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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 308 | 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 birdyone
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color, the color I always pictured when I though of beer. Given reasonable head from the bottle, but it doesn't last very long. Not sure if that's the beer not holding a haed or me drinking it quickly. . .

I agree with other reviews; it smells "bitter." Not bad at all, but defiantly distinct.

Good taste; crisp, refreshing

Plenty of flavor, but not overpowering; goes great with bar food

Great consistency, and availability

Personally, I love this beer; it's got plenty of flavor, but it's not so heavy you can't hang out with with good friends and drink a few. I've had it with bar food, and a home cooked steak, went well with both.

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

The beer pours the expected light golden color into the glass. Decent sized bone white head that stays around a little bit and leaves minor lacing.
The smell is light, minor hops, a little malt, and some nice green bottle skunk. I was originally not going to review this beer because of this, but it is well within it's best by range.
The taste is the same, there are some nice delicate notes that get clobbered by the skunk.
The mouthfeel is nice, light and highly carbonated.
The drink is good as well, I could have quite a few of these...just give em to me fresh.

Photo of tigg924
1.77/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, medium head, gold

Smell: sulphur and wheat

Taste: better than the smell, but not great. Very light wheat

Mouthfeel: light and semi-sweet

Drinkability: This hides the alcohol well. I think the smell really threw me for a loop. I think there are way better beers around and this is one I will not come back to.

Photo of flexinwext
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the bar with very few options. When I first opened it smelled like skunk. No glass so straight out of the bottle. Taste was slightly skunkish and pretty bitter. Seemed very carbonated. I've enjoyed many other pilsners more, possibly this is just the czech pilsner style.

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

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass (sorry, I don't have a lager glass).

Pop the top and you get some immediate aromas. Smells bitter, if that's possible. It reminds me of the smell of many Euro pale lagers, but somehow better.

Deep yellow beer with a thin head and minimal lacing.

Tastes nice, but not great. It's better than an adjunct lager, but not as good as some of the other Czech pilsners (especially Stauropramen). Same goes for mouthfeel.

I wouldn't turn this down, especialy in the company of worse options, but it's not my favorite either. Definitely drinkable but nothing outstanding or noteworthy--except perhaps consistency.

Photo of nanobrew
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice golden hue. Stable white head
S - citrus followed by hay like tones
T - malty with a crisp hop taste. Dry finish
M - surprisingly smooth
D - definitely. as one who is not a typical pilsner fan, I wasn't expecting much from this. But afterwards, I found myself wanting another.

Photo of JizackFH
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep gold almost amber. Head didn't last too long and had hardly any lacing.

S: Smells very yeasty and bready. Little note of hops and light malts.

T: Tastes of yeast and grain. The Malt is on the light side. Not much of a note of hops. It's also kind of sweet tasting

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Meduim/light bodied. Goes down pretty smooth. It has a medium carbonation

D: I probably wouldn't drink this one too often, but its not something i would tell people to avoid. I think it would be a nice brew to drink sittin outside on a nice warm day.

Photo of GoGriz
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There isn't much more that can be said about this beer that you can't read in earlier reviews. It pours a deep golden color and has a yeasty, bready nose that reminds me of spring for some reason. It has a pleasantly crisp taste that finishes with the slightest hint of hoppy bitterness. This is a session beer that does its job of providing you with a tasty beer that wont blow you away, but at least keep your interest til the last drop.

Photo of mcraw88
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw yellow in appearance, not much going on with the head but the color is beautiful

Smell - Very distinct grain and yeast smell doesn't settle well with me but many others find it apealing

Taste - I really don't know why but i find this brew appealing. It just has something that tastes great to me. I'm not a huge big hop fan but this beer just tastes good going down. The grain profile is very nice along with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Wonderful going down, nothing to complain about here. It is very easy to drink and if anything is a little dry but not in a bad way

Drinkability - Could easily have a few of these in a night. Don't really like paying the price for them but much better then other green bottles you see often

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. Even thought the malt character is on the thin side, it's about normal for the style and provides a mild sweetness. There's a decent hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice milder beer to drink a lot of throughout the course of an evening, but there are better beers that fill the same roll.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - brilliant yellow colour with extraordinarily carbonated character versus my expectation, 1/4-inch sustaining head.

Smell - very hoppy with spicy malt scents. None of the bread aromas of the canned version.

Taste - malty and grainy, there's more bitterness and a lack of balance. Still, interesting flavours although more run-of-the-mill Euro beer.

Mouthfeel - pretty carbonated, at least the bitter finish comes through clean.

Drinkability - I would pass on this version of this superb brew. Much better value to seek out the can, which does not overcarbonate and has a much better taste - for cheaper. I am shocked at the variance between the 2 formats.

Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had always heard good things about this beer from friends and thought I'd give it a shot. Picked up four 16.5 oz cans from the local liquor store. Drank out of the can but I am giving the appearance the benefit of the doubt because such a good beer must look good. I am a Dark Lager man but this Pilsner has grown on me and I will definitely be purchasing it again. All in all a great beer that will not disappoint, especially for the price.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. When I visited Prague for a summer lo these many moons ago, I was warned by locals to stay away from tourist havens like Václavské náměstí, where they sold marked-up Urqell for 2 bucks a pop, and check out the side streets, where other fine Czech pivo could be found for more reasonable prices. As a student, 50 cent half-litres of incredibly good beer that I'd never heard of made a whole lot more sense. But I always wondered if I was giving Urquell short shrift because of that experience.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few layers of cumulonimbus cloud lace around the glass as it somewhat hastily recedes.

It smells of warm, somewhat wet grainy, biscuity pale malt, subtle black pepper, a touch of stale lemon, and floral, mildly grassy hops. The taste is more grainy, kind of sour pale malt, faint acrid lemon, and earthy, leafy, and moderately skunky dead grass hops.

The carbonation is rather well moderated, the body a decently structured medium-light weight, and generically smooth. It finishes mostly clean, with an off-dry, wet soup cracker-like character, among the still not burnt-off vegetal hops.

Not my favorite Czech pilsner by a long shot, but an adequate introductory example, given its ubiquity at finer tourist traps everywhere. Just don't buy it there, given the choice.

Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unpasteurised, at U Rudolfina, Praha.
Deep golden color, without any bubbles. Beautiful white head, quite creamy on top. Good appearance.
Fresh smell, with a good hop, and yeasty notes. Fresh and inviting. With a good malty base.
Malty start in the mouth, quickly balanced by a good, intense bitterness, fresh.
For sure, quite different from the bottled version (and a lot better).
Great drinkability.

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pils glasses.

A- bright, clear, light golden color, with a slim head, which falls fairly quickly to only a fine layer.

S- very light aroma of hops and malt.

T- lightly flavored malt, followed by a surprisingly bold hops profile, which is eventually met by a sugary/fruity sweet note, though no fruit flavors are present. Swallow is clean into a hoppy aftertaste. This is no hop bomb, but given the light color, lack of head, and faint aromatics, this is a surprisingly bold beer. Clean, light, and hoppy, while remaining balanced and drinkable throughout.

M- light, but not thin, and very refreshing both to the body and to the palate.

D- excellent. All good pilsners are very drinkable, and this is a good pilsner, almost by definition.

Edit: 666th bottle review. Hm.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.18/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/14/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden honey colored body, with a big frothy snow white head. Has a very grainy smell, and also malts. Has a malty, slightly toasted taste, grains, and maybe some hay. Somewhat fizzy. Eh, pilsener's not really my style of choice.

Photo of TheBishop
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually have a mantra, never drink a beer in a green bottle. But this is the exception to the rule. This beer is the king of the Pilsner style. Grant it, not my favorite style of beer, but would never refuse it on a hot summers night. This drinks like a micro, has a distinct nose and taste. Color is exceptional in a stem glass, the head is good with excellent lacing. All in all a great Macro beer.

Photo of largecar73
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Was in the mood for a pils, thought I'd give this a try. I was a little intrigued by the "original pilsner".

A: Nice golden color with some carbonation bubbles dancing about. Very small bone white head that was gone in a flash, not a bit of lacing to be seen.

S: The smell of grain is the first thing I notice with a faint whisp of grass coming through also.

T: This beer has a decent flavor. The first thing I notice is a slight hop sting then the taste of cereal comes to mind. Nice crisp finish with a little bit of citrus aftertaste.

M: Thin carbonated mouthfeel that seems about right for the style.

D: With a nice refreshing taste, and only 4.4 ABV this is highly sessionable in my opinion. It would be a good beer to drink on nice summer evening.

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this with a friend who's really into pilsners lately.

The color is sort of a clear golden copper. A one-finger head dissipates pretty quickly and there isn't much lacing to speak of.

The smell is a combination of floral and citrus hops with husky grains. A little bit of malt almost evens it out.

The taste is pretty crisp. Strong hops make the first impression then grainy notes and floral citrus. A malty flavor is more of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good; crisp and smooth and not thick but not so thin as to seem watery. Carbonation is lively but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is probably the best aspect of this beer.

All in all quite drinkable.

Photo of Cs1987
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Gold, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Very strong hops and fruit, but does get skunked easily.

Taste - Almost a perfect pilsener taste. Very strong and hoppy, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - A little challenging.

Overall - Few beers deserve to be called a "classic" more than this. The pilsener by which all other pilseners are judged, and deservedly so.

Photo of prosper
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hm. Good beer. Actually kinda surprised...

Pours a medium gold. A few shades darker than a lot of euro pilsners. Tall cap, big bubbles. Decent retention. No streamers.

Smells with a slight whiff of vegetal pils maltiness, with some spicy hops. Nothing special so far. Perhaps a slight hint of DMS, and a quick whiff of skunky sulfur (or maybe that's just character from the yeast).

Taste, though, that is special. Some of the usual vegetal kick present in most macro lagers, but it's quite restrained and balanced with a good IBU blast so the end result is more grainy than grassy. Restrained hop flavour, despite the IBU's. Soft on the palate, bitter but with malt character, and a clean, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel starts rather moderate, but finishes feeling thin and spritzy. Good carbonation - not too much, not to little.

Drinkeable. I could have a few of these; something I can't really say about most run-of-the-mill euro pilsners that just don't have enough character to keep my interest. Yet no so much that you get tired of it.

Photo of madvoice
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow colour with a very small head that disappeared pretty quickly with minimal lacing. Smells clean and fresh. It has quite a sweet malty flavour with a little hop. Goes down very easily. Very refreshing crisp beer that would be a great summertime beer.

Photo of webbcreative
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Feb 22, 2009
Golden Yellow Pour. No head at all. Lots of flavor in this one for a lighter brew. Refreshing, and clean tasting. smelled like a skunked beer, but i think thats just the style, i think it is the saaz hops but im not sure. thin to med mouthfeel. Overall just an okay brew for me, not a fan of the style.

Photo of AES
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is not what it once was, but it must be judged based on merit as opposed to history.

A: Strikingly clear and golden, bright white head with some minimal lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, floral hops. Rather underwhelming, but by no means bad.

T: Initially sweet malt, followed immediately by the floral hops. Almost a little twang of tartness in the cheeks and back of the mouth. Finish on the dry side with lingering hops bitterness.

M: Excellent for the style. Not overdone by any means, but plenty to grab hold of. Minimal and pleasant sugars linger long after the final sip.

D: I could drink these all day. One of my favorite session beers and a great beer for bringing macro drinkers into the light, so to speak. Approachable and easy, with enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Photo of Johnwesleyhardin
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little more rich in color and has a better head than big brew american lagers.

S - Smells like a bud light. The smell is disappointing. But the flavor does make up for it to an extent. Very hard to pick out anything in the smell.

T - In spite of the smell, the taste works out to be pretty good. Certainly not outstanding, but I would be happy to have a few of them. Far better than the American lager smell would indicate. Very bitter at the end, but I don't mind bitter and actually liked that aspect of the flavor.

M - Has a pleasant mouthfeel, goes down easy.

D - The best part of this beer is its refreshingness. That quality is what makes it something I would buy occasionally. Good if kept chilled but not ice cold and would be nice for a warm day, outdoors. Goes well with nachos and baseball.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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