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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,806
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 188 | 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 kpoole25
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know this is a classic but this was a bit of a wallflower beer for me, so mild and straightforward that I almost didn't notice it. Green bottle to glass, golden color, slight skunky smell. Taste was clean and refreshing, pretty good level of carbonation, there was a nice hop/bitter finish. This really doesn't have anything compelling in it for me to get again, but I'm fairly new at this. Might revisit in a while to see if I can find the finer nuances and complexities.

kpoole25, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty dark gold with a decent white foamy head...didn't last too long though, and no lacing.
Very little smell of any kind...slight citris
Mild flavor, citris with a hint of caramel popping up in there. A sourish, bitter finish.
Decent carbonation, feels right, nothing distinctive.
I could drink another, but won't.

deaconoflove, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of NicholasSchell
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured in Czech Pilsner glass short lived 1/2 finger head. Beer itself is dark gold and very clear. Medium-high carbonation.

S- Slightly dank scent, mildly sweet.

T- Reminds me of the honey sandwiches my mom made when I was a kid. Sweeter than it smells but pretty well balanced by the hops.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, well carbonated.

D- Fairly drinkable, but wouldn't be my first choice.

NicholasSchell, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had one of these in well over twenty years, but as I recall, I liked them well enough. So when I saw a single at the beer store, I had to buy it.

Poured a crystal clear, dark yellow with a moderate head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was initially skunky, but after a while it lost the skunk and smelled a little like bubblegum. The taste was malt sweet, no bitterness. A bit of a metallic taste, but it didn't turn me off. The feel was light bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability was very good.

Memory had served me well, like meeting an old friend you hadn't seen in a while.

kegger22, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear golden color forming a big, bubbled and aired white head. Good retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Nice perfume of hops. Grassy and flowery Saaz style in the nose. Also sweet grains, caramel malts and low fermentation bready yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet pale malts in upfront. Notes of caramel malts. Delicious Czech style grassy and flowery hops. Lager-style bready yeasts. A bit metallic. Mild hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Grainy and hoppy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. My favorite Czech Pilsener so far. Delucious perfume of hops, good taste of pale grains and a pleasant bitter end

Note: The canned version is considerably better than the bottle one

eduardolinhalis, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before january 2010 drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear golden colored body with a fast fading finger of bright white head. spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- grainy somewhat metallic malt. a bit of citrus (lemon). classic noble malts. pretty soft nose on this one.

T- lemon comes through a lot stronger than i could smell. nice herbal bite from the hops. less metal than i found in the nose.

M- light bodied and crisp. highly carbonated.

D- easy to have a few at one time. nice low ABV makes it a good choice to session.

jwinship83, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by a generous cap of white head that leaves decent lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Lemony and herbal noble hops over a pils malt body. Appetizing, but just a little thin.

Taste: The intensity is ratcheted back up in the flavor. Grassy, lemony, and mildly bitter hops over a lightly honeyish pils malt backbone. The hops are a little weak at first, but build decent residual intensity as time passes. Pils malt and lemony bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Nicely refreshing and exceedingly easy to drink, this is a great session choice.

Verdict: Overall, Pilsner Urquell is a crisp, sharp, and clean brew, just what you'd expect from solid a Czech style Pilsener. The beer that made the Pilsener style famous still does it proud over 150 years later.

BeanBone, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of nms1987
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold/amber color, nice foamy head.

A little bit closed on the nose but what there is there is fresh, and floral. The scents that get through are beautiful, if only there were more of them

Smooth and spicy at all at once. Nice hoppy bite but not that overwhelming bitterness an IPA would have. Delicious and spicy.
Medium bodied, not light or watery at all.

A good pilsner is the perfect beer.
This stuff isn't perfect but it is damn good. A true joy to drink. Loaded with flavors and great to drink anytime.

nms1987, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

October 5, 2009 marked the 167th anniversary of Pilsner Urquell. We celebrated by holding a pilsner tasting: Two Czech-style pilsners, two German-styles, and three distinctly unique American Imperial-styles. First beer of the night: the original, of course.

Poured from a green bottle into a footed pilsner flute.

The Bohemians are renowned for their crystal, and so rightly this beer pours crystal clear, with a bright golden hue and a one-fingered head of creamy white mousse. The head lingers briefly before falling away to a crown that leaves a splattering of lacy rings on the walls of the glass.

The nose is full of Saaz hops, bright and floral, a little spicy. Some faint honey-like malt hides underneath. Quite a summoning.

A medium body with a soft carbonation causes one to ponder the notion of so-called "premium" American lager beers, with their fizzy, watery bodies. A sweet, grainy, biscuity layer of malt introduces itself first, coating the palate before letting loose the very dry, bitter (though not overpoweringly so) hops, which take on a spicy, somewhat grass- or herbal-like character and lead into an almost bone-dry bittersweet finish with just a hint of lingering honeyed malt on the back of the tongue.

Highly drinkable and well-crafted, full of the rich character that made the Pilsner style famous, whose subtle grace lead to the near downfall of real, flavorful beer. Such an irony, but the original lingers on and impresses, and shows that light, golden lagers do not have to be - and were, indeed, never meant to be - bland, lifeless, watered-down disasters.

superdedooperboy, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of DeepSix
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, clean golden, with next to no head retention.

The usual hoppy smell I've seen with all of this style. A slight breadly aroma, but only barely. The malts are noted only slightly as well.

Taste continues from the smell, the Saaz hops pronounced with a little malty taste noticeable. A bunch of others are saying some metal, but I just can't I dunno maybe it's their bottles. It finishes clearly.

The body is light, but with much carbonation. It's dry and smooth as it finishes.

This can be drunk all day. With 4.4 ABV there's no harm really. Well made for the hotter summer months which we're rolling out of, but hey I think you could pick this up whenever and be happy.

DeepSix, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer stowed away from the Czech republic. Pilsner Urquell pours a dark gold with a crackling head that dies away fast.

Aroma of baked bread and cracker like yeast.

Has that "Euro Lager" characteristic with sweet buttery malts/adjuncts leading the way and just a slight bitter tea like hop to balance things out.

This beer has a very nice mouthfeel, semi-dry yet quenching at the same time. Spritzy carbonation gives a distinct zing on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. A good example of a czech pilsner, and quite drinkable at that.

Stinkypuss, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of decimator
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear deep golden colour with a 1" head. As it was drank it produced some decent lacing.

S - Bread, malts and some floral hops.

T - Sweet & bitter. Good balance or flavours.

M - Good carbonation, crisp feel and a good hop bitter aftertaste.

D - Very flavourful and easy to drink. Certainly my favourite Pilsner.

decimator, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Shakujin
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance= Nice head, came up fast and stayed for a while. Color is yellow, little on the dark side, I would guess 4-5 SRM. Bubbly

Smell= Definitely got a biscuity aroma coming off the head with a little bitter metal aroma as well. Possibly a hint of sweetness tosses in there too.

Taste= Light malt taste, the focus is on the hops which are sour with again a little bit of that metallic taste going on. That same hop flavor continues into the short finish

Mouthfeel= Well carbonated, thin but not watery, quite nice.

Drinkability- Light, peppy, and very drinkable, could see myself downing a few. I can see how this got watered down to make the beers I used to drink back in the day

Shakujin, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours bright clear gold with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells of sweet lemon grassy hops and sweet cereal grains

taste is just the same as the smell - if this beer just had more hop bitterness it would be right up there with prima pils

mouthfeel is nice and light with just the right amount of carbonation to give it that crisp and creamy finish

drinkability is out of this world - only 4.4% abv with great taste and one i would drink anytime of the year

jsh420, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Chris19000
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank it from the can, surprised by the initial flavour - quite a bit going on for my less than experienced palate, but pleasant. Smell was nothing special, but not bad.

It was as cold as it could be after a 40 min. car ride from the liquor store and still very good. Nursed it for probably 30 min or so and it was just as good at the end.

Very drinkable and will definitely look for it again.

Chris19000, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps a little darker than the average clear, golden contemporary, its foamy white head disappears rather quickly.

Oddly enough for me, I think the smell is my favourite part of this beer. It's got that "Eau de Europe" essence.

The taste is pretty good. Average. It's not something remarkable that I will remember as something to seek out again.

It feels A-OK. Clean and lots of carbonation.

It tastes OK, but has a bit of an aftertaste I waver on. Part of it I find... not skunky, but a bit unpleasant. At the same time, it reminds me of some of the beer I drank in Frankfurt. In every aspect, it's a fine, average beer, but I wouldn't seek it out.

PEIBeerGuy, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, with a massive white head. Extremely well carbonated.

Aroma: Lemony hops, slight malty sweetness, and a little bready grain.

Taste: Crisp and bitterly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Lively and light.

Drinkability: A light refreshing pilsener, which is easy to drink. Better than a lot of the crap imported lager on the market, just a shame they couldn't shell out for a brown glass bottle

PartyBear, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other day. I'm not usually a big fan of PU, but Mike had just tapped it, so I knew it would be fresh, and I was in the mood for a low abv. beer.

PU pours a solid gold color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light honey, white pepper and some biscuit aroma. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with the beer having something of a moderate sweet flavor, that is countered very nicely by some noticeable bitterness in the finish. Say what you will about PU, but the brewer does a very nice job balancing the malt and the hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel, of course, is pretty light, but the beer is not the least bit watery. Drinkability is exceptional, and on a warm day I could see myself drinking several of these.

Nothing special here, but on a warm day, this is a very nice beer. One with plenty of flavor, yet with a low, sessionable, abv. Good stuff.

John_M, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell: Hops, caramel, little skunky. In the green bottles so may have got some light exposure. Skunk Fades on later smells

Appearance: Pale amber, white foamy head. Crystal clear.

Taste: Super smooth and clean, no skunk luckily, honey and caramel. Light saaz hoppiness.

mouthfeel/aftertaste: clean and honeyish. Clean slight bitter hop finish lingers.

Overall: The classic bohemian pils. Not a super beer, but a super drinkable pils w/a lot of history behind it.

bret27, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of ipscman
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this in a side-by-side with:

a) Trumer Pils and a

b) Warsteiner Verum (both German Pilseners)

to see whether I preferred the lighter edge to the Bohemian Pils or the hard water edge in the German Pils.

The first two were very similar but the Urquell was much darker in color; I estimate double the SRM. I thought it would be the other way around.

The aroma was very pleasant, I believe it was the Saaz hop aroma, inviting and warm. Much nicer than the other two.

Very good session beer.

ipscman, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of kflorence
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden yellow with a fair amount of foamy head atop; a bit darker than I'm used to in this style, which is a welcome site.

S: Hops, grains, sweet malts, some metal... very acidic smelling. I can't say it's pleasant, but it isn't really a turn off either. Not repulsive and somehow compelling, even though it is an oddly bitter aroma.

T: This is a great warm weather brew. A generous amount of hops is the prominent flavor, but it is slightly tamed by a malty sweetness. Grains, corn, slight vanilla, some metal, and a very bitter, dry finish. Very pleasant and successfully quenches the summer beer craving.

M: Very light body with ample carbonation. This beer is smooth and light on the tongue, but still maintains some body, thanks in large part to the carbonation level. Feels great going down.

D: Very drinkable and also quite session-able. One of the better light warm weather beers and a nice example of a Pilsner.

kflorence, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pils poured a straw yellow with no head nor lace in my pint glass. The aromas of grain, grass, and yeast were all there with strong notions of malt. THe drink was smooth and crisp with a bit of hop finish that lingers way too long. There is a little bit of metal/rusty water in the background that is offensive, but the maltiness does keep the offensive notes in the background. Overall a bit above average and not nearly as good as it used to be when I was drinking it ten years ago.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BostonBrewins
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I came down with a pretty bad pilsner craving a few days ago and this is the result...

A - Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a nice white head. There's a bit of lacing as well. Quite a few carbonation bubbles.

S - This is a very fragrant brew. The smells of spicy hops and yeast hit my nose before I even lifted the glass.

T - Hoppy bitterness is balanced nicely with malt. A little spicy with a dry finish.

M - Light to medium bodied and very carbonated.

D - The original pilsner is still a solid beer. A great example of the style.

BostonBrewins, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these poured from 16oz cans into a pint glass.

A= Poured a bright and clear gold color with a 3/4" dense white head. Lots of carbonation release and a head that maintained a cap all the way down. Some decent sticky lace down my glass.

S= The smell was full of spicy and grassy noble hops! Also showed a hint of malt sweetness and a touch of sulfur.

T= Flavor was dominated in a good way by the (saaz?) hop spiciness. The mildly sweet grain took the edge off, but overall it was quite bitter. Finished dry and delicious.

MF= Very crisp, palate cleansing feel. Lighter side of medium bodied.

D= I admit that I love this beer and generally find it to be pretty fresh in the can (no hop skunking that way). A very sessionable beer.

spointon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: two fingers of white head with a beautiful yellow orange color beer. The head sticks around for some time, but there is no lacing.

Smell: a floral almost lemon like smell from the hop focused aroma. There is a tiny bit of sweet malt aroma hiding behind the hops. There is a tiny bit of a grassy note to this beer as well.

Taste: There is a bit of hop bite at the beginning, which is actually quite pleasant and not very strong at all. This is followed by a bit too much sweet malt flavor, which is also the aftertaste. There is an overall crispness to the beer. There is a hint of the floral notes from the nose in the taste. I would have really enjoyed the flavor for the style if the beer had a slightly less sweet malt presences.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was mostly spot on when initally poured, but as the beer sat through the time it took me to write this review it became quite a bit less carbonated (this could be partially due to the nucleation point in my dogfish head signature glass, which releases carbonation). This truly affected the taste and mouthfeel negatively. When the beer was more carbonated it definitely had a nice refreshing crispness to it.

Drinkability: This beer is so drinkable and well worth it in my book. This is not a bad beer, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

OnThenIn, Aug 22, 2009
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,806 ratings.