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Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of Spike
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark gold with plenty of carbonation and a foamy, white head that persists.

S: Grains plus a little lemon. Nothing unpleasant.

T: Classic pilsener flavours with a lemony finish.

F: Clean, sharp, dry, rounded, lightly carbonated.

L: Delicious, rich, pilsener. The real deal.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this one. This beer has an obvious love/hate relationship, especially considering who owns it now, but I always wanted to give it a shot.

Pours a pure yellow color with a decent white head. No lacing.

The aroma is the weakest link here. It's a bit skunky and just the faintest hint of buttery, doughy malt. Hops are there but extremely subtle.

The taste is very malt-forward. A bit subtle and a bit watery, but not unpleasant. Very crisp and refreshing, however.

The feel is light bodied with pretty high carbonation carbonation. Alcohol is not present because duh! Crisp as a pils should be. Refreshing as a pils should be. Not much else going on.

Overall, a pretty decent pilsener. The price is really the best part about the beer so if I need something with alcohol in it on a hot summer day then I will definitely look at this as an option.

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Photo of asaf
1.41/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I hated this beer I expected more and got shit, this beer is no better than corona, except that corona has a lime thing going on, this beer has no flavor it tastes like Someone tried steeping one kernel of barely in a five gallon pot, it has no dynamic, just water with a grainy aftertaste, I do not recommend it. Never buying this again

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

I think it's fantastic that we can still purchase the original beer that started the Pilsner style. If only the first Porter and Stout were still available,I would never have to hear conflicting stories about what the difference is. But with Pilsner you know it should taste like, this is it.

A beautiful beer, so bright and such a nice head.
The aroma is a malty caramel-ness.
The taste has that Pilsner flavor that is similar to other pilsners that I have tried. Light caramel sweetness, and a Pilsner flavor. I'm not sure what of the flavor is Saaz and what of the flavor is from the kilning of the Pilsner malt, that is something I would like to be able to differentiate.

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Photo of almightyme3
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great representation of style. Beer does not have to be heavy or light it has to be just right for the style. This one is excellent. Yes it has a bitter bite and a tad of alcohol shows up but nevertheless it is very good. It's bready malty and just light enough. It is the formula many try to replicate but rarely get right. You can tell the water used is excellent otherwise it would show through in a pilz. Brown bottles and throwback cans make a difference eliminating a bit of skunk. Very worth it! Great brew.

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Photo of tronester
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head. A hint of sulfur, some bread, and honey make up the aroma. The taste begins with a mild herbal component, then some table water cracker, then a hint of lemon and a super clean refreshing bitterness in the finish. Very dry, and hoppy. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent PIlsner, my bottle was extremely fresh which no doubt helps with this style of beer.

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Photo of Dello
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell was sampled by bottle with no glass available unfortunately.

-Appearance: light golden straw color and no head with bottle.

-Fragrance: subtle malted pilsener notes.

-Taste: moderate malty pilsener taste up front with a pleasant pilsener aftertaste that lifts away slowly and leaves a slightly crisp pilsener taste in the mouth briefly and does not stick in the throat.

-Mouthfeel: thin mouthfeel with moderate-heavy carbonation that tingles the tongue.

-Overall: For me, it was smooth and crisp like biting into a beer-apple. This seems like a decent session beer if there were not too many other options. I tend to try all the beers when I have more than one glass/bottle, but I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these in a row. I generally like most Pilsener beers, as they taste like well-developed versions of the American Adjunct-Lagers, and this is no exception. Next time, I'll be sure to find this on draft or at the very least a glass for a bottle-pour.

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Photo of puck1225
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the local BJs. Clean crisp taste. Served very cold. Some lacing. Pleasant yellow color. I have not had it for a long time but enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.74/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice colour and good head that does not dye too fast.

Smell is ok, nothing special.

Taste I am not a fan of, it is neither strong/complex nor nice or refreshing.

Feel is average, carbonation at a good level...

Def not for me

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Photo of James954
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Important note: This pilsner is better around 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a sharp stale aftertaste that is not present as the Pilsner Urquell gets warmer.

Smell: not offensive, but fairly mute floral honey

Taste: sweet honey and buiscut mostly.

Mouthfeel: almost perfect. It has a perfect mix of heavy and full mouthfeel without being overtly fizzy from carbonation.

Overall: This is a great overall drinker pilsner once you get past the initial aftertaste bite. Versus higher priced German pilsners, it's very hard to beat. There is a mild skunk aftertaste, but it's like a smell and aftertaste that you get from a strong aged cheese. You either like it or hate it.

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Photo of Jaysauras
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Beautiful golden pour with a thick soapy head. Nice carbonation, and a very crisp and refreshing looking beer.

S: Not great. Rubbery, biscuit, skunk, some spice, and some grain. Nothing special here.

T: After the smell I was a little worried, but overall I was surprised. Good sweet malt up front with a bit of honey that settles into a mild spice, biscuit and subtle citrus. Hop and alcohol bite at the end is a bit overpowering and takes away from the overall feel. Not bad though at all.

F: Spicy, tingly, carbonated and prickly. Warm and dry. Has a very summer feel to it. Again, the bitter at the end is a bit much.

O: As my first foray into the world of Czech beer, this was not a bad pilsner at all to try. It is not outstanding, but it is a good solid beer. Pilsners are not going to wow you with any one aspect, but this one in particular was pretty crisp, refreshing, and altogether drinkable. Again, not outstanding, but pretty good. If you are in the mood for a solid Pilsner, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.09/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There was an old Monty Python joke about American beer, something about a canoe, but the point was that American beer doesn't have a very strong taste. Well, that's what I have to say about this. It's pretty doggone close to water. It barely had any aroma at all, and it didn't have much taste either.

I was at a family and friends gathering, and I figured that being knee-walking, toilet hugging drunk might make being around my family bearable so when the hostess mentioned beer, I made a bee-line to the fridge. I had one bottle of this. I realized that I'd have to drink two cases just to get a buzz so I just stopped after one bottle. It wasn't worth it.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly solid Czech pils. As with any import, condition can be an issue, but when in good nick it's really quite nice, ably meshing bready malt, light Saaz hops flavor, and a nice yeast note. Surely not something to avoid, especially when you're in the mood for a pilsner.

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Photo of briansnat
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've never been a big fan of this beer, even though it was the original pilsner. It was always very raisiny and a tad skunky. As I understand it, the brewery now ships it refrigerated to the US and ditched the green bottles. My uncle, who drank PU at the actual brewery, often said that what we drink here tastes nothing like the beer fresh from the brewery.

I poured this out of a 16 oz can. Color was what to expect from a pilsner, a nice golden hue. Head didn't last real long, but that might be an issue of the glass I used. Overall a very nice, crisp pilsner with a pleasant hop backbone. THIS is the beer that once was considered to be one of the best beers in the world by Michael Jackson. If you've been drinking the stuff out of the green bottles, definitely revisit this beer. It is a real winner.

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Photo of Myotus
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (best by date December 2015) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 1 minute. Gold in color. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of grass and buttered bread that combine with subtle spicy and bitter hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong spicy hop and mild grassy flavors enter first. Immideately after, strong buttered bread flavors enter along with mild bitter hops as spicy hop flavors push on, but grassy flavors fade to subtle. As you think the flavors are about to die, buttered bread flavors and bitter hop flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. This goes down nice and smooth and finishes crisp.
NOTE: This tasted pretty good. Those buttered bread flavors were amazing. Just too much bitterness from hops in my opinion.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grassy and spicy hops and sweet grainy malt in the aroma. Graham cracker and biscuits. Definitely malt forward but crisp and fresh smelling. Clean lager character. More and more malt as it warms.

Pours crisp and clear with fluffy white head that dissipates gradually. Okay lacing. Gold, almost orange.

Rich pilsner malt. With big graham cracker building on the finish. Firm bitterness and spicy fruity hop character. Very clean but with lots of malt without being heavy. Slightly sweet but balanced in the finish. Just a hint of diacetyl. Pleasant mineral water-like tinge.

Medium, medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Crisp and fairly dry despite some initial malt sweetness.

Refreshing but full of character. Excellent fresh malt flavor.

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Photo of Mosca
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Several changes: it is now in a brown bottle, and it is shipped to the US much more quickly and in refrigerated containers. Consequently it is much more interesting and much "happier" tasting. Nice bitter bite up front, clean and crisp, mild finish with slight astringency. A really nice pislner.

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Photo of dustin67ypsi
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear, gold. Thin head, not even noticeable now. Poured from a bottle.
S: Bread and honey. Sweet and grassy.
T: Almost cidery at first sip, cuts up quick with a nice crisp finish. Very refreshing. Was hoping for a little more from the saaz hops.
F: Very light, easy to drink. Medium body.
O: A summer go to. Although, disappointed in the head and lack of saaz aroma.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: malt extract; bready; DMS;

T: fresh wort; nicely balanced with a little diacetyl at mid-palate: mild, long lasting bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish; crisp;

O: bottle stamp says it's good until 9/15, but DMS dominated the aroma;

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Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dar golden color; darker than most pils. Only drawback is that the lace disappears towards the end. Nice fruity, green apple aroma and taste. Toasted malts and bold hops kick. There is also an herbal feel. Light bodied and crisp. An easy drinker, although at time the finish seems slightly off flavored.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a thick head that quickly subsides. Smells of lemongrass and faint grain. Tastes of sweet bread, wheat, bread crust, and a slight grassy flavor. Goes down super easy. Great beer!

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Truly forgot how prominent and delicious the malt character is. I've always enjoyed the hop profiles of Czech pilsners. Makes for a thoroughly enjoyable drink on an oppressively hot summer day. I love the Noble hop aroma. Saaz is earthy, spicy and herbal. I really dig it. The grassy notes blend in well with the biscuit malt presence.

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Photo of jcance
1.37/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

This is an abhorrent beer. I simply do not understand how anyone could think otherwise. The only way I could possibly describe this beer is if you took some san pedro cactus tea and mixed it with some beer. The aftertaste is morally wrong and I will never forgive this company for this horrifying experience I paid them to endure. There is nothing positive to say about this beer, other than that their logo looks nice. I would only ever drink this again if it were free, and even then I would be profoundly upset to do so, and I would only ingest it in the first place because I have no self respect. I'd even rather drink fucking Tecate than this swill.

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Photo of ReadM
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Looks like any other Pilsner - chilled horse urine with the white froth to boot. Small one finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: The lemon grass and straw is quite faint. Not much of an aroma, I guess I'm grasping at straws here.

Taste: As the carbonation subsides, your palate is filled with the taste of slightly stale bread and plenty of malt. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. As you savor the beer, Mr. Hyde finally appears. Your mouth is seemingly filled with steel wool and other metallic shavings as you suddenly flash back to your childhood when you would lick pennies and dimes to see what they taste like. As you come to, you force the beer down your throat to hopefully (read: desperately) extinguish the taste of iron ore and beat back Vulcan's assault on your togune. Unfortunately it doesn't work. So you take another sip to escape the torment. This happens repeatedly until the bottle is empty so you run to the fridge to grab another, all to stave off the ultimate, painful truth - you're drinking liquid metal.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel is refreshing until the aftertaste kicks in. (See above)

Overall: Yeah it was good for about 5 seconds before its dark side appeared. I only poured out half the bottle so I threw the other half out. Along with what I had left in the glass. So... um... Yeah...

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Photo of muldersha
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from 500mL can purchased in Portland, OR. Best by date of Feb 08, 2016.

Pours a deep golden straw color with an impressive creamy white head. It dissipates relatively quickly, but it leaves behind a very appetizing clumpy white lacing.

Steely hop and herbal aromas are immediately noticeable even pouring the brew at a distance. Lightly toasted grain, grass, bread yeast, crab apples, yeasty bread dough, as well as a touch of fresh baked biscuits and caramel brittle.

Medium to medium-light on the palate with with a light malty backbone giving way to a pleasant finish of bitter hops, pine, and fresh herbs.

Overall this is quite refreshing. Very glad to see this come in cans instead of the green bottles. Much, much, better and less skunky. Very crisp and refreshing. However, it stills doesn't seem to taste as good as it does on draft in the Czech Republic. Although the astounding beauty of the Czech Republic could likely polish a turd.

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