Czech Premium Pale Lager

Includes styles: Bohemian Pilsner, Czech Pilsner

Recipes:
6,373
BJCP 2021:
03B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Czech Premium Pale Lager is a rich, characterful, and pale lager that hails from the Czech brewing tradition. Renowned for its elegant complexity and smoothness, this beer style prominently features the celebrated Saaz hop variety imparting a distinctive noble hop character. History has it that this style finds its origins in the town of Pilsen in the Czech Republic during the 19th century where it was first brewed by Josef Groll. This style's development was closely tied to advances in malting techniques that produced lighter malts, which when combined with Pilsen's remarkably soft water and local Saaz hops resulted in a clear, golden beer that was quite different from other beers of that time. Its legacy carried forward as it influenced numerous other pale lager styles around the world.

The beer boasts a clean malt sweetness that often suggests a slightly toasted quality with no caramel presence. The flavor profile is characterized by medium to high bitterness yet is balanced deftly with maltiness which should neither overwhelm nor be masked by hops. Traditional Bohemian hops contribute to an herbal and floral bouquet without overwhelming spice notes. Due to fermentation using bottom-fermenting yeast at colder temperatures than their ale counterparts, this lager has very clean fermentation characteristics allowing both malt and hop nuances to shine without fruitiness or diacetyl distractions.

It is important to note how Czech Premium Pale Lager compares and contrasts with related styles. While similar to German-style Pilsners that also embody significant hop profiles, the bitterness tends to be slightly softer and more rounded in Czech variants – reflective of their water chemistry – and opting for balance rather than sheer hop dominance found in some German interpretations. Relating it closer to home within the family of Czech lagers, it sits atop more robustly than its lighter companion – the Czech Pale Lager – with greater intensity of flavors while maintaining finesse – a testament to its premium status.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.2 – 5.8 %

In Database
4.1 < 5.1 < 6.2 %

Bitterness

Specification
30 – 45 IBU

In Database
24 < 37 < 49 IBU

Color

Specification
7 – 12 EBC
4 – 6 SRM

In Database
6 < 8 < 13 EBC
3 < 4 < 6 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 14.7 °P
1.044 – 1.060 OG

In Database
10.3 < 12.6 < 15.1 °P
1.042 < 1.051 < 1.062 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
3.3 – 4.3 °P
1.013 – 1.017 FG

In Database
1.5 < 3.1 < 4.6 °P
1.006 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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