The magic of Pilsner Urquell has become synonymous with the Czech Republic and rightly so. There is nothing more refreshing, more enjoyable than a perfectly poured, freshly brewed Pilsner Urquell. A good Pilsner Urquell, which actually isn’t the easiest thing to find on the streets of Prague, is pure bliss.
To start, Pilsner Urquell (12°/4,4%) has a thick, frothy, milky white head, that sits atop a golden, deep yellow bitter pale lager. The characteristic taste is that of fresh Saaz hops, which give it a distinct bitterness unique only to Pilsner Urquell. The texture of this beer is where the magic is; as it rolls across your tongue, you’ll notice that it’s a smooth, weighty liquid that fluidly fills your mouth, without creating a heaviness. Having a refined texture, the strength is not in the body but in the complexity of flavor. The bitterness isn’t overwhelming, but only intensifies as you swallow, hitting the top of your mouth. From the beginning to the end your tongue experiences a variety of evolving flavors from a hint of sweetness at its tip, to a light warm flavor of nuts mixed with caramel, and lastly to the sharp crisp bitterness that bites at the back of your mouth.
As for the history of this famous beer, Pilsner Urquell was first brewed in 1842 in the City of Plzen in the eastern part of Bohemia. Pilsner Urquell is undoubtably the most famous beer of the Czech Republic and the first beer of its kind- hence the name ‘pilsen’ as a style of beer today. Nowadays, this beer is enthusiastically drunk all across the world, but the freshest Pilsner Urquell can only be found in the best of Czech pubs.