Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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Reviews by Andrew041180:
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours a golden straw color, quite clear, with a tall bubbly head. The head recedes relatively quickly and there is little to no lacing left on the glass. Small amounts of visible bubbles make their way slowly to the top of the brew. Quite pleasant to look at.
S - Light but noticeable. You get the aromas that one would expect from a pilsner. Bready malts, grassy, floral hops.
T - Follows the nose. Bready malts come first, followed by a nice grassy flavor. The bitterness is actually more pronounced than I expected, but it works well.
M - More substance here than I expected. Definitely medium-bodied. Finishes clean and refreshing.
O - I bought this in the winter, but would probably do better to have this highly drinkable, sessionable beer in the summer. I'll put this on my shopping list for my Memorial Day party this spring!
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 15:43:31 | More by Andrew041180
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3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. I've had this one from the bottle and have not been impressed in the slightest, but I've gotten a huge contrast between bottle and tap on another similar-style beer, Bitburger, so I had to see if the tap would again vindicate the beer. Served in a classic 16 oz pilsner glass with a flared contour.
Appearance - A brassy golden body is pretty much the defining feature of this beer. The slight, one-finger head of stark white fades away immediately--it's gone before they can even bring it to my seat at the bar from the tap two feet away. No lacing whatsoever. The body does have some tracers in it, reminiscent of how it looks when you pour oil into water. So far, not particularly impressed, but I'm a huge fan of big rocky heads and messy lacing.
Smell - Strong notes of grain and cracker, with some fainter, but present characteristic of grass and even a slight hint of lemon zest. but make no mistake, the grain is the star of this beer. Interestingly enough, the bottle version is also malt-dominant, but it's not pleasant in the slightest. It tastes off and muddled--you don't get a clear sense of the grain characteristics like you do on tap.
Taste - This is where the beer shines the most. A great, well-defined biscuit and whole-grain cracker element is at the forefront, with some notes of fresh corn tortilla coming through in subsequent drinks of the beer. As with the smell, there is an herbal, grassy bitterness present, and here it is a bit more present than the smell. Provides just enough counterpoint to the grain dominance that it doesn't feel one-note.
Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean, with just enough carbonation to provide some bite to the feel on my tongue. Light bodied and easy drinking.
Overall, a great take on the style and one that again is night and day between the bottle and tap versions. It's amazing how much cleaner and more distinct the flavor profiles are on the tapped version versus the bottle. I've seriously opened bottles of this that I couldn't finish. That was far from the case with the taste of it on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2014 22:50:43 | More by LambicPentameter
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
a-honey golden in colour
s-slightly sweet, hints of a non-citrus hop
t-bitterness and body come through, strong flavour for a 4.4 abv beer
m-thick body for a pilsner and only lightly carbonated
o-the original pilsner, benchmark for all other pilsners
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 00:19:59 | More by h20mbh
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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