What is Pilsner Beer and where to buy Pilsner Urquell Beer and Pilsner Glasses
Where does Pilsner Beer come from? The story of Pilsner origin sounds like a fairy tale. Read about Pilsner Urquell’s history, the secret Pilsner recipe and Pilsner Urquell ingredients. Find out where to buy Pilsner Urquell online.
Pilsner Urquell: Where to buy Pilsner beer?
Pilsner Beer is produced in Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzeň. Pilsner Beer is available in cans, bottles, minikegs or kegs, you can also find alcohol free and gluten free beers in all Czechia grocery stores. Pilsner alcohol free beer (called Birell) is also available in different flavors, don´t miss the opportunity to buy Pilsner Beer during your visit to Czech Republic.
If you don´t have the chance to come to Czech Republic, you can even buy Pilsner Urquell online.
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If you would like to know what Pilsner beer is, the story of Pilsner Urquell origin and what is Pilsner beer made of, then keep reading:
- What is Pilsner Beer
- Pilsner Urquell: History
- What is Pilsner beer made of: Pilsner Urquell ingredients
#1 What is Pilsner Beer?
Where does Pilsner beer come from? Pilsner Beer was born in Plzeň (Pilsen) Czech Republic. It is the original golden lager style beer which has been brewed in the Pilsner Urquell Brewery the same traditional way since 1842, when it was first made by master German brewer Josef Groll.
That is a very brief definition of Pilsner beer which you can find in every encyclopedia but fortunately the tale of Pilsner Beer’s origin is much more interesting.
Pilsner beer meaning
The first Pilsner beer in the world is known better by its German name Pilsner Urquell: "Pilsner" means coming from Plzeň and Urquell means "the Original Source" in German language.
Pilsner Urquell beer is manufactured from special local Czech ingredients which are: Pilsen´s soft water, red hops from Žatec (the town in Czech Republic), malt and special brewer´s yeast. As the first pilsner style of blond lager, Pilsner Urquell beer gave the name Pils or Pilsener for all bottom fermented lagers and created the inspiration for the majority (70%) of the beer produced in the world today.
You can be sure that if you buy Pilsner Urquell Beer anywhere in the world, it was produced in Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzeň, Czech Republic.
#2 Pilsner Urquell: History
Pilsner beer wasn´t always as good as it is today. Before Pilsner, beers were dark and poorer in quality.
The city of Plzeň has a very strong breewing tradition. Beer has been brewed in almost every household in Plzeň since 1295 when the city was founded. King Václav II. gave to 260 Pilsner citizens the right to brew the beer during his reign. The privilege to make beer was very profitable financially; it allowed the citizens to make and sell beer in their homes.
Pilsners had been making beer without the necessary knowledge and education and they had often been improving the tastes by variety of ingredients. No wonder the quality of Pilsner beer was really horrible!
This led to an unusual event: 36 barrels of foul tasting Pilsner beer was poured out into the street in front of Plzeň City Hall in February 1838.
Owners of the right to brew beer joined together and chose a special place for construction of the new Pilsen Brewery: a place with sandstone deposits underground for deep cellars and with a rich water source. The construction started in 1839. Then they invited a German master brewer Josef Groll to prepare German style lager beer. The taste of the newly brewed Pilsner beer was exceptional! Probably due to the unique Plzeň water. It was the year 1842 when the legendary Pilsner Beer was born.
The quality of the new born Pilsner beer was so extraordinary, that it was very soon exported to Prague and later to Vienna.
Martin Salzmann, the founder of the most famous Plzeň Restaurant "U Salzmannů", used to be a Pilsner freight transporter carrying the first barrel of the Pilsner beer to Prague in 1843.
Mr. Salzmann was originally bringing goods from Prague to Plzeň, but as the return trip to Prague would have been without a load, the owner of the Prague restaurant “U Pinkasů” asked him to bring back a load of the newly brewed Pilsner beer.
The renown of Pilsner beer extended beyond borders of Czech Country soon.
General Customs Office in London marked Pilsner Beer as a special kind of beer regardless of the origin in 1859. The trademark Pilsner Urquell was registered in 1898 to protect this exceptional beer against the copying. Bright bottom-fermented Czech Pilsner Urquell beer became a model for all pilsner beer styles.
Pilsner Urquell beer is exported to more than 55 countries around the world today.
Who owns Pilsner Urquell Brewery today?
Pilsner Urquell Brewery (in Czech language Plzeňský Prazdroj), the largest Czech brewery, is the premium brand of the Japanese company Asahi Group Holdings Ltd since 2017.
#3 Pilsner beer ingredients
What is a Pilsner beer made of? 4 main ingredients in beer remain the same all the time, it doesn´t matter which beer we are talking about. So, why is the original Pilsner beer different and exceptional? Soil composition, climate, water chemistry, but also a way of growing, harvesting and preparation, this all have a major impact on unique characteristics of a pale lager Pilsner beer.
Pilsner Urquell Ingredients are: red hops, malt, special brewer´s yeast and Pilsen´s soft water. In which proportion? It remains the secret of Pilsner master brewers. ☺
3.1 Pilsner soft water
Everything starts with soft Pilsen water from own resources. Deep beneath the City of Pilsen is a huge underground lake, from which Pilsner Urquell Brewery draws the water through 80 to 100 meters deep wells. The stocks are huge enough, in fact inexhaustible.
Pilsner soft water has ideal brewing properties due to its low mineral content, and therefore adds to Pilsner beer unique mild flavour.
3.2 Pilsner hops
The quality of Pilsner hops is very important in the brewing process of Pilsner Urquell beer. Pilsner Brewery uses only Saaz hops grown in Žatec region, it is the small town in Czech Republic. Pilsner hops from Žatec is considered to be one of the best hops in the world. Thanks to this special kind of red hops gains Pilsner beer fine bitterness and tasty hops flavor.
Red hops from Žatec give to Pilsner Urquell beer fine bitterness flavor.
The Czech Republic belongs amongst the world largest hop producers. To take part in the hops harvest used to be very popular activity among students at the end of August. It had two advantages: you earned money and you spend fun time with other "workers".
3.3 Pilsner malt
Pilsner malt is the most essential ingredient for the production of Pilsner Urquell beer. The malt provides the beer its richness and golden color.What is Pilsner malt? Pilsner malt is made from barley, usually from Moravia region in the Czech Republic. The grain is steeped and allowed to germinate. The germination process is interrupted in a special moment and the grain is then dried and heated.
This germination process creates enzymes which split the grain’s starch into simple sugars. Depending on how long the roasting process takes, the malt will darken in color.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery produces its own malt in the malt house in Pilsen to ensure the highest quality.
Pilsner malt is made from barley grain from Moravia region in the Czech Republic.
3.4 Pilsner Urquell yeast
The final taste of the beer is also influenced by Pilsner yeast. Brewer’s yeast transforms the sugars (gained from grain) into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
#4 Czech Pilsner recipe and Pilsner brewing process
The cornerstone of Pilsner beer are local Czech ingredients, the specific manufacturing process and original technology of Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
Czech Pilsner recipe: top secret!
The secret of a unique process of Pilsner brewing has been proceed from generation to generation since the first beer was brewed in Pilsner Urquell brewery in the year 1842.
We would like to divulge Pilsner Urquell recipe, but only about 10 master brewers know Czech Pilsner recipe. So here are main facts which we discovered:
- Pilsner brewing process takes 5 weeks
- Pilsner beer is fermented at low temperatures: around 10°C (50°F)
- Mashing process is repeated 3 times
- The part of beer production is stored in wooden barrels.
The magical process of Pilsner brewing begins in the malt house. Properly prepared and matured barley malt is crushed and mixed with water, producing a mixture called a mash.
Mash is warmed up to induce the further breakdown of sugars. This part of brewing process is called "mashing".
The malt is cooked with water in large cupreous tanks above an open flame during mashing. This process is repeated three times. Thanks to the triple mashing Pilsner Urquell beer gets characteristic aroma of malt grains and a balanced caramel taste.
The hops finally step in at this stage.
Wooden barrels give Pilsner beer a unique taste.
Cellars of Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzeň where a part of Pilsner Beer is stored in huge wooden barrels.
#5 Pilsner beer: calories
Calories in Pilsner Beer:
#6 Order beer online: Pilsner urquell shop
#7 What is the difference between a pilsner and a lager beer
Fermentation tanks room: Pilsner Beer is produced in Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Plzeň (Pilsen) Czech Republic.
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Written by Šárka Novotná
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I'm Šárka and I'm so glad you've found this Website! I was born in Plzeň and from the love to my home city I launched PlzenGuide.com. I hope you will find important information and ideas about how to spend an incredible time in Pilsen Czech Republic.