Pilsner Urquell - Plzeňský Prazdroj

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3,225 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,225
Reviews: 1,386
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 70
Gots: 428 | 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 sdoe21
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect beer,nice taste and color

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, the expiration date on bottle is 9-18-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with less than one-finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles around the glass, highly carbonated, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet malt, bread, a mild European skunk flavor.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet malt, bread and then a mild hop bite with a little skunky flavor going on.

PALATE: medium body with higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an enjoyable pilsener but honestly not the best I've had, there are several domestic pilsener beers I would buy before this one, Blue Paddle comes to mind, this beer is good but maybe overrated.

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

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/16/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with well balanced pale malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit too fruity/estery in the aromas, but not too bad. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with some slight yeast esters present in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Moderate dryness. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. If it was cleaner with less fruity esters it definitely would have scored higher; but still a nicely enjoyable offering overall.

Photo of PorterPro125
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Clear Straw Yellow and a 1 1/2 finger White head that fizzeles down quickly to a thin skim. Light Lacing. Typical for a well made Pils.

S- Bready and Grassy malts backed by a light hop presence.

T- The aroma transitions to the taste quite nicely. Biscuity, grassy notes, and a light but crisp dosage of hops.

M- Typical Mouthfeel. Light Body and crisp high carbonation. Incredibly refreshing.

O- If not the best, Pilsner Urquell is one of the best Pilsners I've ever had. A little more hop presence than most of the other Pilsner's I've had but it doesn't take anything away from the refreshing qualities. Top notch brew.

Photo of nwboss429
4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pilsners I've ever had

Photo of pb9613
4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have bought this beer off and on for several decades and always wondered why it has lasted so long. The beer always had an off smell and skunky taste.

I just bought my third half liter can and can tell you this beer is amazing. I guess the long trip in the bottles was not good for the beer. If you tried this one in the past and thought it tasted off, buy it in the can and pour it into a pilsner glass. The experience is amazing.

Photo of amhranai1
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer , ever since I first tasted it, in New York , of all places ;when I came home to Ireland and found it was available , i was overjoyed .I've since drunk it on draught in Prague,and it was even better. For me , it has a lovely combination of malt and hops, an ideal balance ,which brings me back to it time and again.

Photo of loubar
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. The nose gives off a slight whiff of skunk that doesn’t come through in the taste. Pours a clear straw yellow with a white head that fizzles down to a thin cap. Tasty Pilsen malt sweetness transitions to Saaz hops bitterness. Good carbonation. Excellent balance. A crisp and refreshing pilsner. Love the low ABV.

Photo of Leag0002
4.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, clean. Has never disappointed. Especially in current cans. Still sets the standard. Have not found an American Pilsner that compares.

Photo of PunchBroadbent
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not a good tasting beer, uhhgg

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

drinkable, but a little too adjuncty. is that a word?

Photo of KMC
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a dry and bitter aftertaste that just doesn't quit... not pleasant to drink with good food.

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

Appearance - Pours a light golden, brilliantly transparent color with a soapy, one finger that displays a bit of retention and leaves decent lacing. Of course I love the Euro packaging.

Smell - Smells of breads, a bit of subdued hops, and some grass. Very light in the nose.

Taste - Much like the nose, this is very subdued. I have noticed this is a pattern with European beers for the most part, they are much more subtle than their American counterparts. Biscuits, a bit of hops, some breads, and a touch of earthiness characterizes this beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, refreshing, delicious, goes down like water. Very good, especially in hot weather.

Overall - This is one of the first pilsners I have tasted that I actually liked. Maybe its because its the original, from Europe, who knows, but I think this beer is better than it is rated. I would absolutely recommend this brew to someone, and I will buy it again.

Photo of Demi
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bitter from start to finish.

Photo of teddibrewski
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had it on draft in prague, a pretty hoppy pilsner, that i found delicious... cheaper than water too

Photo of atr2605
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a crystal clear yellow with a white head with average retention
S-grassy, sweet malt, hint of biscuit
T-a balance between malt sweetness with a grassy bitterness, leaves that same grassy flavor on the palate in the finish
M-light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-easy drinking session beer. definitely have had better pilasters

Photo of Vishrut
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the best imported beers available in stores here in Indiana.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.66/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of MattyDTD
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of ajm5108
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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????

Photo of Lukasbane
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

When you imagine the taste of beer this is it. Classic!

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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