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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 1,250
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 37
Gots: 115 | 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 turkob


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm happy that studying for the BJCP exam has inspired me to return to the styles I was drinking when I first began my journey into beer nerdome. Turns out this beer isn't half bad at all.

A: Golden and clear, but appears a little too refined, too clear. I suppose this is indicative of its macro-nature.

S: Nice deep malt with distinct but not overwhelming hops on the nose. Mild all around, but pleasant.

T: Clean and refreshing. Excellent pils malts up front, but definitely finishes with nice floral hops. The hops linger a little with almost no bitterness. Really finishes smooth.

M: A little thin, but still coats the mouth. I think a little more carbonation would've served this beer well.

O: The flavor pleasantly lingers and there is nearly no bitterness. Only knock is that it comes across as a little safe, you can really put these away but ultimately I'm looking for a little more in the flavor department, even from a pale lager.

Serving type: can

05-14-2010 22:42:35 | More by turkob
Photo of udubdawg


3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright gold color, many lines of bubbles continually feeding the head which quickly recedes to a ring but leaves decent lace in its departure.

A little subpar in the nose today. Classic pilsner malt is there, but the hops are in front. I did get a first whiff that I'd call skunky but it is gone soon and the bottle is pretty fresh. The hops are earthy, floral, and most especially spicy. Nothing particularly wrong, just wish it was a little more full in the nose - by midglass I'm really not getting much of anything.

Flavor is a step up. More hop flavor, pleasant balancing bitterness, though it doesn't take much to balance the light pils taste. expected this to have a bit more malt sweetness but am glad it doesn't. Not much of anything darker - even in the biscuit area - just clean pale malt and some spicy, slightly citric hops (didn't get any citrus in the nose but I can see it here). Some lingering bitterness and light sweetness in the finish.

lighter in body, goes down easy. Pleasantly high carb. A refresher, though it would be better after mowing the lawn. While in a contemplative mood, this is the last thing I'd reach for. When just plain thirsty, you bet!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 17:34:32 | More by udubdawg


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle to pint glass. Best by date of August 12, 2010.

A: Large 3 1/2 finger frothy/creamy head. Pure white and long lasting. The head begins to attach itself to the glass in large chunks as it recedes into a rocky cap. Despite the sticky head, the lace that the body produces sticks sparingly. The body is a light yellow, pale gold color and very, very clear. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Awful. Smells like a prophylactic. That's right, this beer smells like a condom. WTF? Heavily phenolic with aromas of heated rubber. Underneath all that mess were malts of grain, hay and straw plus dried herb scented hops.

T: A much needed improvement from the nose. Only the malts and hops come through, plus a white pepper spiciness. Still, not great.

M: The body is a little thin and on the lighter side. Average carbonation and a moderately bitter finish. Flavor duration is just a bit longer than short. Crisp, clean and refreshing as a pilsner should be.

D: The low ABV would certainly allow for all day imbibement, so in that regard, Pilsner Urquell gets a 5.0 for drinkability. On the other hand, "Do I want another?" No thank you, I'll pass. So in this regard, Pilsner Urquell gets a 2.0. Average of these two scores sticks.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:06:56 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic in which all others of the same style can only imitate but never achieve. Got quite a liking to Pilsner when it was on sale in December for a month at 10.99 a 12er, now its 13.99 and I can't justify spending that much but wish I could. I really like the saaz hop spice.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 01:18:06 | More by TeamSeinfeld
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500mL can into a tall pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a lighish golden color with a big 3 finger foamy slightly offwhite head with ok retention, leaving some lacing on the glass. A little carbonation is evident within, and the beer is crystal clear.

S: Bready malts and grassy hops with a touch of citrus in the middle there, as well as a mildly spicy note. Overall very clean with a touch of hoppiness evident.

T: Nice malt character on the intro of bread or really light biscuit profile. A bit of citrus lurking around in there, and grassiness. Finishes with a light herbal character and a touch of balanced bitterness and bread.

F: Light and crisp, but with a medium body.

D: Good flavor and relatively low alcohol make this an obvious go to in the drinkability department.

Overall this is a great option for someone looking for a solid taste but also something pretty light and easy drinking. This is a classic, and for good reason.

Serving type: can

05-11-2010 18:37:32 | More by BucBasil
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4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- nice deep golden amber, much darker and fuller looking than other pilsners. foam is big and white and full of craters and somewhat airy. great retention and lots of sticky lace end up as clumps of foam floating on the brew's surface.

S- rich malty and sweet with nice spicy and floral saaz hop aroma. this one is volitile and i can feel the vapors in my nose. a tiny bit metallic, shortbread, and cooked lemons. perhaps some earthy yeast in there as well.

T- exceptional balance from start to finish. hop flavor and clean bitterness are complimented by toasty pale malt sweetness and mineral water flavors despite the region's notably soft water. whatever the case, it fits, and the hop taste becomes herbal and vinous as the beer goes on with flavors of white grape skin, green wood, and bitter grass. sweetish and somewhat cracker like malt remains consistant throughout the tasty balanced finish as neither component of this beer's flavor strays from the path. it is straight-forward, non-transitional, simple, and beautiful

MF- much fuller in body than one would expect from any german pilsner, and i can't recall ever having another czech pils aside from urquell. it's soft and juicy like apple juice with immaculate carbonation that really allows the feel of the liquid itself to shine. some leafy hop feel on the cheeks is followed by a dryness that would make drinking a liter mug of this anything but tedious.

D- that being said, drinkability for me is through the roof. the first time i tried this beer i didn't like it. it was before my beerpiphany, before the gnosis, probably 5 years ago and i'm sure i drank it from the bottle, called it skunky, and who knows. i now recognize this one as a gem of beer history, a revolutionary, and perhaps the reason bright beer is so popular today. not to mention its delicious. i could only imagine how it tastes before the long voyage over seas.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:12:48 | More by hustlesworth
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Head pours large, but settles relatively quickly for this kind of glass, ends up just foamy, beer is golden, as opposed to a light straw

S: Smells similar to other imported pils, no adjunct smell, sweet malt, plenty of grainines and mustiness, but that nice dose of grassy hops in the end

T: More pungent that aroma, starts with that grain, but quickly turns into hops, kind of that basic pure hop flavor, slightly spicy and a light grassy flavor, delicate but not light, crisp and traditional

M: Malt adds more backbone than flavor, medium light body

D: High, very easy to drink

Notes: It's been a while since I had Urquell. The first time I tried it I didn't like it, and I had never even had good beer. I thought the hops were too much. It's funny how your tastes change. Now it was by no means to hoppy and I could actually appreciate the flavor, which for a large import brand is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 18:28:03 | More by dpodratsky3
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell maintains a good finger of frothy bright-white head, lacing decently. The body is totally clean and about the colour of apple juice (golden yellow).

Pretty nice smell. Yeast, wheat, noble hops, bit of citrus, pale malty sweetness. Something rubbery as well, but it's not really getting in the way.

Hey, this is alright. Lots of fresh honey-like sweetness, some grassy hops, wheat, lemon rind. Moderately dry finish, with some lingering sweetness and citrus as well. For a 4.4% brew there's quite a lot of flavour.

Nice creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Good feel.

I like this beer. It's better than most pilseners I can remember having. Very drinkable, showing no flaws. I'd definitely drink this again sometime.

Serving type: can

04-22-2010 01:23:56 | More by eat
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Amber with moderate carbonation. Two finger fluffy white head that soon dissipated. Weak lacing. A fruity, slightly yeasty smell. Hoppy with a slight metallic aftertaste. Very light but rounded mouthfeel. The drinkability is excellent. A worthy beer that far exceeds the typical euro-lager.

Serving type: can

04-20-2010 01:17:24 | More by scott451
Photo of JamisonM


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: its a shade darker then most pils and lagers a bright white head that went away really fast there is a bit of lacing on the glass though

S: I don't get anything from the smell its like smelling water I think they didn't use enough finishing hops in this beer.

T: I do get hops in the taste but none in the smell kinda odd but this is better then most macro pills and lagers at least taste wise

M: light mouth but its not too watery

D: yea nothing off putting and the hops are nice I just wish they had more finishing hops in the beer

overall: a fairly good summer beer and drinkable but nothing here stands out its good but it does not grab a hold of you and you say wow having said that its better then most better then stella and heineken and becks

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:17:44 | More by JamisonM
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, home. Pours a very pretty golden color, a shade darker than most pilseners that I've had, transparent, tight white head. The aroma has notes of grass, yeast and clean grain. The flavor is yeasty, drier than most pilsener-style lagers, more clean grain with a light hoppy bitterness. Refreshing and drinkable but definitely not the best pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 05:50:28 | More by popery
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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 01:45:39 | More by Boneheadmx
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 13:48:35 | More by philphilphil
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass...

A: pours an old gold color with a white 2 finger head. fades leaving a pebble like layer and thick resiny lacing.

S: buttery floral nose, with a grainy, honeyed lemon background

T: again, buttery and sweet up front, with the hops taking very little time to make their presence. sharp lemon peel and floral. finishes with grassy, lemony hops, and more honeyed and grainy malt.

M: thick and full up front but thins out and becomes crisp and tingly from hops. finishes dry with noble hop resin

Overall, a well balanced beer with a low abv making it highly sessionable, nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 04:48:30 | More by OlRasputin989
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a decent one-fingered head, which sticks around, the color is rich golden color. The hops pop out and are prominent. It is very floral and flowery, reminds me of a spring garden that is blooming. This beer is crisp and clean. The moment it hit my tongue is was refreshing, its like a waterfall of beer poured into my mouth. It light and crisp. Its very much drinkable and would recommend this for a hot summer afternoon!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 18:11:13 | More by vazy
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4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out in a pale gold color with a ton of foam. Not overly carbonated either.

Smell: Smells great...like lemon and fresh grass. Also a ton of hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Also tastes great...also like lemon and fresh grass. Has the right amount of bitterness and leaves no bad aftertaste. Very hoppy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, although definitely a beer to savor and enjoy. Extraordinarily drinkable.

Overall: Great introduction to real European pilseners. It's not too scary, but definitely more exciting than the American counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 00:36:14 | More by tjsdomer2
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and yellow in color. Bubbly white head about a centimeter when poured but dwindled away rather quickly. Aroma was faint, but what I got was some hops and grain. Taste was pretty good, a mix of hops, grain, and hint of spiciness to it. Went down nice and smooth, crisp and well carbonated. Not a fan of the style in particular, but a good anytime beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 04:38:39 | More by Evocatus
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- Golden color, clear, has some head and carbonated

Smell- Has a slight citrus smell and a hops smell

Taste- First thing that you notice is the hops then notice a grassy citrus flavor at the end has a nice refreshing taste of hops

Mouthfeel- Smooth drink has a crisp fresh taste medium bodied beer

Drinkability- Easy to drink has a decent amount of hops

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 08:01:48 | More by Slygato
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - small disappating head, golden color, quite clear, barely any carbonation activity. I've had this quite a bit before, but if I were to pretend I haven't, and try to guage this beer on appearance alone, it would seem that it does not have much to offer.

Smell - Medium strength smell comprised of hoppy and maybe a touch of roasted/caramel malty aromas. Most of the other competitive pilseners I've had have an overwhelming hoppiness in the nose, which is good in one sense but not very special. I like the smell which has more than just hops to offer.

Taste - I like how this is not a one trick pony. You don't get slammed just by the hop flavor. This is much better balanced than most pilseners I've had, offering more malty tones that complement the hop character and medium bitterness. If I were to compare this to a hypothetical 'ideal pilsener' in opinion, this would come closer than a lot of craft or specialty pilseners on the market.

Mouthfeel - More bite from the carbonation than the appearance leads one to believe. Finishes clean leaving a mild bitterness in the mouth. Refreshing overall.

Drinkability - Overall I can see myself drinking a lot more of these than craft pilseners. If we agree that this is the original, then I feel that craft pilseners or other pilsener attempts have really strayed away from the point. This one is really well balanced. Can it be improved upon? Sure, but for such a widely distributed beer the balance is really excellent and it offers more than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 04:57:52 | More by NA1NSXR
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2010 21:42:30 | More by mintjellie
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a nice golden color, with a decent head and good carbonation. The aroma not distinct as it had a grainy smell.
The taste is crisp and refreshing with a medium body and dry finish. Beer is very drinkable and a good session beer.

I understand there have been some changes to the brewing process. Too bad they messed with the original.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 21:51:20 | More by soju6
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with an orange hue. The head is white and fluffy, it falls quickly to a small ring. Not much lacing.

Smells of sour dough, salty, herbal, and flowery. There is a nice little bit of funk going on as well.

A nice little pucker of hops is the first thing to hit your taste buds, next some dough, and lemon. You can taste how all the different components of this beer come into play. There is a nice yeasty funk, a smack up front from the hops, the water is clean, and the grain isnt grassy.

Light body, a nice smack of carbonation, and a dry finish make for a nice mouthfeel.

I think the goal of this style is to be highly drinkable and this beer does it well. A nice session beer!? Highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:59:05 | More by sitarist
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District of Columbia

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden-yellow with a lots of carbonation. Substantial, bubbly white head.

Some bready malt with a slight, spicy and herbal hop aroma. Also some skunk in there, although it is pretty minor. Flavor has more doughy, bready malt and a small herbal hop character. Grainy and corn-like flavors throughout.

Crisp and biting feel with a light body. Definitely a refreshing and light drink, but not much to it really. Light on flavor and aroma, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 21:31:24 | More by goldbot
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a thin white head which gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is slightly citrusy with some lemon and grass smells. The taste is of grass, lemon, citrus, and a small hop presence. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp with alot of carbonation. Overall it is a drinkable beer, nothing to dislike about it, and a nice flavor, not overally complex, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 18:27:42 | More by goblue3509
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half-liter bottle served in the tall PU-branded pilsner glass.

Perfect clarity in the light golden body. A 3-finger head erupts from the narrow cylindrical glass, but it's formed chiefly of large bubbles that die down into a skim fairly quickly. Lacing's OK.

The nose is spicy and floral, with some crisp grains and a bit of doughiness in the background. Smoother than the fizzy carbonation might lead one to believe. A moderate amount of Saaz bitterness and some tangy lemon yield to a bready sweetness for a moment, then return for a couple of moments before being snapped off for a very crisp finish. A tiny hint of funk at the swallow.

Overall impression: Crisp and refreshing, yet somehow a bit lacking in liveliness at the same time. I'd like to go back in time and try the former version of this beer.

Serving type: can

03-16-2010 18:39:33 | More by PDXHops
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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