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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,808
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 189 | 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 bgreg3
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bgreg3, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

thegodfather2701, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Fnerk
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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. :)

Fnerk, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of olmatty
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

olmatty, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of TAMU99
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TAMU99, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rarbring, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

wordemupg, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chickenm, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of NatetheGreat
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with steady carbonation. Clean hope and grain aroma - not much else in the nose. Hard to describe the taste: mild sweet undercurrent to the simple, yet dominant hop bitterness. Grainy and grassy. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry. Feel isn't half bad. Easy to drink with low ABV would make this a great session beer. Not much flavor but it's clean and fair enough to drink a few. Fair beer but nothing to write home about.

NatetheGreat, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear light gold w/weak white head.

S-Bit of spicy and grassy hops, faint bread tones.

T&M-Slightly sweet upfront w/bready backbone, and slightly spicy herbal, and grassy noble hops in a dry finish. Well-balanced, light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

D-A light-hearted brew I enjoy drinking.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, and after noting little head finished aggressively which only gave 1/8" of head atop a golden straw yellow brew. The nose is of grains and some light bitter hops. Upon tasting my first reaction was that I had had this in the past and for some reason I recalled it being deliciously fantastic. It is not. There is no complexity to the beer, I would liken it to a Labatt Blue with more bittering hops. It felt too light in across the palate, though it lingered for a moment. Could be quite sessionable.

kjyost, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: very mild grass and a hint of citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: mild malt presence with some grass and lemon zest. Bitterness is moderate as the Saaz hops provides the bite.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Clean and refreshing aftertaste.

Drinkability: always a standby beer when selection is weak. Easy to consume.

Gavage, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great example of a pilsner. Used to be my favorite, went a little downhill. Looks ultra clear, lots of bubbles, thin head. Smell, zippy as if the bubbles are going right up your nose.

Good taste, great summer beer hop quality. Very light, but at the same time, has some flavor heft despite no malt to speak of. Mouthfeel is a little simple, nothing complex to speak of throughout. Very drinkable, easy drinking, and you can usually catch it on sale every other weekend. Points for good skunky lager flavor.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of baseballrock
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

a - clear and golden half inch foamy head receeds fast.

s - earthy straw aroma, with some hop characters.

t - slightly sweet but overall balanced with a good amount of hoppyness. crisp and very dry.

m - balanced, light and clean on the palate.

d - a good pilsner, and more importantly a good change of pace compared to the beers that i tend to drink on a regular basis.

baseballrock, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer so many times I cant believe I havent reviewed it. My review may seem high but people, this is THE beer that the Pilsner style is named for, and this is the beer all others strive to be. The original!

Pours into my frosted myg a crystal clear dark straw color with a sizeable white head. Decent amount of lacing as well.

Aroma is straw-like and noble hop goodness. The slightest bit of caramel adds complexity and makes this a great overall beer. Slight bit of fruitiness but mostly grassy.

Very clean and dry. Superbly bitter with a mouth puckering twang. Again, a touch of fruit with some light fruitiness. Grassy and bitter and delicious.

This is always a standby for me when I go somewhere with a less-than-memorable beer selection. Sure its a bit pricey because of its "import" denotation, but this one is worth the price. A true classic.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this head disappeared very quickly, but it's an attractive gold color with a lot of exciting carbonation.

Almost overpoweringly sweet biscuit malts in the smell are joined by some earthy hops and lemon rind in the taste--not bad, but really too bitter and too sweet, so not particularly refreshing.

That said, it's drinkable and the mouthfeel is very bubbly, which lightens the heaviness of the taste some.

lstokes, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO, wouldn't touch this beer in a bottle, damn green bottles skunk too fast.

Pours a crystal clear golden sunset shade, I do mean crystal clear. Two fingers of foam build on the pour and slowly fizz out to a thin collar and then nothing.

Nose is quite light, a hint of the caramel biscuit base and an even fainter hint of the hops, a hint of fruits?

I used to think pils were all bland, boring skunked beers until recently when I found a few well hopped, craft options that made me think this could be my go to session style. Unfortunately, this one falls short of some of the other craft options, even in the can. A well built, smooth drinking biscuit base but it's the hops that are a bit of a let down. Standard grassy Saaz with a mild bite but they never grab you - medium finish, they never stand up and take a bow, mere sidekicks. A hint of floral as well. Which is not a bad thing all the time. Makes for a really approachable, drinkable beer. I would certainly order it when faced with BMC options. But it doesn't live up to what I want out of a truly quality pils - bold hopping, spicy delights.

ritzkiss, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Poured a dark gold with little head retention with little lacing.

S: The Saaz hops really come to the fore in this beer. The malt is quite subdued.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

T: Crisp, with a nice bite on the finish. Malt remains in the background with this beer, no surprise there.

D: Very drinkable and a nice alternate to judge other pilseners by. When I first began my beer quest, I hated this. I found it downright foul. Funny how tastes change...

sunrisesolara, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with freshness date on the back of June 25 10. Very goldish color with about an inch of head. Very little carbonation. Very little lacing left on the glass. Pretty well balanced brew. Some smooth hops and malts. A few minty, herb notes in the flavor profile. More of a taste of grass than anything. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Pretty drinkable, I could put back a few of these.

mtnbikerpa, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a meidum large thick white head. The dissipation takes some time and afterwards there's a healthy amount of lacings.
Lots of small bubbles in the liquid.

S: Nice clean malt together with floral hops that gives the smell a citric note. Well balanced smell.

T: Nice hops dominates the taste. The hops are at the same time bitter and floral. The malt feels nice and clean.

M: Lots of carbonation and medium-bodied. The aftertaste is medium-long and holds a dry bitterness.

D: A nice pilsener. This is very Czech and that's is a good thing.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 2 stiff fingers of eggshell white head. Thinner look to the retention here, leaving a smattering of foamy lacing back. A floral feel and spicy hops jump out of the aroma immediately as does crisp notes of buttery bread and a pronounced Lager yeast smell. This is pretty tight feeling in the nose.

There is some sweetness to the malts but they mostly come off as toasted and clean, with a biting spiciness to it that really lies thickly in the mouth with a heavy dryness. The mouthfeel is just as you would expect, being light-medium bodied with a tight and crisp feel that snaps in the mouth.

Pretty cut and dry Czech Pils here (with the emphasis on dry), being clean and crisp and this should appeal to those looking for a little extra spicy kick.

Kegatron, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A: Darker golden color, pours a thin head.

S: Light malty scents, some hops are evidant.

T: Crisp, slightly bitter, nice noble hoppy taste. Clean finish.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated, crisp.

D: East to drink, goes down well.

BeerisfoodLLC, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of dpasotti
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressive pour yields a small layer of off-white foam that quickly recedes to a few bubbles around the rim. Crystal clear, light golden yellow in color.

Classic floral/grape-like clean lager smell with a dose of earthy grains and barely-perceptible European (Saaz?) hops. Very similar flavor, with a noticeable, appropriate spicy hop bitterness. Malt is light and crisp. Not too much going on here, but nothing off-putting.

Light on the palate with medium-high carbonation, which is surprising considering the lack of head or rising bubbles. For one of my least favorite styles, this may be the best yet. I could drink this all night.

dpasotti, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of fartkowski
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can, bought at the LCBO.
Poured a light gold color. with a small foam head, maybe 1 inch, that didn't last too long. Very smooth and crisp, A very good tasting beer. I found it to be refreshing, and goes down easy. A great beer while watching a game.

fartkowski, Jan 11, 2010
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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