet malt and grassy, spicy, slightly bitter hop notes. Hops are the dominant feature here, mostly soft but with perhaps a bit more astringency than expected. Quite dry in the finish, with just a light grassy aftertaste lingering.

Very quaffable, and certainly a nice, well-crafted example of the original pale lager. Slight overuse of hops or perhaps a bit too many minerals in the brewing water send out a touch too much bitterness, but aside from that it is a decidedly well-balanced and refreshing Bohemian-style Pilsner.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a mixed twelve pack this beer was a straw gold color that displayed perfect clarity. The head was two fingers thick, off-white, displayed mediocre retention and left some bands of lacing. The aroma was very dry, grainy and 'bright,' bursting with pilsner malt and floral hops to the point of being perfume-like. The first flavors that hit me were clean pilsner malt with hints of biscuit and a semi-sweetness similar to an apple. Hints of lemon and yeast. Good mouthfeel, light bodied and very dry as per the style. A great American example of a Czech Pilsener and quite refreshing.

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Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright clear yellow color. Poured a 2 finger pillowy white head that dissipated to a bubbly skim. Decanted continually. Lased in inconsistent wavy rings.

S: Wet grain and bread. Cut grass, hay and earth.

T: Wet grain mostly. Fizzy and a little weak. Light bitter in the finish. Nothing wrong, just a little shy in character (malt or hop).

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D: Easy to drink for sure, but nothing special.

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Photo of saradad
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a 12oz "pint" glass and formed a 1/2" head that disipated quickly leaving very light lacing around the edges to the bottom of the glass. The color is straw yellow with a good amount of carbonation. The smell is very soft with flowery hops and sweet yeasty bread. The flavor is also soft, almost buttery in feel with sweet notes in front and at the side of the palate and a soft bitterness that lingers for a bit in the not-too-dry finish. There's a citrus note also in the finish that I didn't detect earlier. I think I prefer this Czech style pils over the German styles and their more aggressive hop rates so I'll have to rate this pretty high on the drinkability scale; in fact I think I'll have another right now.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle numbered 2688-1717 and sampled on Super Bowl Sunday 2009.

Appearance - It pours a golden-yellow with about a half inch of foamy white head that remains on top for several minutes. Slow but regular carbonation. Adequate lacing.

Smell - The aroma is most defintely on the malty side. If you really take a whiff you might catch a hint of corn and/or rice but the malts are the key scent.

Mouthfeel - Much better than most Pilsners. Medium body and kind of creamy.

Taste - A very nice balance of malts and grains, almost honey-like without the color. Mild overall. A decent Pilsner and probably onje of the better choices from the Saranac Winter mixed 12-pack. Liked this one a lot.

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Photo of dananabanana
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Foam pours thick, a good finger remains for quite awhile. Lacing is thick, too. Color is yellow, very translucent. Lots of bubbles rise to the top, rapidly.

S: Very sweet, although the trace of malt scent is very weak.

T: Sort of stale wheat on the first sip. Grainy. No hops detectable. Watery. Slight tang later in the beer, with a hint of butterscotch. Not very flavorful.

M: Smooth and light. Somewhat refreshing. Lots of carbonation, maybe a little too much.

D: Not too heavy for more than one, but not flavorful enough to even want to finish your first.

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Photo of nick76
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty with noticeable grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with an average foamy head that leaves lace in the glass. The flavor is like the aroma which means its simple but effective and tastes good. The palate is just right. This is a good example of the style and has no funk or negative qualities whatsoever.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin, quickly dissolving head over gold colored liquid. Smells of barley, black pepper, and candy corn(?).

Crisp and light taste. Some pepper that flows with a wheat/corn sweetness. Faint essence of pear. Heavier carbonation than I'd like.

My previous Pilsener experience being concerned with Miller Lite had blacklisted this style for me. It's back on the list baby!

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Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a faint yellow like straw. The taste is clean with a little hint of hops. Nothing over the top. There is also a hint of a floral taste with a little honey. The smell is slightly floral. The mouthfeel is crisp. Overall a mediocre beer. Is decent for a pilsner compared to marco's but not as good as other micros.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12pack Seasonal

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Golden straw in color, a minimal size head that dissapated into a white wisp of lacing.

Smell: A nice smelling Pilsner, earthy/grass hops are the star of the show. Refreshing florals in the nose, not overly hoppy yet sound and in control.

Taste: A nice lemon-grass finish, again, earthy florals are huge here, a bit of carbonated water and a spice of ester. No fruit profile at all, but you can tell this is a well crafted Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, thin and watery like most Pilsners but leaves the palate with a perfect mix of dry hop finish and hop spice.

Drinkability: What can I say? I grew up loving Pilsners and this one is a perfect stab at the style. You can tell the hops in this have been carefully selected, and the refreshing, yet drinkable finish of this makes this an excellent beer. Should it be included in a Winter Seasonal Pack? NO. But this is still a good brew and a good stab at Pilsner styling from Saranac.

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Photo of jsdunlop
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light, golden straw color with a moderate white head that fades quickly, leaving a thin whispy layering on top of the brew. I notice some veg-all aromas at first, then citrus, sweet malty notes, some grassy hints in there as well. Bitter, lemon zest taste with some floral notes, slight citrus, and lightly sweet with a tart finish. Nice light body with some intense carbonation, high drinkability overall.

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Photo of smedley
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, thick white head which lasts for quite some time, thick lacing.

S - Very slight malty smell, otherwise not much there.

T - A little malty, no hop taste at all. Very light tasting.

M - Thin, high carbonation

D - As with most beers of this style, very drinkable.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours sparkling golden pilsener, nice thick foamy head. Good, solid lacing down the glass. One of the better looking pilseners I've seen.

Strong bready maltiness out of the nose. Like biscuits. No hops to speak of.

More biscuity malt out of the taste. Very malty pilsener here, almost no hops here either.

Good mouth feel. A bit thin, but all pilseners are. People who like the style will love this effort. As with all pilseners, drinkability is the strength of this brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of eporter66
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle into Pint Glass

A - Pale yellow, no head to speak of from pour.

S - A sour hop smell

T - Pretty similiar to the smell. A slight sour flavor behind the bitterness

M - I was surprised that there was quite a tingle on the tongue from the carbonation, since the beer barely produced any head. Other than that a light mouthfeel

D - Crisp, but the sour flavor takes away from the drinkability. I got this in a mixed pack, but would not buy this one on its own.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy light gold in color, with a decent two-inch head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Faint pilsner malt
Taste-Pilsner malt, bready, crisp and smooth. Very faint hop bite. More Saaz would have been more better, in my opinion. That being said, this brew is easily sessionable and would please the masses at a summer cookout.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first review on Beer Advocate and I will try to do my best with reviewing beers.

It pours a golden clear with a inch and half head that disipates very quickly to nothing.Almost no carbonation.Smells very dank ( I am not to good yet with the ingredient's yet). A very sweet taste goes down very smooth. I got this in a holiday pack and I wouldn't buy this if sold on it's own.

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Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac Bohemian Pilsener is a very clear and sparkling golden ale with a thin white head that's bubbly and leaves good lacing. It has a malty, pretzely aroma with a touch of hay. It almost smells salty. It's pretty light bodied, soft and a bit watery with a pretty crisp finish. It has a simple, balanced, malty, pretzely flavor. It makes a good michelada.
(rated Nov 28, 2008)

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Saranac Bohemian Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 238 ratings