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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,889
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 Jemonster
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Ugly large bubbles and clumpy looking melted marshmallow head that I don't want to drink. Pale clear gold body.

S: Fresh bread is the first and most prominent. Other things I can't place.

T: Actually pretty good. One of the only pilsners that I have actually really enjoyed the taste of. Light hops and clean citrus, a little musk.

M: Just kind of there. Didn't notice anything good or bad, so just average. I would describe it as balanced as far as carbonation and viscosity. The hatred of the head plays into the score though, I tried to "drink around it" if that makes any sense.

O: Overall (I'm glad this is now overall instead of "drinkability") it is a beer that I would leave in the bottle next time to drink. It's a solid beer with a clean finish and 4.4% abv.

Jemonster, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of appenzeller
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the gold standard. Literally. My favorite everyday beer. But Pilsner Urquell is the farthest thing from pedestrian. In its proper state and freshness, it is sublime. One of the worlds great beers, and the standard against which all other pilsners are measured.

You will see talk about how this beer has changed, and is not what it once was. True, the brewery has upped production and changed equipment. But the talk of change or decline is overblown. This is essentially the same liquid gold that I first quaffed serendipitously in Prague back in 1990. Do what you can to find as fresh a sample as possible. Vacation to the Czech Republic. Find a good keg at a local pub. Or take care to buy an unadulterated, fresh as possible set of bottles.

"That about which one cannot speak, one must remain silent." (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

appenzeller, May 26, 2010
Photo of AdamNowek
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%

AdamNowek, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of surfmeister
4.85/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An underrated masterpiece, probably due to yuppie popularity and grumpy BA tendency to trash that which becomes popular. Now then...
Appearance: dark golden, firm two finger head that remained, very attractive
Smell: full, smokey, grainy aroma, a nice blast for the nose that raises great expectation
Taste: follows smell exactly, nice malt taste off the bat with full almost smokey, grainy flavors, very flavorful, restrained bitterness paired with assertive hop flavor, clean finish with wonderful aftertaste
Mouthfeel: smooth, appropriate carbonation, frothy head lingered into mouth
Drinkability: keep 'em coming, especially on a hot day, A+
Note: seems like SN was trying to copy this brew with Summerfest

surfmeister, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of LyonsHead
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: this beer looks clean and refreshing, pale color leads you think its a thirst quenching beer

S: not impressed with the smell at all. Don't know if its the Saaz but i detect an off skunky smell. don't really like that smell

T: Thankfully, it doesn't taste like it smells. It is a quenching beer, distinct hoppiness.

M: finishes with a hint of the skunky flavor. Maybe skunky is the wrong word, Im not entirely sure this beer is for me though. Try it youself to find out

LyonsHead, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +12%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ShawneeIrish
3.5/5  rDev -2%

ShawneeIrish, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of EN27
3.5/5  rDev -2%

EN27, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of mountaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev +5%

mountaincoffee, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Tjmurray386
4/5  rDev +12%

Tjmurray386, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Jdiddy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is hit or miss. Very unpredictable. It used to be one of my favorite beers and now I only have it if there is not much else around. Problem is the green bottle. I have had so many skunk ones. If you get a good one it is a great Pilsner. Much more bitter than the usual. Can have an unusual aftertaste that stays with you for awhile. Great Golden color.

Jdiddy, Jun 15, 2002
Photo of sevineyes
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle. The label features an illustration of a wax seal and a crest on the neck.

A: Wet straw. Poured with a frothy white head that seems to die fairly quick. Leaves some lacing.

S: Hard to pin down the faint aroma. Seems to be somewhere in the ballpark of cut grass and lemon pepper.

T: Spicy and complimentary to the nose. There's a sweet wateriness that runs down the middle of my tongue. At the same time an orange rind and pepperiness builds in the back of my mouth while a moderate floral sour hits the sides of my tongue. Some kind of spiced fruits. Maybe something like mace in there too?

M: A lot richer and creamier than I was expecting. Ends very dry and a little puckering.

D: Nothing wrong there. Could go with these all night.

Overall: A clean beer, but not without some interesting flavors to take you around. Finishes with a very pleasant lingering bitterness.

sevineyes, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev -2%

6string, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Julian4077
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Julian4077, May 11, 2012
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

LagerCognoscenti, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.25/5  rDev -9%

DuncanMcBommer, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of sauron681
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess I am to use to "generic" pilsners compared to the way pilsners are supposed to be.

Pours the typical golden color, very fizzy head, and light bubbles for the lacing.

Has the typical metallic/sulfur aroma. Starts smooth, with a dry feel and overly hoppy bitter aftertaste. Not to shabby for an original pilsner, but I will try some other brands as well.

sauron681, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours golden/yellow with a two finger head and it leaves waves of thick lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt with hints of grassy hops. The taste was well balanced between the spicy hops and the grainy malt. It was medium bodied crisp, dry, and very refreshing.

Reflection: Why can't Miller make a beer like this? This should be the Pilsner that everyone bases their own version off of. It's a good beer but try to find it on tap, you have a 50/50 chance of the bottle being skunked.

Kookiekwan, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of IPhantom
4/5  rDev +12%

IPhantom, May 02, 2014
Photo of nem2006
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It is a nice, clear golden which had a little bit of a head. The head dissipated quickly.

The smell was skunky at first and lessened a little as I let it warm, but still remained.

I thought the taste had an odd bitterness from the hops which lingered well after you swallowed. I caught a little bit of hay/grasses in the taste.

I'll be honest, I was really turned off by this beer and do not really recommend it. But plenty of others seem to be pretty high on it, so I will have to try it another time.

nem2006, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of tangoafterdark
3.25/5  rDev -9%

tangoafterdark, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of BK2084
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of JohnBeerRun
1/5  rDev -72%

JohnBeerRun, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of joe12pk
3.75/5  rDev +5%

joe12pk, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.75/5  rDev +5%

TheBeerbarian, May 29, 2014
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.