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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2363
Reviews: 1230
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%


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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Hobbz

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

Serving type: bottle

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

Spain

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 14:29:27 | More by janubio
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sudz42

Maine

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I originally drank this in the Czech Republic, served as a 22 oz. bottle in the morning on a breakfast tray with eggs, toast, jam, from the mother of the friends I was staying with. I hadn't drank it for about 15 years until recently (in Maine) and it's become my go-to, macro-replacement beer of choice at $14/12 pack. It's a bit bready, Salzy in the German style, and it's light; a good combination. It goes down very easy.

I have to give Urquell high marks, as for its features and price nothing comes close that is readily available.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 13:48:53 | More by sudz42
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horseblanket

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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).

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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)

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: cask

06-14-2010 15:26:35 | More by Fengzi
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Rm90


5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Montana

4.98/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

original pilsner urquell at the brewery in the cellar after the tour i do not really like bottled pilsner urquell the beer there comes out of a huge wooden keg and is brewed for brewery visitors only using the original brewing methods it is wonderful with a rich wonderful aroma

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 17:56:03 | More by jesseejames
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours clear golden color half inch head with no lacing to speak of. musty slighty fruity hoppy spice smell. big spice hop pepper taste. clean crisp meduim mouthfeel and good carbonation. nice pilsner beer, very easy to drink definitely buy it. its on my list.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 17:40:40 | More by billybob
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mjurney

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +39%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Deep gold color, clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Nice frothy head that stick for a while, leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet pale malts, grassy, spicy, very crisp.

Taste:
Starts off sweet biscuity malts, slight caramel, there some faint roasted nuts. Spicy noble hops, grassy, slight citrusy. Crisp-bitter finish. Body is full, yet very soft, crisp mouthfeel, just a little dryness in the palate.

A truly world-class beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:18:16 | More by mjurney
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, I'd forgotten about this gem. That's not true, who could forget the world's first pilsner? Man, this is one good beer. Sure, it has that run-of-the-mill burnt penny colour than any Pilsner worth its salt has, but the taste. Yummy. It's really pretty freakin' amazing. It has the traditional hop/sulfur aroma with an amazing malty flavour. Definately a product of decoction mashing. Wow, this is a BEER. We need more beers like this one. Yeah.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 04:34:57 | More by shbobdb
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light gold color with a nice off-white head and moderate carbonation. Nice earthy Saaz hop aroma and flavor. Nice balanced Czech Pils -- A standard to judge all others. Very hoppy with a solid grain-malt backing. Medium bodied and smooth with a crisp dry earthy hop finish.

Per Label: "1842 - World's first golden beer"

($13.99 / 12-pack)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 21:23:30 | More by RBorsato
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice burnished yellow with a fine off white head and plenty of lace. Good hoppy malty aroma. Flavor has plenty of grainy malty slightly sweet flavore that balanced with a generous bitterness. Decent carbonation and finish. Great session beer. Very clean. Can't really say too many other pilsners can exceed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 22:09:36 | More by drpimento
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joshgambit

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, coppery color. Good head from the tap. Decent lacing.

S: Grassy, hoppy. Toasted malt coming through also.

T: CLASSIC pilsner taste. On tap, this is one of the best pilsners I've ever had. Very nice malt character, slightly grainy, with excellent Saaz hops coming thorugh.

M: Tight, bright carbonation. Crisp finish, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. One of my favorites when it's on tap.

Bottled isn't as good, but I love this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 13:33:33 | More by joshgambit
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MusicmanSD

California

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coming back to this beer on tap after having it in the bottles and can (Actually my favorite way to drink this beer) for years. No matter what, no light lager stacks up to the original. Maybe marketing and aura has gotten to my head, or maybe it's the homebrewing, but there is so much flavor packed into this beer. With the malt, the triple decoction adds a perfect sweetness to the flavor profile while turning it a beautiful golden hue. You can tell the difference immediately in pils beers if it's decocted or not in the malt presence and the darker color. It smells of floral saaz hops that are spicy and perfect in IBU's. They go very well together in the flavor of the beer and the yeast character is subtle at best. The triple decoction adds dextrin-feel to the mouthfeel, but no matter what, it's a light lager, but it BLOWS the competition away. I'll order this anytime I see it and the selection sucks, because this beer turned me on to better things, and now that I've brewed my own and realize how much goes into creating this beer perfectly, I respect it that much more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 09:51:04 | More by MusicmanSD
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KazikliBey

Montana

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pilsner Urquell may have a loyal following indeed, I'm a Pilsner Urquell loyalist.

The first bottle was love at first taste. It's the real McCoy, nothing like Canadian and US Pilsners. It's a perfect balance in all aspects. An absolute masterpiece.

In all honesty, however, it has been my experience that a significant portion of the average beer drinking US population doesn't share my enthusiasm for this particular brew. Was it Michael Jackson who said post-Prohibition Americans want a beer that is basically water with a head? Can't recall, but this one may be a bit strong tasting and thick on the mouth for some. It is that according to the feedback I've received from those who didn't care for it.

Nevertheless, for this beer-lover Pilsner Urquell the absolute favorite by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 11:07:45 | More by KazikliBey
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danetrain0101

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great pilsner, especially since it is the original pilsner!!(urquell means original)

Very nice golden color with a smooth head.

Smells of strong malts and hops with a nice alcohol undertone.

Taste is exactly what you would expect with a pilsner. malty, hopy, just the perfect blend.

Very good mouth feel with a smooth finish.

Very drinkable. This is one of my session beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 08:42:00 | More by danetrain0101
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grdahl

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Even by Czech standards this is good stuff. If you like pilsners, this is your beer. Every beer lover should take a pilgrimage to Plzen and walk though the arch at the main entrance of the pivovar (brewery)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2001 23:11:30 | More by grdahl
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surfmeister

California

4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An underrated masterpiece, probably due to yuppie popularity and grumpy BA tendency to trash that which becomes popular. Now then...
Appearance: dark golden, firm two finger head that remained, very attractive
Smell: full, smokey, grainy aroma, a nice blast for the nose that raises great expectation
Taste: follows smell exactly, nice malt taste off the bat with full almost smokey, grainy flavors, very flavorful, restrained bitterness paired with assertive hop flavor, clean finish with wonderful aftertaste
Mouthfeel: smooth, appropriate carbonation, frothy head lingered into mouth
Drinkability: keep 'em coming, especially on a hot day, A+
Note: seems like SN was trying to copy this brew with Summerfest

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 17:37:14 | More by surfmeister
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer so many times I cant believe I havent reviewed it. My review may seem high but people, this is THE beer that the Pilsner style is named for, and this is the beer all others strive to be. The original!

Pours into my frosted myg a crystal clear dark straw color with a sizeable white head. Decent amount of lacing as well.

Aroma is straw-like and noble hop goodness. The slightest bit of caramel adds complexity and makes this a great overall beer. Slight bit of fruitiness but mostly grassy.

Very clean and dry. Superbly bitter with a mouth puckering twang. Again, a touch of fruit with some light fruitiness. Grassy and bitter and delicious.

This is always a standby for me when I go somewhere with a less-than-memorable beer selection. Sure its a bit pricey because of its "import" denotation, but this one is worth the price. A true classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:18:57 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Andrew644

Idaho

4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- deep golden with a nice white head that lingers while you drink.

S- I can smell both the malt and the saaz hops, nothing compares to the smell of saaz, they are quite distinguishable.

T- This is a great pilsner and mostly because of its top ingredients but even more so because of its balance. In every sip the malt and hops both come out and work very well together.

M- Carbonation is good but not so much that its harder to drink.

D- With all the characteristics of this beer it is very enjoyable to have by itself or with meals. I would have one at any time without even thinking twice.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:00:55 | More by Andrew644
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Premo88

Texas

4.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best by Dec. 28, 2013)

L: clear gold ... surprisingly darker than I expected; even up to light it's dark enough to be gold (not pale yellow); big fat sticky head of foam, about 1 inch; clumps of the head stick to the glass, and the skin on top is amazing -- so much carbonation is rising in the column that its leaving five white spots of foam on the top layer; big collar

S: huge biscuit note mixed with grain; underneath, a thin layer of grassy hops -- but the sweet biscuit-and-grain dominates it early on; corn takes over halfway in, sweet creamed corn;

T: sweet light malt, yeast, bread, biscuits with a softer grassy bite that shows up as much in the dryness as it does in the taste -- what it amounts to is a hop presence that lingers with good grassy and spicy pepper notes

F: watery enough to drink but huge carbonation ... i'm sucking it down so fast, it might qualify as *too* drinkable. damn.

O: it's super dry in the finish but with so much sweet biscuit malt up front that it really stands out as a unique brew. i love that it's got a bit of color to it, a nice gold flair that continues a show of fast-rising bubbles.

if it had just a bit more hops in the nose and laced on the way down, i'd give it 5s across the board. as it is, it's fantastic. i'm glad i finally tried it. it's as good a beer as I've had in any style and a brew i guarantee will find its way into my fridge often.

(for posterity, it's also my 100th beer here on BA)

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 07:51:36 | More by Premo88
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BKotch

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The original and best Pilsener, by a long shot, although I've never tried Budvar (it's supposed to be on its way to Texas as Czechvar). Clean, crisp, and a great burst of hops in the finish. Caveat: PU has to be fresh or it can be, well, PU (read: skunky)! Why must they use those green bottles?

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2001 19:48:30 | More by BKotch
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