Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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3,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,170
Reviews: 1,365
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 70
Gots: 400 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Ratings: 3,170 | Reviews: 1,365
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than the rating. Could drink these all day

Photo of NCMatt
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a Czech Pilsener, from the Czech Republic, so you'd expect it to be good right? Well, it is, at least as much as a Czech Pilsner can be. It's smooth and crisp with very little aftertaste, or really any taste at all. It's not the most flavorful beer you could reach for. You did reach for a pilsner though, so you should have expected that. I've heard stories about the bottled version of this almost always being skunked, so when I found a 4-pack of their "limited edition" cans, I decided to take the plunge and see what this beer was all about. It was exactly as I expected, nothing more nothing less, and is why I gave it the ratings I did.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and smooth beer. The brewery has been around a long, long time, so they know how to make their beers. Don't buy it expecting to be blown away, but it will be a quality Czech Pilsner.

Photo of MarkStewart
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A solid pilsner, as it should be since it's from Plzen. The main downfall for me was the metallic aftertaste that lingered when I was done drinking it. That being said, pilsners aren't my favorite style so I am probably ranking lower due to that.

Photo of sammyboy933
4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great beer, nice body, fantastic taste

Photo of Malt_Man
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the best non-German lagers, now available in a brown bottle.

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

L) Deep amber colour, clear, lots of small bubbles rising. Fluffy white head.

S) Creamy, sweet malt. The brown bottle definitely makes a difference.

T) Slightly bitter, light toffee malt. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste more than I remember.

F) Refreshing, although the bitter aftertaste does detract from the refreshment.

O) Good lager, good price.

Photo of silverevo9
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since changing there bottles and doing this express ship, things have improved. Flavor profile is much more pronounced. Get a lot of grains and hay type smells. Very nice malty taste. Very drinkable. The negative on this is the new bottle. Its 11.2 Fl. oz. compared to the 12 fl. oz. they use to sell. Feels like i"m being cheated. The brown bottle is nice. I went to the town of Zlin in the Czech Republic last year and had this and other beers in casks. There is no comparison. A totally different beer. The wow factor was going on due to how good this beer is on tap in the Czech Republic. The best pilsner I've had anywhere. So smooth going down. So drinkable. Very addicting. But I have to rate the shipped version. Again, much better with the new bottles and express ship. Such a low rating for a beer that deserves much more. If it were sold they way they serve it in the Czech Republic it would be 5's across the board . Hey! At least we get it.

Good brew!

Photo of bigdowg
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - looks as good as a pilsner can I guess. Never seen a really impressive one, well from the bottle at least. Looks like it is low in carbonation. Could also retain its head a little better.

Smell - As of 2015ish Pilsner Urquell have seen the light and are now using brown bottles rather than green thus the beer seeing less light. The result of this is that I can't ever remember this beer smelling so good! Smells like it should, clean but sharp.

Taste - This really is the best tasting Pilsner I've had. Definitely my favourite in its style. There is just so much going on with this in comparison to the others and every time I try a new pilsner I follow it with Urquell and the others just seem boring. I love the sharp bite to this and hop profile.

Feel - the carbonation that is not evident in look makes a big appearance in the mouthfeel, exactly where it should be. Nice a wet how a pilsner should be.

Overall - I have read the bad reviews of this beer from a few years ago and I remember back then not liking this beer so much but the last two years there has been a big improvement that has been bolstered further recently with the new brown bottle. Try it again is all I can say.

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very basic and straightforward. Not complex, but I don't mean that in a bad way in this case. This beer isn't trying to be complex.. It is what it is, which to me a good example, maybe even a "standard" for the style. Reminds me of something my grandfather in Greece would've drank. Active carbonation, hop presence in keeping with the style. Soft mouthfeel with a nice, lingering maltiness. Some skunkiness, especially in the aroma. Don't know if I would go out of my way to buy this again (I possibly would, if in the mood), but if it was offered, I would certainly not complain. This is another beer that I wish American macros tasted like.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown bottles! Crisp, light, decently flavorful for a 4.4% beer and it has that lingering slight pilsner bitterness at the end. This will be my go to beer for the summer of 2015.

Photo of RomeosDelight69
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Pilsner. Fizzy type beer but good taste.

Photo of Buannaich
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A great lawnmower beer. Taste good on a hot summer day working in the yard.

Photo of jeon123123
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good standard for pilsner style.

Photo of txdadu
2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just not a fan of this beer

Photo of charapaus
4.73/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent industrial beer, a model for other industries and for small brand that try to do kind of lager beer.

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer. Easy to drink, all around yum.

Photo of sporklift87
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Half finger light head with little retention and slight, but steady lacing ring. Light straw color, with some hints of red. Very clear. Smells floral and a little fruity, namely red apple and pear. Taste seems to match aroma profile well, with slight bitterness and spiciness accompanying. Bready, and slightly skunky. Light bodied and lower carbonation, but not watery. Overall, a good classic style, but seems to be lacking complexity. It is crisp and refreshing, though I always hate to use such ambiguous terms when describing a beer. Nothing super special, but a good change of pace from the usual hop bombs. Great for a summer day.

Photo of fx20736
4.66/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Gold, meringue of white head, webs of lacing. Perfect, rich Pils aroma. Taste is clean, spicy, fragrant. Mouthfeel is crisp. This is a near perfect beer. After so many Pils it is easy to see that this is an original, an archetype.

Photo of rossracing
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not one of my favorites

Photo of dikebrewery
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seen it in my local beer store and had to try. I enjoyed it. A little more citrus than I expected. The bottle and label are the best part.

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic. Please try if you have never had a Czech beer, great introduction into a great beer making country. Nice golden color, beautiful aroma. I first had it 16 years ago, I would say it used to be a bit better then, not quite as sharp as before but still a winner. Used to have more of that punch to it in the flavor.

Photo of Gg35xxx
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice and tasty Pine smell smooth pils taste

Photo of pat61
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Btilliant light gopld under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: rich malt, spicy, floral, very slight diacetyl, clean, no fruity esters
T: Rich pilsner malt, light grains, some spice from the hops, some pepper, a faint touch of sweetenss but mostly dry.
F: Light medium body, medium carbonation
O: A significant percentage of these used to be skunky – now that it is available in cans, that problem is solved.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

decent Pilsner. Not the best I've had but not the worst. Biscuit malt with a little grass aroma, and not much of the pilsner skunk that I expect from something in a green bottle.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Crisp, faintly skunky, but gravelly on the palate. Czech pils isn't usually my thing anyway, this one is tolerable.

Photo of Urk1127
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Euro style pilsners/ lagers are my favorite style for this reason. It's what a beer should be to me. Would have been perfect all around if I had reviewed a fresh bottle and if it had a head when poured but still without a doubt my favorite style.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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