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Bohemian Pilsner

Review - Harpoon Brewery's 100 Barrel Series #15: Bohemian Pilsner

"On one of our yearly Harpoon trips abroad to experience beer culture, we traveled to birthplace of this famous style and were very impressed by the history, freshness, and flavor of this beer. We brewed our Bohemian Pilsner in order to taste those wonderful flavors once again.

Our Pilsner is made from three different European malts including a large portion of Pilsner malt which provided the slightly sweet and malty backbone of the beer. In order to achieve the crisp bitterness and aromatic nose, we brewed with Tetnanger and Czech Saaz hops. The beer was dry hopped with the Saaz as well. The authentic Bohemian Pilsner yeast added depth and after a prolonged lagering period helped produce much of the character of this beer. Our Bohemian Pilsner has a smooth, slightly malty flavor that is balanced with a crisp bitterness and clean hop aroma. It brings back great memories of our trip every time I taste it.

I hope you enjoy it as well.


Dan Kenary - Brewer" -- Harpoon Brewery

After having enjoyed the Bohemian Pilsner at its release at the Boston brewery, we elected to pull back a bit, pour ourselves a tall one, and review it from the comfort of the couch. Thinking back to the release night, we remember Dan saying that he compares this offering to Pilsner Urquell, also a Czech pilsner. From the 22 oz. bottle, it pours a light yellow color that pours into a cloudy body that clarifies to a sparkling clear appearance. A large, frothy white head crowns the beer, with good retention and good lacing as we continued to enjoy. Aroma is gentle, with just a subtle hint of yeast in the form of a soapy scent. Initial taste is a light, light sweet that quickly turns to a moderate bitter finish that goes down smooth. Average to long duration on the palate. Light on the mouthfeel, we're left slightly dry with lively carbonation. Despite its large bottle, the low ABV and crisp finish maked this an excellent session beer that we found to be very drinkable.

Reviewed on October 1, 2006.

Type:Czech Pilsner
Source:22 oz. Bottle

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