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

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Added by generallee on 10-15-2008

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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

a pretty standard czech style pils. lighter and a little more hoppy than its german counterpart. saranac does a decent job with this one, apparently adding some noble hop varieties for flavor. pours a standard golden color and has a small white head. smells more oppy than most. saaz hops? a mellow malty body and vibrant carbonation make this fairly drinkable, if unexciting. hoppy enough to go in their winter mixer. not bad, not great

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear pale yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer was grainy with some soft grassy notes on the nose. The taste of the beer was decent, it had some light earthy flavors mixed with a bit of sweet grain with the lager yeast finishing up. The mouthfeel was thin but had a decent carbonation to it. Overall, Not the best Pilsner out there but I found it to be a good beer to start a night with and move on from there.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a frothy head that delivers both retention and lacing

Smell: Bready, somewhat grainy and grassy, with an underlying sweetness

Taste: Starts out bready, with a lively grassy element that builds by mid-palate, though it fades after the swallow and the finish is surprisingly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but just an average example of the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet mostly from grains and caramel.

T - It tasted of caramel, grains, barley and some yeasty-like flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is actually a pretty good representation of the Czech pils style. Easy drinking and light is seems like it should be in their summer pack not the winter pack.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of grain and barley. There's a little bit of malt sweetness and a good hops presence that brings some balance. However, it's a little bland even for the style. The after-taste is bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there really isn't enough to it that would make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Pours honey colored with one finger of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Canned corn & grassy hops

T: Grassy hops, slight floral & lemony hops, plus breadyness up front. Leafy hops come through as this warms. Finishes crisp with a slight metallic twang & grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy, not a bad take on the style

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, lightly effervescent, yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head. Tiny bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pils maltiness with a distinct doughy character and notes of honey and Noble hops.

Taste: Pils malts, lightly doughy, with a light honey-like sweetness. Floral, spicy Saaz hops with a balancing bitterness. Minor citrus hints. Lingering doughy flavor on the crisp, very lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle no freshness date though it was part of their winter 12-pack 10'-11'.

Substantial amount of foam from a firm decanting, crystal clear pale golden color. Oily hop nose; herbal and spicy with a dried grass maltiness in the back. Some crispness in the lighter bitty mouth feel. Spicy hops meet a dried grassiness that comes off a little sweet. Oily hop is pretty interesting, the malt I expect to be more crisp and all the way dry.

While this brew might be clean and lager-like it does not resemble the pilseners I have had over the years ... decent but one bottle was more than enough.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tastings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night! Big thanks to Alex for pulling through on the bulk of these

very light golden pour with loads of carbonation and a little head of white that seems to stick on top for just the slighest bit of time. aroma is light biscuit, hints of grain, touches of light banana an spice. taste is about the same but seems to be just a touch off for me. not the way it is supposed to work for sure. light finish leaves almost no aftertaste and it is over before it began.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a decent white head that dissipates slowly leaving minimal lace. Smells of bready grain with a hint of butterscotch and earthy spicy grassy hops. Taste is a little sweet and lacking enough hops. Sweet bready almost honey like malt with a smidgen of spicy hops. Medium body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Decent flavorful beer, but not quite a bohemian pilsner.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a good amount of soft, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy with a faint malt note. The taste is malty up front and slightly sweet, and then the Saaz hops come in and add balance and a nice earthy, grassy finish. This is a light bodied, well carbonated, very smooth beer.

This is a pretty good beer. It's brewed to style so nothing exceptional here, but it's smooth and balanced. The slight sweetness is really the only drawback.

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Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a pub glass. Thanks to Eric for sharing the variety of saranac winter brews with me.

This offering appears a clear light yellow color with a finger of white head that quickly dissolves back to a thin film across the top. The film is supported across the top by constantly rising bubbles. Each sip leaves patches of lace around the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength that quickly fades.

The aroma of this brew includes an aroma of cereal grains. A tiny bit of grassy and citrus hoppiness. Very faint fruit indication minorly reminiscent of pear. There is an overall sweetness about this brew's aroma. Other than the grainy character the aroma doesn't offer up much until it warms and it has a light floral aspect that meshes well with the cereal grain character.

The taste of this brew includes the cereal grain flavor upfront that doesn't last beyond the first sip or two. It gets overtaken by an herbal and grassy bitterness mid palate which is a little more bold than expected and not that enjoyable. It has a slight mineral or sulfur indication which does no bode well with the other flavors that emerge as this brew warms. Instead of the smooth blending flavors I expect in a pils, this brew is a contrasting mess with the bitterness being a little excessive and unbalanced.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. It finishes crisp but leaves an uncharacteristic off flavor inside the mouth taste like minerals and suflur which is not enjoyable. The sub 5% abv allows it to be easy drinking but I couldn't finish the glass let alone go for another. Perhaps if this was served mouth numbingly cold I might have enjoyed it a bit more. I would not try this one again.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale straw colored golden hue with a bright white head, forms thick and dwindles slowly leaving thin speckled lacing all around my glass. Mild sweetness with biscuit pilsner malt and lemongrass light zesty hop spice character flowing together. Flavors have a crisp sweetness with ample bitterness, very solid mix of malt and hops. Not an over the top Czech pils, but if this sold in sixpacks it would be really popular. More zesty hops with light lemongrass citrus hop qualities and balancing light toasted malts. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with refreshingly crisp carbonation. Drinkability is solid all around easy going hoppy pils, very enjoyable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the winter variety pack - Poured into pils glass:

Pours light gold with a large fluffy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of light grass, some yeasty breadiness and grainy malt.

The taste is grassy - plenty of Saaz hops - with balancing pils malt - grainy, even slightly nutty. There is a leafy bitterness balanced by a sweet touch. It has a clean, crisp finish.

It is light-bodied, towards medium for the style. A bit of water comes through, along with a touch of fizz. It is crisp.

This is a refreshing brew and a nice traditional take on the style. True to style. More expected in the summer pack, but nice to have a "refresher" in the winter to change things up!

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Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, grains are present, a touch of hops, not bad but nothing special. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly average beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, totally clear, smallish head, fair retention, good lace.

Classic pilsener aroma and taste; Saaz hops, grass, light floral notes, well balanced with a faintly sweet malt flavor.

Moderate carbonation, medium-thin body, a bit watery, easy to drinking. Feels like it could be a bit crisper.

Not bad, not great. Decent Pils, fairly refreshing, but lacking the clean, crisp character of the best of the style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was rather neutral and featured a very light grain and noble hop.

The taste was upfront light and dare I say bland. However, an incredibly doughy flavor appeared at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and very easy to drink pils.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pilsner malt scent along with a light Czech hop aroma. It's crisp and refreshing. The taste is good as well. It has an easy drinking pilsner malt flavor that goes down quick and finishes clean with a bit of Saaz hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty well brewed pilsner. It tastey and easy drinking.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
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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