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Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell

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Czech Republic
Tasting Notes
Minerality, Dry, Grainy, Crisp
Food Pairing
Chicken, Salads & Greens
Suggested Glassware
Pilsner Glass

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Product Description

Pilsner Urquell is the world's first golden pilsner, crisp & balanced with 4.4% ABV. It's a sessionable and refreshing golden pilsner with a slightly sweet, caramelized maltiness, balanced by a smooth, Saaz hop bitterness. Plzen in the Czech Republic was literally born to make beer. When King Wenceslas II of Bohemia founded the city in 1295, he granted its 260 households the right to make beer. For hundreds of years, this worked great. Yet as might expect with this many home brewers, quality varied over time. It was easy to get beer, but not so easy to get good beer. In 1838, several of the more enthusiastic brewers in town declared 36 barrels undrinkable and dumped them out in front of the town hall. This drove the brewing households to join forces and collectively build a brewery- The Citizens Brewery of Plzen. The idea was to create a state of the art brewery to put in place a series of new beer making practices that were making their way across central Europe, such as the production of pale malt. Under the main building they dug a network of ice-cooled tunnels for another new technique called laagering (from the German 'lager'- to store). Four years later they revealed a golden clear, crisp, light-bodied beer that blew the doors off the dark and cloudy beers of the time. Pilsner Urquell is still brewed in the same brewery with the same soft Plzen water, saaz hops from Zatec, Czech barley from Moravia, and the same H-strain yeast. We still germinate and malt ourselves, and continue to triple-decoct our mash over open flames. Pilsner Urquell is the World’s Original Pilsner. With aromas of fresh bread, hints of Saaz hops and honeysuckle, taste notes of caramel maltiness balanced by a distinct bitterness, and a nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth, refreshing finish, it is easy to see why the original pilsner is a great session beer. Excellent choice for craft and import drinkers looking for an authentic, easy drinking beer occasion, such as sporting events, daytime adult beverage activities, warm weather sessionabilty, barbeques, and food pairing occasions that compliment traditional European dishes as well as neutral flavored salted snacks.
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Drizly Expert Notes

Pilsner Urquell is the original golden beer. That's right, before Pilsner, beers were dark and robust, with inconsistent quality. As the first pilsner type blond lager, Pilsner Urquell created the inspiration for much of the beer produced in the world today. Brewed in the Czech Republic, in Plzen, it's history dates back to 1838.

In that year, a momentous event happened in the city. The people of Plzen were tired of bad beer! They protested and dumped 36 barrel of bad beer in the street. Something had to be done! A group of important townsfolk decided to create a brewery that would be run by the city - with rules in place to ensure that quality standards are kept high. They hired a visionary Bavarian brewmaster named Josef Groll to make the beer. He combined new techniques to create a pale malted barley with local Czech hops and the soft water of Plzen to create a new beer.

It shined in the light and the townspeople could see through it! This was a new development! They could ensure that there was no setiment in the beer and that it was pure of contaminants. The townspeople rejoiced! And, just like that, beer was changed forever.

Pilsner Urquell is a Czech pilsner that has an earthy, fresh baked bread aroma, wit hints of hops and honeysuckle. It's suble malty sweetness balances the herbal "noble" Czech hops that give some nice floral notes. Ending with a pleasing bitterness and crisp bite.

Pilsner Urquell is a great go-to beer for hanging out, watching a game, going to a BBQ, or chillin' in the back yard. And, it is so good with food! A roasted chicken, pork loin, or cheese tray with aged cheeses are perfect pairings for this. It's herbal characterics really play nicely with ingredients like rosemary, thyme, or mustard seed.