Tweet The first time I drank both Master beers was at their presentation in Prague. At that time I was quite impressed by these new unpasteurised brews from Plzeňský Prazdroj.
I drank them a few times since, but without taking notes or using much of a critical eye. Now the beers can be found at many hospody and restaurants all over Prague and the Czech Republic, and they seem to enjoy relative success.
The other day I decided to have a glass of each, and this time to take notes. I started with Master 13°
Master 13° is an amber beer, with a nice spongy head. It has a nose of prunes, some fruit and herbal notes. When drinking it I felt nicely mild caramel notes with a long and bitter finish. It is a very nice beer, but in its category I like Primátor Poltomavé 13° Bernard Jantár better. I think both of them are more interesting and better accomplished.
Their competitors on the other hand, seem to be living in another world. Budvar only recently has started promoting their dark beer, a product that they've been selling for a couple of years now, and in 2006 they came out with the mediocre Pardál. And InBev still is trying to make us believe that Stella Artois is a quality product, while continuing with the ruining of Staropramen, whose once decent Granát seems now to have joined the rest of the product line.