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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,691
Reviews: 1,258
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 40
Gots: 153 | 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 mjw06


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

Wow... did this taste really throw me for a loop. As my friend and I continually sipped this, neither of us could really put a finger on what we were tasting. The floral note was so far in the background, that it really wasnt worthing noting (no pun). What I came to conclude was the taste of wonder bread that has sat in a warm car for a few hours in its plastic bag, then came and sat on the middle of my tongue. Yes, I know that sounds horrible, but it actually wasn't a bad thing! This was a brew that I would drink and enjoy if ever offered to me. Different but basic... but still worth a glass.

07-14-2010 23:26:50 | More by mjw06
Photo of drabmuh


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

On tap at National's Stadium of all places. I guess its like a snooty BMC drinker's dream. Actually I take that back, I like this beer and was surprised I had never reviewed it. Time for some lager love on here. Hell yeah.

Beer served in a plastic shaker pint glass on tap. Beer is pretty cold. Amber / dark yellow and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves very little lacing on this (what I later realized was a polylactic acid glass, very nice!). Carbonation is high and steady.

Beer has a very mild aroma, true to style, and has this graininess to it that I often associate with lagers. Just smells like your average pilsner so far.

Beer is thin to medium in body but more on the thin side of things. Its not very sweet up front, finishes a little dry, has this harshness to it in the back. Interesting and fun beer from a history point of view, I still enjoy it and have had it on probably 100 occasions and would have it again but its not something I would keep stocked in the fridge at home.

07-12-2010 18:58:53 | More by drabmuh
Photo of srandycarter


4.2/5  rDev +18%

A - Light clear honey, nice .5 inch near white head leaves quick. Medium cling lace.

S - Nice crisp hoppy smell.

T - Hops and malt are nice, light and balanced pretty well.

M - Light bodied, good carb, very well balanced.

D - Perfect for summer... It's summer :)

07-11-2010 19:21:11 | More by srandycarter
Photo of rootbeerman


4.15/5  rDev +16.6%

poured into perfect pint.

A: pours golden hay with a finger of bubbly head.
S: light biscuit malt, grassy hop
T: malt is light, somewhat grainy, hops are nice crisp and grassy,
M: smooth, high carbonation.
D: very smooth, great hot weather drink.

07-09-2010 08:52:11 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.4/5  rDev +23.6%

I've waited to compare notes with the tap in Prague and a tap in the States. Averaging out the scores didn't change much, they were both good.
Nice clear, bright golden color with formidable head.
Strong zest in the nose, more so the one from Prague. Spicy and light. Biscuit holds down the aroma, soft and quiet.
Floral in the flavors, some green leaf and mint and some fresh cut green grass. A bit of honeysuckle in the middle. Refrshing feel to it, zippy and light.
Very good. The Prague version is definitely better with a lot of 5s.

07-09-2010 04:35:12 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured from 500mL can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden-hued, crystal-clear body with lots of effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: sweet, subtle-yet-rich malt aroma with just a hint of grain. On top of this is a mild hop aroma which rounds out the experience nicely. I rather like it.

Taste: light malt flavor with a long, dry finish. Hops here are used to very good effect; a grassy, somewhat floral flavor at first followed by a long, building bitterness that balances the malt well. This is quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a medium carbonation which works pretty well. Good, for the style.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable. A perfectly sessionable ABV combine with a crisp, refreshing flavor to make this a very enticing beer.

I want to note that I've had the green-bottle version of this beer in the past and was not nearly so impressed. I think the long journey from central Europe to Seattle is much harder on the bottled version than on the canned. This can has a best by date of 12/29/10 -- nearly six months from now -- so I can only assume that it is relatively fresh.

07-05-2010 16:57:19 | More by flagmantho
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured into a Weizen glass, this beer offers a golden color, with a 2 cm head that does not hold for very long.

You can smell the hops in this brew, but they're not overpowering. I also get somewhat of a grassy nose, again a gift of the hops.

Upon drinking, I sense a little bit of citrus, likely grapefruit, underneath a grassy sensation. It's a hoppy rather than malty beer, and I appreciate that. Ooh, wee - bitter aftertaste. Wow.

It's a nice beer, not a powerful beer, and I could knock down a few of these with some good (or even bad) pizza.

07-04-2010 00:28:46 | More by bogus564
Photo of Nerudamann


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Look - maybe a shade or two under amber in color...closer to an organge, very dark for a pilsner. Good foam, about two-and-a-half finger's worth that dissipates relatively quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Very strong, spicy smell. Maybe pepper. Not at all what I was expecting for a pilsner. There's a smoky flavor toward the end of the glass that I didn't notice at the beginning. It's more of a cigarette smell than a cigar or barrel-aged smell.

Taste - Again, very unique for a pilsner. Perhaps I'm just too used to Heineken's German style. Very strong toward the back of the palatte, even when it hasn't hit it yet!

Mouthfeel - Medium..slightly creamy. Good texture for a beer.

Drinkability - For me, this beer strikes the top and back of the palate a little too strongly for repeated trips to the fridge. Definitely worth a six-pack if you like Czech style pilsners.

06-29-2010 03:26:02 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of malloyca

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
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

This used to be such a wonderful beer and one of the best pilsners on the planet, about 20 years ago. And then the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Bloch no longer controlled the purse strings and free commerce was allowed to run rampant. Plzeňský Prazdroj was free to "upgrade" its equipment and replace their old wooden fermenting casks with stainless steel tanks. What a shame. The result was that the soul was ripped out of this beer. There used to be a lovely grassy/woody undertone to every quaff, but now it's gone and I can't even remember what it tasted like. All I know is that it wasn't this beer I hold before me.

The Saaz hops still shine through, so not all is lost and the distinct crispness garnered from judicious use of carapils malts is evident, but the grassy and oaky notes picked up from the wooden tuns is gone, only to be replaced by a mouthfeel that Heineken would be proud of (that was not a compliment to either beer). Yet it is still head and shoulders above the NASCAR beers.

It's also still a "pretty" beer, pouring golden and clear with a white, rising head. The head disappears and no lace is seen, but it is picture perfect at first pour.

06-28-2010 02:45:58 | More by Naugros
Photo of argock


3.63/5  rDev +2%

Served on-tap in a dimpled clear glass mug at Court Square Tavern (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Golden with foamy 1-2 finger white head with good stickness and retention.

S: Sulfur and cereal grain blend with grassy, noble hops

T: Refreshing crispness with cereal grain and mineral qualities front and center but accented with grassy and light lemon hoppiness. Even on draft, I can't help but feel that this brew would be much different nearer to the source -- the flavor always has a heaviness about it that fresher beer would probably not manifest.

M: Crisp and quenching feel with heavy mineral-sulfur in the aftertaste.

D: Pretty good but I have tasted several American-made pils that I like better (Stoudt's Pils is the most recent I have tried).

06-28-2010 00:33:27 | More by argock
Photo of JoePat


4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

This beer pours a light clear amber with a thick white head.
Aroma is spicy with a sweet and buscuity maltiness.
Flavor is a sweet kind of white raisony maltiness and a spicy but a little grassy bitterness balancing it out.
Thin mouthfeel but not too thin and smooth.
Very drinkable and refreashing beer.

06-20-2010 18:02:51 | More by JoePat
Photo of Bizz88


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured a nice golden amber with a finger and a half white head that finished with thin lacing through out. A sweet hoppy aroma like new cut grass. Light, crisp and clean on the palatte with enough of a hops bite. Awesome Pilsner, very drinkable. The Czech's got this one right.

06-19-2010 22:38:02 | More by Bizz88
Photo of mmahut

Czech Republic

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

A good tapped Pilsner is a good Pilsner, too bad it's not easy to find even in Czech Republic.

A: Golden and calm, no carbonation at glance, the head has its self-esteem.

S: Strong on hops, what defines a pilsner.

T: Hops follows the smell, if you look deep enough you can feel some lemon, bitterness and spice.

M: Medium body with light carbonation on the tongue.

D: Varies, if you've tasted this beer in US, it has little to do with real Pilsner taste from Czech Republic. Come and visit us, you will taste it for your own and be the best judge. I personally enjoy it only if it's poured very well.

06-17-2010 17:39:30 | More by mmahut
Photo of Fengzi


5/5  rDev +40.4%

PLZEN.... Saaz enough really to me but to the gut of it all... This is a great mild hoppy beer thats refreshing enough to drink all year-round... I absolutely love the look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer. I had the fortunate opportunity to PLZEN while working in a small town just outside of Praha (Prague) named Pardubice. The town loves it's beer and on discovery learned every pub in town carried storage variation from cask to nitro-all. Of course I was sold right away but was most delighted when it was paired with an unusual combination of beer cheese, mustard and fatty pork on top of a nice local bread. Soooo fantastic was the combination that once a month I ritualistically do the same here in the States to bring back that feel; that moment in time that I had in CZECH. On top of it all I had the great fortune to drop the work and travel to PLZEN and partake of the town that I feel hops was created... :) My twist of course, but if you were there immersion into this ideology wouldn't be that far off...

06-14-2010 15:26:35 | More by Fengzi
Photo of Clutch28

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

A: Deep gold almost copper. Stark white head that is large and looks like soft,vanilla ice cream.

S: Roses, hay, slight touch of malt.

T: Fresh bread with butter that seems to melt on the palate but then a floral (rosewater? thyme?) hoppiness cuts in and follows all the way through to the finish.

M: light in body but typical for the pilsner style.

D: This is the type of beer that can be consumed in a huge quanity. It's no wonder that in Prague a lot of pubs serve Pilsner Urquell by the litre.

Not only is this the first Pilsner style beer ever, not only did it start the macro brewing craze (continental lager). but this beer continues to deliver. Perhaps a bit of character has been lost since the brewery moved from the open, all wood fermenters. But, this beer continues to ooze quality.

Only issue i have with this beer is the fact that they you green bottles. A brown bottle would suit the beer better. Specially for the oversees market as the beer can get skunky if you aren't careful. A brown bottle would solve that issue a bit better. but all in all still a world classic.

06-02-2010 19:48:36 | More by Clutch28
Photo of missingsense


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

A: Light gold w/ small white head that disappears quickly. A steady stream of lazy bubbles rise to the top to give it a quite refreshing appearance.

S: Sharp, fresh grassy hops. A sweet and mellow floral scent rounds it out. A very faint metallic smell that faded as the beer warmed slightly.

T: Light and refreshing sweet malts upfront, with some grassy flavors. A very slight hoppy bite in the swallow that finishes with a smooth creaminess.

M: Crisp, clean, and light, just like a pilsner should be.

D: This is about as good as it gets for the mainstream euro pilsners. One of my go-to session beers, as it doesn't fatigue my palate at all. The perfect beer for when I just want to relax and drink beer on a beautiful summer day without thinking about it too much.

06-01-2010 04:52:50 | More by missingsense
Photo of KazikliBey


4.9/5  rDev +37.6%

Pilsner Urquell may have a loyal following indeed, I'm a Pilsner Urquell loyalist.

The first bottle was love at first taste. It's the real McCoy, nothing like Canadian and US Pilsners. It's a perfect balance in all aspects. An absolute masterpiece.

In all honesty, however, it has been my experience that a significant portion of the average beer drinking US population doesn't share my enthusiasm for this particular brew. Was it Michael Jackson who said post-Prohibition Americans want a beer that is basically water with a head? Can't recall, but this one may be a bit strong tasting and thick on the mouth for some. It is that according to the feedback I've received from those who didn't care for it.

Nevertheless, for this beer-lover Pilsner Urquell the absolute favorite by a long shot.

05-29-2010 11:07:45 | More by KazikliBey
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Got a 6 pack of Pils Urq at the liquor store. It's the most available Czech Lager in the US I think. And it has it's loyal drinkers but it still isn't a common beer in the USA.

This beer looks good. It's a deep gold color with a thick frothy head. It smells very bitter. Like pure hops almost whit a faint malty aroma. And the taste is very crisp. It has a very bitter hops taste and it is very tasty. It has a good mouthfeel. It's creamy and not watery. It's drinkability is moderate. It's strong flavors make it a little difficult to just chug.

This is a fine beer. I really enjoy it's powerful hops aroma and taste. I'd say if you like a flavorful lager you should drink this beer. The only issue I have with it is that it has a low alcohol content. It's only 4.4% alcohol. I wish it was at least 5%.

05-29-2010 04:45:32 | More by eschbach
Photo of bump8628


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

Clear and golden with an initially fluffy, white head that recedes to a thin veil after a few moments.

Grassy, spicy hops are definitely at the forefront with hints of lemon and hay in the background. Sweet Pils malt is evident once it hits the palate, but is soon wooshed away by a solid bitterness.

Eh, not the world classic some profess it to be, at least not the stuff that the US gets.

05-27-2010 06:26:31 | More by bump8628
Photo of appenzeller


5/5  rDev +40.4%

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)

05-26-2010 07:08:19 | More by appenzeller
Photo of AlexCorleone


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

A- Golden, with robust white foam that soaks the glass with a good lace.

S- A little fruit, but not to over bearing, with the classic bread a floral pilsner smell.

T- Maturated hops, floral, raise, fresh bread and a little bit fruit

MF- At the end you can feel fruit and grain aftertaste with blend of hops and again a classic pilsner taste.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable, A good "maridaje" with spice food and cheese

05-23-2010 20:32:36 | More by AlexCorleone
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%

Hmmm. I must admit I'm surprised. For a beer that seems to be ubiquitous, this is surely one of the better pilsners I've had (and I've resampled quite many lately).

Darker (as in leaning more towards an autumn orange than yellow) than the average pilsner. The absence of a lasting, picturesque head may be the key item missing that would nicely round out an otherwise appealing appearance.

Fresh, wet grain and hops in the nose - reminiscent of a spring morning after a rainy night. A touch of apple juice thrown in.

At first, sweet and lightly puckering. Medium-thick body on the front of the tongue and ever so faintly metallic on the back. Perfect hop bite for the style, with a tingly spice coming through your nose upon exhale. The carbonation is spot on - couple of good burps here and there.

This is balanced quite well - excellent sweet/spicy mix, exceptional mouthfeel. Definitely one of the more quaffable brews in any style I've come across.

05-23-2010 15:40:13 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of kicktothehead


4/5  rDev +12.4%

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with a foil neck wrap. Has Freshness Date expires in 5 months,

Appearance: Golden and clear with a lot of carbonation. The heads stays as a thin creamy lace with bubbles.

Smell: Little sulfer smell with light earthy hop note.

Taste:Clean and crisp up front. The Saaz hopps make this an earthy/spicy hop flavor that works well. There are biscuity flavors that work well to balance the hops.

If this is your first pilsner that isn't a light beer, its great. But it is lacking in some character now that its massed prodcued. Definitely try this and then get your hands on a fresh czech pils to compare what PU used to taste like.

05-23-2010 00:43:23 | More by kicktothehead
Photo of Kaiser777


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Off to visit the land of Plzen Czech!

A- It had a beautiful clear yellow finish, with a robust white foam that soaks the glass with a good lace.

S- A little skunky but not to over bearing, with the classic pilsner smell.

T- Again slight skunky but not to over bearing, with a delightful pilsner taste with a beautiful blend of hops!

MF- Is excellent on thee old taste buds, and soaks the mouth with a beautiful blend of hops and again a classic pilsner taste.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable you have to have a required taste to enjoy this beer, so thank the folks at Checkoslovakia for brewing a wonderful pilsner!

05-20-2010 01:17:07 | More by Kaiser777
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