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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Czech Lager Czech Amber Lager


BJCP 2015 3C Czech Amber Lager example
3C - Czech Amber Lager


Overall Impression

Malt-driven amber Czech lager with hop character that can vary from low to quite significant. The malt flavors can vary quite a bit, leading to different interpretations ranging from drier, bready, and slightly biscuity to sweeter and somewhat caramelly.


The Czech name of the style is polotmavé pivo, which translates as half dark. This style is a combination of the Czech styles polotmavý ležák (11-12.9 °P) and polotmavé speciální pivo (13-14.9 °P).

Commercial Examples

Bernard Jantarový ležák, Pivovar Vysoký Chlumec Démon, Primátor polotmavý 13°, Strakonický Dudák Klostermann polotmavý ležák 13°

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  • OG:  1044 - 1060
  • FG:  1013 - 1017
  • ABV: 4.4 - 5.8
  • IBU: 20 - 35
  • SRM: 10 - 16
BJCP 2015 3C - Czech Amber Lager Commercial Example