by F. Sot Fitzgerald
Some time back I picked up a 16 ounce bottle of Rebel Beer, drank it, and wrote a scathing review of it. Of it, I said:
"At present it is wretched- a horrible joke of a beer."
|"To put matters bluntly- Rebel
ranks (no pun intended) right up there with Lomza.
Unlike Lomza, though, it isn't gritty. You don't feel as though you've
choked down water from a rusty sewer pipe. Still- it's a greasy,
thick yellow beer that stinks like hell. The stench is reminiscent
of an awful concoction like Red, White, and Blue...or Old Dutch....or Dreweries....Indeed,
Wiedeman's- that rotten barrel bottle hillbilly beer is better than this.
It's salty, bitter, stinky and just wrong."
"As anyone who read my reviews knows, I'm not a terribly picky man. In fact, I'll drink damn near anything. This however, I'd rather not drink again. With each slurp I can't help my face from bunching up."
Though I disavow none of those statements, I can now tell you that none of this is true about Czech Rebel. How now? Simple- I had gotten a bottle that had come from a bad batch. I learned this after Mr. Robert Bruzzi of Czech Beer Importers, Inc. in Darien, CT, saw my review and wrote me a feverish note explaining the problem and then shipped me some good bottles.
So, let me tell you the truth about good Czech Rebel beer.
It is golden and clear and there is nothing rotten, wrong, or bad about the taste of Czech Rebel whatsoever. Drink this pilsner cold, cool or even warm and you'll find that it is a touch salty and has a pleasant citrus twinge, followed by notes of roasted grain. It is well balanced, clean, and well worth the price, which is comparable to low-priced rotten American domestic beers.
Czech Rebel, by virtue of being clean and not laced with any exotic flavors or aromas, will likely appeal strongly to anyone who was raised on domestic beers...Or anyone who wants something cools and fresh on a hot day...Or something to pair with a hotdog or burger or steak (Rating ***1/4)