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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,705 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,705
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 40
Gots: 155 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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animal

Illinois

5/5  rDev +40.4%

A true classic. What is to be expected from the original pilsner. The perfect combination of taste, smell, drinkability, appearance, and mouthfeel. This is truly the standard by which all pilsner- style beers are, or at least ought to be measured! Cheers!!

04-06-2005 03:36:35 | More by animal
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appenzeller

Washington

5/5  rDev +40.4%

This is the gold standard. Literally. My favorite everyday beer. But Pilsner Urquell is the farthest thing from pedestrian. In its proper state and freshness, it is sublime. One of the worlds great beers, and the standard against which all other pilsners are measured.

You will see talk about how this beer has changed, and is not what it once was. True, the brewery has upped production and changed equipment. But the talk of change or decline is overblown. This is essentially the same liquid gold that I first quaffed serendipitously in Prague back in 1990. Do what you can to find as fresh a sample as possible. Vacation to the Czech Republic. Find a good keg at a local pub. Or take care to buy an unadulterated, fresh as possible set of bottles.

"That about which one cannot speak, one must remain silent." (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

05-26-2010 07:08:19 | More by appenzeller
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +40.4%

The place: SOLIDNÍ NEJISTOTA -- "Solid Uncertainty," downtown Prague. What wasn't at all uncertain was the tremendous PU served there...

Had a few drinks before noticing the PU on tap. After confirming that it was available on tap, the server proceeded to take our next round of orders. Before he even set the drinks on our table, I could smell the fresh Zatec (Saaz) aroma from my glass a distance away -- literally, no joking! I must have looked a nut with my arms around the glass a full two minutes or so before even indulging (Saaz of this caliber are an aphrodisiac for me). And the fresh wondrous taste. Beer Nirvana. Hence my first ever "5.0" review.

Golden, crystal clear color with density of thick foam atop the .5 liter, hefty serving glass. Smelled like it was just released from the factory with full, intense bouquet. Balanced, wet taste of perfect blending of subtle ingredients -- from the delicate malt and water to the bittering & finishing noble hops.

By any standards (esp. downtown Prague), this place is NOT an "institution" -- it is a modern, snazzy, popish restaurant-turned club-atmosphere outing after 9 pm. But the food and fun are a good time (reserve). But, this is not a "Beerfly" review, so over & out. Just happy to know there are still places to experience how uniquely luscious PU can be.

12-07-2003 00:01:31 | More by Hobbz
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +40.4%

06-21-2014 05:02:40 | More by Jasoncolliver
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glepha


5/5  rDev +40.4%

06-14-2014 11:34:23 | More by glepha
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-24-2011 02:36:55 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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Bpierso1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +40.4%

06-20-2013 23:12:23 | More by Bpierso1
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bagnz0r

Poland

5/5  rDev +40.4%

07-23-2014 16:33:21 | More by bagnz0r
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TheStashRide

Texas

5/5  rDev +40.4%

10-07-2012 23:10:43 | More by TheStashRide
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Rosquin

Iowa

5/5  rDev +40.4%

08-14-2013 13:48:05 | More by Rosquin
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horseblanket

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%

One of the most perfect beers ever made in the world.

Alas, its never as good in the bottle as it is
right at the brewery.

If you're buying this beer in the bottle, get it from
an unopened case, and never expose it to any light
(or as little as possible).

12-28-2007 07:03:07 | More by horseblanket
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Rm90


5/5  rDev +40.4%

Has a great pour and great color. It's the perfect pilsner. Comes with a strong taste of hops and alcohol that many beers do not. Beat served between cold and room temp. Even better on tap especially if able to have in the Czech republic where it's made. You won't find a better pilsner around.

03-02-2013 04:44:59 | More by Rm90
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Moosebreath

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-12-2013 22:35:21 | More by Moosebreath
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Cjhahn71

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +40.4%

06-23-2014 00:37:43 | More by Cjhahn71
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Microbrewtaster

Indiana

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-21-2011 20:27:39 | More by Microbrewtaster
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Dylan-K

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +40.4%

08-24-2014 21:37:18 | More by Dylan-K
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janubio

Spain

5/5  rDev +40.4%

This is THE pilsner beer. No other, or almost no other beer should be called that. Great deep golden colour, with orange reflection when you put it to the light. Nice head with lot of bubbles, though it fades quickly, but leaving a great lace. Hoppy aroma of herbs, and hay, with a delicate spicy touch and even some fruity hints. In mouth is round, perfectly clean, bitter, probably the most bitter pilsner I've ever had, but with a delicate and silky flavor and smoked notes. Malt is more noticed than in the smell. Dry finish, very refreshing and appetizer. Perfect.

04-07-2007 14:29:27 | More by janubio
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richardl

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +40.4%

In my opinion, the grand daddy of all Pilsners. As far as any mass produced beer goes, there is no competition.
Best served locally in the Czech Republic, where they know how to pour it for maximum taste and aroma.
Caramel and saaz and tigers, Oh My!

02-13-2014 04:20:55 | More by richardl
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Fengzi

Texas

5/5  rDev +40.4%

PLZEN.... Saaz enough really to me but to the gut of it all... This is a great mild hoppy beer thats refreshing enough to drink all year-round... I absolutely love the look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer. I had the fortunate opportunity to PLZEN while working in a small town just outside of Praha (Prague) named Pardubice. The town loves it's beer and on discovery learned every pub in town carried storage variation from cask to nitro-all. Of course I was sold right away but was most delighted when it was paired with an unusual combination of beer cheese, mustard and fatty pork on top of a nice local bread. Soooo fantastic was the combination that once a month I ritualistically do the same here in the States to bring back that feel; that moment in time that I had in CZECH. On top of it all I had the great fortune to drop the work and travel to PLZEN and partake of the town that I feel hops was created... :) My twist of course, but if you were there immersion into this ideology wouldn't be that far off...

06-14-2010 15:26:35 | More by Fengzi
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RichBeer

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-16-2011 07:36:28 | More by RichBeer
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kkdowning

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.4%

06-16-2014 01:04:40 | More by kkdowning
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UpperDecker

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%

12-05-2011 02:50:49 | More by UpperDecker
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BeerIsGood88

Texas

5/5  rDev +40.4%

01-29-2012 18:39:37 | More by BeerIsGood88
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zenithberwyn

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%

08-25-2012 08:58:38 | More by zenithberwyn
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Elsbeth

Alabama

5/5  rDev +40.4%

01-14-2012 08:41:10 | More by Elsbeth
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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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