Saturday, April 9, 2011

Czech PET beers

It looks like beer in large PET bottles is a popular trend among some Czech breweries at the moment. Some smaller breweries do not bottle their beer in normal beer bottles, and some of the bigger breweries do it probably to have an extra presence on the market. Carrying beer bottles home by plane these days is normally a fuss, so these large PET bottles are a fine way of getting Czech beer easily out of the country. Prices are also nice in Czech supermarkets. Expect to pay about 40 CZK or 1.50 GBP for a 1.5 litre bottle.

While Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus are not available in large PET bottles, the brewery has made it possible to buy their Primus pale lager in 1.5 litre bottles. In the glass this is a beer with a large head and some carbonation. It is malty and has some sweetness, and I feel it is a decent lager although it lacks some of Pilsner Urquell's qualities like the fruityness and the hoppy bitterness.

Zlatopramen's 11° pale lager is another beer sold in 1.5 litre bottles. In the glass this beer has a medium sized head and some carbonation. In the nose I feel grains and malts. In the mouth there is a touch of hops, some fruit, and a little butter before a partly bitter finish with a touch of hops and grass. Zlatopramen 11° is a much better beer than Primus, and it is one I would like to have a few 0.5 litre bottles of in my refridgerator now and then.

The Braník pale lager is one of the cheapest on the market in the Czech Republic. In PET bottles the brewery sells it in measures of 2 litres. In the glass this is a beer without head and nearly no carbonation. In taste and aromas it is completely forgettable. The beer is malty and with a somewhat sweet-bitter touch, that I did not like. Avoid it in bottles. It is hopefully better from tap.


  1. If only one could buy Zlatopramen in US..

  2. really? there are plenty of better made American craft lagers than Zlatopramen.