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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 1,256
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 127 | 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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bcsbeer

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-26-2014 03:34:39 | More by bcsbeer
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with thin/small bubbled head. Nose is rich with Saaz but also that characteristic skunk-resembling component that isn't necessarily skunk (and it isn't here, I can tell the difference). I'm just not sure why this aroma/flavor is prized so much. Thin body, not a lot of malt backbone to stand up to the Saaz, and the finish leaves a metallic tang.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 23:21:04 | More by yemenmocha
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nickss

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle a light golden haze. Light, 1/4" head, yet the consistency of the head is surprisingly thick, and not as active as I would have thought.

The aroma contains a fair bit of malt in it, but whatever other aromas there may have been are overwhelmed by skunkiness. I wonder, is it the light green bottle?.. I'm sure that can't help. Regardless, this brew is not what it used to be.

The flavour contains some malt, surprisingly little in the way of hops. Reminds me of Grolsch, which is certainly not a good thing.

The mouthfeel is about the only thing this beer does right. Crisp, yet creamy... nice.

While this brew is moderately refreshing, lending points to its drinkability, its skunkiness is so overwhelming that it puts me off. This is certainly nothing compared to Victory's Prima.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 20:40:08 | More by nickss
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I probably had this before, in the Czech Republic several years ago (on draft at fifty cents a 0.5 liter!), but I don't remember it too well thanks to the amount I drank. Anyways, this bottled version poured a brilliant sparkling gold with a puffy cloud-like head. Good. The smell was overwhelmingly hoppy. Taste was, unfortunately, a bit skunky. I was afraid of this (green bottles in room temp. storage at a Utah liquor store). Despite the creeping skunkiness, I could still taste the flowery hops and could imagine how clean and refreshing this pilsner can be. Quite drinkable on a hot summer day in Utah (sans skunkiness).

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 10:41:59 | More by alexgash
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Davit

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-14-2013 01:48:13 | More by Davit
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JoyHelfrich

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

05-15-2013 05:15:20 | More by JoyHelfrich
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hawkon


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-19-2012 11:59:33 | More by hawkon
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Caskaway

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

05-30-2012 01:28:43 | More by Caskaway
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-12-2012 14:07:51 | More by Horbar
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-02-2013 22:16:39 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Paccamacca

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-11-2014 19:08:01 | More by Paccamacca
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andyhurley

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-19-2014 18:14:47 | More by andyhurley
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Extol

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-29-2013 20:18:45 | More by Extol
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mjtierney2

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-04-2013 22:06:44 | More by mjtierney2
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ouits

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-26-2012 02:00:15 | More by ouits
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-04-2012 22:43:13 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-13-2014 04:36:55 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a typical clear pilsner amber, a little darker than most I have seen. Aroma is firm and malty, not strong but still inviting. Flavor is crisp, malty, typical of a pilsner but a little richer than the average brew of this type. Refreshing, enjoyable, good with lunch or dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2008 15:15:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-29-2013 14:42:49 | More by dgherm
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tangoafterdark

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

10-31-2013 22:47:33 | More by tangoafterdark
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-31-2012 00:19:39 | More by Sipchue
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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
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mattster

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl oz bottle and poured into Weisen glass.

Pours nice head of 1.4" which dies down to after a minute. Brew is clear yellow to lt amber with bubbles.

Initial smell is typical import beer smell, but after a couple of minutes, it opens up to slightly floral aroma with herbal tones. Taste is initially slightly sour, but bitterness becomes more palatable. Finishes with minimal aftertaste. Not a great beer, but definitly a good alternative to BMC brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 07:38:14 | More by mattster
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got into a conversation with a girl going to the gabf about how i'm not a huge fan of pilsners. She told me this one was "amazing" so I decided to give it a try. I think average would be a better way to describe it.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a decent sized bubbly pure white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass in a minute. Slight lacing.

Smells of some hop spice, and saaz hops.

Tastes of faint noble hops, most notably saaz. Hop spice, and a tiny bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, with above average carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 20:16:18 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a classic golden color with a bright white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Smells faintly of sweet malts and earthy hops. Smells nice, but nothing to get excited about.

Tastes very crisp! A hint of the malts and the earthy hops followed by a dry aftertaste.

Body is average for the style. Nothing exciting.

This is considered by some to be the standard for the style. I think it's decent, but have had better pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 22:04:43 | More by MaltyGoodness
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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