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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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Photo of HappyHophead420
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the 12 Beers of Winter variety pack, poured into a glass.

My first beer review.

Appearance: Pale yellow, not much of a head to speak of but it does leave some lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Light citrus hops, maybe sourdough?

Taste: Citrus-y, much like the smell. Some kind of mellow flavor that balances everything out is apparent, but hard to pin down. The label indicates saaz hops, perhaps that's the culprit.

Mouthfeel: Where this brew truly excels, and why it convinced me to write my first review. I find the crisp texture of Bohemian Pilsner unique, at least in my experience. It's extremely clean, which is a characteristic many of the BMC-loving uninitiated would find pleasing enough to warrant a foray into the world of craft brewing. For that reason alone, I LOVE the way this beer tickles the tongue.

Drinkability: As one would imagine, VERY high.

All in all, my favorite offering in this formidable winter variety pack.

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Photo of mnrider
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown bottle. Pilsner glass

A: Pours a clear yellow with a white one finger head, which lasts awhile and leaves a nice creamy lacing. A lot of lively carbonation.

S: Crisp Smell. Grains of malts and some weak hops of some kind. Pretty clean.

T/M: Reminded me of a Euro lager. Very crisp but leaves a funky dry aftertaste. Hops and malts are lean but well balanced. Not bad at all.

D: This is a pretty good pilsner. Although Nothing remarkable here, I'd have another.


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Photo of asabreed
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Light straw yellow, very light straw yellow, with an immediately fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, then settles with some raindrops on the side.

Smell: Light grass, herbal, and citrus notes. Not much else, but those are there.

Taste: Hints of grass, bitterness, herbal earthiness, citrus, and mildly lingering grapefruit in the end.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with extremely spritzy and carbonated water-type carbonation.

Drinkability: Not undrinkable, not a beer I'd be happy to return to, unless someone had it as a lawnmower brew and offered me one.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a belled glass. The beer is a very light yellow with a tiny white head. I immediately get smells of light malt. There is no lacing nor is there any lasting head.

Smells are classic and not exciting. Hops are subdued and all else is light and refreshing.

Taste is much like the smell with a very refreshing bent. Nothing steps up or jumps out.

Mouthfeel is light and clean and the carbonation is high while the finish is dry and likewise clean.

Drinkability is about as high as one can imagine. With full flavors and light body this is a great pilsener beer. I liken it to Lagunitas Pils and the Shiner 101 Pils but lighter in the grain bill.

Good stuff.


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Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden clear color with a nice two fingers of white fluffy head. The head fairly quickly reduces to a light covering leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Most prevalent are citrus elements and some grassy hop smells. There is also some pale malt aromas to smooth the hops a bit. Some bready aroma also. A bit weak overall though.

T - Starts with a smooth pale malt with a hint of hops bitterness. The malt flavor builds nicely and is joined by the citrus flavors from the nose. The hops really come through at the finish and the aftertaste is a smooth bitter flavor.

M - Light body with moderate assertive carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. The slightly dry finish is nice.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. Super smooth and crisp. Could use a bit more flavor and punch, but it is also far from empty. The flavor profile is really nice and balanced overall, especially the hops.

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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 CHickman
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a massive foamy 2 finger white head that faded very slowly; good lacing which left rings.

Smells of lightly toasted grains, malt, biscuit, grass, light citrus hops, a whiff of caramel and some funky-ness like there was yeast in the mix; the nose was decent and similar to most pilsners.

Taste was very basic, and tasted almost exactly like it smelled with toasted grains, malt, biscuit, grass, light citrus hops, light caramel, hay, flowers and/or light floral hops, yeast and a mild funky spice that left a bitter crisp finish - the type of ending that a Budweiser commercial dreams of. The flavor is dull and seems to be in line with the style, so this would be above average for this category but overall not very exciting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and very crisp, with a very light and almost watery body and feel; this slides down easy and the type of beer that could be consumed in large quantities at a party.

High drinkability, but personally I wouldn't buy a six pack of this. Glad its part of the Saranac mix, but not worth picking out at a beer distributor.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of their winter season 12pk at Shaw's. Pours a straw-yellow crystal-clear body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smells bready with hints of butter and cooked vegetable. Tastes sweet and bready with a decent butter presence and hints of cooked vegetable toward the finish. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. An easy drinker for sure. Could afford to be cleaned up a little but for the most part pleasant and to style. Solid.

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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 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 BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the winter 12pk.

Light yellow body full of bottles with a creamy white head.

Bready malt, grassy hops.

Mild, bready malt presance with a grassy, peppery, lemony hop finish. Surprisingly hop forward for an inexpensive plis. Not that its very bitter, just surprised that it is more prominant.

Crisp, thin body makes for a refreshing, quaffable beer.

The light body and high-ish carbonation that makes many Saranac ales dissapointing actually works with their lagers. Bohemian Pilsner is true to the style. Nice noble hops, great balance. Not sure why its in the winter pack, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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 greenmonstah
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Wimpy little head on this one. Color is slightly dark for a pilsner, but essentially looks average.

S - Grainy and very clean. Maybe slightly floral. Boring but not bad.

T - Grainy, as expected. A touch better than the nose, but not really.

M - Light body, crisp and clean and great action from the bubbles.

D - Goes down easy. Very clean and smooth. One of the high points for a rather average beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle and the final beer I've reviewed from the 12 Beers of Winter pack. Pours a clear straw yellow with minimal head. No lacing. Aromas of malt and grains. Taste is more of the same of the malts and grains. This beer is drinkable but doesn't have much else going for it. Probably the least flavorful of the lot. Tastes slightly better than your average Pilsenser.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onward with the 12 beers of winter

A- straw yellow standard pilsner look. Not much in the head department on this one

S- small lemon scent with some bready tones. There may be a little spice but not too much. Really hurting in the scent department

T- pretty good pilsner taste that has some biterness and slight malt flavor. Very dry but still crisp

M- crisp and light bodied

D- saranac has a decent pilsner here that has good flavor and is drinkable. it's acceptable as a part of this mixer... Just not the best in the pack

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ommegang Tumbler

A: Pours a very transparent yellowish golden color. Pours with very little amount of bubbly head

S: Very fresh smelling brew that really represents the scent id associate with a pilsner, also has a slight sweetness smell to it, possibly lemon?

T: Very smooth tasting brew with a very slight hop finish.

M: slight carbonation tingle but otherwise smooth all the way down

D: it is a very smooth drinking brew but, as with most pilsners, there just isnt enough flavor for me to want to drink more

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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 DavoleBomb
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pokal.

3.0 A: Golden color, but not quite clear. Seems to be some chill haze going on. One finger of frothy white head with poor retention, but a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Main aroma is grassiness. Slightly bready and a small touch of herbal hops. Other than that, not much going on.

3.0 T: Mildly grassy, mildly bready, slightly more than a mild bitterness. Lager yeast remnants. Mild and boring.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery as opposed to creamy. Good, but not any better than that.

3.0 D: Saranac can't help but make boring, easily quaffable brews.

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Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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 RonfromJersey
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, slight chill haze, and a disappointing one finger white head which broke downinto an oil slick in about three pitches.

Pleasant, even assertive, straw nose.

Taste is nicely crisp, a swift sweet note on the center of the tongue quickly engulfed by a crack of bitterness. Finishes clean.

Slightly coarse mouthfeel. Nice drinkability on a hot afternoon.

Not equal to the top PA pilsners, but overall a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear golden color with a big white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of floral hops

T - Has a good clean mildly hoppy taste thats very enjoyable

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Pilseners are not a style that I generally like but I got this in a mix pack and gave it a try and was very surprised with it very easy to drink with a good taste a very good beer at a good value worth trying

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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 superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown longneck into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Pours a sparklingly clear straw-gold with a tall, rocky white head that fades slowly to a thick crown. Big, thick rings of lace mark the beer's journey from glass to stomach.

A nicely spicy, somewhat floral Saaz hop bouquet presents itself to the nose, with just the faintest whiff of grain.

A medium-light body and fairly soft carbonation ensconces a crisp palate of mildly sweet malt and grassy, spicy, slightly bitter hop notes. Hops are the dominant feature here, mostly soft but with perhaps a bit more astringency than expected. Quite dry in the finish, with just a light grassy aftertaste lingering.

Very quaffable, and certainly a nice, well-crafted example of the original pale lager. Slight overuse of hops or perhaps a bit too many minerals in the brewing water send out a touch too much bitterness, but aside from that it is a decidedly well-balanced and refreshing Bohemian-style Pilsner.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Straw-colored. Decent head with no lacing.

S: Pretty much all honey-like malty sweetness. Hardly any trace of hops. Not a good sign.

T: My fears are assuaged after the first sip. Plenty of crisp, clean hops. Some honey flavors in the background.

M: Light with enough carbonation.

D: A decent pilsner. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't see myself ever seeking this one out. Why does Saranac put this in their winter sampler?

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Saranac Bohemian Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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