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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,806 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,806
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 1099
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer of this at the HEB Broadway Central Market in San Antonio. Heard it was good so i figured I'd give it a shot...I'm glad I did.

A: Nice golden color, very clear. It had about a one finger head on it that actually stayed while I was drinking it. About what I expected from what I've seen/heard.

S: Smells very good...can smell a great malty scent that is much better than the macro smell I'm accustomed to.

T: The taste is good....nice malt right up front, with a little bit of biscuit in the middle, and finishes quite clean with a burst of bitterness. It's quite a bit more bitter than my usual fare but I like the way it balances.

M: Average, a tiny bit fuller feeling than other of the same style. I like the ample carbonation as well-not too heavy, not too light.

D: I love beers of this style, so I could drink a lot of these if I had the cash to buy it more often.

I'm glad I spent the money to get this one...from now on every time I'm in town around the market I'll pick some up...it was worth the money!

1099, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a gift pack from World Market, otherwise I wouldn't even have tried this one.

It poured a nice light gold color with copious white head yet a small amount of carbonation. There was little aroma to speak of. The taste was of a decent level of malt. It was fairly smooth and light bitterness was much appreciated.

This is a decent pilsner but there isn't anything memorable/distinctive about it.

DesMoinesMike, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pokal glass.

Appears golden in color, with lots of lively carbonation. A one inch thick white head forms and settles to a cap. A little bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma seemed mildly skunky at first but it disappeared into a sweet maltiness that was rather biscuity. The hop character was not overly strong but complemented the malt nicely with some spicy and floral tones.

The taste begins on a mildly sweet note that is quickly met by the same floral spicy hops that were in the aroma. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but definitely present. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, very smooth and clean feel. Pretty crisp, makes it quite refreshing.

I can't say I've had many other Czech pilseners to compare to but I think this is a damn good beer. It's even better on draft.

roadhouse, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Golden yellow beer with a big white foamy head, decently carbonated at pour with bubbles running up the side, long lasting foamy head,

Smell- Hop and yeasty smell with maybe slight citrus notes if looking closely at the nose,

Taste- Very very smooth beer from the start, slightly rich buttery creamy feel and taste when it hits your mouth, a very slight bitterness in the finish of this beer. Very clean crisp and tasty. Great for hot summer day or with a barbecue.

Mouthfeel- As premention very smooth and soft feel in the mouth with slight carbonated tones

Drinkability- Supreme this is one for guzzling, very glorious, More complexity then the average macro beer and yet every bit as meant for gulping with a warm slice pizza

This is the beer all the other pilsners try to be and this one the original still holds up to me. Worth the try for sure and good gateway beer for those looking to get off the macro wagon and into good beer.

Stunner97, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of confer
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle poured a beautiful gold with a small head that disappeared quickly.

The smell is refreshing and maybe a hint of orange or other citrus.

The taste is fantastic, light and smooth with a slight hoppy finish, not overpowering at all. A great Pilsner,The mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

As I said before I think its great. This one will be a regular.
They say this is the American version, and the European is even better, Next time in Europe...

confer, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green bottle

Appearance: Clear gold color with good head and lacing

Smell: When the bottle was opened there was a very strong bitter yeasty smell. Once in the glass the smell changed to more of a citrus orange rind type smell.

Taste: A bitter hoppy taste is initially present that fades a little into a less pronounced taste. Then comes the bitterness again as an after taste that lingers for a while. It is not as strong of a taste as expected by the smell.

ruckus232, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of marcpal
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I have passed by this beer a remarkable amount of times and just chalked it off to swill, I don't know why. I was proven wrong.

I grabbed a bottle of this the other night with dinner because of a small selection and why not. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.
Bottle graphics: 4/10.

A: Clear light gold color with sporadic lacing left froma bubble-laden white head. Looks good in the pilsener glass.

S: Spicy aroma. The pilsener malts are balance really well with a hop profile that stands up well.

T: Toasted malt flavor go hand in hand with the noble hops. I find a fruity set of flavors with the normal biscuit overtones. This is so far off from the other pilseners I usally enjoy but still a good tasting moderately-hopped pils.

M: Really light and as crisp and cleansing as a good pilsener should or could be. The bubbles were abundant.

D: It took me a long time and finally tried and proven wrong. When I see those annoying commercials now for 'drinkability', this is the beer that now comes to mind. Ideal for a seasonal picnic or grilling party.

I was awfully wrong thinking this was mass-produced garbage. Went really well with a spicy meal and I need to pick some up for the house in the summertime.

marcpal, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw color, golden, whichever...with a little head with little retention..very clear, good amount of carbonation going on inside the glass.

Aroma: Some floral presence, and grainyness. Grassy, some hops.

Taste: Not as bad as I thought it would be. Taste is rather clean, the grassy taste is there, some hops as well

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, good carbonation, goes down pretty well. Light bodied

Drinkability: Low ABV, taste is good..the smell on mine was a little skunky, but the taste improved it. Might look like a typical beer, but its much more than that. Worth a try..I'll probably get it occasionally. Not my type of beer..but worth having.

kshankar, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh(ish) bottle that I dug out of the back of the store fridge. Pours a clear gold with a medium white head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a foam film and just a bit of lacing. Smells of slightly sweet malt and grassy/floral hop. This quality dominates the palate, giving the same slightly herbal qualities, a good amount of bitterness, and a bit of spice. Perfectly balancing malt presence. Slightly bitter, somewhat metallic finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Heavily carbonated; just right for the style. Decent overall, as long as it's been properly stored.

philipquarles, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking pilsner colored apple juice gold with a quickly dissapating white head that leaves a small layer rested atop. The smell is grainy with some spice. The taste was much better than other comparable pilsners. It features some spice with nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is really smooth which makes this pilsner highly drinkable.

cagocubs, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A - Honey Yellow, nice white head that falls to a nice skim layer
S - Grain sweetness. Hops
T - Grainy sweet up front. Some grass. Nice bitter hops at the end.
M/F - Lightish. Smooth yet lively.
D - This one is a classic for a good reason. It is easily drinkable.

ThirstyBird, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of kevd193213
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz draught at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI. Golden/yellow straw pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pepper and malt. Great balanced body with a taste of lemon and honey combined with a nice bitter peppery finish. Fantastic pils, went great with fries and a huge burger.

kevd193213, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light flavor and light appearance. Quickly dissipating head. Not a bad brew here. It's not a beer that will knock you out of your chair with flavor. The best quality of this beer is how it tastes better than other comparable beers. This one is a good call.

Rhynes2, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of n811
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pub pint glass revealing a 1-finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Nose reminded me of Canadian macro-lagers, with that thin malt and sharp, thin hop aroma.

Taste was a completely different story than the smell. Fantastic!! This beer has a great, fresh herbal hop character that shows up on the second sip. I've had several other examples of the Czech Pils style, but this is definitely the best of the bunch.

It's all kinds of good from here on out. A fine beer!

n811, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Soneast
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head, that dissipated quite rapidly leave a layer of tiny bubbles on top of the beer.

Like almost every Pilsner-Urquell I've had in the States, this bottle has skunked. The only time I've had this where it did not smell skunky was while in Amsterdam (same with Heineken). Underneath that skunkiness though, and based off what I can remember from my Europe trip, there is a decidedly bread/yeast smell, with a nice floral/lemony background.

What's great is I don't taste any skunkiness in the beer, even if it is present on the nose. It has an upfront mildly sweet maltiness, almost fresh baked biscuit-like in flavor, that is balanced admirably with a mild floral hop bitterness toward the end.

Light bodied, high carbonation and very refreshing. I like to pick these up in the summer, it's a great refreshing alternative to American Macros to drink around the BBQ or campfire.

Soneast, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked much better than expected. Deep gold color with a sticky head. The aroma carries a lot of malt character and some fruitiness. The taste is very sweet, with some candy-like sugar qualities, and little fruitiness suggested by the nose. Light body with dry, puckering aftertaste. Much better than I expected.

SirSketch, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Chinon01
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden clear with fluffy head lacing smearing the top portion of the glass.

Nose - Some diacetyl, but mostly malt, bread, trace minerality and flowers.

Taste - Full obvious malt in the front with slatey minerality in the middle and good hard tight bitterness that rests on the outer back of the tongue wiith floralness intertwined. Long bitter finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Good mouthfeel and high drinkability

Chinon01, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of jjazz
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is definately light struck. Obvious sulfur notes upon opening the cap.

Liquid is very yellow; Like urine after not drinking for a day. Head looks good enough at first, but doesn't hold.

Grassy notes on the nose, with some spicy hops and a little citrus rind, along with substantial skunkiness, which actually doesn't bother me a whole lot.

Bitter on the palate, with some more grassy notes. Hops dominate, but they are neither distinctive or very interesting.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting something much worse. Could be a good "gateway beer" to move a few people away from American macro lagers.

jjazz, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of jiggahertz
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: An agressive pour gets a nice foamy two finger head that lingers around for quite some time. Beer is golden which can be seen through well. Lacing hangs around for the duration of the beer.

S: Hops and some malt, not much here. Little bit of alcohol can be detected in the nose.

T: Caramel malt up front. Moderate floral hops finish it out.

M: High carbonation, light body. Bitterness from the hops linger around for a while.

D: Very drinkable beer. Like to pair this with Chinese or Thai food, goes down easy. Not a bad session beer at 4.4%. The hops keep it above par.

jiggahertz, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice yellow with a small consistant head covering the whole top of the beer, the head stuck around too
S- hops, skunkyness, you could smell the carbonation, malt
T- Not very interesting, not bad just not interesting, like a wattered down heinken
M- very good, good carbonation, this beer is probably best served really cold and it was
D- very good!, 4.4 percent... a good session beer

overall : good just not extremely memorable... but Czech it out!!!

gdfan47, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes 10/01/08
Clear light golden color with a foamy white head.Crisp aroma of light floral hops and grain.A big floral hop flavor with a slightly sweet malt background.Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and slightly metallic,A solid offering.

WakeandBake, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a small white head which turns into a thin white film and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like a typical pilsner. Hops dominate, along with a lot of grain presence.

Tastes a little better than the aroma. Malt comes into play and is balanced nicely by the hops. Not complex at all, but still a well rounded pils.

Mouthfeel was good and crisp. Medium bodied and with a solid carbonation sting, it's got a nice refreshing presence.

If you like pilsners this is a pretty good representation.

JBogan, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half liter off the tap.

The appearance was pretty good. Not fantastic but a step above macro lagers. Thin head.

Smells of barley and hops. Not really a whole lot of depth but what is there is fresh and appealing.

Tasted very good. The hops were present but not overpowering. The beer was crisp.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. Good effervescence for this kind of beer.

Overall I could see myself drinking this relatively often, although its not really my preferred type of beer. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners but I was not disappointed when trying the original.

Cylinsier, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell is a clear, sparkling golden lager with a slightly off-white and slightly oily, foamy head that slowly fades to a splotchy film and leaves good lacing. The aroma is of lemon and fresh barley. There is a hint of sweet malt and something fruity and grassy. It's a little muted. It has a smooth, slick, medium-light body with a clean finish. It's a bit prickly on the tongue. The flavor is a nice, full and round, fruity, wooden, lemony hop that never overwhelms. Everything is very mellow. There is a little tart/sweet flavor from the malt. Damn fine session lager. Total party beer.
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden slightly hazy with a foamy head with less than average retention.
When held to the nose a strong grassy gain is most noticeable, as well as hops. Hints of citrus/orange are also in there.
Taste: hoppy bitterness on the strong side with a dry finish. All of which I like.
This is a beer to drink slowly and would be good at meal time (with food).

jadpsu, Dec 19, 2008
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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