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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Czech Lager Czech Premium Pale Lager


BJCP 2015 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager example
3B - Czech Premium Pale Lager


Overall Impression

Rich, characterful, pale Czech lager, with considerable malt and hop character and a long, rounded finish. Complex yet well-balanced and refreshing. The malt flavors are complex for a Pilsner-type beer, and the bitterness is strong but clean and without harshness, which gives a rounded impression that enhances drinkability.


Generally a group of pivo Plzenského typu, or Pilsner-type beers. This style is a combination of the Czech styles svetlý ležák (11-12.9 °P) and svetlé speciální pivo (13-14.9 °P). In the Czech Republic, only Pilsner Urquell is called a Pilsner, despite how widely adopted this name is worldwide. Kvasnicové ("yeast beer") versions are popular in the Czech Republic, and may be either kräusened with yeasted wort or given a fresh dose of pure yeast after fermentation. These beers are sometimes cloudy, with subtle yeastiness and enhanced hop character. Modern examples vary in their malt to hop balance and many are not as hop-forward as Pilsner Urquell.

Commercial Examples

Bernard Svátecní ležák, Gambrinus Premium, Kout na Šumave Koutská 12°, Pilsner Urquell, Pivovar Jihlava Ježek 11°, Primátor Premium, Únetická 12°

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  • OG:  1044 - 1060
  • FG:  1013 - 1017
  • ABV: 4.2 - 5.8
  • IBU: 30 - 45
  • SRM: 3.5 - 6
BJCP 2015 3B - Czech Premium Pale Lager Commercial Example