Pilsner Urquell - Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Reviews: 1,351
Hads: 3,262
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 72
Gots: 443 | FT: 0
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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 Joe_Howard
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, gold color with a big frothy head. Not too much hops in the aroma, its mostly biscuity malt. The flavor reflects the smell as well. Has a biscuity flavor, with earthy tones, and the hops are present, but not too noticeable. The mouth feel is very light, almost water like. Overall very crisp and refreshing. (331 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow body. Smells bready and has a lagery smell. Taste is like bready malts, cheap beer, and a hint of some spicy hops. Body is just okay. Overall a good benchmark for the style. (197 characters)

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

FINALLY Pilsner Urquell comes in brown glass bottles. That along with constant refrigerated packaging...so as to make it from the old country safe & sound...

Lovely look, although the head fades too quickly--albeit with a nice lace on the glass. Delicious aroma of clean, Saaz hops. Totally balanced solid feel going down, one gets from the real thing on tap in Prague. Great beer now--even in the bottled version. (419 characters)

Photo of MattyDTD
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best pilsner beer i have tried. Very hoppy which i really love adds a superb bitterness and really makes your moutj come alive. Not very fruity but packed with the flavours of the malts they use. (199 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
2.14/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

You get a lot of dry apple on the nose, with the malt and hay smell. It almost combines in to a sort of citrus / tomato hybrid. Not very appealing, at least to me. Crisp feel, but not much flavor outside old apple and malt. It may have once been an originator, but it certainly has been surpassed by many other pilsners. (324 characters)

Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack of this in the brown bottles. Pours a golden color with a frothy head. Smells of grain with a hops overtone. A very tasty pilsner with biscuity malt backed up by a noticeable hoppiness. No adjunct flavors coming into play. A solid pilsner, probably the best I've had, leaves me wanting another. This is a really pleasant change from the hop bombs I usually drink and at 4.4% it's pretty sessionable - much better than the so called session brews that everyone seems to be brewing these days. Definitely worth a try. (532 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling gold with white foamy head and much carbonation.
S- Biscuit smell is awesome. Hops come through as well.
T- way better than mega American companies due to malty biscuit taste with the hop bite in the end
F- Could drink all day.
O- The beat pilsner ever???? (278 characters)

Photo of SteenLarsen
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The motherhood of european lager beer; gave the name pilsener from Czech city of Pilsen. Tried the beer on location as draft beer. Almost could hear the angels sing. As a bottled beer anywhere in the world it looses some of its freshness and hoppyness but is still one of the best lagers in the world. Ohh these Saaz hops. Very bitter but smooth and without the American Cascade hops harsh taste. (396 characters)

Photo of KensWorld
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down the best Pilsner ever! Very consistent through the decades I've tried it. I'm shocked by the low ratings. This is truly a WORLD CLASS Pilsner. 4.75 (159 characters)

Photo of plaidowl
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer features aromatic, herbal hops infused throughout, with a smell of bread and wet earth. Crisp and clean, with light carbonation and a smooth finish. There is a distinct, definitive bitterness to the brew, but never overwhelming, making it quite pleasant even to those who might dislike much hoppiness in their beer (like me). If you want to see how hops can be used to enhance a beer, but hate their usual presence in such brews as India Pale Ales, this is a fine example. (482 characters)

Photo of rebelguy
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer think its still the best mass produced pilsner/lager available in the US. Would rate higher for the tankova version found in the Czech Republic. The new brown bottles and cans if you can find give you the reminiscence of being in Prague. Check the bottling code and just make sure you're buying fresh. (320 characters)

Photo of Jitti
4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The original Pilsener beer. Truly pleasant, bitter taste, with fresh aroma of hops, goes great with greasy Czech cuisine. Doctors recommend this beer for stomach acidity, as this is one of the bitter beers which soothe your stomach. (232 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/13/15.

Appearance: Pale gold with great clarity and a thin film of white suds.

Aroma: Dry yeast with some fruity esters. Decently clean.

Taste: Nice mix of classic pilsener flavors here. Understated (as always) pilsen malt with a small tingle of hop bitterness and earthy flavor swimming over the palate. Finish is smooth and lacks some of the crispness I've come to expect from the style. Lingering aftertaste of light bitter hops and a touch of metallic flavor. Never really watery, which is good considering the low 4.4% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body, really quite heftier than your typical BMC (not that this is really in that category). Good drinkability and average carbonation.

Final Thoughts: Really like the level of bitterness present here, it is quite above that of other mainstream beers of the style. If it wasn't for the off-flavor here and there this would be excellent. Would I drink it again? Yes. (947 characters)

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had the bottle and just recently I had the draft. It almost seems like 2 different beers. Unlike the bottle, the draft is served with a good head on it. The entry tones are a little different, but the finish it's the same. I still like this bad boy and couldn't believe the draft version would be so different. If it's available in your area, give it a shot. (364 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into snifter

Golden yellow clear liquid, tiny streams of carbonation, one finger white foam cap settles into a layer of tiny white bubbles

Aroma of sweet malt, bread

First sip is has an almost sour bitterness on the sides of the tongue, malty but not hoppy

Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste, almost metallic

A classic style , good not great (364 characters)

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

The original pilsen style. Although still known as a "12 degree" beer in the Czech Republic, careful inspection of brewing information reveals it is something closer to a "11.5 degree" beer--though it would be difficult to find a local who would tell you this. I used to work with one of the marketing managers here in Prague.... (329 characters)

Photo of DiUr
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold to orange with a good head which recedes fast and leaves nice lacing.

The smell is one of fruity hops and grain. Subtle but clean.

Slightly sweet malts and much hoppier than expected. The hops remind me of those from American Ales more than the typical Pils. The taste is not complicated but well balanced.

Light body with a lot of bitterness and dry finish.

Not my first one but i did actually expected less from it this time if looking at some reviews. It is not a complex beer and you can feel a kind of artificiality to it but still didn´t found any real flaws at all. The path to mass production doesn´t seem to be that dramatic and i could drink this beer any day. (688 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 11.2oz bottle served at cellar temps.

Appearance: clear and pale gold with a nice 1 finger head. Great looking new brown bottle and label.

Nose: malty, sweet, slight hop aroma

Taste: cooked corn, pilsner malt, sweetness, no buttery flavors at all

Overall: classic pilsner, enough said. (295 characters)

Photo of Pantalones
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of this on my last trip to Kroger. Poured from the brown bottle into a standard pint glass. I've had three of these now (two today, one a couple days back) and the way you pour makes a BIG difference with this beer--when I poured slowly down the side there was hardly any head to the beer, but if you pour a bit more quickly into the bottom of the glass you'll get a nice layer of foam on top.

Looks: very, very clear with a golden yellowy color. I can see not just shapes but small details and colors through a full glass--it's clear enough to read my phone's clock through it. Occasional little bubbles rising up. If you pour in such a way that a good head forms (which I would definitely recommend!), the head is white and fluffy, shrinking to a thin layer on top within a few minutes and then eventually fading away almost entirely if you wait long enough (probably takes upwards of half an hour--my first one of the night didn't get to this point until after I was done with my meal and the beer was almost gone.) Head leaves a bit of a trail behind on the sides of the glass, but not massive amounts.

Smells biscuity for the most part, but when the head is present it's easier to pick up on hints of a grassy smell which I assume is coming from the hops. There's a bit of something else present too, becoming more noticeable than the grassy smell as the beer takes time to warm a little and the head fades, but I'm having difficulty coming up with a way to describe it--I almost want to say it reminds me a bit of champagne but it's been a while since I've had any champagne so I'm not sure that's the most accurate comparison.

Taste is very much like a freshly-baked biscuit, maybe a bit cracker-like here and there too. That almost-champagne-like smell appears in the taste a bit too as the beer warms, blending together pretty nicely with the biscuity taste. It almost makes me think of raisins at some points, but more like those yellowish ones rather than the standard dark black-brown-purplish kind. Goes very well with food, too--my first glass accompanied some cheese tortellini with garlicky tomato sauce and not once did I feel like there was even the slightest bit of clash between the beer and the food.

Feels really nice to drink this while there's still a good bit of head floating on top. Not bad without it, either--it's a beer that goes down very easily either way, almost to the point where you may find yourself thinking "wait, I've already finished half my glass!?"--but definitely nicer with the foam still present. The first time I had one, it seemed like it kinda dried my mouth out; I'm noticing a bit of that now, though not as much as when I had my first one this weekend (I suppose the fact that I just ate may help with that.) If not for that one minor complaint I'd probably give this a 4 for feel, maybe even higher if rating exclusively on how it feels to take that first big sip while there's still a lot of foam on top (I can't say this enough--I definitely recommend pouring this beer in a way that forms a large head, it seems to improve things all-around somehow.)

Overall, this is a really nice beer to have with a meal (and it's good enough, and light enough, that you may very well decide to have more after your food's long gone. If not for the fact that I only have half a six-pack left in my fridge, I honestly could go for a third one right now.) I'd say it's definitely worth the price for the 6 and 12 packs that you can easily find in grocery stores. At first I was a bit disappointed to not pick up any lemony flavors here like I did in the other pilsner I've tried (Bohemia), but after having a couple more of them I don't think the absence of lemony flavors hurts this too much--there's just so much else going for it (especially the clearly defined biscuit/cracker flavors and the way it feels to drink some when the foam's still hanging around on top.) (3,952 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a boy growing up in Alberta, I believed that Pilsner was a beer brewed in Lethbridge, with bunnies on the label. I also thought that Labatt Blue was a Pilsner. During my first year of university, this beer redefined my understanding of pilsner and it
is still a standard for this style of beer. Clear, lively, and accented by hops, this is still a quality beer. (364 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can into a tall pilsner or weizen glass. no idea. bottom of the can reads "09.07.15", enjoyed on december 17, 2014

a: classic pils look. the colour is a deep, golden yellow, and it's so clear that i can type my review with this glass of beer in front of my eyes

s: cracker-like malts, honey, grains, grass, floral aromas

t: follows the nose. crackery, grainy, and hoppy in the front, mellowing out to a grassy mid-palate with sweet touches of honey. finishes mildly bitter with lingering malty grainy notes, and flashes of lemon

m: light-plus body, medium-ish carbonation. light but not watery. great stuff

o: the original pilsner beer. so tasty and clean. please try this if you haven't already (713 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Golden cloudy like the summer sun on the fields on a humid day. Nice hop aroma and slightly bitter, pours nicely and you can limit the head. What American beer should taste like. (180 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Golden straw color and not fully clear, but slightly cloudy. Barely produced a one finger head on a aggressive pour.

Aroma- Grassy, lemon, and grainy.

Taste- First sip reveals a nice snap of mild hop bitterness and carbonation. As with the nose the hops are grassy and citrusy, and then fade to a mildy sweet grain malt flavor. Finish is bone dry with mild bitterness lingering through.

Mouthfeel- Lots of carbonation, light bodied, and very dry. Finish is incredibly clean.

Overall- This really is a great beer and its clear to see how many American pilsners have copied the model of this beer. Surprisingly hoppy and bitter, which is really accentuated with the dryness of the malt. Still, not many beers can balance hop flavor, light body, and crisp/clean finish like this beer does. Need more of this, especially in cans. (849 characters)

Photo of nelsonsaigon
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Experienced in : Prague, Saigon
Appealing to me : taste really good to me
Less appealing to me : - - -

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink. (176 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

Aroma is fairly sweet and grainy, with floral notes and a hint of skunk. Flavor is slightly sweet and malty initially, finishing with a bitter, slightly harsh, earthy bite. There's an underlying diacetyl character. Floral tones surface as it warms. I'm surprised at the sweetness of the malt. The skunk comes out in flavor, as well. (332 characters)

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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