Czech Pale Lager

Recipes:
587
BJCP 2021:
03A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Low
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Czech Pale Lager is a refreshing, light-bodied lager that embodies the traditions of Czech brewing. This beer typically showcases the quality and character of local ingredients, particularly the renowned Bohemian malts and soft water which are native to the region, alongside Saaz or other noble-type hops. Historically rooted in the 19th century, this style evolved as a lighter alternative to darker lagers, responding to a growing thirst for more quaffable and less filling beers that still maintained a rich flavor profile.

In relation to other styles, Czech Pale Lager shares similarities with other European pale lagers. However, what often distinguishes it from its counterparts is its softer water profile, moderate yet distinctive hop presence, and the decoction mashing process that enhances its malt flavors without adding too much residual sweetness. It's typically less bitter than German Pilsners and has a distinctly rounder malt character compared to many International Lager styles which are often produced using adjuncts like corn or rice to lighten the body.

The appearance of Czech Pale Lager is usually a clear golden color with a frothy white head that's quite persistent due to good carbonation. Aroma profiles are characterized by a harmonious blend of malty sweetness with floral and slightly spicy hop notes; diacetyl can be present but should only add complexity rather than dominate. This style presents an elegant balance between the soft, bready or biscuity malt characters and the mild to moderate bitterness imparted by hops that may also contribute some level of earthy or herbal qualities.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
3.0 – 4.1 %

In Database
3.0 < 4.1 < 4.5 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 35 IBU

In Database
14 < 28 < 41 IBU

Color

Specification
6 – 12 EBC
3 – 6 SRM

In Database
5 < 7 < 12 EBC
2 < 3 < 6 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
7.1 – 10.9 °P
1.028 – 1.044 OG

In Database
7.1 < 10.2 < 12.8 °P
1.028 < 1.041 < 1.052 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.1 < 2.5 < 4.0 °P
1.004 < 1.010 < 1.016 FG

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