Pilsner Urquell
Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #191
Ranked #42,103
3.63 | pDev: 15.98%
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
Notes: While most lagers give away most of their taste profile in the front of the mouth, Pilsner Urquell only hints at its flavour there. Instead, it develops in the middle, followed by a refreshing, clean finish and balanced aftertaste, practically inviting you to have another.
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Photo of jonmikel
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Supermarket from a 0,5 l can. Poured into a Pilsener Glass.
-Shows a lot of carbonation and a small White head of 1 mm.
-Deep Pilsener smell. For me cereal and Wood smell. Very nice.
-Deep bitter taste, though a Little bit sweet after a while.
-Not too much carbonation. Leaves a bitter tongue but very nice.

As far as I tasted, the best Pilsener that I have had so far in the Czech Republic. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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Photo of naskove
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers you'll ever have on draft, gotta have fresh on tap in the Czech Republic to appreciate how good this is, bottled does not compare:)

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Photo of BergBeer
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green bottle into a shaker pint

Look: Crystal clear golden amber with a thick white head. Lots of activity.

Smell: Thin and crackery. Bitter hops and cracker malt. Clean.

Taste. Cracker malt and a wallop of butter noble hops on the attack. This cleans up to a clean malt body that is lightly sweet with some residual bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Feel: Medium bitter. Not too sweet. No alcohol. Spot on carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. Could drink this anytime anywhere. The world standard for a reason.

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Photo of gruvegod
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

"The Urquell" continues to rule the roost and set the standard for every Pilsner made before or after.

Forget the color, the smell , the (very cool organic) label, the way it pours and put on a blindfold; open up a bottle - or better tap a litre - throw back half of the bottle and you will re+discover (once again) why it anchors all pilsners: past and ptesent.

It is very simply one damned good beer. It did not disappoint in the past nor does it.now.

Put the blindfold on and drink - as originally intended - a beer in huge gulps. Throw the empty bottle in the trash - sit for a minute - rediscover what a pilsner should always be and then grab another one.

"The Urquell" lives.

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Photo of just1cho
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*Poured from an 11.2oz bottle in a tulip glass at 40F*

The beer looks a clear golden honey-yellow with about an inch of head, which quickly disappeared. Although I acknowledge that the head would've been better in a proper pilsner glass.

Nosing the beer, I got hit with notes of bread and biscuit with slight hints of overripe apple and butter (diacetyl).

After trying it, I can immediately taste the biscuit, bread, and saltine crackers, indicating that this is indeed a very malt-forward beer. The feel was very refreshing, it had a medium-light body and a clean crisp finish. Very drinkable.

I was taught that this is the "Original Pilsner", and as I finally tried it, I can definitely see that this is the standard that other pilsners are inspired by. This subtle and inoffensive beer can be considered "vanilla" as I feel like you can only add and expand upon the style, developing its flavors. Overall, I wouldn't mind drinking this again. It went nicely with my shellfish stew, as its bread-y/biscuit-y taste with slight hints of butter complemented it well.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear, amber bottle pour with a 2.5 cm foam cap and a woody and slightly sweet aroma. The flavor is of bready malt, some earthy hops, a bit of caramel and some diacetyl. There is significant hop bitterness. Finish is not so dry. I love the style -not a favorite example

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Photo of Mitts1971
4.76/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The original Pilsener! If I had to choose one beer to represent planet Earth, this would be it. Absolutely perfect. If you ever get a chance to travel to the Czech Republic, be sure to have a few glasses from the tap. The difference between this beer on draft, in it's homeland, and the bottled, exported version is very noticeable.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours clear and light (nearly straw) yellow-gold with excellent foamy head that sticks well and good lacing. Nice streams of bubbles throughout the first half of the brew arise from the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of hallmark bready and grainy malts meld with floral and grassy noble hops.

A touch of bready honey sweet malt hits the tongue but is subdued. The main event is the mid-palate with lots of grainy malt followed by a well-bittered grassy finish. But seems kind of intentionally skunky.

The brew has a nice crisp medium-light feel.

Overall a solid straight representation of the style; and my bottle may have been a little skunky.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APP -Deep gold, crystal clear, foamy white head fades fast, no lace, poor retention

AROMA -light,clean, grainy, very little Sulphur, very little hop,

FLAVOR - Full and rich malty sweetness, this beer is famous for diacetyl, but I only get the slightest hint in the finish-more as mouthfeel than flavor, tinge of sulphur and only the slightest noble hop flavor with a pleasant but lingering bitterness.

MF- medium-full body, a little slick, medium carbonation

OVERALL - If this is the standard by which all pilsners are judged, than most US versions are way over-hopped. This beer is more bitter than it is hoppy.

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Photo of dweirens
4.74/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My review is the fresh unpasteurized version. I try to get it on my London trips as the Duck and Rice in Soho has it on tap. In addition to the other comments, I find the mouth feel to be softer. Maybe it is the salt.

Someday I will try it in Salz, until then, London will have to do.

The bottle version in the states is ok, but there are many better bottled pilsners to be had, In Minneapolis alone I prefer Summit Dakota Soul, Bauhaus Wonderstuff and Utepils Pils.

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

L:. Pours a brilliant straw gold with a fizzy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh baked bread, pale malt, strong Saaz hops.

T:. Fresh baked bread, pale malt, a medium bitterness from the Saaz hops, nice floral Saaz hops.

F:. Light and crisp.

O:. This is a solid and drinkable pils.

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

solid enough - sweet, grainy, slightly creamy - but not overly so, there is a pleasant spicy and floral hop character to balance it out. its light and crisp, a simple but enjoyable easy drinker!

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Photo of Hooded
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12/22/2019.
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Look is deep golden with a small head. 3.75
smell is white grape juice, grain, and something else I cannot identify. 3.75
taste is grain, a hint of dry white grape juice, and a moderately bitter finish. 3.50
Feel is medium with a touch of slickness. 3.50
Overall it is good. I wish it tasted as good as it smells to me. I will probably not buy it again for many years. 3.50

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - clear light copper color with a slight rim
Smell - very grainy
Taste - same as the scent but slight bitter
Feel - medium body lighter carb
Overall - slightly bitter pils

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold and clear, moderate carbonation visible throughout... Sweeter and heartier than expected - chewy grains and earthy notes riddled with honeyed sweetness and lighter fruitier tones... Medium-light-bodied, leaves a mild shellac... Little bit of tingle and a hint of rye-like spice... Nothing special perhaps, but a decent enough beer... Best by date of 2/6/20...

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color. Clear white head with small and large bubbles. Very clear.
Smell is grassy and sulfuric.
Taste is full, strong coronation bite. Bread, salty and crisply bitter.
Finish is dry and bitter.

The flavor has something I can't quite describe but few beers have it. Other Czech pilsners do as well. Much more satisfying than German pils although I like those too. Hops are floral rather than medicinal in German pils.
Bitterness is stronger than you would think and it really rounds this out to become a refreshing beer that begs for another.
I hope they never change the recipe. Other reviewers state that they think that they did but I don't see it. Such a great beer, I need to buy these more often.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold with one finger head. Pretty fragrant, with bready, slightly toasty malt, earthy, spicy-ish hops. The flavor, too, is fairly full, with bready to biscuity malt and grass. Moderate, grassy bitterness. Thin mouthfeel, carbonation moderate.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a bright, clear, golden body, with lasting visible carbonation. Thick white head with good amount of lacing.

It has an aroma of pale malts, grassy hops and butter.

The taste has pale malts, grassy hops and diacetyl, with a lingering, bitter finish. Medium bodied, with average carbonation and medium bitterness.

Crisp and refreshing. A solid pilsner.

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Photo of Leveesgonnabreak
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer anywhere. I have been to 15 countries and four continents. The way the flavor develops on your pallet is awesome, just the right touch of Malt and perfectly hopped. As the description says it finishes with an invitation for another. This beer has its best flavor at a slightly warmer temperature between 45°-50° F.

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Photo of erpepe
4.61/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer. The problem in the USA is that like all beers it must be tasted and consumed while fresh as this is a challenge in the USA. Recently visited Check Republic (Checkia) and it must be tested there or from a recently arrived barrel in the States which has also been handled well during the long voyage. The method by which this beer is brewed permits a beautiful marrying between the malt and hops while yielding a lower alcohol content. The lower alcohol content makes more difficult remain at its best over time. Toured the brewery in Plzen and it was a revealing experience. Won't be appreciated and even less enjoyed if not fresh. Other German Pilseners are darn close to Urquel.

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Photo of Amendm
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A stern pour was needed to reach a finger of white soapy foam with average retention and sliding spots of lace. Perfectly clear golden-pale color with fine rising bubbles.

Moderate smell of biscuit, cracker and toasted wheat, faint old-world hops and banana.

Neutral on sweetness with low hop bitterness. Bready malt and some apple cider are added to the smell items. Hops are now herbal and spicy. Bitterness rises to average as it becomes semi-dry toward the quick and crisp finish. A light aftertaste of spice lingers briefly.

Medium light body with below average carbonation. So session-able, light and crisp with a solid malt backbone. Bright looks and flavor. Easy on the eyes, wallet and stomach.

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Photo of MKV
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear, golden, sparking. Yeast and bread on the nose and mouth. Beautifully full-bodied yet still light and not overwhelming, helped by a bit of that classic pils bite.

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Photo of joegarf
1.68/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I used to love Pilsner urquell, once a great Pilsner, used to be in a green bottle, now in a brown bottle. But it is not what i remember, i believe they changed, does not taste like i remember, now it resembles an Ale. Can anyone who feels the same way that this is not the same, way too much hoppiness, i like ales, but i am disappointed with the current version. If someone can explain why they ruined such a good beer, help me out. Thanks...

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What else do you drink when you’re in Prague? It’s cheaper than bottled water, let’s give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice biscuit and earthy hop smell. Pours to a bright yellow with a bright white head. Taste is classic Czech Pilsner: great body, malty and light bitterness throughout with a clean finish. This is the one that sets the standard for the style, it is the original.

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Photo of Lanas
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Is like on the same direction with "Heineken" and "abstel" and i'm not big fun for that. The taste is bitter with a lot carbonation but nothing too special. It seems very ordinary and cheap beer to drink..

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