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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,043 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 310 | FT: 0
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Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of cambabeer
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep gold with nice finger and a half of head. Good carbonation. Leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S- Grassy and sweet. A little burnt and malty with just a little ethanol. A good whif orange juice.

T- Burnt and bitter. Very, very hoppy. Clean and very spicy. Sort of dry in a way. A little sweet and a lasting herbal aftertaste which is very strong.

M- Big carbonation, medium bodied. leaves a nice creamy lace on palate.

D- very easy, good.

Photo of armock
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with almost no head even with an agresive pour. Smell is pretty decent but not wowed yet. Things get better in the taste department its good but has an after taste that I don't care for much. Good carbonation and goes down pretty smooth but has that after taste. If someone was handing these out I'd drink one or two again but theres better beers out there to be had.

Photo of bump8628
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with an initially fluffy, white head that recedes to a thin veil after a few moments.

Grassy, spicy hops are definitely at the forefront with hints of lemon and hay in the background. Sweet Pils malt is evident once it hits the palate, but is soon wooshed away by a solid bitterness.

Eh, not the world classic some profess it to be, at least not the stuff that the US gets.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one may have gotten a little warm and then cold again, so i am not sure if it was in good shape. however, i remember the first time i had it, and it was pretty good. not too carbonated with a little malty flavoring. my most recent sampling was more bitter than i remembered it to be, but then again, it may have been a little skunked. overall, i would say this is an enjoyable quality pils.

Photo of daledeee
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles of this are iffy so I tried tap. The head was poor and the body was a clear yellow lager.

Nose was not much; a little hops.

Taste was little hoppy with hints of grain. Not much else to say here. Average beer like a lager and weak on the alcohol.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz bottle at Wegmens in Jamestown, NY
Bottle dated DEC1414 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of grain
Head small (2 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to broken 1 mm layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear, rising bubbles while the beer lasts
Flavor is lightly malty with a touch of dimethylsulfide
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Meh. This meets most of the criteria for the Bohemian pilsner, except for the absence of a good head.

Photo of veinless
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear burnt yellow with a finger of quickly-dissipated white head that leaves little lace.

Nose is grassy and even of dirt at times, with a healthy dose of semi-sweet malt mixed in. It's a bit restrained which is disappointing, but the quality is there.

Taste is more of the same, with more pilsner malts coming out and a touch of herbal quality in the finish. The malty sweetness is stronger here than in the nose, and it's not necessarily a good thing, but at least there is more to taste. I like this, even if I don't love it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but not as dry as I'd like. A bit sticky at times, the beer would benefit from a slicker, cleaner feel. Still solid though. Drinkability is good despite all my nitpicking, but is held back by all those criticisms. Abv is nice and low for sessions, and the beer goes down pretty easily. All in all this is a good beer, and even if it has been bettered since it created this style, it stands up favorably to most pilsners out there now.

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. green bottle which is dated Nov 17-11, so this is an old bottle that I found in a convenience store on a back shelf. Sampled on October 7, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow with a fizzy white head and busy carbonation.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit pale malts and moderate sugar sweetness. Considering the age of this bottle I was very pleased that there was no green bottle skunkiness.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a good Czech malt character up front with low to medium bitterness at the end. Pretty decent.

Photo of StevieW
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard 12oz. green bottle. I have passed this beer over several times, and finally tried it.
Crystal clear golden color. Darker than expected. A hard pour produced a rich frothy rocky white head. Head didn't last long but, what little of it did, laced the glass. Smell was the typical "off" strong aroama of pils malt, and sour old beer smells, this is what I think people call "skunked" After the first whiff, it really settles down and is really not terrible, it is not pleasant either. Rich buttery smells is very noticable. Taste is moderatly balanced, malt, very spritzy, and carbonated. Nice bitter finish and again somewhat sour. Not bad though. A better, more full taste than other pilsners I have had, although I don't think I have had many Bavarian style. Better body and taste than I expected. I'm all right with this one, really. I would buy it again in a pinch or for a summer barbecue or something. This reminds me of the beer my Dad used to drink when I was a kid. (Hudepohl 14K Lager)

Photo of Antc2382
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpagewatts
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

perfect golden color in the glass. nice three-finger head which disappears quickly with little lacing. the smell is pretty typical of the style: little malt and fresh hops. the taste is clean and crisp with a hop presence that can only be discribed by a shrug of the shoulders. there's a slight lemon aftertaste. any mouthfeel left by this beer is fleeting.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color, and decent head.

Smells of yeasty goodness.

Has a strong yeast taste that I have grown to enjoy. Not as good as Stella Artois but is still a decent beer.

I would drink again on tap at a bar if I had nothing else better to choose from.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Poured a dark gold with little head retention with little lacing.

S: The Saaz hops really come to the fore in this beer. The malt is quite subdued.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

T: Crisp, with a nice bite on the finish. Malt remains in the background with this beer, no surprise there.

D: Very drinkable and a nice alternate to judge other pilseners by. When I first began my beer quest, I hated this. I found it downright foul. Funny how tastes change...

Photo of Patrick999
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the grocery store, and wanted a pilsner. This was the only one available, and didn't want to go to the liquor store for a Stoudt's Pils, so I picked this up. I've not had it before...interested to taste this "Original Pilsner."

I am using the appropriate sexy Pilsner glassware....it looks nice color-wise, but the head just didn't stick. Lots of bubbles, but no head replenishment. Absolutely no lacing. My glass is spotless, so I really don't think it's the glass.

Smell - I smell the earthy hops and a little bit of the aforementioned funk aroma that I also get in Stella Artois. No points deducted, though, because I actually kinda like a little of that moldy hay/sweaty sock smell.

Taste - Not bad, not bad. Not as bracingly lemon-minty as the Stoudt's Pils, and ultimately not as refreshing, but not a total loss by any means. I'm actually getting more of an earthy mineral hop taste more reminiscent of a scaled-down Fuggles IPA, though perhaps this is attributable to the local water.

Mouthfeel - This has plenty of carbonation, but still manages to be slightly watery. Pretty average.

Drinkability - The low ABV combined with the fact that this is a little watery makes this extremely drinkable almost by default. It's readily available, and should do the trick as an enjoyable session beer should obviously better options be lacking.

Photo of proc
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A completely different beer on tap. As opposed to the bottle, this is a keeper. Pours out to a very nice dark, golden color in the glass with an average head. Aroma is that of biscuits, bread and yeast and slight lemon. The taste is excellent for a beer of this style. It is crisp and clean with a nice light bite of hops that balance out a slight malt sweetness.

In the bottle, I've yet to find a good one, but if I can get this on tap, I'm sold.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell poured a clear golden color, with very little head. It had a bit of a harsh smell, but wasnt very strong. THe flavor was a good malty flavor, and a nice subtle bitterness. Easy to drink, not to heavy, not TOO full on flavor, but there was enough. Overall a nice beer, nothing great, but enjoyable, and I can see many many people liking this beer.

Photo of sloejams
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very few drinking establishments in Los Angeles have decent beer. So often I end up having to grab something that, in other circumstances would not be my first choice. Such is the case with Pilsner Urquell.

A proper fresh serving of Pilsner Urquell in a pilsener glass at an above-freezing temperature is great. Fine beer. That's another thing that's rare in LA. Generally you're served it in a pint glass (if you're lucky not frosted) or with no glass at all - straight from the bottle. Czech Pilseners are not the most durable beers and that with the fact that if drinking from the bottle - the green bottles are poorly designed for proper shelf life.

The one I happened to be having was not terribly fresh but it wasn't terribly old either. I was at the Hambuger Hamlet on Hollywood Blvd, in the thick of the Hollywood bullshit. They served it in a goblet, for whatever dumb reason. It was too cold. I tried to enjoy the beer for what it was. It did that quite well.

It's a remarkably refreshing beer - light, crisp and quenching. The Saaz hops are omnipresent providing most of the flavor. The finish is clean and slight bit sweet. This is a great gateway lager to try to get those so used to the American macros to see that beer can have flavor and not be intimidating.

Photo of Taipans
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4 pint pack at my local grocer this past weekend. With temps hitting in the mid - 90s I figured this would be a pretty refreshing beverage. I wasn't dissapointed, it was light, crisp and a pretty good rep of the style.

Out of can, so I will have to skip on the appearance, but I did like the can design. =)

It had a grainy sweet aroma, much like the macro lagers in the states. It tasted somewhat bitter with a nice complex profile. Smooth and easily drinkable, I had a couple pints and didn't feel bloated or full.

Highly recommended!

Photo of BBM
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours your standard bright yellow with fizzy white head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is faint, with hints of spice, grass, and some sourness.

This honestly is a pretty enjoyable light beer. There's a bitterness to it not uncommon with the style, and a clean finish. It's not complex, but it doesn't try to be. A good session beer, and perfect for, say tailgating a hockey game, which is what I used it for last night.

Photo of Jdiddy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is hit or miss. Very unpredictable. It used to be one of my favorite beers and now I only have it if there is not much else around. Problem is the green bottle. I have had so many skunk ones. If you get a good one it is a great Pilsner. Much more bitter than the usual. Can have an unusual aftertaste that stays with you for awhile. Great Golden color.

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bailey's "Irish" Pub boasted a 36 tap line of macros/imports. This was one of the only brews I hadn't tried, so I figured what the hell.

A - Pale straw coloration, transparent, one tip head that disappeared after a few. Spotted lacing.

S - Faint pale malt aroma, not too much here.

T - Grainy and herbal with a mild hop tinge, and some evident grassy tones. Nothing outstanding here, but there is something oddly likeable about the flavor profile.

M - Light bodied, dry finish, mild carbonation.

D - Pretty decent, I had a few with dinner and they did quite well. Inoffensive and worth a try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer stowed away from the Czech republic. Pilsner Urquell pours a dark gold with a crackling head that dies away fast.

Aroma of baked bread and cracker like yeast.

Has that "Euro Lager" characteristic with sweet buttery malts/adjuncts leading the way and just a slight bitter tea like hop to balance things out.

This beer has a very nice mouthfeel, semi-dry yet quenching at the same time. Spritzy carbonation gives a distinct zing on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. A good example of a czech pilsner, and quite drinkable at that.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear and golden in color with a white foam head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Clean and slightly hoppy with a little funk and a little skunk. About the way I've come to expect pilsners to smell.

T: Very clean and crisp taste with some light, earthy hops and that bitter, European flavor. Not a bad beer for something that is so mass produced.

Photo of mpyle
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich gold color, sparkling clarity and a modest white-colored head. Head is tightly bubbled with a bit of retention.

Noble hops and a sweetness (caramel? corn?), but generally quite clean beyond the hops.

Mostly hop from start to finish. A gentle bitterness and noble hop flavor. Finishes fairly clean and light, with a slight bitterness linger. Flavor a bit subdued - maybe a bit light struck in the green bottle.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. Carbonation and hops give it a bite - not smooth on the tongue.

A clean hoppy lager, but didn't sense the malt backbone that I know this beer usually has. The lack of body and balance provided by this malt hurt the drinkability for me.

Photo of grayburn
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours the expected light golden color into the glass. Decent sized bone white head that stays around a little bit and leaves minor lacing.
The smell is light, minor hops, a little malt, and some nice green bottle skunk. I was originally not going to review this beer because of this, but it is well within it's best by range.
The taste is the same, there are some nice delicate notes that get clobbered by the skunk.
The mouthfeel is nice, light and highly carbonated.
The drink is good as well, I could have quite a few of these...just give em to me fresh.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 3,043 ratings.