The world’s first pale lager gets its name from Pilsen, the city in the Czech Republic where it was originally brewed (and it’s still produced today). Pilsner is made using pale malts and soft water. It has a very distinct “hoppy” taste and an alcohol content of 4.5%-5%.
Pilsner Urquell is served almost everywhere, but if you have a chance to tour their original brewery in Pilsen (about an hour outside Prague) you’ll get a double treat. Since 1993, Pilsner Urquell has been brewed using cylindrical metal tanks, but brewery visitors can also taste the “old” type, brewed in open barrels and stored in the brewery’s cellar. A great way to compare tastes and an experience you can only get in the Czech Republic.