After an extensive amount of beer tasting during our travels, I feel qualified to divulge my opinion on the 5 historical beers of Europe. (English Ales not included)
1. Pilsner Urquell
A beer icon. Pilsner Urquell was first brewed in 1842 making it the world’s first pilsner lager. It takes its name from the city in which it is brewed, Plzen, and deserves its place on this list of 5 historical beers of Europe for its taste as well as its history. The beer has a crisp, hoppy flavour and a golden colour which all Pilsen style lagers have aspired to since.
2. Budweiser Budwar
Another iconic European beer which has inspired many imiitators over the years. Not to be confused with the American rubbish of the same name, Budweiser Budvar is another Czech beer that takes its name from the place it was first brewed, Ceske Budejovice.
3. Alpirsbacher Klosterbrau
This Klosterbrau (Cloister brew) was first brewed by monks in the area before the entire brewery was turned into a tourist attraction. Another Pilsener, this beer certainly has a vast and intereting history as well as a crisp and refreshing taste which is enhanced by the fresh Black Forest water used in the brewing process.
In a country (Belgium) known for its beer, the Timmerman brewery is the oldest. The beer produced here is Lambic beer which is considered to be one of the oldest types of beer in the world. Lambic brewing is considered to be primitive compared to todays methods but it is a must try for any budding beer afficianado and deserves a place on this list of 5 Historical Beers of Europe.
5. Augustiner Brau
Munich is seen as a beer Mecca for many beer fans and Augustiner is the city’s oldest brew. Augustiner was established in 1328 and still proves to be one of the most popular beers in Germany and at the Oktoberfest held every year in Munich.