Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,952 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 57
Gots: 250 | 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 biggred1
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light coppery yellow with a fine head with decent lace stickiness.

S-Classic czech pilsner smell good bready,toasty aroma with mild grassy hops.

T/M-Very refreshing,mildly fruity with a little hop zing.Smooth nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

D-I could drink these all day long,shame they don't make this like they used to but still a great session beer.

Photo of baos
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Shallos in Greenwood, Indiana.

12 oz into Pint glass.

A: Nice golden color 2 finger head on pour.

S: A bit like fresh mown hay with the slightest bit of orange zest.

T: Nice hop presence a very refreshing beer. Maybe a bit sweet on the start but finishes spicy and dry.

M: Okay

D: I could go awhile on these.

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

For the mass produced pilseners, this one isn't too bad. I enjoyed it well chilled in my classic pilsener glass. Poured a dark golden color with a fairly nice head. Smelled of slightly grassy hops and a touch of malt sweetness. Tasted of slight lemongrass with a mild sweetness upfront and then a Saaz hop drying finish.

Photo of Exner83
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hopefully without being unfair, I'm already not a fan of the Czech Pilsener style. But to this beer's credit, it hits the style pretty spot-on.

You got your sexy straw-colored pour, fizzy-tight character, and floral, grassy acidity. Check. (Or should I say, "Czech"?) The drink waits until it gets to the back of your tongue before it lets you know what it's all about: Then it gets its hop on like a springy, sour tarantula. Hop, hop, hop!

Good if you like that kinda thing. The malt has taken a back seat (like in the bleachers), per the style. But heck, better than a Heineken!

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head that turns into a thin white lace. The aroma is filled with all those flavors I have come to love in a good Czech Pilsner. There aroma contains malt, grain, hay and grassy malt. The taste is malt up front with a good dose of spicy hops in the finish. Overall, this is one of my favorite session beers, I can easily throw down many of these without getting bored. It is a very good Czech Pilsener that is recommended.

Photo of SLeffler27
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge beaten egg white head sticks to the glass as it settles down to a thin lace over a clear old brass beer. This is impressive in the Urquell glass with the red label on the bottom.

The nose is acrid and musty, perhaps to style, but unpleasant none the less.

Again, the taste may be to style, it is clearly fresh, maybe best described as mineral flavors, but has a punch of skunk.

A light body, with surprisingly light carbonation, especially after the enormous head. Little if any noticeable alcohol.

This is an easy drinking beer, perhaps what the Czechs wanted. It is thirst quenching, and I'm glad to have tried it. Still, it is not my thing.

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

This is better out of the can I think. It has skunked quite a bit in the bottle. Pours yellowy orange with ok white head that dissipates real fast. Nose is skunk lager with some graininess. Taste is grain, grass, skunk. Mouthfeel is nice and thin and it is endlessly drinkable. A good pils, but skunked in the bottle. A good really hot day session beer.

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear gold with a moderately sized white head.
this beer has a sweet clean grainy biscuit aroma, with some pleasnat noble hoppiness and just a touch of skunk (this one seems to have been pretty well protected and fresh, it's not anywhere near how i know this beer can get skunk-wise).
the taste has the same cereal grainy biscuit flavor, rounded out with some spicy hops. crisp an clean.
lighter body with moderate carbonation.
drinks very easily, when fresh and in good condition this beer is a fantastic session beer. nothing super special about it, just a pretty well made beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a 12 oz pilsener glass.Golden yellow color with suprisingly a half finger head. In spite of the weak head, there was serious bubble action going on while I drank this one down.

Very skunky smell to the beer. Like a Heineken only much stronger.

The taste was very bitter, a strong presence of hops. A very crisp taste.

I was struck how much different this beer was from other European import/macros and even many domestic craft brews. I am not saying it was better than most american micros, but this beer was very different from other beers I have tasted. I am not sure if I would choose this over some of my local micro pilseners but I would definitely choose this one again if I was out for dinner or something.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and light gold in color. A notch above macro lagers, but average nonetheless. Head is foamy and white in color. It's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was relatively short and lacing was light.

Smell: It's definitely light on the nose. It's earthy grainy. Caramel/toffee malts are noticeable and a little sweet smelling. Hops are more noticeable than I expected. They're not strong by any means, but definitely noteable. Light yeasty taste on the tail.

Taste: This is clearly the high point. It's nice and crisp. It would definitely be good on a nice, warm summer day. Unforturnately I drank it on the day. I won't penalize the beer for that. Caramel/toffee malts provide just the right amount of sweetness. Hops balance it out nicely. It's grainy and earthy. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and very refreshing. It's well carbonated and goes down smooth. Very drinkable. Ultimately, it's hard to argue against it too much. It's a great representation of the style and is clearly preferable to the American macro lagers. It's a pretty good beer. I have no reservations recommending it.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Underdog Bar and grill

A- Pours a musty pale yellow color. Not too much head and leaves behind no lace whatsoever.

S- It actually smells like that of a skunk who is pissing malts. I know it sounds odd. It isnt a horrid smell but it isnt grand.

T- Malty and grassy/grainy in flavor. A little bit of hops and floral spices. Pretty bland for the most part but a decent taste of malts.

M- smooth and thin. A slight feeling of refreshing comes after the swallow.

D- this is an easy beer to put down. If you are a light beer drinker this would be good for you. This would go down like water.

Photo of georgehasara
4.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Urquell is the "gold standard" of pilsners. At only 4.4% alcohol, it delivers more flavor than brews of substantially greater alcohol content. Urquell has both strong malt and hops presence making this "liquid bread" a joy to quaff.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first beer I ever drank. Has a strong skunky smell and taste that is hard for some to get past.

A- Very transparent with gold/hay color. Not much of a head and little lacing

S- Smells like skunk and hops. If you do not like the strong odor, don't pour it into a glass, drink it from the bottle

T- Lots of hops and skunk at first with a malty hoppy aftertaste.

M- Feels like fresh water in my opinion and that's probably why it's so drinkably

D- Too good to drink just one

Food-Goes great with Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Overall- I don't ever want this beer to exit my life. It's always in my refrigerator and currently my favorite beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orangish yellow color with a small, white, foamy, head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. Also, a slightly skunky aroma.

T - It had a subtle sweetness and a light caramel malt taste. A strong bitter kick increased as the beer warmed.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pils. I'm sure it would be better fresher or on tap.

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

A - Into a thin pilsener glass it pours a light blond with nice white head and violent carbonation.
S - The sweet smell of toasty malts, some caramel, but mostly just the pilsener smell of metal.
T - Slightly bitter and even a little hoppy off the start. A nice bready center makes it warm and smooth. Still carries with it the metallic aspect from the smell.
M - Quite light and zingy, very pleasant.
D - Really good, I could easily have a case in a day. Great sessioning beer.

Photo of letsgopens
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quality Czech Pils with a lot of history. It pours a golden wheat color; completely translucent with some faint, rising carbonation in the body. The bubby, effervescent, pearl head recedes quickly and leaves some thin wisps of lace.

Spicy sweet with some bright, biscuity grain. Some good, spicy Saaz hops and more buttery biscuit character. Fresh, grainy, slightly sweet cereal provides the substance.

More bright, spicy hops and cereal graininess. Buttery and smooth flavor with some sweet honey and a clean finish.

Bright and crisp on the palate initially with a very smooth, buttery, velvet texture in the finish. Very enjoyable and a great example of the style.

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

Tall slender 12oz. green bottle.

A: Pours a clear sun kissed yellow with moderate to heavy carbonation action and a thin white head that layers the beer.

S: Grains, malts, and a slight citrus hop.

T/M: Carbonation and a brief hop spice up front that is quickly overwhelmed by the malts in the back of the mouth. An extremely crisp beer that leaves a little hop bitterness behind in the aftertaste.

D: A refreshingly crisp beer that hits the spot. I can see why this is the Pilsner standard.

Photo of dsa7783
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at Maccaroni Grill in East Hanover...
From the bottle, poured into a frosty serving glass a light-copper, sunny amber appearance with no head at all and no lacing either...
Bland, watered-down, corny and grainy taste - very light, crisp, and refereshing with hardly any aroma present at all save for some grains and a light-amber essence...
This beer went down very easily - almost akin to water, and thanks to the low 4.4% ABV, this one would make a decent session beer that is easy to drink, refreshing, although somewhat lacking in the flavor and light mouthfeel department...
Decent, but nothing above-and-beyond...

Photo of joezak5
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as a 6 pack at Wegmans in Princeton, NJ for $7.99.

Appearance: Deep, clear gold with a pillowy, pure white head. There's a beautiful stillness without bubbles to this beer when left to rest. There's good lacing and retention.

Smell: Skunky hops come across mainly, a little grassy malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Grainy, bitter hops with light lemony citrus. Light and crisp.

Taste: Still light and crisp, very bitter hops. Suprising clean finish.

Drinkability: I can't see wanting another of this one. It has a unique flavor that might go well with a specific dish, but I'm not going wild about it by itself.

Photo of jaz58
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A favourite pilsner of mine Urquell is truly the king. A very distict taste of soft fruit and yeast. When poured a very bubbly head formed and lingered for a few minutes. Clear gold/amber colour. A good fruit flavour which then changed to a bitter with lots of hints of mineral in the finish. A unique effervescent mouthfeel. The nose was slightly sour with soft hops.

This is a very crisp and refreshing beer to enjoy at anytime. I think it would do very well with a roast beef dinner or a delmonico steak.

Photo of csmiley
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold in color with about half inch of head. Retention and lacing were both average.

S - Nice hop and grass aroma comes off at first. The background has a little bread and alcohol.

T - Pale malt and grass dominate the flavor. Hops are not as strong as I expected. Some bread flavors are in the distant background.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - Drinkability is good. Goes down quick. I could drink many of these.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a - nice clear orange yellow color with a 1.5 finger head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

s - it smelled a tad skunked when I initially poured it. After letting it sit for a minute or so It appeared to be gone. Mostly grass and yeast in the smell, a little hops.

t - grassy earthy flavor with spicy hops. Noticeably bitter. Slight tingle left behind, clean and slightly dry. After I swallow if I squeeze my cheeks together I get a really bitter taste, it's kind of odd.

m - light body, smooth, decent carbonation

d - This beer is ok I guess. It's light and refreshing at first, but the bitterness I get at the end kind of ruins it for me. I'm glad the skunking went away in the smell. Czechoslovakia/Czech Rebublic, i'm a bit disappointed, but I'll be back to try your other brews :)

Photo of Kemmerlin
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orangish yellow in color and a thin quickly diminished head that did not leave good lacing.
S: Peppery smells with a hint of clove mix well with the malt, yeast, and hop aromas.
T: Black pepper and light citrus taste with solid malts mixing well with a very smooth taste.
M: Smooth watery texture with good carbonation that fills the mouth with good flavors.
D: Very drinkable especially during a hot day outside. I would love to buy this one again and could get it in a 12-pack to share with friends.

Photo of Antilochus
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review of a previously reviewed beer - last time in a can, this time in one of those green bottles. Some good soul left about a dozen at my house last night... what shall I do with them all? 4.40% abv, 330mL green bottle. Best before 11.08.08. Poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Appearance is rich amber, just a few bubbles, big billowy ivory white head that settles to a rocky surface, then to nothing save a light collar. Some light lacing.

Grassy nose, simple. Grains. Seems a little lifeless - soapy? Doesn't seem skunked though, phew.

Feel is a little sharp with the carbonation, but goes down smooth. Palate is a bit more sour than I remember with the canned version, still bitter on the palate, honey, bread, lemon, spice apparent. Finish is malty and pungent.

No significant differences, nose seems a lot worse on the bottled version.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very carbonated with thick, well-laced foam. Pinewood color.

There's an off-scent mixed with light Saaz-style hops

Taste is extremely clean but the off-scent manifests itself in the initial taste. This clears up as time progresses.

Clean on the mouth absent a slight bitter aftertaste

Brew is quite drinkable for style, which, admittedly, is not one of my favorites.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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