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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,077
Reviews: 1,328
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 66
Gots: 341 | 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

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of cokes
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely solid gold body with sizeable pure-white foam. Exactly what one would expect for the style, yet still strikingly perfect.
Aroma is a strange mix of pungent hops, lightly toasty malts, sulphur, petroleum, and alcohol vapors. Not skunked, just not all that pleasant. Interesting perhaps.
Taste is raw and generally likeable. Toasty pils malts are served up right away. Coarse, grainy rye-bread notes. The petrol is evident once again. Earthy, spicy hops at the finish.
Good standard pils mouthfeel. Just shy of medium, with ample, steady carbonation.
Pretty decent overall.
I try not to let price factor into my reviews, but it is somewhat applicable here since this borders on ultra-premium (especially at bars). All thing equal, there are alot of pilsners that I would choose over this...even moreso when the price is considered.

Photo of SaunaKing
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell is a dark golden colour with little head that disappears straight away - you need to pour it from two feet away to get much head. The smell is pleasant with a little bit of honey in it.
Tastes pretty good, not great like the repuation. I get a little honey in the slightly bitter aftertaste. It goes down smoothly but there is something in the taste I am not too crazy about, it seems a little heavier than other pilsners even though it is only 4.4%.

Good with a salty snack or a meal but I won't be downing a bunch of these in a bar anytime soon.

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint

Light hay color, ok head after an aggressive poor.

Sweet malt, lemon grass.

Follows the aroma. Crisp and light with some soft hop bitterness. Refreshing to say the least. Some soft funk goin on.

Clean and lively on the palate. Nice dry finish. This is nice.

A classic in its own respect. This beers has been enjoyed by me, and many others.

Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not too big on Pilsners, but this is drinkable. The color's nice, although perhaps a bit too much bitterness for such an otherwise light flavor. More flavor than a Stella Artois, though.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw some in cans for the firt time so I decided to try and picked up the 4 pack. Pours a nice clear golden orange color with nice 2 finger head that decipates quickly leaving some lacing. Smell is somewhat skunky, grassy, some fruit, and a bit earthy. Taste is good, somewhat malty sweet at first but finish with a grassy hop bitterness, a little skunky taste to it as well. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate, a somewhat slick feeling left behind but overall a pretty crisp beer. This is an easy drinker, while nothing really stands out, nothing is really offensive either. Nice and light with a low ABV means you can easy put a couple of these away.

Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, white, thick head that was long-lasting... eventually diminished to 1/4-finger. Body is medium gold color and brilliantly clear.

S: Some slight floral, spicy hops. Some maltiness as well; maybe just a touch of diacetyl.

T: Malty sweetness that lasts to the finish; again, with a touch of alcohol. Very light bitterness; should definitely have more in this style.

M: Medium-bodied, with light-medium carbonation (a little low for the style).

D: Not a bad Bohemian pilsner, but not a great one either. I've read a lot of things saying this beer isn't what it used to be, but I can't confirm as this was my first tasting.

Photo of Oakenator
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a yellow to brown color. With a soda pop head that disappates quickly. Little to no lacing present on the glass.

S: Pilsner, grassy, herbed aroma.

T: Crisp and clean lager. Tastes good - bitter flavor dominates throughout with hint of malt.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing.

O: Good brew for sessioning and on a hot day.

Photo of 585
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saturday afternoon; Giro prologue paired with an urquell.

Straight from the fridge into the pinot noir glass.

Golden with a definite copper hue, topped by brief appearance from a light head. Nothing spectacular, but enticing none the less.

This is not a beer that gives too much away on the nose, there is a hint of character but without any real depth; pronounced hoppy tones merged with a gentle sweetness.

On the tongue the hops are evident again, swiftly followed by a bitterness decking a slight honeyed layer; in line with the nose.

The length of the finish is impressive, nicely persisting although a little over powering in it's hoppiness.

Pleasant drinker, ennough interest to make it worthwhile and a step up from many of it's blander contemporaries.

Photo of tmzl
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with average fizzy white head, fast retention, fully diminishing. Lacing is good. Color is like it should be - golden. Body is clear, normal carbonation, expected maybe a bit more.

Smell: Grain, bread malt, hay, grass, crackers. Also spicy and the distinct Saaz hop. Text book stuff.

Taste: Similar story as the smell. Hay, spice, hint of sweetness in the middle and then the explosion of moderate clean hop bitterness. Works well. Bitterness stays with you for a while, but smooth and screaming at you: "Drink more you fool!"

Mouthfeel: Surprised at the medium, silky body, but still fresh crisp carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Text book stuff, nothing more and nothing less then expected. Well, maybe the medium body was a bit of surprise, but yes, a well crafted lager.

Photo of ejeffer11
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of the classic brews.

nothing amazing about the appearance, pretty translucent, but this is not unexpected for the style. Good carbonation with a very white head on it. A little malt sweetness along with a zesty hop bite to the aftertaste. There is some skunk to this as well, but not in a detrimental way. Enjoyable to say the least.

I always look forward to drinking this because it means the weather is getting a little warmer. A classic easy drinking brew that at 4.4%, you can have a few and not lose your bearings. Great with something off the grill.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a white head and moderate lacing.

Smells a bit grassy, some citric hops here as well. No skunk in this one.

Biscuity flavors and citric hop bitterness dominate. A grassiness or green grain element balances this out. Finishes bitter.

Overall, not bad. Far cry from some of the better representations of the style, but a true decent pizza or burger beer. Nothing I'd reach for on a snowy evening. Worth the try.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This time I had this it came in a can with a freshness date on the bottom. The Pilsner pours a clean straw color with a foam head that doesn't stay long. It has a little bit of aroma to the nose which is a hop spiciness. It is same with the taste which has the same spicy hopness and a clean malt flavor. This is a great beer during the summer and in my opinion a session beer for me.

Photo of Hautacam
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold...lively head..drops quickly to "gone".
Smells very malty...and some faint earthy, hay odor.
Tastes malty too...lot of hops..pretty bitter throughout, although there is also a sweetness that stays with it.
Mouthfeel is surprizingly medium....good body for a pilsner.High carbonation.
Citrus peel aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all.
If I just want a thirst-quencher "cold one" this summer....this will be a good choice.

Photo of marty21
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden with about a finger worth of white soapy head. The head actually lasted the entire time which suprised me and left lines of lace on one side of the glass.

S: Very grassy with sweet malt. It’s even sour at times as well. It also had a bit of skunk but that passed as it aired out more.

T: Grassy hops with some grainy malt. A faint skunk taste in the aftertaste but it’s hardly noticeable. It’s actually quite light but has a faint bitter finish.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: This was a lot lighter then I was expecting but it was still very easy drinking and good. I finished this rather quickly and would definitely buy this again.

Photo of dasenebler
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know the pour-- quick frothy head forms, then dissipates to nothing in about 10 seconds. Clear gold color. Nothing really special here with this brew, although I feel it is much more drinkable than Heineken, Amstel, etc. Smell is somewhat skunky, taste is better however. Some good bitterness, definitely better compared to other Euro lagers. I don't really know what else to say. Buy Brooklyn Pilsner (for basically the same price), Victory Prima Pils or Sierra Nevada Summerfest instead. They're domestic examples of the style and much, much tastier.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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