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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 56
Gots: 245 | 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 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.

Photo of armock
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with almost no head even with an agresive pour. Smell is pretty decent but not wowed yet. Things get better in the taste department its good but has an after taste that I don't care for much. Good carbonation and goes down pretty smooth but has that after taste. If someone was handing these out I'd drink one or two again but theres better beers out there to be had.

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

Pours up clear yellow with a thick head. Some malt in the aroma, but not too much else. Starts off clean, with slightly sweet malt flavors. Finishes with tingle of hops on the tongue. After three glasses, it's a little too bitter. It's still good, though.

Photo of Floydster
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Cooke's Market in El Segundo

Poured into my Stone Brewing pint glass with a creamy white head that left lacing throughout

Not much smell, but a little malt

Taste was a little hoppy for a pilsner, but had a decent amount of sweetness at the same time

Could drink three or four of these, but too much flavor after a while

Photo of animal69
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

well, if one would ask me to name a pilsner, without a doubt the first name that springs to mind is THE Pilsner Urquell; all pilsners are originated from this fine brew ( although i taste some change o'er the years !!!) This was the 1st. pils,you got your straw color & creamy white head, that malty hoppy aroma( tho i always thought it could use more aroma hopping, hence the 4.5)the taste is like heaven w an even malt/hop/butterscothcy palate,the light-med mouthfeel makes it perfect for a hot summer day, or cold winter night, overall-best pilsner

Photo of xare
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner Urquell is one of my all-time favorites and it's easy to acquire, which adds to its appeal for me.

Head is non-existent but the beer appears to be clear-strawish which is an outstanding color for beer. Smell is faintly floral but appealing. Taste is smooth and tastes like a Pilsener should. Mouthfeel & Drinkability are both great, but not outstanding. I would say that Pilsner Urquell is well worth a try by everybody, even if you hate pilseners.

Photo of malcontent
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright straw body, thin unimpressive head.

Sweet, spicy and floral scent. Buttery aromas flirt with complex Central European (assuming Saaz) hops. Nice.

Same herbal spice leads into a rich bread and butter body. Sharp bitterness rounds out the flavor. Yeast is noticeable on the long, lingering finish.

Soft carbonation supports a smooth but filling body. I've gotta say that I'm wonderfully surprised by this beer. I've had this in the bottle a number of times and have failed to enjoy it. The can appears to have made all the difference in preserving freshness and taste. Highly drinkable.

Photo of peabody
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out very clear with a pink tint. Very little head and what there is dissapates quickly.
Smell is skunky like a Heinekin.
Taste is watery and drab. Some yeast and malts but not much else.
While this brew is clean feeling, it's almost like its water.
Could be a good session beer if it were a little more flavorful.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This time I had this it came in a can with a freshness date on the bottom. The Pilsner pours a clean straw color with a foam head that doesn't stay long. It has a little bit of aroma to the nose which is a hop spiciness. It is same with the taste which has the same spicy hopness and a clean malt flavor. This is a great beer during the summer and in my opinion a session beer for me.

Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always heard about this beer but never had it. Pours a medium pale color with a thin, minimal head. The glass is clean tho. Aroma is nice and malty with some hops(?) and a sweetness. Taste is clean, smooth and goes down really well. Somewhat flavorful but not too impressive. Definitely a very sessionable beer that I could drink a few of.

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

a: pours a real orangish color with about a half inch of white head that doesnt dissapear fast leaving plenty of lacing stuck to the side of the glass
s: nice floral hop aroma balanced well with a kind of a grainy malt flavor
t: same as the aroma there is a nice floral hop flavor which is nicely balanced by a grainy/bready malt flavor
m: medium bodied beer with a nice smooth texture and low carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed hit brew, something that i will get in the future

Photo of sudz42
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I originally drank this in the Czech Republic, served as a 22 oz. bottle in the morning on a breakfast tray with eggs, toast, jam, from the mother of the friends I was staying with. I hadn't drank it for about 15 years until recently (in Maine) and it's become my go-to, macro-replacement beer of choice at $14/12 pack. It's a bit bready, Salzy in the German style, and it's light; a good combination. It goes down very easy.

I have to give Urquell high marks, as for its features and price nothing comes close that is readily available.

Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16oz can into an Urquell stange. Body is a rich, warm golden color topped by a small stark white head that fades away pretty quickly. Aroma of clean pilsner malt, tangy saaz hops, and a mild biscuity character. The can seems to ward off almost all of the typical skunky aroma that results from the traditional green bottle presentation.
Palate is crisp, clean, and just a bit sweet on the finish. A hint of tangy European hops provides a bracing edge, reminding you that it's a true Czech pilsner. Body is light and airy, just about perfect for the pilsner style; it renders the beer quite drinkable. A delightful beer on a warm summer night.

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

yellowy golden color with nice head that fades rather quickly
clean fresh aroma with a kinda grassy tinge to it
very smooth with strong bitterness to it and a dry finish
actually a very good enjoyable beer will have again and i do
recommend trying this one

Photo of umustdrink
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mike bought this for me in Poland.

A - Clear dark yellow color with some bubbles. Head is white and faded quickly to a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

S - Typical pilsener smell, skunky but a little more smoky and malty.

T/M - Starts out with a good carbonation bite then a sweet and smoky malt flavor, with some lighter corn notes. Finish is light with a lasting smoky taste.

D - This is a pretty good beer, mostly it has compelled me to seek out better pilseners.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold pour with a white head. Some hops in the aroma, but not very much going on here. The flavors are really attenuated compared to the last time I had this beer. Mild malt and hops in the flavor.It tastes like it's been dumbed down for the American(and Canadian) markets. Easy to drink, but so are a lot of macros. I have greatly enjoyed this beer in the past, but I won't be coming back to it any time soon, at least not on this side of the pond.

Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a Paulaner pilsner glass...beautiful effervescent bubbles through a softened golden body--head is thick and frothy...distinct, moderate malt/hops balance--inviting...slightly lagerish mouthfeel...pleasantly dry with a medium presence but challenging enough to escape pilsner "same-dom"...slightly bitter flavor that holds on...a pleasant lingering!...Goldfine’s claim-- this is one of the six beers you will meet in heaven--holds up, as I can and have drunk this twelve months of the year in variously different situations, always with a consistent result, in bottle or on tap...

Photo of stevecee2003
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer had changed. I hadn't tried it in several years. What I had remembered, and expected, was a bit more raw hops. A kind of grassy taste. Then I read that it HAS. New equipment, and equally new taste.

Instead I got an easier, softer taste. Geez, worst of all, almost like an "American" beer. Yikes!

12oz. bottle Date on the label: 1842. oops, thats not the born on date, it's the brewery date. Unfortunately the "old world" taste is no longer there.

Smell: still a grassy smell, and still fresh smelling. Just not quite as strong.

Taste: Kind of like it would be as Pilsner Light. The breweries of Plzen may house the grandfather of Pilsner beer, but their new equipment makes it taste like the pride of St. Louis.

There is a lemony sweetness, and their familiar aftertaste, but not as prevelant as before.

Overall: Would be a decent Pilsner, except for those great menories of the old days with Urquell.

Photo of mdup8819
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The classic Pilsner, and the first of its kind. A perfect session beer- easy to drink but plenty of flavor. Orange peel flavors stick out, along with a good amount of hops. A very desirable beer, especially considering it can be had for 7 a 6 pack. Will pick up a 12 pack of these next time I go to the store.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this review from my notes from back in April. Had on draft at my hotel, the George's, Brasserie in Cheltenham, UK.

Appears a pristinely golden in color with a half inch head on the pour into the proper Pils Urquell glass. The carbonation never stops rising from the bottom, etched I think.

Nose is very slightly sweet with a bit of hops enticing me in. To the mouth, you would not ecpect this to seem sweet, but it does. Light sweet malts with a medium body hit the palate. The hops quickly follow in, coating my tongue, and reminding me why I love this beer. A slight dryness takes over the back of my tongue and mouth, which requires a bit of quenching...the ultimate do loop.

Crisp, refreshing and fantastic, much better than what I recall in a bottle.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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