Episode #34: Czech Pilsner Tasting

Although the original pilsners came from the Czech Republic, they are often overshadowed by their crisper, lighter German cousins. Today we go back to the original source of Pils, tasting the first ever golden lager, as well as two more of it’s Czech counterparts.

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Pilsner Urquell
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Comments 6 

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Wow, that’s really cool. I didn’t know there were Pilsner Urquell restaurants. BTW, keep your eyes peeled during the next episodes. Thanks to a helpful viewer of the show, you may be seeing a whole bunch of Short’s…

  1. From "castello" :

    I was going to complain about the camera work but I was watching on facebook. When I came over here the focus was a little better. At least I could read the labels better.
    Good show! Where did you get a can of PU?! I want some and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here on the left coast. 16 ounces? The Stella cans are 14.9 ounces!?
    Where are the shout-outs? I asked for a PU taste test after episode 6. 😉
    I’d have given the PU 101 points(on the castello scale)as it is THE standard and I’ve never had a better one! Have you? 93 is pretty good though and if it didn’t rock your world I can understand.

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      Castello, any time you want a shout-out all you need to do is ask. 🙂 Cans of Pilsner Urquell are pretty widely available around here, and it what I usually reach for if possible.

      In terms of points, I think 93 is pretty good. Maybe I could have gone higher, since I certainly think it’s one of the best. THE best Czech pils I’ve ever tasted was a one-off run from New Glarus. Good luck finding that one unfortunately. In general, I really think freshness matters. Have a PU at the source may be unbeatable, which brings me back to my 93 score. If I gave it a 99, then had one right from the tank at the brewery, what do I do? Only go one point higher?

  2. From "castello" :

    Yes 😉 but my scale goes to at least 105!

  3. From "Charles" :

    I was in Prague in July last year. Beer is actually cheaper than water in the restaurants. It’s interesting how they deliver beer to the bars and restaurants. Their beer trucks are actually tanker trucks like you see hauling gasoline in the U.S. They connect a large hose to the truck and pump the beer into large holding tanks inside the bar or restaurant. The Pilsner Urquell was great.

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