About Czech Beer

About Czech Beer
The Czech Republic: Home of Pilsner

The Czech Republic has played an important role in the development of the type of beer we commonly drink today. In the early 19th century, Bohemian brewers pioneered the development of pilsners—a style that we commonly associate with pale, well-hopped lagers with crisp carbonation. Pilsner Urquell, made in the town of Pilsen, is still one of the most popular Czech beer exports, and a fine benchmark of the style.

The history of Czech beer styles does not end with pilsners. In the latter part of the 19th century, American brewery owner Adolphus Busch first encountered a local style in a town called Ceské Budejovice. The beer, better known in Europe by the town’s German name, Budweis, was none other than the original Budweiser Budvar, or Czech “Bud.” It is from this style that Busch developed his own variation in the United States, producing Budweiser in the giant Anheuser-Busch brewery based in Missouri.

The Czech Republic is also a major grower and exporter of the finest hops used for pilsner-style lagers. These hops are typically imported in large volumes by U.S. brewers, and are used in attempts to brew beer outside of the Czech Republic with just as much character, quality and flavor.

Top Picks for Czech Republic

Prager Cider Honey Cider
90 points
Brilliant gold color. Delicate, interesting, toasty aromas and flavors of graham cracker, rye crisp, and granola, honey roasted golden beets and apples, and apple pie crust with a soft, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length suede, honeycomb, buttered toast, and earth finish. An intriguingly toasty and honeyed cider.
Bernard Bohemian Lager
89 points
Brilliant old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of hominy, mesclun, herb muffin, and hint of floral fruity beeswax with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, long strawberry scone, peppered greens, minerals, and almond skin finish. A delightfully nuanced and very tasty Czech style lager that will go well with anything.
Prager Cider "10"Cider
87 points
Golden amber color. Earthy, phenolic smoky aromas of apple tree, candle wax, reduced lemon, and alfalfa and straw with a satiny, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long apple butter on cinnamon raisin toast, honeyed nut brittle, grilled root vegetable, and grass finish. A rather enigmatic earthy cider.
Bernard Dunkel
86 points
Hazy dark brown color. Interesting aromas of mocha gelato, bbq rub, and chocolate nut bar with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium arugula, pepper bread toast, grassy earth, and coffee finish. A vibrantly delicious, nicely astringent dark lager that will be very versatile.
Prager Cider "12" Cider
86 points
Clear amber color. Delicate, fruity, sweet green herbal aromas and flavors of dried apple, toasted nut brittle, and chestnut honeyed tea with an even, vibrant, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a polished, fast toasty apple tart, delicate baking spice, and lemon marmalade on toast finish. A mellow, lightly spicy cider.