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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,704 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,704
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 40
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

I had Pilsner Urquell out of a green 22.3 oz green bottle. Gold and white foil on the top of the bottle and cap. Labeled "The Original Pilsner". I served the beer in a pilsner glass.

Minimal head with a golden yellow color. Tiny carbonation bubbles are present.

Smells like grain and malt with a little skunky aroma.

This is a very clean and crisp beer. Subtle sweet flavor and grains work well here. Very drinkable. Pilsners are not my favorite style, but this is enjoyable.

08-13-2004 21:37:14 | More by Hibernator
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

This wasn't what I was expecting, but I ended up enjoying this anyway. Appearance is golden, with a large, creamy (for the style) head. Fairly carbonated. Smell has some euro hop smell, but malts are much more prominent. Flavor opens up with mild hops bite, middle is way maltier than expected and lightly treachy. Finish has slight taste of lemon. This is very drinkable and goes down easy. Seems that mine tastes different than most the other reviews indicate. I'll need to try this again to see what's up. However, I enjoyed this and found it highly sessionable.

11-06-2004 03:20:50 | More by Gagnonsux
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Golden yellow with a one finger head that reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Light malt with a sweetness almost candy-like.

A nice rich pilsner taste. Pretty heavy on the malt with a light hop backing. Slight buttery/nutty taste. Hint of lemon as well.

Pretty big bodied for a pilsner. Very smooth also.

This is a really nice pilsner. More character and body to it as compared to others. I can see why this is so successful in it's homeland. Would make a nice session beer. One of the better pilsners I've had. Solid.

11-28-2009 21:01:42 | More by jera1350
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Golden and clear with a cream-colored head that pops up 2-3 fingers in the glass. Light and foamy although there is some good stick. The scent is earthy and prominent— grainy and grassy.

Very clean and crisp taste with some light, earthy hops and that bitter, European flavor.Very much mirrors the aromas. Very enjoyable.

05-02-2011 02:50:01 | More by StaEva
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Fieldzy27

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

reviewed from notes
12oz bottle into a pint glass

A-pours pale straw gold, bright white head that foams and deflates quickly. Leaves a thin layer of foam and a few random strands of lacing. The clarity is astounding, no sediment or haze to speak of, you could read micro print through this beer.

S-floral and grassy, not a very strong aroma but its present and clean, no off scents or anything not to style.

T- First to hit the tongue is sharp crisp hop bitterness, followed by light dough or raw biscuit. Hops are herbal and spicy very clean. Not a ton of complexity but simplicity is perfected here.

M- Carbonation is as high as needed but doesn't dominate. This beer washes easily over the tongue and finishes clean leaving the mouth asking for more. Extremely refreshing.

Overall- Flawless example of a Czech Pilsner.

11-29-2013 23:55:58 | More by Fieldzy27
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skrib09

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

poured a golden shine with complete clarity. foamy white head which said bye bye within a minute.

smells of spicy malt... spices coming from hops.

taste is crystal smooth malty-hop balance.

not a "light" beer but a light beer compared to ipas, stouts, etc. refreshing and drinkable.

05-10-2009 04:52:18 | More by skrib09
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Matthewislee

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Very tasty, light flavored beer. Almost a floral flavour, but also grainy. Fairly hoppy, but not bad at all. Nice color, sort of a medium amber I guess. I find that it's served best cold and as others have said, probably a great BBQ drink, that's how I had mine.

07-23-2007 01:19:33 | More by Matthewislee
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JayNH

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A- Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a large, very short lived, foamy head.

S- A mildly sweet, grapey/grainey maltiness.

T- Very clean.. A grapey/grainey maltiness upfront. Fades to mild earthy, spicy hoppiness. Finishes grassy.

M- Dry, lighter bodied, moderately carbonated.

D- Excellent! Light, clean, refreshing, well balanced.

12-31-2009 23:02:09 | More by JayNH
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz bottle -> pilsner
code on the back label

Pours a clear golden yellow with a bright white thin head. Some thin delicate lace. Carbonation is persistantly different, different sized bubbles at different speeds, cool.

Skunky, earthy, floral hops.

Light maltiness up front. Finishes with a refreshing spiced bitterness. Better drink this one quick before it has a chance to really warm. I would keep mine in the fridge if i ever bought a sixer.

Smooth and light in the mouth with a crisp finish.

Easy to swig these babies all day long.

03-23-2007 20:46:55 | More by beerphan
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%

500ml can from Mainbrew. Best by August 2013, which makes this about 3.5 months old. Not too bad.

A beautiful folden yellow with a large, dense, fluffy white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent. Bright, herbal, lemony Saaz hops, earthy and lemony with a touch of buttery softness to complement the earthy bite. Soft pilsner malt is present, doughy and refreshing. The palate opens with a surprising butteriness, more than I remembered, and more than I'm used to, complementing the doughy, bready malt flavors. Surprisingly earthy, herbal and bitter, there's a blend of lemon and mineral (from the hop) flavors. Mildly dusty, mildly cobweb-like, there's also a mild honey flavor. Drying on the finish with the DMS lending a softness, this beer has lingering earthy bitterness and a nice, snappy hop flavor. Medium-light in body, with the decocted-mash mouthfeel that the best pilsners have, this beer is crisply carbonated and quite refreshing. The DMS , which in all fairness is an integral part of the flavor profile, is taking a little getting used to, but apart from that, this beer is stellar.

03-25-2013 04:06:37 | More by DefenCorps
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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%

This to me is the epitome of a Czech Pilsner. The color is a bit darker than other Pilsner beers, but that is not a bad thing. I found these babies in a four pack of tall boys, which I found as a nice surprise. I have drank this beer numerous times over the years, but since I found this in cans, i thought I would give this one a review. Its got a bit of that skunk, but that is what you expect from this beer. I was turned on to numerous other beers after trying this one years ago and it proved that there was other and better beers out there beyond what the American big guys were producing. Still among my favorites and the review is probably a bit higher than it should be but its a solid beer and if you can find this four pack of tall boys you should give it a go. The price is reasonable and the beer is high quality for the style.

07-19-2014 02:16:52 | More by humuloner22
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Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a one finger white head. Lots of lacing. Golden body.

Grainy and metallic smell to it. Also plenty of skunk, despite it being in a can.

Lots of grain and skunk on the tongue. Low hop bitterness through all those grain notes, and no malt presence. Skunky, bitter aftertaste.

Watery, but decent carbonation.

Heard decent things about this pilsner, but what I got was a mess. Even though it was in a can with a best by date of April 2013, there was a lot of skunk notes in it. Lots of grain notes too, similar to an adjunct. Not a good pilsner.

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Re-review on July 31, 2014. Poured from a 500ml can, best before date of December 22, 2014.

One finger white bubbly head, golden copper body.

Slight honey and fruity notes on the nose. Bit of sweet leafy hop note.

Bready and caramel notes on the tongue, followed by sweet fruity and honey notes. Decent bitter and dry aftertaste.

Medium body, nice amount of carbonation.

Decided to try it again while deciding what to buy at the liquor store. Glad I did it, I suppose the can I got 1.5 years ago was a bad one. Now a pretty nice tasting and refreshing pilsner. Well done.

07-31-2014 17:28:04 | More by Scrylol
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance – This one poured a clear but heavy orange in color with a good, strong, stubborn white head.

Smell – The hops are light and delicate and mate well with the smallest of grain influence. The nose here is well-balanced and nicely put together.

Taste – The delicate but firm grain mixes nicely with the traditional hops. The balance is what really makes this Pils, IMHO.

Mouthfeel – This is big, I’d say a solid medium-bodied, with some light carbonation and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This really is the standard for accessible Czech Pils here in the US. It went down wonderfully. I can’t believe I’m not getting a review up on the site for this guy until Jan 2005.

01-11-2005 01:40:26 | More by RoyalT
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-04-2012 18:23:47 | More by DavyJones
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JasonEames

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-23-2013 23:20:48 | More by JasonEames
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petewheeler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-15-2014 22:24:01 | More by petewheeler
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%

This came out of a nice big bottle. Pours like a typical European Pilsner, with a dry white head. Smell is malty and fruity. Very skunky, but not so much it detracts from the taste. Taste is very smooth and malty. The hops are very pronounced, being nicely bitter. Vey bold taste. Excellent mouthfeel. A bit more body than German Pilsners. This is one of the best.

03-27-2003 16:02:42 | More by Rifrafboy
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locckdown

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-24-2012 22:26:15 | More by locckdown
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.4%

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grass and bread with a little bit of citrus mixed in. The flavor has a little bit of bitterness from the hops, as well as some bready malt. I also get a little bit of spice from the hops which mixes very well with the other components. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

08-19-2011 02:42:37 | More by Mora2000
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Spotupfor3


4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-19-2012 00:46:53 | More by Spotupfor3
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-23-2012 18:24:05 | More by innominat
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vsls

Greece

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-20-2011 10:46:20 | More by vsls
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2011. Green glass; sealed at the top with a foil covering.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Produces a white head of foam that remains for several minutes before subsiding. It looks great in the glass - just like a good lager should. Aroma of light malt with a notable hoppiness. Faint leafy and bitter notes.

The taste is light on the palate, but a distinctive hoppy bitterness envelops the tongue. Crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is prickly and slightly astringent. Leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

A very nice lager - possibly the best example I've had of a Czech pilsner. Light but with great flavour. Would certainly have this again....

02-18-2011 21:55:41 | More by jazzyjeff13
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arealbeersbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-27-2014 01:16:24 | More by arealbeersbeer
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ksiazewski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-19-2012 04:01:33 | More by ksiazewski
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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