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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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3,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,325
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 335 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L Bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

I've had this beer on tap and also from the wooden aging barrel at the brewery. It maintained a general consistancy in taste despite being unfiltered from the cask/barrel.

I live about 45 minutes from Plzen, Czech Republic. I toured this this Brewery in spring of 2010. I can still smell a very distinct aroma of the toasted malts from the brewery in every bottle I've opened since.

Clear golden with a thin foamy head.

Light floral aroma; distinct toasted malts that smell as the toasted barley does in the malt room at the brewery.

Earthy bitterness and sweet toasted malts with slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel.

This is an extremely drinkable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice gold with some slight orange hue to it. A small head poured as well, but withered down to a small ring quickly. Smells hoppy, and somewhat floral (tinge of grass).

Nice bitter taste, and I mean strong bitter, just the right amount. Feels and tastes crisp with a nice carbonation. Has a lively bite to it--a 'hot' mouthfeel gives it a lot of character.

After it warmed a little a sweet honey scent appeared. A good pils.

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these in a standard pilsner glass last night; I had some dogfish head punkin and some hooker Octoberfest; but my friends wanted to keep drinking this beer. I did pour quite pretty looking; textbook paradigm pilsner head; some bitterness in the aroma, first taste- bitter euro hop flavor but a cascading balance of big maltiness. Nice smooth aftertaste.

This is a session beer, a pizza beer, as consistent pleaser, a cold one favorite, complexity is not its gig, consistent performance is, and it pleases for a green bottle euro brew.

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in bottle, too bad cannot get my hands on cans.

Dark gold color even to the amber point, lot of little bubbles dancing around for the first 30 secs then the bubbles left the dance floor. Smell hoppish, not as strong as expected, a bit dissapointed here

Tastes, hops, a tiny bit bitter nothing much even to a sweet point, caramel flavours, not very complex,

The mouthfeel is good, very drinkable

So this is THE PILSNER, well I'm dissapointed, but I must try to find it on tap or can.

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pout into a PU goblet at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ.

Forms a slight ring on around the glass, beautiful dark gold-yellow, very active columns of bubbles rising. Smells lightly malty and grassy. The taste is dominated by spicy hops, which lend their wonderful floral bitterness. There's also an earthy character, which is unique among the pilsners that I've had. The mouthfeel is light (but not as light as many pilsners), with a lot of tingling from the high carbonation. I feel that the greater than normal "weight" of this pils hurts the drinkability somewhat, making it less refreshing than its counterparts. I once drank my fair share of this on the beach, and it is a bit much for that pursuit.

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very nice golden clear color with a white lace that tends to stick to the glass. It smelled of hops, grain, and bitterness. It tasted smooth and crisp with not to much carbonation. It had hints of grain and hoppy bitterness. It was a good tasting refreshing beer that i enjoyed.

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

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a golden yellow body that is crystal clear with a strong carbonation of big fast bubbles. The head is a spongy-mat of white foam that soon collapses to a thin film.

S- The smell of green bitter hops with a sulfur overtone is dry and crisp.

T- The beer has a dry crisp flavor of pale malt that is quickly washed away by a green bitter hops flavor with a slight earthy note. The finish is a bitter hop flavor with some noble hop qualities that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol or astringency in the finish.

D- This beer is a pleasant lager with some nice noble hop flavors.

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

Poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass, one that looks like a pint glass and one I use for a wide variety of beers. I've always assumed I liked the glass better than the beer, and I'm about to find out for sure. In the glass it looks your typical lager, golden yellow with a bright foamy head. Incredibly well-filtered.

In the nose, the hops are bright and on the fruity side, and this is the best aspect of the aroma. The malt is subtle biscuit with a light buttery edge. Crisp green apple lurks throughout, and there's just a hint of skunkiness.

Flavor is solid and, while not the best of its kind, a pretty good representative of the Czech pilsner. Has a lightly astringent grassy element that almost masks the fruity/spicy characteristics. Malt takes on the vibe of fresh-baked white bread. Overall Pilsner Urquell has a flavor I can only describe as bright, with green apple and unripe pear in the finish. Skunk comes along, but only far in the background.

Feels crisp and dry, but not too terribly crisp and dry. Just a smidgen weightier than a "light" body, but it's fairly airy, and even calling it medium-bodied would be a stretch.

This is the kind of beer so many corporate U.S. brewers have bastardized (no) thanks to mass production, selling out to the bottom line ($) and the loss of passion and sense of history/tradition that comes with it. Yes, there are a ton better, most of them hard to find outside the country itself, but this is a fine Czech Pils.

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

Pours a pale golden that is perfectly clear. A small white head forms but quickly disipates. A little lacing left behind.

The smell is of the hops, grass and biscuits.

The taste of malt and hops is balanced towards the hops. It feels light and crisp and leaves a bit of a tingle on the tip of the toungue. Very easy drinking and sessionable. Is it the greatest pils still? I doubt it but it is still a great drinking beer if you can get it fresh.

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

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