About Lagers from Czech Republic

About Lagers from Czech Republic
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 Busche 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


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 finish with notes of strawberry scone, peppered greens, minerals, and almond skin finish. A delightfully nuanced and very tasty Czech style lager that will go well with anything.
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.