April 16, 2014

Czech Lagers

Pilsner Urquell

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Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell is a bottom-fermented beer produced since 1842 in Pilsen, Bohemia. The beer is today a prominent brand of the global brewing empire SABMiller, which has also started brewing Pilsner Urquell in Poland and Russia.

Pilsner Urquell has a heavier body but slightly less alcohol than typical American-style lagers (with an almost ale-like fruitiness in the malt body) and more strongly hopped than most pilsner beers. Saaz hops, a noble hop variety, are a key element in its flavor profile, as are the use of soft water and fire-brewing. It is available in a 330 ml (third of a litre) and a 500ml (half litre) in both aluminium cans and green bottles.