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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,758
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 46
Gots: 175 | 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 spointon
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these poured from 16oz cans into a pint glass.

A= Poured a bright and clear gold color with a 3/4" dense white head. Lots of carbonation release and a head that maintained a cap all the way down. Some decent sticky lace down my glass.

S= The smell was full of spicy and grassy noble hops! Also showed a hint of malt sweetness and a touch of sulfur.

T= Flavor was dominated in a good way by the (saaz?) hop spiciness. The mildly sweet grain took the edge off, but overall it was quite bitter. Finished dry and delicious.

MF= Very crisp, palate cleansing feel. Lighter side of medium bodied.

D= I admit that I love this beer and generally find it to be pretty fresh in the can (no hop skunking that way). A very sessionable beer.

spointon, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: two fingers of white head with a beautiful yellow orange color beer. The head sticks around for some time, but there is no lacing.

Smell: a floral almost lemon like smell from the hop focused aroma. There is a tiny bit of sweet malt aroma hiding behind the hops. There is a tiny bit of a grassy note to this beer as well.

Taste: There is a bit of hop bite at the beginning, which is actually quite pleasant and not very strong at all. This is followed by a bit too much sweet malt flavor, which is also the aftertaste. There is an overall crispness to the beer. There is a hint of the floral notes from the nose in the taste. I would have really enjoyed the flavor for the style if the beer had a slightly less sweet malt presences.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was mostly spot on when initally poured, but as the beer sat through the time it took me to write this review it became quite a bit less carbonated (this could be partially due to the nucleation point in my dogfish head signature glass, which releases carbonation). This truly affected the taste and mouthfeel negatively. When the beer was more carbonated it definitely had a nice refreshing crispness to it.

Drinkability: This beer is so drinkable and well worth it in my book. This is not a bad beer, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

OnThenIn, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of RyanBelle
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Yellow-goldish appearance on initial pour, medium amounts of foamy lacing appearing on the Pilsner-style glass after consumption, Very dense foamy head that settles at about the 3/4 finger mark. High carbonation.

S - Floral notes throughout, with very subtle grassy notes slowly following the initial floral notes.

T - Very malty with a slightly bitter taste for the type of beer it is, sometimes present in beers with a higher ABV%. A "dry" beer with a malty aftertaste.

M - Velvety; pleasant, albeit has "dry" aftertaste.

D - Goes down a tad rough at first but it redeems itself later the more you drink of it, and more floral notes shine through.

RyanBelle, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly burnished gold with strong, steady bead and a modest, but decent white head with large bubbles on the top. It retains very well and leaves spots of sticky lace as it sinks. It's a wonderful-looking lager, everything efficient and proportionate.

Nose is kind of sweet 'n' sour, a lot of malt with a caramel edge, almost toffee-esque, with a rich chocolatey whisper on it as well, just a slightly more earthy malt character. Hops are herbal, with coriander and basil notes, not very spicy and actually a bit simple, doesn't quite balance out the malt. Very pleasant smell, though would expect more from the hops.

Taste is predominantly sweet, with a long and detailed malt profile. Slight tang on the front, like soda, descends into a caramel buttery palate, smooth, gentle sweetness with a little bit of bread dough on the middly, though not enough to be sickly. Phenolic, slightly astringent hops strike late in the piece, after the flavours of the malt have calmed down and thinned out. Again, I expected them to be more dominant, but having said that, they do their job in cleaning up the stickiness, albeit late.

Mouthfeel is decent, fairly full body and a bit of texture from the bubbles, not quite all there in either sense though, just fall short leaving this a bit bland on the feel. A clean, effective lager with some nice flavours. Good, but not great, pilsener character, even from the grand-daddy of them all.

laituegonflable, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 floz bottle into a flute glass

A - very rich straw colour for the body. highly effervescent, with many bubbles coming up. the head is big, crackly, white, and about 1.5 fingers. it dissipates in about 2 minds, leaving a good sized layer. the body is best described as a dark straw color, completely diaphanous, and crystal clear.

S - nose is light hops, and pretty much only hops. the hops smell floral, and slightly grassy; a very fresh over-all profile. the biggest complaint, of course, is that the brew is quite simple in the nose.

T - a nicely bitter, very drinkable hoppy beer. initial taste is a light hop taste, maybe a bit lemony, but pretty simple otherwise. no hint of the malts; only a medium bitterness from the hops. the finish is slightly malty, adding a touch of sweetness, really only the lightest of touches, to the primary body of hops. the finish is almost a completely exact continuation of the initial. the aftertaste is again, just hops. the hops change in character a little bit, having a speck of spiciness at the end of the finish/beginning of the aftertaste. a pretty consistent beer.

MF&D - the feel of the beer is one of the better aspects, it is extremely cool, crisp and refreshing. there is a lot of carbonation, making the beer quite sharp and crisp on the palate. the body is light without being watery, which is a very good compliment to light body. a good beer, and the one I get when at art openings.

erz316, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of drcarver
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Refrigerated then heavy pour into a pilsner glass.

A - a nice golden color with a white fluffy head. The head fades pretty quick and leaves little lacing.

S - cooked dough aroma with hints of fruit and sourness. Smells like a pizza actually.

T - sour with the cooked dough flavor of pizza. Finished sour and the aftertaste sits in the mouth.

D - Goes down nicely on a hot day or with food.

drcarver, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden lager with a creamy head that doesn't stick around too long.

S- Slightly skunky , with a sweet, fruity aroma. Mostly a malty scent.

T- Slight bitterness, somewhat skunky. There is also a sort of malty sweetness to the beer, although it isn't an overall sweet flavor. There is a distinctive biscuity, all-purpose flour taste as well that is nice with the dry finish!

M- Smooth and easy on the palate.

D- The beer is extremely easy to drink. It has just the right amount of carbonation to help the drinking out.

*In updating my review with the beer in a traditional Stella Artois glass rather than a plastic cup, I think I like the beer better. I guess the proper glass (with the proper swirl for nose and taste) can help some beers!

ThomasMetal75, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden pour, nice head showing some persistence.
Aroma is a mix of skunk, grainy/biscuity sweet malt and noble hops.
Flavours are a bit better, with lots of bready/biscuity malt, honey, green hoppy notes and an assertive bitterness.
Med-light body with refreshing carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

green bottle from a 12-pack case, bought directly from the cooler. light exposure was limited as much as possible to prevent skunking. back label indicates "05049 0043", whatever that means. (a week later i also got a 12-pack with bottles displaying easy-to-read dates instead. go figure.) tasted in mid-may 2009.

golden straw honey color. some nearly invisible "dusty" particles, but otherwise clear. foamy, creamy, 1.5-finger head, fades to wispy layer and ring. nice webby rings of lace.

aroma: bready, biscuity, cracker-like maltiness, sweet even in the nose, with hint of apple or white grape, balanced by a gentle yet fragrant, almost floral, bouquet of saaz hops. actually, the malt character is reminiscent of freshly popped popcorn.

taste: sweet bready malt, literally like fresh barley bread, w faint yeast ester tones, and that fresh popcorn character again, balanced by lightly crisp, herbal, grassy saaz hops, giving mild to moderate bitterness. semi-dry, malty finish w more crisp, flavorful hops.

light body but very smooth with touch of astringency for a moment in the finish before smoothing out again. mild to moderate carbonation tingles upfront, and for the remainder gives crisp refreshment and flavor lift.

when this is fresh and unskunked, i can easily drink a whole sixer in a couple minutes. hop extract? filtered? whatever. it's still great stuff. dunno what the deal was with that 4-pk of cans i had before.

tai4ji2x, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of cudmud
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring, this beer produced about two fingers of bright white foam, which evolved into nice lacing. The color is a very clear, golden color. The aroma is both malty and hoppy with a hint of banana. The flavor is crisp, hop-like, and malty. This beer is a fine reflection of style. I enjoy drinking this beer and consider it my go to beer when I'm at the ballbark and in my house.

cudmud, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pilsner glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a cery light golden color with a three inch white fluffy head. Tiny bubbles can be seen going to the top of the beer, very great clarity. Average head retention with no lacing.

Smell is of grains, slight floral hops, spicy zest, soap(no I'm not kidding).

Slightly sweet upfront with just the barely noticeable hop presence in the back. Slightly better then your mainstream pilsners but still has that cheap flavor to it.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and sweet aftertaste.

I personally would not drink this again, but I can see other people who drink macros would love it.

tr4nc3d, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/29/09- from notes.

Green bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Very deep gold with a chunky two finger white head that lasted most of the glass. Decent lacing.

S/T- Virtually identical to me. Grassy sweet and a little spicy.

M- Very smooth with a little dry bite at the finish.

D- Pretty good session beer.

tatoodkelt, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce green bottle into a pint glass.

Once I pried off the cap I caught a whiff of skunkiness. It poured a beautiful looking golden light amber that had a great head. It really is amazing looking. Even with a little bit of skunk, it still smells pretty nice thanks to the sweet malts. The taste begins with the sweet maltiness upfront before you detect the hops and bitterness. Best pale lager I've had in a while.

BierFan, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I CANnot believe that I have never reviewed one of my favorite beers, especially given that it was available in a CAN.

Speaking of the CAN, it had that same pressed quality of another Czech (?) beer that I recently reviewed. As a tactile drinker, it had an appeal. Onward!

Two rocky fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Nose was simply grassy Saaz. This is the gold standard for the style. Speaking oif gold, the color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium and laden with Saaz on the tongue. This is it! It makes me want to relocate to the Czech Republic. Finish was slightly dry, very refreshing. In a CAN!?!

Beach/Shore: Hell, yeah! This will make you the envy of all of your Bud-swilling amigos. CAN you dig it?

woodychandler, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got back from Prague where I was able to drink this on draft on a regular basis. While in Prague it wasn't my favorite pilsner but very good and much different from the bottle version in the states. The bottle version first of all is not as aromatic and flavorfull. Also, it has a much different look and mouthfeel. The fiz is much sharper and the clarity is unbelivable brilliant. Worth getting but nothing like the local draft.

david18, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
So far it looks good with a very clear medium golden color and a puffy head that stays around long enough. The lacing is thin and high on the glass with very tight clean suds.
It has a nice bite and a buttery smooth feel to it.
The smell and taste are hand-in-hand here; the malt is irrelevant and overpowered by the bitter and skunky hops.
I know that this is what they are striving for and I have had much worse pilsners, but to each their own and, unless someone else is buying it, I would choose something else.

ThickestHead, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I (Wiseman Nick) ordered a glass of this last night in Budapest. Served in a .5L Pilsner Urquell goblet, and paired with a big bowl of goulasch and a couple pieces of bread.

Appearance: Three fingers of soft white head sit atop a clear, polished gold body. A dozen strings of bubbles connect the head to the bottom of the glass. Big head falls fairly quickly, leaving a thick trail of web-like lace where it once was.

Smell: A good deal of sweet, juicy, leafy hops join up with grainy, BBQ-like (Munich?) malts. Not much spiciness in the nose, which was a bit of a dissapointment.

Taste: Bitter hops all the way! Oily, leafy, spicy, salty goodness. Doughy malts emerge in the middle and hang around til the finish.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation to keep things exciting. Finishes crisp. Smooth as hell and very refreshing.

Drinkability: A classic beer that, I believe, can hang with just about any other Czech pilsner out there. This was a delicious tap offering that I'm sure I'll order again.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a barely readable freshness date of NOV1209, so it should be fresh. Pours a very clear medium golden color with a large fluffy white head. Fades fairly rapidly, but leaves a nice quarter-inch layer that hangs around for a while. I am a bit surprised by how dark this beer is, I was expecting a pale yellow hue.

Nose is mildly grainy with some spicy, earthy saaz hops. Smells pretty good, but still a little stale.

Taste is more grainy and malty sweet than I was expecting, the saaz hops are there in a more balancing role than, say, a Victory Prima Pils. Fairly full body for the style and not quite as carbonated as I would prefer. Has a mild hop bitterness on the finish that fades away pretty quick. It is a well crafted pilsner that is enjoyable and refreshing. Pilsner fans should enjoy this beer, but I would not recommend this beer to people who dont like saaz hops or new converts to craft beer. Freshness is key for this beer, so make sure to check the freshness code. Also, it is a bit pricey for a sixer at 9 bucks.

twiggamortis420, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of diamondc
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle, best before Dec 22 09.

A bit more darker than many pilseners I've had before. Golden. dark amber, no head or lacing though.

First smell was of skunk .. which is acceptable for this beer style. It was kind of amazing how skunk filled my room. Anyway, the skunk smell does blow over once you pour it into a glass. Afterwards, buttered toast comes to mind, mixed with pepper and freshly cut grass.

The taste was of lemon skin, fresh bread, a lot of hot sauce type spiciness. The earthy, grassy Saaz hop taste lingers on the tongue for a long time.

This was a really crisp and easy to drink beer. There is a slight burn on my tongue though while gulping, probably due to the high hops used. I could drink these for a while and not be bored.

diamondc, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of kinghotpants
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pilsner Urquell is crystal-clear and golden, but it doesn't have that "looks like urine" too-light yellow character.

Right when I open the bottle, I smell some sulfur, or "skunk." After the sulfur blows off, I notice hops - Czech Saaz. There's also a grassy smell, but not unpleasant.

As far as the flavor, it's a very clean beer - about all I get here is hops. It's crisp, and there's a bitter finish to it. Unlike big exciting Belgian beers with crazy esters and fusel alcohols and spice notes, this is a good, clean, simple beer. They put malt and hops into the beer, and you taste malt and hops. Pretty straightforward.

kinghotpants, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich gold/brownsh color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is good with some sweetness. Taste is crisp and a tad sweet with a slight bitter finish. Feels fine in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good beer.

tone77, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: Golden and clear with a nice, big, frothy head. Frankly, that was a little unexpected, but nice.

Smell: Mostly a malt smell but it seemed to have a bit of a hoppy aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: A little bit bland compared to some other beers I've tried as this seems to be pure malt and hops. However, still pretty good and very smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, nothing special to report here.

Drinkability: Maybe it's just my conditioned American tastes here, but I found this beer a little funky. I applaud the effort to not put any adjuncts in the beer to cut the flavor, but for me, this is just not my thing. Not horrible or anything, but not exactly for me.

civilizedpsycho, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Trigcove
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard pour from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It produced a three finger head and I had to wait to get it all into the glass. The head diminished to a chunky one finger and then finally to a thin film that went the distance, leaving a light lacing on the glass.

The aroma was of very slight skunk (why do they insist on these green bottles?) followed by even lighter malt and some hoppy/grassy notes.

The taste was mostly bitter hops and could have used more malt character, but there was definitely some light malt notes available, I just had to hunt for them. The finish is dry and bitter in the back of the throat and it hangs on for a loooong time. Hops fans will like this.

The mouthfeel is just average for a pils. There is a little less carbonation than you would find in, say, your average American macro, but it still keeps the beer light and refreshing.

Overall, it's fairly bitter for a pilsner. The low ABV means you can drink a bunch of these. Anyone who's read any of my reviews knows that I'm not a big fan of beer that is unbalanced toward the bitter, and I feel that this beer is very close to being just that, so I would not make this my session beer of choice. Having said that, I still find this to be a somewhat pleasant brew for the style.

Trigcove, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of seand
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow amber with a finger or two of white head. Head dissipates almost completely before too long, leaving little lacing.

S: Earthy floral hops, with some sweetness.

T: Sweet up front, dominated by slightly citrusy flavored hops on the finish.

M: Finishes very dry, and the bitterness stays around on the aftertaste. Quite carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel. Some astringency.

D: Drinks quite easily.

seand, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought at the beer store. single twelve ounce bottle. pours clear and golden. thin white head. no lace. looks ok.

earthy spicy hop aroma. smells good. no off odors.

hops up front. herbal. good and sweet. fairly clean aftertaste.

mid-light body. ok carbonation. i like this beer. i will have it again someday.

ajmoody76, Jun 25, 2009
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,758 ratings.