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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,747
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 45
Gots: 169 | 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 kenatbeerswap
3.95/5  rDev +11%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Golden color that poured with a nice size head but disappeared quickly.

S: Had a slight floral aroma.

T: Had a nice maltiness with balanced bitterness and a slightly spicy taste.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

O: Crisp beer that is well balanced between the malt and the hops.

kenatbeerswap, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of fartkowski
3.95/5  rDev +11%

500ml can, bought at the LCBO.
Poured a light gold color. with a small foam head, maybe 1 inch, that didn't last too long. Very smooth and crisp, A very good tasting beer. I found it to be refreshing, and goes down easy. A great beer while watching a game.

fartkowski, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
3.95/5  rDev +11%

Appearance - small disappating head, golden color, quite clear, barely any carbonation activity. I've had this quite a bit before, but if I were to pretend I haven't, and try to guage this beer on appearance alone, it would seem that it does not have much to offer.

Smell - Medium strength smell comprised of hoppy and maybe a touch of roasted/caramel malty aromas. Most of the other competitive pilseners I've had have an overwhelming hoppiness in the nose, which is good in one sense but not very special. I like the smell which has more than just hops to offer.

Taste - I like how this is not a one trick pony. You don't get slammed just by the hop flavor. This is much better balanced than most pilseners I've had, offering more malty tones that complement the hop character and medium bitterness. If I were to compare this to a hypothetical 'ideal pilsener' in opinion, this would come closer than a lot of craft or specialty pilseners on the market.

Mouthfeel - More bite from the carbonation than the appearance leads one to believe. Finishes clean leaving a mild bitterness in the mouth. Refreshing overall.

Drinkability - Overall I can see myself drinking a lot more of these than craft pilseners. If we agree that this is the original, then I feel that craft pilseners or other pilsener attempts have really strayed away from the point. This one is really well balanced. Can it be improved upon? Sure, but for such a widely distributed beer the balance is really excellent and it offers more than the sum of its parts.

NA1NSXR, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev +11%

Poured this into a pint glass. The body is pale/golden yellow with and thin white head with thin lacing. Lots of visible carbonation! The smell is slight bitter hops and those pilsner malts. Lots of grains in aroma. The taste is a lot like the smell, pilsner malts and grains with a hint of a bitter hop finish. This is actually quite nice. I'm digging this, especially as a night cap after work, the mouthfeel is light and crisp and this is very easy and enjoyable to drink.

Bendurgin, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of steinlifter
3.95/5  rDev +11%

Poured a straw golden, nice foamy head that left a thin collar all the way through, smell was of hops and husk, tastes was of hops with a malty middle, and crisp clean dry finish, great drinkability, very nice, one of the best pilsner's, that I've tried.

steinlifter, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of nanobrew
3.95/5  rDev +11%

A - pours a nice golden hue. Stable white head
S - citrus followed by hay like tones
T - malty with a crisp hop taste. Dry finish
M - surprisingly smooth
D - definitely. as one who is not a typical pilsner fan, I wasn't expecting much from this. But afterwards, I found myself wanting another.

nanobrew, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev +11%

After procuring a 6 pack of Pilsner Urquell in the new "cold shipped" packaging, I have to say it's actually done a good job of preventing skunkiness. The skunk on the aroma has been replaced with mild diacetyl, crackery malt, and zesty hops - not fantastic, but miles better than the lightstruck aroma that plagued my other (single) bottle. The drinkability factor is still there, though admittedly my bottle seems to be low on hops. I'm upping scores all around; without a doubt this is the best macro lager in the business.


12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white color with surprising retention (for a macro lager). Good lacing, too.

S: AARGH LIGHTSTRUCK!!! Beneath the unfortunate skunk in the aroma, there lies simple pale malts and zesty noble hoppiness.

T: Thank smeg the flavor is a massive improvement. Initially, some fruity esters greet the palate, before the zesty, refreshing finish...AND IT'S GONE! Holy shit, did I finish the beer that quickly? It's hardly BCBS, but as far as simple macro-brewed lagers go, this one's the best in the business.

M: The palate feel seems perfectly tailored to provide crisp refreshment. There's this real sense of subtle delicacy that separates this not only from the BMC stalwarts, but numerous craft lagers as well. The bitter aftertaste is fantastic for what this beer is trying to accomplish.

O: A damn shame about the skunky nose - luckily the rest of the beer easily compensates by offering everything you could want in a proper pilsner. Could be a go to for me in cans/on tap.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of deadchef
3.95/5  rDev +11%

poured from a bottle to 20oz pint glass...

a: bright white 1 finger head. very clear light gold color.

s: light toast, sweet grain, floral hop, faint sulphur

t: medium hop flavor of herbs & mint. light malt flavors pull through. flavors of light base malt.

m: medium-light body. medium-high carbonation. not too thin, not too thick.

o: this is the standard that all pilsners are compared to. this is where it all started. i could only imagine what people thought when this was first invented. this is a great beer but i feel it loses a bit of character along the way. i picked this bottle up at my local shop but i'm sure it's been there for a while. touch of skunk but not as bad as some heiney's i've had. i would drink more of this.

deadchef, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of rkarimi
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%

rkarimi, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of ilovewaffles
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%

Pour from bottle. Golden yellow pour, head dissipated fairly quickly with some retention.

Smells of noble hips, quote pleasant.

Taste is excellent from the beginning. Good balance and very clean. Mouthfeel is appropriate for style.

Overall good to great beer. Will be drinking again.

ilovewaffles, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%

Had this on 2012-11-07 in Danville, KY. from the "new" cardboard pack and refrigerated shipping. Had this again on 2013-12-21 from a 16.9 oz can with a best-by date 6 months from now. It definitely tasted better than when I last had it in bottles so I amended my comments and ratings accordingly.

A - Very clear golden yellow with a 2-finger firm white head and mild-moderate lacing.

S - Bread, spice, grass, citrus. Quite pleasant and fresh.

T - Much like the smell with bread, grass, mineral/suphur. Much bolder and not skunky like the brew I gave up on years ago. Flavors continue into the moderately-lingering and tasty bitter aftertaste.

M - Light and smooth body and medium-high carbonation give a pleasant firmness and then a crisp finish.

O - OK. They've won me back. Very satisfying for a 4.4% brew. We did a Pils tasting on 2013-12-21 with this, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Stoudts Pils and Victory Prima Pils. This was most-similar to Sunshine Pils and about as good. I like the Prima Pils' bold hops flavor a bit more, however, it comes at the price of 1% more ABV. I like to watch my calories so Sunshine Pils is a staple in my fridge but they stop making it every year in August. This Pilsner Urquell, at the same ABV with as satisfying a taste, will get me through the winter until Troegs starts back up with Sunshine.

Tucquan, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

fridge temp poured into sam adams perfect pint glass. best before feb 27 2011?

pours a super clear pale golden color with 2 fingers of head that faded after a minute or so. evetually left a super thin ring. a nice lace off the pour. very nice color, not the greatest head.

smells like your usual pale lager, corny, grainy malts. a little bit of floralness to it. a touch of lemon citrus. also a little skunkiness in the aroma, maybe from the green bottle.

i enjoy the taste a lot more than the aroma would suggest. grainy, bready, corny malts balanced nicely by a nice bouquet of soft floral hop flavors. some lemon citrus. a little bit of some of that lager funk. has a little bit of some lingering bitterness. a very nice pilsner indeed.

soft on the palate. light body. maybe a touch dry. carbonation feels just right, crisp, not over carbonated like most pilsners.

great drinkability. great for the summer, but good anytime of year. also a great session beer.
i could see myself buying this again.

dogfishandi, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of eat
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Pilsner Urquell maintains a good finger of frothy bright-white head, lacing decently. The body is totally clean and about the colour of apple juice (golden yellow).

Pretty nice smell. Yeast, wheat, noble hops, bit of citrus, pale malty sweetness. Something rubbery as well, but it's not really getting in the way.

Hey, this is alright. Lots of fresh honey-like sweetness, some grassy hops, wheat, lemon rind. Moderately dry finish, with some lingering sweetness and citrus as well. For a 4.4% brew there's quite a lot of flavour.

Nice creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Good feel.

I like this beer. It's better than most pilseners I can remember having. Very drinkable, showing no flaws. I'd definitely drink this again sometime.

eat, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

One of m standard session beers when I'm in the flavourful but light mood, time to finally get down to reviewing it.

This classic of classics pours a pale gold topped with a pure white head of a porous nature. The retention is acceptable but nothing fantastic, quickly whittling away.

Hoppy aromas dominate; cut grass, wet leaves and a tinge of sulfur. Light white bread aromas from the malt give balance.

Hop bitterness kicks you right up front on the first sip; riding on the coattails of this is a subtle malt sweetness which provides good balance. Toasted bread mixes with mild resinous qualities backed by a mineral taste.
Light body and tight carbonation provide superb drinkability.

This is a great beer hallmark of the style and a old standby can't knock it.

Reinheitsgebot71, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of beachscrat
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

appearance: Greenish 12 oz. pop-top typical of sub-par imports. Raised "Pilsner Urquell" lettering on bottle. Purchased 12pack of 12oz bottles completely incased in cardboard. Light to amber-light straw colored with thin frothy head with a small amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

smell: Wonderful fresh baked bread aroma with a faint hint of Saaz hops in the background. This is the first time I've had a Pilsner Urquell out of the bottle and it hasn't been skunked. Must be the 12 pack incased in cardboard that kept the light from tearing into the hops. I will only buy this beer in this packaging from now on.

taste: Good blend/balance of toasty malt, hops and yeast sulfur. Nice and crispy.

mouthfeel: Thin, light, smooth and refreshing.

drinkability: Good drinkability. No problem spending a good deal of time with multiple bottles of this stuff.

overall: I was extremely surprised that this green bottle stuff wasn't skunked. My advice: screw the six-pack and get it by the 12 pack, completely encased in cardboard and shielded away from the mean ol' beer skunkin' light.

beachscrat, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

a: pours a real orangish color with about a half inch of white head that doesnt dissapear fast leaving plenty of lacing stuck to the side of the glass
s: nice floral hop aroma balanced well with a kind of a grainy malt flavor
t: same as the aroma there is a nice floral hop flavor which is nicely balanced by a grainy/bready malt flavor
m: medium bodied beer with a nice smooth texture and low carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed hit brew, something that i will get in the future

happygnome, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A: 1 1/2 finger white head that didn't last long. Lacing is excellent. Gold to low caramel color. Carbed.

S: floral, earthy hop bitterness, bread, toast and slight caramel. 4

T: caramel, flowers, lemon, bready, bready crust, bitterness, earth, dampness and dank.

M: thin but carbed. Sweet with lingering hop bitterness.

O: This is my first czech pilsner. Its very different and enjoyable. Love the floral aroma. I love the lingering bitterness. Really unique and enjoyable.

JerseyKirk, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of LHOwasFramed
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a clear straw color with one finger head. No lacing and minimal head. Smells of pilsner malts, european hops, earthy and herbal. Good clean saaz hops taste with a bit of light malts in the back. Crisp and smooth with good drinkability and high carbonation

LHOwasFramed, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Hergestridge
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance: Golden hued with nice tight head. Carbonation still has nice movement after several minutes.

Smell: Crisp and Clean. With a nice beer aroma. No overbearing "cheap liquor" smells.

Taste: Clean and Crisp with a nice amount of bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Cool, carbonation dancing on the taste buds.

Overall: A great pilsner.. the 1st pilsner. Kudos to our Czech artisan ancestors

Hergestridge, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Golden-bronze (darker than most) with a white head; little retention and lace.

S: Steelie hops, slight malty sweetness.

T: Steelie hops, caramel malt, slight breadyness. Good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth (some residual sugar, not as attenuated as some); moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Derek, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

50cl bottle poured into a Warsteiner Pokal

A- 4 finger creamy head with average retention. Deep gold body with brilliant clarity. Lacing is good to average.

S- Strong earthy herbal ,hop notes

T- Undercurrent of a subtle biscuity grainy malt/earthy hop balance is noteable.A refreshing earthy hop bitterness in the finish which is long. Clean taste.

M- Moderate carbonation and body

D- Its a refreshing golden pilsner. Easy drinking. Ive had it in Prague from the tap and from bottle but i cant help imagine its not as good as what it would be unpasturised straight from an oak lagering vessel like Pilsner Urquell used to be! if only i could sample that!

seanyfo, May 17, 2010
Photo of david131
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A- The beer is extremely clear, a light golden one as well. A nice thinch head forms and eventually settles to a thin sheet.

S- Not skunked, but slightly rubbery/skunky. That typical pilsner kick. A little bit of light fruit, a bit of apple. Some breadiness. Not all that fragrant. Kind of sweet.

T- Not quite as bitter as I remember. Zesty, bready, slightly bitter. Pretty crisp and very refreshing.

M- The carbonation is great. Nice and light and crisp.

D- Excellent session beer with quite a bit of flavor for how low the ABV is. Wonderful.

david131, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Best by: 06APR12
Hoping the can saves this beers life!

Pours a golden ale with just under a finger of white foam that falls quickly to a sheet leaving nice cobweb lace. Smells of grain, corn and a hint of earthy hops, just a hint of sweetness. Bitterness with a solid light malt, some hints of hay and grass, nice pilsner. The hops are actually quite assertive. IMO a little more full bodied than most, but appropriately matched with some smooth, yet sharp carb. A nice pilsner, quite nice. Too bad the green bottle fucks it up.
Bottle review: 1.3 overall

harrymel, Mar 03, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Though Pilsners aern't my favorite, I have to say that this is about as good as the style can get. It has a full rich flavour with a definate taste of saaz hops. Well balanced and easy to drink. I know it's changed a lot over the years, but it's still a good beer in a pinch.

CBFanWish, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Givemebeer
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Drinking this on tap compared to from the bottle is a complete different experience.

On tap, I give this a 4 for its wonderful grassy grainy but highly drinkable nature.

I haven't drank it from the bottle too recently but its not nearly as good and I wouldn't bother buying the bottles anymore. Maybe its too tough to get fresh or the dreaded green bottles.

Givemebeer, Mar 21, 2014
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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