Originally brewed in Bohemia in 1842, Pilsner Urquell was the world's first pilsner beer. Its name is derived from Plzen, Czechoslovakia, the city were it was first brewed. The second part of the name, Urquell, is German for "original source". This beer is well -respected by beer experts and non- experts all over the world.
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Pilsner Urquell has an aroma of hops and a golden color. One of the most striking characteristics of this beer is its clarity. The beer is crystal clear, without a trace of cloudiness to be found. There isn't much in the way of foam and it settles quickly. The flavor is balanced between sweet and bitter. Pilsner Urquell uses malted barley, Saaz hops, soft water, and lager yeast to produce this product. The result is a beer that tastes smooth and balanced, with a hint of buttery flavor. The alcohol level is 4.4 percent by volume and there are 160 calories per 12 oz. serving. The bitterness level is 40 IBU, but the beer still manages to remain balanced. You would expect a good dose of bitterness with an IBU level this high, but it isn't bitter at all. There is an aftertaste, too, and it's sweet and good.
The use of green bottles does present somewhat of a problem. Green bottles do not offer much protection from light, so it's sometimes possible to get a bottle of Pilsner Urquell that has lost some of its freshness from being "light- struck". This use of green bottles, however, is not likely to change because they have become almost a trademark of the product.
This is one pilsner that can be matched with many, many foods. Because of the buttery flavor that I mentioned earlier, the first thing that comes to my mind is a freshly baked bisquit with melted butter. Pilsner Urquell will also accompany burgers, sausage, hot dogs, popcorn, and a wide range of other foods as well.
Pilsner Urquell is a world classic. It's the original pilsner beer, and its style has been copied by more brewers than any other beer brand or style in the history of brewing. But don't be fooled. There is only one one original pilsner, Pilsner Urquell. Accept no substitutes!
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