|Budvar Premier Select - Sessionable AND boozy|
One of the things that I like to do on weekend afternoons is to have a wander around some good local bottleshops (I'm a booze nerd after all) largely to see what's around. Now being the weekend, I'm often also dressed like a homeless man in, with a dark hoody and thongs the normal attire. Actually I'm sure it distracts shop assistants as to why - given my weekend attire - I seem to be fingering the imports, and more than one has followed me around a Vintage Cellars recently, but I really rather like travelling incognito as I get a lie of the retail liquor land.
This particular find then was hiding in the middle shelf of one particular store and immediately caught my eye. A Budvar with an orange label and 7.6% alc? What is this then? Read the fine print and it's like a Buvar 2.0: fitter, happier, more productive etc. and no doubt generally better (if boozier) all round. Naturally, a bottle had to follow me home....
Happily, said bottle was a winner too, showing all that is good about Budvar just with more stuffing - more booze, more weight and more fullness. More to like of it then really, or at least when I'm in that particular mood.
As for the beer itself, it even looks more robust and darker in the glass, pouring a more macho bronze colour than 'normal' Budvar. There's still that sweaty Pils hop nose, but overlaid with more malty power, with a little Duval channeling also going on. The palate too is quite golden and malty, unmistakeably wamer though not hot, built in that same simple, water + hops + barley = beer style that Pilsener is meant to be like, yet even more malted, honeyed and richer,
In the end then I rather liked this. It's still sessionable (agreed Mr Bennie) but just a little tougher and more hardcore. You probably couldn't drink this for a whole night (as you'd be smashed. We both would be if on this) like you can with the 'standard' Budvar, but I'd be happy to have a few on my fridge's middle shelf. Yum.