Pilsner, long lived name... Czech Republic, Not so much.

The Bohemian region has a long and storied history of which beer has always been deeply rooted. Historians can trace the production of beer in what is now the Czech Republic back to the beginning of the twelfth century. The early production of hops in the Eastern European region also helped to kickstart the future nation's brewing industry while the rest of the continent was on their worldwide mission to spread Christianity, and Genghis Khan was beginning to create a stir in Asia. So there has (for the sake of context) always been a presence of beer. Though what started it all in the tail end of the Middle Ages, is mere history when looking at the modern day successors that resulted. Similar to early Belgian Trappist Breweries, original brewing in the Bohemian Kingdom centered around monasteries, also like their European counterpart to the west, much of this early beer was in a form similar to that of German and Belgian Wheats or Weissbiers.

Modern Czech beer (much of it vastly older than the country itself) is nearly universally in the form of Pilsner. Pilsner Urquell is one of the country's largest breweries, and the brewer of the world's first (and oldest surviving) Pilsner. Czech Pils' are hopped more intensely than most, a tip of the hat to the region's old and important hops growing industry. Beer is a part of the Czech identity and culture. Officially like much of Europe, the drinking age is 18, but unofficially, it is "until you can reach the bar." Beer is also cheaper than bottled water by a considerable margin. It's no wonder they drink more beer per capita than any other nation on Earth.

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Rated Czech Beers

5-15-10 - Staropramen - 2.98, Czech Lager, 5.00%
3-09-11 - Pilsner Urquell - 3.06, Czech Pilsner, 4.40%

Popular Beer Styles in The Czech Republic

  • Lager
  • Pilsner
  • Lehke
  • Premium Lager
  • Lezak
  • Vycepni
  • Czech Breweries with Rated Beer

  • Pilsner Urquell - Pilsen, Czech Republic
  • Staropramen Brewery - Smichov, Prague, Czech Republic