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Title: Czech Pale Lager/Světlé Výčepní Pivo/Helles Schankbier
Post by: BrodyR on January 24, 2016, 07:06:30 PM
Anyone been to the Czech Republic and tried this beer?

Světlé Výčepní Pivo   3-4% (8-10° Plato)   Pale, low-strength lager. In German the name translates as "Helles Schankbier". Usually highly-attenuated and fairly hoppy. Not lagered for any great time, such beers are sold 3-4 weeks after mashing. The most popular style of beer in the Czech Republic.


Sounds like a 'session' Bo Pils. Curious if anyone's had a proper one or any tips on adding some character to a 3% brew. Love the idea of it.

Thinking Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner base with some carafoam and/or carahell. Saaz hops of course, and 2000 yeast. Seems like the sort of style that the intense Czech decoctions may help.
Title: Re: Czech Pale Lager/Světlé Výčepní Pivo/Helles Schankbier
Post by: kramerog on January 24, 2016, 09:44:52 PM
The BJCP 25015 Guidelines says those beers are not highly attenuated because they are fermented colder than German pils and often without a diacetyl rest.
Title: Re: Czech Pale Lager/Světlé Výčepní Pivo/Helles Schankbier
Post by: BrodyR on January 24, 2016, 10:25:09 PM
Description I copied was from Ron Pattinson's European Beer Guide - Seems like the BJCP can be off the mark for Euro styles though so I dunno if I 100% trust it. But I've never been to the Czech Republic so I can't weigh in. Diacytel does seem more common in Czech beers.
Title: Re: Czech Pale Lager/Světlé Výčepní Pivo/Helles Schankbier
Post by: beersk on January 25, 2016, 03:17:52 AM
BJCP means nothing when it comes to these styles. It sounds good, but unfortunately I don't have any experience with this kind of beer, especially in the Czech Republic.
I think what I'd do is brew a lower gravity Czech pilsner, do a step mash, and over pitch a tad. Pick up some good Moravian malt, use a little carafoam, maybe a percent or 2 of caramunich or 4-5% carahell, and call it good with wyeast 2000.
Title: Re: Czech Pale Lager/Světlé Výčepní Pivo/Helles Schankbier
Post by: chumley on January 25, 2016, 04:44:33 PM
Anyone been to the Czech Republic and tried this beer?

Světlé Výčepní Pivo   3-4% (8-10° Plato)   Pale, low-strength lager. In German the name translates as "Helles Schankbier". Usually highly-attenuated and fairly hoppy. Not lagered for any great time, such beers are sold 3-4 weeks after mashing. The most popular style of beer in the Czech Republic.


Sounds like a 'session' Bo Pils. Curious if anyone's had a proper one or any tips on adding some character to a 3% brew. Love the idea of it.

Thinking Weyerman Bohemian Pilsner base with some carafoam and/or carahell. Saaz hops of course, and 2000 yeast. Seems like the sort of style that the intense Czech decoctions may help.

Yep.  The Pilsner Urquell (Plzeňský Prazdroj) brewery brews a beer called Gambrinus, that matches this description.  Very drinkable and delicious.  I think of it as PU's version of Busch.  :)

I think to brew it, you would just brew a normal bo-pils, then add water to it post-fermentation.
Title: Re: Czech Pale Lager/Světlé Výčepní Pivo/Helles Schankbier
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 26, 2016, 12:56:44 AM
Gambrinus used to be independent brewery next door to Plzenský Prazdoj.

Trick to these flavorful and low alcohol beer is to have enough body left over when done fermenting.