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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,826 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,826
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 194 | 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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Photo of animal
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!!

animal, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of appenzeller
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)

appenzeller, May 26, 2010
Photo of Hobbz
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.

Hobbz, Dec 07, 2003
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

glepha, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Bpierso1, Jun 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

bagnz0r, Jul 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Rosquin, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of horseblanket
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).

horseblanket, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of 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.

Rm90, Mar 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Moosebreath, Nov 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Cjhahn71, Jun 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Microbrewtaster, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Dylan-K, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of janubio
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.

janubio, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of richardl
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!

richardl, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Fengzi
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...

Fengzi, Jun 14, 2010
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Danuel, Sep 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

kkdowning, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

UpperDecker, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

cryptichead, Sep 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

BeerIsGood88, Jan 29, 2012
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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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