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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,805 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,805
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of jclzony
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice golden hue and with a correct proportion of foam. Light malty taste with subtle dry hops incorporation which makes it refreshing and easy to drink. This is my favorite pilsner thus far which is really nice and smooth even though it originates from a large brewery.

jclzony, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very few drinking establishments in Los Angeles have decent beer. So often I end up having to grab something that, in other circumstances would not be my first choice. Such is the case with Pilsner Urquell.

A proper fresh serving of Pilsner Urquell in a pilsener glass at an above-freezing temperature is great. Fine beer. That's another thing that's rare in LA. Generally you're served it in a pint glass (if you're lucky not frosted) or with no glass at all - straight from the bottle. Czech Pilseners are not the most durable beers and that with the fact that if drinking from the bottle - the green bottles are poorly designed for proper shelf life.

The one I happened to be having was not terribly fresh but it wasn't terribly old either. I was at the Hambuger Hamlet on Hollywood Blvd, in the thick of the Hollywood bullshit. They served it in a goblet, for whatever dumb reason. It was too cold. I tried to enjoy the beer for what it was. It did that quite well.

It's a remarkably refreshing beer - light, crisp and quenching. The Saaz hops are omnipresent providing most of the flavor. The finish is clean and slight bit sweet. This is a great gateway lager to try to get those so used to the American macros to see that beer can have flavor and not be intimidating.

sloejams, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these in a standard pilsner glass last night; I had some dogfish head punkin and some hooker Octoberfest; but my friends wanted to keep drinking this beer. I did pour quite pretty looking; textbook paradigm pilsner head; some bitterness in the aroma, first taste- bitter euro hop flavor but a cascading balance of big maltiness. Nice smooth aftertaste.

This is a session beer, a pizza beer, as consistent pleaser, a cold one favorite, complexity is not its gig, consistent performance is, and it pleases for a green bottle euro brew.

andjusticeforale, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice copperish golden color with a frothy white head that did not retain well and laced decently

S- nice and clean sweet bready malt smell, nice spicey saaz slightly floral hoppy aroma

T- complements smell, starts with a light sweet bready malt taste followed by a nice firm spicey hop bitterness

M- very carbonated, light body, a suprisingly dry sticky mouthfeel for such a light bodied beer

D- very drinkable, does taste better off the tap, reasonably priced, about 2.50 for a bomber, a nice session beer

gonzo138, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had PU (sorry, not a great acronymn) in a bottle before and it was pretty good, but nothing to write home about (or write BA about). Then I tried it on tap and was a bit more impressed. Worthy of a session beer--especially with the wings and crab dip at our celebration last night (congratulations pilot N!). Color was bright yellow in the glass with a nice pillowy head that laced the glass all the way down. Lost a lot of carbonation in the pouring process (vis-a-vis the bottle version), but that improved it, IMHO. Clean, light hops in the smell and the same in the taste, which was was welcome after the Stella I had just drank. PU has a definite, spicy hop bite (typical to Czech pilsners, I know) and when you're in the mood for that taste, it's the perfect match. Rather thin mouthful, but sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance for food. I'd try it again with a meal.

tugdriver7, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey my famially is from the Czech Republic so the beer automaticaly is one of my favorites. Pilsner was the first beer I think I ever had and the taste and aroma of the beer was great. The Beer also does not fill you up to much, so it is an exelent beer for Eating really heavy foods.

mnesporov, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of MrVisegrips
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pilsner pours with a clear deep golden color. The head is light a frothy leaving a nice light lacing as you drink. The carbonation is medium light to start, but wanes as the beer is enjoyed. There is a nice mellow bitterness in the aroma and taste. The finish is a little dry for my personal liking, but is not unexpected of a Czech pilsner. Overall this is not at the top of my pilsner list, but it’s far from the bottom. An enjoyable beer for pilsner lovers.

MrVisegrips, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice rich clear dark golden straw with a frothy slightly tan head.

Smell. Mostly a sweet maltiness and a bit oaty. Under that is just a slight touch of citrus hops, but not too much.

Taste. Has a nice bitterness at first, but under has lots of malt flavors with some nice bit of sweetness. also has a small amount of a citrusy tartness. Aftertaste has a nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium to slightly full, quite nice. Has a nice amount of carbonation, but also creamy. Nice balance.

Overall. A nice and refreshing beer, with a nice amount of complexity. Not one I would get often, but nice to have.

acrawf6, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It is a very clear golden color with a nice head that settles quickly but leaves some nice lacing in the glass while it is consumed. The scent is a nice delicate hop aroma with a distinct and interesting malt background. It has a very smooth predominately hop flavor with an great malt base and a nice hop finish. It has a medium body with moderately low carbonation.

This is a very fine example of a Czeck pils. It's one of the classics for a reason: it's so good.

scoobybrew, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of veech
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good pilsner beer and nothing more. A: light golden with foamy head and light retention S: pungent hoppy grassiness T: Very strong grass body with considerable hop presence that add to the acidic bitterness. M: thin but to be expected from a pils D: a pretty drinkable beer, but pils typically tend to be a little too acidic for me to tolerate numerous beers. Very reminiscent of Grolsch.

veech, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color , clear – decent white head –nose is soft, semi-floral, grassy , cereal, hopps , and malts , very clean - taste of sour / bitter , grassy , rice flavor , hops , and malts – dry bitter mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter and grass aftertaste

stephendr, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great head. Decent retention
Smell: hops and malts are very apparent on the nose. Very nice and inticing.
Taste: balanced, crisp, refreshing. Very nice beeer to relax with.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, refreshing.
Drinkabiliy: Sessionable pilsner. Very easy to drink. My first czech pilsner. I was not disappointed.

jasonjlewis, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of russpowell
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured golden with a 1" white head, great lacing & good head retention

S: Skunkyness & citric hops combine

t: A little sweet malt, then grainyness & finally soapyness & astringency. Finishes dry with a hint of hops & grainyness

MF" :light/medium bodied & prickly.

Drinkable, just not very enjoyable Didn't find many good samples in CZ or Germany, but this is even worse. Only a step ahead of BMC IMO, give me Budvar or almost any othe Czech lager any day

russpowell, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of geetlord
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured clear and golden with a tall head.
The aroma was very hoppy and somewhat yeasty. The beer was crisp, and very very bitter and hoppy. I enjoyed the crispness and freshness of the beer as tehy made it very refreshing, but teh bitterness was a bit more than I can usualy handle. HTe bitterness made it hard for me to fully enjoy, but must taste wonderfull to those who like crisp and hoppy beers.

geetlord, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually in the hunt for something new in the King Kullen Market of Huntington, NY this evening, but the cold shelves were devoid of anything worth mentioning, except this and the Southampton IPA. I mentally flipped a coin for it and went with the Pilsner U.

I brought it home with a large pizza to share with my wife as we settled in and I had to take notice the way the beer flowed easily into a 50cl glass. The light golden beer came with a mulitude of champagne style bubbles that contributed to the slight head that invited my first taste.

The Pilsner U. started with a bitter cream right away that reminded me of many other European mass marketed beers, but it kept unfolding with hints of other flavors. I thought there was a grassy flavor to it that reminded me of sprouts (!). I also noted a slight bite to it as I put it down.

Clearly, this would be a great beer for tail gate parties as well as one to have with a fat ham and swiss hero.

bonbright7, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, pilsners just ain't my thing. But, as pils go, this isn't so bad. Nice golden hue with a white 1 finger head that lasted a little while but ever fully disappeared, moderate lacing. Aromas a sweet and hopy-floral, with a note of yeast. Tastes are slightly bitter up front and a grassy grain lingering aftertaste. Overall not my favorite beer, but considering the style, and everything it's not bad....clean, crisp and goes down easy.

sockeye101, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow hue with tiny bubbles slowly pushing toward the top. Head fades pretty fast but leaves some nice sticky lacing and slight round clumps on the glass.

Smell: An herbal grassy quality dominates, along with some slight hop bitterness, some slight citrus, and sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Grassiness, lemon and herbal qualities with some malt sweetness, slight hop bitterness and grain lingers on the tongue, for a longer finish than I expected.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation provides a bit of a sprawling nature rather than more of a creaminess to the brew.

Drinkability: Not something I drink a lot, and there are better examples of the style, but I like this brew every once in a while. It's better than a lot of other readily available imports also in my opinion.

asabreed, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Neehan
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a moderately sized head that shrinks rather quickly. Smelled just a bit skunky before the pour but no sign of that whatsoever after filling the glass. The aroma is of grass & grains combined with a nice sweet fruit complimenting it. A smooth and crisp taste, not complex but enjoyable with a solid bite. The mouthfeel is smooth and mostly balanced, a bit on the carbonated side. Very drinkable and worthy of consideration for a session.

Neehan, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Container Volume: 660ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: sullivans

Cost: 2.50

Head: minimal

Lace: decent

Color:
Reflected- ylo
Transmitted- ylo

Aroma: classic skunk

Mouthfeel: light

Palate: adjusts well

Taste:
Balanced lager with rich character.

Comments: The taste is well balanced. Much like Heineken, but better; understandable why this is an original classic.

Conditions:
Mowing/Working on car- y
With Friends- y
Sipping- y
Get my buzz on- y (session)

TechMyst, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle>Pilsner glass

AP: Clear light Gold color, bright white head. Very little activity happening here...the head however, is bubbly and pretty thick.

Smells: wheaty, yeasty. Not much else happening really.

Taste: slight bitter hop, a nice clean wheaty taste.

Feels: Thin, clean and crisp. Although I have a feeling this would really "pop" on tap and not in the bottle.

Easy enough to drink, in fact, I could drink 'em all night long, but I would get too bored.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a difference a pour makes.

Green bottles get skunked. It's a fact of life, and it really makes me hesitant to try a good deal of imported pilseners.

But there here--on tap! A-and my only other decent selection is Honker's Ale? Hell, bring it on my good man. Erm... a warm glass, please. Nope, no frost needed.

Too embarassed after asking for a warm glass to ask them to put a head on it, but, and in spite of the bartender's earnest efforts towards eliminating all vestiges of one, a small and stubborn head remains atop a brilliantly dark gold.

Smells incredible, for the style. Huge hop presence, remarkbly dry and floral yet still retaining a basic simplicity.

The hops are still there in the taste, still remarkably complex while retaining their simplicity, and balanced by a great, crisp, and fruity malt.

A superb example of the style.

mynie, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of kkipple
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass.

Urquell is an impressively bubbly, clear golden beer, with an inch and a half of pure white foam that settles slowly leaving a small bit of lace.

Smell is bold and strong, boasting hops, light malts, and a floral sweetness. There’s the smallest hint of skunk, but I think it’s supposed to be this way… at least every Urquell I’ve tasted has had it.

Wonderful taste to this one. A clean malt profile with a definite hop kick, this is one of the hoppier Pilsners I’ve tried. Something in this beer reminds me of mineral water I used to drink in Vienna. Perhaps a touch of sulfur? There’s also some honey sweetness once you get past the hops. This beer is biscuity, bitter & inviting.

Finishes crisp, refreshing and dry, like a Pilsner should. Leaves a pleasing bittersweet hop flavor behind in my mouth.

I personally think that the Pilsner style is severely underappreciated, and Pilsner Urquell is a great beer for both Pilsner newcomers and veterans alike. It’s cheap, easy to find, and highly drinkable. A great summer beer, you’ll find this in my fridge year-round. If you haven’t yet tried it, you should.

Oh yeah, make sure you get it more or less "fresh". I hear on tap near the source it is remarkable... someday I'll have to find out for myself.

kkipple, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of greebsnarf
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I possibly say about this world-famous pilsner, the first beer I ever liked? Though I've had it bottled plenty of times since that life-changing day, tonight was my first time getting it on tap, since I usually feel too adventurous to be interested. It arrived with no head except for a long-lasting thin film over the pinkish gold ("peachy," I noted) liquid sparkling with the small bubbles running through it. The smell was floral, sour and slightly citrusy; the taste, slightly bready, slightly fruity, but mostly just crisp, with enough hops to refresh and nothing more. Sure, it's not deep, but who cares?

A huge difference from the bottles, which taste a little stale in comparison even when they're not skunked. I wish they'd put more thought into the packaging; this beer deserves better than that god-awful green bottle.

greebsnarf, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of kosmoraios
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing for the style. Been drinking lighter beers lately, because this summer's heat has been oppressive for too long.

Pours a crisp, clear golden color into a pint glass. Head is small, maybe 1-finger. Lasts about 70 seconds, leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of floral Saaz(?) hops. Maybe a hint of light yeast, but mostly hops. A bit of the green-glass skunkness is evident.

Taste is more of the green-glass hoppy skunkiness that is characteristic of many Euro lagers. Not entirely unpleasant, though. Somewhat floral.

Mouthfeel is spicy and oily with a nice wash of carbonation. A nice, light, drinkable pils, good in the summertime.

kosmoraios, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden hue that seems to glow. A decent, off-white head ascends from the rising carbonation. The head lowers after a while to a paper thin cap. Thin lacing along the glass.

Very strong hop aromas radiate far enough that you can smell them from two feet away. The hop aromas are earthy and piney.

The Saaz hops are once again the dominant trigger for the senses, this time for taste. Slight bread-like malt notes are hidden. Sweet hints can be detected. Drier finish with the hop flavor hanging around for a while.

Lighter bodied with high carbonation. Sometimes the flavor is diluted a little by the fizzyness.

Once a defining standard of Pilsners, now seems middle of the pack. A good choice for the summer. Comes in a green bottle, so watch out for skunked hop oils from the light.

BeerSox, Aug 27, 2006
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,805 ratings.