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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 55
Gots: 241 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of waughbrew
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold, medium head, a little retention, good lacing. Aroma of light husky grain, spicy grassy herbal hops, and small contributions of sulfur and skunk. Pretty good flavor, bitter and hoppy. A pleasant vanilla/oaky note comes through in the beginning. Those husky grains and slightly metalic finish come in at the end. Medium body with dancing carbonation. An above-average pils, but could have better hop flavor and head retention. There are better choices around, so I will rarely drink this.

Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small bubbly white head that lingered throughout with a little lacing. Mild grainy malt aroma with a hint of skunk. The taste is slightly better with a decent balance of bitterness and malts. Mouthfeel is light but not watery - very crisp and clean on the palate. This is better than most Euro pilsners and is fairly drinkable.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw yellow color. About a half inch head dissapates quickly into nothing. Aromas are slightly skunky, some DMS, and a little hoppiness present. Drinks a nice highly carbonated, thirst quenching pils as expected. Light and easy drinking, the saaz hops provide a nice bite and make it better than water on a hot day. Could easily put away several. Recommended for any pils lover or any for getting into the style. Look for 12 packs that are in cardboard boxes.

Photo of lstokes
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this head disappeared very quickly, but it's an attractive gold color with a lot of exciting carbonation.

Almost overpoweringly sweet biscuit malts in the smell are joined by some earthy hops and lemon rind in the taste--not bad, but really too bitter and too sweet, so not particularly refreshing.

That said, it's drinkable and the mouthfeel is very bubbly, which lightens the heaviness of the taste some.

Photo of Converge
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a 22.3oz pilsener glass.

A - Pours a shade darker than the average lager, with a frothy and bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Not great head retention, and no lacing.

S - For a canned beer this smells pretty damn skunky. Cereal grains, maybe even corn. Mild saaz hop presence gives it some grassy notes. Mainly just sweet and grassy, but not in a good way.

T - Tastes better than it smells, that's for sure. The adjunct malt is replaced with nice clean pilsner malt. Fresh hay and some mild zippy floral notes in the middle before finishing with a grassy, slightly herbal hop. Crisp and refreshing, with no off flavors in sight. As it warms flavors of honey and apricots become more and more pronounced.

M - Light bodied, but crisp. Carbonation is a touch too high. Typical for the style, but not my thing.

D - Not a style I often try, but one I always seem to enjoy. Sometimes I think craft beer is too caught up in imperial stouts and hop bombs, and more mild and simple styles are forgotten entirely. For me this brew is refreshing in both taste as well as style. On a hot summer day, I'm reaching for this before a heady DIPA.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - maybe a shade or two under amber in color...closer to an organge, very dark for a pilsner. Good foam, about two-and-a-half finger's worth that dissipates relatively quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Very strong, spicy smell. Maybe pepper. Not at all what I was expecting for a pilsner. There's a smoky flavor toward the end of the glass that I didn't notice at the beginning. It's more of a cigarette smell than a cigar or barrel-aged smell.

Taste - Again, very unique for a pilsner. Perhaps I'm just too used to Heineken's German style. Very strong toward the back of the palatte, even when it hasn't hit it yet!

Mouthfeel - Medium..slightly creamy. Good texture for a beer.

Drinkability - For me, this beer strikes the top and back of the palate a little too strongly for repeated trips to the fridge. Definitely worth a six-pack if you like Czech style pilsners.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pils poured a straw yellow with no head nor lace in my pint glass. The aromas of grain, grass, and yeast were all there with strong notions of malt. THe drink was smooth and crisp with a bit of hop finish that lingers way too long. There is a little bit of metal/rusty water in the background that is offensive, but the maltiness does keep the offensive notes in the background. Overall a bit above average and not nearly as good as it used to be when I was drinking it ten years ago.

Photo of frankiepop
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No not Steve Urkel. This is a quality fresh pilsner brew from the Czech Republic that is a great thirst quencher called Urquell. I really like the fresh taste to this beer. They claim the water is great there. There is no bad after taste. Reminds me of Carlsberg quite a bit. It's not too bitter and not too sweet. It's just right. The clean fresh taste delivers a great mouthfeel and drink-ability. Goes down smooth and fast.

Drink this beer with the Euro Cup and watch Czech Republic Petr Cech the great goalkeeper do his thing when the Czech team is playing. Good luck my bohunk friends.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of April 4th, 2013.

Appearance - Pours a Clear, bright golden orange with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Moderate skunk notes, backed by lesser tones of sweetness. Once the skunk lessens, a relatively nice aroma emerges. Notes of bread, caramel and honey sweetness come out.

Taste - Skunky flavor, too, but then subsides after 10 minutes or so, allowing the lesser notes of grain, touches of caramel and honey sweetness to shine through. Finishes with moderate grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a nice, crisp bite and and smooth, dry finish.

Overall - A fair pilsner. I've had better, and I've definitely had worse. Would've scored higher, but the skunk takes some time to kill. Once it does, the finer qualities of the beer are revealed, and it becomes fairly enjoyable.

Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh(ish) bottle that I dug out of the back of the store fridge. Pours a clear gold with a medium white head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a foam film and just a bit of lacing. Smells of slightly sweet malt and grassy/floral hop. This quality dominates the palate, giving the same slightly herbal qualities, a good amount of bitterness, and a bit of spice. Perfectly balancing malt presence. Slightly bitter, somewhat metallic finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Heavily carbonated; just right for the style. Decent overall, as long as it's been properly stored.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden pour, nice head showing some persistence.
Aroma is a mix of skunk, grainy/biscuity sweet malt and noble hops.
Flavours are a bit better, with lots of bready/biscuity malt, honey, green hoppy notes and an assertive bitterness.
Med-light body with refreshing carbonation.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Underdog Bar and grill

A- Pours a musty pale yellow color. Not too much head and leaves behind no lace whatsoever.

S- It actually smells like that of a skunk who is pissing malts. I know it sounds odd. It isnt a horrid smell but it isnt grand.

T- Malty and grassy/grainy in flavor. A little bit of hops and floral spices. Pretty bland for the most part but a decent taste of malts.

M- smooth and thin. A slight feeling of refreshing comes after the swallow.

D- this is an easy beer to put down. If you are a light beer drinker this would be good for you. This would go down like water.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden lager with a creamy head that doesn't stick around too long.

S- Slightly skunky , with a sweet, fruity aroma. Mostly a malty scent.

T- Slight bitterness, somewhat skunky. There is also a sort of malty sweetness to the beer, although it isn't an overall sweet flavor. There is a distinctive biscuity, all-purpose flour taste as well that is nice with the dry finish!

M- Smooth and easy on the palate.

D- The beer is extremely easy to drink. It has just the right amount of carbonation to help the drinking out.

*In updating my review with the beer in a traditional Stella Artois glass rather than a plastic cup, I think I like the beer better. I guess the proper glass (with the proper swirl for nose and taste) can help some beers!

Photo of BuckSpin
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a warm gold with a tight, white 1/2" head of slightly clinging lace - AKA a stereotypical draft. Nose was soft & light, no real discernable characteristics.

Very even on my tongue, with a mild malt and bitter finish. Can't really say anything spectacular about it - it wasn't bad, nor was it great. If this was on a wall of craft taps, it would go bypassed in the future, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of demitriustown
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear very golden color. smells decent I did detect a little skunk but oh well. The flovor is strong but very pleasent sweetness and bitter meld together in an enjoyable combination. I enjoyed this brew. Got the tall boy 1pt. 6.3 oz bottle and I wish I would have got the sixer. Very good Pislner worth the money you pay for it. All pilsners should wish to be this good, and we all know that there is a mess load of crappy ones. Yummy!!

Photo of Swill5786
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw, clear, with carbonation bubbles rising. Thin head, no lacing. Nose of spicy hops and malt. Very slight skunkiness - why does anyone use green bottles?? Taste is a very sweet malty front and mildly hopped wet finish. Light body with decent carbonation level. Decently drinkable but not overly impressive for the style. Good but not great.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color some short, quick fading white head.

Mostly a grainy scent, with some hopps.

Again mostly a sweet grainy taste with a bitter malt finish.

Light bodied, crisp feel, with very high carbonation.

Pretty easy drinker. This is something I could probably drink quite often.

Photo of hiku7
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a glass beer mug.

A - Pours a clear yellow gold with a snow white head, which dissipates quickly. Highly carbonated with lots of bubble streams racing up the glass.

S - A lemony crackery smell, but also somewhat catty, almost like a beer stain on a college dorm room carpet. Nostalgic to be sure, but not what I prefer to smell.

T - Doughy/bready/crackery with a strong noble hop backbone. Too much so IMHO. Overall, I got used to the taste, but that's about all I can say.

M - Creamy with lots of fizzy carbonation. Enjoyable.

D - Drinkable to be sure, but not sure I'd really want more than a couple.

Overall decent Pilsner, and it's hard to knock the Pilsner that started it all, but maybe the long-traveled green bottle import just isn't the same as drinking it from the source. The one time I made it to Prague I didn't get out to Pilzen, but to give this a fair taste, I will next time.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had issues in the past with bottles of Pilsner Urquell being lightstruck so I'm trying it from the 16.9 oz. can.

Poured a very clear gold with two fingers of creamy white head which quickly faded to almost nothing. No lacing to speak of.

I would describe the smell as heavy on the sweet/spice side but with a bit of a hops presence. Missing the skunk smell I'm familiar with from the bottle.

Nothing really leads taste-wise. A bit of hops, a bit of grain, a bit of bitterness to it.

Light mouthfeel. Clean and dry with a good zing from the carbonation.

IMO, better from the can vs. the bottle. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Photo of hanco005
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6.3 fl oz bottle marked 09285 06:14 poured into a pilsner glass…twice.

A—golden yellow, slight haze, 1 inch fizzy head, down to nothing in a hurry , moderate lacing remains

S—strong wheat and hops, a little skunky, but I don’t think the best is…I think it is just the way it smells

T—tangy and a little sour, dry, wheat, mildly bitter

M—light bodied, medium carbonation

D—not bad…but not great either. The smell is the worst part. I’d have another, though.

Photo of MMansfield
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw that they have a new styled can for this so I figured I'd buy a single at the NSLC. Hadn't had it in a while, but this is my first review.

Appearance: Pours a flawless golden colour wiht a moderate white head. The head diminishes very fast into basically nothing.

Aroma: Clean, sweet malts, lots of florals and some citrus.

Taste: Biscuit malt, sweet, moderate bitterness with a slight alcohol flavour. Very standard

Mouthfeel: Nice body, smooth, easy drinking.

Final Statement: Very much like standard Euro lagers, yet the best of the bunch. If you're into Heiniken or Stella on warm summer nights, then try out Pilsner Urquell. I'll continue to you buy this every so often for that particular event.

Photo of korndog
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with many of the reviewers that lament what has become of this beer. I drink it rarely, but I can say with little reservation that the quality has deteriorated since I first sipped this noble brew 20 years ago. The hops still come through with a crisp bite that does not disappoint. Still, there is something off about the way they interplay with the maltiness while in the mouth. I'm not really skilled enough to describe this disconnect, but I cannot ignore it. I will drink it in a pinch, and not bitch publicly; but I can vent here, so I will.

Photo of AccidentalKate
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice head, that seems to last forever. Clear in look, but an orange tint to the base golden color.

Aroma: floral, with a nice hit of hops. Little bit of malt beneath it all. A little weak for a pilsner, but still present.

Taste: A little watery, to be honest. Though the malt is there up front, and a bit of bitterness that hits midway, this beer seems to be more water than flavor. It's not off. Just weak.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned before, watery, and only little bit of carbonation. Average.

Drinkability: This beer looks better than it tastes, and even smells better than it tastes. I'm trying to put in my mind what a pilsner should taste like, but I'll be damned if I think this is the best example of one.

Photo of kennyo
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always worry about drinking this beer, you gamble if you are going to get a good bottle or a skunked one. Purchased 12 pack, on sale, in the enclosed card board container, figured it might not be bad. Got lucky, no skunk.

Yelllow gold color, crystal clear with white head, nice carbonation. aroma was pilsner malt with a little cereal to it. Taste - its a pilsner, need I say more. OK there is more hop bitterness in it then other pilsners. very drinkable.

Photo of PartyBear
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, with a massive white head. Extremely well carbonated.

Aroma: Lemony hops, slight malty sweetness, and a little bready grain.

Taste: Crisp and bitterly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Lively and light.

Drinkability: A light refreshing pilsener, which is easy to drink. Better than a lot of the crap imported lager on the market, just a shame they couldn't shell out for a brown glass bottle

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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