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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,997 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,997
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 58
Gots: 285 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of Mikestaf
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aewachiw
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bummertime
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nat1975
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WKrieger
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ThreeEcho7
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Often skunky due to green bottle. Tastes better during the summer months.

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

Photo of cbcrunch
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ramrod666
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexR
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 11.2oz bottle served at cellar temps.

Appearance: clear and pale gold with a nice 1 finger head. Great looking new brown bottle and label.

Nose: malty, sweet, slight hop aroma

Taste: cooked corn, pilsner malt, sweetness, no buttery flavors at all

Overall: classic pilsner, enough said.

Photo of Thomas0790
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coopdog1000
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of staless
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkhara12
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antc2382
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pantalones
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of this on my last trip to Kroger. Poured from the brown bottle into a standard pint glass. I've had three of these now (two today, one a couple days back) and the way you pour makes a BIG difference with this beer--when I poured slowly down the side there was hardly any head to the beer, but if you pour a bit more quickly into the bottom of the glass you'll get a nice layer of foam on top.

Looks: very, very clear with a golden yellowy color. I can see not just shapes but small details and colors through a full glass--it's clear enough to read my phone's clock through it. Occasional little bubbles rising up. If you pour in such a way that a good head forms (which I would definitely recommend!), the head is white and fluffy, shrinking to a thin layer on top within a few minutes and then eventually fading away almost entirely if you wait long enough (probably takes upwards of half an hour--my first one of the night didn't get to this point until after I was done with my meal and the beer was almost gone.) Head leaves a bit of a trail behind on the sides of the glass, but not massive amounts.

Smells biscuity for the most part, but when the head is present it's easier to pick up on hints of a grassy smell which I assume is coming from the hops. There's a bit of something else present too, becoming more noticeable than the grassy smell as the beer takes time to warm a little and the head fades, but I'm having difficulty coming up with a way to describe it--I almost want to say it reminds me a bit of champagne but it's been a while since I've had any champagne so I'm not sure that's the most accurate comparison.

Taste is very much like a freshly-baked biscuit, maybe a bit cracker-like here and there too. That almost-champagne-like smell appears in the taste a bit too as the beer warms, blending together pretty nicely with the biscuity taste. It almost makes me think of raisins at some points, but more like those yellowish ones rather than the standard dark black-brown-purplish kind. Goes very well with food, too--my first glass accompanied some cheese tortellini with garlicky tomato sauce and not once did I feel like there was even the slightest bit of clash between the beer and the food.

Feels really nice to drink this while there's still a good bit of head floating on top. Not bad without it, either--it's a beer that goes down very easily either way, almost to the point where you may find yourself thinking "wait, I've already finished half my glass!?"--but definitely nicer with the foam still present. The first time I had one, it seemed like it kinda dried my mouth out; I'm noticing a bit of that now, though not as much as when I had my first one this weekend (I suppose the fact that I just ate may help with that.) If not for that one minor complaint I'd probably give this a 4 for feel, maybe even higher if rating exclusively on how it feels to take that first big sip while there's still a lot of foam on top (I can't say this enough--I definitely recommend pouring this beer in a way that forms a large head, it seems to improve things all-around somehow.)

Overall, this is a really nice beer to have with a meal (and it's good enough, and light enough, that you may very well decide to have more after your food's long gone. If not for the fact that I only have half a six-pack left in my fridge, I honestly could go for a third one right now.) I'd say it's definitely worth the price for the 6 and 12 packs that you can easily find in grocery stores. At first I was a bit disappointed to not pick up any lemony flavors here like I did in the other pilsner I've tried (Bohemia), but after having a couple more of them I don't think the absence of lemony flavors hurts this too much--there's just so much else going for it (especially the clearly defined biscuit/cracker flavors and the way it feels to drink some when the foam's still hanging around on top.)

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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a boy growing up in Alberta, I believed that Pilsner was a beer brewed in Lethbridge, with bunnies on the label. I also thought that Labatt Blue was a Pilsner. During my first year of university, this beer redefined my understanding of pilsner and it
is still a standard for this style of beer. Clear, lively, and accented by hops, this is still a quality beer.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,997 ratings.