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3A - Czech Pale Lager

ABV: 3-4.1%
OG/FG: 1.028-1.044/1.008-1.014
SRM: 3-6

Overall Impression

A lighter-bodied, rich, refreshing, hoppy, bitter pale Czech lager having the familiar flavors of the stronger Czech Premium Pale Lager (Pilsner-type) beer but in a lower alcohol, lighter-bodied, and slightly less intense format.

Appearance

Light yellow to deep gold color. Brilliant to very clear, with a long-lasting, creamy white head.

Aroma

Light to moderate bready-rich malt combined with light to moderate spicy or herbal hop bouquet; the balance between the malt and hops may vary. Faint hint of caramel is acceptable. Light (but never intrusive) diacetyl and light, fruity esters are optional. No sulfur.

Flavor

Medium-low to medium bready-rich malt flavor with a rounded, hoppy finish. Low to medium-high spicy or herbal hop flavor. Bitterness is prominent but never harsh. Flavorful and refreshing. Low diacetyl or fruity esters are optional, but should never be overbearing.

Mouthfeel

Medium-light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Style Comparison

A lighter-bodied, lower-intensity, refreshing, everyday version of Czech Premium Pale Lager.

Ingredients

Soft water with low sulfate and carbonate content.Traditional Czech hops. Czech Pilsner malt. Czech lager yeast. Low ion water provides a distinctively soft, rounded hop profile despite high hopping rates.

History

Josef Groll initially brewed two types of pale beer in 1842–3, a výčepníand a ležák, with the smaller beer having twice the production; Evan Rail speculates that these were probably 10 °P and 12 °P beers, but that the výčepní could have been weaker.This is the most consumed type of beer in the Czech Republic at present.

Comments

The Czech name of the style is světlé výčepní pivo.