Saturday, September 9, 2017

Praga Premium Pils

ChadPolenz (1836) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2017

DOB: ? 38120130

2015 BJCP Category: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Noticeably skunky due to green bottle, though some (or most) of that may be due to Saaz and other Noble hops. Moderately-strong peppery hop aroma along with bready maltiness. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful golden hue (2-5 SRM); brilliant clarity. Moderate white foam mostly dissipates; some lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-strong spicy Noble hop flavor and bitterness immediately. Flavor is peppery and earthy. Fairly rich bready malt presence with noticeable caramel or graham cracker flavor as it finishes. Well-balanced between hops and malts throughout and into the aftertaste. Slight honey/lemon due to oxidation. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Quite smooth and refreshing. Highly drinkable and sessionable at 4.7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not quite as good as some of the World Class examples, but definitely an enjoyable, well-made beer. 8/10