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Brewer’s Stash

February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Make your plans now to join us on Tuesday, February 8 for our next Brewer’s Stash. This month we are featuring the Czech rePublic House, a Czech Pilsner.
Overall Impression:
Rich, characterful, pale Czech lager, with considerable malt and hop character and a long, rounded finish. Complex yet well-balanced and refreshing. The malt flavors are complex for a Pilsner-type beer, and the bitterness is strong but clean and without harshness, which gives a rounded impression that enhances drinkability.
Aroma:
Bready-rich malt and spicy, floral, or herbal hop bouquet, the interplay is rich and complex.
Appearance:
Gold to deep gold color. Brilliant to very clear clarity. Dense, long-lasting, creamy white head.
Flavor:
Rich, complex, bready maltiness combined with a pronounced yet soft and rounded bitterness and floral and spicy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel:
Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation.
History:
Commonly associated with Pilsner Urquell, which was first brewed in 1842 after construction of a new brewhouse by burghers dissatisfied with the standard of beer brewed in Plzeň. Bavarian brewer Josef Groll is credited with first brewing the beer.
Ingredients:
Malts: Pilsner, Carafoam, Munich I, Caramel 30, Acidulated
Hops: Czech Saaz
Yeast: Lager
Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.045
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 30
SRM: 5
ABV: 4.6%
Style Comparison: Czech Pils vs. German Pils
In short, a Czech Pils will have more color, malt richness, and body than a German Pils, with a fuller finish and a cleaner, softer impression.
Czech-style Pilsners are pale gold in color while a German-style Pilsner is pale yellow. A Czech Pils will have a low-to-medium hop profile, and almost exclusively use the native Czech Saaz hop which gives a spiciness to the overall flavor. The German Pils tends to utilize German hops, such as Tettnang or Hallertau Mittelfrueh and they’re bitterness is more pronounced. Often, Czech-style Pilsners are slightly more malt-forward, with notes of biscuit, cracker and bread. German Pils will trend to have flavors of lemon and honey. Czech Pils can be lower in carbonation and have a more full, rounded mouthfeel. They finish crisp and refreshing. German Pils tend to have higher carbonation, a drier, lighter mouthfeel and finish crisp with a lingering bitterness.