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Pilsner Urquell - Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Reviews: 1,398
Hads: 3,472
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 25.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 553 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener | 4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Reviews: 1,398 | Hads: 3,472
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours a crystal clear yellow with a two finger frothy white head that sticks around and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - Bready malts and a touch of flowers.

Taste - White bread with a touch of flower. Slight skunk, crisp refreshing mineral water and a bit of huskiness.

Feel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Most green bottle beers are skunky messes by the time they make it here. This was refreshing and easy drinking. Skunk was at a minimum.

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Photo of Brewtrooper
4.81/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the perfect Pilsner. And as the soft flavour aftertaste of hops. The Aroma is perfect. Beautifully golden to bronze color. Lower in alcohol so you can have a long session.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Can best by Aug 19-2015. Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, rich gold with 2 fingers bright white, foamy head. Very active carbonation. Retains exceptionally well. Otherworldly lacing.

Aroma: Pungent noble hop aroma, Saaz all the way. Clean pilsner malt sweetness in the background. Slightly sulfury (or is that diacetyl, and I just don't know how to distinguish it)?

Taste: Clean, ever so slightly malty arrival. Pilsner malt sweetness grows on mid-palate, turning to a spicy hoppiness, then a moderate, briefly-lingering bitterness. Then clean.

Mouthfeel: A little carbonic bite, very well carbonated; style-appropriate. Solidly midweight. Some residual slickness. Bohemian pilsners I find less clean than German; I think I prefer Bohemian in the winter and German in the summer.

Overall: Truly a classic, and I would like to have this beer around all the time. My only complaint is that it has a lingering slickness that makes it not so refreshing. I really must commend them for their efforts in canning and freshness recently; there is no metallic taste, and gone are the days of green bottle skunkiness. Truly a world-class pilsner.

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4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden clear body, with a white 3 finger creamy head, good retention with medium retention. On the nose is that amazing biscuity, wheat, and roasted notes that I love and expect in a good pilsner. On the palate is immediately more of that biscuit, wheat taste, with some corn like sweetness from the toasted malts. With a very light bitter at the back of the throat which is normal with toasted malts. Finishes crisp with a semi dry mouthfeel. Over all I find this to be a very delicious pilsner.

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Photo of jontom
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this Beer when I was in Prague. It was a smooth and delicious draft. I wasn't disappointed at all from all the reviews I heard from the online reviews.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Straw gold in color and super clear. Poured with one finger of white foam that was composed of rather large bubbles. The head receded quickly and left very little lacing.

Smell – Had a biscuity malt smell, some corn like sweetness (very little) and a bit of funk from the Saaz hops used.

Taste – Started as a doughy sweet but was balanced by a moderate bitter taste. The hops added notes of uncut grass and other herbals to the beer. Very balanced in general.

Mouthfeel – Light in body, rather dry, and highly carbonated. Super refreshing feeling

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz retro can. Pours a clear golden straw color with over an inch of head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma of cereal, cut grass, hay and Pilsner malt. Sweet and slightly sour. The taste is cut grass, hay and cereal. Some slight funk finishes with grassy hops and some toasted bread. Light mouthfeel and insanely drinkable. Perfect for summer. I've had this a few times in the green bottle but I had heard its way better in a can, not skunked. I must say this seems to be the case. This can is way better than the skunked bottle ones. Overall, very solid Pils I would grab again.

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Photo of aleigator
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear, sun-yellow color, with a huge, bubbly head.

Reveals aromas of hay, together with biscuity malts and leafy, bitter hops. Very well composed, with all aromas staying in perfect balance to each other.

Has a higher, fitting carbonation, leading to a very refreshing, light bodied beer.

Begins with cakey malts and dough wheat, soon joined by herbal, grassy hops. Due to the metallic carbonation, the hops grow more prominent on the tongue, becoming the most dominant flavour during the finish, exhibiting a bitter, refreshing leafy hop profile, still balanced by the beers taste foundation.

Very clean, easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. While it is not too complex, it ops pretty straight forward, and succeeds, in establishing a hop driven beer for warm days.

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Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pilsner glass.

Appearance - 4/5
Two fingers of white foam, a vibrant and clear golden orange, with plenty of rising carbonation visible. Definitely looks like a good pilsner.

Smell - 3.5/5
Heineken-like aroma. Nothing too impressive, nothing too shaby either.

Taste - 4/5
Some delicious golden, almost oktoberfest-style malts, combined with the heineken lager smell. I wasn't expecting the malts to be as prominent and tasty as they are. The lagery taste does make it seem a little skunky, but as long as I tell myself it's just part of the style, then it tastes fine.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, moderately higher than average carbonation. Quite crisp and refreshing.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, not a bad pilsner. As always for me, beer with a story (or at least good marketing! ;) ) makes me like it better. I'm not just rating the beer itself, I'm rating the experience overall. And having ancestry from the Czech area, part of me likes to think that some of my ancestors, at some point, have beer involved in producing this very old recipe. And so it's like drinking a piece of my heritage. Anyway, personal stuff aside, I thought this was a decent beer. I haven't had a ton of lagers/pilsners, so its hard to know where it fits on the quality scale. But I enjoyed it.

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Photo of illpass78
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a (duh) pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with a two-finger white head. Classic pilsner presentation.

Aroma: A little grass, a little toast. Clean and a little prickly.

Taste: Follows the nose. Grass is pretty forward.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall: Hey, it's a classic. Always have time for one of these. Why do people drink Euro crud like Stella and Heineken when this is nearly as widely available and way better for the same price?

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Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a golden yellow with a short white head.

Smell: Light hops and malts

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, citrusy hops with a crisp malt

Feel: Light body with good carb

Overall: A good but not outstanding pilsner

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Photo of JimKal
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the new brown bottle into a NB globe. One finger of head that seems to dissipate quickly leaving some lacing. Appearance is a nice amber yellow. The taste is slightly bitter but I'm not picking up a lot of malt. Moderate mouthfeel like many lagers. I was hoping for more from this one but I may be dealing with a freshness issue. Although the freshness date was months from now and it was in brown bottle I suspect it wasn't controlled for temperature as well as it should have been.

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Photo of HabaJohn
2.34/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry to rate such a historic beer so low.
This clearly isn't my type of beer. No flavor no malt no hops, reminds me of US beers from the 70's. Yes back then those beers were good to me. My palate has grown and expects a lot of good flavor.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 ml bottle poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty refreshing and would probably pair decently with most foods. Not a beer I'd ever avoid, but not a beer I could ever get excited about drinking. As between this and a Lagunitas Pils, I'd always go for the Lagunitas.

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Photo of Pahn
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pilsner Urquell at Veselka in the east village

At this point im surprised to say that pilsner urquell fresh on tap is my favorite beer.

Crystal clear gold, big frothy white head with great retention, persistent lacing.

A little bready, little bit of noble hop flavor, perfectly (very) dry, slight sourdough aftertaste if not completely clean finish, extremely bright and refreshing aroma, high side of moderate carbonation, body isn't too light. Just a perfect easy drinking beer. Without flaw

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Photo of Carrier4
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

its sad how in a world dominated by cheap pilsners and American lagers we cant have beer like this more often. I feel as if the pilsner market has not been taken over by the craft companies for we live in IPA world. This beer makes the soul happy, and is so refreshing. The original, the best pilsner, Pilsner Urquell. And I don't even like pilsners!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fermented on oak, this benchmark beer is one of the greats. It was one of Michael Jackson's (the beer guy not the singer) all time favourite beers. I could drink this all day long.

If you don't like it, come back to this one after you've rated a few hundred beers on the site. I honestly don't think I would've liked it nearly as much when I first joined Beer Advocate and was still exploring ale styles.

All that being said, the lightstruck green bottle version does not do the tall boy can version justice.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a crisp clean refreshing beer with a small amount of bitterness that does not necessarily improve but doesn't hurt the taste of the beer, a nice, spicy, classic, pilsner beer

I will add that while this isn't necessarily what i'd call a great beer it is one that I dearly love,

it's not the kind of thing that will probably leave a lasting impression for anyone, but for those like me who never really drank macros to begin with it is a pleasant surprise and a beer worth your time

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Photo of DaverCS
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy yellow urine color.

Aroma is primarily hay, grassy notes, and very mild hops.

Taste is very grassy up front, followed by some iron and earthiness. I get some lemon zest in the beer also. The finish is a surprisingly mild bitterness.

Overall lagers are not my style, but this one is decent. Very sessionable, however, still not enough flavor for me. I pair it with bacon-cheddar flavored popcorn or chips and quest dip. It gets a 70.5/ 100 from me.

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Photo of dwren89
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark yellow with great clarity and a foamy thick white head

Aroma: bready and yeasty, like fresh bread, well balanced aroma

Taste: explosion of Pilsner malt flavor, toaster than most American versions, but with a very fresh bread flavor, and just enough bitterness on the finish to keep it balanced perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation, medium finish

Overall: The first, and hands down the best Czech Pilsner in the world. Fresh bread flavors with hints of toastiness, balanced by just enough hop bitterness on the finish to keep it in perfect balance. A beauty to behold, smell, and, especially, drink.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle poured into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell mug. Best before Oct 27, 2015 printed on the reverse of the bottle.

The beer pours a crisp, pale, golden color, very clear with about 2 fingers of foamy white head, loose bubbles that has moderate retention and yields sticky spotted lace. The aroma is simple, pale golden malt, a little sweet, a little bready, light noble hops, earthy with little bitterness. The flavors echo the nose, very crisp and earthy noble hops, a little bit raw and green, just a touch of bitterness, pale bready malt, a bit crusty but very easy and soft. The mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, coating, moderate carbonation feels good, creamy finish that has a lightly dry bite.

Verdict: A nice Czech Pilsener, easily the benchmark beer for the style. Despite the simplicity inherent to the style, this definitely hits the spot, crisp, refreshing, easy and balanced.

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Photo of TheRock7755
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first import beer I started to drink in my young days. I still love it, but it doesn't hit you as quick as other beers. But it will always be my first love. I am glad the bottles were upgraded from the '90s. The lip cracked off quite a bit back in the day.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a Czech Pilsener, from the Czech Republic, so you'd expect it to be good right? Well, it is, at least as much as a Czech Pilsner can be. It's smooth and crisp with very little aftertaste, or really any taste at all. It's not the most flavorful beer you could reach for. You did reach for a pilsner though, so you should have expected that. I've heard stories about the bottled version of this almost always being skunked, so when I found a 4-pack of their "limited edition" cans, I decided to take the plunge and see what this beer was all about. It was exactly as I expected, nothing more nothing less, and is why I gave it the ratings I did.

Overall, it's a highly drinkable and smooth beer. The brewery has been around a long, long time, so they know how to make their beers. Don't buy it expecting to be blown away, but it will be a quality Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of MarkStewart
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A solid pilsner, as it should be since it's from Plzen. The main downfall for me was the metallic aftertaste that lingered when I was done drinking it. That being said, pilsners aren't my favorite style so I am probably ranking lower due to that.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the best non-German lagers, now available in a brown bottle.

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

L) Deep amber colour, clear, lots of small bubbles rising. Fluffy white head.

S) Creamy, sweet malt. The brown bottle definitely makes a difference.

T) Slightly bitter, light toffee malt. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste more than I remember.

F) Refreshing, although the bitter aftertaste does detract from the refreshment.

O) Good lager, good price.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
82 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.