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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,747
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 46
Gots: 169 | 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 Hoagie
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of kgrichards
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

kgrichards, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of obrendano
4.13/5  rDev +16%

a classic which I had not yet tried

A - body is very pale and clear without being grainy looking, head needs a little help to stay fluffy, but sticks around in small lacing for a bit

S - very clean crisp lager nose with floral hop notes

T - very nice pale malt flavor, notes of lemons, oranges, black pepper, biscuits, and pizza crust. hop bitterness is present but subdued, maybe slightly stronger than the average pils, but still very nice and in character.

M - no frills lager crispness with a bit more body than expected, no major complaints really

D - I can see how this could have really gotten people thinking differently back in the day. Today it doesn't stick out from the pack like it should, but has its place. good brew here.

obrendano, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of RodneyFarva
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

straw colored yellow, one finger head, dissipating with decent retention

biscuit malts at front, faint characteristics of Saaz hops at the end

biscuit malts, crisp and clean

finally on tap and not in an imported green bottle proves why this is still a well-made Czech pilsner.

RodneyFarva, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of IrishFrenchman
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

IrishFrenchman, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of anders36
3.63/5  rDev +2%

A nice golden colour, with a nice white fluffy head. The head disappears fast though. It has a distictly smell of hops and some smell of fudge too. The taste is bitter and a bit dry, with some nice mouthfeel of hops and fudge. It has a long bitter aftertaste. This is a nice beer and a beer i choose when i want to drink a pilsener.

anders36, May 07, 2004
Photo of rlshep
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Aroma: Spicy aroma from hops. Some sulfur. Light bready notes.

Appearance: Pours thick long lasting chunky white head. Light gold color. Very clear. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Soft well rounded palate. Spice not as prominent as in aroma. Medium-high bitterness. Pilsner malt dominats. Slightly grainy Dry in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium high carbonation. Medium overall mouthfeel. Some alcohol in finish.

Overall: Not as crisp as I expected but still an excellent well rounded beer. The softness of this beer really jumped out and surprised me right away. I've never had a beer with that character. This beer really lives up to the hype.

rlshep, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A: Darker golden color, pours a thin head.

S: Light malty scents, some hops are evidant.

T: Crisp, slightly bitter, nice noble hoppy taste. Clean finish.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated, crisp.

D: East to drink, goes down well.

BeerisfoodLLC, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of goblet
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

poured this out into a pint glass from a green conditioned bottle .

appearance:it looks like the typical lager ,clear well filtered and clean with a cloud white thin foamy head that doesn`t last long.

smell:not a lot of scent some hops and malt as usual,grass and a bit of fruit like orange peels.

taste:its crisp and smooth, you got your malt and hops and a bit of citrus but there`s some thing missing ,perhaps more bite and sharpness.

mouthfeel:lite body .i get a bit of a citrus and malt after taste.

drinkability:this is a decent pilsner ,nothing to special.a good summer beer .cheers.

goblet, May 21, 2009
Photo of starlight37
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

starlight37, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of MobBarley
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

The pilsners hold a special place in my heart. Many a time I recall my trips to Germany which included the phrase "einen pils" quite frequently. I pick this one up to reminisce sometimes, though it is not approximately as good as some of the German varieties. Pours a beautiful gold with good carbonation and an ample, airy head that persists. The smell is what does it: reminds me of the Hofbrau house every time. Sweet and bitter and bready, like good beer should be. The taste is a little skunky but has a nice bitter middle and a lingering biscuity sweetness. Mouthfeel is fine. A little bit chewy but not so much that it overwhelms the delicate fruity nuances of the brew. Drinkability is tops. This is certainly not a championship beer (at least in its imported form), but it is solid and thoroughly enjoyable. Yum. Munchen.

MobBarley, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of chakadrum
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

I'm reviewing Czechvar and Urquell at the same time. Seems appropriate.

Appearance - Great bubbles rising up the body of my Sam Adams lager glass. There is a ring of beauty at the bottom of the glass around the circular laser etching. Light fluffy head that stuck around just long enough to enjoy. A rather wet lacing.

Smell - Not a particular strong smell but nothing smells "off." I detect a little bit of the Saaz.

Taste - This is a tad more bitter than the Czechvar. Tastes a little more crisp. The Saaz hops really come through. I brewed a Bohemian Pilsner last night and the aromas of the Saaz match almost identically.

Mouthfeel - You'd think that with a brew like this it would be so light that it would come across watery. However, it is almost creamy. It coats the mouth and is anything but watery.

Overall - This is just a solid beer that I turn to every once in a while when I want something traditional and normal. Sometimes the extreme beers I typically find myself immersed in are too much and I need to go back to tradition. This is a beer that keeps me grounded on what good beer is all about: fresh tasting, highly drinkable, liquid goodness.

Between Czechvar and Urquell, I believe that Pilsner Urquell gets my vote. Tastes like a tad more hops and that appeals to me.

chakadrum, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.88/5  rDev +9%

straw golden, thin fizzy head dissipated. no lacing.
musty, caramel from malt, faint hop notes.
buttery caramel with an aggressive floral and semi-grapefruitish hop finish, spicy and gritty on palate.
light, crisp body and mouthfeel with a drying finish.

nice simple and suprisingly bitter (for what I was expecting) pilsener that is easy to enjoy and could def prove sessionable.

villainchiwwin, Jul 08, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, pilsners just ain't my thing. But, as pils go, this isn't so bad. Nice golden hue with a white 1 finger head that lasted a little while but ever fully disappeared, moderate lacing. Aromas a sweet and hopy-floral, with a note of yeast. Tastes are slightly bitter up front and a grassy grain lingering aftertaste. Overall not my favorite beer, but considering the style, and everything it's not bad....clean, crisp and goes down easy.

sockeye101, Sep 18, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of JMD71
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

When poured, this had a nice, smallish head with a slightly fruity, malty aroma. It had a nice crisp mouthfeel, smooth malty flavor with a slightly hoppy finish. I found this to be very easy drinking & thirst quenching for a warm day or after long day's work.

JMD71, Mar 06, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a small bit of frothy head. This quickly dissipates leaving only the barest remnant behind. Large bubbles of carbonation supply the remaining head.

S: Faint malt aroma with a rather grassy hop character.

T: Rather forward noble hop character. Lots of grassy notes with a bit of herbal pungency. The malt contribution is slight, but provides a light crisp character for the hops to work with.

M: Dry and crisp with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer.

O: A great pilsner with lots of classic noble hop character. Its crisp, light body make is an excellent choice with a heavy meal or on a hot summer day.

RedSpecial1, Jan 30, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

I had Pilsner Urquell on tap at many places throughout Prague and other places in the Czech Republic including the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzen. The beer poured a nice golden color with about an inch of frothy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was somewhat floral and also smelled of malt. The taste is very mild and there is a low alcohol content which makes this a good session beer. This is a very crisp, light, refreshing beer. While nothing spectacular, I would definitely recommend this beer for an any-occasion beer.

Chincino, Nov 17, 2010
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

DanMolony, Jun 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

pchalk, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of srv33
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a dark gold into a pint glass, quickly fading inch head with good lacing. Scent is skuny, grass and pine prominent. Taste follows nose at first but then breaks into a well balanced smoothness thats quite refreshing and slightly sweet. Lots of fine carbonation adds to the appeal, a great summer beer.

srv33, Jul 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Heminoolo, Sep 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

TheDrunkGnoll, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

DeanCHS1980, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of darkmartin
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Pours to a translucent golden brown with a small white head that hangs around. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and crisp.

Taste: Hops and barley up front, with a tinge of malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a hot summer day, however fairly simple for me.

darkmartin, Jul 27, 2010
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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