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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 187 | 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 goschool
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles.

The pour is clear gold with a longish lasting white head. I got a bit of citrus from the saaz hops, which is unexpected, but nice, to go with subtle grains. The flavor won't hit you in the face with bitterness or malts, but its crisp hops and light malts are refreshing as hell.

goschool, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Golden amber colour with a nice head. The head disappates very quickly, and actually is a bit disappointing in the long run. Crystal clear with tiny bubbles.

Malt and skunk smell. Caramel and sourness. One dimensional. Very little depth to the scent beyond malt and skunk.

Sour, malt taste. Hops in the background. Not entirely unpleasant, but way too generic to impress me.

Acceptable mouthfeel. Carbonation present, but no soda-pop tingle. Drinkable, but there are better pilsners out there.

BDTyre, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of eballard
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a rich golden color with a light head. The head quickly disappeared and left a light lace. The beer started with a heavy skunky smell and settled into a sweet musky smell. The beer has a strong pilsner taste that hits the corners of your mouth with a bit of a bite. It has a crisp bubbly feel smooth. A decent beer over all. The bite gets me a little bit but certainly a beer I’d be willing to drink.

eballard, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pale yellow with minimal head. I’m not much of a pilsner fan to begin with, and this didn’t work hard to change my mind. I’ll put this in the same category as other light bodied beers. Not a lot of taste and other qualities we normally rate, but oklay for having a couple cold beers by the pool on a hot summer day.

kimcgolf, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pout into a PU goblet at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ.

Forms a slight ring on around the glass, beautiful dark gold-yellow, very active columns of bubbles rising. Smells lightly malty and grassy. The taste is dominated by spicy hops, which lend their wonderful floral bitterness. There's also an earthy character, which is unique among the pilsners that I've had. The mouthfeel is light (but not as light as many pilsners), with a lot of tingling from the high carbonation. I feel that the greater than normal "weight" of this pils hurts the drinkability somewhat, making it less refreshing than its counterparts. I once drank my fair share of this on the beach, and it is a bit much for that pursuit.

mjc410, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a thin head and plenty of carbonation.

S - Grassy hops, sulphur, some spiciness.

T - Restrained sweetness and citrus at first. Bitterness comes through and follows on into the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Clean and refreshing beer, nothing fancy.

haz77, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of TheFeintingGoat
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at a local market at poured into a .5 L Pilsner Urquell glass (the glass was in my possession before I tasted the beer).

Let me preface this by saying I don't usually like pilsners, just a personal thing, but since I had the glass I has to try.
It pours a gorgeous yellow hue which is best described as the color of myer lemons, and it has a nice thick, foamy head that sticks around for a bit.
The smell is very nice and wheatish, with a yeast undertone. Hops are also evident.
The taste is very nice, with hints of honey, ginger, and lemon zest are commanded by the bitter hops. These leave a nice refreshed feeling on the back of the swallow. The mouthfeel is nice, as the hops comes out to play a bit more if the swallow is delayed. The hops become a bit too evident at times, overshadowing the other flavors.
I'd drink this more than I drink any other pilsner I've had, if that says anything. On a summer night, like tonight, it'd be a great refresher, as it's not that expensive. Overall, it's a good beer, but a bit too formulaic and a tad unbalanced for my taste. Still, it's a good pilsner, I'd recommend this beer over many others at your normal bar; it tastes like it'd be better on tap. I just wish they wouldn't use a green bottle.

TheFeintingGoat, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Pilsner Urquell at a grocery store, to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is crystal clear. A small champagne-style head is gone quickly, leaving a thin foam on the top of the beer. The head produces virtually no lacing.

The smell is interesting, it has a sweet perfume or incense fragrance to it.

The taste is a mild grain flavor, followed by a mildly bitter hop finish. It’s a typical pilsner taste.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and moderately carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, and a good representation of the style. A solid pils, and there aren’t many left, at least around here.

RJLarse, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe its just because its a REALLY hot day, but I'm finding this beer more enjoyable than the last few times I tasted it. Its still not what it used to be, but it is a very serviceable pilsner. It pours a dark straw color with a medium rough white head. The smell is of faint crisp hops. The taste is very crisp with some pleasant bitter hops that are very refreshing and some grassiness and graininess as well. The slightest bit of cereal sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very crisp, but not bone dry. Very drinkable, especially on a 100 degree day. Maybe not the best pilsner on the planet, but a damn fine one that still fits the bill when the heat calls for it- and an available great alternative to a macro brew. I can usually get cheap 12 packs at Costco.

Georgiabeer, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, with what I normally drink, why a Pilsner??? I was walking in Boston and it was 96 degrees out. The bar only had light beers and this one looked the best of the bunch by vague notions only. The beer was fresh on tap, the AC was cranked and it was a perfect drink for the situation. The beer arrived at the table a crystal clear pale straw. The head was once there, but had falled while waiting to be delivered to the table. The head did lace the glass. The brew poured a more robust golden color than expected, the aroma is light hops with a subtle malty aroma, the flavor is crisp with more of a hops note than expected with malty flavors rounding out the edges.

I'm so used to the american macro version of pilsner that this was a nice surprise. Not sure I'd buy it in green bottles, but on tap this was a tasty brew.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle. Clear straw-gold color with a moderate head. Spicy, slightly woody hop aroma Some light maltiness in the start, followed by moderately high bitterness. Hop flavor is somewhat grassy. Finishes dry and clean. Crisp texture

Pilsner Urquell in the bottle is really a pale shadow of this great beer when served fresh on draught. It's not a bad bottled beer, but there are much better German & Czech bottled pils.

allengarvin, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly good pils. I must say, I wasn't expecting much going into this. After never having tried this beer, I had it in both a bottle and on tap within a week. Kind of funny. This is the on-tap review, and a bottled review would be different, but not different enough to where I want to take the time to write a seperate review. A little less creamy and a little bit more of a metallic sulfuric skunkiness (though a light and pleasant one), but otherwise the same flavors.

This beer was a nice clear pale golden color with a nice creamy head. Lacing is good. Carbonation is active. Looks good.

The smell is a bit buttery and has some nice tones of caramel and spicy hops. Smells crisp and refreshing, and it is. The taste is good, and has the same elements as the nose. Crisp, clean, light, and refreshing. Goes well with spicy food.

neonbrown82, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of theozag
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours and fills the glass with an amber orange body. Its white head fades but the beer stays translucent. Smell is slightly fruity and has a rich oat note. Start is oily, fruity, and sweet. Settles full-bodied and seems to have all the flavors you might find when having a sweet tea with a sandwich on wheat bread. Finishes oily and wet. This pilsner has a sharp aftertaste.

theozag, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

straw golden, thin fizzy head dissipated. no lacing.
musty, caramel from malt, faint hop notes.
buttery caramel with an aggressive floral and semi-grapefruitish hop finish, spicy and gritty on palate.
light, crisp body and mouthfeel with a drying finish.

nice simple and suprisingly bitter (for what I was expecting) pilsener that is easy to enjoy and could def prove sessionable.

villainchiwwin, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while I'll pick up a sixer of Urquell, always enjoyed it, even if it did get a little skunky. Smells quite sweet. Taste though is a really clean sweetness to it with some nice bitterness and a slight sour note that goes real well. A very drinkable beer, I think I lucked out on this not being skunky since it is in green bottles. Found it in a non-lighted fridge.

Manosbeeroffate, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of mghotbi
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with frothy white head and plentiful lacing.

Aroma of grass and grains. Malty sweetness quickly gives way to citrus and grassy notes with prominent hop bitterness but a clean dry finish. Thin but not watery on the palate. Carbonation is prominent.

Drinkability is outstanding. Very refreshing. Relatively low alcohol content makes it a great session brew. This is a favorite hot summer day beer of mine.

mghotbi, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a warning for those who drank this brew in Europe or Czech; it is quite different in character. If any one expects this to be an authentic Bohemian Pilsner, they will be disappointed.

That said, this a quite an enjoyable Pils that serves as a good intro to the Pils style as any beer around. It pours a bright somewhat deep yellow, which in turn produces a nice bubbly head and lacing. There is a slight sulfur aroma mixed with aromatic hops. None of the green skunkiness of a Danish or Dutch Pilsener. From start to finsih, Urquell is perfectly balanced between biting hops and grainy malts. It finsihes dry, and clean.

This beer is about what I would expect in a middle of the road Pils. There is no dominant character, but there is nothing lacking either. Perfect for summer sessions, and lawn parties.

jpkoch1962, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap for the purposes of this review ... appears a pale yellow color with a rocky white head and sporadic lacing in the pilsner glass. Nose is doughy, slightly floral, and just a little bit skunky, which is unfortunate. Palate is lightly malted and decently balanced with a hop counterbalance. Again, this beer has a bready character as well. Mouthfeel is light and it's decently carbonated. Pilsner Urquell is a standard for the style, I'm told. It's okay, and easy enough to drink. The beers I'm sampling have a nose that is slightly off, but it's not detectable in the flavor. Try it if you're into true pilsners.

beerphilosopher, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left less than a one finger head that quickly dissipates to surface skim. Body is a yellow gold.

Aroma - has that Euro skunk. Grassy, herbal, spicy.

Taste - like the smell, but with a graininess. Spicy, grassy, herbal, skunky bitterness.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkabilty - decent, but not great. Good enough if there's nothing else available.

ultralarry2006, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz

A: A deep golden color. Nice head that dissapates quickly and leaves very little lace. Lots of bubbles streaming upwards.

S: Meh smells spicy and kinda watery. Not much malt nose, but it is there. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T: Spicy notes of what used to be saaz hops are still there, but the 75% hop extract rule keeps running through my mind. Either way a good spicy taste. This beer is not as fresh as I have had before, but the best Urquells that I have had were good. Their tradition of keeping it in green bottles is killing me, as some will be a superbly bitter beer that would be a 4.0 while others are much blander and some just plain not good at around the 2.0 range. Taste is spicy hops with a little sweet malt that is present on the palate. Going back and editing this I dropped it to a 2.5 as the newer tradition of using hop extract for the beer is deeply disappointing in the taste.

M: Light bodied and kinda dry, very carbonated, but pleasant for this style. I do find the mouthfeel pleasing.

D: You can drink these beers all day. But since there is very little consistancy between packs, I take off points.

KyleVick4, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw yellow color. About a half inch head dissapates quickly into nothing. Aromas are slightly skunky, some DMS, and a little hoppiness present. Drinks a nice highly carbonated, thirst quenching pils as expected. Light and easy drinking, the saaz hops provide a nice bite and make it better than water on a hot day. Could easily put away several. Recommended for any pils lover or any for getting into the style. Look for 12 packs that are in cardboard boxes.

dreadnatty08, May 28, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap. Came in a pint glass with a half inch of white head. Medium pale yellow color. Not much lacing on the glass.

Not a stong smelling beer. Most prevelant aroma was a hoppiness and a bit of a skunky smell, although I wouldn't say that the beer was skunky. More of a sweaty smell.

Taste was similar to the smell. Kind of skunky. A bitter, hoppy taste, slightly skunky. Some malt backbone present.

Mouthfeel was alright. Slightly carbonated.

Not my favorite style. I had this a long time ago, and didn't care for it much but thought I'd revisit this now that my tastes in beer have changed. But I still didn't care for this very much.

doppelmeup, May 20, 2006
Photo of utahbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Medium-dark gold. Head doesn't last long. Some carbonation.
Aroma: Excellent, strong hop aroma that persists.
Flavor: Flavor is bitter with hop flavor that persists throughout, bitter finish, moderately long bitterness in aftertaste. Good malt support.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation for style.
Overall: Quite clean overall. Not as even overall as Staropramen, e.g., so actually a bit more interesting, perhaps.

utahbeerdude, May 16, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner Urquell pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. I think I smell some oxidation. It could just be the skunkiness of the hops though. Spicy hops, some oxidation does appear present in the taste, but once again this could be the intended flavor profile of skunk. Not my favorite beer, definitely worth a try, and I especially think it would be informative to try this one fresh in person at the brewery. It think it may make a tremendous difference.

Drew966, May 07, 2006
Photo of strattor
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me a golden straw yellow, with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

Weak aroma of grassy hops.

Hops flavor is dominant. Slightly citrusy, bitter, and grassy. A little sweetness and biscuity flavors seep in from the malt. The finish is long and slightly bitter.

Very lively, crisp mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

A little dry to drink a few in a row, but not bad. There are certianly better pilsners to be had, but this is a dependable and pretty easy to find one.

strattor, May 05, 2006
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,802 ratings.