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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,678
Reviews: 1,258
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 39
Gots: 151 | 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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-02-2013 19:35:21 | More by GhostPants
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-19-2012 20:45:25 | More by OregonMicrobrew
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

05-27-2012 13:33:26 | More by sh00ky
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-05-2014 15:01:33 | More by Bluegrass49
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4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

A- Brilliant clear golden color. Head fades quite a bit and leaves just a ring around the glass.

S- I love the smell of this beer. Fresh pizza dough, sweet biscuit like malts with clean spicy hops. Smells to me like a bit or corn as well. Dont know if it was used in the mash or not, but it is a pleasent scent and contributes nicely to its profile.

T&M- Has a bit of corn flavor as well too and blends in nicely with spicy/slightly oregano like hops. It doesnt sound good I know But its actually quite good. Very smooth with a slight carbonation burn on the tounge. Very refreshing and a slighlty dry finish.

O- A very nice beer. Leaves your palate dry and makes you take another sip. Very refreshing and you can get this just about anywhere too.

04-07-2011 22:49:18 | More by nicnut45
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 16 oz can into my Stella Chalice. Four-pack of cans purchased at Binny's.

There are some beers I go back to and taste again and again, and this is one of them. Would I go out of my way for one? Probably not, but there are certain characteristics that bring me back each time. They are these:

Color- Urquell is a deep yellow color, not straw, like the "Pilsners" you hear about these days. It has a decent head on the pour, and is consistent this way.

Taste-Slightly bitter and even a little boldness, which is not what I normally expect in a pilsner, especially in a session beer. It is this bold and slightly bitter edge that defines it as a Czech pilsner.

Overall-They invented the pilsner, and while newer variations of other styles are just fine (I believe American interpretations of IPAs are better overall than English ones), I like drinking the original here. I usually compare pilsners in general to it, and I really haven't tasted one so much like it.

This is definitely near the top of my list for session beers.

01-20-2012 14:20:42 | More by chetripley
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-27-2012 23:59:58 | More by KingRascal
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%

pours light golden with a slight head that dissipates.

smell is malty strong honey. almost overpowering honey.

taste continues that huge amount of honey with some bitter. fairly smooth.

mouth is very carbonated and light.

decided to review this because someone left it in my fridge. not horrible but for me it was overpoweringly honey. just not great.

02-27-2011 01:05:21 | More by mryuk
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-01-2013 18:22:07 | More by Beerriver
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2.48/5  rDev -30.3%

Let me start off by saying this beer was quite skunky. Perhaps i just got a bad six pack, who knows, but this six pack is what i have to judge by. The first sip brings a slight hop flavor, and mild spice, but the aftertaste was very bad, again this may be due to the bottle being exposed to too much light, im not sure. The smell of this beer was quite average. Overall from my experience, i wouldnt buy this beer again. It is not much better than some of the macro's. or yuppie beers (heiniken) out there. I will most likely try this beer on tap at a bar just to be sure if it was the bottles i had.

10-02-2002 20:18:48 | More by usualpulp
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

The beer arrived with a small white head and the classic golden pilsner color. It smelled of European hops, pale malt, and maybe just a hint of vomit? The taste was pleasing, featuring the unique bitter Pilsner hop profile. It was quite drinkable, one could easily drink many of these.

02-17-2008 02:52:48 | More by cbleary
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District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

Clear and golden in color, there are toasty and yeasty aromas with a little whiff of hoppiness in the background. Pleasant citrus flavors, with some pepper and then drying hops. A light bodied pilsner that was pleasant enough but lacked some of the soft, fresh flavors that I was expecting from this style.

06-28-2010 13:53:28 | More by malloyca
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

10-20-2013 05:46:11 | More by djbx
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-09-2014 07:09:39 | More by acdcsmith22
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-05-2014 23:00:07 | More by butters_mcgee
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-08-2014 12:27:41 | More by DuncanMcBommer
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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours out to an amberish straw with a decent sized head that subsides moderately to a 1 finger head.

Smell is fairly malty for this type of beer. The hops are pretty faint, but there, floral.

The taste is very mellow, and pretty balanced. Hops are rather mellow and are more bitter than spicy. Fairly clean finish, though maybe not as fast as some other lagers.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth. Thick for a lager, very low on the carbonation.


Now I have to say this is a beer that defines the murky term of what drinkability means. I might not be able to put it into words, but is this a very drinkable beer? YES!

I will definitely be on the lookout for this again.

04-17-2010 01:45:39 | More by Boneheadmx
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4.9/5  rDev +37.6%

Coming back to this beer on tap after having it in the bottles and can (Actually my favorite way to drink this beer) for years. No matter what, no light lager stacks up to the original. Maybe marketing and aura has gotten to my head, or maybe it's the homebrewing, but there is so much flavor packed into this beer. With the malt, the triple decoction adds a perfect sweetness to the flavor profile while turning it a beautiful golden hue. You can tell the difference immediately in pils beers if it's decocted or not in the malt presence and the darker color. It smells of floral saaz hops that are spicy and perfect in IBU's. They go very well together in the flavor of the beer and the yeast character is subtle at best. The triple decoction adds dextrin-feel to the mouthfeel, but no matter what, it's a light lager, but it BLOWS the competition away. I'll order this anytime I see it and the selection sucks, because this beer turned me on to better things, and now that I've brewed my own and realize how much goes into creating this beer perfectly, I respect it that much more.

06-05-2009 09:51:04 | More by MusicmanSD
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%

one of the few beers which struck me with its superiority at first taste. It is no surprise it was the worlds most popular style's origin. Anyway,
A - Golden with a fair head and lacing.
S - nice, hops, maybe citrusy.
T - perfect strength, not tainted at all, very nice.
M - very good and appropriate level of carbonation, not too thin
D - would be the beer i had for the rest of my life if i could only have one brand of beer. Could drink them all day every day.

04-12-2010 13:48:35 | More by philphilphil
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-16-2014 02:17:00 | More by alcoholinside
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

07-06-2014 05:04:29 | More by fiveiron
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-14-2013 00:37:34 | More by JohnnyForeign
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

03-30-2013 21:37:58 | More by PaF
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-08-2013 05:36:29 | More by bmac093
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United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

A darker than average appearance for a pils. Light amber. An aggressive pour into a Duvel glass yielded ta thick head that dissipated to a thin but very healthy later of foam with varying sized bubbles in it. A very good sign. Good lacing

Smell is very grassy. A hint of marijuana. Very herbal hops. A little bit of honey. Good aromas.

The taste is superb. Buttery body balanced with a high level of bitterness (for a lager) and herbal hops. There is some entirely welcome diacetyl. Really satisfying. The bitterness really lingers in the aftertaste.

A slightly chewy mouthfeel. Very nice.

This was a beer I really liked and noted as an especially good beer before I was into rating beers or reading reviews. It still tastes fantastic after trying many bolder styles. The low abv is great for sessions or for balancing sessions that include high abv beers.

My mark out of one hundred would be 81.

06-17-2014 23:05:55 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,678 ratings.