It says something when you tell a brewer you're an IPA guy and he still pours you a pilsner.
"This is a hard beer to make," said Doyle, asking me what I thought. "But it's a very good one."
I didn't know what I thought. I didn't want to be influenced by my surroundings, so I waited to review the beer. I bought a six-pack of Bohemian Pilsner a week later to test the beer on my home turf.
The beer pours a faded yellow with a big, wispy head. Tiny bubbles rapidly rise to the top of my glass. It's a pilsner, alright.
It's hard to get excited about a pilsner because often times there's nothing to one. It's not hard to get a pale lager. Like a cup of coffee, pilsners are everywhere. Harpoon brews theirs with Tettnang and Saaz hops. At 48 IBUs, you can taste the hops. That's a good start.
Extended lagering smooths out the beer. It's got as much hop flavor as some milder IPAs, but it's much dryer. I get some lemony citrus flavor. This is a clean brew, good for summer days (or nights) and good for your friends who have no idea what a pilsner is (on second thought, give them your leftover Buds). It's available in a six-pack or in Harpoon's Summer mix pack. It's not my favorite style of beer, but I respect the work that went into it. The beer is 4.7 percent ABV. A six-pack costs around $9.