Stag #5: Czech Dark Lager
The Stag Series is a collection of limited edition, experimental brews released periodically throughout the year. On tap for Stag #5… A Czech Dark Lager.
The Czech Republic is famous for the golden lagers of Pilsen and Budweis, but they also have a history of producing darker versions as well. Some Czech styles have a dark red hue and a nutty malt accent while others are closer to black, richer and spicier in flavor, and sometimes have hints of licorice. The most famous in that vein is the house beer at U Fleku, the 15th-century brewpub in Prague, and the oldest brewpub in the world.
Keeping with Tradition:
With this brew, our brewmasters drew their inspiration from the famous rich, dark, and spicy house beer at U Fleku, the world's oldest brewpub located in Prague, Czech Republic. Throughout the brewing process our brewmasters strived to keep the beer as traditional as possible. Stag #5 utilized a complex malt bill, built around a strong base of floor malted Bohemian Pilsner malt. This special, labor intensive malt was produced from the Bohemian spring barley "Hanka," and hand turned at an original floor malting facility in the Czech Republic. Keeping with tradition, we used a long, energy intensive, decoction mash to help give the beer a rich, full body. Finally, it was generously hopped with the spicy Czech Saaz hop. The beer was then fermented with a Czech lager yeast and stored at freezing temperatures for a crisp dry finish.
The Final Product:
Schell’s Czech Dark Lager is a medium bodied Czech specialty beer with a dry, toasted, dark bready malt character and spicy earthiness. It has a pleasant aroma of fresh grain with hints of licorice & dark fruit.
Food for Thought:
In describing a good beer, the Czechs use the expression chlebnatost, "full-breadedness". At U Fleku, this style of dark lager is served with chunky dark bread and a generous dollop of cream cheese. It undoubtedly goes great with marinated meats like brisket, Austrian Tafelspitz, and German Sauerbraten. Desserts such as apple pie, brownies, cheesecake, chocolate cake, crème brulee, and ice cream are delectable with this brew. And heck, why not really indulge with a post dinner cigar.