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Pilsner Urquell - Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Reviews: 1,362
Hads: 3,304
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 73
Gots: 469 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of JimKal
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the new brown bottle into a NB globe. One finger of head that seems to dissipate quickly leaving some lacing. Appearance is a nice amber yellow. The taste is slightly bitter but I'm not picking up a lot of malt. Moderate mouthfeel like many lagers. I was hoping for more from this one but I may be dealing with a freshness issue. Although the freshness date was months from now and it was in brown bottle I suspect it wasn't controlled for temperature as well as it should have been. (496 characters)

Photo of HabaJohn
2.34/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry to rate such a historic beer so low.
This clearly isn't my type of beer. No flavor no malt no hops, reminds me of US beers from the 70's. Yes back then those beers were good to me. My palate has grown and expects a lot of good flavor. (244 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 ml bottle poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty refreshing and would probably pair decently with most foods. Not a beer I'd ever avoid, but not a beer I could ever get excited about drinking. As between this and a Lagunitas Pils, I'd always go for the Lagunitas. (282 characters)

Photo of Pahn
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pilsner Urquell at Veselka in the east village

At this point im surprised to say that pilsner urquell fresh on tap is my favorite beer.

Crystal clear gold, big frothy white head with great retention, persistent lacing.

A little bready, little bit of noble hop flavor, perfectly (very) dry, slight sourdough aftertaste if not completely clean finish, extremely bright and refreshing aroma, high side of moderate carbonation, body isn't too light. Just a perfect easy drinking beer. Without flaw (496 characters)

Photo of Carrier4
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

its sad how in a world dominated by cheap pilsners and American lagers we cant have beer like this more often. I feel as if the pilsner market has not been taken over by the craft companies for we live in IPA world. This beer makes the soul happy, and is so refreshing. The original, the best pilsner, Pilsner Urquell. And I don't even like pilsners! (354 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fermented on oak, this benchmark beer is one of the greats. It was one of Michael Jackson's (the beer guy not the singer) all time favourite beers. I could drink this all day long.

If you don't like it, come back to this one after you've rated a few hundred beers on the site. I honestly don't think I would've liked it nearly as much when I first joined Beer Advocate and was still exploring ale styles.

All that being said, the lightstruck green bottle version does not do the tall boy can version justice. (514 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a crisp clean refreshing beer with a small amount of bitterness that does not necessarily improve but doesn't hurt the taste of the beer, a nice, spicy, classic, pilsner beer

I will add that while this isn't necessarily what i'd call a great beer it is one that I dearly love,

it's not the kind of thing that will probably leave a lasting impression for, but for those like me who never really drank macros to begin with it is a pleasant surprise and a beer worth your time (475 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy yellow urine color.

Aroma is primarily hay, grassy notes, and very mild hops.

Taste is very grassy up front, followed by some iron and earthiness. I get some lemon zest in the beer also. The finish is a surprisingly mild bitterness.

Overall lagers are not my style, but this one is decent. Very sessionable, however, still not enough flavor for me. I pair it with bacon-cheddar flavored popcorn or chips and quest dip. It gets a 70.5/ 100 from me. (464 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark yellow with great clarity and a foamy thick white head

Aroma: bready and yeasty, like fresh bread, well balanced aroma

Taste: explosion of Pilsner malt flavor, toaster than most American versions, but with a very fresh bread flavor, and just enough bitterness on the finish to keep it balanced perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation, medium finish

Overall: The first, and hands down the best Czech Pilsner in the world. Fresh bread flavors with hints of toastiness, balanced by just enough hop bitterness on the finish to keep it in perfect balance. A beauty to behold, smell, and, especially, drink. (629 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle poured into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell mug. Best before Oct 27, 2015 printed on the reverse of the bottle.

The beer pours a crisp, pale, golden color, very clear with about 2 fingers of foamy white head, loose bubbles that has moderate retention and yields sticky spotted lace. The aroma is simple, pale golden malt, a little sweet, a little bready, light noble hops, earthy with little bitterness. The flavors echo the nose, very crisp and earthy noble hops, a little bit raw and green, just a touch of bitterness, pale bready malt, a bit crusty but very easy and soft. The mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, coating, moderate carbonation feels good, creamy finish that has a lightly dry bite.

Verdict: A nice Czech Pilsener, easily the benchmark beer for the style. Despite the simplicity inherent to the style, this definitely hits the spot, crisp, refreshing, easy and balanced. (898 characters)

Photo of TheRock7755
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first import beer I started to drink in my young days. I still love it, but it doesn't hit you as quick as other beers. But it will always be my first love. I am glad the bottles were upgraded from the '90s. The lip cracked off quite a bit back in the day. (263 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a Czech Pilsener, from the Czech Republic, so you'd expect it to be good right? Well, it is, at least as much as a Czech Pilsner can be. It's smooth and crisp with very little aftertaste, or really any taste at all. It's not the most flavorful beer you could reach for. You did reach for a pilsner though, so you should have expected that. I've heard stories about the bottled version of this almost always being skunked, so when I found a 4-pack of their "limited edition" cans, I decided to take the plunge and see what this beer was all about. It was exactly as I expected, nothing more nothing less, and is why I gave it the ratings I did.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and smooth beer. The brewery has been around a long, long time, so they know how to make their beers. Don't buy it expecting to be blown away, but it will be a quality Czech Pilsner. (869 characters)

Photo of MarkStewart
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A solid pilsner, as it should be since it's from Plzen. The main downfall for me was the metallic aftertaste that lingered when I was done drinking it. That being said, pilsners aren't my favorite style so I am probably ranking lower due to that. (247 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the best non-German lagers, now available in a brown bottle.

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

L) Deep amber colour, clear, lots of small bubbles rising. Fluffy white head.

S) Creamy, sweet malt. The brown bottle definitely makes a difference.

T) Slightly bitter, light toffee malt. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste more than I remember.

F) Refreshing, although the bitter aftertaste does detract from the refreshment.

O) Good lager, good price. (489 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since changing there bottles and doing this express ship, things have improved. Flavor profile is much more pronounced. Get a lot of grains and hay type smells. Very nice malty taste. Very drinkable. The negative on this is the new bottle. Its 11.2 Fl. oz. compared to the 12 fl. oz. they use to sell. Feels like i"m being cheated. The brown bottle is nice. I went to the town of Zlin in the Czech Republic last year and had this and other beers in casks. There is no comparison. A totally different beer. The wow factor was going on due to how good this beer is on tap in the Czech Republic. The best pilsner I've had anywhere. So smooth going down. So drinkable. Very addicting. But I have to rate the shipped version. Again, much better with the new bottles and express ship. Such a low rating for a beer that deserves much more. If it were sold they way they serve it in the Czech Republic it would be 5's across the board . Hey! At least we get it.

Good brew! (966 characters)

Photo of bigdowg
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - looks as good as a pilsner can I guess. Never seen a really impressive one, well from the bottle at least. Looks like it is low in carbonation. Could also retain its head a little better.

Smell - As of 2015ish Pilsner Urquell have seen the light and are now using brown bottles rather than green thus the beer seeing less light. The result of this is that I can't ever remember this beer smelling so good! Smells like it should, clean but sharp.

Taste - This really is the best tasting Pilsner I've had. Definitely my favourite in its style. There is just so much going on with this in comparison to the others and every time I try a new pilsner I follow it with Urquell and the others just seem boring. I love the sharp bite to this and hop profile.

Feel - the carbonation that is not evident in look makes a big appearance in the mouthfeel, exactly where it should be. Nice a wet how a pilsner should be.

Overall - I have read the bad reviews of this beer from a few years ago and I remember back then not liking this beer so much but the last two years there has been a big improvement that has been bolstered further recently with the new brown bottle. Try it again is all I can say. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very basic and straightforward. Not complex, but I don't mean that in a bad way in this case. This beer isn't trying to be complex.. It is what it is, which to me a good example, maybe even a "standard" for the style. Reminds me of something my grandfather in Greece would've drank. Active carbonation, hop presence in keeping with the style. Soft mouthfeel with a nice, lingering maltiness. Some skunkiness, especially in the aroma. Don't know if I would go out of my way to buy this again (I possibly would, if in the mood), but if it was offered, I would certainly not complain. This is another beer that I wish American macros tasted like. (646 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown bottles! Crisp, light, decently flavorful for a 4.4% beer and it has that lingering slight pilsner bitterness at the end. This will be my go to beer for the summer of 2015. (178 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Half finger light head with little retention and slight, but steady lacing ring. Light straw color, with some hints of red. Very clear. Smells floral and a little fruity, namely red apple and pear. Taste seems to match aroma profile well, with slight bitterness and spiciness accompanying. Bready, and slightly skunky. Light bodied and lower carbonation, but not watery. Overall, a good classic style, but seems to be lacking complexity. It is crisp and refreshing, though I always hate to use such ambiguous terms when describing a beer. Nothing super special, but a good change of pace from the usual hop bombs. Great for a summer day. (668 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Gold, meringue of white head, webs of lacing. Perfect, rich Pils aroma. Taste is clean, spicy, fragrant. Mouthfeel is crisp. This is a near perfect beer. After so many Pils it is easy to see that this is an original, an archetype. (230 characters)

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic. Please try if you have never had a Czech beer, great introduction into a great beer making country. Nice golden color, beautiful aroma. I first had it 16 years ago, I would say it used to be a bit better then, not quite as sharp as before but still a winner. Used to have more of that punch to it in the flavor. (322 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Btilliant light gopld under a 2” dense white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: rich malt, spicy, floral, very slight diacetyl, clean, no fruity esters
T: Rich pilsner malt, light grains, some spice from the hops, some pepper, a faint touch of sweetenss but mostly dry.
F: Light medium body, medium carbonation
O: A significant percentage of these used to be skunky – now that it is available in cans, that problem is solved. (449 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

decent Pilsner. Not the best I've had but not the worst. Biscuit malt with a little grass aroma, and not much of the pilsner skunk that I expect from something in a green bottle. (180 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
4.77/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Euro style pilsners/ lagers are my favorite style for this reason. It's what a beer should be to me. Would have been perfect all around if I had reviewed a fresh bottle and if it had a head when poured but still without a doubt my favorite style. (246 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting a long time to try this one. I put it off because I knew it would always be around. But now is the time. Appearance is a wonderful, transparent shade of gold. Foamy white head that doesn't last too long but is film-forming. One of the strongest bread aromas I've encountered in a beer. It's a bit crackery and a bit like walnuts as well. Hops are only faintly detectable, as to be expected. First thing you notice on the taste is bread/grain, but it's not as strong as it is on the nose. This partially subsides (but lingers on) and is quickly put into its place by the hops. Ever so briefly its citrus, then its rind, completed with strong, herbal, mouth-puckering bitterness. Slightly thin, but moderately smooth with middling carbonation. Crisp and astringent, that characteristic Czech Pils feel is aided by its palate's respectable bitter kick. (862 characters)

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
83 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.