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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,941 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 55
Gots: 239 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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Photo of jdoncbus
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pils glass. Fluffy, two finger white head with active carbonation that diminishes quickly; very gold in color.

Mild yeast, hops, and malt smell; very mild and crisp.

Yeast and malt on the palate that leads to a mild bitterness. Somewhat slick mouthfeel that leaves behind a mild dryness.

Extremely easy to drink and a decent offering. I am sure this beer would go down quick and easy on a hot summer day.

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

I agree with many of the reviewers that lament what has become of this beer. I drink it rarely, but I can say with little reservation that the quality has deteriorated since I first sipped this noble brew 20 years ago. The hops still come through with a crisp bite that does not disappoint. Still, there is something off about the way they interplay with the maltiness while in the mouth. I'm not really skilled enough to describe this disconnect, but I cannot ignore it. I will drink it in a pinch, and not bitch publicly; but I can vent here, so I will.

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

Pours into a pint glass golden, a little deeper than I expected, leaves a small head that did disappear rapidly.

Smells clean, crisp, a bit of hop spice.

Am surprised at first sip - much better than I expected. Good mouthfeel, absolutely right-on for a pilsner.Nice carbonation, excellent crisp balance of malt and hops - it ain't Budwieser. Very drinkable, easy to session this refreshing beer.

Unlike other reviewers, I have zero skunkiness. I bought a case of this pilsner, and it was packed to keep the green bottles dark so they wouldn't skunk. If you buy at a six pack shop or bar, you will get skunky beer. That's a great injustice to this great classic grandaddy of all pilsners.

Highly recommended, buy the case!

Photo of erikeifert
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that i love pilsner. I love the hops; clean, crisp, and drinkable, Neither too strong to overpower potato chips, or to weak to stand up to steak. This beer is an everyday beer. It is perfect for any occasion and the best example of what a pilsner should be. It is the original and no other brewery has done it better. sadly a few years ago all the bars in my area stopped serving Urquell from tap and yuengling was introduced.

Photo of SargeC
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold with a pure white head.

Smell: Herbal/floral quality.

Taste: Malty base with nicely balanced hop flavor that sets the flavor off.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing body. For a lighter brew, the body allows the flavors to linger. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty, classic brew.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean clear golden color with a light foamy head that is just what a stylistically perfect. Aroma is of bohemian hops, taste is crisp and refreshing.

I wonder if the relatively lower ratings might reflect a prejudice against pilsners in favor of IPA’s and stouts, because this is just what a pilsner should look, smell and taste like. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, with slow moving bubbles that eventually rest on the top in a light film. Smells of sweet malt, and tastes like it too. Hops only come out in the end and compliment the overall sweet character very well with a not too biter but refreshing tinge. A little sweeter than I would normally expect from a Pilsner, but very good.

Photo of pavandal
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my pilsner glass from a bottle.

It had a soft, foamy head that looked great. It's pale, but not as pale as a light beer would be. This is what I think of when I think of a pale beer!

This beer's scent was spicey, with a strong hop assertiveness. It also had a slight fruity smell, almost citric in nature. This is the weakest part of this beer.

It's very clean tasting and refreshing, with very slight caramel and raisin-ish notes. There is a soft hoppy aftertaste as well. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is super light. This is an easy drinker with a very clean, refreshing taste. This is how a pilsner should be!

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

Small capped bottle, poured into a somewhat inappropriate bottle.

It is a TV commercial picture perfect pour, cleqar, golden, thick white head, with good retention.
Aroma is also clean, well-balanced, hoppy and malty, light hint of alcohol, earthy, with a similar clean, refreshing taste. A fruity hoppiness that is just mildly bitter, and an earthy/grainy maltiness that is not sweet to balance it.

A great example of a pilsener, a simple, clean, refreshing beer for the summer (wrong time of the year now).

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden that is perfectly clear. A small white head forms but quickly disipates. A little lacing left behind.

The smell is of the hops, grass and biscuits.

The taste of malt and hops is balanced towards the hops. It feels light and crisp and leaves a bit of a tingle on the tip of the toungue. Very easy drinking and sessionable. Is it the greatest pils still? I doubt it but it is still a great drinking beer if you can get it fresh.

Photo of drpimento
4.9/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice burnished yellow with a fine off white head and plenty of lace. Good hoppy malty aroma. Flavor has plenty of grainy malty slightly sweet flavore that balanced with a generous bitterness. Decent carbonation and finish. Great session beer. Very clean. Can't really say too many other pilsners can exceed this one.

Photo of nosbocaj
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark yellow with a medium head that dissipates very quickly.
S: A faint malty and bready smell. There's also a hint of apple spice. I don't know, for some reason it reminds me of apple cider.
T: Very smooth malty flavor. Finishes off with a distinct bite. Very enjoyable.
M: Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.
D: Very high. Tastes great and goes well with food. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of madjr80
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really wanted to like this beer. I love the way it looks when I pour it into the glass. It smells like many of the other Euro beers that we can find over here. For some reason it tastes old when I get it. I really like Czech pilsners, but i can't learn to like this one.

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

Pilsner Urquell is a solid beer. Great look with that Euro smell, but a hint of citrus as well. The taste is smooth like a Heineken with that citrus taste at the end. The mouthfeel is fantastic, but I am not sure how many of these I could drink in a sitting.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

($1.79 16.9oz can @ Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow body with a thick, though quickly diminishing white head. The cans are delightful. Gold, with an inlaid design.

Smell: Light breadiness in an aroma that is heavy on the Saaz with a nicely aromatic blend of spice and floweriness. Faint, faroff hint of diacetyl.

Taste: Buttered bread flavor with a light hint of honey followed quickly by a bright burst of Saaz hops bringing a floral spicy taste and just enough bitterness to keep things in check. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Well-balanced and makes for easy drinking. It's nice to have this available in cans to avoid any detracting skunkiness.

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

For all that I'd heard about this beer, I felt a bit let down. It was still good, nonetheless. It poured a light gold color with a medium, white head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma smelled very faint, and I immediatedly detected a slight but not too bad skunky aroma. I'm assuming that's not normal, but who knows? There were some slight hop aromas and a bit of a grassy aroma as well. The taste was crisp, clean, and light, and did not have too much of the aforementioned skunky character. There was a slight malt aftertaste, but not too much else.

I'll be honest. I didn't like the skunky taste, but it might have just been this bottle. I'll have to try another. Other than that, I think this is a good brew for it's type. I'd have (and will have) another. Definately worth a try.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : dorée, étincelante
Smell : arôme floral, épicé, bien houblonné (saaz)
Taste and mouthfeel : belle amertume, finale sèche
Drinkability : Sans doute moins typée qu'a l'origine (Archetype de la Pilsener).

Photo of metallistout
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-gold in color with a decent head and lace. Some floral hops in the aroma. Taste of the hops and a nice malt flavor. A very well rounded pilsner. Overall one of the better pilsner beers out there. This beer has somehow become popular among the "yuppie crowd", (what a shame)

Photo of inanimal
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I cant give the best review for this, as it is the first pilsner I have ever had, but I'll give it the best opinion I can. The beer has a very clear golden apple juice color, and when poured from the bottle, produces a thin head that quickly diminishes. The beer in not very strong and the smell is so light that its almost not detectable. Altogether, this is a smooth beer that is drinkable, but thus far, the pilsner is not my favorite.

Photo of jeonseh
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from a 6 pack for my birthday and want to edit it to make it a bit better since it was one of the first brews I've reviewed.

A - a nice golden straw color; a little darker than gold with a nice, soft looking fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing and sticks around the whole drink

S - Smells a bit like hay and also a bit of butter coming off of it; also taste a bit of yeast and a slight hops presence.

T - a little watery but there is a bit of a yeast/hop taste..also rather creamy taste; I don't know why this beer always reminds me a bit of butter especially the creamy aspect of it. leaves a slight bitter taste in the back of the mouth as the after taste that goes well with the crisp feeling left in the mouth after drinking.

MF - a bit watery, with a little carbonation; also goes down smooth and leaves a crisp taste in the mouth.

D - overall, an okay beer that I wouldn't mind picking up for a party. Nothing special though and wish the taste was a little less watery. This beer on the whole is a step up from the BMCs but not by much. Gotta give it some props from being one of the original czech pilsners.

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

I think this beer is an excellent Pilsner to serve just about anyone wanting a beer. Not a "reference" Pilsner but a solid example of the beer style.

Pours a golden clear with a short lived white frothy head.

Flavor is a mild hops and yeast tones with a hint of mushrooms.
The nose is reminicent of the flavor profile.

The beer's drinkability and mouthfeel makes the beer very enjoyable beer experience.

This Pilsner is light enough to make an excellent "refresher" drink.

Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some houseguests came over for dinner the other night and I wasn't exactly sure what kind, if any, beer they were going to be interested in. I decided to go with a six pack of Pilsenr Urquell, just to play things safe. Turns out they loved the Smuttynose IPA I have in my kegerator right now and drank that all night long. So I have some Pilsners left over.

Pours clean. A very clear light-amber color with frothy white head on top. The head dissipates fast, though, and leaves behind no lace. It's a decent looking beer, but nothing special. The nose is crisp and malty, like a good Czech pilsner should be. A light caramel scent and an herbal quality keep things interesting. The taste is smooth and lager-y, but with a noticeable hop kick just before it drains down the back of the throat. Nice balance. Less caramel here, but definitely more of that herbal characteristic detected in the aroma. Can't really place it, though. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but borderline chewy... for a pilsner, that is.

This is a good beer. The Czechs know pilsners, and even though this is widely marketed all over creation now, it hasn't lost any of the qualities that made it work in the first place. I've never been a fan of the green bottle, but what can you do? Be sure to drink it fresh or on tap.

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze (darker than most) with a white head; little retention and lace.

S: Steelie hops, slight malty sweetness.

T: Steelie hops, caramel malt, slight breadyness. Good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth (some residual sugar, not as attenuated as some); moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Photo of WJVII
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap in my hotel in Prague. Had a nice golden color, slight carbonation with about 2in head, not much lacing. This beer was very forgetful. Some slight malty aroma, but not much in the taste department. I actually had more of a metallic taste than anything. Was able to put back 4 before had to leave for dinner, but not impressed at all.

Photo of jdlarkins
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here is a suggestion w/this beer, or any Pils really, but I have found that let the beer come to close to celler temp., pour harshly into a mug (not flued pils glass) and let "settle" for a couple of minutes, then smell, and sip. MUCH BETTER than straaight out of the fridge into a glass. Try it, and see if it is not better.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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