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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,777 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 49
Gots: 178 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000)
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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.

claytri, Jan 17, 2004
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.

proc, Jan 17, 2004
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.

Zorro, Jan 13, 2004
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.

waughbrew, Jan 11, 2004
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.

woemad, Jan 10, 2004
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

surfmeister, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
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!

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 02, 2004
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.

avylover, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of JustinBathurst
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.

JustinBathurst, Dec 23, 2003
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.

mschofield, Dec 18, 2003
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.

cheers,

s.d.

dedalus, Dec 15, 2003
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.

merlin48, Dec 14, 2003
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

cbill, Dec 08, 2003
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.

masterbruewer, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Hobbz
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.

Hobbz, Dec 07, 2003
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.

TastyTaste, Dec 05, 2003
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.

Redrover, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of GreenWBush
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As much as BA's resent mention of skunky beers, I will say that I only purchase this beer in 12-packs, because I have had some bad, bad experiences.

Upon cracking this baby open, my nose is overwhelmed with aromatic hops. The beer pours a nice golden/amber color with a head that pops up and disappears almost immediately. A nice lace-trail follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

This is one of those beers that is truly nothing special, but that is why I cherish it. It is just a fine brew. The taste is a nice refreshing pilsner, with a miniscule (but quite noticable) hop presence. I get no malty taste whatsoever.

Again, this beer is nothing to go out of your way for, but it might just be a perfection of the style. I prefer this to Chechvar, and it makes Radegast taste like robot-fuel.

A great beer for a hot day, or when there is nothing else available. I just wish that people would realize that this is a pilsner, and Miller Lite is only a 5th-rate knock-off. I can't believe that people think this beer's taste is objectionable, it tastes like slightly hoppy water to me.

GreenWBush, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell is still one of the classic beers to come out of Europe. The watered down American macro-style beer can probably be deemed as a rip-off of this, the first golden colored beer. While this beer most likely won't hold up well against strong ales and the like, it probably is one of the more flavorful lagers around.

Pilsner Urquell pours a light gold color with a 1 finger foam head that lasts for only around 35 seconds. The smell is kind of light, but it has a clean, slightly hoppy character to it. Some hints of citrus and herbs in the nose. The mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated, and it feels very clean on the palette. As for the flavor, I was lucky to pick up a fresh six-pack, as I couldn't detect any signs of skunkiness (which would have ruined the beer for me). The flavor is quite light on the malt, and the hops seem to be the true focus here. As this was my first time sampling a Pilsner Urquell, it was noticably more bitter than the pale American imitations that I've been used to. The hops lend some citric/minty/herbal/medicinal flavors to the brew. It finishes out dry, and the dryness will linger well after the beer is finished with. This beer ends with a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

Certainly nowhere near the complexity of an ale, but for a lager it isn't too disapointing. I chose this beer as my Thanksgiving beer, and it made for a pretty good selection for the day's festivities. This would probably be better on tap in its homeland, but until I get the opportunity to travel abroad, I'll just have to hunt down some well-stored bottles of this.

Beastdog75, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of koolk
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean golden colour with a small head and low carbonation. No lacing.

Aromas is very simple, yet enjoyable. Saaz hops and some malt is about it. Nice and balanced.

Palate starts with a caramel maltiness that is followed by slight bitterness and some drying of the palate. Again, no complexity, but still enjoyable.

In terms of mass produced imports I like this beer alot more than plenty of the other stuff on offer. Basic, but nice.

koolk, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Charthepirate
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living in the Czech republic for 3 months I've tasted lots of this ohh so common czech beer. Its certainly a gorgeous beer to look at with a creamy head that leaves a well defined lacing.

Even fresh from the keg there is some skunk to it, could have been a bad keg on my most recent tasting. The bottle is worse though. It's more noticiable in the smell thankfully. After the skunk the smell is mostly hops.

The taste of hops is the strongest element of this beer. It's saaz hops, but not as spicy as some of the other czech pils. Theres some maltiness under the surface, which gives the hoppy bite a nice balance. Small notes of sulfer actually work into the flavor.

The aftertaste kills this beer for me though. The lingering taste of the hops feels extremely tinny in my mouth leaving me to wonder what kind of processing it goes through.

Then I take another sip, and it's all good till I swallow.

Lots of carbonation and a good mouthfeel. Unfortuantely aftertaste kills this beer. There are much better pils out there, even if this was the first.

Charthepirate, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"In its usual state in the US: This beer pours with an immediate aroma of skunk. A deep golden clear color, that is topped by a white head. The taste is not as skunked as the aroma. There is a maltiness to this beer. It finishes with a slight bitterness, and seems a bit thin in the body. The Saaz flavor is fairly muted at this point.

When fresh: This beer is quite nice, a nice solid maltyness that helps to express the Saaz hops. I love a good fresh pils when done correctly. Seems to have lost a bit of fullness and complexity over the years but it is still quite good when fresh.

Overall this rates fairly average b/c of the preponderance of storing this in green bottles."

Gueuzedude, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of diablo14
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

when it comes to pilseners, they rarely come better than this little beauty! from the moment you crack the top off one, you know youre going to be in beer drinking paradise.

the color is a deep golden hue heading towards an orangy amber, and a voluminous head of white beady foam. spectacular saaz hops aromas that never let up, with a sweetish smell combined with the scent of grass clippings and/or straw. quite full bodied for a pilsener, it has a lovely crispness and a firm malt backbone with more straw like notes, sweet lemon aspect present also. the finish is a classic. dry but flavorsome saaz hops bring everything to a stunning climax on the back palate. it just begs you to drink it again and again. wonderful aftertaste that finds everything as it should be. not complex as such, but rarely has saaz been used so perfectly and enjoyably.

you can just keep knocking these back till the cows come home, and never does it lose any of its character. and chilling it does not restrain it in any way. there are few better beers you can drink in the sun, anywhere from a mild to boiling hot day, than pilsener urquell. funny it never really gets that hot over there!

diablo14, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of joecast
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

the bottle i had was six weeks past the "best before" date, so im not sure if that affected this beer.
the color was a dark shade of gold.
what im not sure about is the flavor/aroma. it wasnt real bad but wsa stonger than i expected. the roasted/malt/caramell flavor and aroma just didnt seem right. maybe im wrong but i expected more of a subdued beer from a pilsner.

joecast, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ive heard that many consider this the standard for the style, so while I had had it on numerous occassions in the States I was eager to try this beer in its native habitat.

Color was slightly lighter than other Bohemian Pilsners I have had, but still exhibited a luminous golden color with bright white head. The head is short-lived and all that remains after 5 or so minutes is a light and delicate lace down the side of the glass. Its taste reminded me much more of a German Pilsner. Its herb like tastes were not as pungent as a German Pils but were noted all the same. This brew has a heavier hop profile as well. I, for one, welcomed this characteristic (God oh how I miss IPAs), it broke the monotony of lightly hopped brews. By no means is this a hoppy brew, just more so than most varities of beer in Europe (including Pilsners). Its mouthfeel seemed a little watery and as the brew does not finish as clearly as other Pils (like Budvar and a few more I cant spell well enough to write) drinkability is not its strongest aspect. All the same one could quaff several of these with little problem, its just that there are more drinkable brews out there. Many would probably beg to differ with me, but that was simply my two cents.

All in all a solid beer and worth a try.

allboutbierge, Nov 02, 2003
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.