The Beer Gatherer

Blogging about Israeli beer in general and Israeli craft beer in particular, following 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die and other beer musings.

Duel

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Pardon the cliche’, but I just had to write about the following two beers in one entry.

Czech Budweiser Budvar Světlý Ležák and Slovak Zlatý Bažant, both pilsners, both available in Israel and sold for rather cheap. Also the rating I gave to both beers are pretty similar, with a slight, almost insignificant preference to the former.  Without further ado, here are my tasting notes:

Budweiser Budvar is clear and golden fizzy, with minimal white head. Its aroma reminds me of straw, faint malt,flowers and lemon but it also has this typical mineral thingy.The taste is refreshing and bitter, body’s light and carbonation is fair. Poured from a can, Zlaty Bazant is also clear and gold-coloured and has a nice, frothy white head. Its aroma too has minerals but other than that I smelled apple juice concentrate and honey. The taste is bitter too, but I noted sweet, caramel undertones. Compared to other Czech pilsners, Zlaty Baznat’s body is a little heavier than Budvar’s and it has malty finish.

Both are alright beer and relatively cheap for import. Which one wins? I think that the Slovak one because of the maltiness and the body.

Budvar Světlý Ležák and Slovak Zlatý Bažant are beers #230 and #231 I Must Try Before I Die.

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