omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
[Bottled] To get this strait it never really was half the beer the Pilsner Urquell once was, but at least it used to be a dry, firm and freshly hoppy pilsner. That has chnged. It pours pale golden with average head. Perhaps the slightest hint of saaz hops remains, but it’s really Heinekenized and void of any real character. Medium bodied with somewhat mellow mouthfeel and low-medium bitterness. Hasn’t got much to separate it from the Carlsberg’s of the world anymore. I’ve had my last bottle of it...
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tried in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Small white head. Clear golden color. Nice flower taste. Really nice overall !! I’m suprised because I really don’t like Pilsner usually (because of a lack of taste). This is the best Pilsner I’ve had so far !!
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rating Czech pilseners from the bottle half a world away seems a bit like rating Prague Castle from photographs. Sure, you get half an idea of what it’s about but it’s a far cry from being there. Bohemian pilseners are all about freshness, and the bottled versions that reach us elsewhere in the world are anything but - especially if they’re exported in skunky green bottles. I remember the disappointment of returning from Prague raving about the beer and opening several hugely underwhelming bottles for friends who wondered what on earth I saw in them. I can’t think of another style that loses its magic as quickly. However, if they export it, it’s available for rating, so here goes. Staropramen Lezak (labelled as "Premium Beer"" for the Australian market) is deep gold and poured with boisterous lacing head. The aroma is marginally light-struck but better than expected. At fridge temperature, it’s quite metallic, like sniffing a watertank, with some Saaz grassiness. Overall, it’s quite flinty and austere under the nose. Pale malts dominate the palate initially - breadsticks, butter, sugars - with a firm bitter finish. Very smooth and integrated. Quite dry in the swallow. A decent bottled Bohemian. (33cl bottle from Clovelly Vintage Cellars; best before 10/3/07)
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Another cheapish pils. Good head, but a little lite on the body and the flavor was only so so.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden orange with few bubbles but a decent head that laced quite a lot. Floral hop aroma, with a bit of buttery diacetyl. Some bitterness, but not as much as you’d expect from a bohemian. It is smoothed out by some sweet malt but it would serve the beer better if it was a touch drier. Thankfully there are many better examples of the style out there.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Bright gold with a coarse, fluffy, nearly white head. Sweet flowery aromas with, of course, skunk. Very light malt flavors with some tasty Czech hop flavors and minimal bitterness. Thin bodied and fairly dry. Kind of a Urquell lite. I’m sure I could drink this easily, but it’s not worth the price when Urquell is better.
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft in a number of locations in Prague. I had been told Czech beer was supposed to be among the best in the world. This brew was everywhere, and seemed to be the MGD of the Czech Republic. Golden yellow with small white head with good lacing. Strong citrus nose with mild hops. Smooth drinking. Generally a mild pilsener with nothing remarknble at all. I sure expected more.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Seriously disappointing. I was expecting a full flavored, pils, or, perhaps, a toned-down pils for the American market. What I got was little more than an under-hopped lager. Indeed, my reaction to the mouth, the nose, the appearance, was uniformly "just a well made lager." // Just a lager ... maybe not even well made.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Pours a pale amber color with lacy white head.
The aroma is lightly citrus.
Light body with medium carbonation.
The taste has some nutty, spicy notes with a piney finish. Tasty, but seems a bit light on the malt and hops for a Bomemian Pils.
markas101 (2088) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet smelling, fairly sweet on the palate, some hops with a bitter finish. Decent with spicy food.