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Saint Arnold Icon Red - Bohemian Pils

Saint Arnold Icon Red - Bohemian Pils
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This beer starts with the distinctive Saaz hop nose, then a pleasant maltiness for such a light beer followed by a floral, spicy and earthy hop flavor that closes with a focused bitter finish. Very refreshing. The inspiration for this beer comes from hop buying trips to the Czech Republic. The unfiltered, unpasteurized pilsners that you find there at the birthplace of the style gave the idea of recreating that same beer, but with an increased emphasis on the flavor and aromatic qualities of the hops. We used one malt (pils) and one hop (Saaz) in brewing the beer. The maltiness is derived from the decoction mash, a traditional and rarely used method for heating the mash by removing a portion of the mash, boiling it, and then mixing it back in. The boiling causing caramelization that deepens the beers color and lowers the fermentability of the sugars resulting in a slightly richer bodied beer. Saaz hops are the only hop used in brewing that have never been hybridized, dating back to when hops were first used in brewing hundreds of years ago. This beer is best enjoyed at 40° to 55°F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Draft from notes. Hazy yellow color. Aroma of dusty white pepper. Taste is plain lager-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2014
pours golden with white head. Smell is a good mix of malt hops and yeast, but leaning towards malt and yeast. taste is balanced and crisp with a slight metallic hop bite and crispness and some slight yeast flavor. Nice crisp body. Pretty good and very drinkable. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (851) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Cereal grain, straw, and floral Saaz hop aromas. Well-developed palate with a subtle sophistication that I really enjoyed. Finishes rather clean with a hint of lingering hop bitterness. A fantastic interpretation of the bohemian pils style. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle:   Somewhat of a dry straw type pilsner.   Not a sweet grassy type.   Clean, but really needs some sweetness.   Seems drier than most.   Lingering dry straw/hay on the exit.   At least its clean, but it really needs some grassy sweetness.   Thanks Bill!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
At my place with Taylor on kosmos filing day. Munich malt, with a light grain malty bite, chewy, grainy, hay, very bready

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2937) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Least interesting Icon so far but then, is there such a thing as an interesting pils?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
dlihcsnatas (625) - Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Somewhat hazy golden brew with decent head. Smelled of a typical pils and taste was about the same. Nothing really special about this one. While yes it was a decent Pils, and I am not a huge fan of Pils, for the price I was expecting so much more and just did not get it. So OVERALL... Just a way overpriced Pils that can be matched with so many others for way less cost. Sad to see since I have been impressed before with the Icon series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pale golden beer out of the bottle with a small white head. Light grainy nose with some lemon hop notes. Malts like biscuits and white bread with some lemon cracker finish. Nice, clean beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1182) - , Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
very drinkable! not much aroma - grain? cloudy clear pour if that makes sense. hops up front and well balanced with malts - end is a little odd; just kind of dries up? drinkable beer for warmer weather.

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