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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,552
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 36
Gots: 107 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of Bitterbill


4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear yellow-gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is of grassy hops and seems quite bitter to the nose.

The taste is also quite bitter. Lots of grass and very little else. Where's the malt? It's there, way back in the background adding very little to the flavour and in no way creates any balance. It's been years since my last sampling of PU and I don't remember it being this bitter.

Bottom line: This is drinkable for me but there are many other examples of the style that bring more to the table. It will be, I suspect, more years before I try it again.

Edit: Sept 8, 2012.

The Express Shipped Cold packs arrived in town so I bought a 4 pack. Best by April 18, 2013!

The big difference is the crisp and freshness in the taste. Still on the hoppy side as Pils are supposed to be but the bitterness is much more of an asset than a detriment. A solid malt backbone adds much more balance and overall, I'm loving it more than I have in many years. Thank you, Pilsner Urquell!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 16:48:13 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a typical clear pilsner amber, a little darker than most I have seen. Aroma is firm and malty, not strong but still inviting. Flavor is crisp, malty, typical of a pilsner but a little richer than the average brew of this type. Refreshing, enjoyable, good with lunch or dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2008 15:15:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mattster


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl oz bottle and poured into Weisen glass.

Pours nice head of 1.4" which dies down to after a minute. Brew is clear yellow to lt amber with bubbles.

Initial smell is typical import beer smell, but after a couple of minutes, it opens up to slightly floral aroma with herbal tones. Taste is initially slightly sour, but bitterness becomes more palatable. Finishes with minimal aftertaste. Not a great beer, but definitly a good alternative to BMC brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 07:38:14 | More by mattster
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold and completely clear with a fairly tight sticky head. A light balance of floral hops and a pale malt sweetness in the aroma. Hoppy flavor, probably not as fresh as you can get in Plzen, but its a nice grassy, dry hop bitterness. There's a little syrupy-ness to it and sweet biscuit malts. Medium thin mouthfeel, slick...not the cleanest, crispest, most complex pilsner ever, but good enough to drink many of. I'm not sure if I've ever had this on tap, I feel like I should have at some point. I bet its good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:21:51 | More by wedge
Photo of Hoppington

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arguably one of the best mass produced pilsners made today, though not quite as good as it used to be according to many tasters. IMO, superior to both Heineken and Stella in appearance, smell, taste and drinkability, both on-tap and in the bottle. I feel it is particularly good on-tap.

Crisp, tart yeasty flavor with mild balanced hop malt nose. A great pilsner, despite its mass production and availability. You have to wonder what the local Czech micro beer must be like when its mass produced beer is this good. I am more of an ale person myself, but when I want a nice refreshing pilsner, I wouldn't hesitate to ask for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 12:52:27 | More by Hoppington
Photo of Domingo


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(Note: This is one of the new canned versions. If this were the bottle, it would be much lower, sadly)

Ah, the original pale lager. For years it's languished away in green bottles, but now it's available in 16oz cans. I've enjoyed in on tap for some time, but have avoided those green bottles like the plague. The only time I've had it in one, it was pretty much a Heineken clone.
Pours a wonderful golden color. Not too light or greenish - just liquid gold.
Smell is of floral noble hops, grain, and lager yeast. No off smells at all, which for an imported pils isn't something you encounter every day.
Taste starts off sweet and creamy, and finishes with floral hops. Not too bitter, actually, just a nice flavor. Some other Czech brews (and German ones, too) have a hoppier bite - but this one is shockingly balanced and goes down almost too easy.
It's creamy and thick, but still makes for a great all-year beer.
Scrap the green bottles - these new cans provide a fresh taste that I really enjoy. Up there with Bitburger as far as imported pils goes.

Serving type: can

12-31-2007 00:01:55 | More by Domingo
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - glowing gold, clear, beautiful carbonation bubbles. Big white head forms, but does not persist, leaves a few strands of lace.

S - fresh herbal hops, floral fragrance with a touch of lemon zest

T - solid pilsner malt provides a hint of sweetness, perfectly offset by floral hops and smooth hop bitterness

M - full bodied for the style, with an almost creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Dry finish cleanses the palette, keeps the drinker wanting more.

D - Talk about a refreshing and satisfying pilsner, could be drank all day long.

Based on my tastings to date, the original has yet to be outdone. Amazing craftsmanship goes into this world class pilsner, the resulting product is unbelievably refined. I wish I could get cans of this locally, or even on tap. This is everything a pilsner should be, I don't know why the ratings aren't higher (oh wait, it's because it isn't a 10% hop bomb aged in an oak barrel with brett).

Serving type: can

12-30-2007 21:12:53 | More by markaberrant
Photo of mltobin


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle with golden foil covering the top and cap.
Poured into a glass.
It has light, clear, golden color with a short head.
The smell is almost skunked, but hey they have been making it for several hundred years, so lets try it.
The taste is actually pretty damn good, a refreshing light pilsner with the presence of hops noticeable.
MF is about average and has an aftertaste that you makes you want to eat some wings or a burger.
PU is a great Czech pilsner, and is one of the better eastern European beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:41:26 | More by mltobin
Photo of horseblanket


5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most perfect beers ever made in the world.

Alas, its never as good in the bottle as it is
right at the brewery.

If you're buying this beer in the bottle, get it from
an unopened case, and never expose it to any light
(or as little as possible).

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 07:03:07 | More by horseblanket
Photo of Overlord


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in both the Czech Republic and in the U.S., and I wouldn't have believed they are the same beer (wandering Prague in the hot sun may have altered my perspective, I admit).

For the U.S. version, pale golden color, nice white head, and an appropriate amount of carbonation that provides a zesty mouthfeel.

Some crisp hops, a nice bitter maltiness ... but not that much flavor, and something is lacking. It could be that the elements aren't blending that well, or something is off on the malt ... I'm not sure. I just know I was disappointed that it didn't taste like I remembered it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 03:50:23 | More by Overlord
Photo of koolchas


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

for years, stayed away from pilsner urquell because for some reason i thought i just would not like it. but guess what, after having it on tap at a restaurant, this is now one of my favorite brews in the pilsner category even having an edge on my old standby stella atrois.

the brew was darker in color than other pilsners i was used to. the taste was more flavorful and the smell did have a hint of skunk to me which is typical of this style.

a great pilsner and a great session beer.

since i've had it on tap, i have bought both bottles and cans. i have not been disappointed with urquell when seeking to drink a pilsner style of brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 04:01:21 | More by koolchas
Photo of jdoncbus


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

Poured into pils glass. Fluffy, two finger white head with active carbonation that diminishes quickly; very gold in color.

Mild yeast, hops, and malt smell; very mild and crisp.

Yeast and malt on the palate that leads to a mild bitterness. Somewhat slick mouthfeel that leaves behind a mild dryness.

Extremely easy to drink and a decent offering. I am sure this beer would go down quick and easy on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 23:26:45 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of korndog


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with many of the reviewers that lament what has become of this beer. I drink it rarely, but I can say with little reservation that the quality has deteriorated since I first sipped this noble brew 20 years ago. The hops still come through with a crisp bite that does not disappoint. Still, there is something off about the way they interplay with the maltiness while in the mouth. I'm not really skilled enough to describe this disconnect, but I cannot ignore it. I will drink it in a pinch, and not bitch publicly; but I can vent here, so I will.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 19:23:49 | More by korndog
Photo of vikingloki


4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass golden, a little deeper than I expected, leaves a small head that did disappear rapidly.

Smells clean, crisp, a bit of hop spice.

Am surprised at first sip - much better than I expected. Good mouthfeel, absolutely right-on for a pilsner.Nice carbonation, excellent crisp balance of malt and hops - it ain't Budwieser. Very drinkable, easy to session this refreshing beer.

Unlike other reviewers, I have zero skunkiness. I bought a case of this pilsner, and it was packed to keep the green bottles dark so they wouldn't skunk. If you buy at a six pack shop or bar, you will get skunky beer. That's a great injustice to this great classic grandaddy of all pilsners.

Highly recommended, buy the case!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 13:45:43 | More by vikingloki
Photo of erikeifert

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that i love pilsner. I love the hops; clean, crisp, and drinkable, Neither too strong to overpower potato chips, or to weak to stand up to steak. This beer is an everyday beer. It is perfect for any occasion and the best example of what a pilsner should be. It is the original and no other brewery has done it better. sadly a few years ago all the bars in my area stopped serving Urquell from tap and yuengling was introduced.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:38:32 | More by erikeifert
Photo of SargeC


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold with a pure white head.

Smell: Herbal/floral quality.

Taste: Malty base with nicely balanced hop flavor that sets the flavor off.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing body. For a lighter brew, the body allows the flavors to linger. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty, classic brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 20:36:02 | More by SargeC
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean clear golden color with a light foamy head that is just what a stylistically perfect. Aroma is of bohemian hops, taste is crisp and refreshing.

I wonder if the relatively lower ratings might reflect a prejudice against pilsners in favor of IPA’s and stouts, because this is just what a pilsner should look, smell and taste like. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 19:03:53 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, with slow moving bubbles that eventually rest on the top in a light film. Smells of sweet malt, and tastes like it too. Hops only come out in the end and compliment the overall sweet character very well with a not too biter but refreshing tinge. A little sweeter than I would normally expect from a Pilsner, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 10:47:05 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of pavandal


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my pilsner glass from a bottle.

It had a soft, foamy head that looked great. It's pale, but not as pale as a light beer would be. This is what I think of when I think of a pale beer!

This beer's scent was spicey, with a strong hop assertiveness. It also had a slight fruity smell, almost citric in nature. This is the weakest part of this beer.

It's very clean tasting and refreshing, with very slight caramel and raisin-ish notes. There is a soft hoppy aftertaste as well. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is super light. This is an easy drinker with a very clean, refreshing taste. This is how a pilsner should be!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 19:34:29 | More by pavandal
Photo of brdc


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a somewhat inappropriate bottle.

It is a TV commercial picture perfect pour, cleqar, golden, thick white head, with good retention.
Aroma is also clean, well-balanced, hoppy and malty, light hint of alcohol, earthy, with a similar clean, refreshing taste. A fruity hoppiness that is just mildly bitter, and an earthy/grainy maltiness that is not sweet to balance it.

A great example of a pilsener, a simple, clean, refreshing beer for the summer (wrong time of the year now).

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 02:45:28 | More by brdc
Photo of morimech


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 23:41:45 | More by morimech
Photo of drpimento


4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice burnished yellow with a fine off white head and plenty of lace. Good hoppy malty aroma. Flavor has plenty of grainy malty slightly sweet flavore that balanced with a generous bitterness. Decent carbonation and finish. Great session beer. Very clean. Can't really say too many other pilsners can exceed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 22:09:36 | More by drpimento
Photo of nosbocaj


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark yellow with a medium head that dissipates very quickly.
S: A faint malty and bready smell. There's also a hint of apple spice. I don't know, for some reason it reminds me of apple cider.
T: Very smooth malty flavor. Finishes off with a distinct bite. Very enjoyable.
M: Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.
D: Very high. Tastes great and goes well with food. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 02:51:36 | More by nosbocaj
Photo of madjr80


2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really wanted to like this beer. I love the way it looks when I pour it into the glass. It smells like many of the other Euro beers that we can find over here. For some reason it tastes old when I get it. I really like Czech pilsners, but i can't learn to like this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 04:13:26 | More by madjr80
Photo of BDIMike


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pilsner Urquell is a solid beer. Great look with that Euro smell, but a hint of citrus as well. The taste is smooth like a Heineken with that citrus taste at the end. The mouthfeel is fantastic, but I am not sure how many of these I could drink in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 16:30:52 | More by BDIMike
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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