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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,996
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 58
Gots: 285 | 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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Photo of AlexM
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ToasterChef
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A chilled bottle is poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear and golden with a small white head. Plenty of carbonation can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass as well as rising to the top. Some white foam lacing is evident.

Grassy European hops dominate the nose, as well as some light grains.

Crisp, refreshing flavor with grassy hops, pale malts and some crystal sugar. Hop profile is more pronounced than the American macro versions of this style. Nice bitterness lingers. Enjoyable.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Leaves a bit more of a sticky coat than I would like to see, but the hop flavors that remain are welcome.

Overall, a good pilsner. If you are at a location without much of a craft selection, you'll likely fid this one listed in the imports section. It's safe to order it.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw, with a mediocre head of foam that doesn't linger long.

S: Citrus, grain, and a skunky aroma

T: Hops bitterness is up-front with this beer, not a finishing note like with many I've tasted. Grassy taste is a distant second. Malt sweetness is an afterthought.

M: Moist, not much carbonation

O: Not at all bad, but fairly one-dimentional. I'll file this one away for a safe but mundane option at a future dinner party or restaurant.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. NOV1711 stamped on the back label. I suppose that means this bottle is only a week and a half away from no longer being fresh.

Appearance - Clear gold body with a pillowy one finger white head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Strong corn. Fresh hay. No off characters.

Taste - Strong corn. Basically a bigger, bolder, and smoother Dos Equis. Funny comparison, I know, but it's an effective one.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Smooth and almost creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit pils, but I've had much better.

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

straw colored yellow, one finger head, dissipating with decent retention

biscuit malts at front, faint characteristics of Saaz hops at the end

biscuit malts, crisp and clean

finally on tap and not in an imported green bottle proves why this is still a well-made Czech pilsner.

Photo of diegobonatto
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It is a good, regular pilsner, but not special at all. Smell remember the american pilsner style, and the same is true for the taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a bohemian pilsner. Taste is regular, similar to a regular pilsner (the malt taste is there, with a lot of hops). I was expecting more for a beer that founded an unique style.

Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a tulip glass

A: SRM is robust golden hue. White head is .5 in., loose, and dissipates to cling the rim.

S: Crisp and sharp malt notes. Slight hop.

T: Bite of the malt/hop ingredients is the signature of this style. Medium/heavy carbonation lets flavors sit on palate. Crisp malt aftertaste.

M: Light body. Medium light feel, carbonation creates a slight creaminess/thickness. Aftertaste sits very light on the palate. Dry finish.

O: This is the staple, the original by which all pilsners should be judged. There may be better examples, but this one is ALWAYS solid. This beer makes it ok to drink light beers.

Photo of UnsungBeero
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz. glass.

A- Pours a much darker yellow than I expected, looks almost coppery, with a nice foamy head that bubbles up and stays for just as long as it needs to. Impressed for a pilsner already.

S- Very grassy indeed. An earthy aroma of light hops, and some grain. Other than that, not really picking up on a lot.

T- Tastes exactly like it smells, but with some real nice, hop bitterness shining through and some heavy grain that makes it very delicious and refreshing at the same time.

M- Very heavily carbonated like you would expect a pilsner to be. Not watery, but certainly not heavy. I guess if there were a "just right", this would be it for me.

O- Overall a very nice, mellow beer. I could see the bitter after taste getting to people who are only used to drinking cheap, adjunct lagers, but other than that, I can find nothing offensive about this beer. I would say that this is a fantastic introduction to this style, and one of my personal faves.

Photo of mooseo
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pilsner.

A - Clear light golden with a decent head and average retention. Lots of bubbles.

S - Grassy hops mixed with a bit of malt and grain.

T - Bready malts up front, followed by spicy, grassy hops. The finish is dry and with a touch of bitterness. The flavors are a bit weak, but not bad at all.

M - Creamy and smooth. Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Decent pislner, but nothing really special about it. It's refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of bnes09
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden colored lager. Weak head that thins to a few floating streaks of bubbles. No lacing. Lots of visible bubbles rising to the top.

Smell of bread grains, rice and lots of skunk. Mild on the nose yet spicy at the same time.

Mild, bread-like flavor with some rice adjuncts. Hops are lively with a ginger and pine-like spice. Lots of skunk in the taste as well. Smooth for half a second mid-drink then dry with a soapy aftertaste. A little more flavor than other examples of the style.

Light bodied overall. High level of carbonation, almost like sparkling water. Finishes dry.

Pretty much average for the style. Nothing special here. Still a crisp, refreshing, easy drinking beer.

Photo of chocosushi
2.19/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz->Unibroue Tulip
A ~ Pours copper with a great amount of pillowy head. Decends over the course of five minutes leaving globs of lacing. Large bubbles of carb. Looks like a pils.

S ~ Pale Malt, Green Grass, & Skunk.

T ~ A wierd melange of sourdough, cheerios, stale hops, & hay. Touches of peas, buttered corn, pepper, & dirty sap throughout. Blegh.

M ~ How could a 4.4% wreck my palette? Rather thin with an awkward bittering finish that is dry, but with an unrelenting
peppery cloy.

D ~ This is what I hear recommended to me time & time again when it comes to Pilsners, & this does not taste like a pilsner! This fell very short right after the first taste. One & done, Did not even get halfway through.
Would never buy again, unless I bought from the source.

Photo of mikeg67
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beermarket in Toronto. Pours deep golden hue with a thick white head. Nose is herbal hops and biscuit malt. Medium, very crisp body. A lot of herbal hops balanced on the pallet by biscuit malt. Long, bitter finish. Outstanding, classic brew when fresh.

Photo of Gilly1980
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden color without much head or lacing, possibly due to a gentle pour.

S- Spicy and crisp with hints of grass and biscuit.

T- Spicy bite up front, well-balanced hop flavor in the middle, and an almost metallic aftertaste.

M- No chewiness orstickiness to speak of. Doesn't stick around. Feels kinda watery.

O- Very typical of my experience with European pilsners. Not a bad beer but nothing to write home about. Thoroughly unremarkable.

Photo of dansmcd
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear, pale amber beneath a huge sudsy head. Fruriously swirling carbonation and spottey lace.

S - Grass, biscuit, wheat bread.

T - Quite sweet throughout with banana, biscuit and fruit toast flavours in the malt. Clean mild hop finish. Nice.

M - Quite smooth, medium body. A soft tang at the end.

O - Very easy drinking and tasty pilsner, but what's the deal with the green bottle? Mine was fresh at least but I wouldn't be surprised to get a light struck bottle.

Photo of ShireReeve
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Tulip Glass

Appearance: A golden, almost brassy color. High enough clarity to just about read a newspaper through it. A nice, three finger head with an aggressive pour. Some patchy lacing, that sticks around the entire session. The head is thick and lumpy similar to ice cream. It dissipates, in a few minutes, to a one finger head but it stays clumpy.

Smell: Bready yeast, similar to dough. Floral hints, but very faint.

Taste: I got a slight hint of grains in the front as it hit my palette. Rather neutral in the middle but a nice dry champagne finish from the hops at the end.

Mouth Feel: Very light and refreshingly crips. Carbonation was average. A defined dry finish.

Overall: I love the first grainy drops that hit the palate. A little misleading because it only gives way to a nice dry hop finish. I like this beer. I am not much of a pilsner drinker but I enjoyed this beer. There is quality to this beer but I can taste a little bit of a something in the aftertaste that reminds me of Miller Lite. Like the skin of a walnut.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear golden body with a firm 2 finger white head.

S - Sweet grain, chalky lager yeast, a bit of skunk diacetyl as well.

T - Sweet roasted grain, good amount of earthy noble hops pop on the tongue, some honey like sweetness at the back end.

M - Creamy medium body, wet, low carbonation.

Very flavorful for 4.40ABV. Good aftertaste and really refreshing.

Photo of chefelf
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After seeing Michael Jackson on his show "The Beer Hunter" waxing poetic about this beer I had to give it another try. I haven't really had it since the late 1990s but it was actually better than I'd imagined. I grabbed this bottle out of a case so I could minimize any light damage. It was much better than I remembered. Not overly hoppy like so many pilsners are lately (which seem to me to basically be IPAs).

I'd love to try this fresh in the Czech Republic. Even for being shipped thousands of miles in a green bottle it is pretty good.

Photo of JayS2629
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a huge creamy white head that sticks around and leaves walls of lace.

The aroma is of toast, sourdough, and biscuit with slikght floral notes and a hint of skunk, but not overwhelming.

The taste follows with sourdough bread, cracker, and cereal backbone with grassy notes, and floral qualities. Hints of skunky, funk are in the finish.

Overall, its an above average pilsner, but didn't live up to the hype.

Photo of FrozenJoe
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Light lacing. Light copper color. Very clear.

Smell: Smells just like it tastes. Malty, sourdough biscuit aroma.

Taste: Malty, sourdough biscuit flavor. Bitter but no floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Nice carbonation. Flavor lingers.

Overall: Disappointing. Where is the floral hop finish? Tastes like an imitation of Heineken. I've been to Germany and tasted real Pilseners. This isn't one of them. That being said, not a bad session beer if you like a bitter lager.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle best by Dec 2011 $1.85
Pours one fingers worth of very creamy white head. A nice cap remains for a fair bit. Crystal clear "extra" pale yellow body.

Smells of sweet yeasty bread, fruity notes typical of lagers. Straightforward and fairly simple but good.

Tastes grainy, very cereal like, some grassy hops. A fair amount of hop bitterness mixed with some astringent grainy and grassy notes.

Thin bodied with good carbonation keeps this one prickly and pleasant in the mouth. The finish some what quite flavorless and mineral water like.

Overall I expected more from this one. Not bad but I guess I was hyped up to try this and expected awesome flavor and love for this one. I could have a few of these in a sitting but it won't be my first choice.

Photo of Stocean1
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a fluffy one finger head that quickly subsided, Honey colour, fine lacing.

S - floral, malt nit much else

T - follows the nose with some light fruit notes. Nicely balanced.

M - light to medium bodied with some carbonation. A little bitter on the back end.

O - Not a big pilsener fan but this is certainly a decent drinkable pilsener.

Photo of layinbrix
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this at the grocery store, figured it was worth a shot. Poured into a dimpled pint.

A: 2 fingers of head, dissipated fairly quickly. Color was a golden apple cider. Not much lace to speak of.

S: Saaz hop spice, not much else.

T: Sweet, grainy malt. More Saaz hop spice, very faint mineral taste.

M: Mild finish, light bodied, easy to drink.

O: Nothing too spectacular but it definitely gets points for being the first Pils ever, let alone the first golden lager.

Photo of samie85
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Apr 6, 2012.

A-Pours a clear golden color with a finger and a half of white head.

S-Smells a little skunky with some light caramel notes and an earthy, herbalness.

T-Herbal hops fade into a light caramel-like malt backbone and finishes herbal almost peppery and bitter finish.

M-Slick yet prickly feel with a medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

D-A pretty solid beer, but I assumed I could avoid that kind of skunky aroma with the can. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into stange style glass.

Pours with a healthy 2F worth of fluffy/foamy white head over a fairly clear golden body with tons of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas contain lots of cardboard, touch of floral hops, and some of the typical Euro lager funk.

Creamier on the palate than I expected. Full of flavor for the style, with a nice balance of rich malted barley and rounded bitterness. Would've expected a touch more bite on the mouthfeel, but the smoothness is pleasant and not too buttery.

Overall, I have to give this high marks. It's pleasant, refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grass and bread with a little bit of citrus mixed in. The flavor has a little bit of bitterness from the hops, as well as some bready malt. I also get a little bit of spice from the hops which mixes very well with the other components. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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