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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,255
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | 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 mynie


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

What a difference a pour makes.

Green bottles get skunked. It's a fact of life, and it really makes me hesitant to try a good deal of imported pilseners.

But there here--on tap! A-and my only other decent selection is Honker's Ale? Hell, bring it on my good man. Erm... a warm glass, please. Nope, no frost needed.

Too embarassed after asking for a warm glass to ask them to put a head on it, but, and in spite of the bartender's earnest efforts towards eliminating all vestiges of one, a small and stubborn head remains atop a brilliantly dark gold.

Smells incredible, for the style. Huge hop presence, remarkbly dry and floral yet still retaining a basic simplicity.

The hops are still there in the taste, still remarkably complex while retaining their simplicity, and balanced by a great, crisp, and fruity malt.

A superb example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2006 23:38:11 | More by mynie
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass.

Urquell is an impressively bubbly, clear golden beer, with an inch and a half of pure white foam that settles slowly leaving a small bit of lace.

Smell is bold and strong, boasting hops, light malts, and a floral sweetness. There’s the smallest hint of skunk, but I think it’s supposed to be this way… at least every Urquell I’ve tasted has had it.

Wonderful taste to this one. A clean malt profile with a definite hop kick, this is one of the hoppier Pilsners I’ve tried. Something in this beer reminds me of mineral water I used to drink in Vienna. Perhaps a touch of sulfur? There’s also some honey sweetness once you get past the hops. This beer is biscuity, bitter & inviting.

Finishes crisp, refreshing and dry, like a Pilsner should. Leaves a pleasing bittersweet hop flavor behind in my mouth.

I personally think that the Pilsner style is severely underappreciated, and Pilsner Urquell is a great beer for both Pilsner newcomers and veterans alike. It’s cheap, easy to find, and highly drinkable. A great summer beer, you’ll find this in my fridge year-round. If you haven’t yet tried it, you should.

Oh yeah, make sure you get it more or less "fresh". I hear on tap near the source it is remarkable... someday I'll have to find out for myself.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 21:44:30 | More by kkipple
Photo of greebsnarf

New York

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I possibly say about this world-famous pilsner, the first beer I ever liked? Though I've had it bottled plenty of times since that life-changing day, tonight was my first time getting it on tap, since I usually feel too adventurous to be interested. It arrived with no head except for a long-lasting thin film over the pinkish gold ("peachy," I noted) liquid sparkling with the small bubbles running through it. The smell was floral, sour and slightly citrusy; the taste, slightly bready, slightly fruity, but mostly just crisp, with enough hops to refresh and nothing more. Sure, it's not deep, but who cares?

A huge difference from the bottles, which taste a little stale in comparison even when they're not skunked. I wish they'd put more thought into the packaging; this beer deserves better than that god-awful green bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 07:55:55 | More by greebsnarf
Photo of kosmoraios


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing for the style. Been drinking lighter beers lately, because this summer's heat has been oppressive for too long.

Pours a crisp, clear golden color into a pint glass. Head is small, maybe 1-finger. Lasts about 70 seconds, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of floral Saaz(?) hops. Maybe a hint of light yeast, but mostly hops. A bit of the green-glass skunkness is evident.

Taste is more of the green-glass hoppy skunkiness that is characteristic of many Euro lagers. Not entirely unpleasant, though. Somewhat floral.

Mouthfeel is spicy and oily with a nice wash of carbonation. A nice, light, drinkable pils, good in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 18:32:46 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of BeerSox


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden hue that seems to glow. A decent, off-white head ascends from the rising carbonation. The head lowers after a while to a paper thin cap. Thin lacing along the glass.

Very strong hop aromas radiate far enough that you can smell them from two feet away. The hop aromas are earthy and piney.

The Saaz hops are once again the dominant trigger for the senses, this time for taste. Slight bread-like malt notes are hidden. Sweet hints can be detected. Drier finish with the hop flavor hanging around for a while.

Lighter bodied with high carbonation. Sometimes the flavor is diluted a little by the fizzyness.

Once a defining standard of Pilsners, now seems middle of the pack. A good choice for the summer. Comes in a green bottle, so watch out for skunked hop oils from the light.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:52:13 | More by BeerSox
Photo of edmundfitzoil


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell poured from one of those blasted green bottles (I bought a 12 pack in hopes that the light had stayed out) into a pilsner glass.

The beer poured a brilliant gold with constant, champagne like cascades of co2 bubbles perpetually rising to the top of the glass. The head of the beer poured a fizzy bright white, but retained fairly well. I poured my beer cold, almost directly from the refrigerator, and the glass began sweating here on a night that at 9:30 PM it's still over 82 outside. The beer's flavor featured a distinctly spicy hoppiness with a dry finish. A beer for the hot weather, and a throw back to the days in undergrad when we'd drink this at Panini's. A treat untap and very drinkable when found in an unskunked bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 01:30:38 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of klewis


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light golden in color with a large bubbly head taht quickly susbsides. No lacing.

S: Floral hops aromas with some yeasty esters

T: Somewhat spicy with a significant amount of hops bitterness.

M: Light in body with and very highly carbonated. A fizzy texture in the mouth gets in the way of the flavor.

D: Light, crisp, and refreshing, and a good beer if you're in the mood for something of the character. However, this isn't quite good enough to make it into my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 21:23:25 | More by klewis
Photo of Dizzy


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This classic pours a golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is floar Saaz hops and malts. Very clean tasting, hop flavors balance well with the malts, the finish is a nice hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel . This is a great beer to pick up when you are somewhere with a poor selection (got this at Target). I could easily drink several of these in a setting, but are the green bottles really necesary? Overall though, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 01:25:06 | More by Dizzy
Photo of goschool


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles.

The pour is clear gold with a longish lasting white head. I got a bit of citrus from the saaz hops, which is unexpected, but nice, to go with subtle grains. The flavor won't hit you in the face with bitterness or malts, but its crisp hops and light malts are refreshing as hell.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 07:09:45 | More by goschool
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Golden amber colour with a nice head. The head disappates very quickly, and actually is a bit disappointing in the long run. Crystal clear with tiny bubbles.

Malt and skunk smell. Caramel and sourness. One dimensional. Very little depth to the scent beyond malt and skunk.

Sour, malt taste. Hops in the background. Not entirely unpleasant, but way too generic to impress me.

Acceptable mouthfeel. Carbonation present, but no soda-pop tingle. Drinkable, but there are better pilsners out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:31:02 | More by BDTyre
Photo of eballard


2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a rich golden color with a light head. The head quickly disappeared and left a light lace. The beer started with a heavy skunky smell and settled into a sweet musky smell. The beer has a strong pilsner taste that hits the corners of your mouth with a bit of a bite. It has a crisp bubbly feel smooth. A decent beer over all. The bite gets me a little bit but certainly a beer I’d be willing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 22:48:28 | More by eballard
Photo of kimcgolf


2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pale yellow with minimal head. I’m not much of a pilsner fan to begin with, and this didn’t work hard to change my mind. I’ll put this in the same category as other light bodied beers. Not a lot of taste and other qualities we normally rate, but oklay for having a couple cold beers by the pool on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 01:48:16 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of mjc410


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pout into a PU goblet at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ.

Forms a slight ring on around the glass, beautiful dark gold-yellow, very active columns of bubbles rising. Smells lightly malty and grassy. The taste is dominated by spicy hops, which lend their wonderful floral bitterness. There's also an earthy character, which is unique among the pilsners that I've had. The mouthfeel is light (but not as light as many pilsners), with a lot of tingling from the high carbonation. I feel that the greater than normal "weight" of this pils hurts the drinkability somewhat, making it less refreshing than its counterparts. I once drank my fair share of this on the beach, and it is a bit much for that pursuit.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2006 15:59:40 | More by mjc410
Photo of haz77


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a thin head and plenty of carbonation.

S - Grassy hops, sulphur, some spiciness.

T - Restrained sweetness and citrus at first. Bitterness comes through and follows on into the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Clean and refreshing beer, nothing fancy.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 08:39:53 | More by haz77
Photo of TheFeintingGoat

New York

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

Picked up a bomber at a local market at poured into a .5 L Pilsner Urquell glass (the glass was in my possession before I tasted the beer).

Let me preface this by saying I don't usually like pilsners, just a personal thing, but since I had the glass I has to try.
It pours a gorgeous yellow hue which is best described as the color of myer lemons, and it has a nice thick, foamy head that sticks around for a bit.
The smell is very nice and wheatish, with a yeast undertone. Hops are also evident.
The taste is very nice, with hints of honey, ginger, and lemon zest are commanded by the bitter hops. These leave a nice refreshed feeling on the back of the swallow. The mouthfeel is nice, as the hops comes out to play a bit more if the swallow is delayed. The hops become a bit too evident at times, overshadowing the other flavors.
I'd drink this more than I drink any other pilsner I've had, if that says anything. On a summer night, like tonight, it'd be a great refresher, as it's not that expensive. Overall, it's a good beer, but a bit too formulaic and a tad unbalanced for my taste. Still, it's a good pilsner, I'd recommend this beer over many others at your normal bar; it tastes like it'd be better on tap. I just wish they wouldn't use a green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:19:07 | More by TheFeintingGoat
Photo of RJLarse


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Pilsner Urquell at a grocery store, to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is crystal clear. A small champagne-style head is gone quickly, leaving a thin foam on the top of the beer. The head produces virtually no lacing.

The smell is interesting, it has a sweet perfume or incense fragrance to it.

The taste is a mild grain flavor, followed by a mildly bitter hop finish. It’s a typical pilsner taste.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and moderately carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, and a good representation of the style. A solid pils, and there aren’t many left, at least around here.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 05:05:24 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe its just because its a REALLY hot day, but I'm finding this beer more enjoyable than the last few times I tasted it. Its still not what it used to be, but it is a very serviceable pilsner. It pours a dark straw color with a medium rough white head. The smell is of faint crisp hops. The taste is very crisp with some pleasant bitter hops that are very refreshing and some grassiness and graininess as well. The slightest bit of cereal sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very crisp, but not bone dry. Very drinkable, especially on a 100 degree day. Maybe not the best pilsner on the planet, but a damn fine one that still fits the bill when the heat calls for it- and an available great alternative to a macro brew. I can usually get cheap 12 packs at Costco.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 07:28:31 | More by Georgiabeer
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New Hampshire

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

So, with what I normally drink, why a Pilsner??? I was walking in Boston and it was 96 degrees out. The bar only had light beers and this one looked the best of the bunch by vague notions only. The beer was fresh on tap, the AC was cranked and it was a perfect drink for the situation. The beer arrived at the table a crystal clear pale straw. The head was once there, but had falled while waiting to be delivered to the table. The head did lace the glass. The brew poured a more robust golden color than expected, the aroma is light hops with a subtle malty aroma, the flavor is crisp with more of a hops note than expected with malty flavors rounding out the edges.

I'm so used to the american macro version of pilsner that this was a nice surprise. Not sure I'd buy it in green bottles, but on tap this was a tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 13:36:46 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of allengarvin


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle. Clear straw-gold color with a moderate head. Spicy, slightly woody hop aroma Some light maltiness in the start, followed by moderately high bitterness. Hop flavor is somewhat grassy. Finishes dry and clean. Crisp texture

Pilsner Urquell in the bottle is really a pale shadow of this great beer when served fresh on draught. It's not a bad bottled beer, but there are much better German & Czech bottled pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 14:07:19 | More by allengarvin
Photo of neonbrown82


4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly good pils. I must say, I wasn't expecting much going into this. After never having tried this beer, I had it in both a bottle and on tap within a week. Kind of funny. This is the on-tap review, and a bottled review would be different, but not different enough to where I want to take the time to write a seperate review. A little less creamy and a little bit more of a metallic sulfuric skunkiness (though a light and pleasant one), but otherwise the same flavors.

This beer was a nice clear pale golden color with a nice creamy head. Lacing is good. Carbonation is active. Looks good.

The smell is a bit buttery and has some nice tones of caramel and spicy hops. Smells crisp and refreshing, and it is. The taste is good, and has the same elements as the nose. Crisp, clean, light, and refreshing. Goes well with spicy food.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 07:00:24 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of theozag


2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours and fills the glass with an amber orange body. Its white head fades but the beer stays translucent. Smell is slightly fruity and has a rich oat note. Start is oily, fruity, and sweet. Settles full-bodied and seems to have all the flavors you might find when having a sweet tea with a sandwich on wheat bread. Finishes oily and wet. This pilsner has a sharp aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 04:40:26 | More by theozag
Photo of villainchiwwin


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

straw golden, thin fizzy head dissipated. no lacing.
musty, caramel from malt, faint hop notes.
buttery caramel with an aggressive floral and semi-grapefruitish hop finish, spicy and gritty on palate.
light, crisp body and mouthfeel with a drying finish.

nice simple and suprisingly bitter (for what I was expecting) pilsener that is easy to enjoy and could def prove sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 19:58:11 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while I'll pick up a sixer of Urquell, always enjoyed it, even if it did get a little skunky. Smells quite sweet. Taste though is a really clean sweetness to it with some nice bitterness and a slight sour note that goes real well. A very drinkable beer, I think I lucked out on this not being skunky since it is in green bottles. Found it in a non-lighted fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:32:05 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with frothy white head and plentiful lacing.

Aroma of grass and grains. Malty sweetness quickly gives way to citrus and grassy notes with prominent hop bitterness but a clean dry finish. Thin but not watery on the palate. Carbonation is prominent.

Drinkability is outstanding. Very refreshing. Relatively low alcohol content makes it a great session brew. This is a favorite hot summer day beer of mine.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 00:13:00 | More by mghotbi
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a warning for those who drank this brew in Europe or Czech; it is quite different in character. If any one expects this to be an authentic Bohemian Pilsner, they will be disappointed.

That said, this a quite an enjoyable Pils that serves as a good intro to the Pils style as any beer around. It pours a bright somewhat deep yellow, which in turn produces a nice bubbly head and lacing. There is a slight sulfur aroma mixed with aromatic hops. None of the green skunkiness of a Danish or Dutch Pilsener. From start to finsih, Urquell is perfectly balanced between biting hops and grainy malts. It finsihes dry, and clean.

This beer is about what I would expect in a middle of the road Pils. There is no dominant character, but there is nothing lacking either. Perfect for summer sessions, and lawn parties.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 03:14:38 | More by jpkoch1962
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