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Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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2,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,808
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 189 | 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 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
Photo of Kwak
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It had a spicy aroma along with the a really nice size head. the body was clear and well carbonated, the bubbles exploded when they hit the air.

Taste was of barley malt and bitter hops blending softly together. The bottle version was a little sweeter, almost sour and verry bitter!

I dont Know if it was old, lightnigstruck, skunked, or that what the bottle version taste like!!

Kwak, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of jlervine
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was cruising the local grocery store for a decent beer to go with dinner, and I noticed one case of Pilsner Urqeull hiding underneath a shelf. Since I haven't had a good pilsner in a while, I winced at the $14.99 cost and brought it home.

Poured a perfectly clean golden color with only a small representation of a white head. Effervesence never stops, and bubble continue to stream upwards through the glass. The smell is sweet wonderful Saaz (quite possibly my favorite noble hop) balanced by pale malt. I occasionally caught a whiff of green apples. The taste is crisp and clean with a nice hoppy bite, lightly malty in the middle, and pleasantly dry hop finish. Very balanced, and exceptionally tasty, I look forward to having several of these tonight!

jlervine, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peppery from the Saaz with a balanced malt sweetness. The bite is pleasant, gradual, and quick to leave. Much more body than I expected from a pilsner. The finish is rather metallic, raw and grainy, lightly citric, sweet. Pale, but with some character -- good head retention and lacing -- this is easily better than any domestic pilsner. Hop extract or not, the Saaz is well-defined and expertly proportioned.

Remember, beer is almost completely water and the water used here is significantly softer and itself more flavorful than most water in the world. Above all, this gives it a distinct character and, as unfortunate as it is that the brewery has resorted to business over brewing (I thought it odd that this beer was available in almost every convenience store I went into), it can't use any other water and will, therefore, never lose its prodigy.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another reviewer expressed his shock and delight at finding this beer on his local store shelf. I feel the same way about finding this at a 7-Eleven in the Loop amid the malt liquor 40's and Foster's oil cans (credit an advertising push that's reached beyond beer magazines to transit shelters). I first tried this from a 22 oz bottle on the train home, late at night, suffering from a cold. It made a really good impression. Nice little head formed in the bottle, and a really sharp Saaz hop bite I would never have expected in a pale lager. Really helped ease my suffering. Since then, I've found fresh American pilseners I liked even better, which don't have to travel in green bottles.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Dubblebock
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm always amazed whenever I go to my local small-town supermarket and find this beer getting shelf space. My local market only carries about 15-20 brands of beer, macros included, but it's a lucky stroke for me that the buyer is knowledgeable enough to give this fine beer it's props, even in the Texas boonies.

This beer bills itself as the daddy of all pilsners, and the research says that it's pretty much a true statement. Although I'm not impressed with their website, it does provide some rudimentary historical background on how the beer was developed.

The beer itself is wonderful. It indeed has all of the traditional characteristics that define a great pilsner beer. It pours crisp and clean, leaving a wealth of head that sticks to the glass all the way down. It has a good, hoppy aroma with no trace of bitterness. It has a fresh taste, smooth and relaxed. Like most pilsners, it doesn't have a ton of mouthpresence, but that's entirely consistent with the style. It finishes well, although a bit dry for my tastes. This particular bottle left with me with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but I don't know how long this sixpack was on the shelf, so I might chalk that up to age.

I'm not sold that this is the greatest pilsner on Earth, but it is one helluva good beer. It's one of the classic beers for it's type, and I recommend that you grab one if you haven't tried it before. Lay a couple of these down with some marinated chicken or some nice pork chops. Your guests will thank you.

Dubblebock, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grassy and sweet. Hoppy and malty. Nice floral hop flavor, good balance, only slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Taste is smooth and full bodied. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Seumas
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know it ain't what it was, but it's still pretty damn fine.

This is the only lager I drink on a semi-regular basis and still my favorite standard lager. (I do prefer rauchbier, but that's scarcely standard lager.)

The rich, oily mouthfeel has faded a bit (no more pitched lined vats, more's the pity), but you still get that slightly skunky whack of Zatec.

As well, the canned version seems to have stood up to the changes better than the bottled. While the can has always been safer than those damned green glass bottles, these days it seems to retain more of the hop flavour than even unsedimented glass.

Seumas, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of UncleAl
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick, frothy head that stays with the glass the whole way down. Very strong, distinct hop smell - almost earthy and grasslike in aroma. Excellent color and clarity, with good and consistent carbonation.

Strong, flowery aftertaste with a pleasent mouthfeel and good, strong bite. You'll either love this beer or hate it. I fall into the former camp on this one.

UncleAl, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a can of this at an embassy reception on 9/8/03. I was very pleasantly surprised by the taste, so made some mental notes to review it. Pilsner Urquell is an old friend, but it is skunky more often than any other beer I've consumed repeatedly. This can was not skunked, and showed why this beer gave birth to one of the most popular beer styles in the world.

Beautiful clear golden straw color under a substantial firm white head that lingers long and leaves outstanding sheets of lace down the glass. The nose is flowery hops, a bit on the mild side, but very pleasant. The mouth is very prickly and quite light, almost watery. The taste is clean and crisp, with lots of flowery sweet and bitter hops tamed only by a smidgeon of malt. The finish is bitter, with a lingering aftertaste that makes your tastebuds scream "Thank you, sir! May I have another!"

Globetrotter, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored with a frothy finger of head and a clean, classic Pilsner smell. As the brew disappeared from the glass into my mouth, it left a nice lattice of lace on the sides of the glass. Urquell has a nice, light mouthfeel and a mellow, even flavor with a nice bitterness in the finish. This beer is uncomplex but good and refreshing.

RockyTopHeel, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of grynder33
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darker golden color, with a quick disappearing head. Aroma was moderarately hoppySoft but full and very satisfying first taste, with a crisp tingly mouthfeel. Pleasant lingering aftertaste, much bolder than its American counterparts. A definite step up from Miller and Bud and available everywhere.

grynder33, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle

Pours out sparkling gold with little head. Lots of carbonation. Looks great.

Smells of hops and not much else. No malt smell save a bit a fresh hay smell.

Bitter taste of hops. Dry. Hops overpower any malt taste completely. Light to medium body. Good taste but I like a bit of malt taste to my pilsner. Taste is nice but it all comes from the hops. Little aftertaste. A good pilsner but not as good as I remember it from a few years back.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at the local pub. Pours a golden, almost amber color. It has a moderate head that dies off quickly but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The color threw me off a bit because I was expecting the normal clear yellow for the pilsner. The aroma is malty and grainy. The flavor is a little spicy with the malts being the prevalent taste. There is a little bit of a wheat taste and also some fruits in the back, but not too strong. Finishes bitter. Pretty decent beer.

clvand0, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a light golden color with one finger of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty and a little grassy, not too strong. The taste starts malty, becomes a tad bit grassy, then has a nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel is just alright for a pilsener. The drinkability is nice at 4.4%. A nice drinkable pilsener.

SheepNutz, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This classic Czech pilsner beer, pours a nice, clear golden colour with a white fluffy head. The aromas first hint at a skunked bottle, but when I let it sit for a few minutes the real aromas of fresh, floral hops, and light background malts came through. The taste of this beer is classic. It is a lightly hopped pilsner that is very clean and easy to drink, especially on a hot summers day. The mouthfeel is thin, but that is to be expected within this style of beer. The drinkability is excellent!


francisweizen, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color with a nice wellretained head (looks great in a pilsner glass), high carbonation.Aroma in light and a little iron-like with some sofy bread notes.Some rather sharp hop notes in the finish of this beer it starts out a little malty sweet,a very crip and easy drinking beer.Real nice on tap as well.

oberon, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of TerryW
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I guess it's fair to say most of the good things they say about this beer are true. Not bad for a macro brewery piece of work, but not the Golden Elixir that some folks would have it be.

Looks good in the glass, bright gold in colour, quite clear and pours up a decent off-white head. Leaves early lace.

Smells hoppy and flowery. Quite bitter, of course, with a little touch of malt if you look for it. But hops is what it's all about.

TerryW, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color, decent white head. Smells fresh. Some hops, grains, a little of that green beer skunk. Taste is clean, crisp, with definite hop notes and grain notes, not complex but noticeable. Some metal skunk flavors as well. Better than the average Macro, but not great. I'd like to try the original.

chaduvel, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle with no "bottled on" or "best before" date; purchased as part of a ten beer sampler pack from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington ($12.99).

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden orange; fine, 1", snow-white head; light to moderate lacing; not much head retention.

Aroma: Predominantly of grassy, floral hops; mild, grainy, malt undercurrent.

Taste: Gentle malt-sweetness upfront; moderate floral, grassy type hop-bitterness in the finish; faint notes of grain and rye throughout. Medium bodied; smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: Adequate to decent Bohemian pilsener and nothing more.

Mustard, Aug 21, 2003
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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