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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 1,250
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 37
Gots: 115 | 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 CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear gold with a fast fading head. Has a clean aroma (hard to describe unless you have ever been in a lagering room at a brewery) with faint saaz aroma and some malt. Taste is highly regimented - refreshing malt sweetness up front, a tingle of carbonation and acidity in the middle, with a palate cleansing dryness at the end. An almost perfect session beer, because the palate is reset with each drink, ready for the next taste.

P.S. - only buy this in an enclosed twelve pack, or some other way where the beer has not been exposed to direct light. I have purchased two twelve packs in the past that have been skunked. Freshness is critical for this beer, and the green bottle is a huge mistake on the part of the maker.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 17:25:45 | More by CH3CH2OH
Photo of shadow1961


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm always a little nervous opening imported beers
that come in clear or green glass- but I couldn't
resist the bomber of Pilsner Urquell I saw at Esser's.

Pilsner Urquell pours out a fluffy white head over a pale
yellow brew. Carbonation is really active, and the nose
is of malt and yeast. Lucky me, it's not gone skunky! There's
a definite malt flavor up front with sort of a dry, almost citrus
finish. There's a definite grassy hop aftertaste. This is a good
beer- it does define the type after all. The big question is
whether you go for authenticity, or, in my opinion, a better
domestic example of the type (like Rogue's Uber Pilsner) is up
to you. In my area bombers of both types are readily available
and comparable in price. Hmmm... the temptation is not to
choose at all- you could always get both and have yourself a
Pilsner shootout...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 08:30:11 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Bookseeb


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw in color with a quickly disapating head. The skunk at first smell, but mellowed out to sweet malt and saaz. A crisp taste, malty sweetness, spice with bitterness. light clean mouthfeel, a definate drinker if I were feeling light on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:27:14 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of MiScusi


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought this was a very good Pilsner compared to others I've had. The saaz hop character was a bit more mild, and a combination of sweeter malt and less harsh carbination made this much more pleasant to drink. The combination of less bitter taste and smooth mouthfeel was excellent, making this easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 06:58:39 | More by MiScusi
Photo of milljs


4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer on many occasions, both on tap and bottled. This occasion was from a bottle with some wonderful sushi to accomany.
The beer is a nice dark yellow color with a smooth white head. This beer has a distinct smell, different than most green bottle imports. It has a clear hoppy smell, actually a little floral. The taste has an very enjoyable bitterness. This is much different from typical american pilsners, as this is the "original pilsner". The beer feels good in your mouth, and finishes nicely.

Overall, this is a very, very good pilsner! It worked nicely with the sushi and wasabi!

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 18:42:37 | More by milljs
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow, clear. Mild-moderate head with picture-perfect carbonation.

Biscuit malt, lightly sweet with deeper roasted caramel notes. Mild floral and fruity hop.

Light bodied malt: grassy biscuit with mild nut, caramel, fruit, and a hint of roast. Splash of fruity/floral hop character provides refreshing balance and significant bitterness. Decent carbonation throughout. Finishes with a nice bitter toffee coating.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:41:56 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of eberkman


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A waitress's pour produced less of a head than I would have hoped for from the classic pilsener (I'm not enough of an ass to demand to pour my beer myself in a nice restaurant). About a finger or two. The beer itself was a clear golden hue.

The smell was skunky at first, but that went away after a couple of minutes. Other aromas were a smooth maltiness.

It tasted mostly malty with some crisp hoppiness at the finish. Not bad, not tremendous either.

The mouthfeel was crisp and light. This would be very sessionable, particularly at a barbeque on a hot day given its lightness.

Overall, not a bad beer but not one that I'm going to search out. But I'll happily order it in a restaurant where the only other options are BMC and Guinness or Stella.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 23:37:01 | More by eberkman
Photo of brjr508


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass, this beer has a dark gold color. Head retention was not great, but the lacing stays throughout the course of consumption.

Smell: Nice blend of hops and malts.

Taste: The hops produce a good deal of bitterness that is nicely balanced by some caramel malts. Very simple, and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, though it is fairly light on the tongue.

Drinkability: High, especially considering this beer's simplicity and lightness.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 03:53:00 | More by brjr508
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw that they have a new styled can for this so I figured I'd buy a single at the NSLC. Hadn't had it in a while, but this is my first review.

Appearance: Pours a flawless golden colour wiht a moderate white head. The head diminishes very fast into basically nothing.

Aroma: Clean, sweet malts, lots of florals and some citrus.

Taste: Biscuit malt, sweet, moderate bitterness with a slight alcohol flavour. Very standard

Mouthfeel: Nice body, smooth, easy drinking.

Final Statement: Very much like standard Euro lagers, yet the best of the bunch. If you're into Heiniken or Stella on warm summer nights, then try out Pilsner Urquell. I'll continue to you buy this every so often for that particular event.

Serving type: can

02-18-2007 04:56:30 | More by MMansfield
Photo of vwcraig


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used a pilsner glass to try this, the first pilsner ever. Poured a pale golden color with large bead rising from bottom. Looks like most people think of beer. In a pils glass, sweat on the glass, steady carbo, nice small head. Looks like a classic example of beer. The first smell was kinda skunky which is possible with the green glass. Also a sourish hoppy smell and some veggie smell of mostly corn. Taste was about the same with the biggest contributor being the hops and adjuncts. Mouthfeel on lighter side with carbonation bubbles fading fast. Light drying aftertaste, fairly crisp finish. Drinkability was OK at best, but had to try the original pilsner at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 01:40:49 | More by vwcraig
Photo of goochpunch


4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a bright gold with a soft head that leaves lacing all around the glass. Great clarity and moderate carbonation in the body. Classic pils aromas of bread, toasty malt, and a good dose of spicy, herbal tea-like hops. Flavor starts of bready and fruity (in an apple way) which then leads into a kick of hops: spicy and herbal. Finishes dry, clean, and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is of moderate body and the carbonation is sufficient. Perfect drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 04:08:00 | More by goochpunch
Photo of mpyle


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich gold color, sparkling clarity and a modest white-colored head. Head is tightly bubbled with a bit of retention.

Noble hops and a sweetness (caramel? corn?), but generally quite clean beyond the hops.

Mostly hop from start to finish. A gentle bitterness and noble hop flavor. Finishes fairly clean and light, with a slight bitterness linger. Flavor a bit subdued - maybe a bit light struck in the green bottle.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. Carbonation and hops give it a bite - not smooth on the tongue.

A clean hoppy lager, but didn't sense the malt backbone that I know this beer usually has. The lack of body and balance provided by this malt hurt the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 00:21:39 | More by mpyle
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Deep hue of gold with moderate carbonation. The head is very short-lived, then settles to nothing. The aroma is that of skunky hops and sweet, corn like hints. The taste is rather full and bold with sweet, almost chocolaty malts up front, followed by a bitter-sweet hoppy ending. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and full for a pilsner and has a creamy texture. The citrusy hops create a crisp bite towards the end. Overall a good beer to have with food or cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 02:19:38 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, nice colour, loose fluffy white head forms, nice lacing, good retention, settles to a layer. Smell is sweet, malty, flora/citrus, lagery smell, corn, not bad. Taste is sweet, some light toffee, citrus, refreshing flavour, nothing crazy but better than average for a euro lager. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, decent, okay bitterness, but pretty mediocre.

Serving type: can

02-04-2007 06:58:07 | More by Viggo
Photo of barknee

New York

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner Urquell pours the quintessential 24K gold pilsner color with a rich foamy bright white head. Decent carbonation streams from the center of the glass. Classic and diagnostic Saaz hop aroma; softly spoken and not overdone, with a soft briny element to the nose as well. Taste is very bready, with biscuit and light but evident malts present. As always, this is a brew that will keep you entertained one after the next, never loosing the taster in beer desensitization land. Medium in body and very user friendly, this is one of the best mass produced, tasty and refreshing world wide brands that money can buy at $11.99 a 12 pack.!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 01:28:27 | More by barknee
Photo of pmcadamis


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pretty boring looking in a big pilsner glass at Buffalo Wildwings. One of my freinds thought that I was having a Miller Light...that pretty much sums it up. There are some nice rings of lace left on the glas though.

S - Smells bitter, acidic, lightly hoppy, and sweet. Not a very powerful nose.

A - Bisquity malt backbone with a nice overlay of Saaz hop bitterness. This has the unique quality of being sweet and bitter in almost perfect balance.

M - Really nice puckery bitterness that is different than the bitterness you find in pale ales, IPA's ect. Medium bodied and bready.

D - Excellent. This in one of my favorite session beers and it pairs extremely well with spicy chicken wings. IMO this is ten times better on tap than from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2007 17:15:14 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of alexskovan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep gold with a one-inch head that dropped to a film quickly. An initial powerful smell of skunk (why the green bottle -- WHY?) that faded into the background but did not totally vanish. Aroma of Sazz with undertones of caramel. Taste is surprisingly bitter, but balanced nicely with malt, especially when the beer warms up a little.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 21:02:00 | More by alexskovan
Photo of beachscrat


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: Greenish 12 oz. pop-top typical of sub-par imports. Raised "Pilsner Urquell" lettering on bottle. Purchased 12pack of 12oz bottles completely incased in cardboard. Light to amber-light straw colored with thin frothy head with a small amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

smell: Wonderful fresh baked bread aroma with a faint hint of Saaz hops in the background. This is the first time I've had a Pilsner Urquell out of the bottle and it hasn't been skunked. Must be the 12 pack incased in cardboard that kept the light from tearing into the hops. I will only buy this beer in this packaging from now on.

taste: Good blend/balance of toasty malt, hops and yeast sulfur. Nice and crispy.

mouthfeel: Thin, light, smooth and refreshing.

drinkability: Good drinkability. No problem spending a good deal of time with multiple bottles of this stuff.

overall: I was extremely surprised that this green bottle stuff wasn't skunked. My advice: screw the six-pack and get it by the 12 pack, completely encased in cardboard and shielded away from the mean ol' beer skunkin' light.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 03:27:11 | More by beachscrat
Photo of witster18


2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a beautiful light gold. the head is nice but fizzy and dissapates rather quicky... that traditional euro pils skunkiness is there...and at the end it really explodes with a crisp grassy and slighty overdone hop bite.. This isn't bad but it's definately more bitter than most. it takes away from the drinkability...at least for me. Distinctive and thirst quenching but will be too bitter for most palate's. love the color....love the bottles....taste=average.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 23:00:20 | More by witster18
Photo of sauron681


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess I am to use to "generic" pilsners compared to the way pilsners are supposed to be.

Pours the typical golden color, very fizzy head, and light bubbles for the lacing.

Has the typical metallic/sulfur aroma. Starts smooth, with a dry feel and overly hoppy bitter aftertaste. Not to shabby for an original pilsner, but I will try some other brands as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 16:20:02 | More by sauron681
Photo of DoubleJ


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Event number 2 of 6 in the Euro Invitation is Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner. Stella Artois was the first event, scoring adequately. Can Urquell squeak past it? On to the beer;

The head is a dissapointment, as it's actually on the fizzy side. But at least its golden body is appealing to look at. I hesitate to taste because I've have this beer in bottles before, and it becomes a battle with its bitterness. Here we go...Mmm, much smoother than I remember it to be. Slightly buttery, malty, and it's trademark hoppy aroma. Finishes clean. Either I got a good bottle, or my palate has really changed that much (I've been drinking beer regularly for only 6 months now, and I'm still just 21). Maybe it's both.

A good round by Pilsner Urquell puts it past Stella Artois in the early standings. Will its score stand up for the rest of the meet? Stay tuned.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 07:35:22 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BBM

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours your standard bright yellow with fizzy white head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is faint, with hints of spice, grass, and some sourness.

This honestly is a pretty enjoyable light beer. There's a bitterness to it not uncommon with the style, and a clean finish. It's not complex, but it doesn't try to be. A good session beer, and perfect for, say tailgating a hockey game, which is what I used it for last night.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 17:02:07 | More by BBM
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly light yellow with a bright white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is a bit grainy, grassy notes and spicy hops come through as well. Classic pilsner, just a touch of light fruits and citrus as well. Taste seems lackluster at first, but improves drastically as the beer warms. The hops really start to shine as it reaches about 14C, herbal with just a hint of lemon and grapefruit. The malts are a bit thin, and don't provide as much support as they could, but they aren't offensive either. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, plenty of carbonation, but still full enough to allow the hops to linger in the finish. Drinkability is excellent. The classic pils, it's got its faults but is a must-try for everyone at some point.

Serving type: can

01-14-2007 05:47:15 | More by Mandrake
Photo of billybob


4.97/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours clear golden color half inch head with no lacing to speak of. musty slighty fruity hoppy spice smell. big spice hop pepper taste. clean crisp meduim mouthfeel and good carbonation. nice pilsner beer, very easy to drink definitely buy it. its on my list.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 17:40:40 | More by billybob
Photo of theopholis


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly dark gold; crystal clear. Has a semi-thick white head that quickly falls to a thin cover. Has no lacing.

Aroma-Nice clean, crisp "pilsner (gee, what a surprise)" aroma. Good mix of bittering and aroma hops, a tad of malt sweetness and a tad grainy.

Taste- A very good balance of Saaz hops and malt sweetness. A tad grainy with the expected hay fore-taste. Crisp and clean. Just a touch of a non-identifiable metallic taste. Not unpleasant, just unexpected.

Mouthfeel- Very nice!!!! Crisp and clean with a slight acid bite on the tip of the tongue. Clings nicely to the lips, and nowhere else. Very interesting.

Drinkability- This is what a pilsner should be!

Note: This beer comes in those wretched green bottles, which allow light in. You will often get a skunky one with this beer. If you can find it on tap, drink it. Otherwise, you are taking your chances. I got lucky with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 03:39:38 | More by theopholis
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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