Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,956
Reviews: 1,289
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 57
Gots: 253 | 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

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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of emsroth
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, we'll see if it aided in the flavor protection

App: Super frothy head, but it dies quickly. Light gold color, the slightly darker color I associate with the czech pilseners.

Smell: A touch of sweet honey followed by a strong bite of floral hops. perhaps a touch of herb, but mostly floral, perhaps clover.

Taste: Biting up front with strong, bitter hops and little malt character. The flavor of this beer is in the finish: smooth husky malt with touches of caramel. A faint white grape skin is noticeable in the finish. The hop flavor is slightly metallic but mostly indistinguishable and just presents itself as bitter.

Medium body from the strong carbonation that ends watery, but it has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Odd that it can be both.

Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by "APR2411" into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very brilliant and translucent gold with about a finger of head. Retention is about average for the style.

Smell: This smells hoppy. Excellent. Very subtle, crisp, floral hops take the nose. A really great smelling beer - at least I know these bottles aren't light-struck.

Taste: A great light, bitter, and hoppy brew. It's a prime example of a pilsner and is great fresh. I took this six-pack directly from a case in my work into a brown paper bag to avoid light-striking because the light character of this beer lends itself to light striking very easily. It's a shame because this is really a delicious beer, it's light, dry, and pleasing. Hop heads looking for something more refreshing than an IPA need to look no further.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly light and carbonated, but leaves the mouth feeling just a bit dry.

Drinkability: The very low ABV make these very drinkable.

This is an awesome pilsner, just make sure you're buying fresh and dark!

Photo of bigrzman
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into my pilsner glass. Carbonation is uneven all the bubbles are different sizes some large some pin sized and all coming up in different speeds. It poured out with a golden hue much deeper than most German or American Pilsners. There was a small white head that disappeared after contact. Very grassy and floral to the nose like running through a field of wild flowers with freshly mown grass. The scent is definitely inviting. Now the first sip, lightly toasted malts in a sea of grain and grass, kicked back by a sharp floral hop adding spice and dryness. Mouthfeel is like a champagne, very bubbly and dry but light in body as a pilsner should be. Hops are assertive in taste and dryness, it has a very nice dry snap. Drinkability is limited though by the dryness. It would be nice to drink a few but my mouth would become very dry and i would have to switch to a Dunkel lager or a Weizen to quench my thirst.

Photo of mudbug
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can into a pilsner glass results in a brilliantly clear orange beer with a fluffy white head, active carbonation keeps things lively, a very appealing beer.
Smells of spicy hops and grain, and a slight suphur funk
Taste is hop bitterness and spice backed by a medium grainyness, dry and refreshing but that sulfur funk is hiding in there too, I wonder if it tastes like that fresh from the brewery?
I will admit that the canned version tastes better than the bottled.

Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.69.

A-Poured a translucent golden hue with a one finger, bone white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

S-A pleasant combination of spicy hops and sweet, malty grains.

T-Very nice for a pilsner. I don't drink many of these but this is very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Slightly sweet with malty flavors, like honey nut Cheerios, and some hop bitterness.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Medium bodied.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell poured a clear golden color, with very little head. It had a bit of a harsh smell, but wasnt very strong. THe flavor was a good malty flavor, and a nice subtle bitterness. Easy to drink, not to heavy, not TOO full on flavor, but there was enough. Overall a nice beer, nothing great, but enjoyable, and I can see many many people liking this beer.

Photo of kellyst
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pilsner Urquell is probably my most consumed commercial beer. Its the gold standard Czech pilsner in my opinion, which is one of my favorite styles

Thin white head that quickly disappears. Medium gold in color and incredibly clear. Aroma of spicy hops and sweet grains. Flavor is perfectly balanced. Bitter backbone, slight mineral taste, sweet and slightly bready malt flavor. Drinkability is huge, and I have had multiple sessions of this wonderful beer. I always buy 12 packs of PU to avoid skunking. I would give my first born to a bottle shop owner in this area who would carry PU in cans.

Photo of Swill5786
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw, clear, with carbonation bubbles rising. Thin head, no lacing. Nose of spicy hops and malt. Very slight skunkiness - why does anyone use green bottles?? Taste is a very sweet malty front and mildly hopped wet finish. Light body with decent carbonation level. Decently drinkable but not overly impressive for the style. Good but not great.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Gold hue with a white head that disapates quickly; very little lacing.

S- Very sweet noble hop aroma.

T- Very sweet and malty with the perfect balance of noble hops. One of my favorite pilsners.

M- Medium-light bodided. Medium to light carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable pilsner.Very well blanced, sweet and noble hopped.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got into a conversation with a girl going to the gabf about how i'm not a huge fan of pilsners. She told me this one was "amazing" so I decided to give it a try. I think average would be a better way to describe it.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a decent sized bubbly pure white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass in a minute. Slight lacing.

Smells of some hop spice, and saaz hops.

Tastes of faint noble hops, most notably saaz. Hop spice, and a tiny bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, with above average carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel.

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


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


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


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.


light bodied. very crisp beer.


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

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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