B.B. BürgerbraüSeptember 1, 2005 Ceske Budejovice
Budejovicky Metanskyy Pivovar
Imported by: Classic Beverages
Available: NY, IL, MI, MN, WI, MA, CT, NJ, PA, MD, DC, VA, NC, TX
B.B. Burgerbraü was first brewed in 1802, with the name “Budweiser Bürgerbräu.” When the communists took over, they considered Bürgerbräu to be the “German” brewery of the town, and compelled the brewery to give up trademark rights to the original name.
Alcohol (wt.): 3.7
Alcohol (vol.): 4.7
Original Gravity: 1047
Malts used: Pilsner malt from Southern Bohemia
Hops used: Saaz
More like a Dortmund than a Pilsner, B.B. boasts greenish golden color and a classic, tight, taupe colored head; a beautiful balance between vegetal malt and herbal hop flavors, all leaving a lacy residue on the glass. The nose is malty, so is the first taste. The hops provide delicious dry support in the back of the palate and in the pristine aftertaste. As an aperitif, I probably prefer pils, but with most food this is the superior style.
- Charles Finkel
Full gold. Clean, sweet, perfumy aroma. Very traditional European lager: “new mown hay” character. Sweetish, malty middle palate. Soft, soothing and extremely drinkable. Well-rounded, spicy (peppery?), appetising hop bitterness in the finish. A good, light-to-medium Czech lager from the Budweis brewery that pre-dates A-B.
- Michael Jackson
The label proudly promotes the Budweis heritage and that such beers served as “inspiration for the launch of a major” American style. So is this a beer for the Czech Budweis drinker or the American Budweiser drinker? Pours golden with a lingering bright white head. Aroma of fresh grains signal the Czech connection, sweet and lightly bready palate, some hop spiciness throughout. A straight forward beer, well suited to a warm summer evening in the Southwest, certainly “more” than a mainstream American pilsner, but doesn’t quite have the oomph to stand up to jalapeño poppers on the grill.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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