Pilsner Urquell
Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #221
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,035
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 15.98%
Reviews:
1,624
Ratings:
4,273
From:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  120
Gots
  953
SCORE
82
Good
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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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ATL6245 from Georgia

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

What can you say about PU? The benchmark for Czech lager? Now that we get it here in the US in brown bottles and cans, it is 1000% better. Always a standard in the fridge for the serious beer drinker.

Oct 16, 2020
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datstankadank from New Jersey

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

As far as balance goes, you wont find a more harmonious blend of decocted malt and spicy hops. The original pilsner still carries the torch of lager beer into the 21st century. Hard to emulate but easy to find. If only i could get this on tap in the usa! Direct pour into pilsner urquell mug creates a dense 5 finger head. Perfect balance of sweetly decocted malt, great sweat breadiness, followed by a lemon like bitterness that fades into a dry blend of biscuit and spice. Perfect finish. Would recommend.

Oct 06, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into pilsner glass. Nice two finger head but didn't last long in the glass. Fine golden color for a pilsner. Subtle bready aroma with subtle bready flavor and smooth mouth feel. There is a tanginess to the flavor of this beer that is mistaken for 'skunkyness'. This is the best part about this beer and no doubt comes from the yeast and lagering cellars used to make this historic beer. I enjoyed this a lot more than my last Pilsner Urquell from a bottle. I think the overall quality of the beer is better preserved in cans than in bottles. Overall, this is a good pilsner beer that everyone must drink to set their palate.

Sep 27, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very basic pilsner yellow/gold with not much of a head at all. The smell is quite pleasant with aromas of bread, malt, & grass. It's even a little skunky, which I like. Taste pretty much follows the nose, has a very rich taste to it, ends somewhat bitter. Medium-bodied with one of the smoothest finishes on a beer you can find, really this stuff goes down great. This beer is by far one of my favorite pilsners.

Sep 26, 2020
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jmbrill81 from Virginia

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

Just like Stefan Urquelle is the perfect gentleman, Pilsner Urquell is the perfect beer. What more can you say? I could drink like a hundred of these.

Sep 23, 2020
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JuliusBonsall from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have you ever found yourself drinking Dom Perignon out of a solid gold champagne flute while spooning Kathy Ireland in a solid gold California King on a solid gold beach in Hawaii? Me neither. But I have shared a Pilsner Urquell with local legend and perpetual pants-shitter Gordon Blevins in the back of a 1997 Ford Contour. The year was 2004 and old Blevy and I were tailgating before “Ewoks On Ice” with a pair of conjoined twins who will remain nameless (Brittney and Abby). We thought we were fresh out of beer when an emerald glimmer of hope peeked its head out from the bottom of our cooler like a little Czech angel. It was a Pilsner Urquell. Gordon wiped the Cheeto dust from his luscious lips and took a sip. Its beautiful golden hue drizzled down his chin. The smell of bread dough, bitter hops and malt oozed out between the gaps of what teeth he had left. My swig left me speechless. Not because of its refreshing light-bodied taste, but because I had just witnessed Gordon being brutally crushed by a rogue zamboni.

Overall a solid straight representation of the style.

Sep 16, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amazing clarity, but it may have stripped out some of the interesting flavors that were present back in the 90's. Like the level of bitterness, and the long finish, and the hop flavor. But there is something in the front that is a bit weird. But if you don't over think it, it's a nice quaffable lager for a hot summer day.

Sep 10, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/2/2020- Crystal clear, medium gold, not much head, recedes right away to a film; Has a pretty good beer smell; Flavorful, not heavy, not bad, but not special; Medium carbonation; No complaints, nor am I impressed. I don't know pilsners.

9/7/2020- Out of the bottle. Not bad as an everyday beer, a session beer. The flavor, though not robust, is certainly noticeable. It's a little unusual, but not unpleasant. I don't know that it would be a first choice, but I could drink this.

Sep 02, 2020
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BorisVavilov from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3.63 average rating is what you get when you expect every beer to have the bold flavors and aromas of IPAs, big stouts, and whatever other craft style is in vogue. Pilsner Urquell is a standard bearer for the Pilsner style and the rating should reflect that. What do you want when you grab a pilsner? Clean flavor, quick finishing, and easy drinking. Urquell hits the mark very well in this respect, while bringing more flavor to the palate than one would expect while enjoying a pilsner. Subdued apple esters, light buttery cracker flavor, slight bitterness in the finish. Perhaps those overly sensitive to diacetyl wouldn't enjoy the flavor, but for me it works well. Aroma is understated, but has some complexity relative to the style. Hints of apple, sweetness in the nose, cracker, and maybe even a little bit of cinnamon. Clarity and color are remarkable. Apple aroma and flavor would seem to fit in this apple juice colored liquid. Light bodied.

This is a beer that will always keep me coming back, which I can't say for some more "full flavored" beers and varieties. For that it's worthy of a much higher rating when you consider what a pilsner should be trying to accomplish.

Aug 20, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bought can at LCBO poured a nice 2 finger head that lasts while drinking. very nice light tasting pilsner beer.
overall I like this beer very much and would buy again .
it's a good standard beer.
cheers

Aug 13, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look...Light brown perfectly clear
smell...earthy for sure , grassy no skunk, faint
Taste...you know what? Growing up in the 70's 80's this beer will always remind me of the beers I grew up with. I really wish I could compare to those...familiar start with more of a bite than bud miller coors, so on so on. bitter bite nice.
feel...Ample carbonation with a really prickly zest
Overall...good stuff for what it is. It's like good table wine enjoyable, light, refreshing

Aug 12, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can
date stamped JAN.21.21
L: a pillow of white foam caps a crystal clear golden beer
S/T: Pilsner malt, earthy/grassy/spicy noble hops
F: light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation and bitterness, crisp and clean finish
O: it has been way too long since I had this classic Czech Pilsner

Aug 08, 2020
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alexaedita from California

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One thing I can say about this beer. It does not get boring. This is one of very few beers I can drink daily for a week or two and still enjoy it. Being from Czech republic, I think, it is not the best my country has to offer, but it sure is in top 10.

Aug 03, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden amber. Clear. Rather flat. Good flavor potential however.

S: Tangy and woody. No skunk.

T: Tangy malt on the front. Spicy hops come out to play in the middle and back. Quite the experience, especially if you don't know what you're getting into.

F: Very bitter especially for 4.4%. Some people are into that sort of thing. The first thing you should challenge is the assumption that a beer should taste "Good"

O: It has serious flavor. When people ask me for a pilsner, what they are really asking me is for a lager with flavor. Most people don't like flavor--look at Bud Light and White Claw--but for those that do, this is a treat.

It's worth noting that that Pilsner originates from the city Plzen in Czechoslovakia. I would recommend this as an introductory pilsner and base your future experiences off of this.

Jul 31, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I would say this is a good Pilsner. Nothing super about it, but it meets all the requirements for the style. It pours well and looks very nice. The initial taste is a bit harsh (to me) but the middle and finish are okay. I drank it from a bottle so I am pretty sure the draft version would be a bit different. Overall, I would drink it again...no problem.

Jul 19, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Basing review on the draught version. One and a half finger head that lasts most of the glass. Light body dark yellow. Smells floral and bready.
Easy on mouthfeel some delicate sweet malts opens then a deep bitterness hits with lingering sweet bitterness to the fade. Tastes much better than it’s 4.4 abv. The best non premium pils and the original pilsner is still top drawer. Agree with some of the reviewers before, PU on draught is much better than bottled which can taste slightly buttery and stale but still good. This beer is a pleasure to behold .

Jul 04, 2020
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Brugesman from California

4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown bottle. "Jun1020" is printed on the label. I assume that's a best by date and it's a little past that now.

A: Beautiful golden hue. Moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy head, but does not last long.

S: Bread dough, floral, spicy, woodsy

T: Earthy, spicy. Pleasing noble hop bitterness on the finish. Nothing like the citrusy bite of American hops. I think I detect a bit of a buttery diacetyl note, although I could be influenced by having read that it's there. From my limited exposure to diacetyl, however, I believe I can detect it. (Not everyone can taste it; we all have different sensitivities to various flavors.)

M: Medium on the water-to-milk continuum. Not very carbonated.

O: A delicious and truly satisfying pilsner. It is, after all, pilsner from "the original source". A classic showcase of malt and hop flavor. I will admit to being somewhat biased in my review, knowing what a historically significant beer this is. Having said that, I truly love it and believe that the current BA score (82, Good) is woefully inadequate and reflects a misunderstanding of the beauty and subtlety of well-made pale lagers among many reviewers.

Jun 26, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle:

Pours a clear, slightly dark gold color with an off-white head. Head starts a generous 2 fingers. It receded a little but retained well and lacing is good. Very inviting in appearance.

Smell is like freshly baked bread coming out of a refrigerator. Some floral hops and spices in there too.

Taste follows the nose, but this is where the dankness shines. At first it’s very light and bready, but the hops, spices, and dankness build in the middle, which gives it a bold bitterness for such a low ABV. Finish is crisp and clean, with a little of bitterness before it disappears completely. Very good balance.

Feel is light to medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall - wow. This is going into my rotation for sure. Czechia is going to make a Pilsner enthusiast out of me at this rate.

Jun 17, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BB : Sept 16, 2020.

Clear gold, with light white head.

Smell is bread, straw, and lightly sweet floral/spicy hop aroma .

Taste is similar to aroma, but with more pronounced spiciness. Moderate bitterness.

Feel is light and crisp, with very fine, drying carbonation bite on the latter half, and lingering past finish.

Overall, light, crisp, and refreshing. While not my favorite pils, it is still welcome anytime. It is the original, and the standard, afterall. :)

Jun 10, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

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!

May 19, 2020
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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:)

May 02, 2020
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BergBeer from Virginia

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.

Apr 25, 2020
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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.

Apr 24, 2020
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just1cho from California

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.

Apr 09, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

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

Apr 09, 2020
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