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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
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2,748 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,748
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 46
Gots: 170 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw the Pilsner Urquell truck outside the supermarket and caught the delivery guy in the beer aisle. I asked him for a fresh 12 pack and he said, "they're all fresh" and I told him I had this a few times where the beer had gone 'skunky' and I've had it fresh, big difference, bro!
The guy took a 12 pack from the rear of shelf and told me he just brought this one in off his truck.

beer is a gold/yellow, thin white head, lots of bubble.

smell a fresh one, hoppy aroma, no skunk.

taste a fresh one, light, crisp, sweet malt, then the bitter hop leading to a clean/dry finish.

very balanced, a palate pleaser.

very good drinkable beer if and when you can be sure it's fresh.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of jar2574
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to try this beer at the brewery in Plzen while I was living in the Czech Republic. The Czechs hold this beer in high regard. I tasted it from the traditional wooden casks that they still keep for samples. That was the best beer I've ever had. Having moved back here to the states, I like to revisit my old friend every so often.

Very little head. Dark golden color.

A lovely light, earthy, bready smell. To me, this is what a beer should smell like. But maybe I'm biased from my memory of the brewery.

The taste is more bitter than other beers, but I like it. It awakens your tongue.

This is a refreshing beer with just the right amount of carbonation. You can drink these for quite a while, although the bitterness will get to you around number four or five. It goes great with traditional meat and potatoes style dishes.

Out of the tap this is one of my favorite beers, even if you aren't at the brewery. I think you can do better when buying bottles though.

jar2574, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i seem to remember not being so impressed by this out of the bottle. I'll have to try it again.

the beer blurs the line between dark golden and light brown hues, and smells of grassy hops and a ton of toasted malts. in the mouth, there's a heavy emphasis on toasted caramel and nutty malts, a nice contrast to the standard german counterpart. these dark toasted flavors are supported by grassy hops that give the flavors of lawn clippings and lemon peels. smooth in the mouth, and crisply carbonated. finishes surprisingly quickly for the amount of flavor. i could drink this all day.

schusterbauer, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body with a small white head that fell very fat.Some bubbles.

Malt and grassy hops.

Hop bitterness and bready malt.

Dead on for carbonation and pretty smooth when it was cold,as it warmed it got a little harsh.

Really good and refreshing and would be a good beer for anyone who wants to break into the craft beer scene without drinking a beer thats to "craft" I liked it alot and would have again, on tap this time.

MmmIPA, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of friendofthedevil
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, it's hard to beat. But on tap, it's not particularly worth it considering that most Czech Pilseners are good and this is quite a bit pricier than it's smaller bretheren. Definitely worth a try, especially if you've not had the joy of the Czech Pilsener, but the sampling would be ideally made in the Czech Republic itself where the beer is fresh, the people are friendly, and life is good. What you've heard and surely more, but try some other brands if you're in country to support smaller brewers. Have fun!

friendofthedevil, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Putting aside the usual curmudgeonly grumbling directed at old standards like Pils Urquell ("dumbed down by XYZ brewery conglomerate," "shadow of its former self," "don't make it like they used to"), I submit this remains a classic, highly drinkable beer.

The six-pack I bought wasn't light-struck, as can be the problem, and a nice aroma reminiscent of baking bread wafted up from my glass — no skunk here. Spicy noble hops were a nice counterbalance and the beer sat in my glass an appetizing gold with a thin foamy white head.

The taste was a great balance between bitter hops and a sweet malty flavour that was almost honey-like. Dry, crisp finish, but the carbonation seemed a bit flat and could have been better. Still, a great beer and a highly drinkable one for all occasions.

vanrassel, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack after trying it for the first time and liking it on St. Patty's day. I wasn't able to find a sealed 12 pack, so I'm not sure how much light has affected the green bottle.

Golden/Honey colored with a quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is sweet/malty and slightly hoppy, although not too strong.

Taste is quite sweet with some bitterness, very crisp and refreshing. First taste to last taste, it seems to have changed somewhat for the better. More flavorful than most common name pilsners.

Mouthfeel is very good, with just the right amount of carbonation to give this a smooth, crisp, refreshing feeling. Not too heavy, but not too thin either.

Definitely rather high on my drinkability list. I'm not familiar with the old style, but I think I will continue to buy this beer occasionally.

fightingirishcmk, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pilsner
code on the back label

Pours a clear golden yellow with a bright white thin head. Some thin delicate lace. Carbonation is persistantly different, different sized bubbles at different speeds, cool.

Skunky, earthy, floral hops.

Light maltiness up front. Finishes with a refreshing spiced bitterness. Better drink this one quick before it has a chance to really warm. I would keep mine in the fridge if i ever bought a sixer.

Smooth and light in the mouth with a crisp finish.

Easy to swig these babies all day long.

beerphan, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to trying the original pilsner. 12 oz., (non-lightstruck) green bottle with some code on the back. It pours into my pils glass a crystal-clear, pale gold with a light bead leading up to an inch of white head, which leaves decent lacing. Skunky/spicy and green/earthy Saaz in the nose, with hints of grassiness and some toasted malts. It's fairly bitter on the palate with spicy, earthy, and piney hops balanced by a light dose of toasted malts. The mouthfeel is perfect - light to medium, quite drying, with creamy carbonation and medium finish - and it is immensely drinkable. After finishing this six-pack, I immediately went out and bought at 12 pack, which also went quite quickly. Delicious and well-worth a try.

mmmbeer, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of CH3CH2OH
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.

CH3CH2OH, Mar 11, 2007
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...

shadow1961, Feb 27, 2007
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.

Bookseeb, Feb 24, 2007
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.

MiScusi, Feb 23, 2007
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!

milljs, Feb 21, 2007
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 21, 2007
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.

eberkman, Feb 20, 2007
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.

brjr508, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
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.

MMansfield, Feb 18, 2007
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.

vwcraig, Feb 15, 2007
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.

goochpunch, Feb 13, 2007
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.

mpyle, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
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.

Rudgers73, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of barknee
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.!

barknee, Feb 03, 2007
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.

pmcadamis, Jan 31, 2007
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,748 ratings.