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

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

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 147
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #145
Served On: 03/23/2012
Glassware: Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 3/31/2012

This was in the 2011 - 12 Beers of Winter mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a bright golden yellow color. Very clear with a consistent flow of carbonation bubbles floating upward. Head was a thin ½ finger cap of white spongy foam.

Smell: Wet grass with some citrus. Crisp hops. Aroma was very clean and crisp.

Taste: Upfront was some nice carbonated lemon peal with a sweet malt in the background. I also noticed that interesting twang that most Saranac beers seem to have (yeast maybe? or possibly a base malt they use?). Finish and aftertaste were very clean with some faint citrus lingering.

This is a nice pilsner that showed obvious signs of good quality. It always cracks me up when the Miller Lite commercials refer to their beer as a pilsner.

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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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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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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

A- Golden, very translucent, average carbonation, little head.

S- Standard pilsner malty bitterness at first. At a closer smell slightly fruity/earthy smell, hints of pineapple.

T- Standard malty pilsener taste. Slight sweet/fruity aftertaste.

M- Light to medium bodied. Average carbonation. Drinkable.

O- Overall not a bad pilsener. Pretty nice aftertaste. Slightly above average.

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3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Saranac winter mixed 12-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is lightly sweet with a vegetal tinge. Where's the Saaz?

Taste starts with pale malt sweetness, lemony in the middle, with a medium crisp bitter close. Saaz is here, but muted. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is alright as well. Comes off kind of dumbed down, was hoping for a bit more depth in the flavors.

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Saranac Bohemian Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 238 ratings
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