So in episode 3 I went on a full rant, expressing my displeasure for the local lager and its inability to be consistent throughout the year (especially summer). Most called me an unpatriotic cunt but some agreed with me. The fact of the matter is that I am absolutely right and I will be giving you my top 5 alternative Lagers or Pilsners.
Originating form Japan and brewed using rice and barley, comes this crisp and fresh lager. It has a very sharp taste and a clean flavour, yet the aftertaste is somewhat mild, making it a perfect beer to drink with meals.
4. Birra Moretti
Birra Moretti is the a classic Italian lager which grew in popularity across the globe. This beer is crisp and the taste is mild, making it a very light and drinkable beer in hot summer days. There is a great balance between sweetness and bitterness, with a tangy finish. There are a tonne of variants from this brand, most of which are really good.
3. Peroni Nastro Azzurro
The classic Peroni Nastro Azzuro is a solid lager and has been a staple in the beer world. Its very well balanced and refreshing lager with subtle citrus notes and a bold aftertaste. This classic Italian lager comes in various versions, including my personal favourite, the Stile Capri. This is a very summery lager infused with lemon and olive-leaf extract.
2. Angelo Poretti Premium Lager
Yes Italians have an affinity for brewing exceptional beer and the Angelo Poretti brewery is a testament to this. I have been a massive fan of the Angelo Poretti brewery and during the summer days they create some great unpasteurised seasonal beers that are exclusive to Italy. The premium lager is a timeless classic, very light and refreshing with a very floral and citrussy undertone. It’s fruity on the palate with a crisp bitterness that characterises the aftertaste.
1. Pilsner Urquell
It doesn’t come as a surprise that my favourite beer in the Lager and Pils category is the almighty Pilsner Urquell. Created in Czechia in 1842 with a recipe that remains unchanged, the Pilsner Urquel became a global favourite. The aroma is floral and hoppy and the taste notes are citrusy and malty. This beer is flavoursome, well balanced and extremely refreshing. Very few breweries have the heritage of this respected brand and their dedication and passion has been consistent in every beer they brew.
In this list I only listed the commercial stuff which you can buy off the shelf. There are some exceptional craft lagers and unpasteurised lagers which are only available in certain locations off our shores (like the Camden Hell’s). But this list is only for beers which are readily available for us Maltesers. If you do not agree with this list and would like to complain, kindly write you complain down and leave it at your nearest local council.