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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,674
Reviews: 1,258
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 39
Gots: 150 | 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 tjsdomer2


4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

04-10-2010 00:36:14 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Evocatus


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-07-2010 04:38:39 | More by Evocatus
Photo of Slygato


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

04-06-2010 08:01:48 | More by Slygato
Photo of NA1NSXR


3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

04-04-2010 04:57:52 | More by NA1NSXR
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

04-01-2010 21:42:30 | More by mintjellie
Photo of soju6


4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

03-31-2010 21:51:20 | More by soju6
Photo of sitarist


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

03-28-2010 23:59:05 | More by sitarist
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

03-27-2010 21:31:24 | More by goldbot
Photo of goblue3509


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

03-22-2010 18:27:42 | More by goblue3509
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

03-16-2010 18:39:33 | More by PDXHops
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a shiney golden hue with striking clarity. One finger of paper white head tops this beer after an aggressive pour, displaying less than decent retention and leaving minimal lacing. A strong amount of carbonation is visible.

Floral and grassy hops with a bit of skunk greet the nose first. Doughy malts and a pleasant but subtle citrus zest situate themselves in the background.

Flavourful but not bitter floral hops and fresh grass are the first things to make an appearance and are followed by dough and biscuit dipped in an orange-like zest.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very clean, very crisp, and highly refreshing partly due to the snappy carbonation.

This seems like a staple of the style for sure, especially with its clean and refreshing mouthfeel. In saying that, it is bound by convention, leaving it with not much room to be adventurous. A good intro to the style, but not the most flavourful.

03-12-2010 22:41:23 | More by ludachris
Photo of raffy4

Ontario (Canada)

1.3/5  rDev -63.5%

I had a 500ml can of this the other night. This was the most disgusting beer I had ever drank in my life. The taste was absolutely horrible, taste something like vinegar.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and do not plan on drinking this beer ever again. I don't know how anyone could possibly give this beer a good review.

03-07-2010 00:59:36 | More by raffy4
Photo of rednrag


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

The Original. and I am usually biased towards the original of anything.

This beer looks great, smells great and tastes great. I am a big fan of Pilsners and lagers, and I gotta say, this is a great one. Hard to beat.

Now if I can only get to Prague and try some with some roasted pork and dumplings.

03-06-2010 20:42:28 | More by rednrag
Photo of FreshHawk


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Light golden color with large white foamy head. Decent retention with minimal lacing.

S - Some grassy and citrus hops. Light malt and zesty smell.

T - Good amount of hops that provide a grassy and citrus flavor. Zesty citrus and a bit of spice. Good balance of hop bitterness and pale malt sweetness.

M - Medium to light body with good carbonation. Crisp and pretty refreshing.

D - Easy to drink and refreshing. Good amount of hops for the style. Well balanced between sweet and bitter.

Notes: Pretty good example of the style. Good amount of hops for the style. Not a great Pilsener, but a good one.

03-01-2010 02:28:47 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of mnrider


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz. green bottle. no freshness dates. The original Czech Pilsner.

A: golden color, with lots of carbonation. Head is large, fluffy and very white. Leaves a pretty good amount of lacing.

S: Not very strong aroma coming from this brew. Hops and sweetness is the only thing I could find.

T/M: Crisp and smooth with a strong hop bitterness. Malts are and sweeten the brew somewhat. The finish is dry and leaves the mouth kinda numb and bitter.

D: Not skunked, but I don't think its as fresh as it could be. Probably a much better beer on tap in the Czech Republic. Not sure i'd get this one again, unless I knew it was really fresh. Still a real good beer.


02-28-2010 01:19:01 | More by mnrider
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

A - crystal clear golden color with some fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of lace
S - mostly grassy hops and a bit of skunkiness and a bit of spiciness as well
T - really grassy hops, enjoyable level of skunkiness, bready malts in the back, on the bitter side overall, maybe a spice here and a floral note there but the grass dominates
M - light bodied, crisp, and definitely refreshing, could use just a little bit more
D - I definitely could pick up a 6 pack in the summer and go through it pretty quickly

I'm not particularly crazy about this pils but it's such a great example of the style. If you like pilsners, it's a must try.

02-26-2010 11:05:08 | More by josefnewsong
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

App.- Has a strong golden appearance, foam sticks around for a bit and is in beautiful contrast with the gold). It just looks like I will enjoy this one.

smell- Very centered around hops (noble I believe), sweet malt background and a pungent sulfur part to it as well.

taste-The strong "euro skunk" flavor (as I like to call it) is the first thing I taste and it comes in strong. After that it mellows out to a sweet malty flavor and a brilliant hoppy finish

MF-Could be a bit more carbonation and has a medium feel to it. Very dry finish and quick drinker.

02-26-2010 04:57:45 | More by bgreg3
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours into a pilsner glass a perfectly crystal-clear pure yellow. Slight white head disappears fairly quickly.

Nose consists of light and clean maltiness, a spicy bit, as well as a little grassyness.

Extremely sweet malted grains with a slightly spicy tint of noble hops. Reminiscent of plain cereal or biscuits. Very tasty beer!

Light-bodied, pleasantly carbonated and easy-drinking.

02-23-2010 03:43:31 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2%

A-Clear gold with a nice billowy white head. There was a little lacing, but nothing to get excited about it.

S-Hoppy and somewhat grassy. To my surprise it didn't really smell skunky which was a plus.

T-Hoppy and bitter, some grassy notes, and a nice malt backbone. This is one bitter beer, but pretty refreshing.

M-Carbonated and thin.

D-Very drinkable for the style.

Overall, I think the pilsner style is my least favorite of all beer styles. However, this is a classic example of the style and one that I could see myself enjoying again. When I first turned 21 I purchased a six pack of this and thought it was the worst thing I had ever tasted. It was seemed so bitter and out right disgusted me, but today thanks to my developed pallet I can drink this very easily.

02-23-2010 00:02:52 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Fnerk

New York

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

Well, what can one say about "The Original Pilsner"? Another true classic.

Appearance - a vigorous pour yields a head composed of fairly course bubbles, which quickly settle into a lacey cap on the head of the beer. The beer has a beautiful straw-colored hue, a bit darker than other beers in its class.

Aroma - Wow, this is a Zatec extravaganza. There is no skimping on the Czech's pride and joy in their hoppy history. Floral, citrus, spicy...the malt exists in the back there somewhere, but the hop character is the behemoth here. I sometimes wonder how this brew would differ if marketed in brown bottles, rather than the green ones which marketers seem to think catches the eye of consumers in a more effective manner.

Taste - well...the beer is SO hoppy it's a bit out of balance. If the hops were cut down just a bit this beer would be perfect. Unfortunately, what is obviously a wonderful malt character is pushed aside by the overwhelming presence of Saint Saaz. Oh well.

Mouthfeel - wonderful, creamy, milky and slides down nice & easy.

Drinkability - I can only take one or two at a time. The hop astringency just whacks my palate. I will mention however, that Pilsner Urquell on-tap is a bit more subdued with the hop character and I could probably pound it all night long. :)

02-17-2010 04:28:33 | More by Fnerk
Photo of olmatty


3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

02-16-2010 00:53:17 | More by TAMU99
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

02-10-2010 03:51:27 | More by wordemupg
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-07-2010 23:51:13 | More by chickenm
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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