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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 308 | 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 UniversitateaDeBere
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenWBush
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As much as BA's resent mention of skunky beers, I will say that I only purchase this beer in 12-packs, because I have had some bad, bad experiences.

Upon cracking this baby open, my nose is overwhelmed with aromatic hops. The beer pours a nice golden/amber color with a head that pops up and disappears almost immediately. A nice lace-trail follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

This is one of those beers that is truly nothing special, but that is why I cherish it. It is just a fine brew. The taste is a nice refreshing pilsner, with a miniscule (but quite noticable) hop presence. I get no malty taste whatsoever.

Again, this beer is nothing to go out of your way for, but it might just be a perfection of the style. I prefer this to Chechvar, and it makes Radegast taste like robot-fuel.

A great beer for a hot day, or when there is nothing else available. I just wish that people would realize that this is a pilsner, and Miller Lite is only a 5th-rate knock-off. I can't believe that people think this beer's taste is objectionable, it tastes like slightly hoppy water to me.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favourite pilseners.
Pours a clean, golden color, very decent carbonation. It is topped with a generous white foamy head, that slowly settles down to only a lacing around the egde.
The nose easily picks up pleasant malty and grainy aroma, a bit stronger than with some others.
There is a tiny initial sweetness, followed by a nicely balanced body, concluding with decently bitter finish, the bitterness staying for some time.
Very refreshing, easily drinkable and enjoyable. Exactly what pilsener must taste like.

Photo of sitarist
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with an orange hue. The head is white and fluffy, it falls quickly to a small ring. Not much lacing.

Smells of sour dough, salty, herbal, and flowery. There is a nice little bit of funk going on as well.

A nice little pucker of hops is the first thing to hit your taste buds, next some dough, and lemon. You can taste how all the different components of this beer come into play. There is a nice yeasty funk, a smack up front from the hops, the water is clean, and the grain isnt grassy.

Light body, a nice smack of carbonation, and a dry finish make for a nice mouthfeel.

I think the goal of this style is to be highly drinkable and this beer does it well. A nice session beer!? Highly quaffable.

Photo of nullbort
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-yellow. Starts with thick white head, but it dissipates without much lacing or head retention. Lots of bready malt and grassy hop in the smell. Flavour has some bitterness from the hops with a nice malt presence. Classic Czech pilsner flavour, perfect for the hot weather.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500ml tall can. Pretty cool looking can too, all gold and stuff.

A- nice dark golden color. Two finger thick head settles down after a minute or two leaving nice lace. Lots of big bubbles.

S- very fresh, spicy/floral hops, fresh baked bread, aromas of pine trees, very nice.

T- very good. Floral grassy hops, hints of caramel, mineral water, bread, pilsner malt, hints of melted butter, slightly sweet aftertaste.

M- very smooth and light bodied, good carbonation.

D- very tasty and easy to drink.

Overall this will always be one of my favorite pilsners. Lots of flavor and excellent drinkability make Pilsner Urquell an excellent choice anytime of the year

Photo of Tresha
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a sharp, clean bitterness. The Saaz hops (its native to the region) leave you with beautiful aromatics and the high carbonation make this beer a delight! Good head, nice a white. A thorough thirst quencher, this beer tastes great with burgers and fried snacks!

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from green 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Date on bottle is June 13, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of white head with good retention. A moderate amount of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready cracker like malts up front with some wheat grains. Also a good presence of Noble and Saaz hops lingering around. Somewhat grassy and spicy. Also a bit of skunk one would expect from a green bottle.

Taste: Sweet and bready with a mild bit of spice. Pale malts and wheat grains are followed by a nice blend of Saaz and Noble hops. Light hints of lemon and spice. Somewhat grassy. Nicely balanced malts and hops. Can't taste any skunk here.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to full level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth drinking.

Overall: A pretty solid Pilsner lager. A classic.

Photo of nataku00
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Clear golden yellow beer with minimal white head. Not much lacing generated from the collar of head at the top of the beer. Decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is biscuit malts and light floral hops.

Taste follows the nose, biscuit malts provide a light sweetness initially, with some floral hops finishing off. Very light and crisp beer finishing cleanly on the tongue so this would go very well with a meal.

Low ABV, light bodied and very easy to drink.

Photo of gopens44
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden and clear enough to watch Seinfeld through. Head rose about to about half an inch before succumbing to a little bit o' lacing.

S - A tad floral yet bitter and earthy

T - Bitter and malty. A touch biscuity as well.

M - Very much carbonated with a little bit of a tinny aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer very well.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a large amount of pure white head.

Some very light malts and an extremely crispy hop zesty hop aroma. Complex hop aromas of light sugar sweetness and straw

A very complex sweet and faintly toasted m alt body with barely any citrus hop zest. The zest is prevalent in the aftertaste along with the caramel malt sweetness.

Dry mild candied fruit sweetness. Light/medium body found myself hurting a six pack during a Bruin's game.

Photo of Cascadia
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is, to me, the quintesesntial pilsner. Crisp and clean, easy to drink with a nice hop profile, I like to keep a few of these around at all times in the warmer months. My wife will tell you this is my favorite "shower beer," on a hot day, after a good long run, there is nothing like takin' down an Urquell in the shower.

I read recently that this beer, and pilsners in general, became popular when Europeans began to switch from drinking out of clay and earthen mugs to glass because the color and clearness of beer became suddenly important. Something we all take for granted now, of course, but interesting to think about.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. I've had this one from the bottle and have not been impressed in the slightest, but I've gotten a huge contrast between bottle and tap on another similar-style beer, Bitburger, so I had to see if the tap would again vindicate the beer. Served in a classic 16 oz pilsner glass with a flared contour.

Appearance - A brassy golden body is pretty much the defining feature of this beer. The slight, one-finger head of stark white fades away immediately--it's gone before they can even bring it to my seat at the bar from the tap two feet away. No lacing whatsoever. The body does have some tracers in it, reminiscent of how it looks when you pour oil into water. So far, not particularly impressed, but I'm a huge fan of big rocky heads and messy lacing.

Smell - Strong notes of grain and cracker, with some fainter, but present characteristic of grass and even a slight hint of lemon zest. but make no mistake, the grain is the star of this beer. Interestingly enough, the bottle version is also malt-dominant, but it's not pleasant in the slightest. It tastes off and muddled--you don't get a clear sense of the grain characteristics like you do on tap.

Taste - This is where the beer shines the most. A great, well-defined biscuit and whole-grain cracker element is at the forefront, with some notes of fresh corn tortilla coming through in subsequent drinks of the beer. As with the smell, there is an herbal, grassy bitterness present, and here it is a bit more present than the smell. Provides just enough counterpoint to the grain dominance that it doesn't feel one-note.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean, with just enough carbonation to provide some bite to the feel on my tongue. Light bodied and easy drinking.

Overall, a great take on the style and one that again is night and day between the bottle and tap versions. It's amazing how much cleaner and more distinct the flavor profiles are on the tapped version versus the bottle. I've seriously opened bottles of this that I couldn't finish. That was far from the case with the taste of it on tap.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with approximately one finger of foam.

S: Smells pretty much like I remember it. Mostly bread and biscuit type malt notes but there is a slight hoppiness to it that I would describe as floral and spicy.

T: The flavor is similarly tilted toward the malt side with enough hoppiness to keep things refreshing. Bread with some earthy notes to start it off with a slight bitterness and more floral note taking over on the finish.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Definitely one of the classics. Maybe not my favorite pils, but certainly a good one.

Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear light amber color.

The aroma is of bright grassy hops, spicy hops, a prominent lager yeast note, some light bready malt.

The flavor follows of that bright green grassy, spicy, and floral hop. There’s a light crackery malt. The lager yeast comes through in the middle to end. The finish is drying with a stiff bitterness on the finish of grass.

The body is a light medum.

A well made classic pilsner. Next to Firestone Walker Pivo Pils, this did not stand up too well however. A fine beer to have when out.

Photo of Fnerk
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, what can one say about "The Original Pilsner"? Another true classic.

Appearance - a vigorous pour yields a head composed of fairly course bubbles, which quickly settle into a lacey cap on the head of the beer. The beer has a beautiful straw-colored hue, a bit darker than other beers in its class.

Aroma - Wow, this is a Zatec extravaganza. There is no skimping on the Czech's pride and joy in their hoppy history. Floral, citrus, spicy...the malt exists in the back there somewhere, but the hop character is the behemoth here. I sometimes wonder how this brew would differ if marketed in brown bottles, rather than the green ones which marketers seem to think catches the eye of consumers in a more effective manner.

Taste - well...the beer is SO hoppy it's a bit out of balance. If the hops were cut down just a bit this beer would be perfect. Unfortunately, what is obviously a wonderful malt character is pushed aside by the overwhelming presence of Saint Saaz. Oh well.

Mouthfeel - wonderful, creamy, milky and slides down nice & easy.

Drinkability - I can only take one or two at a time. The hop astringency just whacks my palate. I will mention however, that Pilsner Urquell on-tap is a bit more subdued with the hop character and I could probably pound it all night long. :)

Photo of kgotcher
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have drunk this in a bottle for years. Found it in a tall boy can so had to give it a go.

Pours a very nicely carbonated and crystal clear golden color with a typical pilsner head.

Aroma has that distinctive saaz hop bite and a bready malt smell. Mouthfeel is smooth with refreshing carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Taste is clean and matly with a light hop bitterness on the end. I did not notice particulary any different from bottled or canned version of this beer, although it depends on the bottle. If you get the 12 pack in the box you have a good chance of avoiding a skunked beer, 6 packs or big bottles are more risky due to the green glass exposing the beer to light. Once in a while I get a skunky one.

The cans are pretty good.

Photo of Tballz420
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color on the pour. Big fluffy head. Lots of little bubbles rising to the top. This is a pretty crisp tasting lager. Slight hop bitterness, other than that just a clean tasting lager. While ales may be my main thing, this is a pretty nice tasting beer. Im going to save the rest of these until we are sitting outside in the sun, where they will be fully appreciated.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Wolski's. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a bright golden-straw color with a frothy, two-finger head with good retention and noticeable lacing.

S: Hoppy nose with an aroma of yeast. Subtle wafts of cardboard and potato.

T: Opens mildly bitter with a strong hop presence. Lingering notes of sweet malted barley. A touch of biscuit. Finishes dry.

M: Lively carbonated. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Welcomed drinkability. The gold standard for mainstream Pilsners.

Photo of strattor
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me a golden straw yellow, with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

Weak aroma of grassy hops.

Hops flavor is dominant. Slightly citrusy, bitter, and grassy. A little sweetness and biscuity flavors seep in from the malt. The finish is long and slightly bitter.

Very lively, crisp mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

A little dry to drink a few in a row, but not bad. There are certianly better pilsners to be had, but this is a dependable and pretty easy to find one.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra-clear pale golden color with a modest tight white head. The aromas billowing from this brew are truly unique revealing a sweet perfumey smell. It is one, I kept smelling and re-smelling...I cannot discern anything else. At first taste, it is a semi-sweet earthy grain taste with light corn and hopped lightly to balance out the sweetness. My first of this style and I enjoyed it. Good beer when you don't exactly want something heavy as this goes down smooth and light. Less crisp than most lighter bodied beers. This is a good session beer IMO. Na zdraví!

Photo of irishking1977
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time having Pils Urquell, but not my first pils. Never really got into them, but attempting to try others.

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly leaving some moderate lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Hops aromas dominate along with some grassy and light malt and floral accents. Hops are a bit overwhelming, which isn't bad by any means, just seem to dominate.

T: Hops are at the front with mild floral notes with surprisingly abrupt finish. I was expecting a long, lingering bitter hops aftertaste, but it wasn't there. Still, a good brew that's easy to drink.

M: Light and crisp with good carbonation. Nothing bad, but nothing that really overwhelms or arouses the palate.

D: This would be a go-to session beer if I get more into pilsners, or if this is one of the only things available as opposed to a basic lager, which I've grown weary of.

Photo of kmcnair
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a traditional pilsner, golden with a light white head.

Smell is very malted, sweet and rich of cereal grains.

Taste is very malty, hop characteristic is subliminal. This should be a base comparison for a pils, has some notes of fruit in the aftertaste and is sweet. Very slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, coats malty and has a smooth finish.

I can see this being a session beer, perfect for enjoying a sunday sporting event or working on the car. Highly drinkable in mass quantity.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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