Pilsner Urquell, the most famous of all Czech Beers. The Czech Republic is a small nation with a rich brewing tradition. It is world famous for its beer, and none is more world famous than Pilsner Urquell. It is The Los Angeles Lakers, The New York Yankees, and New England Patriots of Czech beer: sometimes disliked and looked at with disdain because of popularity, but perennially and undeniably excellent.
It is brewed in Plzen, Czech Republic, not far from the capital city, Prague. This beer is as proud of its heritage as the country that brews it. The label displays PLZEN in bright green letters, and makes sure to remind you that it is the original pilsner, being brewed since 1842. The body is a golden color, and it pours nicely with a foamy head. You can tell right away that this isn’t some cheap yellow colored lager that you can buy stateside. The head dissipates quickly and the flavor only improves as you go down the mug. The final few sips are slightly bitter , but there is very little aftertaste. The flavor throughout is quite strong for a Czech lager, and the smell is slightly skunky…but not in a bad way. The flavor is malty throughout.
Some say that it doesn’t travel well, and I cannot disagree with that. The Urquell I have had at home in America isn’t as good as the kind that I can get here in Prague. Not only that….but the price is unbeatable. Here in Prague, it costs little more than 1 euro or roughly $1.50 at the store for one, which means that you can have as many as you can handle. In the end, I give this beer a 4.6 out of 5 so grab a Plzen(as the locals call it) and say NAZDRAVI!
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