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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 49
Gots: 179 | 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 mcdevster
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: somewhere between yellow and light orange... off white head that fizzles out quickly.
smell: light malt breadiness.. maybe a little fruity floral hopiness..
taste: very good.. light and refreshing but a depth of character from the hops and malts.. it really almost tastes like a light british ale..
mouthfeel/drinkability: quite good easy to drink..
if you like hops and malts but are in the mood for something light - this is not a bad choice.

mcdevster, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-yellow. Starts with thick white head, but it dissipates without much lacing or head retention. Lots of bready malt and grassy hop in the smell. Flavour has some bitterness from the hops with a nice malt presence. Classic Czech pilsner flavour, perfect for the hot weather.

kwjd, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the brewery's restaurant in Pilsen. Served on tap in a tall pint shaped glass cool.

A-dark gold body, and a fluffy white head.

S-floral and buttery

T-cereal, butterscotch, bitter aftertaste, almost ale-like


D-very sessionable. I don't know if I would drink this from the bottle. The one on the tour is better (from oak casks in the cellar).

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ours a deep yellow body with a thick, though quickly diminishing white head. The cans are delightful. Gold, with an inlaid design. Light breadiness in an aroma that is heavy on the Saaz with a nicely aromatic blend of spice and floweriness. Faint, faroff hint of diacetyl. Buttered bread flavor with a light hint of honey followed quickly by a bright burst of Saaz hops bringing a floral spicy taste and just enough bitterness to keep things in check. Finishes with a lingering spiciness. Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation. Well-balanced and makes for easy drinking. It's nice to have this available in cans to avoid any detracting skunkiness.

Anthony1, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden with a 3/4in white head. Smells floral.. Taste was crisp and it had a great floral hop and apple sweetness to it., it wasn't so hot and it was the evening, so it didn't have that refreshing feel. It has a thin to meduim body and has a crisp clean finish to it, which I prefer. Overall, I believe this is my favorite Pilsner so far, it may become a staple item beer.

gkunkle, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle to pilsner glass
Best by 12-5-10

A: Pours clear light amber with a 2.5 finger egg-shell white frothy that reduced to a small half-dollar cap leaving spotty lace on its way down.

S: Sweet husky Pils malt with a subtle Saaz backdrop

T: Crisp flavor. Pilsner malt sweetness as in the nose with a Saaz bitterness that lingers slightly. A light mineral character. Hop character is grassy. Maltiness builds throughtout bordering caramel-like

M: Small-bubble carbonation that supported the head nicely. Finish is crisp and body is light-medium.

D: Clean and crisp flavor and uber-refreshing.

BehindtheFinBrew, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of rlshep
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy aroma from hops. Some sulfur. Light bready notes.

Appearance: Pours thick long lasting chunky white head. Light gold color. Very clear. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Soft well rounded palate. Spice not as prominent as in aroma. Medium-high bitterness. Pilsner malt dominats. Slightly grainy Dry in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium high carbonation. Medium overall mouthfeel. Some alcohol in finish.

Overall: Not as crisp as I expected but still an excellent well rounded beer. The softness of this beer really jumped out and surprised me right away. I've never had a beer with that character. This beer really lives up to the hype.

rlshep, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fridge temp poured into sam adams perfect pint glass. best before feb 27 2011?

pours a super clear pale golden color with 2 fingers of head that faded after a minute or so. evetually left a super thin ring. a nice lace off the pour. very nice color, not the greatest head.

smells like your usual pale lager, corny, grainy malts. a little bit of floralness to it. a touch of lemon citrus. also a little skunkiness in the aroma, maybe from the green bottle.

i enjoy the taste a lot more than the aroma would suggest. grainy, bready, corny malts balanced nicely by a nice bouquet of soft floral hop flavors. some lemon citrus. a little bit of some of that lager funk. has a little bit of some lingering bitterness. a very nice pilsner indeed.

soft on the palate. light body. maybe a touch dry. carbonation feels just right, crisp, not over carbonated like most pilsners.

great drinkability. great for the summer, but good anytime of year. also a great session beer.
i could see myself buying this again.

dogfishandi, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft poured into Czech glass steins. This was almost all I drank in Prague.

Pours a very pale yellow with a big frothy white head. Nose is sulfur and light noble hops, very fresh and appealing.

Taste is lightly bitter and very crisp. Mouthfeel is pretty light but the full carbonation makes it a nice drinker. Overall this is one of the best pilseners you can get if you can find it fresh. Much better than in a bottle over in the US.

kingcrowing, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a translucent golden brown with a small white head that hangs around. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and crisp.

Taste: Hops and barley up front, with a tinge of malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a hot summer day, however fairly simple for me.

darkmartin, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance- dark golden colour, medium size white foamy head that dissipates after a few minutes. Decent lacing.

Smell - hops, barley, and a little pilsner skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - decent amount of carbonation, smooth, almost creamy, you can taste the hops, also slightly skunky, and tad bit watery.

D rink - a better than average beer in my books. Definitely sessionable and worth a try.

spinrsx, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in the Czech Republic and it would earn much better marks there. Sorry to say that this review is of a bottle shipped all the way to Minnesota.

A: Nice dark golden colour with a decent head. Not too much lacing after a few minutes though.

S: Malty smell mingled in with the strong smell of hops. I think you can smell a little of that "import" smell. This probably permeates into the taste as well :(

T: This is actually still one of my favorite beers. It has a good full flavour. Lots of fruity malt flavours followed by a generous helping of Saaz hops. Very refreshing... too bad that "import" taste made its appearance. The beer also has a tendency to skunk because of the green bottles; however, this one did not.

M: I like the feel of this beer. Medium body, the beer seems to dissipate from your mouth quickly after you swallow it.

D: This is a beer I have in the fridge at almost all times. One of my favourites. I have actually got a few friends into good beer after having them try an Urquell.

EwaldEichstaett, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mjw06
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mjw06, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 :)

srandycarter, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rootbeerman, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mebuzzard, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

flagmantho, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of bogus564
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bogus564, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Nerudamann, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of malloyca
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

malloyca, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Naugros, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

argock, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JoePat, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bizz88, Jun 19, 2010
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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