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I will never forget the first time I drank Jubiler. I was having lunch with a friend and we decided to go to Pivní Galerie. It was a few days before Christmas and he needed to buy a couple of beer presents.
When we arrived there we went straight to the back to see which two beers they had on tap that day. Jubiler was one of them. I didn't know it, so I had to see what it was about. It blew my mind, and my friend's as well. We had a couple more and we started to feel the effects. When asking what its Balling graduation was, we were very surprised when told that it was 17!
Actually, it is a bit less, 16.80. Which is not by chance, 1680 is the year when Pivovar Vyškov was established and the beer was brewed in 2005 to celebrate the breweries 425th anniversary. According to what I heard, Jubiler was only going to be brewed for the occasion, but such was its success among beer fans that, thanks to all the gods, the brewery decided to add it to their regular lineup.
It is not easy to find Jubiler in Prague. Occasionally they have it on tap at Pivovarksý Klub and Pivní Galerie, where you can also buy the bottles, which can also be found at the beer museum in U Medvídku.
When poured from its 355cl bottle we see a deep gold beer crowned by a spongy white head. The nose is a perfect combination of honey, herb and tropical fruit notes, almost like a finely tuned orchestra. Its flavour is intense and very hoppy, though you can still feel fruit and honey notes supporting such virtuous soloist. The finish is exclusively for hops, they leave a very pleasant sensation that slowly dissappears. The 7.5%ABV is so well integrated that makes this a bit dangerous, as it happened to us that first time, you might not realise you are drinking such a strong lager. Fortunately, its intense flavours almost force you to drink it and enjoying it slowly. It is a great beer.