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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,255
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | 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 ppoitras


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into an pint mug, 1/2" snow white head formed which receded quickly down to a short foamy film, leaving little to no lace behind. Beer is light gold in color, with a slight but biting aroma of hops, with a touch of malt present as well. Taste is dominated by a crisp, clean flavor from the hops, with the light malts sneaking in at the end. No shock to me, but the "original pilsner" is a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 22:17:59 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One cannot help but feel a degree of reverence for this beer. Even if it has become mass-marketed, it deserves respect for virtually DEFINING the most emulated and duplicated style of beer in the world. This is the original; the basis, the foundation. The appearance is better than average, honey-coloured, translucent, with ample head and a creamy ring forming and leaving healthy lace. I suppose the appearance does not impress me much simply because its look is so similar to literally hundreds of other beers; indeed, it is such an imitated style that its appearance no longer holds any novelty. The aroma is spicy with that lovely Saaz hop, malty, bready; even slight fruitiness greets the nose. There is a pleasant toastiness of malt, very well balanced with the Saaz. This, to me, is how a good lager should smell. In short, it is absolutely bursting with aroma compared to so many lagers. The taste is bready and crisp on the middle of the tongue, followed by that lovely, dry bitterness, leaving an aftertaste to savour. Slight caramel malt flavours keep the taste partly sweet before the finish. Despite the light appearance, this has a nice full taste, leaving so many mass-produced lagers in the dust. To those accustomed to disgusting adjunct-lager beer, this is a massive leap forward. In fact, sewage-water, trendy, media-influenced beer drinkers will probably find it too hoppy and flavourful for their woefully under-developed palates. For intelligent beer consumers, however, this is an essential brew simply because of its pedigree and influence; its legacy. And, oh yes, it tastes great, too.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 09:10:19 | More by Cwrw
Photo of 57andcounting


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a little disappointed with a beer with this reputation being so common. Head is short lived with some lacing. Smell is heavy malt. The taste, has some interest, but cheaper beers have more.
It's ok, buy a case on sale for a summer party. (I believe, this beer lost much of it's appeal when it went mainstream.)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 22:27:03 | More by 57andcounting
Photo of trekbiker3000


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured out the classic golden yellow color. The bubbles clung to the side of the glass and continued to rise to the surface like a glass of champagne.

I could not detect much odor, there is something there, but I cannot get enough to describe it accurately.

The taste did not do much for me. It's reminicent of the beer I grew up with in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Stegmaier. I guess my ancestors brought the Czech recipes with them. There is a slight aftertaste that detracts from the flavor.

The mouthfeel is wet and refreshing with a little more than average fizz.

The drinkability is just average, probably a beer I would serve to my relatives.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 02:45:56 | More by trekbiker3000
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a sunny golden yellow, crisp and clear. An almost soapy white head puffs up, then settles soon to sparse islets of froth. There's moderate fine lacing on the glass.

A yeasty sourness duels with bitter European hops for king of the hill, or aroma, as the case may be. Meanwhile, a malted grain sweetness swirls beneath the two more dominant elements, buoying them about.

The gentle sweetness of malt plays a bigger part in the flavor than the aroma. It swims in, plying its trade, before submerging and giving way to a biscuity yeast tartness. The hops bitterness is more subdued at first before stepping forward and lingering bitterly but nicely to the finish. It's typically pilsner-balanced, but perhaps more finely than most.

A little north of light bodied, it washes across the palate slickly, refreshing the tongue with carbonation and hops tingle.

An original, it carries the standar high and proud. The gentle sweetness keeps the bitterness from becoming arrogant, and the hops and crisp character make it truly refreshing. It cleverly forgoes the distracting bitterness common to some pilsners, making it desireable and highly drinkable. It's one strong reason why the Czech brewing legacy is as vaunted as it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 23:36:32 | More by Foxman
Photo of ToolHead


4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

50 cl bottle, served in Urquell glass.
Dark gold w/ good-sized head. Pleasant, hoppy aroma. Crisp, bitter taste w/ a pleasant bite, and a fabulous, lingering, very distinctive finish. Easier to drink than water.
I never get tired of this beer, and I regret that I didn't get around to tasting it some years back when it had even more character.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 15:39:21 | More by ToolHead
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 aroma is Saaz hops with a subtle malty aroma,

The flavor is crisp with good Saaz bittering and slight malty flavors underneath.

The finish goes to dry and pleasant ligering bitterness. The body is light and almost watery.

A very refreshing beer!

On tap at Bailey's Smokehouse in Richmond.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2004 00:15:46 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of marburg


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is there left to say?

It's certainly a beautiful looking beer. It's easy to see how people accustomed to tankards full of dark, seething liquids would so rapidly flock to the style.

Light grainy aromas and a slight grassy/weedy/floral aroma from the hops. A bit nondescript. Nice, light, grainy flavor finishes with a very crisp hop bitterness. Simple but effective. No complaints.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 21:59:07 | More by marburg
Photo of claytri


4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful clear golden beer that will have a nice fingers head on it. A good bright smell of hops and malt. The taste is a strong combination of malt and hops. This a beer where the promise of the smell is delivered in the taste. The flavor remains steady from start to finish with pleasant aftertaste leaving you wanting more. A good medium body with a slight oilyness makes this beer a pleasure to have in the mouth. This beer is complex enough that it is enjoyable in a single serving, but is an excellent session beer as well.

This beer was a pleasure when I first had the chance to sample it, and it remains so. While I've had this both on tap and in 12 ounce bottles tonight I had it in a pint bottle for the first time. I found this to be an excellent serving size, and will look for it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 07:47:20 | More by claytri
Photo of proc


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A completely different beer on tap. As opposed to the bottle, this is a keeper. Pours out to a very nice dark, golden color in the glass with an average head. Aroma is that of biscuits, bread and yeast and slight lemon. The taste is excellent for a beer of this style. It is crisp and clean with a nice light bite of hops that balance out a slight malt sweetness.

In the bottle, I've yet to find a good one, but if I can get this on tap, I'm sold.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2004 01:52:08 | More by proc
Photo of Zorro


4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear gold color, like a Pilsner should.

Smells of grain malt and hops.

Tastes of dry grain and a tiny bit sweet with a nice balanced hop bite. There is a slight grassy quality.

Mouthfeel is outstanding just right.

Infinitely drinkable, not the best beer in the world, but a great Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 03:08:07 | More by Zorro
Photo of waughbrew


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold, medium head, a little retention, good lacing. Aroma of light husky grain, spicy grassy herbal hops, and small contributions of sulfur and skunk. Pretty good flavor, bitter and hoppy. A pleasant vanilla/oaky note comes through in the beginning. Those husky grains and slightly metalic finish come in at the end. Medium body with dancing carbonation. An above-average pils, but could have better hop flavor and head retention. There are better choices around, so I will rarely drink this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 03:29:25 | More by waughbrew
Photo of woemad


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $0.99. Hadn't had one of these for some time. Had a couple in Germany about 4 yrs ago.

Poured a one inch white head that subsided to a foamy collar after a few minutes. Nice lacing.

Smell is of aromatic sweet malts and mildly spicy hops.

Taste is bigger than I thought based on the aroma. Taste is equally balanced between sweet, honeyish malts and mildly peppery hops, ending with a crisp finish.

This is a very drinkable pilsner. This would be a great example of a pilsner done right to give to a novice beer drinker who is only familiar with Bud and others of its ilk. I'd be happy to drink this all day, especially outdoors in the summer. This would be doable it seems, since it appears to be showing up in grocery stores lately.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 08:25:55 | More by woemad
Photo of surfmeister


4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An underrated masterpiece, probably due to yuppie popularity and grumpy BA tendency to trash that which becomes popular. Now then...
Appearance: dark golden, firm two finger head that remained, very attractive
Smell: full, smokey, grainy aroma, a nice blast for the nose that raises great expectation
Taste: follows smell exactly, nice malt taste off the bat with full almost smokey, grainy flavors, very flavorful, restrained bitterness paired with assertive hop flavor, clean finish with wonderful aftertaste
Mouthfeel: smooth, appropriate carbonation, frothy head lingered into mouth
Drinkability: keep 'em coming, especially on a hot day, A+
Note: seems like SN was trying to copy this brew with Summerfest

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 17:37:14 | More by surfmeister
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4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of this beer, and I had it today on-tap for the first time. Fantastic! All of the attributes I described in my reveiw for the bottled version, but a fuller mouthfeel, and incredibly fresh. This is, without a doubt, the best pils I've ever had! Sharp, crisp, nice and bitter. The original still rules!

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2004 04:10:27 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of avylover


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a "Beers of the world" 6 pack for christmas. Pours out a clear golden with tiny bubbles throughout. Small white head. Aroma is slightly skunky, not offfensively, with some slight hopping also detected. Taste is better than expected. Clean & crisp. There is slight plastic taste up front, with a decently bitter finish. Some graininess throughout, and quite watery consistency. Refreshing. Nothing to write home about, but nothing offensive. Definitely different than American mega brewery said pilsners, but not too far off say a heineken.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 01:38:15 | More by avylover
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice gold with some slight orange hue to it. A small head poured as well, but withered down to a small ring quickly. Smells hoppy, and somewhat floral (tinge of grass).

Nice bitter taste, and I mean strong bitter, just the right amount. Feels and tastes crisp with a nice carbonation. Has a lively bite to it--a 'hot' mouthfeel gives it a lot of character.

After it warmed a little a sweet honey scent appeared. A good pils.

Serving type: can

12-23-2003 03:43:51 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of mschofield


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my 100th review
Pours a copper-gold with tall bubbly white head, laces in webs. Sparkling clear.
Strong hoppy aroma - grassy and flowery. Slight sulfur, and a bit of light malt. It's almost like a perfume.
Spicy hop taste, slightly sweet, malt takes the background here
Very smooth and crisp, light body, the appearance and feel are the best things about this beer.
Drinkability is good, I could see drinking a lot, but there are better brews for the price, and I found this just a little boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 17:47:01 | More by mschofield
Photo of dedalus


2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

this beer looked great: lightly golden, with streams of carbonation rising from the foot of the glass and disappearing into the fluffy white head.

the aroma was all leafy hops, powerful but not astringent.

the flavor was a huge letdown for me. from what i had read of this beer, i was expecting a huge wave of bitterness followed by delicate, bready malt flavors. instead, i got a weak slap of leafy bitterness, followed by ... nothing. like drinking water that tastes like tired hops for the first second it's in your mouth. one of the most flavorless beers i've ever tasted. a real waste of four bucks.

thin mouthfeel, appropriate for the style, i suppose, but nothing that makes up for the utter lack of character.

barely drinkable. i hope and pray that i got an uncharacteristically bad bottle.



Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 21:48:46 | More by dedalus
Photo of merlin48


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a 6 pack of this on sale at a local grocery. It pours a straw yellow color into a pint glass with modest white head that quickly fades.

Weird nose of skunky hops, stale hay, and something metallic.

Mouthfeel is an exciting blend of moderate carbonation and bittering hops.

Taste is dry, bitter, grainy, and mineral salts. For some reason, it's a decent drinking pils. A bitter hoppy pils that finishes crisp and dry.

Overall, has decent drinkability but a weird taste. An odd beastie here.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 02:12:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of cbill


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

appearance: deep golden color with a small white head that clings to the glass all the way down much better than the average lager.

smell: has that faint hoppy, skunky european smell to it, not undersireable but doesn't insipre confidence compared to some other beers

taste: starts very mild and then slowly fills your mouth with a mild hop presence, not very bitter though, and then mellows out leaving a smooth aftertaste

mouthfeel: little above average, but still a little on the watery side

drinkability: definately a perfect five, i could drink this all night if i could afford it, goes down easy and not very filling

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 05:13:33 | More by cbill
Photo of masterbruewer


3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with minimal head, thin lacing and plenty of carbonation.

Faint scent of hops, slight off-taste.

Tastes a little grainy and hoppy, with a slight mineral taste.

The mouthfeel was average, almost like carbonated water. Felt good on the tongue.

This beer is highly drinkable. It's my brother-in-law's stock beer and it's really good out of the bottle on the back porch.

I've found that I like it a little better straight from the bottle than when poured into a mug or pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 02:03:57 | More by masterbruewer
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Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The place: SOLIDNÍ NEJISTOTA -- "Solid Uncertainty," downtown Prague. What wasn't at all uncertain was the tremendous PU served there...

Had a few drinks before noticing the PU on tap. After confirming that it was available on tap, the server proceeded to take our next round of orders. Before he even set the drinks on our table, I could smell the fresh Zatec (Saaz) aroma from my glass a distance away -- literally, no joking! I must have looked a nut with my arms around the glass a full two minutes or so before even indulging (Saaz of this caliber are an aphrodisiac for me). And the fresh wondrous taste. Beer Nirvana. Hence my first ever "5.0" review.

Golden, crystal clear color with density of thick foam atop the .5 liter, hefty serving glass. Smelled like it was just released from the factory with full, intense bouquet. Balanced, wet taste of perfect blending of subtle ingredients -- from the delicate malt and water to the bittering & finishing noble hops.

By any standards (esp. downtown Prague), this place is NOT an "institution" -- it is a modern, snazzy, popish restaurant-turned club-atmosphere outing after 9 pm. But the food and fun are a good time (reserve). But, this is not a "Beerfly" review, so over & out. Just happy to know there are still places to experience how uniquely luscious PU can be.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2003 00:01:31 | More by Hobbz
Photo of TastyTaste


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer before, but never reviewed it. It poured out of it's 24 oz. bottle a gold color with a fairly large white head. Has the czech pilsner taste that I don't quite know how to describe. Good amount of hops finishing, with almost a tinge of skunkiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 05:25:51 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Redrover


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with the classic label.

Beer pours a crystal clear light gold with a nice head. Very small and active carbonation. Decent lacing. Exactly what a pilsner should look like.

Beer smells like hops, grass, and crackers. No adjuncts seem to be present

First taste is slightly sour and a little bit fruity. As I drank more, I pick-up a subdued dusty hop taste which is interesting and better tasting than it sounds. Very refreshing and easy to pair with all but the spiciest foods.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with crackling carbonation. Drinkability is also good. Always a good choice on tap or in bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 02:22:49 | More by Redrover
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