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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 308 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Luigi
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour out a golden yellow color with a two finger head. The retention is good, as it leave laces around the glass.

I love saaz hops, and the beer has a nice spicy aroma from them. This is balanced with a light grassy grain.

The saaz hops hit the tongue at first. Mild yet still sharp on the palate. Light malt sweetness and some grassy grain helps make this lager balanced.

Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink and is thirst quenching.

Not bad at all. I have had better pilsners, but this lager has always had a distinctive taste. This lager is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of dark golden. It holds a one finger tall head of creamy, bubbly whites. This shows poor retention, leaving no lacing around the glass. Carbonation is medium, and no haze allows for great transparency. The aroma is of skunky, adjuncty cereal grains. These are crisp, however, and offer a honey sweetness, with some light lactics. There is the faintest grassy hop on the way back. As we sip, bitter grain and metallic yeast hit first. There is a transient apple sweetness to pull us to the middle, where more of the same hollow and chalky grain predominates. There is some lemon rind bitterness, and a flash of sugary sweetness, cooling things down. The finish is clean, and crisp of grain and lemon flesh. The aftertaste breathes of bitter, souring grain, a mineral quality, and that mysterious grassy hop component from the nose. The body is lighter end and the carbonation is high. There is a light coating and drying to the mouth, but this is minimal. There is very little slurp or cream to each sip, but the abv is appropriate, and the beer displays standard drinkability.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the appearance. The color was deep and gave off an inviting vibe. Interestingly, this beer is much better with warmth. It becomes less sharp and biting, with a nice clean finish. Otherwise, it approaches one-dimensionality, showing, at times, a beer that is far too bitter, even for the style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hard to knock what i consider to be the original and best of the czech pilsners. pours a honey color with a fluffy white head 2 inches tall into a pilsner urquell mug. smells malty sweet with some subtle european hops in there too. flavor matches, with a slight hop bite at the end, but a very malty beer with a mild sweetness. mouthfeel is great, crisp and clean, light and bubbly. drink it fast because its not nice when it warms up. this is a major major session beer, as this could easily be enjoyed all day. famous for a reason in my mind, whether or not you like the style, this one is a great example of how a czech pils should taste

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RedSpecial1
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pilsner glass.
Ahh....the classic pils. Tastes the same now as the first time I had it years ago. Same sweet malty base with that grassy hop finish. No skunky flavors, even with the green glass bottle. Aroma is mild with a faint straw smell. Hop aroma is probably faded from the lengthy chain of distribution. Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice dry finish. A great value for an import and a good standby pils if you don't have any good and fresh local alternatives.

Photo of TheSpider
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1 1/2 finger white head that didn't last long. Lacing is excellent. Gold to low caramel color. Carbed.

S: floral, earthy hop bitterness, bread, toast and slight caramel. 4

T: caramel, flowers, lemon, bready, bready crust, bitterness, earth, dampness and dank.

M: thin but carbed. Sweet with lingering hop bitterness.

O: This is my first czech pilsner. Its very different and enjoyable. Love the floral aroma. I love the lingering bitterness. Really unique and enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of weizenbob
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having been brewed since 1842, Pilsner Urquell is the oldest pilsner in the world. This 12 ounce green bottle (best by April 19, 2012) was purchased at Shop-N-Save in Ludington, MI. It was poured into a pilsner glass. The pour yields a couple of fingers of ivory head. Head retention is moderate. Lacing is ne'er to be seen. The beer is caramel colored and nearly crystal clear. A fair amount of active carbonation is seen through the glass. There is nothing extraordinary about the look of this beer, though it is one of the finer looking commercial lagers produced anywhere.

The scent of this beer is akin to that of most pale Euro-lagers. Sweet wet straw leads the charge, but is finely balanced by grassy hop aroma. Imagining a slightly more aromatic Heineken would give you a pretty good idea of what Urquell has to offer your nose. Luckily these bottles were not skunked, which can be a problem for beer packaged in light permitting green glass.

The flavor follows, or rather created, a tried and true architecture. Sweet malts bring to mind wet straw, caramel and raw grain. Though the hops take a back seat, they certainly assert their presence at the caboose of the flavor train. Bitterness is not overcoming by any sense of the term, but this is noticeably more bitter than your average Euro-lager (and pleasantly so).

The mouthfeel is also very pleasant. It has a bit more heft in the body than is expected though it remains quite refreshing. The carbonation level is moderate to high and adds a pleasant effervescent quality while gliding across the tongue. Bitterness lingers after the swallow and begs to for this beer to be accompanied by some crackers. The feel is a highlight of the Pilsner Urquell experience.

Overall this is quite a fine little beer, and a bona fide classic. Although it is more assertive than other beers in its class, it is still firmly planted in easy drinking territory. It is flavorful while retaining subtlety, and at 4.4% ABV it is nearly sessionable. It is the easy pick amongst its similarly priced Euro-lager kin, and is nearly as available as Heineken. The quality per price ratio also makes this an easy pick over most domestic pale lager beers as well. It is a good standby.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Pilsner Urquell. Hail to the king.

Photo of leansean88
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DerekP
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this is one of my favorite "everyday" kind of brews. I can hardly think of a thing to complain about when I have it on-tap, and love places that have it available in that form (Union Grill in downtown Washington, PA comes to mind). This happens to be out the bottle, poured into a Stella Artois chalice glass.

Pilsner Urquell has a tarnished gold look, tawny, with a fluffy white head that says bye after a few minutes, but maintains an appetizing rim. Mostly clear and moderately carbonated. Lacing sticks to the glass in a sporadic sort of way.

Bready-yeast in the nose. Floral. Mild sourness; soft sauerkraut notes.

Bready (again) in taste with a prickly dryness and a yeasty flavor. Washes away nicely with a thrash of hops bitterness to hold it together. Not a watery mouthfeel. Clean, yet satisfying and astringent enough to keep things interesting. At 4.4%, this is a widely available session brew for the Czech pilsner aficionado.

As always, out the bottle and in the glass is better than just simply out the bottle. Doesn't beer have an aroma worth experiencing, too?

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Tschnab
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a bright golden color with a big white foamy head and plenty of lace.

S- light ceral and corn, hops that are a little musky, and that signiture pale lager character.

T- again, a little musky but after that the hops make this work well, with the saaz characteristics of spice and floral hints, and then more cereal grain.

O- This is a beer I used to drink all the time before I was really into beer, and I really enjoy revisiting it from time to time.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of bourbonbock
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass and received the following.

A. Crystal clear yellow body with one finger of white head that reduced to a ring after a few minutes.

S. Earthy grassy and floral with a simple sweet apple aroma in the back.

T. Sweet clean and light body with some breadiness and bottled water notes to it. Very spicy on the back end that hits hard with co2 and follows with a nice delicate hop presence.

M. Light probably due to the carbonation but has a reasonable gravity and very clean mouthfeel.

Very stange and intriguing beer which doesn't stand out in any one category (IPA) but stands stong in all of them. This one keeps you coming back for more and for good reason.

Photo of chetripley
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle with a best before date of February 24th, 2012.

Poured into my Radeberger Pilsner glass of 0.2 L capacity.

a: One the pour, the bubbles rush upward and compact nicely to crown the beer. Nice fluffy two-and-a-half finger head that is clumping as it recedes. On Perfect clear golden color with several carbonation streams rising from the bottom center of the glass.

s: Husky grains and perhaps some light-induced skunk? I've heard this beer is pasteurized, so it may be a gustatory illusion. This is still decently fresh despite the bottle color. You never know with these things, I guess. Clean, bitter grassy hops on top of a crisp, dry pale malt essence. Grainy and slightly vegetal in aroma, but all in all, a nice smelling pilsner.

t/m: Crisp flavors of crackery grain husks, distinct hop presence without too much bitterness (very characteristic of the noble hops used--Saaz). Slight wet nickel flavor in there somewhere. Rather dusty dry and deliciously refreshing finish. Great body for a pilsner--light-medium body, leaning toward medium. High carbonation rushes through this brew lending a refreshing brushy bite and swallow. Very high drinkablility. Don't mind pulling one of these out on a cold winter's night such as this one.

o: One of my favorite pilsners, hands down. Not a particular complex or snazzy style, but one that is full of underachieved swill. Not Urquell. Highly recommended. A great standby beer; forever to replace the desire to have some cheap adjunct lager. Hard to believe that this one's the same price as Stella Artois or Heineken, but people go after one of those instead.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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