Best Czech Beers to Try in Prague

The Czech Republic is home to some of the best and most flavorful beer in the world.  After studying abroad and living in Prague for 6 months, I am completely obsessed with the drinking culture in this city.  It is just too awesome!

As you probably already in my post about Prague, the Czech Republic drinks more beer per capita than any other country in the world.  The country drinks an average of 161 liters of beer per person every single year.  Think about that for a second…

Beer is cheaper than water in Prague.  I am not even kidding.   Therefore, I usually ordered a beer with my dinner because it was more affordable, and it made dinner a little more enjoyable 🙂

Without further adieu, here is my list of the best beers to try in the Czech Republic!

*Each and every beer is recommended by yours truly.  If you would like to add to the list, then please comment and let me know. I am always open to suggestions!

#1. Pilsner Urquell

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Photo by Miguel Marcos on Flickr

Pilsner is probably the most common Czech beer that is sold around the world.  Chances are that you’ve either tried it or seen it being advertised at some random bar.

Pilsner Urquell was actually the first “Pilsner” beer in the world dating back to 1842.  Today, is brewed in the small Czech city of Pilsen (you can take a tour of the factory!).

The beer is strongly hopped, and light enough that you can just keep drinking and drinking it for hours on end.  This beer is delicious, but I will admit that it tastes much better when it’s fresh from the keg (as opposed to a bottle).  Pilsner is by far the most popular beer in the Czech Republic, and I’ve ordered it in over 10 countries around the world.  If you had to get one beer in the Czech Republic, it better be a Pilsner!

#2. Staropramen

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Photo by Jeff C. on Flickr

Staropramen is the second largest brewery in the Czech Republic.  You can find this beer in nealy every single bar in Prague and around the country.

The name Staropramen literally means “old spring” in Czech.

The beer is well-balanced and light, and super easy to keep drinking throughout the night.  It’s one of the cheapest beers that you can order at a bar, so you better try it when you see it!


#3. Kozel

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Photo by Bernt Rostad on Flickr

Kozel is a wonderful Czech lager, dating back to 1874.  Their symbol is a goat- which is what Kozel translates to in English (don’t ask me why).

Kozel comes in either pale, premium or dark.  The darker you get it, the most alcohol content it has and the deeper the flavor is.   Kozel is sold in 38 countries around the world, and has won many awards such as the Czech beer of the year.  When I lived in Prague, I always found cheap liters of Kozel at local supermarkets, so it quickly became my go-to beer to drink.  It is so cheap and delicious, so make sure to grab yourself a Kozel!

#4. Czechvar

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Photo by ‘Brandon’ on Flickr

Czechvar’s recipe dates back to 1295, the year it was founded.

This incredible Czech beer is brewed in the Czech city of Ceske Budejovice, which is also know in German as Budweiss.  Yes, you read that correctly. Budweiss- just like the Budweiser that you are familiar with in the USA.   This beer is the original Budweisser light lager that was sold in Europe as Budweisser Budvar.

It is very tasty and I recommend trying it if you see it at a restaurant/bar to get a taste of history.

#5. Lobkowicz

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Photo by Sean P. Scott on Flickr

Lobkowicz is a huge brewery located in Brno, Czech Republic.  They brew all different types of beer- from pale ales to lagers, semi-dark and high alcohol content.  My personal favorite was the Merlin Cerny- a dark lager that is dark and tastes absolutely incredible.

It is a perfect beer to have with a meal, because it is so heavy that you can’t drink too much of it without becoming uncomfortably full.  They also have lighter beers that you can find on tap everywhere in the Czech Republic.   Just look out for the Lobkowicz logo and you are good to go!

Have you tried any of these beers in Prague?  Do you have any more to add to the list?

Please comment because I want to know about your experience!

Na Zdravi!

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