Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
Even from within the green bottle, you could tell that this beer is crystal clear. And so it was when poured. A deep golden colour, very clear, with some bubbles rising to the surface. The one thing dissapointing though was the head, because it didn't have any. Okay, it had maybe half a finger and that dissaperaed straight away. I read some other reviews though and almost everyone was ecsatic about the creamy head, which I obviously miss. I'll try to get my hands on another bottle, just to make sure that it was only my bottle.
edit:once again, a small white head that disappears completely, very fast
A nice aroma of slighty roasted malts, with maybe some floral notes.
Taste is also on the malty side, but on the small amount of time that stays in your mouth, manages to appear quite balanced between the malts and hops, and to that certainly helps the bitter aftertaste.
Urquell has a full body and just the right amount of carbonation. It leaves a dryness on the palate.
Overall, a nice and refreshing beer. I had it once on tap and the colour was hay golden, while it had a very average taste. From the bottle it's like I am drinking a totally different beer, which might be true, you never know what a bar owner serves as X beer.
08-19-2012 19:27:40 | More by Douberd
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
New packaging normally doesn't do it for me. However, when they wrap the entire six pack in cardboard I become a little excited. Let's see how the new, hopefully less skunked, PU turns out.
A: Pours a deep straw with ample carbonation. Head is off white, with about two fingers. Head retention is admirable for a pilsner, with better than average lacing.
S: Immediately noticeable is the lack of over skunked/cooked veggie aroma that this beer used to be infamous for. In it's place are notes of straw, grass and sweet grain. Floral noble hops are in the mix as well.
T: Grain and grass undertones throughout the duration. Starts off with milled grain scent, which transitions into the classic Bohemian style. Spicy, with hints of lemon oil, flower and perfume like bitterness. Like I said, the grain aspect of the beer really flows through the entirety of the drink. Subtle, but noticeable. Finishes with dry and crisp, with the floral bitterness being the last thing you taste.
M: Not quite carbonated enough. A tad heavy mouthfeel for what is supposed to be the original "light beer".
O: Well, it's good to get Pilsner Urquell in a fresher, less light beaten state. Still not my favorite, but it's a marked improvement. Prost.
08-17-2012 08:56:38 | More by McStagger
4.55/5 rDev +27.8%
12 oz green bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.
4.4% ABV, FEB2513
A - From the "Express Shipped" green bottle pours a beautiful golden beer with great clarity and a stunning white head. The massively tall foam hung out for a while before disintegrating to loose bubbles and dotting the glass in lace.
S - The aroma screams classic Czech pilsner with it's floral, spicy bouquet of hop aromas which gently blanket the mildly sweet malt and finishes off with soft, clean water.
T - Pilsner malt sweetness and a faint diactyl, soft butter-like note is quickly washed away by spicy floral hops which tumble through to the clean-finishing flavor.
M - Supremely soft on the tongue, Pilsner Urquell has a crisp but not overly carbonated feeling with a soft dry, bitterness that balances the medium, malty body with haste. Clean finishing, "The Original Pilsner" remains a smooth pleasure sip after sip.
O - I've read quite a few accounts that the recipe has been altered over time and Pilsner Urquell isn't the same beer it once was, but, having not experienced it some 170 years ago, I can't comment on their truthfulness. I can, however, say that I've experienced standard transportation Pilsner Urquell vs. it's new counterpart, "Express Shipped", and sending this over ASAP in new packing which keeps light from the green bottles is the only way to go. Delicious and sinfully refreshing with a low ABV, Pilsner Urquell is a superb and easy-to-find lager with subtle complexity and fantastic drinkability.
08-06-2012 23:30:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep gold with a half finger white head.
No skunk at all due to the new packaging completely enclosing the bottles. Bready grain with wonderful grassy, earthy hops. Almost some spicy character.
The taste has grassy hops front and center with a nice malty undertone. Cereal grain with maybe a touch of corn but is is very pleasant. Moderate bitterness takes hold and gradually increases leading to a crisp, dry finish. Wonderful soft mouthfeel typical of a great pilsner.
Overall, one of the better readily available pilsners. The new packaging and express shipping really does this beer wonders. Something I will consider picking up more often.
08-05-2012 01:11:52 | More by rangerred
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,705 ratings.