Sainsbury’s “Low-Alcohol Czech” is a light-bodied and refreshing pilsner-style lager. Get tasting notes, and find out its ingredients and nutritional content including carbs, sugar and calories.
From the home of pilsner, the Czechs know how to produce a good lager. Hence why major supermarkets like Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s source many of their own-label beers in the Czech Republic.
This Sainsbury’s low-alcohol pilsner, simply named “Czech”, is one of those re-branded beers. It’s brewed in Prague by the Molson Coors-owned Staropramen Brewery and bottled in the UK by Marston’s. And its ingredients include hop oil for extra bittering. So it’s no craft beer.
Importantly though, is it any good?
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Czech pours a clear golden colour with a decent head. The froth takes a hit once it settles. But it doesn’t completely disappear before you get stuck in.
On the nose, Czech has a clean, malty aroma. There’s a smidgen of pine in there too. The smell doesn’t give away that it’s low in alcohol.
On tasting, the clean malty theme continues. There’s bitterness balanced with a little sweetness and hint of fruit and grass. It’s fresh-tasting and easy to drink.
There’s a metallic twang to the aftertaste but it’s not too unpleasant and nothing like the metallic or chemical flavour you’d get from a cheap full-strength lager. The finish is medium dry, which leaves you wanting more.
The mouthfeel is OK for a low alcohol lager and it’s well carbonated without producing too many burps.
This is a decent low-alcohol pilsner and a great option for if you’re a lager drinker who wants to avoid alcohol.
It’s widely available too.
Key info – Sainsbury’s Low-Alcohol Czech
- Name: Low-alcohol Czech
- Brewery: Staropramen/Sainsbury’s
- Style: pilsner lager
- Alcohol content: 0.5%
- Carbohydrates: 40g (per 500ml)
- Sugar: 22.5g (per 500ml)
- Calories: 85 (per 500 ml)
- Ingredients: water, yeast, malt, hops, hop oil
- Country: Czech Republic
- Dispense: bottle (500ml)
- Stockists (UK): Sainsbury’s