Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,953 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 57
Gots: 251 | 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 Sammy
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First sip a classic pilsner and then some malt, and then.. Then all downhill, like tasting rusty metal, and not even in a can. Strong burning aftertaste of bitterness and attacking carbonation. Impossible to finish. Perhaps skunked, but I can pass on a next time.

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, grass, and hay aromas. Taste is the same with some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is too much carbonation on this one.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate yellow straw color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is slightly grainy and a bit of hops. The taste is slightly hoppy with some grain and straw. Light and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this drinks pretty well, and I'll always have a soft spot as this was one of the beers that introduced me to "good" beer, as my grandpa always had this around.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a mug with a two finger high frothy and bright white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and left lacy rings around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and floral hops in the nose along with some notes of hints of sweetness and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some associated malty sweetness. There are some hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: This beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable. I would definitely pair this with foods or order it with an appetizer to cleanse my palate.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a nice head and lots of lacing

Smell: Grainy and a bit spicy; its missing the fruitiness that I expect from the better pilsners

Taste: Like all pilsners, the malts really provide the foundation for the hops to do their thing; in this case, I find that when the hops jump in to the flavor profile, they appear somewhat chemical (sulfuric) and metallic rather than fruity

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp; decently carbonated

Drinkability: Pilsner Urquell was one of the first beers I enjoyed outside of the macro lager crowd and it still provides fond memories; not a beer that I seek out much these days but, because of its availability, it is a reasonable option in the right settings

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer to which I compare all other Bohemian Pilsners. This beer looks a solid straw color that displays high carbonation and a sparkling white head that lingers decently and leaves lacing on the glass. Smells mildly malty and hoppy. The noble hops give this beer that 'almost' sunk-kissed aroma. Tastes of firm pilsner malt, slightly quite vegetable (tomato skin?) like and a bit grainy. Hopped for bittering, flavoring, and aromatics; but kept well in balance. Medium body for style, remains firm. Bittering becomes more prevailant into the finish. Finishes a bit creamy and dry, problably from carbonation. A very solid beer

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a standard head with more or less retention. Carbonation is quite standard. Aroma is a bit floral with some malt coming out also. Taste is also floral with some note of malt. This is a very light and refreshing beer. The beer might have been a bit skunked, which seems to be a recurrent problem with the Urquell; they don’t seem to stand the long trip from Europe to America very well. I find that the can version usually preserve itself better the the bottle version.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a clear very nice golden body. No lacing really.

S: malty and musty. Fairly sweet including sweet corn and breads and molasses actually.

T: A little too bitter for me in the finish. Light malts, noble hops and grains.

M: light body and high carbonation.

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

Ripe gold with a few miniscule particulates and a bone white cap of foam that is large, creamy and sticky. Attractive wisps and chunks of lace decorate the glass in time.

The particular hop varieties used in classic pilseners don't overly appeal to me, not nearly as much as the citric varieties anyway, but this aroma is pretty good. Sharp and pungent to be sure, but also richer, earthier and more complex than most.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose's promise. Because of the relatively high hop load (and the green bottle?), the negative characteristics of the nobles are in full flower. The beer is sharply bitter and biting with that skunky--although not actually skunked-- flavor that is reminiscent of bitter salad greens soaked in vinaigrette.

The less than sturdy pils malt backbone doesn't add much to the flavor profile since the hops are front, center and back. If I concentrate and let the beer linger on my taste buds, I think I can appreciate a mild lemoniness. I have no quarrel with either the light mouthfeel or the amount of carbonation.

Pilsner Urquell is the original Pilsner (or so the label claims). It's decent, but I'd take Prima Pils at twice the price.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16%

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

It strikes me as a bit odd to be reviewing this for the first time now, as I have had soo many of these in the past, but in reality I had not had one in a good couple years, so I felt it was time to pick one up and have it so I could put it in a review. Poured a deep amber to golden amber with a huge billwing white head that qucikly receded down to nothing, simply leaving a ring of lace surrounding the sides of the glass. No residual lace was present, and the carbonation was decent as it bubbled up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was pretty average, your typical musty, earthy grain aroma, with a touch of some european bittering hops, but just barely a touch. The taste was pretty self descript, musty grain and bread, a little cereal like but that was about it. Nice smooth, slick feel, not as much carbonation when drinking as the appearence would have let on. Very drinkable when very cold, but like alot of pilsners they tend to not warm so well in my opion. Overall this was enjoyable as always as a session beer. It is a good one to stock the cooler with for the bbq. Always a treat, of course there are better, but this is the original, try if you have not, you kinda have to!

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with approximately one finger of foam.

S: Smells pretty much like I remember it. Mostly bread and biscuit type malt notes but there is a slight hoppiness to it that I would describe as floral and spicy.

T: The flavor is similarly tilted toward the malt side with enough hoppiness to keep things refreshing. Bread with some earthy notes to start it off with a slight bitterness and more floral note taking over on the finish.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Definitely one of the classics. Maybe not my favorite pils, but certainly a good one.

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a white fizzy head on it. There wasn't any lacing at all on this beer. The head settles leaving just some clumps of white on top of the beer. The smell of the beer isn't overly grassy, Thankfully. The aromas are hoppy and grainy with just a touch of grass. The taste has a good bitterness to it. The hops leave a dry bitterness in the back of your mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is light and kind of refreshing. Overall it's a decent drinkable Pilsner.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

($1.79 16.9oz can @ Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow body with a thick, though quickly diminishing white head. The cans are delightful. Gold, with an inlaid design.

Smell: 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.

Taste: 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.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Well-balanced and makes for easy drinking. It's nice to have this available in cans to avoid any detracting skunkiness.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color with a nice wellretained head (looks great in a pilsner glass), high carbonation.Aroma in light and a little iron-like with some sofy bread notes.Some rather sharp hop notes in the finish of this beer it starts out a little malty sweet,a very crip and easy drinking beer.Real nice on tap as well.

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

330ml bottle. When I visited Prague for a summer lo these many moons ago, I was warned by locals to stay away from tourist havens like Václavské náměstí, where they sold marked-up Urqell for 2 bucks a pop, and check out the side streets, where other fine Czech pivo could be found for more reasonable prices. As a student, 50 cent half-litres of incredibly good beer that I'd never heard of made a whole lot more sense. But I always wondered if I was giving Urquell short shrift because of that experience.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few layers of cumulonimbus cloud lace around the glass as it somewhat hastily recedes.

It smells of warm, somewhat wet grainy, biscuity pale malt, subtle black pepper, a touch of stale lemon, and floral, mildly grassy hops. The taste is more grainy, kind of sour pale malt, faint acrid lemon, and earthy, leafy, and moderately skunky dead grass hops.

The carbonation is rather well moderated, the body a decently structured medium-light weight, and generically smooth. It finishes mostly clean, with an off-dry, wet soup cracker-like character, among the still not burnt-off vegetal hops.

Not my favorite Czech pilsner by a long shot, but an adequate introductory example, given its ubiquity at finer tourist traps everywhere. Just don't buy it there, given the choice.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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