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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,044
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 311 | 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 djura
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was made in Dreher brewery in Budapest.

A- is very nice,a bit darker color,nice foam,real pilsner.
S - Very smooth and basic, but for a pils it has a great scent.
T-99% Czech pilsner taste,that 1 % less is because it's made in Hungary.
M-light to medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation, slightly bitter in the finish.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before Nov0211.

Appearance: Pours that lovely golden Czech pilsner color. Relatively thin white head which recedes quickly.

Smell: Grassy, metallic Euro lager smell. You know you're drinking an import. A bit biscuity.

Taste: Wow, I almost forgot what a good tasting beer this was. Nice hop flavor comes right at you. I remember why this was a constant pick over so many other beers through the years. Smooth and light, yet full of biscuity, buttery, hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. A "light(er)" beer with a lot of character. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: This is the first time I have come back to this favorite of mine after about six months of craft beer exploration. It's nice to know you can go home...and at just 4.4% ABV, I might have found my summer diet beer!

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

This is the mother of all beer in my humble opinion. This bottle came right out of the country of origin thanks to a guy who brought this to me.

Expiredate is today so just in time to drink it. Poured in a dutch beerglass this beer has the looks. Two finger white head which disappears not too quickly. Good carbonation. I think this is one of the first Tjech beers i see which looks good.

Smell is good, some citrus and bread come in the nose.

Soft and very 'round' taste. This is a well brewed beer.

Photo of ejeffer11
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of the classic brews.

nothing amazing about the appearance, pretty translucent, but this is not unexpected for the style. Good carbonation with a very white head on it. A little malt sweetness along with a zesty hop bite to the aftertaste. There is some skunk to this as well, but not in a detrimental way. Enjoyable to say the least.

I always look forward to drinking this because it means the weather is getting a little warmer. A classic easy drinking brew that at 4.4%, you can have a few and not lose your bearings. Great with something off the grill.

Photo of marty21
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden with about a finger worth of white soapy head. The head actually lasted the entire time which suprised me and left lines of lace on one side of the glass.

S: Very grassy with sweet malt. It’s even sour at times as well. It also had a bit of skunk but that passed as it aired out more.

T: Grassy hops with some grainy malt. A faint skunk taste in the aftertaste but it’s hardly noticeable. It’s actually quite light but has a faint bitter finish.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: This was a lot lighter then I was expecting but it was still very easy drinking and good. I finished this rather quickly and would definitely buy this again.

Photo of veinless
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear burnt yellow with a finger of quickly-dissipated white head that leaves little lace.

Nose is grassy and even of dirt at times, with a healthy dose of semi-sweet malt mixed in. It's a bit restrained which is disappointing, but the quality is there.

Taste is more of the same, with more pilsner malts coming out and a touch of herbal quality in the finish. The malty sweetness is stronger here than in the nose, and it's not necessarily a good thing, but at least there is more to taste. I like this, even if I don't love it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but not as dry as I'd like. A bit sticky at times, the beer would benefit from a slicker, cleaner feel. Still solid though. Drinkability is good despite all my nitpicking, but is held back by all those criticisms. Abv is nice and low for sessions, and the beer goes down pretty easily. All in all this is a good beer, and even if it has been bettered since it created this style, it stands up favorably to most pilsners out there now.

Photo of StaEva
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear with a cream-colored head that pops up 2-3 fingers in the glass. Light and foamy although there is some good stick. The scent is earthy and prominent— grainy and grassy.

Very clean and crisp taste with some light, earthy hops and that bitter, European flavor.Very much mirrors the aromas. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Groomsy
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a date of September 08, 2011. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: The body was a clear and transparent deep gold/light amber, topped by foamy two-finger head of the bright white variety. There are some particles in suspension, and scant, mellow carbonation bubbles float to the top. The beer leaves behind some residual spotty lacing on the glass, but nothing too great. Nice looking pils.

Smell: Hey, no skunk here! Woo! This has a fairly standard pilsner smell, but it's still enticing. Crisp, sharp, and clean, it features some spicy, slightly floral and grassy hops out front, just barely backed by some generic pilsner malt. As the beer warms, some more of the malt sweetness emerges in the form of fresh-baked bread and honey. As per the the style, there's a slight note of sulfur and minerals from the water used in the brewing process. Not an overwhelming nose, but powerful and well-done. Made me anticipate some things.

Taste: The hops are in focus with this beer - it follows the nose pretty linear. The hops are floral and grassy for the most part, with just a touch of spiciness on the middle of the palate. Zesty and refreshing. The malt comes toward the back with a bready sweetness, which grows more pronounced as the beer warms. Little bit of a sulfur bite toward the end, but barely noticeable. Well-done overall; glad I got a fresh bottle. Not as strong as the nose indicates, but a good and refreshing pilsner.

Mouthfeel: About right. Soft in the mouth, fairly light body, and low carbonation make it go down smooth. Little bit of lingering flavor on the finish with some slight drying, but nothing too crazy.

Overall: A good pilsner. If you can find it fresh (e.g., not skunked) this is worth a try if you want to find out what the pilsner is all about. If nothing else, it's refreshing.

Photo of jifigz
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Victory Tulip.

A: For a lager, this beer has a gorgeous color compared to the macro American shit lagers that flood the United States shelves. It is not nearly as piss/pale yellow/claer and actually got a nice head with some lacing.

S: The smell has a nice somewhat sknunky aroma to it. I also think I am picking up some kind of hop scent.

T: A very sweet beer at first that gives way to some hop bitterness, and then finishes with an almost honey like flavor that lingers a while. A pretty enjoyable and smooth, easy flavor.

M: The beer seems light in body compared to most beers I drink, but definitely has a much better feel than most lagers I drink.

O: A very good and drinkable lager. It has character enough where I could easily see myself searching this beer out on a hot summer's day. It would be easily quaffable and very quenching. I am mainly an ale guy, but this was pretty good. I wish Bud and Coors made beers similar to this.

Photo of Sudsy89
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a pale yellow, has a decent head that leaves a bit of lacing. Has a slightly skunky aroma, not very pleasant to me. Taste is typical pilsner, slight amount of hops, nothing special. Average level of carbonation with a light mouthfeel, high drinkability at 4.4% abv. This is a decent pilsner, but not better than a comparable domestic, reminds me of Beck's.

I'm sure if the Alstrom bros. are right then it used to be much better before the brewery was bought out by the macro companies and the formula was changed.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear, golden, yellowish body with a nice white head. Decent retention and some good lacing.

Muted aroma of slightly grassy hops, lemon, and malt. The malt aroma is somewhat earthy.

The flavors are a little better. Nice clean, crisp, light hop flavor, with a nice malty backbone. Some spicy yeast notes as well.

Light mouthfeel and fairly easy to drink. Solid Pilsener.

Photo of ikats
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears very clear, golder-yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is light and refreshing full of grassy hops. Taste is more substantial. Light hoppy bitterness is there, but there is noticeable malt background. Medium in body. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. It's a very refreshing beer. Just checked style guidelines, and I do find it an excellent fit. I'll gladly except it as an excellent example of pilsner.

A little personal note: This particular bottle was brought to me by a friend traveling in Czech Republic. Always a nice touch.

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - crystal clear bright gold with thin lasting head that leaves on the side of the glass.
Aroma - aroms is predominantly herbal and grassy hops, a little bit spicy, a bit of sweet bready malt in the background.
Flavour - Spicy and slightly floral with a nice bitter finish.

Photo of stckhndlr
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden yellow. Clear. Clean white head is small and dissipates quickly. Some carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom but not a whole lot going on with this one.

S- has a lemony olive like smell to it. The more I smell it the scent turns into almost like a grapefruit flavor. Maybe a touch of skunk to it.

T- sweeter malts and a hoppy bitterness to it. Taste kind of reminds me a bit of corn. Overall not much happening with this one.

M- A little bitter on the finish, somewhat smooth. I mean, it doesn't stick in the throat so it's not to bad.

O- I could drink it again but it's not wowing my socks off or anything. Just another "ho hum" style beer.

Photo of hiku7
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a glass beer mug.

A - Pours a clear yellow gold with a snow white head, which dissipates quickly. Highly carbonated with lots of bubble streams racing up the glass.

S - A lemony crackery smell, but also somewhat catty, almost like a beer stain on a college dorm room carpet. Nostalgic to be sure, but not what I prefer to smell.

T - Doughy/bready/crackery with a strong noble hop backbone. Too much so IMHO. Overall, I got used to the taste, but that's about all I can say.

M - Creamy with lots of fizzy carbonation. Enjoyable.

D - Drinkable to be sure, but not sure I'd really want more than a couple.

Overall decent Pilsner, and it's hard to knock the Pilsner that started it all, but maybe the long-traveled green bottle import just isn't the same as drinking it from the source. The one time I made it to Prague I didn't get out to Pilzen, but to give this a fair taste, I will next time.

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

Bright golden color with lots of bubbles. Head faded away quickly but left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very good. Floral & Citrusy, but I picked some slight skunkiness.

Slightly sweet malts at first and then the hops bitternes hits you.

Leaves a lingering bitter after taste that becomes less offensive the more you drink this beer.

It is a nice beer, nothing outstanding. Being the "Original Pilsner" it is a must try, but I am not sure if I will ever buy this agin.

Photo of flyingspatula
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow color with quickly dissolving head. Wonderful aroma! Reminds me of Moosehead. Might have to grab one of those soon too. This has a pretty good flavor, but not as good as the smell, at least not in my opinion. Someone on BA mentioned this has corn in it. If so I think that's what I taste the most. It's not bad, just something I don't taste in most of the ales I tend to drink. On the other hand I think I can taste the malt in it too. Overall this is tasty and I would try it again.

Photo of daledeee
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles of this are iffy so I tried tap. The head was poor and the body was a clear yellow lager.

Nose was not much; a little hops.

Taste was little hoppy with hints of grain. Not much else to say here. Average beer like a lager and weak on the alcohol.

Photo of nicnut45
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brilliant clear golden color. Head fades quite a bit and leaves just a ring around the glass.

S- I love the smell of this beer. Fresh pizza dough, sweet biscuit like malts with clean spicy hops. Smells to me like a bit or corn as well. Dont know if it was used in the mash or not, but it is a pleasent scent and contributes nicely to its profile.

T&M- Has a bit of corn flavor as well too and blends in nicely with spicy/slightly oregano like hops. It doesnt sound good I know But its actually quite good. Very smooth with a slight carbonation burn on the tounge. Very refreshing and a slighlty dry finish.

O- A very nice beer. Leaves your palate dry and makes you take another sip. Very refreshing and you can get this just about anywhere too.

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

Appearance: Golden Yellow was an amazing head that retains and leaves a ring of lacing around the side of the glass. Mild carbonation.

Smell: Hints of citrus, grass, hay, floral. A good blend of fine mellowing hops. Very distinctive czech flavoring. The sweetness is balanced by mild biscuit malts. Faint pale aromas. Slight skunk flavor that actually diminished as the beer sat in the glass.

Taste: Sharp grassy hop taste. Grainy. Metal? Light spicy flavors, sweet citrus notes. Good biscuit malt flavor helps to fill out the body of the beer. Finishes well. Fizzy. Good hop presence. A tad bitter. Light and easygoing.

Mouthfeel: The metal taste turns me off but the rest of the beer is a solid light bodied blend of czech hops and good malts. Finishes with a slighty bitterness. A great session beer.

Overall: Maybe not as good as it used to be but still as fine drinkable Pilsner. The hop style has a lot of character. A good introduction to European beers for a new beer drinkable, definitely preferable to Heineken or Becks. It can usually be found at an affordable price.

Photo of evlu1441
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pub glass.

Pours a straw colour with a pinky of head. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

Smell is kind of bland. Some sweet malty stuff going on. Not much else.

The taste is nice. Nice sweet maltiness again, followed by some nice hop bitterness and flavour. I'm left with some grainy notes and faint bitterness. Nothing too complex going on.

Light body and quite a bit of carbonation, but it balances well with the flavours. This is a very drinkable beer!

Overall this is a "classic" and rightfully so. It's a great beer to have at almost any time, and has a lot more flavour than typical macro brews.

Photo of LHOwasFramed
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with one finger head. No lacing and minimal head. Smells of pilsner malts, european hops, earthy and herbal. Good clean saaz hops taste with a bit of light malts in the back. Crisp and smooth with good drinkability and high carbonation

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By Date: 25 July 2011

Appearance -- Pours a clear apple juice-like hue with a voluminous lily-white head. Handsome, quite photogenic.

Smell -- Grassy and floral hops, cracker, buttered biscuit, and mild malt sweetness.

Taste -- Spicy hops and fresh cut grass are the first impressions, followed by cracker and biscuit malt and a touch of diacetyl. Malt sweetness is mild and overshadowed by hop bittering. Finish is grassy bitterness and cracker grain.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with moderate prickly carbonation. Good, but not exceptional.

Overall -- I would imagine this would be much better at the source, but for being the grandaddy of the Czech Pils, this didn't fully deliver for me. Good, but I'd imagine one could find a better, fresher-tasting domestic pils.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden, decent head but little retention, good lacing on the glass. Highly visible carbonation

S- Grainy with also a hint of sweetness from the malts. Hops bring fresh herbal notes

T- Earthy malt sweetness, nicely balanced by herbal and slightly spicy hop notes. Not much else. Aftertaste is a bit metallic

M- Actually quite a big body for the ABV, but the beer still feels nor mouthfilling nor fresh. Really average, carbonation is ok

O- Drinkable of course, but nothing else worth interest

Photo of mdunman
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber pours a huge head and has some good linger.

S: Matly with some sour hops

T: Strong maltiness up front with an interesting sour hop dry finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation

This was a lot better than I expected it to be, very refreshing choice. I would come back for more of this.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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