Herold Brewery (Waitrose Brand) – Czech Pilsner 5.0%
Waitrose supply a number of European beers under their own label, which this Czech Pilsner is an example.
The beer has a pale golden colour and a distinct toasted malt aroma. These notes carry that toasted malt into the taste along with the hop sharpness and bitterness.
This is a good pilsner with aroma and flavour unlike the major brand lagers available in the UK.
The Czech Republic is the original home of Pilsner and this brew comes from the Pivovar Herold Březnice in the Breznice Castle in Bohemia, which also houses the maltings.
Historically a lager beer from Copenhagen, Denmark but now part of the great beer combine mass produced in Northampton.
This beer is very popular in the chain pubs, so surely deserves a review, so here goes…
The beer produces a typical lager malt aroma but lacking the depth of true pilsners, such as the beers from Germany. It has an initial taste that promises the enjoyable depth of a good lager but the taste immediately falls away leaving you wondering why you bothered to start drinking it.
Given the availability of good lagers from mainland Europe and some of our independent brewers it is puzzling why one would choose this disappointing brew.