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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,890
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 53
Gots: 215 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint Bottle.
Pours out clear golden, with a egg shell white head that lingers for a while, and leaves patchy lacing.
Aroma is mostly bready with some floral hops. No skunkiness detected.
Flavor is slightly malty, slightly spicy, a little honey.
nice bitter finish.

Padron4KM, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of JohnnyK
4/5  rDev +12%

JohnnyK, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Cvescalante
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Cvescalante, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Avagadro
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into pint glass. Golden amber in color. good two inch head to begin with that fades fairly quickly. Lacing stays throughout the experience. Fruity esters are noticed upon smelling. somewhat dry in flavor, hints of fruitiness and acidity. clean mouthfeel. I couldn't see myself buying this again, but definitely earns the title worth a try. One of the more enjoyable beers you can find anywhere

Avagadro, Apr 13, 2006
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3/5  rDev -16%

ramblinwreck101, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice yellow/gold color. I had such a bad impression of pilsner's due to their american mass produced counterparts that I thought I was not going to like this, but it pleasantly surprised me. Nice citrus flavors and aromas. Good mouthfeel and a nice finish make for very easily drinkable beer.

jreitman, May 17, 2002
Photo of EPseja
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 0.66L bottle at just above fridge temperature in a Warsteiner pilsener glass.

A - Shimmering gold in color with a full inch-and-a-half for fluffy white head. Some activity in the glass helps to replenish and maintain the medium bubbled base. Craggy lacing begins to form right away as the head settles to a thin mat.

S - Bright, crisp hoppiness and a lightly bready maltiness. A bit of floral essence... Most of all, this beer smells very clean.

T - Sweetbread and light maltiness on the tip of the tongue, moving towards a crackling hop bitterness as the beer makes it's way to the throat. Just a tinge of drying keeps you wanting more.

M - Full bodied without being heavy. Mild tingle on the tongue. Nice froth before the swallow.

D - As my terse review shows, this is a rather uncomplex and unassuming beer, which is exactly it's allure. There are no gimmicks with this excellently crafted and seriously drinkable Czech Pils.

EPseja, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of mintjellie
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold in colour with brilliant clarity, a towering thick white head tops it off. The head has great retention. Little spots of lace stick to the sides of my glass. This is a nice looking pils. It has a mild aroma of saltine crackers and floral hops. It's a very light but perfumey scent. Tastes of doughy malt with a little bit of lemon peel. Solid grassy hop flavour and mild bitterness. Very dry.

Light in body and finely carbonated. Very refreshing and quaffable. This hits a lot of the right notes when it comes to Czech pilsener, as far as I'm concerned. A classic lager.

mintjellie, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this head disappeared very quickly, but it's an attractive gold color with a lot of exciting carbonation.

Almost overpoweringly sweet biscuit malts in the smell are joined by some earthy hops and lemon rind in the taste--not bad, but really too bitter and too sweet, so not particularly refreshing.

That said, it's drinkable and the mouthfeel is very bubbly, which lightens the heaviness of the taste some.

lstokes, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw some in cans for the firt time so I decided to try and picked up the 4 pack. Pours a nice clear golden orange color with nice 2 finger head that decipates quickly leaving some lacing. Smell is somewhat skunky, grassy, some fruit, and a bit earthy. Taste is good, somewhat malty sweet at first but finish with a grassy hop bitterness, a little skunky taste to it as well. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate, a somewhat slick feeling left behind but overall a pretty crisp beer. This is an easy drinker, while nothing really stands out, nothing is really offensive either. Nice and light with a low ABV means you can easy put a couple of these away.

bunnyhustle, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of rmehughes
3/5  rDev -16%

rmehughes, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz->Unibroue Tulip
A ~ Pours copper with a great amount of pillowy head. Decends over the course of five minutes leaving globs of lacing. Large bubbles of carb. Looks like a pils.

S ~ Pale Malt, Green Grass, & Skunk.

T ~ A wierd melange of sourdough, cheerios, stale hops, & hay. Touches of peas, buttered corn, pepper, & dirty sap throughout. Blegh.

M ~ How could a 4.4% wreck my palette? Rather thin with an awkward bittering finish that is dry, but with an unrelenting
peppery cloy.

D ~ This is what I hear recommended to me time & time again when it comes to Pilsners, & this does not taste like a pilsner! This fell very short right after the first taste. One & done, Did not even get halfway through.
Would never buy again, unless I bought from the source.

chocosushi, Sep 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Allurex, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Duvel
4/5  rDev +12%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -51%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

MAUEX_MFA, Jun 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Brinks, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of trevorwideman
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pilsner Glass...nice medium bodied head, clarity and carbonation are impressive to look at. Sweet grainy and hoppy aroma that isn't the least off-putting.

Taste is good and bready, but a little bit skunky for my taste. Definitely feels like a summer beer for me. Also, let me point out that I haven't had a lot of experience with Pilsners, so I thought I'd start with something from the origin of the style. A bit more bitter than I thought it would be, but that's not a problem, just an observation. The hoppiness I think is a bit obscured by the skunky bitterness. Softer mouthfeel, lighter, but has a nice initial tongue bite.

Still though, I don't know if this is something I'd like on a regular basis of not. Maybe someday I can try it on tap and tell you what I think...

trevorwideman, Sep 04, 2005
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head to this light-colored beer and it had kind of a hoppy wheat smell. At first, it had a slightly skunked taste...but the more I drank, it went down smoother, with a sweet aftertaste. Overall it was very drinkable. You could definitely down these pretty quickly..the hoppy smell is misleading as it is a very light, smooth brew.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 01, 2006
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4/5  rDev +12%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

ejh06752, May 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

McBraniel, May 23, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Knowing that this beer can beer skunked fairly easily from the bottler, a can seemed a better choice. We start with a deep golden color, that fades to a pale yellow at the bottom of the glass. A puffy, creamy colored head forms on top, with a small traces of carbonation along the glass. A very bready to bicuity fragrance at first, then the spiciness from the hops finishes it all out. A malty and bread flavor comes out at in the flavor, and dominates till it reaches the back, and a mild grassy bitterness comes out at the end. A light feel at the front becoming more medium bodied at the end, leaving the palate clean and dry. This is and easy to drink and refreshing beer. The can does make a big difference in every aspect of this beer.

cameraman, Aug 11, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having just read that Pilsner Urquell was the first pilsner ever brewed, I figured it was time to give this one a go for history's sake.

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, pale, golden body with a thin, white head that dissipates almost immediately and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Smell: Saaz hops lend a bit of spice and floral hop aroma with a bit of light, bready malt.

Taste: follows the nose with a bit of bready, malty sweetness, a bit of hop spice and floral character, with a lingering bitterness.

Feel: light to medium, crisp and moderately carbonated. Easy drinking and could make for a good session.

Overall: decent. Apparently, this beer has changed from its original and as it stands now, its a pretty good pilsner but its a bit lackluster. Whether its the changes or my palate, but it could be a bit better. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, May 25, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ive heard that many consider this the standard for the style, so while I had had it on numerous occassions in the States I was eager to try this beer in its native habitat.

Color was slightly lighter than other Bohemian Pilsners I have had, but still exhibited a luminous golden color with bright white head. The head is short-lived and all that remains after 5 or so minutes is a light and delicate lace down the side of the glass. Its taste reminded me much more of a German Pilsner. Its herb like tastes were not as pungent as a German Pils but were noted all the same. This brew has a heavier hop profile as well. I, for one, welcomed this characteristic (God oh how I miss IPAs), it broke the monotony of lightly hopped brews. By no means is this a hoppy brew, just more so than most varities of beer in Europe (including Pilsners). Its mouthfeel seemed a little watery and as the brew does not finish as clearly as other Pils (like Budvar and a few more I cant spell well enough to write) drinkability is not its strongest aspect. All the same one could quaff several of these with little problem, its just that there are more drinkable brews out there. Many would probably beg to differ with me, but that was simply my two cents.

All in all a solid beer and worth a try.

allboutbierge, Nov 02, 2003
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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