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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,946 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,946
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 55
Gots: 244 | 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 aranheaney
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my official tour of Prague for this weekend:

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass:

A: straw, very clean

S: bright, crisp, clean, very stereotypical Pilsner/Lager, but better...

T: very good, upfront, a little citrus, some bread, overall very strong

M: again, good, crisp and consistent

D: a small confession, this is one of my favorite Pilsners, always good, never a disappointment...

Photo of KonigObHops
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but it has been a while. I did remember that when I had it before I felt that it was what an American Pilsner would want to be when it grew up.

The beer is a dark straw color. The head of the beer is fluffy and white. There are a lot of bubbles.

The aroma is malty and almost wheat-like.

The initial taste is smooth and malty, and a bit coppery.

The middle of the beer remains smooth and balanced. There is a slight taste of hops that complements the malty flavor very nicely.

The beer finishes very smooth with a nice evaporating sensation.

This beer is so light and smooth that it goes down like water, but the taste is fuller than most pilsners. I would reccomend this beer to anyone looking for a beer on the lighter side of things that still has a nice full taste.

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

I was very reserved when cracking this bottle. I've always wanted to try what a real pilsner tasted like. The green bottle definitely puts off the more seasoned drinkers. I was expecting extreme oxidation.

The beer pours a dark straw or golden color. Definitely darker than most American pilsners. Aroma was disheartening. Definitely a scent of oxidation and cooked corn (DMS). But to be fair slight DMS is a trait of pilsners.

Taste was surprisingly not oxidized. Typical lager characteristics such as sulfur. Almost a hint of a clover honey. Great body for a pilsner as well. Definitely a welcome surprise. Somewhat drinkable but didn't make me want to have another.

Overall a very surprisingly good beer. I was expecting Bud or Coors and i got something better. Still had some flaws but definitely not a terrible beer.

Photo of cetherid
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

poured into a pint glass

A.

pours a golden color. minimal head. looks like your typical macro pilsner.

S.

pilsner malts with earthy hops. i do smell the buttery smell that others are talking about. kinda weird actually.

T.

some grassy hops at the beginning with some malt flavor at the end. very crisp tasting. a little minerally. perhaps this beer is a wee bit skunked.

M.

light bodied. very crisp beer.

D.

well it is light bodied but for me personally, the buttery smell is kind of a turn off. i'd rather just drink some labatt blue instead of this.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear straw golden, one thumb of white head dissipated to random islands of foam with a decent lace ring
S - spicy and grassy hop aroma, light pale grainy malt, slightly buttery
T - spicy, grassy, and light florals, lightly toasted grains, hints of buttery and metallic notes
M - nice carbonation kick, definite dry bitter and spicy feels that tingle the palate through the finish
D - a very dry and refreshing beer that makes you parched for more, flavours are individually subtle but create a nice full balance together, very chuggable and classic

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer is a lovely golden color with a white head and good retention.

Smell: It has the smell of wet low acidity hops, slight earthy/barnyard and almost a hint of malt.

Taste: The flavor profile is a good blend of sweet malt an light hops.

Mouthfeel: Balanced with a smooth medium body, medium carbonation and a nice nip on the tip of the tongue.

I could drink this beer any day. It's a nice casual sipping beer for a hot day.

Photo of JokeInsurance
1.73/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: A yellow-goldish appearance with a real foamy head that stays after initial drinking. Lacing was very evident.

Smell: Faint smell of hops, barley and some copper.

Taste: Carbonation at the beginning and copper at the end.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation that I was tasting reminded me of distinctively of seltzer water.

Drinkability: It was too carbonated. Did not fare well going down - it was a bit rough.

Serving type: Bottle.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure gold with a dense snow white carpets that leaves trailers. Nose is Golden Grahams, wax and flowers. Malts flip between sour grain and caramel pear before being cut by spicy, earthy hops. Long bitter cut grass linger, with a sharpness at the end. Light, thin and crisp.

I've heard this beer has declined in recent years - then it must've been a helluva lager before. Could use a bit more presence from the malts (and the resultant body) but fine benchmark for a Pilsener.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original, right? You'd think the original would have figured out to put their beer in darker glass by now. This beer has some skunking going on, but so has every other bottle I'd drank from, so despite my care, I'm going to review as is.

A: Thin, less than one finger bright white head with mostly smaller, tightly knit bubbles. This beer is clear, bright, rich golden with lots of active carbonation. But the head fades too fast.

S: Skunky, mostly. Some remnant of pale malt, clean lager yeast and spicy-ish Czech hops remain, but I mostly smell skunk.

T: Hmm, the skunk isn't as intense. There is more clean lager taste, some very light pale maltiness. Not really any hops still though. The beer is crisp, refreshing. I can see how this could start a revolution. It has considerably more flavor than its American descendants.

M: Light and crisp, with sort of a slick feel to it.

D: Very drinkable, but I don't know if I could handle the smell for very long. Perhaps from a tap.

Photo of hdofu
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better pilsners I've had lately but by no means my favorite. Pours a grassy yellow color with an off-white head. Smells grassy, alot of hoppiness and a grass finish. This beer is very bubbly. Despite the bitterness it was very drinkable, though it is low thrills.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have heard about this beer since freshman year of High School and finally got around to trying it like 10 years later. I always remember seeing it when I was little as $18 a 12 pack and wondering who would EVER pay that much for beer... ahhh how the times have changed. I actually really enjoyed this beer though.. a classic pils, nice and bubbly, crisp euro hops.. clean finish. Nice and refreshing, no frills beer... better than its reputation for sure.

Photo of jkrich
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with a freshness date on back label. It is nice to see another European brewery using freshness dates for the US market. Now, if they would only switch to brown bottles.
The original pilsner poured a clear, deep golden color with a fluffy, 1/4 inch white head. Without a doubt, one of the best looking pilsners found.

As with most pilsners, this one suffers in the aroma category. There was a slight skunky aroma that dissipated. The noble hop aroma was slightly evident.

The initial taste is somewhat malty sweet but is quickly followed by a pleasant, sharp bitterness that really quenches the thirst. This is quite refreshing.

While this pilsner is light-bodied, it has a fuller mouthfeel than most domestic or german pisners. The carbonation is zesty and perfect for the style.

It is true that this beer has suffered a little from the days when it was fermented in the uncoated, wooden vats. However, you can not deny that the brewery has vastly improved its quality control and offers a more consistent product. This is a flavorful quaffer for any season.

Photo of Erish
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer was poured from a can into a plastic cup at U.S. Cellular Field. Go Sox!

A: clear light golden color, abundant long lasting frothy head, good lacing.

S: woodsy - this beer smells like oak bark - as well as a medicinal note and a hint of light malt sweetness.

T: very woodsy throughout, there is biscuit-like sweetness as well, and the medicinal notes kick in, the finish is very drying.

M: light-bodied, silky, nicely crisp from the abundant carbonation.

D: while interesting, this is not my cup of beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, the place I was headed to was Byob and I knew I would probably be eating fish, so figured it would be a good pairing.

A - 11.2oz green bottle, poured chilled into a tulip, the beer is a tanished golden w/ good clarity and visible carbonation is apparent, fluffy airy cap of white w/ a tiny bead and moderate lace clings

S - The smellis beautiful, noble hop spiciness and mineral yeast ester w/ a mild sweetness from the malt reminiscent of honey with light herbal hop qualities

M - The feel is as good as the smell, very lively yet medium light body and moderately low bitterness, just enough to keep it quenching and semi-dry finish with a bit bit of spice

T - This is flavorful I caught myself saying -to noone in particular. The hops have a slight herbal taste but can be taken as spicy too, the malt is there as a background flavor with dry light nutty and toasted tastes, the yeast is providing a good amount of flavor yet clean and slight mineral dry quality with a hint of herbs as I finish and the flavor is not really affected by the green bottle for me, no skunkiness detected. The light spice is nice from the saaz hops

D - I was very pleased as I have not partaken of a pils from the 'original source' in a while. The flavor is good and it was a nice compliment to sashimi with some wasabi, it cleansed the palate after the fatty salmon and was a good choice consider others were getting hibachi and the grill made the area a little warm -this has quenching qaulities

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the National in Athens, GA.

Pours a crystal-clear golden-straw color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of underlying leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors are sweet up front but are tempered quickly by leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of sulfur flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this has got to be one of the better mass-produced beers out there. Not worth seeking out but if you don't have other options it's far from a bad choice.

Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with "best before Dec. 05, 10" printed on label.
Clear, sparkling gold in color, with a rather short head of foam
Aroma-Initial skunkiness lowers the score(green bottle under lights, anyone?) followed by a sharp grain note and a whiff of Saaz hops.
Taste-Faint sulfur, grain, then a short, sharp Saaz hop bite that lingers nicely to the finish.
Very crisp, balanced, and refreshing. A classic example of the style, and certainly sessionable at 4.4% ABV.

Photo of BBP
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a straight stein.

First can I got was skunky, and wasn't even too bad. My ratings are based on the second.

A - A dark gold almost amber color with a slight head which quickly settled.

S- Crisp hop smell

T- Fairly hoppy taste. Excellent balance of sweet and bitter. Good amount of flavor, but not overbearing.

M- Very smooth, medium carbonation

D- Quite clean tasting. I could down a few of these quickly, but it feels like a shame not to slowly enjoy it.

Overall one of the best pilsners I've had to date. I'm starting to get into Czech beer because of it. I find them to be more natural and flavorful. I'm even left with a clean taste in my mouth as I'm writing this.

It makes me wonder how it would taste fresh. I don't think imported cans can do it justice.

Photo of mcdevster
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: somewhere between yellow and light orange... off white head that fizzles out quickly.
smell: light malt breadiness.. maybe a little fruity floral hopiness..
taste: very good.. light and refreshing but a depth of character from the hops and malts.. it really almost tastes like a light british ale..
mouthfeel/drinkability: quite good easy to drink..
if you like hops and malts but are in the mood for something light - this is not a bad choice.

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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 jneiswender
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the brewery's restaurant in Pilsen. Served on tap in a tall pint shaped glass cool.

A-dark gold body, and a fluffy white head.

S-floral and buttery

T-cereal, butterscotch, bitter aftertaste, almost ale-like

M-medium

D-very sessionable. I don't know if I would drink this from the bottle. The one on the tour is better (from oak casks in the cellar).

Photo of Anthony1
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ours a deep yellow body with a thick, though quickly diminishing white head. The cans are delightful. Gold, with an inlaid design. Light breadiness in an aroma that is heavy on the Saaz with a nicely aromatic blend of spice and floweriness. Faint, faroff hint of diacetyl. Buttered bread flavor with a light hint of honey followed quickly by a bright burst of Saaz hops bringing a floral spicy taste and just enough bitterness to keep things in check. Finishes with a lingering spiciness. Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation. Well-balanced and makes for easy drinking. It's nice to have this available in cans to avoid any detracting skunkiness.

Photo of gkunkle
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden with a 3/4in white head. Smells floral.. Taste was crisp and it had a great floral hop and apple sweetness to it., it wasn't so hot and it was the evening, so it didn't have that refreshing feel. It has a thin to meduim body and has a crisp clean finish to it, which I prefer. Overall, I believe this is my favorite Pilsner so far, it may become a staple item beer.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle to pilsner glass
Best by 12-5-10

A: Pours clear light amber with a 2.5 finger egg-shell white frothy that reduced to a small half-dollar cap leaving spotty lace on its way down.

S: Sweet husky Pils malt with a subtle Saaz backdrop

T: Crisp flavor. Pilsner malt sweetness as in the nose with a Saaz bitterness that lingers slightly. A light mineral character. Hop character is grassy. Maltiness builds throughtout bordering caramel-like

M: Small-bubble carbonation that supported the head nicely. Finish is crisp and body is light-medium.

D: Clean and crisp flavor and uber-refreshing.

Photo of rlshep
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy aroma from hops. Some sulfur. Light bready notes.

Appearance: Pours thick long lasting chunky white head. Light gold color. Very clear. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Soft well rounded palate. Spice not as prominent as in aroma. Medium-high bitterness. Pilsner malt dominats. Slightly grainy Dry in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium high carbonation. Medium overall mouthfeel. Some alcohol in finish.

Overall: Not as crisp as I expected but still an excellent well rounded beer. The softness of this beer really jumped out and surprised me right away. I've never had a beer with that character. This beer really lives up to the hype.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,946 ratings.