Brewery: Plzensky Prazdroj
Pilsner Urquell was the world's first pilsner when came out of the barrel in 1842. Thanks to the careful stewardship of just six brewmasters and a communist regime that was disinterested in change, the beer has survived for modern drinkers to enjoy. The central appeal here is the grainy malt center that's reminiscent of toasted white bread. There's also a light touch of complementary butter flavor thanks to a fermentation byproduct known as diacetyl. In most beers the flavor is considered a flaw, but it's muted here and it harmonizes well with the rich malt flavor and soft hops in this Czech original.