A horrible title, I know. I couldn’t think of anything better, sorry. A while ago now I went into London with the lads. We pin-balled all over the capital to visit different pubs and bars across the capital. While there I ended up being forced to make a decision which I don’t often face these days. Drink lager or don’t drink at all. While we were at Wembley for the England game against San  I dug my heels in and refused on the basis that it was Carlsberg. Elsewhere I decided to give it a go.

Bearing in mind my drinking history which went something like… start on Tesco own brand lager… move on to Stella… get far too drunk and find I can’t drink lager any more… move on to mass market cider, mainly Strongbow… discover a whole world of real ales, craft beers and all sorts of other goodies and never looking back. So having drunk lager and gone off it, I stayed clear of it. There was an incident in Germany at the beginning of the year where I was nearly sick (literally) because someone offered me a beer and without thinking about it I gulped down a load of Heineken.

So when I have three different lagers in one day (Samuel Adams, Amstel and Camden Town’s Hell’s Lager), and I enjoy them all, I have to start reassessing the situation.

So drink more lager’s it is then. I’ve decided to kick start this little experiment with Pilsner Urquell. The reason for this is simple. Every blog I read, every book that passes me by, every person I talk to. No one has a bad thing to say against it. There isn’t even “Yeah, it’s good…. for a lager”, it just seams to liked anyway. And my choice to try Urquell certainly doesn’t have anything to do with the badge you can get on untappd at the minute either.

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So how did I find my lagers rediscoverey? Bloody lovely! I tell you it was not what I was expecting. I’m sure most people reading this will know what Pilsner Urquell tastes like, so I won’t go into too much detail about that. I will say though that its light golden colour was more inviting, its aroma was bewitching and it tasted fantastic. For me it was like that great feeling that you get when you bury the hatchet with an old friend after a pointless argument that went on for way too long.

When I had my drink the other night I gave it a 3 out of 5 on untappd. Thinking back, this was mistake. It was much better than that. I never thought I’d say this about lager, but here it goes…

Final Verdict:

8 / 10

An absolute joy. Although lager still isn’t my favourite beer style it has way gone up in my estimations. Pilsner urquell itself is fantastic and I’d have it staunch any day.