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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Czech Lager Czech Pale Lager


BJCP 2015 3A Czech Pale Lager example
3A - Czech Pale Lager


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 hop-derived esters are acceptable, but need not be present. No sulfur.


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


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. Diacetyl or fruity esters are acceptable at low levels, but need not be present and should never be overbearing.

Mouth Feel

Medium-light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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.


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


The Czech name of the style is svêtlé výcepní pivo.


Josef Groll initially brewed two types of beer in 1842-3, a výcepní and 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 výcepní could have been weaker. This is the most consumed type of beer in the Czech Republic at present.

Commercial Examples

Breznák Svetlé výcepní pivo, Notch Session Pils, Pivovar Kout na Šumave Koutská 10°, Únetické pivo 10°

Style Comparison

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


  • OG:  1028 - 1044
  • FG:  1008 - 1014
  • ABV: 3 - 4.1
  • IBU: 20 - 35
  • SRM: 3 - 6
BJCP 2015 3A - Czech Pale Lager Commercial Example