This Monday’s EU Austerity Drinking Tour post continues to explore the beers of the Czech Republic after last Monday’s Three Roses Brewery.
150 days of travel find us walking the streets of Prague. Art Nouveau plasters its buildings. The facade of the Municipal House draws us in.
Founded in 1895, Budvar expanded massively, and was soon exported under the name Budweiser: which turns out to be a generic German term meaning a product, like beer, from a city. However, two Budweiser could not coexist. After over 100 years of legal war, Budvar became Czechvar in the US, while Budweiser lost its copyright in the EU. It turns out “this Bud’s not for EU”…get it? Sorry…
But how does Czech’s very own Budweiser taste?
Budvar lager: Appearance: looks a clear, light amber, with narrow white lace. Aromas: smell clean, mild like honey and apple. The Palate: feels dry, moderately tart, mildly bitter, with medium alcohol. Flavors taste mildly of wheat bread, gold pear, and simple herb of medium length. Budvar’s lager is simple, session-able, and good (3 of 5).
Next, their dark (yes dark) lager:
It looks a clear, pronounced (i.e. black) red, with thin, small-fizzed cream-colored lace. Aromas smell clean and quietly of fresh-roast coffee. The Palate feels dry, with medium acid, medium grainy bitterness, medium alcohol, and a medium minus body. Flavors taste of medium intense tap coffee, with slight hop bitterness, and light chocolate. The length is quick, but this dark lager is easy and interesting enough (playing well with the pepper of the potatoes). Good 3 of 5.
Now, reviews of mass-produced lager are super exciting. But fret no not. Next Monday’s EU Austerity Drinking Tour will cover the brewery we were actually in: U Medvidku.