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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,999
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 58
Gots: 286 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of cagocubs
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of kevd193213
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Rhynes2
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of n811
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Photo of Soneast
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Chinon01
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of gdfan47
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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!!!

Photo of WakeandBake
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of JBogan
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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)

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).

Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner.

A: Medium golden, heavy carbonation pours into a light bubbly head which dissipates very quickly, and leaves virtually no residual on surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Leaves a little lacing as you drink.

S: Light hops, and yeast. Typical pilsner smell, but very pronounced.

T: Yeasty taste standard with pilsner, but not so standard hoppiness.

M: Sharp bite from the hops upon initial drink. Yeast hangs around and the sharpness lingers. Finishes a little dry.

Really atypical of this style. Overall a lightness, and great refreshment. But very hoppy and more flavorful than most pilsners. If you like the style you should really go for this, also if you generally avoid pilsners because you don't like the style. . . don't let that stop you from sampling this quaff.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed this. This was my introduction to Czech Pilsners, and it didn't disappoint.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with white head.

S - Grains and straw. Maybe some honey?

T - Sweet, which is what I was looking for.

M - Crisp and smooth. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Great introduction (for me) to Czech Pilsners.

Photo of nighthawk
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-yellow, crystal clear with plenty of carbonation bubbling up. Rocky white head is quite large and takes its time settling down. Scant lacing.

Fresh-baked bread and spice on the nose.

Taste delivers on the aroma; more bread, with plenty of light
spice (like pepper), with a lightly bitter finish. Slight butterscotch aftertaste, with slightly more butter than sweetness. Hops are earthy and grassy, providing the light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, medium body with a surprisingly light feel from the carbonation.

Not the most complex or flavourful of brews, but this is a solid pils, which I'm glad to see in cans around here, rather than green glass bottles. It's refreshing and easy-drinking, and at 4.4% sessionable to boot.

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

Solid pilsner, and one of the first true Czech pilsner's I've had. Pours clear gold with a bright white head. Saaz and honey with a straw aroma. No metal to complain about. Won't overwhelm you. Pleasant sweet-with-bitter hop and malt blend. Tastes pure and clean.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a darker straw color with a small but thick white head that leaves very slowly and leaves a little lacing in the glass.

Smell: Grain and spicy hops. Also, a bit bready.

Taste: Sweet and grassy and then a hop bitterness toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thin, and crisp.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable beer. Very well balanced, is refreshing but still retains a lot of flavor. Could go good with food, alone, or as a lawnmower- very versatile. This beer is a pleasure to drink and is definitely something I will be getting in the future.

Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden hazy color with a thin head.
Smell: Malty, hay, citrus, and floral.
Taste: Malty with a hint of floral, citrus, fresh cut grass, and hops.
Overall: The finish is slightly bitter but mellows out for an easy drinking. This is good beer I enjoyed it.

Photo of Vendetta
2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

Had this at a beer tasting event. Hoppy aroma covered in skunk. Nice golden appearance. Flavor wasn't nearly as skunky as the aroma was. It was quite hoppy, well balanced. Nice to taste a true pilsener rather than the weak American light beer type pilsener. Still, I'm not a huge fan of this type of beer. Too light, still too watery, and a skunky profile thanks to the green bottle. The flavor is the best part, which is what matters, but overall the beer isn't anything special in my eyes.

Another example of a beer that I need to experience on tap to purge my memories of more light-stricken beer.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,999 ratings.