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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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2,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 2356
Reviews: 1230
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%

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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Photo of MarkoNm


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:00:50 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of Beermasterjarrett


3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint

Light hay color, ok head after an aggressive poor.

Sweet malt, lemon grass.

Follows the aroma. Crisp and light with some soft hop bitterness. Refreshing to say the least. Some soft funk goin on.

Clean and lively on the palate. Nice dry finish. This is nice.

A classic in its own respect. This beers has been enjoyed by me, and many others.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 07:04:39 | More by Beermasterjarrett
Photo of deadchef


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:35:59 | More by deadchef
Photo of dar482

New York

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:54:16 | More by dar482
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I finally tried this archetypal Czech pils/modern descendent of a historical icon at a Calgary pub in the Kensington area (here's another plug for the Bottle House, the food really is good now). Poured into a pint glass, a golden amber brew, certainly darker than mass-produced Euro pale lagers but with the same aggressive carbonation and white head. Much has been said and written about this beer's morphing into something more commercial, industrial, and perhaps just plain bland ... Although some of these criticisms cannot be impugned, to my palate this is still a pretty solid beer than is at least worthy of riding on its grandparent's coattails. The aroma is fresh, bright, and hits the appropriate malt and hop targets. Smells like sweet cornbread and gummy boiled sweet grains, green grassy hops (or hop extract), green fruit, and there's a faint hit of struck match or sulfur. The malts are more complex than you get with your average Euro pale lager, evoking popcorn, light toast, and even a faint raisin note. I also get some herbal Saaz hop character (lavender? tarragon?) although this feature is disappointingly muted. The hops come off more as fragrant hay and do provide a crisp lingering bitterness. Not skunked despite the green bottle. Crisp and refreshing. If you want a hoppy Czech pils find a craft-brewed example. I will say that this brew is enjoyable enough and I appreciated the malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 04:17:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of ilovewaffles


3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:27:30 | More by ilovewaffles
Photo of Landar


4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 12/12
Immediately hit with a rich malt profile with floral Saaz hops.
As it warms the floral profile mixes well with the rich malts and creates a complex interesting balance that makes one want to just smell it instead of drink it.

Appearance 2/3
Pale rich gold color. The head pours thick, dense, foamy and snow white. It immediately disappeared leaving a thin layer of foam covering part of the surface and ringing the glass. It sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. Strong carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Very clear beer. It is disappointing that the expected head retention was entirely absent.

Flavor 17/20
The first thing that hits is a strong rich, complex light malt profile. This is immediately followed by a floral and spicy Saaz hops flavor and bitterness. A strong hops bitterness is left on the tongue but gives way to the clean water refreshing feel.
There is a touch too much wateriness to it, but the water tastes clean and almost pure - refreshing.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium bodied and medium-light carbonation. Feels crisp and cool with a clean water feel that is refreshing.

Overall Impression 9/10
This is what a bohemian pilsner should be. Crisp, clean, clear, refreshing. Complex malt and spicy floral Saaz hops with nothing else going on, leaving a bitterness memory on the tongue with a clean palate if you wait a bit between sips.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 04:41:10 | More by Landar
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer at all. Excellent for a pilsner and good on a winter day for some reason. Golden color with little head very drinkable for your average pilsner drinker. I poured this into my trusty pint glass i got for Christmas. I dont think the recognition it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 16:22:19 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of tmzl


3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with average fizzy white head, fast retention, fully diminishing. Lacing is good. Color is like it should be - golden. Body is clear, normal carbonation, expected maybe a bit more.

Smell: Grain, bread malt, hay, grass, crackers. Also spicy and the distinct Saaz hop. Text book stuff.

Taste: Similar story as the smell. Hay, spice, hint of sweetness in the middle and then the explosion of moderate clean hop bitterness. Works well. Bitterness stays with you for a while, but smooth and screaming at you: "Drink more you fool!"

Mouthfeel: Surprised at the medium, silky body, but still fresh crisp carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Text book stuff, nothing more and nothing less then expected. Well, maybe the medium body was a bit of surprise, but yes, a well crafted lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:47:38 | More by tmzl
Photo of Murphious


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours into a pilsner glass with 1/4 head that disappears quickly & leaves little lacing. Aroma is typical pils--grassy, hops, citrus.
Great for a hot summer day after mowing the lawn.
Has just the right blend of hops and malt to be crisp without skunkyness. Good mouthfeel and quality comes through compared to other mass produced beers.
There are many worse beers out there for the money as well as pricey highly-touted beers that are let downs. Pilsner Urquell is simple and well done but not earth shattering.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:42:37 | More by Murphious
Photo of Andrew041180


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden straw color, quite clear, with a tall bubbly head. The head recedes relatively quickly and there is little to no lacing left on the glass. Small amounts of visible bubbles make their way slowly to the top of the brew. Quite pleasant to look at.

S - Light but noticeable. You get the aromas that one would expect from a pilsner. Bready malts, grassy, floral hops.

T - Follows the nose. Bready malts come first, followed by a nice grassy flavor. The bitterness is actually more pronounced than I expected, but it works well.

M - More substance here than I expected. Definitely medium-bodied. Finishes clean and refreshing.

O - I bought this in the winter, but would probably do better to have this highly drinkable, sessionable beer in the summer. I'll put this on my shopping list for my Memorial Day party this spring!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 15:43:31 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Brewthing

British Columbia (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - The golden pilsner. No light yellow here. The deep colour says this beer has substance.

S - The smell is subtle and only offers a hint of the hoppy flavour will hit your mouth.

T - This is where Urquell shines. The Saaz flavour hits you hard and you either love it or you don't. I definitely love it. Well balanced between hops and malt.

M - Malty body with a crisp finish. Good carbonation but not a lot of head.

O - One of the classics. Not perfect, but definitely deserving of its high reputation.

I have a hard resisting this one when it goes on sale at the local shop.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:55:01 | More by Brewthing
Photo of Tucquan


3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:22:23 | More by Tucquan
Photo of LiamAhearn


4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 5 months from 'Best before date'. Poured into a standard pilsner glass.

A: Pale gold to straw in colour with brilliant clarity and a bright white head which dissipates slowly. Carbonation continues to be effervescent, yet unable to support a head.

S: Pleasant noble hop aroma of Saaz, paired with a moderate grainy maltiness, exhibiting a fresh baked white bready aroma.

T: Extremely clean white bready maltiness with some grainy notes and well balanced flavours of mild spice from the Saaz hops. Bitterness is firm but not overwhelming of the malt backbone.

M: The first impression is of soft malt sweetness which quickly finishes in a dry mouthfeel with the bitterness supporting this sensation. This lends its self to a very drinkable beer as it's dryness calls for you to go back for more.

O: Considering this beer has endured a voyage from the Czech Republic to Australia and remains a fantastic example of a Pilsner is a testament to the brewers of this beer. This beer is known as the original pilsner and for me it is the benchmark for which I compare all Bohemian Pilsner. This is a very enjoyable pilsner and on a hot summers day I could drink this beer without desire for anything else. I look forward to visiting the Plzensky Prazdroj brewery on my travels around the world, as I would love to try this beer fresh from the source.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:10:03 | More by LiamAhearn
Photo of Fieldzy27


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:55:58 | More by Fieldzy27
Photo of JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice amber beer with a small head. I'm wondering if my altitude in Edmonton and the fact that it is so dry in winter is causing the heads to not form. When I read the reviews of the other beers that I've reviewed, everyone else is getting good heads on their beers and I am not. I'll keep looking for a beer that foams nicely.

The initial smell was what I would have called skunky, but it did not taste that way and after swirling the beer, that smell went away. Instead, it has a bready smell and a little bit of sulfur. Not the greatest smell but it was not overpowering.

The bready-ness continued into the taste. You can definitely taste the malt and there is a slight hoppy aftertaste.

The carbonation can be tasted and all of the taste is in the front of the mouth. A good beer and a wonderful first try at a Czech Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 06:03:13 | More by JeanDuteau
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever before washing the glass in layers of lace. Aromas of sweet bready crackery malt with a hint of melanoids a hint of sweet sulfur and a firm spicy hop bite. The flavor is light sweet bready maltiness with a solid shot of spicy hop flavor. Medium low to medium level of hop bitterness lingers at the end of each sip. Medium body with a moderately high level of carbonation and a bubbly carbonic piercing mouthfeel. Very nice pilsner, it took me a while but I can now really appreciate the brilliance of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:52:24 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Premo88


4.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best by Dec. 28, 2013)

L: clear gold ... surprisingly darker than I expected; even up to light it's dark enough to be gold (not pale yellow); big fat sticky head of foam, about 1 inch; clumps of the head stick to the glass, and the skin on top is amazing -- so much carbonation is rising in the column that its leaving five white spots of foam on the top layer; big collar

S: huge biscuit note mixed with grain; underneath, a thin layer of grassy hops -- but the sweet biscuit-and-grain dominates it early on; corn takes over halfway in, sweet creamed corn;

T: sweet light malt, yeast, bread, biscuits with a softer grassy bite that shows up as much in the dryness as it does in the taste -- what it amounts to is a hop presence that lingers with good grassy and spicy pepper notes

F: watery enough to drink but huge carbonation ... i'm sucking it down so fast, it might qualify as *too* drinkable. damn.

O: it's super dry in the finish but with so much sweet biscuit malt up front that it really stands out as a unique brew. i love that it's got a bit of color to it, a nice gold flair that continues a show of fast-rising bubbles.

if it had just a bit more hops in the nose and laced on the way down, i'd give it 5s across the board. as it is, it's fantastic. i'm glad i finally tried it. it's as good a beer as I've had in any style and a brew i guarantee will find its way into my fridge often.

(for posterity, it's also my 100th beer here on BA)

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 07:51:36 | More by Premo88
Photo of hardy008


2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours gold with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is grassy and grainy with bread and biscuit malts. There is also a light amount of skunkiness, no doubt due to the green bottle.

The taste is bitter, and there is some skunkiness present. There is biscuit malt, floral and herbal hops, and some grain. I don't think this is bad, but would be better in a can. I get tired of drinking beer from light struck bottles.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not too good from the bottle. I may try it from a can, to see if I like it better. I can't see reviewing this again though. The fact that this beer is skunked is the brewers fault. They choose to use green bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 16:14:40 | More by hardy008
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. green bottle which is dated Nov 17-11, so this is an old bottle that I found in a convenience store on a back shelf. Sampled on October 7, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow with a fizzy white head and busy carbonation.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit pale malts and moderate sugar sweetness. Considering the age of this bottle I was very pleased that there was no green bottle skunkiness.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a good Czech malt character up front with low to medium bitterness at the end. Pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:04:34 | More by puboflyons
Photo of brurevu


3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a bright gold with a substantial white head. While the skunky aroma and taste still remain I can now recognize the hoppy tones and sweet malty backbone that make this beer so revered. I can easily see why this beer became the definition of a style. If you are looking for something light, but with enough bite to keep your attention, you can't go wrong with a Pilsner Urquell.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 19:42:25 | More by brurevu
Photo of TheMarkE


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden color with plenty of foam and decent lacing. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Cereal grains and grassy hops. Basically it smells like beer, but not the cheap corn smell of a macrobrew.

Taste: Grains, grass, hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a beer aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is pretty much what a standard, non-craft beer should taste like. Well-balanced and crisp, everything is just right. This Czech brew is the original pils, so I guess they've had enough time to figure out how it's done.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:36:51 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of NealPaisley


4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I give the smell a 4.75, love that smell. The rest is 4.5, because nothing's perfect, though regarding pilsner, this one is the closest. The standard I have to use to judge a pilsner type beer. I've had a bunch of micro pilsners, and some were very good, very, would have them multiple times, and enjoy the heck outta them. This one though, perhaps because it was my first introduction to pilsner, and the differences between beers, is the standard the others are judged, by only me, I'm sure.
Lower ABV, which makes it nice for an afternoon, but just wonderful on taste, look, smell. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:10:43 | More by NealPaisley
Photo of Hergestridge


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 20:58:35 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green 500ml bottle with gold papered neck: BBD 6 Mar 2014, poured at home into a Fosters badged pint sleeve on 21 Aug 2013.

I've had this beer so many times in bottle and draught form I could almost write this without the need of opening the bottle in front of me: but I'm going too.

Looks fine: golden, clear, clean and bright. On top a snow white covering of tight bubbles.

Good hop nose, with some grain notes in the aroma too.

The taste is semi-sweet, yet with a hop lead and a bitter hop finish. Tangy and sharp tasting, still a great beer after all these years, even though it's brewery owners are now South African.

Really pleased I opened the bottle and revisited such a good, old friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:03:52 | More by BlackHaddock
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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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