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Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Reviews: 1,416 | Ratings: 3,543
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hard to knock what i consider to be the original and best of the czech pilsners. pours a honey color with a fluffy white head 2 inches tall into a pilsner urquell mug. smells malty sweet with some subtle european hops in there too. flavor matches, with a slight hop bite at the end, but a very malty beer with a mild sweetness. mouthfeel is great, crisp and clean, light and bubbly. drink it fast because its not nice when it warms up. this is a major major session beer, as this could easily be enjoyed all day. famous for a reason in my mind, whether or not you like the style, this one is a great example of how a czech pils should taste

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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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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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD: OCT2314
I've had this many times, most often as my standard go-to in sketchy dive bars...

Poured from a pint can into a Pilsner Urquell mug, it develops a dense head of white foam with a creamy surface texture. Long lasting head retention. It shows bright clarity, and it's color is a deep saturated golden orange.

Aroma is clean and mild, faintly grassy noble hop and honeyed malt presence.

Taste is crisp with the firm grassy bitterness of noble hops. Dry grassy notes linger in the aftertaste. Light clover honey and sawn wood from the malt base. Plain and simple seemingly though it has subtle nuance. Light bodied, crisp and clean. Easy to drink several on a hot day. Much better than the skunky green bottles of yesteryear, hope they phase those out. A simple classic Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orangish yellow color with a small, white, foamy, head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. Also, a slightly skunky aroma.

T - It had a subtle sweetness and a light caramel malt taste. A strong bitter kick increased as the beer warmed.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pils. I'm sure it would be better fresher or on tap.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught in Kelly's bar in Galway, Ireland, one of two pubs that I know serves it (the other being the Bierhaus). Served in a Pilsener Urquell pint glass. The barmaid double-poured it. I wonder if this is standard practice in the Czech Republic.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a beautifully thick, creamy head of excellent retention.

Sm: Very very light. Just fresh treated barley.

T: Brilliant. Complex body perfectly balances hops, barley, and malt. Delightfully crisp finish; unique I think to this beer. The finish has its own taste, the third act in a well-done play. The open is a bit rushed.

Mf: Masterful balancing of dryness, coarseness, and smoothness. Feels nicely smooth without being watery. Built on top of the smoothness is a coarse fizziness about halfway through that dies just before the finish making me want more.

Dr: At four quid, it's a tough call on whether to get it over Guinness in an Irish pub. When you're in a pilsener mood, this is the beer to go to. Certainly, Czech prices would make this beer an excellent choice.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 2 stiff fingers of eggshell white head. Thinner look to the retention here, leaving a smattering of foamy lacing back. A floral feel and spicy hops jump out of the aroma immediately as does crisp notes of buttery bread and a pronounced Lager yeast smell. This is pretty tight feeling in the nose.

There is some sweetness to the malts but they mostly come off as toasted and clean, with a biting spiciness to it that really lies thickly in the mouth with a heavy dryness. The mouthfeel is just as you would expect, being light-medium bodied with a tight and crisp feel that snaps in the mouth.

Pretty cut and dry Czech Pils here (with the emphasis on dry), being clean and crisp and this should appeal to those looking for a little extra spicy kick.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle - not skunked. Clear, very deep golden with a white head that has good retention, eventually dropping to a nice surface foam and then a good collar. The head leaves some minor lace throughout the glass. The aroma offers a bright, clean, well integrated hop and malt aroma. The hops are lightly earthy and somewhat spicy - Saazer - backed by a distinct maltiness. The body is medium-light with a zesty carbonation and a light crispness in the mouth. The flavor echoes the aroma with an emphasis on hop flavor and bitterness well backed by grainy maltiness. Finishes dry with a lightly lingering hoppiness that beckons you to have another taste. Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Quite hoppy, but not overly bitter. Exceptional.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. Even thought the malt character is on the thin side, it's about normal for the style and provides a mild sweetness. There's a decent hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice milder beer to drink a lot of throughout the course of an evening, but there are better beers that fill the same roll.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.32/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: ? (a random bar somewhere)

I'm just not a pils fan, and this is no champion among them. Pours a clear, yellow color, carbonated, with a quickly-dissipating white head. Weak grains and some grassy funk in the aroma. Weak, sweet, malts, grainy, with bitter hops that create a metallic sensation. Light bodied and not at all pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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