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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 56
Gots: 280 | 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

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light-golden with loads of carbonation action. Very little head, though slight lacing occurs.

S: Bready crispness with a floral hops presence.

T: Basically like it smells, bready malts, with slight floral hops in the finish. Quite a clean taste, simple and to the point.

M: light body with a heavy level of carbonation. Goes down easily as it is so thin bodied.

D:I could pound these all night, though I would likely get slightly bored as this beer is what it is, a great and simple pilsner.

Notes: Very crisp beer and always one to fall back on from time to time. Not my favorite pilsner, but I would not turn my nose at this offering.

Photo of axeman9182
2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, ordered at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell a few weeks back (the review is culled from tasting notes taken the night of) to help complete their MBA program. This one was served in a chilled pint glass.

Pilsner Urquell pours a crystal clear, radiant gold. It's easy to see how enamored one could be with the look of a beer like this after knowing nothing but dark beers. There's maybe half a finger of white head that manages to leave faint spots of lacing on its way down the glass. There's a certain grainy, bready aroma from the malts, and a definite floral, European hop note as well. Unfortunately, I didn't win the green bottle lottery, as there's also a fairly present skunky aroma. While the skunking was moderate in the nose, it's a bit more prevalent in the taste. It really becomes the defining presence in every sip. I can still taste those same malty and hoppy notes, and I believe there's at least a serviceable pils hidden in there, but this is what happens when you decide to sell your product in less than ideal packaging (green bottles). At least the mouthfeel is unaffected, and is pleasantly light and spry (all the better to finish this beer quickly). Carbonation is a bit dull, failing to help elevate the noble hop flavors. I generally try to be understanding when it comes to blaming brewers for problems with a beer, but if you're going to choose to ship your beers internationally in bottles that don't effectively protect from light exposure, then there's no one else to blame for skunky beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with approximately one finger of foam.

S: Smells pretty much like I remember it. Mostly bread and biscuit type malt notes but there is a slight hoppiness to it that I would describe as floral and spicy.

T: The flavor is similarly tilted toward the malt side with enough hoppiness to keep things refreshing. Bread with some earthy notes to start it off with a slight bitterness and more floral note taking over on the finish.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Definitely one of the classics. Maybe not my favorite pils, but certainly a good one.

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

Picked this up as part of a create your own sample pack & drank it first. As of now I do not own the proper glassware for this beer so I had to use a hefe glass instead.

A: Golden to slightly burn golden in color. Very clear and true to the style.
S: There was some skunkiness to the aroma & the noble hops truly came out. A bit of a metallic smell as well. But quite faint & did not bother me one bit.
T: Slight to light malt sweetness, the light struck notes were present, had a slight metallic taste but was actually nice. Lingering bitter finish which was very noticeable.
M: Very light! Very smooth! Very good!
D: Very easily a session beer. I could see myself drinking many of these. Goes down the hatch easily & would pair up w/ a great many food.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear dark golden color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a thin layer of foam on the surface that has an island of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves scattered leggy lacing and a ring of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a pleasing mixture of biscuity or grainy malt and earthy and floral hops.

Taste: The malt backbone provides a nice biscuity base for the earthy, slightly floral hops that have a light touch of sulfer to them (as is not unusual with at least some of the noble hops). The balance is nice and the hops are always noticeably present.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean and crisp with a dry lightly bittered ending.

Drinkability: Knowing this comes in green glass, I delayed buying any until I could be sure that I was purchasing relatively fresh , unskunked beer. The effort was definitely worth it as this beer is quite nice and I'll be happy to have another. That said I'll not be switching my allegiance to Czech Pilsner from German style as I definitely prefer things like Prima Pils or Stoudts' Pils to any of the Czech style I've had so far.

Photo of emiricius
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm real pilsner lover and my favorite is Tuzlanski pilsner. Pilsner Urquell have clear, white head and golden appearance, followed with fine suspended white particles throughout. Carbonation is moderate, and the aroma is of bread. It seams that carbonation is natural - not artificial as many producers use to add. The taste is delicious, with bread and barley malt the key features, and it has a nice hop background. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Overall, I really enjoyed this pilsner beer and also recommend to all others.

Photo of IllNate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with lots of big bubble head. Okay retention.

S - Spicy hops and light pils malt with caramel undertones.

T - Bitter up front with a spicy flavor. I love the middle taste in this beer, when it hits that nice sweet, biscuity, hoppy note.

M - Fairly bitter with a clean dry finish.

D - High.

Please buy cans of this!! The abuse this beer suffers on it's journey over here is amplified in the bottle. I've had a few cans in my time and you get some good, some bad. Nice dry finish.

Dated 14.04.11

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

A- Bright straw yellow color. Initial white fluffy head, then some lace.

S- Skunkiness (P.U.) and copper-pipe metallic smells compete with green grains and hay.

T- Grain malt, grassiness, hops. Comes on a bit sweet, but too bitter for the finish.

M, D- Light & crisp, but a bit too dry...

Photo of nataku00
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Clear golden yellow beer with minimal white head. Not much lacing generated from the collar of head at the top of the beer. Decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is biscuit malts and light floral hops.

Taste follows the nose, biscuit malts provide a light sweetness initially, with some floral hops finishing off. Very light and crisp beer finishing cleanly on the tongue so this would go very well with a meal.

Low ABV, light bodied and very easy to drink.

Photo of haddon
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a perfectly translucent gold with a nice foamy head that rises from the bottom of the glass. nice looking beer.

nice aroma of pilesner hops. earthy and light citrus. nothing overpowering but then, wouldn't expect that from a pils

can definitely taste the hops that come out as a light lemon flavor. but then comes the metallic taste and mildly skunked note that so often plaques pilesners.

light body with plenty of carbonation

guess you could say yes to drinkable but I sure could name 5 pilesners off the top of my head that I would rather drink.

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

Pilsner Urquell has a medium, white head and a clear, golden appearance, with fine suspended white particles throughout. Carbonation is moderate, and the aroma is of bread. The taste is delicious, with bread and barley malt the key features, and it has a nice hop background. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Pilsner Urquell finishes refreshing and not as dry as American-style lagers. Overall, I really enjoyed this sample and highly recommend giving this Pilsner a try.


Photo of bubseymour
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very ordinary. About 1/2 finger head in my Sam Adams glassware

Smell - hardly any smell but slightly euro and slightly skunky despite the bottle date was still 30 days out in time.

Taste - Very light in flavor with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. Its been about 7-8 years since the last time I had a P.U. and I think it tasted better back then than the one I'm sampling today (Dec. 2010). I think this one may be slightly skunked though, so this may not be the best review of this beer to go by.

Mouthfeel - ok

drinkability - very drinkable but perhaps this slightly skunky batch I have might not have my attention for more than 1.

My overall recommendation is to check the expiration date carefully and also grab a 6pk from the back of the liquor store fridge as to hope the light up front hasn't skunked it.

Photo of thecarster1
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a signature pilsner urquell glass, two fingers fluffy head fade to an uneven layer of lace that looks quite frankly chunky and moldy, clear bright golden straw color.

s- noble, sweet grains, not overly skunky but there is a hint of metallic smell.

t- echos nose, hop presence is more bold here, moderately bitter a little lingering, sweet grains, no metallic.

m- light and coating.

d- okay, i remember it being better but it's certainly drinkable and sessionable. better than other czech pils that i've had.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Review is from short notes while on holiday. I drank several litres of Pilsner Urquell, all on-tap while in the Czech Republic this October. The difference between this beer freshly tapped and bottled and near expiry is staggering. Also interesting is that the beer seemed to generally be poured at somewhere around 8 degrees celcius - much warmer than pilseners are generally served elsewhere.

Appearance - 4.5
Deep burnished gold, almost orange depending on the lighting. Large, thick white foam head.

Smell - 3.5
Malty sweet with spicy Saaz hops and a little butter.

Taste - 4.0
The beer has a definite buttery, toffeeish character which I immediately thought was diacetyl, and a flaw. However, I do not like the taste of diacetyl yet enjoyed Pilsner Urquell immensely. As I later found out, this butter-toffee character is actually from wort caramelization, a deliberate part of the brewing process. Plenty of spicy hop flavour, bitterness is reportedly 40IBU but tastes like less thanks to the big malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium bodied with very fine carbonation, almost too smooth for its own good.

Drinkability - 4.5
Magnificent session beer at just 4.4%ABV.

OVERALL - 4.05
For me this is still the benchmark Czech Pilsener. When fresh it is a truly great beer.

Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of cereal malts...some grain...and Noble hops. Clean, good.

Taste on the body of the beer has a definite cereal grain maltiness to it with a grassiness to it as well. The hop bitterness here is definitely there, perhaps more so than most pilseners even. It's quite crisp. A bit of husk and barley hangs around after the swallow.

The "original" pilsener is definitely a winner in my book. Crisper than many, the balance here is very good and its drinkability is hard to beat.

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light amber with a lot of carbonation. Small head that dissipates quickly, leaves little to no lacing.

S: Great smell. Citrus, flowers, and malts. Draws you in immediately.

T: Good taste. Citrus at the start, some malts in the middle with a slight hoppy finish.

M: A lot of carbonation, I think it could have done with a lot less. Smooth.

D: Easy drinker.

I had a couple of these with a friend at a conference discussing the lectures we heard. Great stuff for such conversations. I'd seek it out again.

Photo of LittleDon
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a bleached white head that has excellent retention. Herbaceous aroma. Perfect amount of carbonation up front. Slightly sweet maltiness in the middle is quickly consumed by a bitter hoppy finish. Body a bit on the heavy side for the style. Finish is not as dry as one would expect.

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

The classic of its style, the beer that changed mainstream beer consumption forever. Is this the best pilsner? No, there are better, but I think the mediocre reviews on this beer reflects people tired of the style after drinking adjunct pils their whole life. I bet most people going from Budweiser to this brew would rave.

Pale straw brew poured into a snifter. Generous head. Good nose, nice yeast funk. Mellow, clean and drinkable, I'll take this over a Bud or Miller any day, even if it might not be my first choice if I'm surrounded by craft beers. Super drinkable.

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Two finger head of soft white foam, lace of suds with no cling. Color is a 7 on the SRM Beer color chart. Aromas I detect are: corn, malt and roasted oats. Taste is a little tarnished, some flavors of browned wheat, onion, burnt corn, malt, and a light dusting of pine hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the skim milk side, not much body. Not the best balanced flavor, but sort of grows on you the more you drink...Still I think I will stay away from this in the future.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah the original pils!

golden and clear in color....with a nice frothy white head...

smells very earthy....with a nice tartness in the smell...

taste is bitter up front....with a slight fruitiness to it....typical lager characteristics... clean after taste....

the feel is refreshing...slight dryness to the mouth....

great drinkability...at only 4.4% abv....


Photo of Fenrir088
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note - this beer is much better if purchased in a case due to the fact that light is not very forgiving to this brew in it's green bottle.

A - Pale amber with lots of carbonation pours a nice fizzy head that disapates pretty quickly, doesn't leave much lacing or collar.

S - Smells lovely, nice floral aroma with slight citrus notes. the malt smells sweet and buttery and slightly grassy

T - buttery malts and and a bit of a citrus twang upfront with some nice slightly peppery bitterness from the hops. very balanced and clean tasting.

M - very light and smooth with a hefty bite from the carbonation.

D - This is a very refreshing brew and a great session beer. This would be perfect for a summer picnic or fishing trip.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: small head that disappears quickly, light straw/copper tint

S: very faint malt and hops.

T: slight bitter, citrus, and some carbonation

M: light to med body, slight carbonation.

D: A fine starter beer for new beer drinkers wanting to drink something not BMC. Good summer beer/great session beer.

Photo of mralphabet
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a slightly lighter color than copper, about a finger and a half worth of head that settles to a ring with nice lacing.

S: Little hops, little sweet malt with a hint of grass.

T: Very well balanced, starts kind of sweet with a little honey and lemon, then finishes with a light hoppiness.

M: Light to Mid bodied with nice crispness and light carbonation.

D: Low ABV, good balance and tastes good.... Not a bad Pilsener pretty average.... don't run out looking for it, but if you see it, give it try.

Photo of beersensei305
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden slightly cloudy hue with a thin white head that retains decently with mild carbonation. The aroma is of spicy hops and grassy notes. The taste is of strong bitter hops and some more grassy notes and alot of dryness at the end of the palate. Ok pilz..very bitter.. thier are better ones.

Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden and clear enough to watch Seinfeld through. Head rose about to about half an inch before succumbing to a little bit o' lacing.

S - A tad floral yet bitter and earthy

T - Bitter and malty. A touch biscuity as well.

M - Very much carbonated with a little bit of a tinny aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer very well.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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