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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

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Added by generallee on 10-15-2008

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad that Saranac finally decided to make a Czech Pilsener, it just seems that including such a beer in their winter mixed pack is a little strange. I always think of pilsener as summer stuff, but not these guys. The look is impressive, with a proper light golden color and bountiful white head that leaves a bit of lace as it retreats. Nose is fresh and slightly spicy and hoppy with a hint of citrus.

The initial sip is tart and clean, with the late breaking mix of hops that define the style and enough carbonation and body to hold it together. The flavors could be a little stronger, particularly up front, but the gentle spiciness in the finish takes a back seat to none but the very best Czech pilseners.

Definitely one of the best efforts I've seen from Saranac and pretty tasty regardless of the season.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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 ATPete
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a super transparent golden orange hue with a medium size head that vanishes quickly and leaves only a thin net of foam only small clusters of slow rising carbonation attempt to support the head. Something is off with the nose, way too much malt sweetness going on, as well as a subtle herbal/grassy hop character which, in actuality, should the focus. Too large in body to rival the drinkability of its true Czech brethren, sweet caramel malt, corn husk, and only a subtle burst of bitterness on the finish. Overall, im disappointed, i guess i expected a more crisp and lively interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Crystal clear straw color with a fluffy three finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Floral hop smell on a malt background upon opening the bottle. Once in the glass, smell is of sweet malts with just a hint of hop smell.

T - Sweet and buttery up front followed by a sweet, buttery malt body. The Saaz hops are definitely prevalent in the body, but are subtle and make the body interesting to the drinker. Crisp and slightly sweet finish that slowly transitions into a slightly bitter aftertaste that still seems to be riding on that delicious buttery-malt background.

M - The beer is pretty thin-medium bodied and has ample carbonation to boot. Good for the style.

D - My favorite Pilsner so far! The label was right, this beer does indeed beg to have another taste and I'm quite upset that i've gone through both the Bohemian Pilseners in my winter sampler. Two for Two so far Saranac, very impressed.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with lots of carbonation and a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, grape juice. Flavor of some fruity sweetness and wheat malts. Pretty drinkable and light-bodied. Refreshing.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 13/20

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Photo of dmamiano
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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium straw color, with a nice white head that rises to a couple fingers but fades pretty quick. Visible carbonation, and crystal clear.

Earthy malt aroma, with some spiciness from the Saaz hops. Nothing overpowering, just subtle but very pleasant. Taste is really very clean, a nice subtle sweetness with some hop bitterness. I do get a hint of apple in the middle of this before it fades to a slightly bitter finish. Nothing that lingers here.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, a real nice mouthfeel. I could drink a few of these for sure.

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Photo of FatSean
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle sourced from a 'beers of winter' 12-pack. Thought it was odd that this pils was in the winter mix-pack but not in the summer mix-pack sitting just to the left.

Very nice golden color, thin head with fine bubbles that soon dissapears. Very little lacing, but nice carbonation.

Slightly toasty malts on the nose, hops don't stand out.

Tastes a bit caramely for a pils, but not bad at all. The hops appear on the finish, delicate funkiness to match the soft malts. Seems a muddled, I prefer a crisp biting pils but this beer fits the style quite well.

Mouthfeel is great, very will carbonated and love the hop coating on the tongue.

Quite drinkable to me, as any well crafted pilsener is.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a few bubbles rising lazily to the top. Head is about a finger and a half of white foam, which settles to just a thin, wispy lace but does leave some stick.

Smells of grain with a bit of malt sweetness, and some nice grassy and spicy noble hops.

Taste is also quite grainy and I can easily see some people finding this a bit skunky, but for me the abundance of grassy hops, which have just a bit of apple/pear fruitiness and some spice too, really round this out and make it quite enjoyable. Good amount of hop bitterness which lingers on the palate with some grain.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of a medium body, crisp and smooth. I really enjoy how hoppy this beer is, and I could easily drink quite a few. Very sessionable and solid beer here.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in the seasonal box.

Poured a golden amber with a good finger and a half of white frothy head. Retention was good, lacing was interesting.

Smell is average. Mild malt and floral hop, very crisp and sweet.

Taste is good, smooth. Starts with a sweet tad of biscuity malt, leading into a very mild sweet floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and dry, carbonation is prefectly non-detectable.

Drinkability is good. It's easy to drink and having a few in a row doesn't bring out the alcohol.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.02/5  rDev +20%
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 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 wingman14
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow color with a nice white head that fades fast but leaves lacing. The smell is light of some malt and hops, with some yeasty notes. The taste follows suit some light hop and malt flavor with the yeast notes following in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, light, and smooth. Nice carbonation, good balance in flavor, not powerful, but gets the job done. This is an easy drinker, a good pilsner, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of drseamus
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light straw/amber body with a somewhat thin white head. It should be lighter for the style but it looks pretty good.

S: Pretty decent aroma. Light hop notes with some malt.

T: Nice light flavor with a good crispness. A touch of malt on top of a touch of hop. Nice and light like a pilsener should be.

M: Light bodied with a subtle thickness from some unfermentable malt sugars.

D: Not too bad, especially for a saranac pilsener. I find their beers normally have a distinct aroma and flavor but it isn't present in this light beer.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.22/5  rDev +26%
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 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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Photo of Stimack
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is new to the Saranac Christmas mix. The brew poured to a light yellow color with a fair sized white head that broke down quite quickly. Light grain notes come through giving that seem to give a slight toasted aroma mixed with Saaz hops. The flavors are very clean, the malts come out very nicely and give a nice toasted feel to the flavor. Also the break at the end of the hops, while very subtle is very good. Seems to have just the right amount of carbonation. I think what is nice about this Pilsner is that when compared to the imports that I have has, this seems so fresh. This would be a good brew to include in the summer pack and/or just have this one in 6/12 packs like the pale ale, etc. as I would get this brew for the summer months, very refreshing!

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Photo of sliverX
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poored a golden color with a filmy white head that left a nice bit of lacing
Smelled lightly of hops
Tastes a bit of grainy malts with noticeable light hops
very crisp nicely carbonated
had both from the winter 12 mixer dont think I'd search it out again but I'm not much for Pilseners anyway

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes a lot like most Bohemian Pilsners/Czech Pilsners I've had. Pours dark yellow with good clarity and head. I feel like I should be drinking about a liter of this out of a stein in order to get the full experience of this but it's not bad in a pint glass. I never know what really makes for the "rich" flavor unique to bohemian pilsners It tastes like a mixture of corn and diacetyl. Not unpleasant but I feel like a lot of beer people would think it is a flaw, even if it's part of the style. Still tasty nonetheless. Bit of a soapy mouthfeel, with a lot of grainyness in the nose. Not bad, I get a little sick of that super rich taste after a bit though.

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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 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 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 PatrickJR
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
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 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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