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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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81
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2,891 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,891
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 53
Gots: 215 | 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 jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a one finger head that reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Light malt with a sweetness almost candy-like.

A nice rich pilsner taste. Pretty heavy on the malt with a light hop backing. Slight buttery/nutty taste. Hint of lemon as well.

Pretty big bodied for a pilsner. Very smooth also.

This is a really nice pilsner. More character and body to it as compared to others. I can see why this is so successful in it's homeland. Would make a nice session beer. One of the better pilsners I've had. Solid.

jera1350, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of montecristo2
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass- my first beer for Thanksgiving. I am greatly thankful for BEER!

A very clean, pure tasting pilsner. Good flavor, nothing overpowering here or bitter. I like this as a good drinking beer. It is tasty and drinkable.

A nice golden color, I smell the malt and detect a slight honey flavor in the finish. Definitely a good beer for the warmer months, but tasty anythime.

A good reliable pilsner that will quench the thirst!

montecristo2, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden color. 1 Finger head dissipates quickly. pretty standard pilsner appearance.

S - Pretzel, biscutty, hoppy, clean, fresh, etc.

T - Hop extract, pretzel, litghly earthy.

M - Again, pretty standard for a Pils. Tickelish mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, light body.

D - Overall, this beer is just OK. I wouldn't recomend this to someone as a good representation of a Czech Pilsener. Better than BMC, but not worth seeking out. One and done for me.

PreacherBrewer, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color, and decent head.

Smells of yeasty goodness.

Has a strong yeast taste that I have grown to enjoy. Not as good as Stella Artois but is still a decent beer.

I would drink again on tap at a bar if I had nothing else better to choose from.

Spineypanda, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jmaur345
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is said to be the original pilsner, I must say that I was not impressed. I had it on tap at a brew pub in Columbia South Carolina and am going from memory.

A- Orangish-gold, very bubbily.

S- Very bitter hop aroma, faintly skunky.

T- Very bitter, but not in a bad way, nothing special.

M- Leaves the mouth feeling very dry and bitter.

D- This beer could be very drinkable if it tasted better.

jmaur345, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer made in Czech Republic, the birthplace of the pilsener style.

A: Blond color, creamy foamy head that dissappears almost instantly, the logo says it's the original pilsener;

S: Fresh malt and carbonation

T: Malt with a finish of hops and roots;

M: By the appearance i expected a refreshing beer but left me very dry and bittersweet, also have a high bitterness and light body;

D: Very flavorful beer with a light body.

roddwolff, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a Pilsner Urquell glass.

A straw color with good clarity and a small white head that dissipates quickly. A spicy hop aroma with some black pepper and a touch of fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and crisp with a mild bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is low to moderate.

Pilsner Urquell has always been a favorite session beer of mine.

GJ40, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

This beer went from cult status to mass-produced over the past couple of decades. Even without a recipe change, many have noted a difference.

Clear and deep golden, filtered and pasteurized for extended shelf life. The lacing and head retention of this lager is quite amazing as it leaves a massive crowning ring on the glass and several rings further down. Clean, spicy herbal hop aroma with a graininess that is of fresh cut grass. Very smooth and crisp with a moderately-sized body. Sweet maltiness with biscuity and dried hay flavors. Bitterness from the hops helps to balance the small amount of malt sweetness that is present and goes a bit further with a pleasant spicy herbal note. Finishes dry with a faint metallic taste which is no doubt a by-product of the pasteurization.

A shell of its former self: globalization, growth and popularity all have their drawbacks, and you can see it in today's PU. Processed and overly clean compared to years past, yet still worth a try if you have not tried it before.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A : Pale yellow with a finger of white head. The head goes off completely and leaves little traces of lacing

S : Sweet, floral hops with a little notes of wet grass

T : I find no sweetness at all, only a citrusy bitterness. The malt is present, but the sweetness you usually associate with a malty brew is not there

M : Bitter and dry aftertaste, overly carbonated - but in the right way

D: Definitely easy drinking

BeerSingh, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW: 500ml can poured into a shaker. I decided to revisit this classic Czech pils after consuming a skunked bottle on a previous review.

Light golden body with a full inch of bubbly white head that settles to a finger of film. Respectable lace. Smell is fresh, grassy hops, bread dough, and yeast. Taste is sweet pils malt and wheat upfront, Zatec hops produce apple, lemon, and citrus flavours, with some cereal grains in the finish. Quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, average carbonation with a crisp bite and mild dryness in the finish. Tangy with a lingering lemony bitterness. Overall, a satisfying quaffer that delivers lots of flavour despite the low ABV. The standard by which other pilsners are measured, though there are many superior examples of the style.

cratez, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of kpoole25
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know this is a classic but this was a bit of a wallflower beer for me, so mild and straightforward that I almost didn't notice it. Green bottle to glass, golden color, slight skunky smell. Taste was clean and refreshing, pretty good level of carbonation, there was a nice hop/bitter finish. This really doesn't have anything compelling in it for me to get again, but I'm fairly new at this. Might revisit in a while to see if I can find the finer nuances and complexities.

kpoole25, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty dark gold with a decent white foamy head...didn't last too long though, and no lacing.
Very little smell of any kind...slight citris
Mild flavor, citris with a hint of caramel popping up in there. A sourish, bitter finish.
Decent carbonation, feels right, nothing distinctive.
I could drink another, but won't.

deaconoflove, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of NicholasSchell
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured in Czech Pilsner glass short lived 1/2 finger head. Beer itself is dark gold and very clear. Medium-high carbonation.

S- Slightly dank scent, mildly sweet.

T- Reminds me of the honey sandwiches my mom made when I was a kid. Sweeter than it smells but pretty well balanced by the hops.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, well carbonated.

D- Fairly drinkable, but wouldn't be my first choice.

NicholasSchell, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had one of these in well over twenty years, but as I recall, I liked them well enough. So when I saw a single at the beer store, I had to buy it.

Poured a crystal clear, dark yellow with a moderate head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was initially skunky, but after a while it lost the skunk and smelled a little like bubblegum. The taste was malt sweet, no bitterness. A bit of a metallic taste, but it didn't turn me off. The feel was light bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability was very good.

Memory had served me well, like meeting an old friend you hadn't seen in a while.

kegger22, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear golden color forming a big, bubbled and aired white head. Good retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Nice perfume of hops. Grassy and flowery Saaz style in the nose. Also sweet grains, caramel malts and low fermentation bready yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet pale malts in upfront. Notes of caramel malts. Delicious Czech style grassy and flowery hops. Lager-style bready yeasts. A bit metallic. Mild hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Grainy and hoppy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. My favorite Czech Pilsener so far. Delucious perfume of hops, good taste of pale grains and a pleasant bitter end

Note: The canned version is considerably better than the bottle one

eduardolinhalis, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before january 2010 drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear golden colored body with a fast fading finger of bright white head. spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- grainy somewhat metallic malt. a bit of citrus (lemon). classic noble malts. pretty soft nose on this one.

T- lemon comes through a lot stronger than i could smell. nice herbal bite from the hops. less metal than i found in the nose.

M- light bodied and crisp. highly carbonated.

D- easy to have a few at one time. nice low ABV makes it a good choice to session.

jwinship83, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by a generous cap of white head that leaves decent lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Lemony and herbal noble hops over a pils malt body. Appetizing, but just a little thin.

Taste: The intensity is ratcheted back up in the flavor. Grassy, lemony, and mildly bitter hops over a lightly honeyish pils malt backbone. The hops are a little weak at first, but build decent residual intensity as time passes. Pils malt and lemony bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Nicely refreshing and exceedingly easy to drink, this is a great session choice.

Verdict: Overall, Pilsner Urquell is a crisp, sharp, and clean brew, just what you'd expect from solid a Czech style Pilsener. The beer that made the Pilsener style famous still does it proud over 150 years later.

BeanBone, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of nms1987
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold/amber color, nice foamy head.

A little bit closed on the nose but what there is there is fresh, and floral. The scents that get through are beautiful, if only there were more of them

Smooth and spicy at all at once. Nice hoppy bite but not that overwhelming bitterness an IPA would have. Delicious and spicy.
Medium bodied, not light or watery at all.

A good pilsner is the perfect beer.
This stuff isn't perfect but it is damn good. A true joy to drink. Loaded with flavors and great to drink anytime.

nms1987, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

October 5, 2009 marked the 167th anniversary of Pilsner Urquell. We celebrated by holding a pilsner tasting: Two Czech-style pilsners, two German-styles, and three distinctly unique American Imperial-styles. First beer of the night: the original, of course.

Poured from a green bottle into a footed pilsner flute.

The Bohemians are renowned for their crystal, and so rightly this beer pours crystal clear, with a bright golden hue and a one-fingered head of creamy white mousse. The head lingers briefly before falling away to a crown that leaves a splattering of lacy rings on the walls of the glass.

The nose is full of Saaz hops, bright and floral, a little spicy. Some faint honey-like malt hides underneath. Quite a summoning.

A medium body with a soft carbonation causes one to ponder the notion of so-called "premium" American lager beers, with their fizzy, watery bodies. A sweet, grainy, biscuity layer of malt introduces itself first, coating the palate before letting loose the very dry, bitter (though not overpoweringly so) hops, which take on a spicy, somewhat grass- or herbal-like character and lead into an almost bone-dry bittersweet finish with just a hint of lingering honeyed malt on the back of the tongue.

Highly drinkable and well-crafted, full of the rich character that made the Pilsner style famous, whose subtle grace lead to the near downfall of real, flavorful beer. Such an irony, but the original lingers on and impresses, and shows that light, golden lagers do not have to be - and were, indeed, never meant to be - bland, lifeless, watered-down disasters.

superdedooperboy, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of DeepSix
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, clean golden, with next to no head retention.

The usual hoppy smell I've seen with all of this style. A slight breadly aroma, but only barely. The malts are noted only slightly as well.

Taste continues from the smell, the Saaz hops pronounced with a little malty taste noticeable. A bunch of others are saying some metal, but I just can't I dunno maybe it's their bottles. It finishes clearly.

The body is light, but with much carbonation. It's dry and smooth as it finishes.

This can be drunk all day. With 4.4 ABV there's no harm really. Well made for the hotter summer months which we're rolling out of, but hey I think you could pick this up whenever and be happy.

DeepSix, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer stowed away from the Czech republic. Pilsner Urquell pours a dark gold with a crackling head that dies away fast.

Aroma of baked bread and cracker like yeast.

Has that "Euro Lager" characteristic with sweet buttery malts/adjuncts leading the way and just a slight bitter tea like hop to balance things out.

This beer has a very nice mouthfeel, semi-dry yet quenching at the same time. Spritzy carbonation gives a distinct zing on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. A good example of a czech pilsner, and quite drinkable at that.

Stinkypuss, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of decimator
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear deep golden colour with a 1" head. As it was drank it produced some decent lacing.

S - Bread, malts and some floral hops.

T - Sweet & bitter. Good balance or flavours.

M - Good carbonation, crisp feel and a good hop bitter aftertaste.

D - Very flavourful and easy to drink. Certainly my favourite Pilsner.

decimator, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Shakujin
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance= Nice head, came up fast and stayed for a while. Color is yellow, little on the dark side, I would guess 4-5 SRM. Bubbly

Smell= Definitely got a biscuity aroma coming off the head with a little bitter metal aroma as well. Possibly a hint of sweetness tosses in there too.

Taste= Light malt taste, the focus is on the hops which are sour with again a little bit of that metallic taste going on. That same hop flavor continues into the short finish

Mouthfeel= Well carbonated, thin but not watery, quite nice.

Drinkability- Light, peppy, and very drinkable, could see myself downing a few. I can see how this got watered down to make the beers I used to drink back in the day

Shakujin, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours bright clear gold with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells of sweet lemon grassy hops and sweet cereal grains

taste is just the same as the smell - if this beer just had more hop bitterness it would be right up there with prima pils

mouthfeel is nice and light with just the right amount of carbonation to give it that crisp and creamy finish

drinkability is out of this world - only 4.4% abv with great taste and one i would drink anytime of the year

jsh420, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Chris19000
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank it from the can, surprised by the initial flavour - quite a bit going on for my less than experienced palate, but pleasant. Smell was nothing special, but not bad.

It was as cold as it could be after a 40 min. car ride from the liquor store and still very good. Nursed it for probably 30 min or so and it was just as good at the end.

Very drinkable and will definitely look for it again.

Chris19000, Sep 11, 2009
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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