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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 310 | 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 BeerAndBourbon
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a clear yellow with orange tinge with a one finger white head that dissipates to a thin ring of foam around the edges.

S. Earthy and spicy european hops with some grain and malt sweetness.

T. Some spicy hoppiness on a grainy malt backdrop.

M. Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

D. Drinkable, fairly interesting for a light easy drinker - I just wish it wasn't quite as dry.

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

I'm reviewing Czechvar and Urquell at the same time. Seems appropriate.

Appearance - Great bubbles rising up the body of my Sam Adams lager glass. There is a ring of beauty at the bottom of the glass around the circular laser etching. Light fluffy head that stuck around just long enough to enjoy. A rather wet lacing.

Smell - Not a particular strong smell but nothing smells "off." I detect a little bit of the Saaz.

Taste - This is a tad more bitter than the Czechvar. Tastes a little more crisp. The Saaz hops really come through. I brewed a Bohemian Pilsner last night and the aromas of the Saaz match almost identically.

Mouthfeel - You'd think that with a brew like this it would be so light that it would come across watery. However, it is almost creamy. It coats the mouth and is anything but watery.

Overall - This is just a solid beer that I turn to every once in a while when I want something traditional and normal. Sometimes the extreme beers I typically find myself immersed in are too much and I need to go back to tradition. This is a beer that keeps me grounded on what good beer is all about: fresh tasting, highly drinkable, liquid goodness.

Between Czechvar and Urquell, I believe that Pilsner Urquell gets my vote. Tastes like a tad more hops and that appeals to me.

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

.5L Bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

I've had this beer on tap and also from the wooden aging barrel at the brewery. It maintained a general consistancy in taste despite being unfiltered from the cask/barrel.

I live about 45 minutes from Plzen, Czech Republic. I toured this this Brewery in spring of 2010. I can still smell a very distinct aroma of the toasted malts from the brewery in every bottle I've opened since.

Clear golden with a thin foamy head.

Light floral aroma; distinct toasted malts that smell as the toasted barley does in the malt room at the brewery.

Earthy bitterness and sweet toasted malts with slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel.

This is an extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of sj660
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pilsner glass from a bottle at 37F about 5 weeks before the freshness date.

The foam is perfect as is the amber clear color; perfectly bright. Perfect lace leaving a marker of each sip. On appearance, it would be no surprise you're about the quaff the stuff of legends.

The smell is the definition of the pilsner style. Grassy, grainy smell that gives a hint of the taste...

...which is a bit cardboardy in mine. There's the sort of pancake flavor and hay, with the light malt and hops balancing each other out.

The mouthfeel is light and vaguely astringent.

Yes, this is a different beer than I remember and it's easy to bash it for having become a macrobrew and having, you know, clean equipment (the horror!) but I think this beer is of high quality and suffers from comparison to its self of old.

Photo of Kelly88
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- looks like a nice yellow honey yellow. On the pour I get a nice white head that fades rather quickly to a spider web cap.

S- smell reminds me of honey on toast. Really aromatic. Sweet honey hard candies with a dash of hop.

T- almost dead on honey apples. After the sweet honey taste passes you get the suggestion of bitter. Really nice flavorful pilsner.

M- nice tangy feel That is crisp and light bodied. Tight carbonation is holding the flavors together.

D- really easy drinking light bodied brew. Crisp taste and low abv mean you could drink this for breakfast if you wanted to!

Photo of Avantyawn
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, dated fresh until august 2011, one of the fresher bottle I've gotten of this which makes a huge difference.

A: Nothing of note here, clear yellow golden ale. Ample head. Some lacing as the glass goes down. Average.

S: Sweet grassy yeasty classic Pilsner scent. A bit of marmalade at the close.

T: When this beer is fresh, it's a can't miss light beer. This bottle is a very tasty yeasty pilsner. It is simple, but recognizable. Better than most euro Pilsners. There is a sweet bread n buttery goodness to it with a touch of skunky funk that's actually enjoyable. It is certainly better than Heineken!

M: Slightly creamy medium-light body to it. This is a pleasant change of pace from my usual huge beer fetish!

D: very drinkable, the only thing keeping it down is this beer tends to make me belchy and gassy feeling after a few.

When I was a teen, this was the epitome of an awesome beer. In the 90s my dad would buy this and it was much better than his usual Becks! I am pleasantly surprised that it still holds up to my taste today. A few months ago I bought a 6 pack of this on sale and it was awful, glad to see that this beer can still be a really nice brew. I had it in Prague in 2000 and couldn't stop drinking huge cans for roughly 50 cents!

Photo of foogerd
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden yellow with some creamy white head decent retention and some lacing.

S- Lots of buttery diacetyl, no hops detectable.

T- The diacteyl comes through at first then some biting hops which taste pretty good, not bad.

M- Stinging refreshing carbonation.

D- Very sessionable, just wasnt so impressed by this bottle, im going to have to get back to this one to see if perhaps i had a bad bottle.

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught in Kelly's bar in Galway, Ireland, one of two pubs that I know serves it (the other being the Bierhaus). Served in a Pilsener Urquell pint glass. The barmaid double-poured it. I wonder if this is standard practice in the Czech Republic.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a beautifully thick, creamy head of excellent retention.

Sm: Very very light. Just fresh treated barley.

T: Brilliant. Complex body perfectly balances hops, barley, and malt. Delightfully crisp finish; unique I think to this beer. The finish has its own taste, the third act in a well-done play. The open is a bit rushed.

Mf: Masterful balancing of dryness, coarseness, and smoothness. Feels nicely smooth without being watery. Built on top of the smoothness is a coarse fizziness about halfway through that dies just before the finish making me want more.

Dr: At four quid, it's a tough call on whether to get it over Guinness in an Irish pub. When you're in a pilsener mood, this is the beer to go to. Certainly, Czech prices would make this beer an excellent choice.

Photo of dali27
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. can into a pilsner glass.

A: Excellent medium golden color with creamy white head. Awesome lacing down side of the glass. Active carbonation.

S: Grains are the first smell that are detected. Mild hops scent of the Saaz coming through.

T: Sweet and then spicy. Taste goes from sweet bread to hoppy spice. Spice lingers afterwards. This beer gives such a balanced blend that is just tastes damn good.

M: Thinly bodied, but I have to go with that being the way it's supposed to be given its original pilsner status.

D: Truly a very good drinker. The excellent alternative to other "True Pilsners" out there.

Seriously, this beer is exceptional. My recommendation is to buy this in a pint can rather than the bottle. I have been burned many times by buying bottles that are within "best before" dates, or have been closed in 12 packs. I have even often debated with myself the merits of this beer with the skunky aroma and slight skunky taste, and it's still not bad. But if you want the freshest experience possible, at least in the US, buy it in the can.

This beer sets the standard about what a true pilsner should be, and is always what I compare other pilsners to. Truely great.

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

A- deep gold with nice finger and a half of head. Good carbonation. Leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S- Grassy and sweet. A little burnt and malty with just a little ethanol. A good whif orange juice.

T- Burnt and bitter. Very, very hoppy. Clean and very spicy. Sort of dry in a way. A little sweet and a lasting herbal aftertaste which is very strong.

M- Big carbonation, medium bodied. leaves a nice creamy lace on palate.

D- very easy, good.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and clear with an alabaster head that pops up a good two inches in the pint glass. Somewhat light and foamy head, although there is some good stick. The nose is earthily strong, with grainy and grassy notes.

The strength of the nose is not mirrored in the flavor. Quite a bit lighter..the noble hops are wildly dominant of the pale, pils malt. Somewhat skunky. Thin, but that's the style. This is actually a pretty decent drinker. Don't skip it if you haven't tried one.

Photo of mryuk
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours light golden with a slight head that dissipates.

smell is malty strong honey. almost overpowering honey.

taste continues that huge amount of honey with some bitter. fairly smooth.

mouth is very carbonated and light.

decided to review this because someone left it in my fridge. not horrible but for me it was overpoweringly honey. just not great.

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

A: Clear and golden in color with a white foam head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Clean and slightly hoppy with a little funk and a little skunk. About the way I've come to expect pilsners to smell.

T: Very clean and crisp taste with some light, earthy hops and that bitter, European flavor. Not a bad beer for something that is so mass produced.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a large amount of pure white head.

Some very light malts and an extremely crispy hop zesty hop aroma. Complex hop aromas of light sugar sweetness and straw

A very complex sweet and faintly toasted m alt body with barely any citrus hop zest. The zest is prevalent in the aftertaste along with the caramel malt sweetness.

Dry mild candied fruit sweetness. Light/medium body found myself hurting a six pack during a Bruin's game.

Photo of Mit
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear golden colour with virtually no head.

Malts with a very slight hoppy bitterness in the back.

Hoppy flavours with some maltiness to balance it out. Very crisp and clean.

Decent for the abv. Actually thicker than the 4.4 % would suggest. very nice.

Very drinkable beer.

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

Pours a nice golden color, but with very little head at all and no lacing left on the glass. Picked up a straw/citrus scent. Taste was kind of hay/straw/grassy with a hint of citrus. Alcohol taste was notable. Carbonation felt high. Left a metallic bitter aftertaste which I found unpleasant. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin. Overall, it's okay, but not a beer I'd pick on a regular basis.

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

This was a good experience today.
The beer poured well with a good head which lasted fairly well.
The taste was surprisingly deep and had a slightly bitter tang, but pleasant.
It went well with a fairly spicy meal and helped to give a refreshing feeling.
I would say this is a good beer for complementing a meal rather than being enjoyed just by itself.
I would definitely choose this again.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2011. Green glass; sealed at the top with a foil covering.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Produces a white head of foam that remains for several minutes before subsiding. It looks great in the glass - just like a good lager should. Aroma of light malt with a notable hoppiness. Faint leafy and bitter notes.

The taste is light on the palate, but a distinctive hoppy bitterness envelops the tongue. Crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is prickly and slightly astringent. Leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

A very nice lager - possibly the best example I've had of a Czech pilsner. Light but with great flavour. Would certainly have this again....

Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, nice clarity, sparkling white head about 1/4" that reides with slight lacing. Smells crisp and hoppy, grass like, grainy with slight citrus. Taste is quite crisp, the hops provide a satisfying bitterness, clean with grass and grain tastes coming through. Decent mouthfeel for what it is, slightly watery but above average for sure. Very easy to drink beer, though the carbonation would make me quite full if drinking all night long.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a mug with a two finger high frothy and bright white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and left lacy rings around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and floral hops in the nose along with some notes of hints of sweetness and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some associated malty sweetness. There are some hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: This beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable. I would definitely pair this with foods or order it with an appetizer to cleanse my palate.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

The beer was a pale golden color with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. There was a thick white head.

It smells of strong grassy hops, with lemon and a hint of skunk.

When you take a sip, bitter lemony hops bit the tongue, you can taste white bread, and some earthy hop notes.

Thre is a full body, with a crisp dry finish, perfect carbonation.

I thought it was very refreshing from start to finish.

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

Either poured into pint glass or drunk out of a 12oz bottle (no date). Pours a clear golden-yellow with an adequate, though short-lived, head. Good hops and malty aroma and bitterness. Good carbonation and strong finish. Very drinkable and refreshing beer. Would take this pils over any of the major mass domestics.

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

had this from my favorite chain restaurant

A-pored a mostly clear golden yellow color with a brilliant white head

S- was hops,floral hops some grass ,slight citrus and bready malt

T- was a nice floral noble hop taste with some lemon citrus grass taste finished with a nice bready malt taste

M- very crisp and dry with good carbonation and taste

D- easy ti drink pretty flavorful..i just remember this being better 5 years ago or so when i used to buy the 500ml bottle..still good one though

Photo of tbeckett
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid two finger white, fluffy head on a golden/straw body with medium carbonation. Head only sticks around as a few chunks around the edges. Average lacing. Bright.

S - Nice gentle, floral hops, less aggressive and skunky than your typical czech pils. Mild graininess and subtle honey.

T - Nice floral/spicy hops with some grassiness with some graininess that doesn't seem as cheap as other mainstream pils. Subtle bitterness in the finish with some floral notes.

M - Light body with medium carbonation, finishes nice and smooth.

D - Really refreshing but not overly interesting. Fits the style well but it wouldn't keep me interested all night. Sessionable if you're into the style but it would be hard for me to do it.

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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