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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 57
Gots: 245 | 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 dfried
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite pilsner. I really don't even know what else to say about it. This is how a pilsner is supposed to be, very drinkable but with a decent body and flavor. It has a nice sharp hop flavor, but pleasant sweetness persists for a while after the drink. I would order this at just about any bar, it is a good standard to fall back on when everything else is domestic crap.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a crystal clear rich golden color, begins with a head of white foam. Head recedes quickly, minimal lace.

The smell is a pungent mix of skunky sulphur, sweet malts and raw graininess.

Taste is much as it smells with a semi-dry finish and a lingering aftertaste.

Medium-light body. Carbonation is active enough to electrify the tongue.

This one does sort of grow on you after a while.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden-amber. Pillowy, two-finger white head.

Smell: Juicy, spicy hops with a backbone of creamy malt goodness. Crisp.

Taste: Smooth, almost creamy malt. A little on the dry side, with a lightly toasted character. Hopping is fairly assertive, but narrow in scope; it provides a spicy bite, but not an expansive herbal flavor. Very purposeful. The hops remain detectable all the way through the finish, and a touch of buttery diacetyl smooths it out towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with a sturdy malt backdone appropriate for the style.

Verdict: A prototype pilsner. I've had better ones, but this is a textbook example of the style. It represents it well.

Photo of nickss
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle a light golden haze. Light, 1/4" head, yet the consistency of the head is surprisingly thick, and not as active as I would have thought.

The aroma contains a fair bit of malt in it, but whatever other aromas there may have been are overwhelmed by skunkiness. I wonder, is it the light green bottle?.. I'm sure that can't help. Regardless, this brew is not what it used to be.

The flavour contains some malt, surprisingly little in the way of hops. Reminds me of Grolsch, which is certainly not a good thing.

The mouthfeel is about the only thing this beer does right. Crisp, yet creamy... nice.

While this brew is moderately refreshing, lending points to its drinkability, its skunkiness is so overwhelming that it puts me off. This is certainly nothing compared to Victory's Prima.

Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A little darker than i expected, pours golden rather than straw. minimal lacing.

S - Nose is of malt, with that clean lagery scent

T - Well balanced taste. everything is there in good proportion - a little sweetness towards the beginning that goes away rapidly, followed by malt and a hops bitterness to finish. Good representative of the the style.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty light, less carbonation than expected, but maybe that's letting the malt come out more.

D - Very drinkable, especially with spicy food. A solid pilsener.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A moderately sexy beer, this one is a clear, sunflowery yellow with speedy bubbles that convene to form a meringuey white head.

Smell: Sweet, nutty malts and kind of grassy hops. Some bready yeast rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Underwhelming but not bad. Fairly bland, but with a mildly bitter, leafy hop character that makes this a little more interesting than most of the other "pilseners" out there. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean! I could ask for a little bit more effervesence considering the light body, but this is fairly refreshing as is.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, and it's pretty good for the price. I'd say, serve this one at a party... those Saaz hops might raise some eyebrows without offending anybody. Pair with relatively sharp cheeses (cheddar, smoked gouda, bleu, asiago).

Photo of PeatReek
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden body with a tall chunky white head. Head is rocky and dissolves to a 1/4" lid pretty quickly.

Aroma: slight sulphur tinge, crisp barley aroma. Smells cool and dry.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crispest body ever! There is just no sweetness here at all. The malt rumbles on your tongue briefly and falls off to a completely clean finish. The thick, savory/flowery taste of Saaz hops follows prominently but it's not overwhelming. Plenty of carbonation to keep the dry golden malt flavor lively. Delicious!

Drinkability: Frankly Urquell is nearly my favorite session beer (second only to a nice session bitter), but the bright crispness is just perfect. I'd have several in a row and have on many occasions.

Photo of sevineyes
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle. The label features an illustration of a wax seal and a crest on the neck.

A: Wet straw. Poured with a frothy white head that seems to die fairly quick. Leaves some lacing.

S: Hard to pin down the faint aroma. Seems to be somewhere in the ballpark of cut grass and lemon pepper.

T: Spicy and complimentary to the nose. There's a sweet wateriness that runs down the middle of my tongue. At the same time an orange rind and pepperiness builds in the back of my mouth while a moderate floral sour hits the sides of my tongue. Some kind of spiced fruits. Maybe something like mace in there too?

M: A lot richer and creamier than I was expecting. Ends very dry and a little puckering.

D: Nothing wrong there. Could go with these all night.

Overall: A clean beer, but not without some interesting flavors to take you around. Finishes with a very pleasant lingering bitterness.

Photo of scottoale
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And out of the big (1Pt.,6.3 fl.oz.) green bomber pours a perfectly GOLD colored Pils with a good two-finger, lofty white head. The head sticks around for a while leaving a nice lace behind. I don't remember seeing the original Pils in this size bottle before...?

Smells a bit skunky at first, just the good old light malt, to light hop balance, yielding a fairly low in alcohol barley beverage that's easy to drink.

Tastes just as it always did...like the original Pilsner that it is...what can I say? Hmmm, tastes pretty good. Light in body, good carbonation makes for a refreshing mouthfeel, with a dry, slight hop bitter finish.

Easy drinkin' beer, nuthin' fancy here.

Photo of hanco005
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6.3 fl oz bottle marked 09285 06:14 poured into a pilsner glass…twice.

A—golden yellow, slight haze, 1 inch fizzy head, down to nothing in a hurry , moderate lacing remains

S—strong wheat and hops, a little skunky, but I don’t think the best is…I think it is just the way it smells

T—tangy and a little sour, dry, wheat, mildly bitter

M—light bodied, medium carbonation

D—not bad…but not great either. The smell is the worst part. I’d have another, though.

Photo of JMD71
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured, this had a nice, smallish head with a slightly fruity, malty aroma. It had a nice crisp mouthfeel, smooth malty flavor with a slightly hoppy finish. I found this to be very easy drinking & thirst quenching for a warm day or after long day's work.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head to this light-colored beer and it had kind of a hoppy wheat smell. At first, it had a slightly skunked taste...but the more I drank, it went down smoother, with a sweet aftertaste. Overall it was very drinkable. You could definitely down these pretty quickly..the hoppy smell is misleading as it is a very light, smooth brew.

Photo of zjungleist
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear yellow in color with an average white head. The smell is simple, barley malts and hops. Taste is pretty much the same, with sweet light malts and nice bitter hops. Despite the fact this beer is decently bitter and fairly crisp, I always feel like there is a sticky mouthfeel and sweet aftertaste. I always think of this beer as being well rounded and slighly above average, but nothing special.

Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An effervescent and deep golden hue in my pilsener glass. Well retained quarter inch head. Smell is of slighty sweet barley and spicy-grassy hops. Taste is of soft barley qualities , some lemongrass , and a pleasantly bitter saaz hop finish. Mouthfeel is soft yet bubbly. This Og pilsner , Plzensky Prazdroj is utterly pils. A great beer : refreshing and satisfying. Will definatly be getting more of these golden gifts.

Photo of funkengruven
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like pretty well any other pilsner, yellow with some lacing. Smell is of fresh barley, quite nice. Taste is of barley malt and very strong hops. This is a pretty bitter brew. it takes some getting used to. Not a bad beer, but a little more bitter than i was expecting.

Photo of jdm
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a benchmark pilsner. billowy, white two finger head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. it has a medium yellow color and is very effervescent. urquell smells a touch grainy and grassy. it tastes spicy, bitter, and sweet. this is one of the most drinkable beers around.

Photo of jayc333
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a finger of bubbly white head. Many tiny bubbles rise to the top, but the head still dissipates a bit too fast.

Smells of grassy hops, and sweet malts.

Metallic taste, but if you look past that, you can find the characteristics from the smell. Also, it is very dry.

Watery feel on the palate, and a bit over-carbonated.

Sorry, it's just not for me. I find it a little over-rated.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6.3 fl oz bottle. Pours out a clear, golden color with a medium sized head. The aroma is slightly malty with spicy hops. Flavor starts out malty and sweet. There is some apple fruitiness in the middle. Finishes with a long lasting hoppiness. The hops are bitter and spicy. Medium mouthfeel with a higher than average carbonation. Good drinkability. A large bottle of this stuff is gone in no time. Good stuff.

Photo of hylton44
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original! And one I like better with every bottle. P.U. is a rich, dark yellow color with a medium head. It has a sharp, citrusy nose, promising (and ultimately delivering) a satisfying blend of sour lemon and strong hoppy bitterness.

I like how the first taste sensation I have is sharp, sweet, and clean; but how this "solid block" of tangy bitterness pushes across the back of my tongue, almost like a fine, super-sharp, aged cheese. But far more clean, of course. A great thirst-quencher, but with enough character and bitterness to keep you from tossing too many down in a hurry.

Photo of palffyfan
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Rich golden hue, no head at all, with a great deal of carbonation.

Smell - Nothing special, smelled like Bud.

Taste - Lots of hop bitterness with a mild hop aftertaste. Kind of burns the tongue a little bit and the bitterness remains upto 30 seconds after sips.

Drinkability - If you're a fan of bitter beers, this drink is for you. Just a clean, crisp, bitter taste.

Photo of danielharper
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

A nearly perfect appearance for a pilsener, with a completely transparent orange-yellow body with a thick white head. Thick streams of carbonation continually rise to the top from the bottom of the pilsener glass.

Aroma's always difficult for me to judge on a pilsener. Should I rate it a 1, for smelling really skunky and nasty, with a touch of that grassy aroma that makes pilseners so distinctive? Or should I rate it fairly highly, for being well-done to-style, and for having the courage of its convictions. I'll split the difference.

Very dry, grassy flavor with some sweetness far below. I don't much care for pilseners, but this is pretty note-perfect for the style, again, so I'll give it a good rating.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, coating the mouth nicely and leaving a sweet aftertaste on the palate. Good.

I don't find these very drinkable, for I would never want more than one. But for a Czech Pilsener, this is pretty great. If you like beers of this style, go for it.

Photo of wcudwight
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle claims this to be the first golden beer.
Pours a very attractive deep golden color. Thin fizzy head with poor retention and no lace. Smells of bread, sweet malts, bananna, and a faint hoppy smell. Not good IPA type hops though.
The taste is bready and sweet. Has a harsh buttery finish. Crisp in the mouth but a bit thin and watery. This would be a fairly drinkable beer if it wasn't for the harsh buttery aftertaste.
This is a beer I would drink if they were not any better offerings. Better than a typical BMC, but that's about it.

Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally I have come around to tasting the original pilsner, in a bar in the middle of the Gothic Town in Barcelona.

I hadn´t too many expectations because I´m no big fan of pilsners, which enhanced my satisfaction because I was pleasantly surprised.

not much to say about the pour, well, it just looks like a freakin lager. the smell was fairly metallic, sharp, much expected for a pilsner. yet still nothing suggesting an above-average type.

the taste was very pleasant. a metallic flavour becomes the border between a mild sweetness and a subtle bitterness. this with a fuller-than-expected body, making it ever more surprising at both taste and mouthfeel.

This is quite a positive session, pilsner, lager. this I will have again (already did a few times).

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a magnificent clear golden color with lively carbonation. Somewhat dense one and a half finger head shows passable retention, and weak, spotty lacing. Saaz hop totally dominates the aroma, overshadowing a distinct pilsener malt scent. Sweet malt is abruptly overwhelmed by a sharp hop bite. Find this on draught and you will easily disern the saaz hop flavor from the light-struck green bottle skunk. Obviously light bodied and highly carbonated, this exceedingly hoppy brew is quite crisp and refreshing, but the malt character is difficult to pick up, and perhaps a bit unbalanced. Aftertaste and finish are strong with acidic bite and bitterness, but remains very drinkable and truley satisfying when you're in the mood for a real pilsener.

Photo of shbobdb
4.93/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man, I'd forgotten about this gem. That's not true, who could forget the world's first pilsner? Man, this is one good beer. Sure, it has that run-of-the-mill burnt penny colour than any Pilsner worth its salt has, but the taste. Yummy. It's really pretty freakin' amazing. It has the traditional hop/sulfur aroma with an amazing malty flavour. Definately a product of decoction mashing. Wow, this is a BEER. We need more beers like this one. Yeah.

Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
81 out of 100 based on 2,947 ratings.