Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass.
Urquell is an impressively bubbly, clear golden beer, with an inch and a half of pure white foam that settles slowly leaving a small bit of lace.
Smell is bold and strong, boasting hops, light malts, and a floral sweetness. Theres the smallest hint of skunk, but I think its supposed to be this way at least every Urquell Ive tasted has had it.
Wonderful taste to this one. A clean malt profile with a definite hop kick, this is one of the hoppier Pilsners Ive tried. Something in this beer reminds me of mineral water I used to drink in Vienna. Perhaps a touch of sulfur? Theres also some honey sweetness once you get past the hops. This beer is biscuity, bitter & inviting.
Finishes crisp, refreshing and dry, like a Pilsner should. Leaves a pleasing bittersweet hop flavor behind in my mouth.
I personally think that the Pilsner style is severely underappreciated, and Pilsner Urquell is a great beer for both Pilsner newcomers and veterans alike. Its cheap, easy to find, and highly drinkable. A great summer beer, youll find this in my fridge year-round. If you havent yet tried it, you should.
Oh yeah, make sure you get it more or less "fresh". I hear on tap near the source it is remarkable... someday I'll have to find out for myself.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2006 21:44:30 | More by kkipple
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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