Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 57
Gots: 247 | 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

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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of brewmudgeon
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

color is darker than i'd expected--almost a dirty brown when poured into a wide glass. not much head retention.
aroma has a distinctly roasted character, and the grassy hops are very noticeable. but something seems a bit wrong, too assertive.
flavor follows the smell; finish thuds to a stop pretty quickly.
headache came on halfway through. hmmm.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The most famous of all Czech beers and still one of the best they say. True? Well... off the tap this one was a pure gold color, good clarity, with a two finger bright white head. The aromas were taut, green and grassy with some metallic elements. The flavors were dry and bitter, hops, corn and some wheat. The mineral/metallic quality sticks s to the tongue at the end. Crisp and refreshing but not entirely pleasant. Very light body but a very good mouthfeel. Certainly a classic but not my favorite.

Photo of ectomorph
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Clear gold in color with a good 3 finger thick bright white head that has setup nicely and refuses to leave.

S - Robust malt grassy up the nose.

T - Spicy hops and the earthy grassy grains shine through.

M - Crisp and clean, light bodied.

D - Not my favorite style, but a nice showing from "The Original" brewed in Pilzen...

Photo of velkyal
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The original Pilsner, not one that I drink very often, mainly becuse in common with Gambrinus it has gone down hill since being bought by SABMiller.

It pours a rich golden colour, which has a slight amber tinge to it, if poured well there is a nice head that leaves traces all the way down the glass.

It is bitter, but that's a good thing - remember this is the original. Yes the bitterness is pronounced but it is not overpowered and actually makes a nice change from the bland Eurolager imitations.

The mouthfeel is clean and sharp, making this a beer which can be enjoyed time after time.

Photo of chilidog
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours and looks good in the glass. Golden hue, white one inch head and some lace to be had. Classic look.

Aroma of sulphered metal, typical lagered aroma.

Taste is of the grains of corn and wheat. Feed like. Sulphered water in a metal jacket. Some sweetness. Some hop crispness.

The mouth is treated to a crisp beer, refreshing but left with that feed like aftertaste.

Not bad drinkability, best when cold to avoid any skunkness, but hey, its mass produced and a Czech pils indeed.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim.

Poured a clear crisp golden yellow with a bit of thin white head.

Smells of hop and grain.

Taste is very sharp and pronounced. Hop is dominant, bitter and upfront. A bit of a grassy citrus finish. Flavor lasts in your mouth long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Crisp and clean, it feels very refreshing and light. Carbonation is perfect.

This beer goes down pretty awesome, and the drinkability is good. This would be a good summer beer and I'll be getting more. Granted, this isn't for every situation and I'd drink it sparingly, but its got such a nice feel.

Photo of MisterClean
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At a friend's beer dinner

A - Golden yellow in color, moderate head, which dissipates slow.

S - Honey, malts, slightly minerally, and biscuit. This is quickly becoming a favorite malt (biscuit).

T - Honey, malts, and biscuit with a slght minerally flavor.

M - Very light, but fairly well balanced considering this is a pilsener.

D - Excellent. Would love to have more and will need to purchase some at the store soon.

Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden straw color... Slow disciplined carbonation... Thin pure white head quickly dissipates, leaving a delicate lacing...

S - Nice complex aroma... Peppery notes... Orange zest... Really a good smelling pilsner...

T - Mild hops... Grain... Biscuit... Spices... Nice complexity for a pilsner...

M - Light bodied and crisp... Very dry...

D - Bery good pilsner... I'm typically not a big pilsner fan, but this one hit the spot... While supposedly not as good as the original, it is a tasty treat of a brew that I'll seek out in the future...

Bottle / Art - Classic and simple... Nice embossed Archway from on the green bottle...

Photo of changeup45
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a bunch of times from the bottle and now a few times on draft and it always seems quite a bit better on draft. I've had some bottles that were a little skunky so those have been hit or miss. I'm re-rating this based on my draft on 4/9/08. Golden colored with just a relatively thin head. Bready malty flavor with a touch of sweet fruits, a richer mouthfeel than expected and crisp, clean and refreshing. A sour note surfaces as the beer warms a touch. I'll certainly get it again but maybe not often via the bottle as I fear Mr. Skunk. Solid brew.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a thin head that stays throughout the drink.

Smells sort of grassy, malty, bready and some floral hops are present.

A nice tasty pilsener, nice biscuity malts and pretty bitter for a pilsener, leaves a nice refreshing aftertaste leaving you to want more.

A velvety smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated, and an easy drinking beer, but does fill you up after a few.

Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass, this beer had golden color and a good half inch of head. Decent lacing as well.

S: This one had a distinctly grassy aroma, along with some citrus elements. There was a faint skunky quality, as well.

T: Tasted of hops, a little lemon and a slight grassiness. Only a bit skunky (for a beer in a green bottle). Left an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'd heard a lot about how great this beer is, but I don't think I'd put it that high up on the pedestal. It's OK, with some decent parts, but it doesn't quite measure up.

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

The brew is just a solid golden color - nothing more nothing less. Head formation is quick, but it fades quickly; thus, the retention and lacing are minimal. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, either. It looks pretty average to me.

This may sound strange, but it really does smell like grass. There are also mild hints of bitterness from the hops and a slight biscuit character from the malt. Sweetness seems to be absent while the grassy smell seems to dominate.

It doesn't taste nearly as grassy as it smells. The biscuity malt flavor is fairly strong and complimented nicely by the bitterness of the hops. This brew is not excessively bitter and is also augmented with some slight spiciness; both are present in the aftertaste. It seems that the "KISS" philosophy applies here - not bad at all.

Though this is a pretty light beer, it's not watery by any means. It doesn't feel too heavy in the mouth or on the tongue.

This brew finishes crisply and cleanly. Combine this with the fact that it's pretty light and you've got one poundable beer. The flavor isn't bad, but you wouldn't miss too much if you did, in fact, decide to "pound" this.

This is better than some other pilsners that I've had. While there doesn't really seem to be anything special about this beer, I'd say it's somewhat above being merely average simply because the bitterness isn't too excessive. The grassy smell isn't nearly as strong in the flavor and the maltiness is just right. It seems like a well-balanced, easily poundable import - not really much to complain about.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: clear golden body, thin white head.

s: hay, grass, and spicy hops

t: light biscuit malt upfront with surprisingly bitter spicy, tea-like hops in the finish. a tad skunky.

m: very smooth and crisp.

d: Light and easy drinking, but a big enough hop bite to keep you interested.

I don't know if they made the world's first pilsner, but I can say that as far as I can tell they make the best pilsner that is widely available here in the states. I know that better ones are out there (prima pils for one) but this beer can be found everywhere you go and yet it is still pretty good.

Photo of cameraman
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Knowing that this beer can beer skunked fairly easily from the bottler, a can seemed a better choice. We start with a deep golden color, that fades to a pale yellow at the bottom of the glass. A puffy, creamy colored head forms on top, with a small traces of carbonation along the glass. A very bready to bicuity fragrance at first, then the spiciness from the hops finishes it all out. A malty and bread flavor comes out at in the flavor, and dominates till it reaches the back, and a mild grassy bitterness comes out at the end. A light feel at the front becoming more medium bodied at the end, leaving the palate clean and dry. This is and easy to drink and refreshing beer. The can does make a big difference in every aspect of this beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. The beer is pale yellow color, very clear, with a perfect white foam. The first whiff is a little skunk but I can't detect it after a few minutes. Mostly I get a nice hops aroma (more floral than citrus) and a light malt too. The flavor is subtle but delicious, a nicely balanced lager slightly favoring the hops. Very drinkable, an excellent beer.

This is a solid last resort beer at many establishments, including Yankee Stadium (there was a beer guy in the stands selling only Pilsner Urquell, but you had to look for him). If all that's available are macro lagers I usually go for this.

Photo of erosier
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden yellow with a thin short head that laces a little down the glass.
S: Smells of faint light malt and some faint hops.
T: Sweet malt taste then a bitter but faint hoppy finish.
M: OK mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: OK drinkability. Didn't have much taste so it was kind of easy to drink.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color some short, quick fading white head.

Mostly a grainy scent, with some hopps.

Again mostly a sweet grainy taste with a bitter malt finish.

Light bodied, crisp feel, with very high carbonation.

Pretty easy drinker. This is something I could probably drink quite often.

Photo of mbenthall
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured clean, clear golden color. Small head that faded.

Smell: Abundant grain smell, with a hint of hop.

Taste: Crisp and clean, with slight grain underneath. Bitter hop aftertones. Lingering dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, good taste. Will definately have again when desiring a pilsner.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden yellow and very bubbly. Thick bubbly white head with good retention. Moderate lacing.

S - A strong earthy aroma with spicy hops and grain. A faint skunkiness to it as well. This is my second bottle, purchased from different places, so I guess this is just the way it smells.

T - Light grainy sweetness before being quickly overcome by a strong spicy hop bite. Very bitter in the finish. Not a bad taste, but it just doesnt line up like I had hoped it would.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Highly carbonated. The aroma wasnt great, but at 4%+ ABV, it is very drinkable.

Photo of BermahOne
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Where do I start, I tried this beer because I saw good reviews on it. I have never tried a Pilsner brew as well. Don't get me wrong, I love all types of beer, I have a new favorite every month, maybe even every week. This one really didn't please me that much. It was really bitter, if you like bitterness than this is the beer to drink. It was like a Grolsch and a Stella but with Steroids of bitterness.

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep golden color with head that fades relatively quickly while it laces a small amount.

Smell and taste is kind of dull. Nothing extreme in this pilsner. Some crisp hop aromas. Has the traditional skunky flavors to it.

This beer has a great mouthfeel and is quite easy to drink, but it just doesn't have a lot to offer. It is very simple and I could imagine having a few of these in a night and not getting filled up.

Overall, worth a try for the style, as it is decent. But nothing I would be picking up again. I would rather stick to something craft at least.

Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small bubbly white head that lingered throughout with a little lacing. Mild grainy malt aroma with a hint of skunk. The taste is slightly better with a decent balance of bitterness and malts. Mouthfeel is light but not watery - very crisp and clean on the palate. This is better than most Euro pilsners and is fairly drinkable.

Photo of KaiMiller
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I was little, I thought this was great; then I thought it was mass-produced swill (when I tried it in a green bottle); now I think it's a landmark beer, but not necessarily great. It's also impossible to find a fresh can except by luck - they need a canned-on date - and boy does it not age well.

Very pretty. Light Saaz aroma, some almost-DMS-y pilsner malt aroma. Clean, well balanced bitterness, some toasty decoction flavour. Saaz. Nice balanced beer. Only slightly stale this time.

Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer quite a few times, but this was the first time out of the can. I figure the can does a better job of protecting the beer from light than green glass. I poured it into a pilsner glass. It is very clear with a deep golden color. I enjoyed the balanced aromas between the hops and malt flavors. Because of it coming from a can, there was none of the typical skunkyness that many associate with European lagers. Bitterness ruled the day with this beer though the semi-sweet flavors of the malt did attempt to balance the beers taste. It is somewhat light in the mouth. However, I could probably drink a whole bunch of these. I think this is still the archetypal pilsner, though probably not the best. Many of the American pilsners that I've had taste nothing like this beer, much to their detriment.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very clear, pale yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was very strong.

S: Strong skunky aroma emits from the green bottle upon opening.On the nose was some fresh buttery corn.

T: sweet and buttery corn flavor with a light herbal hopping. There was some vegetable aftertaste.

M: syrupy, fizzy from the carbonation, and rather bland.

D: Don't really care for this in one serving let along several. Pass.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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