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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,554
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 36
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of olmatty


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep golden hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Flat and lightly bitter pilsner malts, light bitter hops.

Taste- Crisp, dry, on the rich side for pils like Bohemian should be.

Mouthfeel-Crisply carbonated and palate cleansing

Drinkability- Highly quaffable and refreshing. Great for hot days or washing down spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 07:46:17 | More by olmatty
Photo of TAMU99


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear with a moderate white foam that disappears fairly quickly. Smells of strong hops and very beery. Quite carbonated with a light crisp feel. Taste mirrors smell. bold single hop with mild malt falvor. Pretty drinkable. Not bad, I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:53:17 | More by TAMU99
Photo of rarbring


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden clear beer with a white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is clean, some malty sweetness and hops. A faint broth character.

Well balanced, some sweet bread, a good bitterness that stays a while.

Medium carbonated, a good dry finish.

A typical and reliable Czech Pilsner, a safe choice.

Serving type: can

02-14-2010 19:11:45 | More by rarbring
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into Stella chalice feb9 2010

A clear golden yellow with a fair bit of bubbles floating up to a thumbs worth of head that had fair retention and left a few parches of lace

S some sweet malts with a little grassy lemon pretty much on par for the style

T not far from the smell,a well balanced beer with plenty of flavor for a light beer

M clean and crisp with just a little bite

D would be great on a patio but I'm still enjoying it on a winter day

a decent example of the style and I would drink this over our big name beers any day

Serving type: can

02-10-2010 03:51:27 | More by wordemupg
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL tall can into a pint glass. Clear golden color with a foamy white head that doesn't last. Hardly any lacing. Light grassy aroma with a bit of malt. The taste is very clean with some bready malt and spicy hops. Typical mouthfeel for a Pilsner, with a light body and crisp carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good Pilsner that is quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

02-07-2010 23:51:13 | More by chickenm
Photo of NatetheGreat


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with steady carbonation. Clean hope and grain aroma - not much else in the nose. Hard to describe the taste: mild sweet undercurrent to the simple, yet dominant hop bitterness. Grainy and grassy. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry. Feel isn't half bad. Easy to drink with low ABV would make this a great session beer. Not much flavor but it's clean and fair enough to drink a few. Fair beer but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 05:19:45 | More by NatetheGreat
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear light gold w/weak white head.

S-Bit of spicy and grassy hops, faint bread tones.

T&M-Slightly sweet upfront w/bready backbone, and slightly spicy herbal, and grassy noble hops in a dry finish. Well-balanced, light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

D-A light-hearted brew I enjoy drinking.

Serving type: can

02-05-2010 19:09:58 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, and after noting little head finished aggressively which only gave 1/8" of head atop a golden straw yellow brew. The nose is of grains and some light bitter hops. Upon tasting my first reaction was that I had had this in the past and for some reason I recalled it being deliciously fantastic. It is not. There is no complexity to the beer, I would liken it to a Labatt Blue with more bittering hops. It felt too light in across the palate, though it lingered for a moment. Could be quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 23:52:33 | More by kjyost
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: very mild grass and a hint of citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: mild malt presence with some grass and lemon zest. Bitterness is moderate as the Saaz hops provides the bite.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Clean and refreshing aftertaste.

Drinkability: always a standby beer when selection is weak. Easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:38:17 | More by Gavage
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3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great example of a pilsner. Used to be my favorite, went a little downhill. Looks ultra clear, lots of bubbles, thin head. Smell, zippy as if the bubbles are going right up your nose.

Good taste, great summer beer hop quality. Very light, but at the same time, has some flavor heft despite no malt to speak of. Mouthfeel is a little simple, nothing complex to speak of throughout. Very drinkable, easy drinking, and you can usually catch it on sale every other weekend. Points for good skunky lager flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 22:13:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of baseballrock


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

a - clear and golden half inch foamy head receeds fast.

s - earthy straw aroma, with some hop characters.

t - slightly sweet but overall balanced with a good amount of hoppyness. crisp and very dry.

m - balanced, light and clean on the palate.

d - a good pilsner, and more importantly a good change of pace compared to the beers that i tend to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 21:33:58 | More by baseballrock
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4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer so many times I cant believe I havent reviewed it. My review may seem high but people, this is THE beer that the Pilsner style is named for, and this is the beer all others strive to be. The original!

Pours into my frosted myg a crystal clear dark straw color with a sizeable white head. Decent amount of lacing as well.

Aroma is straw-like and noble hop goodness. The slightest bit of caramel adds complexity and makes this a great overall beer. Slight bit of fruitiness but mostly grassy.

Very clean and dry. Superbly bitter with a mouth puckering twang. Again, a touch of fruit with some light fruitiness. Grassy and bitter and delicious.

This is always a standby for me when I go somewhere with a less-than-memorable beer selection. Sure its a bit pricey because of its "import" denotation, but this one is worth the price. A true classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:18:57 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 20:44:19 | More by lstokes
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO, wouldn't touch this beer in a bottle, damn green bottles skunk too fast.

Pours a crystal clear golden sunset shade, I do mean crystal clear. Two fingers of foam build on the pour and slowly fizz out to a thin collar and then nothing.

Nose is quite light, a hint of the caramel biscuit base and an even fainter hint of the hops, a hint of fruits?

I used to think pils were all bland, boring skunked beers until recently when I found a few well hopped, craft options that made me think this could be my go to session style. Unfortunately, this one falls short of some of the other craft options, even in the can. A well built, smooth drinking biscuit base but it's the hops that are a bit of a let down. Standard grassy Saaz with a mild bite but they never grab you - medium finish, they never stand up and take a bow, mere sidekicks. A hint of floral as well. Which is not a bad thing all the time. Makes for a really approachable, drinkable beer. I would certainly order it when faced with BMC options. But it doesn't live up to what I want out of a truly quality pils - bold hopping, spicy delights.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 03:23:19 | More by ritzkiss
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Poured a dark gold with little head retention with little lacing.

S: The Saaz hops really come to the fore in this beer. The malt is quite subdued.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

T: Crisp, with a nice bite on the finish. Malt remains in the background with this beer, no surprise there.

D: Very drinkable and a nice alternate to judge other pilseners by. When I first began my beer quest, I hated this. I found it downright foul. Funny how tastes change...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 19:52:45 | More by sunrisesolara
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with freshness date on the back of June 25 10. Very goldish color with about an inch of head. Very little carbonation. Very little lacing left on the glass. Pretty well balanced brew. Some smooth hops and malts. A few minty, herb notes in the flavor profile. More of a taste of grass than anything. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Pretty drinkable, I could put back a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:06:27 | More by mtnbikerpa
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a meidum large thick white head. The dissipation takes some time and afterwards there's a healthy amount of lacings.
Lots of small bubbles in the liquid.

S: Nice clean malt together with floral hops that gives the smell a citric note. Well balanced smell.

T: Nice hops dominates the taste. The hops are at the same time bitter and floral. The malt feels nice and clean.

M: Lots of carbonation and medium-bodied. The aftertaste is medium-long and holds a dry bitterness.

D: A nice pilsener. This is very Czech and that's is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 20:35:18 | More by Evil_Pidde
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 15:48:58 | More by Kegatron
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 20:50:32 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressive pour yields a small layer of off-white foam that quickly recedes to a few bubbles around the rim. Crystal clear, light golden yellow in color.

Classic floral/grape-like clean lager smell with a dose of earthy grains and barely-perceptible European (Saaz?) hops. Very similar flavor, with a noticeable, appropriate spicy hop bitterness. Malt is light and crisp. Not too much going on here, but nothing off-putting.

Light on the palate with medium-high carbonation, which is surprising considering the lack of head or rising bubbles. For one of my least favorite styles, this may be the best yet. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 01:50:04 | More by dpasotti
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can, bought at the LCBO.
Poured a light gold color. with a small foam head, maybe 1 inch, that didn't last too long. Very smooth and crisp, A very good tasting beer. I found it to be refreshing, and goes down easy. A great beer while watching a game.

Serving type: can

01-11-2010 12:05:29 | More by fartkowski
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time having Pils Urquell, but not my first pils. Never really got into them, but attempting to try others.

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly leaving some moderate lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Hops aromas dominate along with some grassy and light malt and floral accents. Hops are a bit overwhelming, which isn't bad by any means, just seem to dominate.

T: Hops are at the front with mild floral notes with surprisingly abrupt finish. I was expecting a long, lingering bitter hops aftertaste, but it wasn't there. Still, a good brew that's easy to drink.

M: Light and crisp with good carbonation. Nothing bad, but nothing that really overwhelms or arouses the palate.

D: This would be a go-to session beer if I get more into pilsners, or if this is one of the only things available as opposed to a basic lager, which I've grown weary of.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 22:50:21 | More by irishking1977
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours golden with large head that soon fades to thin and transparent layer. Aroma is nice Noble hops with grainy malt.

Taste is clean malt with pronounced spicy bittery hops that linger for a considerable period. Mouthfeel is almost medium with lively carbonation.

It is very good and without doubt one of the finest widely available lagers, but drinking it always brings me back memories of pubs in Czech Republic where it and its siblings tasted way better.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 18:15:14 | More by atis
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been batting around the idea that pilseners are misunderstood, and that I don't have a great understanding of them myself, so consider this my education. Over the next month or so I'll be matching up a pair of pilseners to see what I can learn and to see whether I can get a new appreciation for the style. First up, the original pils and the original bud.

Perhaps the greatest thing that distinguished pilsners from the pre-existing styles was their crystal clear appearance, which called for appreciation from a glass instead of a tankard. As expected, the granddaddy of all pilseners exhibits a striking clarity and a rich golden appearance with a frothy bone white head that almost explodes out of the glass. Its beautiful and understandable how it made waves in its day. The only thing that disappoints is that the beer seems lacking in both retention and lace, leaving only a few isolated spots, and quickly dropping to a patchy film.

The aroma is not exactly what I've come to expect from a pilsner, and its freshness and vibrancy shows how skunky and spoiled some of the readily available versions can get. This Urquell came in a can, which no doubt helped to seal in a great deal of the freshness that is crucial to the style. Smelling and drinking a relatively fresh pilsener is a revelation. In the aroma the hops are floral and spicy - this is saaz, but without the skunkiness they can degrade into. Behind this you'll find a pleasant pale malt, which gives hints of breadiness and caramel, and provides a delightful balance.

The flavour has a lot to do to deliver on the promise of the nose, and while it's attempt is pleasing and worthy of plaudits, it just falls short of the very top tier because the fine balance created in the aroma is slightly off-kilter in the taste. What we do find, though, is a fairly faithful replication of the notes we've smelled. Again the malts provide a light sweetness and graininess for the hops to play against, and that they do, with great floral, grassy and spicy notes hitting the palate. the one criticism I have is not a usual one for me, and it's that I feel the bitterness detracts slightly from everything else, and could either do with being dialled back a notch or balanced by more prominent malt. That's a minor quibble though for such an enjoyable beer. The lingering dryness, yet light body seems perfect for Summer, yet clean and tempting enough to make this a good option for this cold winter's night.

Pilsner Urquell packs in a large amount of flavour for its low ABV, and instantly becomes a great candidate for a session beer. Splitting the previous reviews of this beer into cans and bottles is interesting, and highlights how liable this style can be to skunking. If you can find it in a can, or fresh in a bottle there aren't many better returns for your beer money than this - I waited far too long to sample this delightful pils.

Serving type: can

01-07-2010 14:46:45 | More by bobsy
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a staple for Pilsner beer, originating from The Czech-Republic from Pilzen, where Pilsner beer was born. This beer is the definition of what a Pilsner should be. A light lager style beer! I was impressed when I first had this beer out of a bottle. It has good carbonation which helps for a good head, however often times can dissipate quickly. Decent lacing. Excellent on tap, I suggest a keg! Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 09:37:42 | More by StevenBilodeau
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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