41 Blade Chainsaw
Pilsner Urquell is considered to be the original Pilsner lager style beer, brewed with Pale Malts, Saaz Hops, a secret Pilsner H yeast and the soft water of Plzen for an alcohol content of 4.4% ABV and an IBU of 40.
Pilsner Urquell was produced in the medieval Bohemian town of Plzen – it was a new type of brew created in direct response to the furious 1838 protests of Bohemian citizens, tired of their dark and muddyales they dumped 36 barrels of the unfavorable concoction into the city streets and gutters.
Joseph Groll is credited with the invention of the lagering process and in 1842 perfected his Golden beer to the delight of Bohemian citizens and ultimately the world.
In the global community, Pilsner Urquell is considered the “Grand-daddy” of the Pilsner style beer and even the lagering process.
The bottle is a tall and slender green with the handsome logo displaying prominence and authority.
Onto The Method
4.0/10 – The Classic
1.0 – Appearance – White to pale gold with good carbonation and a nice foamy head.
0.5 – Aroma – Uh-oh, smells like cheap beer; somewhat skunky and I can almost anticipate it asking me for change for the subway.
1.0 – Taste – It has a unique yet familiar combination of hop bitterness and malt character, lined with a slight bready yeast quality and a subdued persona. I know theingredients claim to be brewed with pure barley, but I’m pretty sure I taste some rice and corn in there.
1.0 – Palate – Light and a little buttery with that bitterness rounding out the rear edges of my tongue.
0.5 – Overall – At first impressions, it’s a bit unpleasant but improves slightly over time.
4.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – It’s 4.4% abv lacks a solid hammer, and while it does just fine with all other factors – all other factors just aren’t very impressive.
5.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – The booze cuts through theingredients and body well enough. It’s a ratio that works well because of the lack of body/lack of alcohol formula. It feels successful only if aimed at mediocrity.
5.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –The Spiders arrive with a nice full rush after the third brew. However I can’t shake the feeling that my head swishes and swirls with impurity and soulless decay.
3.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – I’m trying to figure out why I commit to finishing each of these foreign lagers. With Urquell, I ended it by finishing the fourth; I’m just not into this brew or buzz.
20.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Certainly there’s a buzz in there that’s full headed, but it’s swishy with a feeling of impurity and cheapness. It’s certainly possible that the ingredients are pure as the company’s web site claims, but I definitely get the impression of rice and corn – it may be just me. This brew is easily passable as nothing special, medium classic, low hammer, medium knife and spiders and finally a motor that ended short due to my lack of inspiration and dedication.
I imagine that beer in the early 1800’s must have been pretty awful, if acceptance of this beer was so wide-spread. We’re so fortunate that we can look at the life’s creation of a dedicated man and the acceptance of it by a loyal society, and pretty much call it garbage. And there must be some deeply rooted sense of tradition for a society to continue to claim it its national beer to this date.
But I can’t be apologetic about my opinions – I mean, if Pilsner Urquell is the Grandaddy of Pilsner lagers, who are it’s Granchildren? Budweiser? Coors? Miller?
Sure, my family tree is lined with drug addiction and alcohol abuse, but we have more character and personality than this mediocre ancestry.