Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:
This beer went from cult status to mass-produced over the past couple of decades. Even without a recipe change, many have noted a difference.
Clear and deep golden, filtered and pasteurized for extended shelf life. The lacing and head retention of this lager is quite amazing as it leaves a massive crowning ring on the glass and several rings further down. Clean, spicy herbal hop aroma with a graininess that is of fresh cut grass. Very smooth and crisp with a moderately-sized body. Sweet maltiness with biscuity and dried hay flavors. Bitterness from the hops helps to balance the small amount of malt sweetness that is present and goes a bit further with a pleasant spicy herbal note. Finishes dry with a faint metallic taste which is no doubt a by-product of the pasteurization.
A shell of its former self: globalization, growth and popularity all have their drawbacks, and you can see it in today's PU. Processed and overly clean compared to years past, yet still worth a try if you have not tried it before.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2009 17:05:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz green bottle with no freshness date. I grabbed this bottle from the cooler out of an unopened case ... so there is not chance of this beer being light-struck.
A- Bright shimmering golden hue, good white lacing on top.
S- Spicy hops with a canned Mandarin orange citric aroma to them, big waft of grassy grain in the nose as well.
T&M- Just as smooth as it is crisp. Strong hop bitterness, sweet grassy malted barley brushes across the palate with dry biscuity notes. Spiciness from the hops is pronounced with a light and dry finish that holds a long road of flavor.
D- With the use of hop extracts this beer almost tastes too fresh ... or perhaps I am used to old bottles. Either way it is pretty damn bitter, which is not a bad thing ... simply, it is not the same beer from years gone by but it still is a quality brew I would not mind visiting once in a while.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2006 05:19:17 | More by Jason
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12oz green bottle with a foil neck wrap. No freshness date, but there is a batch number.
Appearance: Golden and clear with a lot of C02 activity. The heads stays as a thin creamy lace with bubbles.
Smell: Mild sulfur notes, with aromatic medly of light hop and malt.
Taste: Crisp and refreshing straight from the begining. A nice amount of dextrin sweetness, followed by a lemony tea-like hop flavour. Finishes with a strong aftertaste.
Notes: Claiming to be "The First Pilsner On Earth," this brew is by far the grandfather of the Pilsner style.
Update 12/29/2001 ...
This beer has definitely been altered/modernized, along with its packaging. This is not the same Pilsner Urquell your daddy used to drink. Softer on the palate now with less hop character and its "skunk" character has been smoothed out a lot.
Once the defining Pilsner, now not much different than any other mediocre to average Czech Pils. And, although the beer is brewed at the same location, all of the brewing equipment has been replaced by modern equipment and the hops are now 75% hop extract!! -- no wonder it tastes different now.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
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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