Czech Premium Pale Lager
Overall Impression: Rich, characterful, pale Czech lager,
with considerable malt and hop character and a long, rounded
finish. Complex yet well-balanced and refreshing. The malt
flavors are complex for a Pilsner-type beer, and the bitterness
is strong but clean and without harshness, which gives a
rounded impression that enhances drinkability.
Aroma: Medium to medium-high bready-rich malt and
medium-low to medium-high spicy, floral, or herbal hop
bouquet; though the balance between the malt and hops may
vary, the interplay is rich and complex. Light diacetyl, or very
low fruity hop-derived esters are acceptable, but need not be
Appearance: Gold to deep gold color. Brilliant to very clear
clarity. Dense, long-lasting, creamy white head.
Flavor: Rich, complex, bready maltiness combined with a
pronounced yet soft and rounded bitterness and floral and
spicy hop flavor. Malt and hop flavors are medium to mediumhigh,
and the malt may contain a slight impression of caramel.
Bitterness is prominent but never harsh. The long finish can be
balanced towards hops or malt but is never aggressively tilted
either way. Light to moderate diacetyl and low hop-derived
esters are acceptable, but need not be present.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation.
Comments: Generally a group of pivo Plzeňského typu, or
Pilsner-type beers. This style is a combination of the Czech
styles světlý ležák (11–12.9 °P) and světlé speciální pivo (13–
14.9 °P). In the Czech Republic, only Pilsner Urquell is called a
Pilsner, despite how widely adopted this name is worldwide.
Kvasnicové (“yeast beer”) versions are popular in the Czech
Republic, and may be either kräusened with yeasted wort or
given a fresh dose of pure yeast after fermentation. These beers
are sometimes cloudy, with subtle yeastiness and enhanced
hop character. Modern examples vary in their malt to hop
balance and many are not as hop-forward as Pilsner Urquell.