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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,808
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 189 | 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 umustdrink
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mike bought this for me in Poland.

A - Clear dark yellow color with some bubbles. Head is white and faded quickly to a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

S - Typical pilsener smell, skunky but a little more smoky and malty.

T/M - Starts out with a good carbonation bite then a sweet and smoky malt flavor, with some lighter corn notes. Finish is light with a lasting smoky taste.

D - This is a pretty good beer, mostly it has compelled me to seek out better pilseners.

umustdrink, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of biggred1
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light coppery yellow with a fine head with decent lace stickiness.

S-Classic czech pilsner smell good bready,toasty aroma with mild grassy hops.

T/M-Very refreshing,mildly fruity with a little hop zing.Smooth nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

D-I could drink these all day long,shame they don't make this like they used to but still a great session beer.

biggred1, May 02, 2008
Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original, right? You'd think the original would have figured out to put their beer in darker glass by now. This beer has some skunking going on, but so has every other bottle I'd drank from, so despite my care, I'm going to review as is.

A: Thin, less than one finger bright white head with mostly smaller, tightly knit bubbles. This beer is clear, bright, rich golden with lots of active carbonation. But the head fades too fast.

S: Skunky, mostly. Some remnant of pale malt, clean lager yeast and spicy-ish Czech hops remain, but I mostly smell skunk.

T: Hmm, the skunk isn't as intense. There is more clean lager taste, some very light pale maltiness. Not really any hops still though. The beer is crisp, refreshing. I can see how this could start a revolution. It has considerably more flavor than its American descendants.

M: Light and crisp, with sort of a slick feel to it.

D: Very drinkable, but I don't know if I could handle the smell for very long. Perhaps from a tap.

mdwalsh, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Indybeer
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle. Poured a golden yellow, with a big fluffy head, and plenty of lacing on the glass. To my suprise even with the green bottle the aroma was pure hops and malt. Not a hint of skunk! Good carbonation, taste is hoppy, and just a trace of sweetness. Nice and clean mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pils. Can't wait to try this one on tap sometime. Very drinkable.

Indybeer, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Czech Pilsener from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced a very nice white foamy head, retention was off the charts and there was ample amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma was crisp with a nice grain aroma and grassy hops. Medium in body, the taste had a sweet malted grain base that melded into spicy hop finish. Semi dry finish leaves you thirsty for another sip. Decent Czech Pilsener, decent session beer- worth a try- Prost!

GossageBrewery, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a thin white head which gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is slightly citrusy with some lemon and grass smells. The taste is of grass, lemon, citrus, and a small hop presence. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp with alot of carbonation. Overall it is a drinkable beer, nothing to dislike about it, and a nice flavor, not overally complex, but nice.

goblue3509, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(Note: This is one of the new canned versions. If this were the bottle, it would be much lower, sadly)

Ah, the original pale lager. For years it's languished away in green bottles, but now it's available in 16oz cans. I've enjoyed in on tap for some time, but have avoided those green bottles like the plague. The only time I've had it in one, it was pretty much a Heineken clone.
Pours a wonderful golden color. Not too light or greenish - just liquid gold.
Smell is of floral noble hops, grain, and lager yeast. No off smells at all, which for an imported pils isn't something you encounter every day.
Taste starts off sweet and creamy, and finishes with floral hops. Not too bitter, actually, just a nice flavor. Some other Czech brews (and German ones, too) have a hoppier bite - but this one is shockingly balanced and goes down almost too easy.
It's creamy and thick, but still makes for a great all-year beer.
Scrap the green bottles - these new cans provide a fresh taste that I really enjoy. Up there with Bitburger as far as imported pils goes.

Domingo, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of gaahvey
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pilsner glass

Appearance: Deep gold and very clear, Pilsner appropriate. Two fingers of white head with decent retention.

Aroma: Distinct spice note (maybe Saaz or Hallertau hops) with a slight malt scent in the background.

Taste: Slightly bitter and somewhat spicy. Smooth finish.

Overall, this is well brewed. It tends to be an interesting beer to drink and its light enough not to fill you up.

gaahvey, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can will give you consistant quality from this brew...the original and although it has suffered some "cheapening out" in the quantity of hops and malt it still stands as one of 2 head of the pack CZ Pilzens.

Great bright gold color...fine pored white sticky cap...laces the glass well...aromas of pungent saaz hps over the subtle malty sweetness. Medium light body, sharp mouth feel. Tast is a great balance between the pale malt sweetness and the saaz herbal sharpnes...moderat semi dry finish where the hops shine and there is a light lingering bittering after taste.

pootz, May 04, 2006
Photo of Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One cannot help but feel a degree of reverence for this beer. Even if it has become mass-marketed, it deserves respect for virtually DEFINING the most emulated and duplicated style of beer in the world. This is the original; the basis, the foundation. The appearance is better than average, honey-coloured, translucent, with ample head and a creamy ring forming and leaving healthy lace. I suppose the appearance does not impress me much simply because its look is so similar to literally hundreds of other beers; indeed, it is such an imitated style that its appearance no longer holds any novelty. The aroma is spicy with that lovely Saaz hop, malty, bready; even slight fruitiness greets the nose. There is a pleasant toastiness of malt, very well balanced with the Saaz. This, to me, is how a good lager should smell. In short, it is absolutely bursting with aroma compared to so many lagers. The taste is bready and crisp on the middle of the tongue, followed by that lovely, dry bitterness, leaving an aftertaste to savour. Slight caramel malt flavours keep the taste partly sweet before the finish. Despite the light appearance, this has a nice full taste, leaving so many mass-produced lagers in the dust. To those accustomed to disgusting adjunct-lager beer, this is a massive leap forward. In fact, sewage-water, trendy, media-influenced beer drinkers will probably find it too hoppy and flavourful for their woefully under-developed palates. For intelligent beer consumers, however, this is an essential brew simply because of its pedigree and influence; its legacy. And, oh yes, it tastes great, too.

Cwrw, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a light golden color with one finger of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty and a little grassy, not too strong. The taste starts malty, becomes a tad bit grassy, then has a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel is just alright for a pilsener. The drinkability is nice at 4.4%. A nice drinkable pilsener.

SheepNutz, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is there left to say?

It's certainly a beautiful looking beer. It's easy to see how people accustomed to tankards full of dark, seething liquids would so rapidly flock to the style.

Light grainy aromas and a slight grassy/weedy/floral aroma from the hops. A bit nondescript. Nice, light, grainy flavor finishes with a very crisp hop bitterness. Simple but effective. No complaints.

marburg, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a crystal clear pale straw. The head was once there, but had falled while waiting to be delivered to the table. The head did lace the glass.

The aroma is Saaz hops with a subtle malty aroma,

The flavor is crisp with good Saaz bittering and slight malty flavors underneath.

The finish goes to dry and pleasant ligering bitterness. The body is light and almost watery.

A very refreshing beer!

On tap at Bailey's Smokehouse in Richmond.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of bigrzman
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into my pilsner glass. Carbonation is uneven all the bubbles are different sizes some large some pin sized and all coming up in different speeds. It poured out with a golden hue much deeper than most German or American Pilsners. There was a small white head that disappeared after contact. Very grassy and floral to the nose like running through a field of wild flowers with freshly mown grass. The scent is definitely inviting. Now the first sip, lightly toasted malts in a sea of grain and grass, kicked back by a sharp floral hop adding spice and dryness. Mouthfeel is like a champagne, very bubbly and dry but light in body as a pilsner should be. Hops are assertive in taste and dryness, it has a very nice dry snap. Drinkability is limited though by the dryness. It would be nice to drink a few but my mouth would become very dry and i would have to switch to a Dunkel lager or a Weizen to quench my thirst.

bigrzman, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Amber with moderate carbonation. Two finger fluffy white head that soon dissipated. Weak lacing. A fruity, slightly yeasty smell. Hoppy with a slight metallic aftertaste. Very light but rounded mouthfeel. The drinkability is excellent. A worthy beer that far exceeds the typical euro-lager.

scott451, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear golden color forming a big, bubbled and aired white head. Good retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Nice perfume of hops. Grassy and flowery Saaz style in the nose. Also sweet grains, caramel malts and low fermentation bready yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet pale malts in upfront. Notes of caramel malts. Delicious Czech style grassy and flowery hops. Lager-style bready yeasts. A bit metallic. Mild hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Grainy and hoppy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. My favorite Czech Pilsener so far. Delucious perfume of hops, good taste of pale grains and a pleasant bitter end

Note: The canned version is considerably better than the bottle one

eduardolinhalis, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a meidum large thick white head. The dissipation takes some time and afterwards there's a healthy amount of lacings.
Lots of small bubbles in the liquid.

S: Nice clean malt together with floral hops that gives the smell a citric note. Well balanced smell.

T: Nice hops dominates the taste. The hops are at the same time bitter and floral. The malt feels nice and clean.

M: Lots of carbonation and medium-bodied. The aftertaste is medium-long and holds a dry bitterness.

D: A nice pilsener. This is very Czech and that's is a good thing.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hard to knock what i consider to be the original and best of the czech pilsners. pours a honey color with a fluffy white head 2 inches tall into a pilsner urquell mug. smells malty sweet with some subtle european hops in there too. flavor matches, with a slight hop bite at the end, but a very malty beer with a mild sweetness. mouthfeel is great, crisp and clean, light and bubbly. drink it fast because its not nice when it warms up. this is a major major session beer, as this could easily be enjoyed all day. famous for a reason in my mind, whether or not you like the style, this one is a great example of how a czech pils should taste

StonedTrippin, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jvajda
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a yard of this at Sunset in Allston. Very nice, but it gets awkward near the bottom of the glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a standard head.
Smell: Grassy and very slightly hoppy.
Taste: Hops are crisp and easy-going. This is a refreshing brew good for hot days. Very grassy and only slighty malty.
Mouthfeel: Light on the mouth.
Drinkability: A good fall back beer when you can't get much else, but nothing incredibly special about this beer.

jvajda, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of inebrius
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I struggle with the allure of slamming A-B again I must admit this is not the best Pils I've ever had. That being said, If I lived in a Pilsener only world this would be on my top five list. I can only imagine how good this might be, fresh, in the Czech Republic.

inebrius, Mar 08, 2002
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up as part of a create your own sample pack & drank it first. As of now I do not own the proper glassware for this beer so I had to use a hefe glass instead.

A: Golden to slightly burn golden in color. Very clear and true to the style.
S: There was some skunkiness to the aroma & the noble hops truly came out. A bit of a metallic smell as well. But quite faint & did not bother me one bit.
T: Slight to light malt sweetness, the light struck notes were present, had a slight metallic taste but was actually nice. Lingering bitter finish which was very noticeable.
M: Very light! Very smooth! Very good!
D: Very easily a session beer. I could see myself drinking many of these. Goes down the hatch easily & would pair up w/ a great many food.

HaysAmerica, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the Wegmans so as far as freshness...unk.
Drinks good. I used to buy this by the case until I started reviewing beers. this particular beer was refreshing but had a bit of cloying in it's flavor.
The golden color was very clear mild carbonation and a thin head.
The aroma smelled nice. Tart and spicy from saaz hops I'm sure but light and not very assertive.
The taste was loike the nose. Sharp and malty with a fairly desent hop taste. Hops are spicy and tart.
Drinks pretty smooth with a dry and semi bitter finish.
A good beer well made and simple.

micromaniac129, May 24, 2013
Photo of Dizzy
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This classic pours a golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is floar Saaz hops and malts. Very clean tasting, hop flavors balance well with the malts, the finish is a nice hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel . This is a great beer to pick up when you are somewhere with a poor selection (got this at Target). I could easily drink several of these in a setting, but are the green bottles really necesary? Overall though, this is a good beer.

Dizzy, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The original, very crisp with an agreeable golden color...bubbly body and a sharp, well-enunciated hop taste. One of the most drinkable of beers. A taste I crave a few times of the year.

ADR, Mar 04, 2002
Photo of Jon
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic beer poured a golden color with a somewhat off-white head that didn't stick around incredibly long. There was substantial carbonation present. The nose was of the Saaz hops and featured some grassy notes. The taste of the hops was present as well, with a fairly good malty presence complementing it nicely. This pilsner is quite crisp and clean on the tongue and is certainly an easy drinking brew. And I will add that the new 12 pack boxes are helping to preserve freshness.

Jon, Sep 04, 2002
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,808 ratings.