Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 57
Gots: 250 | FT: 0
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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 magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner, and one of the first true Czech pilsner's I've had. Pours clear gold with a bright white head. Saaz and honey with a straw aroma. No metal to complain about. Won't overwhelm you. Pleasant sweet-with-bitter hop and malt blend. Tastes pure and clean.

Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL tall can into a pint glass. Clear golden color with a foamy white head that doesn't last. Hardly any lacing. Light grassy aroma with a bit of malt. The taste is very clean with some bready malt and spicy hops. Typical mouthfeel for a Pilsner, with a light body and crisp carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good Pilsner that is quite drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden color white creamy head leaves specks of lace as it dwindles. Aroma: Semi funky tone spicy Saaz hop profile nice biscuit matiness. Taste: Crisp zesty hops nice all around flavorful pils with a rolling cereal grain sweetness to top it off session brew. Mouthfeel: Ligther bodied lager decent carbonation the original pilsner. Drinkability: Excellent go to when no better options are available nice crisp lager can't complain good stuff.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and light gold in color. A notch above macro lagers, but average nonetheless. Head is foamy and white in color. It's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was relatively short and lacing was light.

Smell: It's definitely light on the nose. It's earthy grainy. Caramel/toffee malts are noticeable and a little sweet smelling. Hops are more noticeable than I expected. They're not strong by any means, but definitely noteable. Light yeasty taste on the tail.

Taste: This is clearly the high point. It's nice and crisp. It would definitely be good on a nice, warm summer day. Unforturnately I drank it on the day. I won't penalize the beer for that. Caramel/toffee malts provide just the right amount of sweetness. Hops balance it out nicely. It's grainy and earthy. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and very refreshing. It's well carbonated and goes down smooth. Very drinkable. Ultimately, it's hard to argue against it too much. It's a great representation of the style and is clearly preferable to the American macro lagers. It's a pretty good beer. I have no reservations recommending it.

Photo of TrinkGermanBier
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's on tap at my house, one of my favs.

Appearance: Dark gold color, very nice thick head that unfortunately disappears within 3 minutes, no lacing.
Smell: Malty
Taste: To me, almost perfect, definetly not a heavy beer by any standards. However a domestic beer drinker will probably find it on the heavy side (Coors Light and Miller Lite drinkers stay away, it's mine)
Mouthfeel: Sweet no bitters
Drinkability: Very drinkable. For those experimenting with Europeans, make this your third or fourth. Don't start out with this one.

I believe this beer is so good that I'm surprised that it owns such a small market share.

Photo of bgreg3
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App.- Has a strong golden appearance, foam sticks around for a bit and is in beautiful contrast with the gold). It just looks like I will enjoy this one.

smell- Very centered around hops (noble I believe), sweet malt background and a pungent sulfur part to it as well.

taste-The strong "euro skunk" flavor (as I like to call it) is the first thing I taste and it comes in strong. After that it mellows out to a sweet malty flavor and a brilliant hoppy finish

MF-Could be a bit more carbonation and has a medium feel to it. Very dry finish and quick drinker.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a mug with a two finger high frothy and bright white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and left lacy rings around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and floral hops in the nose along with some notes of hints of sweetness and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some associated malty sweetness. There are some hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: This beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable. I would definitely pair this with foods or order it with an appetizer to cleanse my palate.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Feb 25 13. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Thin white head on top. Some small islands and strands of lacing.

Smell: Herbal/floral/spicy noble hop smell with a hint of skunk thrown in the back.

Taste: Crisp, pilsner malt followed by spicy/floral/herbal strong hop finish. Definitely on the bitter side of things.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, hop oil noted to stick to teeth. Thickness just a hair thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: A good simple pilsner. Nicely hoppy, gets a bit better as it warms up. Went well with food. Very drinkable, I could easily have another 1 or 2 of these with no problem and indeed, I kind of want another one.

Photo of WHROO
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The renowned Pilsner Urquell definately lives up to its high rating...one of the best Pils I have tasted.
Pours a golden yellow colour, with nice head, although would have like the head to stick around longer...a little lacing. Not too lively in the carbonation.
Smell: definately strong malt in the nose...not too 'lagerish' or hoppish in the aroma - nice
taste is very palatable - sweetness across the tongue with honey maltiness, & just that decent kick of bitterness expected with a pils.
Mouthfeel is although fine, enough carbonation to not feel flat & gives the whole spritzy, malty bitterness a real good mouthfeel & ease of drinking.
Drinkability: read above...its one of the best pils I have enjoyed. Definately alive without it being too wild & raw.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear golden color with some fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of lace
S - mostly grassy hops and a bit of skunkiness and a bit of spiciness as well
T - really grassy hops, enjoyable level of skunkiness, bready malts in the back, on the bitter side overall, maybe a spice here and a floral note there but the grass dominates
M - light bodied, crisp, and definitely refreshing, could use just a little bit more
D - I definitely could pick up a 6 pack in the summer and go through it pretty quickly

I'm not particularly crazy about this pils but it's such a great example of the style. If you like pilsners, it's a must try.

Photo of gimmehead
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep gold, bubbly white head, lots of streaming bubbles

Smell: lemony and quite subtle

Taste: wonderful Saaz hops, grassy, citrus, smoky spicy

Mouthfeel: think champagne; dry, crisp, lots of carbonation

Drinkability: very refreshing and light, great in the summertime; a little fragile, should be consumed cold because it can get pretty "watery" as it warms: think Coors Light

Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner.

A: Medium golden, heavy carbonation pours into a light bubbly head which dissipates very quickly, and leaves virtually no residual on surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Leaves a little lacing as you drink.

S: Light hops, and yeast. Typical pilsner smell, but very pronounced.

T: Yeasty taste standard with pilsner, but not so standard hoppiness.

M: Sharp bite from the hops upon initial drink. Yeast hangs around and the sharpness lingers. Finishes a little dry.

Really atypical of this style. Overall a lightness, and great refreshment. But very hoppy and more flavorful than most pilsners. If you like the style you should really go for this, also if you generally avoid pilsners because you don't like the style. . . don't let that stop you from sampling this quaff.

Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some houseguests came over for dinner the other night and I wasn't exactly sure what kind, if any, beer they were going to be interested in. I decided to go with a six pack of Pilsenr Urquell, just to play things safe. Turns out they loved the Smuttynose IPA I have in my kegerator right now and drank that all night long. So I have some Pilsners left over.

Pours clean. A very clear light-amber color with frothy white head on top. The head dissipates fast, though, and leaves behind no lace. It's a decent looking beer, but nothing special. The nose is crisp and malty, like a good Czech pilsner should be. A light caramel scent and an herbal quality keep things interesting. The taste is smooth and lager-y, but with a noticeable hop kick just before it drains down the back of the throat. Nice balance. Less caramel here, but definitely more of that herbal characteristic detected in the aroma. Can't really place it, though. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but borderline chewy... for a pilsner, that is.

This is a good beer. The Czechs know pilsners, and even though this is widely marketed all over creation now, it hasn't lost any of the qualities that made it work in the first place. I've never been a fan of the green bottle, but what can you do? Be sure to drink it fresh or on tap.

Photo of pschul4
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a gift from my roommate Joel, Thanks buddy!

A- Pours a clear gold with an inch of white foamy head. Off to a good start!

S-Lots of sweet malt in the scent, nothing in terms of hops. Could be better but not awful

T- I was wrong about there being 0 hops, there is definitely a little bitterness in the middle but its clean malts all the way around. Not bad in any sense but not mind blowing

M- Tons of carbonation which stings the mouth, could do with some calming down in this area

O- I liked this way more than I thought I would. If given for free again I will gladly accept!

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6.3 fl oz bottle. Pours out a clear, golden color with a medium sized head. The aroma is slightly malty with spicy hops. Flavor starts out malty and sweet. There is some apple fruitiness in the middle. Finishes with a long lasting hoppiness. The hops are bitter and spicy. Medium mouthfeel with a higher than average carbonation. Good drinkability. A large bottle of this stuff is gone in no time. Good stuff.

Photo of hylton44
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original! And one I like better with every bottle. P.U. is a rich, dark yellow color with a medium head. It has a sharp, citrusy nose, promising (and ultimately delivering) a satisfying blend of sour lemon and strong hoppy bitterness.

I like how the first taste sensation I have is sharp, sweet, and clean; but how this "solid block" of tangy bitterness pushes across the back of my tongue, almost like a fine, super-sharp, aged cheese. But far more clean, of course. A great thirst-quencher, but with enough character and bitterness to keep you from tossing too many down in a hurry.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notebook.

A. Clear golden straw color with a two finger layer of soapy foamy suds that leaves lovely lacing behind, decent retention time.

S. A really nice dollop of pilsner spice hops with a smaller amount of grassy / herbal harmonizing in the background.

T,M. Lemon and herbals up front, pale malt middle, finishes crisp, dry, and spicy. Heavy carbonation amplifies the spicy hopping quite nicely, and the lighter body keeps the beer from being too filling. My only nitpick is that all that bubbly carb action sometimes makes it feel slightly 'raspy' on the tongue, but this is actually quite tolerable.

Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had always heard good things about this beer from friends and thought I'd give it a shot. Picked up four 16.5 oz cans from the local liquor store. Drank out of the can but I am giving the appearance the benefit of the doubt because such a good beer must look good. I am a Dark Lager man but this Pilsner has grown on me and I will definitely be purchasing it again. All in all a great beer that will not disappoint, especially for the price.

Photo of UnsungBeero
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz. glass.

A- Pours a much darker yellow than I expected, looks almost coppery, with a nice foamy head that bubbles up and stays for just as long as it needs to. Impressed for a pilsner already.

S- Very grassy indeed. An earthy aroma of light hops, and some grain. Other than that, not really picking up on a lot.

T- Tastes exactly like it smells, but with some real nice, hop bitterness shining through and some heavy grain that makes it very delicious and refreshing at the same time.

M- Very heavily carbonated like you would expect a pilsner to be. Not watery, but certainly not heavy. I guess if there were a "just right", this would be it for me.

O- Overall a very nice, mellow beer. I could see the bitter after taste getting to people who are only used to drinking cheap, adjunct lagers, but other than that, I can find nothing offensive about this beer. I would say that this is a fantastic introduction to this style, and one of my personal faves.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This deep golden brew forms a nice, lacy white head as its poured. The head disapates, but does cling a bit to the glass as the lager is consumed. The aroma is of grains and grass, with some pleasant complexity. The flavor is bold, yet crisp and refreshing. I noticed olive-like notes in addition to yeast, grain, and grass flavors. The dry finish was pleasant, but not quite as crisp as I'd like. For a grocery store beer, this was quite drinkable.

Photo of DarthMalt
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what they are thinking with these green-bottle beers. Much like the sulfite burst from a bottle of wine, I usually brace myself when about to open a green-bottle import.

My first experience with Urquell was dismal. I bought a large (20 oz.?) which must have been sitting next to the flourescent light bulb in the fridge of my nearest liquor store for months. I had to dump it, it was so skunked.

Next I tried a 6-pack. Better, but it still had me wondering about the effect of the green glass.

Then, I had the opportunity to try some on-tap. Fabulous! No skunk! It had a strong hop presence, well-developed mouthfeel, and malt profile which can barely be found in the skunked versions. There's still that kooky Saaz hop scent going on, but it is actually welcome, when this beer is fresh.

I plan on trying an unopened case of this soon, but for now,I suggest only drinking it on-tap.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that started it all. The generic name "pilsner" I has the honor of actually visiting the brewery when I lived in Prague and tried this unfiltered too. Whoa... thats strong. Glad to see the Pilser Urqull is making its way around the states.

Photo of gestalt162
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap in the Czech Republic in a mug. The Plzen lager is supposedly the originator of the Pilsener style, to which much of the world's brewing tradition is linked. With this in mind, I sample this historic beer...

Appearance: A clear, light amber in color. Head is 2 fingers thick, lemon cream in color, with a creamy texture, slowly dissolves. Decent lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Pilsener malt and the trademark Saaz hops, which lend the beer a dry, bitter, grassy smell.

Taste: First impression is of a clean, smooth malt. Touch of sweetness from the malt is counteracted in the middle by the spicy,grassy, bitter hops. Dry and grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, and light, with a low carbonation. Would have liked a little fuller body with some more carbonation, but a good clean feel for a Pils.

Drinkability: A historic pilsener, and a decent one at that, with a low ABV. Just a little lacking in almost every category, an all-around decent beer. Although I'd prefer a Budweiser Budvar to this creation, i'd have another Urquell if given the opportunity

Photo of Risenhower
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RedSpecial1
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a small bit of frothy head. This quickly dissipates leaving only the barest remnant behind. Large bubbles of carbonation supply the remaining head.

S: Faint malt aroma with a rather grassy hop character.

T: Rather forward noble hop character. Lots of grassy notes with a bit of herbal pungency. The malt contribution is slight, but provides a light crisp character for the hops to work with.

M: Dry and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer.

O: A great pilsner with lots of classic noble hop character. Its crisp, light body make is an excellent choice with a heavy meal or on a hot summer day.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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