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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,325
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 66
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Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. 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 kRaa
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden color with a medium head. Head disappears pretty quickly.

S - Sweet malty aroma combined with a smell of grass.

T - Taste of malt and grass. Slightly bitter taste.

M - Waterty mouthfeel with a lively carbonation.

D - An average beer, but compared to other pilsners it's probably a bit above average. Not bad at all, but on the other hand not that exciting.

Photo of KevinB
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled bottle into a Pilsner glass. Appearance was a sparkling gold with a foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Smell was faint and pleasant, hints of hops and grains. Taste was fresh, clean and crisp, somewhat sweet with a dry finish, no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light bodied, watery and crisp.
Drinkability is ok, it's a very light beer, not very filling nor very interesting.
Overall it's a good beer, nothing to get excited about and in it's price range and style there are better options to be had, having said that it's still a decent beer.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Less than impressive head sits atop a slightly darker than expected golden body, with lovely champagne bubbles rising to the top. Smell is crisp, with a notable presence of Saaz. As for the flavor, this is far from the most complex beer I've ever tasted, but more complex than I expected with a touch of smokiness in the malt, which is a brilliant compliment to the noble hop. Mouth is entertained, nay, delighted, and then it vanishes. I've seldom had a cleaner finishing beer, that left me wanting more more (yes, I meant to say more more) than this.

Photo of basica
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An unimpressionable lager; Paul tried it at Brauhaus after a truly memorable time with the
Budvar. I only had somewhat less than a mouthful but I do not think I would be drinking this
again therefore I am writing this review. The Pilsner Urquell smells like any pilsner and the
looks were pretty pilsner typical with slight carbonation and minimal head. It's taste was
tangy with an overly emphasized lager yeast taste. The mouth feel was alright except for
what I believe to be over carbonation. Just a very common lager except for maybe a stronger
and more tangy taste which I did not really appreciate; not just because I was an ale person.
Paul also said this one's a far far cry from the Budvar. I would put it alongside the Tiger
and Heineken. I would have really expected more from Czech; I read from somewhere that the
Pilsner Urquell used to be very good and the standard dropped along the way due to some
turn of events.

Photo of sleazo
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap Village pourhouse

A-Deep golden with a soapy foam head. Decent lacing in nice whisps down the side of the glass. What you would think a pilsener should look like but i would like a bigger head.

S-Medicinal with some noble Czech hops and a clean malt profile. The medicinal scent creates something a bit off.

T-Sweetness, almost corny at first followed by a very dry grassy hop finish. Slight buttery quality here. Not too complex by any means

M-Crisp with a refreshing carbonation that is tickling.

DGood on a hot summer day but pretty avergae for a Czech pilsener(I used to live there). This is definitely better overseas and i think it probably used to be a better overall beer before the take over. Not a terrible option but not fantastic either.

Photo of Patrick999
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the grocery store, and wanted a pilsner. This was the only one available, and didn't want to go to the liquor store for a Stoudt's Pils, so I picked this up. I've not had it before...interested to taste this "Original Pilsner."

I am using the appropriate sexy Pilsner glassware....it looks nice color-wise, but the head just didn't stick. Lots of bubbles, but no head replenishment. Absolutely no lacing. My glass is spotless, so I really don't think it's the glass.

Smell - I smell the earthy hops and a little bit of the aforementioned funk aroma that I also get in Stella Artois. No points deducted, though, because I actually kinda like a little of that moldy hay/sweaty sock smell.

Taste - Not bad, not bad. Not as bracingly lemon-minty as the Stoudt's Pils, and ultimately not as refreshing, but not a total loss by any means. I'm actually getting more of an earthy mineral hop taste more reminiscent of a scaled-down Fuggles IPA, though perhaps this is attributable to the local water.

Mouthfeel - This has plenty of carbonation, but still manages to be slightly watery. Pretty average.

Drinkability - The low ABV combined with the fact that this is a little watery makes this extremely drinkable almost by default. It's readily available, and should do the trick as an enjoyable session beer should obviously better options be lacking.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a straw-gold color (darker than I expected) and is very clear. Airy yet frothy white head is rather thick, but doesn't last all too long.

Smell: Light, sweet (almost fruity) malts, with grains and grasses beneath.

Taste: Grasses, grains, and malts, all fairly well balanced. The finish is pure skunk & hops, as is most of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, bland carbonation, and smooth.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise it's fine, but it gets tedious... especially with the skunk.

Taste-wise this would be a nice pilsner if it didn't have the skunk. Otherwise, it's quite decent yet unspectacular. One of the more popular and accessable Czech beers in the US, but there's others that are much better (and, in my experience, don't get skunked as often).

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

Pilsner Urquell definitely tastes a little sharper and hoppier in the Czech Republic than it does at home. However, the beer is golden, clear, no lacing, a head that dissipates quickly. The smell is sharp, lemony, a bit skunky, not all that enticing. The taste, well it is sharp when the beer is cold, but as it warms, the sweetness on the palate emerges, and you have warm lemony citrus tones. A nice blend of hops and malt, a refreshing beer, very clean. The carbonation is just right. You can't go wrong here. L'Chaim

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pilsner Urquell pours a deep gold (darker than a lager). The head was short and dissipated quickly. Also there was a lot of carbonation, which made it almost look like ginger ale.

There is a lack of smell, but the little I could pick up was sweet.

Pilsner Urquell taste is dry and bitter. There is a floral grassy taste after the initial bitterness.

The beer has a decent body, that gives a the tongue a good tingle.

Overall Pilsner Urquell is a great tasting beer, but like many of the European pils and lagers it looks your mouth thirsty for more. To me it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilsner Urquell

Served up on tap at Stevie Teezz go-go. Olden Ave. Trenton, N.J.

Appearance- Golden yellow/ orange with a decent frothy head.
Smell- Strong crisp malt with a grassy/ biscuity grain aroma.
Taste- Nice clean sweet malt with a grain/ dinner roll flavor. Light caramel like malt pokes through.
Mouthfeel- Flavorful and crisp throughout with a slight dryness in the end.

Overall- Jeezz I usually don't like pilsners but this was quite flavorful and tasty! The pilsner you judge all others too, I bet.

Photo of Cascadia
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is, to me, the quintesesntial pilsner. Crisp and clean, easy to drink with a nice hop profile, I like to keep a few of these around at all times in the warmer months. My wife will tell you this is my favorite "shower beer," on a hot day, after a good long run, there is nothing like takin' down an Urquell in the shower.

I read recently that this beer, and pilsners in general, became popular when Europeans began to switch from drinking out of clay and earthen mugs to glass because the color and clearness of beer became suddenly important. Something we all take for granted now, of course, but interesting to think about.

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

Pilsner Urquell produces about a finger thick brigh white head that dissipates quickly. The body is golden in color and is ultra clear.

This gives off aromas of freshly mown hay and lightly toasted breads.

This starts of with the toasted bread taste, but is quickly dominated by the bitter hops finish.

This feels very crisp and great with about any food I can think of except desert or something sweet.

Overall this was pretty good, but I like the Czech Budweiser (Budvar) better.

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great pilsner and one of the only good beers that has flavor and a large marketing campaign, go figure. There's a sour bready aroma and bitter light malt flavor that has a tinge of grainy sweetness. What would make this beer better is more hops flavor, the bitterness is good, but the flavor isn't quite there. Still a good drinking beer, I ordered a second.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall 16.9oz/500ml aluminum can to a pint glass; just started seeing these single cans in the market, distinctive because of the muted golden color and embossed labeling. Best before:09147.

A: Pure, clear golden with a moderate amount of small carbonation and some large bubbles oddly stuck to the bottom of the glass, like little fish eggs... Initially about 1-1/2-fingers of frothy white head, fading quickly to a thin cap, a few blotches of sticky lace.

S: Clean, light biscuity malt with grassy and herbal hoppiness.

T: Sourdough bread, sweet at first, then evolving to a drier, zesty hop finish. Hints of lemon, mown grass, and citrus tang.

M: Nicely fills the mouth, just a little coating bitterness down the center; light to medium body. Quite fresh and crisp. Carbonation is not as apparent as I'd imagined it would be.

D: Very easy to drink, an unbelievably light, fresh and well-balanced sessionable lager. I've had this beer before and failed to see alot of its merits, likely due to the skunking problems with the green bottles. Given the improved packaging and a more refined & less dismissive palette, this one is really impressing me. Definitely glad I gave it another try; will come back to this in the future.

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

The beer pours a dark gold, definitely a red cast to it. There is plenty of fast moving carbonation which quickly reduces the respectable head which falls with no lacing.

The smell is strong but floral hops are also accompanied by an unpleasant astringency with a little unbaked bread.

The beer initially tastes mostly of grain with a doughy sweetness. The finish brings out the hops. The taste is fairly balanced with a slightly bitter bite to balance the sweetness. The quality of the hops really make the beer, they're very subtle and match well with the rest.

The mouthfeel is light and mostly clean though the way the flavors linger makes me think it might be a bit sticky after a few.

The lightness and balance make it a fairly drinkable beer

Photo of bozebus17
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my mug out of a green bottle. Why green??? I dumped it out of the bottle with a quick pour but it created no head. Color is a sparkling clear straw.

Smell was dominated by that oh so typical green bottle skunk. I can't really get past it to detect anything else.

Taste is initially of slightly sweet malt. It is followed by a moderate yet pleasant hop bitterness.

This beer has a watery mouthfeel. I don't think this is a bad thing for the style. Carbonation is strong and it leaves a nice tingling on the tongue that leaves my mouth feeling clean. This is an extremely drinkable pilsner.

Overall this beer is okay. I think if it were in a brown bottle or a can it would be much better. This brew is crisp and refreshing. I wouldn't mind having it at a BBQ or a baseball game on a July afternoon.

Photo of maddogruss
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug. It poured a dark gold body, but no head was present and there was minimal lacing. The smell was malty adn sweet, something I did not really expect and kind had me wondering what my taste buds were about to encounter. The taste of the beer was pretty good but nothing to impressive. Pretty solid malts, but there was a sweet after taste - more like sugar than like honey, which is what I usually associate with Czech Pilsners - that did not really ring true for me. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, even for a pilsner. Can you drink this stuff? Definitely and you can drink a lot of it too. The low ABV, the thin mouthfeel and the sweet aftertaste make it overall, easy to drink. Reminds me more of something I'd be drinking during the summer than all year round since it was so light.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500ml tall can. Pretty cool looking can too, all gold and stuff.

A- nice dark golden color. Two finger thick head settles down after a minute or two leaving nice lace. Lots of big bubbles.

S- very fresh, spicy/floral hops, fresh baked bread, aromas of pine trees, very nice.

T- very good. Floral grassy hops, hints of caramel, mineral water, bread, pilsner malt, hints of melted butter, slightly sweet aftertaste.

M- very smooth and light bodied, good carbonation.

D- very tasty and easy to drink.

Overall this will always be one of my favorite pilsners. Lots of flavor and excellent drinkability make Pilsner Urquell an excellent choice anytime of the year

Photo of Damian
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Sibling Rivalry, Boston, MA

Poured a light amber with a fizzy, bright white, one-finger head that quickly disappeared. No residual film or lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was mild initially. As the beer warmed, sweet, biscuity malts came through along with a touch of grain and some noticeable skunkiness.

The taste was quite bland and bitter from start to finish. Subtle toasted malts and a bit of creaminess appeared up front before the bitterness took over. I am assuming that the bitterness came from the hops, however there was no discernible hop flavor present. The bitterness crescendoed into the bone dry, long-lasting finish.

Mouthfeel was very grainy and heavily effervescent, yet light and fluffy on the palate.

Overall, I found this beer to be severely lacking in both malt and hop flavors. Furthermore, its overwhelming bitterness was at times difficult to handle.

Photo of kdoc8
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR. It was actually a presentation night on Czech Pilsners, and Pilsner Urquell was featured because it is the highest rated pilsner by the BTI right now, with a rating of 93. I was excited to try it and surprised it was rated much lower than I thought it would be on BA.

A few fun facts from Czech Pilsner night:
- Pilsner Urquell is currently rated the best lager in the world by BTI
- beer consumption in the CR is highest in the world
- Ireland is not even close
- In 1842 the first yeast strain used to make Pilsner Urquell was isolated and they've been cloning from that original strain ever since
- Pilsner Urquell was the first light beer
- water quality in the town of Plzen where the brewery is located is key to the Pilsner Urquell recipe because of its softness
- Patton liberated Plzen before Prague in WWII; the men who liberated Plzen came back for a reunion at the brewery and it was the biggest party the place ever had
- The Plzen brewery is now owned by the South African Brewery (SAB) which is the second largest beer-maker in the world
- Urquell means "original source" in Czech

Some health facts:
- the demographic that drinks 1-2 beers a day is healthier than both the non-drinkers and alcoholics
- beer has folic acid and B vitamins
- beer makes breasts grow

Ok - so after all the hype, I'm ready to try the beer. It's served with very little head and in a pint glass. The color is golden/red and it has some effervesence. I don't detect much of a smell at all. There's a little lacing on the glass. Now for the taste - yeasty and not really complex. It's got more flavor than some more common pilsners, but I'm not that excited about it. Maybe some weak fruits are roaming around there, but it's mostly the taste of yeast. Very refreshing though.

Photo of BeerZack
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with nice rocky foam that settles quickly.
Smells great and spicy, little grassy and slight maltiness.

Flavor is brilliantly balanced. Soft malt flavor thats just barely shoved away by the spicy hop finish.

Nice and easy on the tongue and, of course, I could drink this pilsner all day long. Good Pilz thats available everywhere (because its distributed by Miller).

Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of Pilseners, but I'd heard to much about this one that I figured I'd give it a shot. Pours a light yellow/golden, nice head, pretty nice looking. Nose is solid, surprisinginly strong, hops and sweet malt come through. Taste is smooth, nice balance of hops and malt (especially for a pilsener), some spices as well. Feel is medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall, a every tasty and extremely refreshing beer. If I were feeling like a lager (which occasionally I am), I'd definitely come back to this one.

Photo of kgotcher
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have drunk this in a bottle for years. Found it in a tall boy can so had to give it a go.

Pours a very nicely carbonated and crystal clear golden color with a typical pilsner head.

Aroma has that distinctive saaz hop bite and a bready malt smell. Mouthfeel is smooth with refreshing carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Taste is clean and matly with a light hop bitterness on the end. I did not notice particulary any different from bottled or canned version of this beer, although it depends on the bottle. If you get the 12 pack in the box you have a good chance of avoiding a skunked beer, 6 packs or big bottles are more risky due to the green glass exposing the beer to light. Once in a while I get a skunky one.

The cans are pretty good.

Photo of kajerm
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours clear and golden with a two finger head of fine bubbles.

The aroma is dominated by herbal Saaz hops; this is a real Pilsener. The flavor is very light, with a little bit of malt flavor and hop bitterness on the finish. This is one of my first Czech pilseners, and probably the hoppiest lager I've encountered.

The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated; hugely drinkable.

I'm not a big fan of the style, but this is the quintessential example and I don't imagine you could do much better than this. I'd be interested to try it on tap, since those green glass bottles might be making for a lot of lightstruck beer.

Photo of janubio
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is THE pilsner beer. No other, or almost no other beer should be called that. Great deep golden colour, with orange reflection when you put it to the light. Nice head with lot of bubbles, though it fades quickly, but leaving a great lace. Hoppy aroma of herbs, and hay, with a delicate spicy touch and even some fruity hints. In mouth is round, perfectly clean, bitter, probably the most bitter pilsner I've ever had, but with a delicate and silky flavor and smoked notes. Malt is more noticed than in the smell. Dry finish, very refreshing and appetizer. Perfect.

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