Czech Bier Pours

Czech Bier Pours

Creme Urquell (Hladinka).

The classic way of draughting Czech pilsner, with a thick, creamy head and a full, balanced flavor. Hladinka is a standard Pilsner pour  It has just the right amount of carbonation to give you a crisp and refreshing Pilsner with delicate and well rounded bitterness. By pouring it this way, all the aromatics in beer are sealed under the blanket of foam with a smooth texture. Hladinka pour can be enjoyed while eating a meal and keeps the beer refreshing for a long period of time.

How to pour: Make a 45° angle and start by creating a thick foam at the bottom of a glass and then fully open the side-pull faucet. Keep pouring the bright beer under the level of foam right until the glass is full.

Slice (Šnyt).

Šnyt pour, pronounced as ‘schnitt’, is drawn from the tap with a substantial four-finger foam to impart a refined bitterness and velvety mouth-feel. It has a foam which is denser than Hladinka pouring style. A Pilsner can stay fresh for a longer time and hold the carbonation better with this style of pour. It is not filling but rather more refreshing. A Šnyt pour is perfect if you’re enjoying a hearty meal on the side.

How to pour: As always, make a 45° angle between tap and the glass. Slowly open the faucet and draw a nice, thick and dense foam. After the foam reaches just over 2/3rds of a glass, open the faucet fully to draw the bright golden beer. Šnyt pour has two parts of beer and three parts of foam.

The MLÍKO Pour (Sweet)

A rich and original all-foam specialty designed to impart the beer with a hint of satisfying sweetness.

If you ever had a question about drinking just the beer foam, then you should definitely try the Mlíko pour, which translates to ‘Milk’. It has a glass full of sweet, creamy, wet foam with the least amount of carbonation among all other pours. Rich aromas of the Saaz hops shine through the sweetness of malt.

 It’s a special style of serving for the true connoisseurs because it’s just beer foam and doesn’t have any negative content of carbon dioxide. Very smooth and pleasant on your palate. The Mlíko tastes like an absolute dessert and therefore it is often had after a hearty meal.

How to pour: To start, slightly pull the tap and create just a foam made of beer. Fill it all the way up to the top and enjoy. The Mlíko pour is nice, white, creamy, dense and sweet.

“The biggest mistake that I see on a daily basis is caring about the glassware and caring about the beer in a bar. The glasses are not washed properly. The beer is not served in the proper way. In Czech culture, the beer should have a nice head because it protects the beer against oxidation. And oxidation in beer will lead to a change in the taste.” – says Václav Berka, Brewmaster, Pilsner Urquell