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Plzensky Prazdroj Pilsner Urquell

The bottle of the beer

Type: Pilsner

Alcohol: 4.40 % abv

Rate: 4/5

Country: Czech Republic


This is an authentic piece of history. Before this beer was made in 1842, lagers the way we know today did not exist, yet. All the beers were dark and thicker than what we are used today. In 1842, in a town called Plzeň (in the modern Czech Republic), a Bavarian brewer called Josef Groll used all the latest brewing techniques to make this golden beer, brighter than any other beer of that time, with a mild and a refreshing taste. He called it Pilsner, after the name of the city where he was living. The modern beer is very similar to the original one. The word Urquell means 'Original source' in German.
It has a bright golden colour with a small but dense long-lasting head. It smells of hop, the taste is sweet but quite weak, the aftertaste is much stronger and bitter. Nowadays there are better lagers around, but this one has an historical value.