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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,943
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 55
Gots: 239 | 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 masey222
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very golden brassy color and has a fizzy carbonation so didn't really develop or hold a head and no real lace...
smell is nothing really special but had a sharpness that is reminiscent of a skunky like flower...
the taste is a lot like other Czech beers in the floral beers...
the texture is a-lot like other pilsners nothing outstanding...
Overall it wasn't that exciting to drink but was interesting never the less.

Photo of Franz4
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- nice golden color, small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, head vacates quickly, just left with a thin layer of white film.

S- smells of earth and corn

T- metallic taste is the first thing I noticed, other than that it tastes watered down.

M- very light bodied, stick it in my waterbottle type light bodied

D- This style has it's place, and there are some good examples of it, but I'm not feeling this one.

Photo of Star80
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can, bought a single, nice that this won't be light struck, also nice I won't be stuck with six of these! Beer is a golden color with LOTS of effervescence, a bit darker than I'd imagine it would be, quickly dissapating foam head. Smell is faint and of herbal noble hops, and some sweet malt. Taste is more of the same, slightly spicey hops, but honestly a bit flat, not spicey or piney enough, and an underwhelming bready middle. It is clean in the finish, almost crisp. You know, I have been seeking the perfect pilsner and though the impressive pedigree this just isn't it. I know a good one when I taste one and this is marginal at best. However, I think it is fairly drinkable cold on a hot day and probably would be quite refreshing.

Photo of Chincino
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had Pilsner Urquell on tap at many places throughout Prague and other places in the Czech Republic including the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzen. The beer poured a nice golden color with about an inch of frothy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was somewhat floral and also smelled of malt. The taste is very mild and there is a low alcohol content which makes this a good session beer. This is a very crisp, light, refreshing beer. While nothing spectacular, I would definitely recommend this beer for an any-occasion beer.

Photo of bierguru
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A -
thick white head stays fairly well mild carbonation and the body is clear straw color

S -
some spicey tones and some sour tones

huge peppery spice small hop taste i tasted no malt or floral anything

M -
very light almost water and a lot of carbonation peppery-ness dries the mouth out

D -
very peppery and to me it almost sour had to force myself to finish it

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; not much of a head and poor lacing. Bubbles and foam around the edges of the glass. Golden straw in the color of the main body with somewhat active carbonation.

smell; smelled like skunk from the bottle but when poured in the glass the smell changes. The hops are almost sweet and mild or perhaps that is the malts...not sure but that's a good thing, suggesting proper balance.

taste; really interesting hop bitterness, more dominating than German style Pils. Sharp bitterness that turns sour before giving way to the malts. Malts are really blunt and bready but the hop bitterness then returns to overpower them. The balance is a little off but only a little and not worth complaining about. This is contrary to the smell and makes this drink interesting.

mouthfeel; tight and puckering with a crisp finish that leaves a trace of flavor that coats the palate.

drinkability; not a bad drink but after a few, the hops start to be a little much.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. Didn't think to grab a pilsner glass until after I poured it...dammit.

A- pours a vibrant, crystal clear shade of yellow with a one finger eggshell white head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing. Looks nice...would have like a nicer, longer lasting head though.

S- grassy aroma of hops...earthy pilsner. Pretty great for the style

T- there is actually some sweetness from the hops there...maybe some lemongrass. Overall, very mild, easy drinking flavors

M- very light. Thin. Not overly complicated

D- very drinkable. Probably the best Czech pilsner I've had, which is saying something based on the rating because I generally prefer the German pilsners. Would get again, easily

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate yellow straw color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is slightly grainy and a bit of hops. The taste is slightly hoppy with some grain and straw. Light and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this drinks pretty well, and I'll always have a soft spot as this was one of the beers that introduced me to "good" beer, as my grandpa always had this around.

Photo of Andrew644
4.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- deep golden with a nice white head that lingers while you drink.

S- I can smell both the malt and the saaz hops, nothing compares to the smell of saaz, they are quite distinguishable.

T- This is a great pilsner and mostly because of its top ingredients but even more so because of its balance. In every sip the malt and hops both come out and work very well together.

M- Carbonation is good but not so much that its harder to drink.

D- With all the characteristics of this beer it is very enjoyable to have by itself or with meals. I would have one at any time without even thinking twice.

Photo of azorie
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this beer to style as close as i can, and trying NOT to remember what this beer was like when i had it fresh in the 70's and 80's at the source. AKA its changed allot.

a: Poured into a lager glass at 42F, nice decent head on the beer, pale orange in color.

s: very faint hops, at least its not skunked. some malt sweetness. Still the noble hops are there. I liked it.

T: I thought it tasted fine for the style, nothing earth rocking but its a damn slight better than adjunct lagers. But to the style i say its about average. malty taste and refreshing hint of hops, its a pils.
Middle of the road beer.

M: was light and low carbonation.

D: was good, easy to drink.

lagers are not my thing, but i gave it a go, would drink it again. Would not seek it out but its decent.

Photo of MattyV
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a soapy cap.
I'm getting some mineral/metallic notes on the nose, as well as some bready malt and noble hops.
The taste is on the sweet and malty side, but with noticeable noble hops and a touch of mineral. Finishes very crisp with very little lingering aftertaste. Highly refreshing.
Light-bodied, lively carbonation, this is a tad on the sweet side for me, but still a classic and highly enjoyable pint.

Photo of jjanega08
1.78/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A= The pour is a nice deep golden color with a crispy white head on it that holds some decent retention and lacing.

S= Damn it skunk! It smells like skunk and rotten wood. I really wish they would do something to prevent this. I can smell the pungent skunk from a few feet away. Sort of mustardy too.

T= The taste isn't as skunky as the smell for some reason yet it is still bad. The taste is overly sweet and skunky. Luckily the sweetness takes a little of the skunk away or I would be lost. This is just too bad.

M= Clean crisp and refreshing.

D= I really wish I could have found a bottle of this that isn't skunked. I'm reviewing it because I paid for it. They should take more care into keeping this problem away.

Photo of emsroth
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can, we'll see if it aided in the flavor protection

App: Super frothy head, but it dies quickly. Light gold color, the slightly darker color I associate with the czech pilseners.

Smell: A touch of sweet honey followed by a strong bite of floral hops. perhaps a touch of herb, but mostly floral, perhaps clover.

Taste: Biting up front with strong, bitter hops and little malt character. The flavor of this beer is in the finish: smooth husky malt with touches of caramel. A faint white grape skin is noticeable in the finish. The hop flavor is slightly metallic but mostly indistinguishable and just presents itself as bitter.

Medium body from the strong carbonation that ends watery, but it has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Odd that it can be both.

Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by "APR2411" into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very brilliant and translucent gold with about a finger of head. Retention is about average for the style.

Smell: This smells hoppy. Excellent. Very subtle, crisp, floral hops take the nose. A really great smelling beer - at least I know these bottles aren't light-struck.

Taste: A great light, bitter, and hoppy brew. It's a prime example of a pilsner and is great fresh. I took this six-pack directly from a case in my work into a brown paper bag to avoid light-striking because the light character of this beer lends itself to light striking very easily. It's a shame because this is really a delicious beer, it's light, dry, and pleasing. Hop heads looking for something more refreshing than an IPA need to look no further.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly light and carbonated, but leaves the mouth feeling just a bit dry.

Drinkability: The very low ABV make these very drinkable.

This is an awesome pilsner, just make sure you're buying fresh and dark!

Photo of bigrzman
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into my pilsner glass. Carbonation is uneven all the bubbles are different sizes some large some pin sized and all coming up in different speeds. It poured out with a golden hue much deeper than most German or American Pilsners. There was a small white head that disappeared after contact. Very grassy and floral to the nose like running through a field of wild flowers with freshly mown grass. The scent is definitely inviting. Now the first sip, lightly toasted malts in a sea of grain and grass, kicked back by a sharp floral hop adding spice and dryness. Mouthfeel is like a champagne, very bubbly and dry but light in body as a pilsner should be. Hops are assertive in taste and dryness, it has a very nice dry snap. Drinkability is limited though by the dryness. It would be nice to drink a few but my mouth would become very dry and i would have to switch to a Dunkel lager or a Weizen to quench my thirst.

Photo of mudbug
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can into a pilsner glass results in a brilliantly clear orange beer with a fluffy white head, active carbonation keeps things lively, a very appealing beer.
Smells of spicy hops and grain, and a slight suphur funk
Taste is hop bitterness and spice backed by a medium grainyness, dry and refreshing but that sulfur funk is hiding in there too, I wonder if it tastes like that fresh from the brewery?
I will admit that the canned version tastes better than the bottled.

Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.69.

A-Poured a translucent golden hue with a one finger, bone white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Vigorous carbonation.

S-A pleasant combination of spicy hops and sweet, malty grains.

T-Very nice for a pilsner. I don't drink many of these but this is very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Slightly sweet with malty flavors, like honey nut Cheerios, and some hop bitterness.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Medium bodied.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell poured a clear golden color, with very little head. It had a bit of a harsh smell, but wasnt very strong. THe flavor was a good malty flavor, and a nice subtle bitterness. Easy to drink, not to heavy, not TOO full on flavor, but there was enough. Overall a nice beer, nothing great, but enjoyable, and I can see many many people liking this beer.

Photo of kellyst
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pilsner Urquell is probably my most consumed commercial beer. Its the gold standard Czech pilsner in my opinion, which is one of my favorite styles

Thin white head that quickly disappears. Medium gold in color and incredibly clear. Aroma of spicy hops and sweet grains. Flavor is perfectly balanced. Bitter backbone, slight mineral taste, sweet and slightly bready malt flavor. Drinkability is huge, and I have had multiple sessions of this wonderful beer. I always buy 12 packs of PU to avoid skunking. I would give my first born to a bottle shop owner in this area who would carry PU in cans.

Photo of Swill5786
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw, clear, with carbonation bubbles rising. Thin head, no lacing. Nose of spicy hops and malt. Very slight skunkiness - why does anyone use green bottles?? Taste is a very sweet malty front and mildly hopped wet finish. Light body with decent carbonation level. Decently drinkable but not overly impressive for the style. Good but not great.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Gold hue with a white head that disapates quickly; very little lacing.

S- Very sweet noble hop aroma.

T- Very sweet and malty with the perfect balance of noble hops. One of my favorite pilsners.

M- Medium-light bodided. Medium to light carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable pilsner.Very well blanced, sweet and noble hopped.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got into a conversation with a girl going to the gabf about how i'm not a huge fan of pilsners. She told me this one was "amazing" so I decided to give it a try. I think average would be a better way to describe it.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a decent sized bubbly pure white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass in a minute. Slight lacing.

Smells of some hop spice, and saaz hops.

Tastes of faint noble hops, most notably saaz. Hop spice, and a tiny bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, with above average carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel.

Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my official tour of Prague for this weekend:

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass:

A: straw, very clean

S: bright, crisp, clean, very stereotypical Pilsner/Lager, but better...

T: very good, upfront, a little citrus, some bread, overall very strong

M: again, good, crisp and consistent

D: a small confession, this is one of my favorite Pilsners, always good, never a disappointment...

Photo of KonigObHops
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but it has been a while. I did remember that when I had it before I felt that it was what an American Pilsner would want to be when it grew up.

The beer is a dark straw color. The head of the beer is fluffy and white. There are a lot of bubbles.

The aroma is malty and almost wheat-like.

The initial taste is smooth and malty, and a bit coppery.

The middle of the beer remains smooth and balanced. There is a slight taste of hops that complements the malty flavor very nicely.

The beer finishes very smooth with a nice evaporating sensation.

This beer is so light and smooth that it goes down like water, but the taste is fuller than most pilsners. I would reccomend this beer to anyone looking for a beer on the lighter side of things that still has a nice full taste.

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

I was very reserved when cracking this bottle. I've always wanted to try what a real pilsner tasted like. The green bottle definitely puts off the more seasoned drinkers. I was expecting extreme oxidation.

The beer pours a dark straw or golden color. Definitely darker than most American pilsners. Aroma was disheartening. Definitely a scent of oxidation and cooked corn (DMS). But to be fair slight DMS is a trait of pilsners.

Taste was surprisingly not oxidized. Typical lager characteristics such as sulfur. Almost a hint of a clover honey. Great body for a pilsner as well. Definitely a welcome surprise. Somewhat drinkable but didn't make me want to have another.

Overall a very surprisingly good beer. I was expecting Bud or Coors and i got something better. Still had some flaws but definitely not a terrible beer.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,943 ratings.