Tips for pairing Hansa Pilsner and Pilsner Urquell

In 1842, the city of Plzeň (or Pilsen in English) in the Czech Republic first produced a type of pale lager that would ultimately become popular across the globe. It combined brighter malt with Pilsen's wonderfully soft water, the Saaz nobel hops from the nearby town of Žatec and Bavarian-style lagering, creating a clear, golden beer that was immediately and widely loved.

It was called Pilsner (or pilsener, pilsen or pils), and its very first variety, Pilsner Urquell, became the world's first ever blonde lager.

Today, Pilsner Urquell is brewed by SABMiller and its impecable flavour, boasting 21 different taste notes, makes it a wonderful pairing for a variety of dishes.

Pilsner Urquell's aroma is distrinctively herby, with hints of molasses, nuts, biscuits, toasted caramel and malt. It's bitterness is balanced by caramel and toffee-like sweetness, making it the perfect pairing for bold, dramatic flavours. Pair it with strongly flavoured beef and pork stews, chicken kiev, duck, venison, Thai and Indian curries, goulash and roasts – anything, really, that can hold its flavour the way that this amazing beer can.

Like Pilsner Urquell, SABMiller's Hansa Pilsener also makes use of the nobel Saaz hop. SAB first launched Hansa in 1975. The Saaz hop, with its spicy, aromatic flavour, gave Hansa its unmistakable taste, making it one of South Africa's largest beer brands.

This is a beer that is crisp and light on the palate. It's best paired with light flavoured foods and seafood. Think crisp green salads with cream dressing, fried camembert in phyllo pastry and herby white fish. 

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