Saranac Bohemian Pilsener | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Bohemian PilsenerSaranac Bohemian Pilsener
238 Ratings
Saranac Bohemian PilsenerSaranac Bohemian Pilsener

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by generallee on 10-15-2008

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 147
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1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of yelterdow
2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle from the 12 beers of winter seasonal pack, thanks to Dave and Suzin for sharing this. Poured at just over fridge temperature in a classic pilsener glass, after a dinner of chicken quesadillas. Freshness code is lasered on the neck of the bottle; 2948 (or the 294th day of 2008 for those not already in the know).

Appearance- Crystal clear pale straw, as expected for the style. With massive effervescence from the bottom of the glass, the head starts off at about two fingers and reduces to just a finger over the course of a minute. Lacing is decent, leaving trails down the sides.

Smell- Spicy Saaz hops, along with a trace of sweetness from the malts, blend together fine. The aroma becomes more vegetal as the beer comes to temperature... as if corn or some other adjunct might have been used to lighten it. Not nearly as robust or zippy as others of this style.

Taste- Amazingly, this beer tastes almost exactly like Bud. No joke, and I am reviewing this as always with a completely open mind. Jumping back to the aroma for a moment, this even smells like Bud too. Borderline cloying, the taste is actually nothing more to me than rice or corn with the faintest hop suggestion... very disappointing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A quick, fleeting moderate carbonation rises and falls in seconds... the swallow comes and goes without much to talk about. As far as drinkability is concerned, I am floored at the similarities here to Budweiser. Unless you're perfectly happy with a *very* simple, safe example of this style that does not showcase the ingredients effectively, look elsewhere.

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.37/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 20 November 2010 after a long day of yardwork.

Poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, color is straw yellow, 1-finger head disappears into nothing quickly, and there is no lacing whatsoever. Okay so, this beer should be consumed immediately after removing from the fridge, as any warmth contributes to terrible skunk. No aroma -- just light malts. Taste is clean, light malts, no hops, and not a total palate killer, but should be consumed while ICE cold. The only difference between this beer and a Milwaukee's Best Light is that this won't sting your mouth as much. That's it though.

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2.41/5  rDev -28.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of PBoegel
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

was looking forward to trying the new beers from Saranac/Matt's Winter 12 pack.

Appearance is bright clear straw with a nice while head, which leaves some lacing.

Aroma was very toasty and biscuity with a touch of sulfur and fresh cracked grain, very little perceptible Saaz hop character at all. Somewhat light grassy and flowery.

Some faint grassy and earthy hops but dominated by a very grainy and biscuit malt profile, there is a firm bitterness which washes the palate and makes the beer refreshing but overall this is simply not a Bohemian Pilsner.

It is very similar to the Saranac Kolsch with a firmer bitterness.

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2.57/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Bottle was 12oz, light straw color enough you could see through. 1 finger head, some lacing.

S: Citrus smell that isn't offending almost spicy.

T: Was almost tart.

M: Carbonation is stong for my liking.

D: Was hoping for more, did get better as it warmed up.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw yellow color. A decent amount of head, pure white in color. Ultra clear, much like a light-lager; could easily be confused with a light lager if not for the head. Can't hide any imperfections!

If it is made of barley, that is not apparent in the aroma. Again, pale lager smell. Just a touch of Euro (hallertauer? saaz?) hops, but the malt is ricey. Really weak.

Taste, again, is like a pale lager, with just a hint of those extra Saaz/Hallertauer hops thrown in. It's not a bad flavor, per se, but not up to the Saranac standard.

It actually feels pretty good: creamy and fizzy. But overall, this is a very weak offering. A slightly better lager with some okay hops. I should probably evaluate it at face value, because if this was made by Pabst I'm thinking I would probably be singing its praises. But for Saranac, it's disappointing.

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2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear and a very lihgt yellow.
High carbonation evident as the bubbles explode from the bottom of the glass.Big white pillowy head.
Smells of metallic, and an almost raw grain.
Taste is not bad but odd. Bitter with hints of metal. To quote a friend, "this beer tastes like it has a rusty nail in it".
I feel the same of this beer.

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2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, pale yellow body with a one finger head that subsided, but left lacing. Good portents from that.

Aroma was slightly fruity, but with a bit of skunkiness. Expected from a lager.

Taste was of grains, with a hint of hops atop them. Too grainy for my liking. And a definite lager hoppiness that left a funny feeling in my mouth.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Not much legs to this one.

Drinkability is not very good. It just didn't seem to measure up to some of the other good European pilseners I've had.

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2.68/5  rDev -20%
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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2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with a thin 1 finger head (even after an aggressive pour). Retention is awful.

S - Clean barley, light spice, honey, and some very light hops. Mild scent.

T - Classic pilsner malt, unrefined cereal grain, and incredibly light grassy and spicy hops notes. It's simple, and not in a good way. A bit watery, even.

M - Light bodied, carbonated well, but a bit too slick for my tastes.

D - It's not a terrible pils, but it suffers from simplicity and fair quality. Not one I'll have again.

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2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice Czech Pils, sounds like it could hit the spot right now. Pours a bright, pale golden hue with some lighter highlights. The dense, yet effervescent head recedes as expected but leaves a paper thin cap and some sticky wisps and chunks of lace.

Grainy pale malt and spicy Saaz hops are evident. Sweet orange blossom honey and buttered, doughy biscuit. Just a hint of citrus and lingering sweetness.

Crisp with a dry spiciness up front. Notes of dry, husky pale malt and spicy/floral hops. I'm reluctant to say so, but it seems rather dead on the palate in my opinion. The mild flavor is jumbled and dim. The characteristic spicy bite in the beginning is there but the flavor falls a bit short beyond that. Some lingering bitterness sticks around.

Sharp and crisp up front with dryness throughout. A higher carbonation level and a thinner body, even for the style. Overall, I would say, I'm not a fan of this rendition. Not generally characteristic of Saranac, I'd venture to say.

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