Gambrinus (beer)

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This article is about the Czech brand of beer. For the U.S. brewery, see Gambrinus Brewing Co.
Gambrinus logo
"Climbing can" in Brno

Gambrinus (pronounced [ˈgambrɪnus]) is a beer brewed in the Czech Republic at the Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery. It is one of the most popular beers in the Czech Republic. The beer is named after Gambrinus, a legendary king of Flanders known for his mythical brewing abilities. Gambrinus sponsors Gambrinus liga, the premier Czech football league. The company was founded in 1869.

Brews of Gambrinus[edit]

Two major brews of Gambrinus beer are widely sold in the Czech Republic. Both the above versions of Gambrinus are derived from the same 13 degree wort, which is watered down post-fermentation.

  • Gambrinus Original 10° is the most widely spread brew of Gambrinus in the Czech Republic which is 4,3% alcohol by volume (ABV).
  • Gambrinus Premium is a typical 12° pale lager which is 5% ABV.

Additional brews[edit]

Additionally to the two major beers supplied by Plzeňský Prazdroj, two special brews are available:

  • Gambrinus Dry - special brew with lowered amounts of sugar.
  • Gambrinus Excellent 11° - a new type of brew made with caramel malt, which is 4,7% ABV.

Other beers marketed under the Gambrinus name[edit]

Comedian Jonathan Winters, then known as Johnny Winters, promoting Gambrinus Beer in the early 1950s for August Wagner Breweries, Inc. on WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio.

This brand is used by many other breweries in Germany and Denmark and has been used in the United States. In Mendig (Rhineland-Palatinate) the Gambrinusfest beer festival is held every two years.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Heineken Romania". Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Hoosier Beer History: 1977 Snapshot"