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Czech Pilsner

Also called Bohemian Pilsner, the Pilsner (or Pilsener) style was first introduced in 1842 in the city of Plze? in the western Czech Republic. Pilsner beer was revolutionary, sweeping Europe as the first-ever palatable, clear, golden-yellow brew. The best Pilsner beers are characterized by a bready, biscuity, toasty malt profile with a gentle, spicy Noble hop character from indigenous Žatec hops. A flavorful malt backbone balances their signature hop bitterness, delivering an overall clean flavor with little to no fruity yeast esters. A proper pour of Czech Pilsner yields a dense, frothy white head.

Characteristics: Balanced, biscuity, toasty, crisp, medium-bodied
ABV range: 4.1-5.3% IBU: 30-45
Popular Czech Pilsner beer brands: Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen, Czech Rebel, Golden Pheasant, B.B. Bürgerbräu, Lagunitas PILS, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Serving Temperature: Cool, 46-54°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Edam, Chèvre, aged Gouda, Havarti, Monterey Jack, mild Cheddar
Food Pairing Ideas: Light fare, including salads, crab, lobster, salmon and chicken; fried foods; spicy Mexican entrees

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