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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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3,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,126
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 70
Gots: 373 | 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: 3,126 | Reviews: 1,345
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.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting a long time to try this one. I put it off because I knew it would always be around. But now is the time. Appearance is a wonderful, transparent shade of gold. Foamy white head that doesn't last too long but is film-forming. One of the strongest bread aromas I've encountered in a beer. It's a bit crackery and a bit like walnuts as well. Hops are only faintly detectable, as to be expected. First thing you notice on the taste is bread/grain, but it's not as strong as it is on the nose. This partially subsides (but lingers on) and is quickly put into its place by the hops. Ever so briefly its citrus, then its rind, completed with strong, herbal, mouth-puckering bitterness. Slightly thin, but moderately smooth with middling carbonation. Crisp and astringent, that characteristic Czech Pils feel is aided by its palate's respectable bitter kick.

Photo of kotzbauerm
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the world's best pilsners

Photo of josanguapo
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weak beer, not very different from the weak spanish beers

Photo of Mortarforker
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I had a skunky nose from this one ,not bad tasting.Nice crisp first drink but leaves a thick after taste.

Photo of ArthurKTripp
4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful cracker flavor and smell. Very nice for a warm day.

Photo of Carolvs
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing memorable here at all. Just name the pilsner -- Saranac, Victory, whatever -- and its probably better. Wouldn't mind drinking it again, but, would never choose it over a different one.

Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised and a little disappointed by how low the abv was on this. I know a Czech and German Pilzner are technically different styles, but I like Bofferding quite a bit better.

Photo of sdoe21
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect beer,nice taste and color

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, the expiration date on bottle is 9-18-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with less than one-finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles around the glass, highly carbonated, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet malt, bread, a mild European skunk flavor.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet malt, bread and then a mild hop bite with a little skunky flavor going on.

PALATE: medium body with higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an enjoyable pilsener but honestly not the best I've had, there are several domestic pilsener beers I would buy before this one, Blue Paddle comes to mind, this beer is good but maybe overrated.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/16/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with well balanced pale malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit too fruity/estery in the aromas, but not too bad. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with some slight yeast esters present in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Moderate dryness. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. If it was cleaner with less fruity esters it definitely would have scored higher; but still a nicely enjoyable offering overall.

Photo of PorterPro125
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Clear Straw Yellow and a 1 1/2 finger White head that fizzeles down quickly to a thin skim. Light Lacing. Typical for a well made Pils.

S- Bready and Grassy malts backed by a light hop presence.

T- The aroma transitions to the taste quite nicely. Biscuity, grassy notes, and a light but crisp dosage of hops.

M- Typical Mouthfeel. Light Body and crisp high carbonation. Incredibly refreshing.

O- If not the best, Pilsner Urquell is one of the best Pilsners I've ever had. A little more hop presence than most of the other Pilsner's I've had but it doesn't take anything away from the refreshing qualities. Top notch brew.

Photo of nwboss429
4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pilsners I've ever had

Photo of pb9613
4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have bought this beer off and on for several decades and always wondered why it has lasted so long. The beer always had an off smell and skunky taste.

I just bought my third half liter can and can tell you this beer is amazing. I guess the long trip in the bottles was not good for the beer. If you tried this one in the past and thought it tasted off, buy it in the can and pour it into a pilsner glass. The experience is amazing.

Photo of amhranai1
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer , ever since I first tasted it, in New York , of all places ;when I came home to Ireland and found it was available , i was overjoyed .I've since drunk it on draught in Prague,and it was even better. For me , it has a lovely combination of malt and hops, an ideal balance ,which brings me back to it time and again.

Photo of loubar
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. The nose gives off a slight whiff of skunk that doesn’t come through in the taste. Pours a clear straw yellow with a white head that fizzles down to a thin cap. Tasty Pilsen malt sweetness transitions to Saaz hops bitterness. Good carbonation. Excellent balance. A crisp and refreshing pilsner. Love the low ABV.

Photo of Leag0002
4.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, clean. Has never disappointed. Especially in current cans. Still sets the standard. Have not found an American Pilsner that compares.

Photo of PunchBroadbent
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not a good tasting beer, uhhgg

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

drinkable, but a little too adjuncty. is that a word?

Photo of KMC
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a dry and bitter aftertaste that just doesn't quit... not pleasant to drink with good food.

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

Appearance - Pours a light golden, brilliantly transparent color with a soapy, one finger that displays a bit of retention and leaves decent lacing. Of course I love the Euro packaging.

Smell - Smells of breads, a bit of subdued hops, and some grass. Very light in the nose.

Taste - Much like the nose, this is very subdued. I have noticed this is a pattern with European beers for the most part, they are much more subtle than their American counterparts. Biscuits, a bit of hops, some breads, and a touch of earthiness characterizes this beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, refreshing, delicious, goes down like water. Very good, especially in hot weather.

Overall - This is one of the first pilsners I have tasted that I actually liked. Maybe its because its the original, from Europe, who knows, but I think this beer is better than it is rated. I would absolutely recommend this brew to someone, and I will buy it again.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 3,126 ratings.