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Bohemian-Style Pilsener

The Bohemian pilsener has a slightly sweet and evident malt character and a toasted, biscuit-like, bready malt character. Hop bitterness is perceived as medium with a low to medium-low level of noble-type hop aroma and flavor. This style originated in 1842, with “pilsener” originally indicating an appellation in the Czech Republic. Classic examples of this style used to be conditioned in wooden tanks and had a less sharp hop bitterness despite the similar IBU ranges to German-style pilsener. Low-level diacetyl is acceptable. Bohemian-style pilseners are darker in color and bigger in final gravity than their German counterparts.

Food Pairings

  • Shellfish, Chicken, Salads
  • Mild White Cheddar
  • Shortbread Cookies

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Flute
40-45 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Light Amber

Clarity

Clear to Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are low to medium-low, deriving from noble-type hops. Hop bitterness is medium

Malt

Toasted, biscuit-like, and/or bready malt flavors along with low levels of fermented-malt-derived sulfur compounds may be evident

Esters

Not common to style

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Low levels of fermentation-derived sulfur compounds may be evident. Very low levels of diacetyl and DMS flavors may be perceived

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Czech Saaz

Malt

Pilsner, CaraPils

Water

Low mineral content

Yeast

Lager

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