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Saranac Bohemian Pilsener | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by generallee on 10-15-2008

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Photo of yelterdow
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
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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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.37/5  rDev -30.3%
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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Photo of dananabanana
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
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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Photo of eporter66
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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 PBoegel
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
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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Photo of e11iott
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
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 -23.5%
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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Photo of dmamiano
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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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Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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 blakelive784
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of letsgopens
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of nrpellegrini
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head that disappears before you can get started. Smells of metallic and bad yeast. Just a very off smell. Tastes stale spiced water with a sour aftertaste. Its just not a good beer. Tastes like a miller or coors light but worse. Stay away.

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Photo of Kooz
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into special Sam Adams beer-drinkin' glass. No head, no lacing, light-colored golden-yellow. Good-looking pils.

No assertive smell. Faint, faint hint of light hops.

Bites a bit, and has a nice bitter aftertaste. A bit too much alcohol flavor.

Decent mouthfeel, a bit creamy. not bad.

A perfectly drinkable pilsener.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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 JamesS
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice clean and clear golden color with just a bit of head and minimal lacing. Crisp and malty scent, if a little skunky. Decent taste, crisp and clean, but little in the way of esters, spice, or anything else besides malt. Goes down fine, although there's quite a bit of carbonation. It would've been an excellent macro lager, but is just a passable pils.

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle of this into a clean pint glass.

A. Light and yellow with some white head that fell into a cap after about 1 minute.

S. This smells like a budweiser.

T. Pretty clean and crisp taste with a nice hint of hops hiding behind the malt. Not a bad taste overall but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

M. Pretty clean and crisp but a hop oil is left on the palette.

D. I might think about finishing the other one in the sampler pack but then again I might not.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- A bit of toasted grain and cooked corn in the nose. Not picking up much hop aroma.

T- Somewhat soapy initially with some sweetness and cereal grain flavor in the finish. Nothing particularly offensive but certainly not a great flavor.

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- This one was ok but it really lacked in flavor and aroma.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden body with a small,white head with pretty good retention and nice lacing untilt he finish of the beer.

S: A slight, malty smell, but nothing of great significance.

T: Similar to the smell; a slight malty taste, but really not much. I was expecting a little bit more robust flavor out of this one.

M: A nice, light, crisp, and refreshing beer that was very good on the palette, especially for the style.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination, but the maltiness could have been a bit more robust in the taste. Overall, still a good beer and I would recommend that they include it in their summer offerings as opposed to the winter mixer as this beer is a much better summer beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the Saranac Winter Mix

A-Small head that quickly dissipates. Clear yellow that you can almost see through. Highly carbonated

S-Lemon and bread scents

T-A synthetic lemon flavor. Not as bad as Pine-Sol but in that feel. Not feeling any bitterness.

M-Light and carbonated

D-Not overly drinkable in winter. Summer it would be fine but I really am curious why it is in a winter pack.

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Photo of jsdunlop
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard yellow appearance with average clarity to it, crisp clean white head. Smelled of noble and saaz hops would be my guess. Nothing skunky.

Bummer, I like skunky, wasn't in the taste either. Rather plain, high carbonation excentuated the hopping and a prickly feeling, but substantive taste profile was lacking. Light mineral and grain mouthfeel. Bitterness is up. Whats the deal, they can't hop an ipa or pale to save their life, but here, they get it right, almost to the point of being on the high end, but I guess I shouldn't complain, just pointing out a weird phenomenon.

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Photo of JMB22
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright sunny fall day and looking for refreshment... This is a pretty decent, highly carbonated (to a fault) easy drinker. Light tan color, white head that disappeared quickly. Clean finish, fairly hopped but the carbonation is a bit much. Reminds me a bit of a higher priced, but no better, pbr. That's not a knock, I like pbr.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Yellow pour, good clarity, 3/4" white head. Aroma had some noble hops, minor in degree.

Highly carbonated pilsner, didn't pop with anything, hopping muted, malt muted, not even some euro lager aromas. Mineral, although the hops do seem to be the only thing present, not bad.

Saranac makes extremely pedestrian beers, this is no exception. Mild grain notes, noble hops, absent yeast impact. Easy enough for your mom to drink.

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Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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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