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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,779
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 49
Gots: 180 | 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 danetrain0101
4.88/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great pilsner, especially since it is the original pilsner!!(urquell means original)

Very nice golden color with a smooth head.

Smells of strong malts and hops with a nice alcohol undertone.

Taste is exactly what you would expect with a pilsner. malty, hopy, just the perfect blend.

Very good mouth feel with a smooth finish.

Very drinkable. This is one of my session beers.

danetrain0101, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The first history "pilsener" gives us a slightly fruity nose, grassy and slightly malty palate that remains on the tongue. A small lack of taste in the mouth is to stress despite the finish interesting, with grassy aromas. Good pilsener flavors that are authentic, both in terms of hops that the malt, which is very refreshing.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Naugled
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice sharp carbonation, fast white head with some silkiness, crystal clear deep straw color.

Sweet malty nose with some corn notes.

Good bite in the mouth, but malt still comes through, good balance with some suble earthiness

Bitterness lingers a bit, but is pleasant.

Fuller body for a pils, nice richness

Very drinkable, good session beer.

Naugled, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 3/25/10: I realized that the first time I reviewed this beer it was a bad bottle. Here is the revised review:

A: Slightly darker gold with about 3 fingers of foamy white head with large bubbles. Good head retention, no lacing.

S: Alcoholic, slightly sweet maltiness with notes of honey and tartness.

T: Slightly bitter, earthy and hoppy outset leads to a crisp maltiness which only hints at sweetness. Interesting, since the bitter hoppiness seems to come before the maltiness then prolong into the aftertaste.

M: Light and crisp with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Quite a unique brew (when fresh)... and I realized that I truly need to drink it fresh, otherwise I miss out completely on the subtleties of the flavor and it just kind of devolves into an astringent off-malt taste. If this is truly the "original" pilsner, then I wish more that came after it would emulate it.

thekanna, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of JayNH
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a large, very short lived, foamy head.

S- A mildly sweet, grapey/grainey maltiness.

T- Very clean.. A grapey/grainey maltiness upfront. Fades to mild earthy, spicy hoppiness. Finishes grassy.

M- Dry, lighter bodied, moderately carbonated.

D- Excellent! Light, clean, refreshing, well balanced.

JayNH, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass (all I had) with a great golden straw coloring and a white head. Laced minimally down the glass. Some toastiness in the aroma along with the hops. Similar taste to the aroma with the straw flavors being more prominent. Feel was slightly oliy with a light body. Great drinking session beer.

jacobseyb, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of bob3701
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass (no other glass would do). Clear straw yellow with a big foamy head. This is it in pilsner taste, the original. I'm not going to disect it here. It was my favorite beer in the 70's when I had it from a wooden keg and in the aluminum can today it is still one of the best.

bob3701, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold color with lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head is thick, foamy, and white and dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells toasty with heavy hop character.

Taste: Starts with some hoppy bitterness and finishes with some toasty/buttery flavors. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: This is the classic pilsner for a reason. Very drinkable with some nice flavor. A must-have for any beer lover.

wahhmaster, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of meeekyh
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a small flute. She is a very clear pale straw colour and has a modest white head almost devoid of lacing.

The aroma is grainy and yeasty, like bread ;-) (are emoticons allowed in beer reviews?) Have I mentioned Liquid Bread, that was a cool place. Somewhere in Kansas as I recall...

It tastes like straw. Maybe slightly sweet. The carbonation is lively and enjoyable and the mouthfeel light and urging to be renewed.

I love this beer. There are few as drinkable. I like the dryness and the slightly buttery feel along with the crispness. Damn fine lager.

meeekyh, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a golden yellow with a half inch of bone white head and vigorous carbonation. Head quickly recedes to a lace.

S - Dry, cracker-like malt, perhaps a bit vinous; noble hop aroma of herbs and flowers.

T - Light breadiness on the palate, but with a strong suggestion of sweetness that doesn't taste like corn - I can't quite put my finger on it. A little grapey as well. Nice floral/herbal hop flavor and reasonably assertive hop bitterness.

M - Light and effervescent.

D - Potential off flavors as the beer warms. This is a huge step up from macro lagers, but there are better pilsners out there.

trbergman, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Faune
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 330 ml green glass bottle with freshness date on back.

A- pours a clear beautiful golden hue with white bubbly head which quickly disappears. Small and medium bubbles.

S- Hops, Malt, grassy, grain.

T- Bitter hops, sweet grassy malty taste, dry and some citrus notes.

M- crisp with lively carbonation. Dry finish.

D- Hey what can I say this is one of my favorite Pilsners, very consumable and all around good. Maybe not as good as it was in the "old days" but still a classic.

Faune, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of m standard session beers when I'm in the flavourful but light mood, time to finally get down to reviewing it.

This classic of classics pours a pale gold topped with a pure white head of a porous nature. The retention is acceptable but nothing fantastic, quickly whittling away.

Hoppy aromas dominate; cut grass, wet leaves and a tinge of sulfur. Light white bread aromas from the malt give balance.

Hop bitterness kicks you right up front on the first sip; riding on the coattails of this is a subtle malt sweetness which provides good balance. Toasted bread mixes with mild resinous qualities backed by a mineral taste.
Light body and tight carbonation provide superb drinkability.

This is a great beer hallmark of the style and a old standby can't knock it.

Reinheitsgebot71, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that somewhat looks like a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear rich gold with slight white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Spicy Saaz hops, fruity malts (apple, pear, lemon) and some graininess.

Taste: Very fruity malts consisting of apple, pear and lemon, with some fresh cut grass. Ends spicy, peppery and bitter. I feel that the spicy kick at the end is just slightly off compared to some other Czech Pilsners.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body for a lager, crisp dry finish.

Drinkability: The prototypical Czech Pils but there are some better ones out there, particularly Czechvar (Budweiser Budvar).

bsp77, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a one finger head that reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Light malt with a sweetness almost candy-like.

A nice rich pilsner taste. Pretty heavy on the malt with a light hop backing. Slight buttery/nutty taste. Hint of lemon as well.

Pretty big bodied for a pilsner. Very smooth also.

This is a really nice pilsner. More character and body to it as compared to others. I can see why this is so successful in it's homeland. Would make a nice session beer. One of the better pilsners I've had. Solid.

jera1350, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of montecristo2
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass- my first beer for Thanksgiving. I am greatly thankful for BEER!

A very clean, pure tasting pilsner. Good flavor, nothing overpowering here or bitter. I like this as a good drinking beer. It is tasty and drinkable.

A nice golden color, I smell the malt and detect a slight honey flavor in the finish. Definitely a good beer for the warmer months, but tasty anythime.

A good reliable pilsner that will quench the thirst!

montecristo2, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden color. 1 Finger head dissipates quickly. pretty standard pilsner appearance.

S - Pretzel, biscutty, hoppy, clean, fresh, etc.

T - Hop extract, pretzel, litghly earthy.

M - Again, pretty standard for a Pils. Tickelish mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, light body.

D - Overall, this beer is just OK. I wouldn't recomend this to someone as a good representation of a Czech Pilsener. Better than BMC, but not worth seeking out. One and done for me.

PreacherBrewer, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color, and decent head.

Smells of yeasty goodness.

Has a strong yeast taste that I have grown to enjoy. Not as good as Stella Artois but is still a decent beer.

I would drink again on tap at a bar if I had nothing else better to choose from.

Spineypanda, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jmaur345
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is said to be the original pilsner, I must say that I was not impressed. I had it on tap at a brew pub in Columbia South Carolina and am going from memory.

A- Orangish-gold, very bubbily.

S- Very bitter hop aroma, faintly skunky.

T- Very bitter, but not in a bad way, nothing special.

M- Leaves the mouth feeling very dry and bitter.

D- This beer could be very drinkable if it tasted better.

jmaur345, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer made in Czech Republic, the birthplace of the pilsener style.

A: Blond color, creamy foamy head that dissappears almost instantly, the logo says it's the original pilsener;

S: Fresh malt and carbonation

T: Malt with a finish of hops and roots;

M: By the appearance i expected a refreshing beer but left me very dry and bittersweet, also have a high bitterness and light body;

D: Very flavorful beer with a light body.

roddwolff, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a Pilsner Urquell glass.

A straw color with good clarity and a small white head that dissipates quickly. A spicy hop aroma with some black pepper and a touch of fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and crisp with a mild bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is low to moderate.

Pilsner Urquell has always been a favorite session beer of mine.

GJ40, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

This beer went from cult status to mass-produced over the past couple of decades. Even without a recipe change, many have noted a difference.

Clear and deep golden, filtered and pasteurized for extended shelf life. The lacing and head retention of this lager is quite amazing as it leaves a massive crowning ring on the glass and several rings further down. Clean, spicy herbal hop aroma with a graininess that is of fresh cut grass. Very smooth and crisp with a moderately-sized body. Sweet maltiness with biscuity and dried hay flavors. Bitterness from the hops helps to balance the small amount of malt sweetness that is present and goes a bit further with a pleasant spicy herbal note. Finishes dry with a faint metallic taste which is no doubt a by-product of the pasteurization.

A shell of its former self: globalization, growth and popularity all have their drawbacks, and you can see it in today's PU. Processed and overly clean compared to years past, yet still worth a try if you have not tried it before.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A : Pale yellow with a finger of white head. The head goes off completely and leaves little traces of lacing

S : Sweet, floral hops with a little notes of wet grass

T : I find no sweetness at all, only a citrusy bitterness. The malt is present, but the sweetness you usually associate with a malty brew is not there

M : Bitter and dry aftertaste, overly carbonated - but in the right way

D: Definitely easy drinking

BeerSingh, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW: 500ml can poured into a shaker. I decided to revisit this classic Czech pils after consuming a skunked bottle on a previous review.

Light golden body with a full inch of bubbly white head that settles to a finger of film. Respectable lace. Smell is fresh, grassy hops, bread dough, and yeast. Taste is sweet pils malt and wheat upfront, Zatec hops produce apple, lemon, and citrus flavours, with some cereal grains in the finish. Quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, average carbonation with a crisp bite and mild dryness in the finish. Tangy with a lingering lemony bitterness. Overall, a satisfying quaffer that delivers lots of flavour despite the low ABV. The standard by which other pilsners are measured, though there are many superior examples of the style.

cratez, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of kpoole25
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know this is a classic but this was a bit of a wallflower beer for me, so mild and straightforward that I almost didn't notice it. Green bottle to glass, golden color, slight skunky smell. Taste was clean and refreshing, pretty good level of carbonation, there was a nice hop/bitter finish. This really doesn't have anything compelling in it for me to get again, but I'm fairly new at this. Might revisit in a while to see if I can find the finer nuances and complexities.

kpoole25, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty dark gold with a decent white foamy head...didn't last too long though, and no lacing.
Very little smell of any kind...slight citris
Mild flavor, citris with a hint of caramel popping up in there. A sourish, bitter finish.
Decent carbonation, feels right, nothing distinctive.
I could drink another, but won't.

deaconoflove, Oct 30, 2009
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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