189. Bohemian Pilsner

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Australian lager
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Bohemian Pilsner - BOTTLEBohemian Pilsner

Company info:
Black Heart Brewery
Brighton, VIC


Bottle size sampled: 500 mL

Alcohol: 5.9%
Standard drinks: 2.4

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: TBC

Label info: ‘The best things take time, like the rich malty concoction from the city of Plzn. Originally cool ferment with Czech yeast, it is then lagered for several months, at a freezing temperature, to create a clear crisp bitter’

What the label really means: I am already getting a strong impression that this brew has been made with heart.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Very classy, very cool. The label is predominantly beige matte finished with a blood coloured heart at the top that has a beautiful gloss that helps it jump out at you. From behind the heart rays of light shine out in all directions across the label, while underneath the heart the words ‘Black Heart Brewery’ are inscribed in a hand-drawn postbill font. It works, and it works damn well. It has an edginess to it, a roughness emphasised by the hand-drawn qualities. Take a closer look and down the bottom of the label is a water mark of a very very subtle rising brown stain. It harks back to perhaps home-brew roots, but definitely craft brew creation. Excellent.

I give it a label rating of 8.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Hoppy, citrussy fresh. Smells great.Bohemian Pilsner - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – This is one exquisitely refined brew. It’s full-bodied with well crafted bitterness that lingers like a lover at an airport awaiting departure. The bitterness hits at the back of the mouth propelled by zesty citrus flavours that define the over all mouth feel and push it into clearly refreshing territory. It’s complex and beautiful.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Surprisingly, this is almost as good from the bottle as it is from the glass. The depth of flavour is still very evident but doesn’t quite have the same refined finish. Stick to the glass is my recommendation.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: A finely salt and peppered squid dish would set this brew ablaze.

Best season to appreciate: A great outdoor Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? Yes please! Delicious!

NEXT WEEK: Doss Blockos

  1. […] and I am damned excited by this. Over all the label is not as powerful as the previously reviewed Bohemian Pilsner (I’m longing for that red, bloody heart), but it’s a damn fine […]


  2. Thanks for the great comments re the label!! Great when your work is being appreciated (taking nothing away from the beer, of course! :))


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Cheers guys!
      Are you able to provide a bit of background on the faint brown water mark at the bottom of the label? What is the inspiration there and did I get close?


  3. Jayc Salter says:

    Great review Mason. I read this one late last night and all i wanted to do was go get a bottle of this liquid gold and guzzle it. I will seek this one out next time I am at Brother Murphys for sure.


    • radiosnivins says:

      No cheese. Murphett’s don’t sell it. It chills me to say this – you’re gunna hafta try an indy foozer, but beware, indy foozers are the carnies of the packaged plonk industry. With few exceptions, they’re unscrupulous. Three pieces of advice. 1. Don’t ring them first. Just lob. They’ll tell you they have anything to get you in store. 2. Check the use-by date. They’re big fans of removing them. 3. Wear your wallet in your undies.

      Good luck, and may the fooze be with you.


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