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Pilsner Urquell - Plzeňský Prazdroj

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83
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1,359 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,359
Hads: 3,293
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 73
Gots: 464 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj 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 Dogbrick
1.06/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Quote from my fiancee: "Does 'crappy' have one or 2 p's?" That says it all. I think I had a bottle that was exposed to the light too long because the skunk smell was literally unbearable. Whatever positives in the flavor were drowned out by the horrid stench. I will have to try this one again sometime... (305 characters)

Photo of Trentonator
1.12/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OK, so maybe I got a skunked version of this beer, but drinking this was truly a nauseating experience. It had really bad skunky aroma, the taste was bitter and the mouthfeel made me want to puke. I would re-review this if I got a decent example, but I am not sure I ever want to lay eyes on another one of these nasty brews again. If the beer was spoiled in transit, then maybe the brewers want to rethink their bottling/distributorship/label dating. This was an awful, awful beer. (482 characters)

Photo of lobsterism
1.12/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I watched the movie "Somm" and they talk about "freshly opened can of tennis balls" being the big new thing in aromas. With this beer, it's more like a "freshly opened box of tennis shoes, that's been worn a few times before". Totally nasty, will not be trying this again, and likely throwing the remaining 5.5 bottles out. (323 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.32/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ? (a random bar somewhere)

I'm just not a pils fan, and this is no champion among them. Pours a clear, yellow color, carbonated, with a quickly-dissipating white head. Weak grains and some grassy funk in the aroma. Weak, sweet, malts, grainy, with bitter hops that create a metallic sensation. Light bodied and not at all pleasurable to drink. (355 characters)

Photo of WillieMoe
1.33/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Right from the bottle, this offering gave off a skunky aroma, which made me hesitate a bit on going in for a taste. When finally taking the plunge, the taste was not as skunky as the smell. After a few sips, it just tasted a bit like your average watered down pilsner. This was the first time I had this beer, so it's possible this could have been a bad batch, but from this one offering I was less than pleased. (412 characters)

Photo of raffy4
1.36/5  rDev -63%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had a 500ml can of this the other night. This was the most disgusting beer I had ever drank in my life. The taste was absolutely horrible, taste something like vinegar.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and do not plan on drinking this beer ever again. I don't know how anyone could possibly give this beer a good review. (326 characters)

Photo of jcance
1.37/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

This is an abhorrent beer. I simply do not understand how anyone could think otherwise. The only way I could possibly describe this beer is if you took some san pedro cactus tea and mixed it with some beer. The aftertaste is morally wrong and I will never forgive this company for this horrifying experience I paid them to endure. There is nothing positive to say about this beer, other than that their logo looks nice. I would only ever drink this again if it were free, and even then I would be profoundly upset to do so, and I would only ingest it in the first place because I have no self respect. I'd even rather drink fucking Tecate than this swill. (655 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
1.48/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brilliantly clear, dark golden with brass accents, forming a poofy white head with surprisingly decent retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong, forming some streamers. Aroma is skunky with notes of freshly cut hay, sweet grainy malts and floral hops. Mouthfeel is soft, although decidingly NOT smooth, with a medium body and an astringent, tannic finish. Taste begins with skunky thiols, followed by a rather intense dry bitterness which continues through, and surpasses the finish, leaving the mouth with a very dry, tacky, aftertaste. There is a touch of sweet malt and corn in the middle, obscured for the most part by the skunk. The finish has very strong notes of lemon rind. I've certainly had much better pilseners, and perhaps this is good when it's not skunked, but I've had this on many, many occasions and it's always been skunked. I've even had a friend from the Czech republic bring me a bottle back home and it was just as nasty as the stuff I get locally. The fact that the beer is in green bottles is a testament that the brewery just doesn't care about it's beer. Big black mark to you, Urquell. (1,137 characters)

Photo of JokeInsurance
1.76/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: A yellow-goldish appearance with a real foamy head that stays after initial drinking. Lacing was very evident.

Smell: Faint smell of hops, barley and some copper.

Taste: Carbonation at the beginning and copper at the end.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation that I was tasting reminded me of distinctively of seltzer water.

Drinkability: It was too carbonated. Did not fare well going down - it was a bit rough.

Serving type: Bottle. (441 characters)

Photo of tigg924
1.77/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, medium head, gold

Smell: sulphur and wheat

Taste: better than the smell, but not great. Very light wheat

Mouthfeel: light and semi-sweet

Drinkability: This hides the alcohol well. I think the smell really threw me for a loop. I think there are way better beers around and this is one I will not come back to. (349 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
1.78/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A= The pour is a nice deep golden color with a crispy white head on it that holds some decent retention and lacing.

S= Damn it skunk! It smells like skunk and rotten wood. I really wish they would do something to prevent this. I can smell the pungent skunk from a few feet away. Sort of mustardy too.

T= The taste isn't as skunky as the smell for some reason yet it is still bad. The taste is overly sweet and skunky. Luckily the sweetness takes a little of the skunk away or I would be lost. This is just too bad.

M= Clean crisp and refreshing.

D= I really wish I could have found a bottle of this that isn't skunked. I'm reviewing it because I paid for it. They should take more care into keeping this problem away. (721 characters)

Photo of arizcards
1.92/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had heard a lot about this ledgendary pilsner so decided to pick up a six pack upon spying it at the local Albertsons.

The appearance was average, the pour resulted in little to no head. Upon opening the first bottle I knew I had thrown away $7 as the infamous "Pepe Le Pew" smell launched into my unfortunate nostrils. The reputation of this being a pilsner with some hop action led me to try this but unfortunately I could not get enjoy any of that as the skunkiness continued to overwhelm my senses. The mouthfeel was average and the overall drinkability was just not there. If I am ever to try this again it will be in the Czech Republic straight from the brewery-no middle men shall ruin my palate for this brew again! (726 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
1.96/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yuck. Of the European Green Bottle imports (Heine, Grolsch, St. Pauli, Beck's, etc.) this is my least favorite. Extremely bitter, tasted like a super Grolsch. The flavor and smell is so sharp that its almost overwhelming. This beer isn't all that common, and certainly not worth the effort. If you are a big fan of the Euro Green Bottles, then you might as well try it. If not, then stay away. Its not worth the fairly expensive price. (435 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't know what the big deal about this beer is. Its slightly above Miller Light, but why bother? Pours a fizzy yellow with a wet hay/corn smell to it. Not much to the taste... fizzy tasteless pilsner. Zero character. Why pay $5 for this at the bar? (251 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden color, mild carbonation and not much lacing here. The body is well carbonated.

Skunked hops, earthy notes, and just plain off putting. I know pilsners are a bit off in this regard but this one is exceptionally awful.

A complex flavor of earthy hops, tomato perhaps, skunked hops, light grains, a touch of bready yeast character. There’s something here to build on, certainly decent.

The funky nature of this beer is a bit off putting but at 4.40% this one drinks rather well, it is well carbonated, and frankly easy to drink.

I have to say this is a good test of someone’s joy of American sold Euro lagers. If you like this those will be a joy. If you find the skunked flavors and odd malt finish not to your liking you can save a lot of time and effort. I’ll say this is a solid example of a style I just don’t like when put in a green bottle and shipped across the Atlantic. (905 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
2.14/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

You get a lot of dry apple on the nose, with the malt and hay smell. It almost combines in to a sort of citrus / tomato hybrid. Not very appealing, at least to me. Crisp feel, but not much flavor outside old apple and malt. It may have once been an originator, but it certainly has been surpassed by many other pilsners. (324 characters)

Photo of RyanBelle
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Yellow-goldish appearance on initial pour, medium amounts of foamy lacing appearing on the Pilsner-style glass after consumption, Very dense foamy head that settles at about the 3/4 finger mark. High carbonation.

S - Floral notes throughout, with very subtle grassy notes slowly following the initial floral notes.

T - Very malty with a slightly bitter taste for the type of beer it is, sometimes present in beers with a higher ABV%. A "dry" beer with a malty aftertaste.

M - Velvety; pleasant, albeit has "dry" aftertaste.

D - Goes down a tad rough at first but it redeems itself later the more you drink of it, and more floral notes shine through. (658 characters)

Photo of palffyfan
2.18/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Rich golden hue, no head at all, with a great deal of carbonation.

Smell - Nothing special, smelled like Bud.

Taste - Lots of hop bitterness with a mild hop aftertaste. Kind of burns the tongue a little bit and the bitterness remains upto 30 seconds after sips.

Drinkability - If you're a fan of bitter beers, this drink is for you. Just a clean, crisp, bitter taste. (390 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.18/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/14/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden honey colored body, with a big frothy snow white head. Has a very grainy smell, and also malts. Has a malty, slightly toasted taste, grains, and maybe some hay. Somewhat fizzy. Eh, pilsener's not really my style of choice. (267 characters)

Photo of madjr80
2.18/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really wanted to like this beer. I love the way it looks when I pour it into the glass. It smells like many of the other Euro beers that we can find over here. For some reason it tastes old when I get it. I really like Czech pilsners, but i can't learn to like this one. (272 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
2.19/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz->Unibroue Tulip
A ~ Pours copper with a great amount of pillowy head. Decends over the course of five minutes leaving globs of lacing. Large bubbles of carb. Looks like a pils.

S ~ Pale Malt, Green Grass, & Skunk.

T ~ A wierd melange of sourdough, cheerios, stale hops, & hay. Touches of peas, buttered corn, pepper, & dirty sap throughout. Blegh.

M ~ How could a 4.4% wreck my palette? Rather thin with an awkward bittering finish that is dry, but with an unrelenting
peppery cloy.

D ~ This is what I hear recommended to me time & time again when it comes to Pilsners, & this does not taste like a pilsner! This fell very short right after the first taste. One & done, Did not even get halfway through.
Would never buy again, unless I bought from the source. (774 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bought in the1 pint, 6.3 oz bottle ( green).."Plzensky Prazdro Od 1842"..ok
This beer actually looks pretty nice for a pilsner it pours a nice clear golden colour with a large white frothy head that does shrink rapidlly but persists for a long while..
The smel is pretty average for the style..some sweet malty aromas..even a little wheat like scent..lemony.

Now for the tase..oh dear this is NOT very pleasant at all ..I appear to have fallen victim of the Green bottle syndrome" this is skunked, I am sure as no one could rave about a taste like this..unpleasant dirty water like taste a horrid bitterness..not good.
Its average on the tongue though my taste buds are still reeling from the assault.
Sorry this is not at all drinkable..a curse on green bottles!! (771 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearence of this brew is its strong point...it is a very deep golden hue with a very light head that disapates to a thin collar which then disappears completly. The hops are prevelent and remain so giving a lingering after taste not to my liking. (252 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, ordered at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell a few weeks back (the review is culled from tasting notes taken the night of) to help complete their MBA program. This one was served in a chilled pint glass.

Pilsner Urquell pours a crystal clear, radiant gold. It's easy to see how enamored one could be with the look of a beer like this after knowing nothing but dark beers. There's maybe half a finger of white head that manages to leave faint spots of lacing on its way down the glass. There's a certain grainy, bready aroma from the malts, and a definite floral, European hop note as well. Unfortunately, I didn't win the green bottle lottery, as there's also a fairly present skunky aroma. While the skunking was moderate in the nose, it's a bit more prevalent in the taste. It really becomes the defining presence in every sip. I can still taste those same malty and hoppy notes, and I believe there's at least a serviceable pils hidden in there, but this is what happens when you decide to sell your product in less than ideal packaging (green bottles). At least the mouthfeel is unaffected, and is pleasantly light and spry (all the better to finish this beer quickly). Carbonation is a bit dull, failing to help elevate the noble hop flavors. I generally try to be understanding when it comes to blaming brewers for problems with a beer, but if you're going to choose to ship your beers internationally in bottles that don't effectively protect from light exposure, then there's no one else to blame for skunky beer. (1,535 characters)

Photo of khargro2
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

First time having this one in 3 or 4 years. It is pale, smooth, straw-like. It is absolutely wonderful to look at in its golden glory. Smells of sweet malt, corn. It tastes like I chewed on a bale of hay. Easy to drink, but compared to most pilsners, I'm just not a big fan. I know that it is one to landmarks of the pilsner style, but one that I quickly forget. (369 characters)

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