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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
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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 n811
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
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 -1.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +11.5%
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 -1.1%
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 -0.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +10.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.4%
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 -0.6%
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%
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 -8.7%
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 +14.3%
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 +7.3%
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 +18.2%
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 +3.6%
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 -34.5%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a local Italian restaraunt. The beer was served in a pint glass, pale yellow in color with a fluffy white head. The head left nice lacing rings on the glass. There was a pepppery smell on the nose with hints of bread. The beer is crisp with a pleasant hoppy bitterness. It was light and easy drinking and went great with my veal chop.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer in the Czech Republic and it is indeed much better than in the green bottle in the US.

Starts with a beautiful, off-white head (note: the Czechs ALWAYS serve their beer with a decent head. In fact, their glass are larger to accommodate this.) It recedes slowly. The color is dark straw and clear.

The aroma is the only element short of expectation--very light malt with delicate hops in the background.

Light malt flavor up front. Nice hoppy finish that is still mild compared to American versions. The body is exactly as one would expect.

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

I don't know if Pilsner Urquell is different in Europe versus the US, but this bottle claims to be brewed and bottled in the Czeck republic. Best before date is 23.07.09. Label lists exactly 3 ingredients (yeast not listed). Purchased in Reykjavik last week.

Cold 0,33 L bottle poured into half liter nonic glass. Beer pours with a slightly orange yellow color, but totally crystal clear, with almost non-existent white head.

Beer has a very faint, non-skunky, beery smell. Flavor is cold and crisp and refreshing. Lightly fizzy. Bitterness is slight and well-balanced. What's really impressive is that for a lager, there's basically no sweetness. The tongue just shakes hands with the beer to say "hi, I'm malted barley" and then moves on.

Overall: a perfect balance, a pleasant taste, and low alcohol make this a supremely drinkable regular.

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

On tap at Zeki's bar, San Francisco. This is gold, with a huge white head steadily shrinking to a permanent thin, wispy top and a hint of lace.

The aroma is nice, firm bread, herb, lemon, honey and a little mineral.

The taste is similar to the aroma but with more bread and honey sweetness up front with crisp green apples and with the lemon and herb bitterness increasing towards the finish. The bitter lemon and herbs are zesty and linger lightly long afterwards. It is very clean, with a creamy, full feel.

Photo of sgoodship
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had any quality lagers in years and I wanted to try this one because my brother in-law lived in Russia for a while and developed a taste for it.

A: Nice white finger head. Quickly dissipated to a thin ring and a dusting. Clear with a straw yellow gold color. Nice columns of carbonation rising. Lagers are always so inviting to look at aren't they?

S: Pretty clean. A little skunk, a little malt and a little hop. Not very bold and not that impressive. Smelled more malty during the last half of the drink.

T: Malt is a little lost. Hop seems to come through strongly. Some citrus. You are left with a very grassy sour hop finish. From half way to the end, it felt more balanced. I felt more of the malt up front and the finish seemed to simmer down.

M: Light body, crisp and well carbonated.

D: My main complaint with this beer was how aggressive the aftertaste was for the first half of the drink. I like hops but this was too much of the wrong type of acidic bitterness. Apart from that, I had no problems downing it and found it enjoyable.

Photo of steeler
4.76/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer of all time. Gotta love these Czech pils!

Appearance - Beautiful, golden yellow colour. Very inviting.

Smell - A bit on the skunky side, but that's due to the green bottle. Nice hop aroma.

Taste - Goes down smooth, then you get hit with that great hop bitterness, and finishes dry. Just delicious!

Mouthfeel - Full, thick, velvety smooth.

Drinkability - I find this a great session beer, as well as a beer to savor/sip so i give it a perfect score.

This is the best Czech pils I've ever drank. Of all the bohemian/Czech pils I've had, this is the best. Highly recommended!

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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