Pilsner Urquell
Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #245
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,943
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 15.93%
Reviews:
1,653
Ratings:
4,350
From:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  123
Gots
  971
SCORE
82
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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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Zopiac from Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picturesque advert beer. Smells of mildly citrusy hops without much malt to be found - this one seems slightly skunked. Very mild but very well put together taste. Deceptively creamy given its light complexion and froths up quite a bit in the mouth. Good amount of bitterness at the back end.

Easy ~4 if it weren't skunky and I had it under better circumstances for a pilsner.

Sep 16, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy white head
S: Saaz hops
T: Clean, crisp, bready, with a hop bite
F: Light and smooth
O: This defines the style. Not sure it’s not rated higher.

Sep 15, 2021
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LanceBiggums

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The archetypal Czech pilsner. There are better out there I'm sure, but this is the yardstick. And it's enjoyable. The colour is straight up apple juice. Head is good at first, big loose bubbles, but dissipates to nothing within minutes, leaving little to no lacing. Big biscuit and grainy malt on the nose, then a distinct but gentle hops character. The taste starts very balanced and mild, a very subtle maltiness with a strong hop undercurrent, but the hops build and build towards a bright, spicy, floral, crisp finish. I'm struck by the thought that this would go extremely well with pizza or pasta, cutting through the creaminess of the sauce with its sharp and crisp feel nicely. My personal preference is stronger malt character and subtler hops, but I understand this is the style, and that being said this type of hops is much more pleasant to me than fruity American hops. Overall, if what defines the difference between the German Pils style and the Czech Pilsner style is the emphasis on malt vs hops, then I do prefer the smoother and maltier German style.

Sep 05, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

transfer from Untapped. From January 4th 2020. 12oz Bottle into a 12oz glass.

Brilliantly clear body yellow/amber body. small white head dissipates to a ring and covering, very little lacing.

Not much on the nose.

Clean tasting beer

Mouth medium, finish crisp and refreshing.

Overall, quite tasty, probably better than my score reflects.

Aug 17, 2021
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MartinWachsmann

4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Classic Czech beer with tradition and rich history. Absolutely love it, but it’s a bit pricey compared to the rest of Czech beers. If you come to Czechia, especially Pilsen, you can’t miss this beer that carries undeniable heritage of Czech tradition in beer brewing.

Aug 09, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It’s like they wrote the book on the Pilsner style, oh wait, they did.
Not sure how people can state it is “good for the style” because it literally defines the style. Everything about it is the definition of the style. The transparent amber color with nearly white head and lacing, carbonation rising throughout the drink. The aroma and taste, the malts and bite of hops unique to this brewery.
The smooth feeling as it cascades down the throat, followed immediately by a wish that you had bought a 6 pack.
May not be the “best” Pilsner, but it defines them.

Jul 28, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This 11.2oz. bottle is poured into my 20oz. weizen glass. This bottle has delivered a beautiful golden lager, three fingers of pure white fluff, with a slew of carbonation ascending to the top. The foam settled to a eighth inch cap, with thick lacing left behind.
The classic PILS, sweet malt and yeast aromas.
The taste starts a bit bitter with a spicy crisp finish. There are sweet bread malt notes in the sip but they are subdued by the hops.
The mouthfeel is creamy smooth.
This is a tasty lager, this may be somewhat bitter compared to others, but I found it very enjoyable, refreshing, and not as sweet as some of the others.

Jul 23, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw gold with 2 fingers bubbly head, retaining for a couple swigs and leaving a nice trail of lacing. Smell is lemon, cracker, hop bitterness, and malt. Taste follows suit with a dank and bitter hop profile taking center stage, leaving tart lemon and toasted sweet malt on the Backend. Feel is crisp and refreshing, almost sharp, but still full. I enjoyed it.

Jul 18, 2021
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style this is a great beer - a true pilsner. It has quite a nice hop bite to it, almost reminds me of a nooner IPA. The aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of neutral bitterness. The mouthfeel is great, crisp and slightly creamy . A definite must try if you enjoy different beer styles.

Jun 26, 2021
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hefe300 from Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I think of pilsner this is what comes to mind.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.
Clear, yellow, fairly fizzy. White head sticks around a little while and leaves a little lacing on the glass.
Grassy hops and sweet cereal dominate the smell.
Taste is of grassy hops up front and then light bread flavor. The hops linger.
This is a good beer and it's the best example of this style that I'm aware of. It is, at the same time, simple and complex.
This would pair will with a wide range of foods. Specifically pizza or hummus and veggies. This is a great cheese plate beer.

Jun 05, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell fills my glass the color of ripe hay, as though someone took pictures of it during the “Golden Hour” when everything takes on a magical, sunset quality on film. Head is dense, white, and lasting.

On the nose, Pilsner Urquell is everything you want in a good pilsner's aroma. There are the expected aromas of soda cracker, fresh bread, and freshly malted pale grains. Somehow though they have a balance that goes beyond what's achieved by lesser examples of the style. Center brings me raw honey, which seems to pull other aromas together nicely.

On the tongue, Pilsner Urquell is smooth and pleasantly low in carbonation. Flavors start off with the expected bready, malty, soda cracker notes of pale malt. Smooth mouthfeel combined with flavors of raw honey make for a very refreshing profile. Pilsner Urquell finishes off with a hit of peppery, European hops giving just a little bitterness before fading away.

. Pilsner Urquell is an example of what a lager can accomplish when done right. It looks good, smells good, and tastes good without sacrificing its ability to refresh on a hot, summer day.

May 31, 2021
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Pilsguy

4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners are my favorite style of beer, and this is one of the best there is. Golden appearance with delicate lacing down the side of a glass mug. The aroma reminds of the scent you get when walking into an Irish pub. Crisp carbonation combined with malted bready flavor is soothing to the palette. As with all good pilsners it has the crisp tingling feel on the tongue that pilsner
lovers crave.

Even for a cheapskate, $10.99 for a six pack of bottles at Harris Teeter seemed reasonable.

May 08, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had this one in decades since I've been living in IPA land but my recent turn back to lagers and pilsners has me desiring this one. New brown bottles help to keep the beer fresher. Beautiful amber color with good carbonation. Very fragrant hop aroma, perfume, roses, grass. Very rich full bodied taste for such a low abv beer. Grassy vegetal hop notes with a cracker malt backing. Finishes smooth and just slightly bitter. The original session pilsner and simply one of the best pilsners i've ever had.

Apr 30, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours light gold. Frothy white head. 4
Aroma: Fresh white bread. Somewhat grainy. Floral hops - more perfume as it loses its initial chill. 4.5
Taste: Getting about what the nose predicted. Slightly bitter finish that lingers shortly. 4.5
Feel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation and finishes mostly dry. 4.25
Overall - Highly drinkable. Sessionable. This deserves to be rated higher. 4.5

Apr 11, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz green bottle, consumed only 6 weeks before what I assume is a "best by" date of May 2021. Pours a bright light, crystal-clear gold with fluffy white head over a finger thick that stays around for awhile in a tall tulip glass. Smell and taste both scream "bready/malty-goodness" with a bit of hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Nice mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very pleasant pilsner with more flavor intensity than I expected.

Mar 19, 2021
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MatthewJW from Wisconsin

3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was rated within the style
(Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle poured into a mug)

Quality pilsner. The first one in fact! As far as taste goes, within the style its good but it does not warm well. Overall, I wont rate it any higher because of the outrageous price other than that its okay. Definitely a good beer to add to your palate and showcase to your friends or guests.

Feb 28, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 4/21/21

This is one of those classic beers that I'm not sure how I haven't had it yet.I know it's a pretty widely available/not highly sought-after import, but I hardly ever see it at my local store. When I finally did see it elsewhere, I knew I had to grab a few cans and see what it's all about

Pours a crystal clear gold with 3 finger of pillowy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

While I haven't tried all that many Czech pilsners, the nose still seems awfully sweet for the style, though that should be taken as a compliment rather than a complaint. I'm picking up on aromas of buttery honey, soft bready malt, sweet grain, floral hops, and a hint of earthy pepper

The sweetness is not completely thrown out the window taste-wise, but it definitely took me by surprise based on my anticipation from the aroma. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting crisp bready malt, floral hops, lemon, and light orange. The swallow brings notes of sweet honey, doughy malt, floral hops, and white pepper

A light body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in an impossibly smooth and airy beer. Finishes mostly dry with a decent amount of sweetness

How the hell are the ratings so low on this? It's a beautifully crafted beer, simple and tasty. I see now why it's considered a classic

Feb 22, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Classy beer. Really nice bottle. A little on the bitter side, not an american style beer obviously. Definitely an interesting beer to try. Would buy again.

Feb 20, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.49. Best By 7/5/2021.

Look: Nice deep golden color. Very clear. A little bit of fine floaties after pouring the bottom of the can. Head did not stick around very long. Lots of little bubbles rising up in the glass. Would be nice if there was better head retention for this style.

Smell: Has a bit of a skunkiness to it, which could actually work so let's not knock it yet. Has a bit of mustiness too. Predominant flavors of lemon and floral notes, also mildly peppery. Slight bready / perfumy aroma also along with some yeastiness.

Taste: It's surprisingly malty on the taste. Very crackery with a generic, flat Noble hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Lots of skunkiness on the palate, not so pleasant. Surprising given that this seems like a fresh beer and the fact that it's canned should reduce the light-struck effect. The hops just don't have that crisp refreshingness that I was hoping for. That being said, the bitterness accumulates over time and builds on the finish as you drink more of it. This is not what I was expecting from a classic Czech pilsner. This beer comes off way too sweet and really needs some brightness to make it more drinkable in my opinion. It's far from undrinkable, you can easily put it down, but it's just not very enjoyable.

Feel: Decent level of carbonation and the mouthfeel is light to medium. This beer may benefit from a touch more carbonation.

Overall: A little disappointing. It's arguably a step up from American macro beer, but that's not saying much. This beer is drinkable when it's cold, but I would say don't even try to drink this if it's not cold as it would be completely undrinkable.

Feb 09, 2021
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JuanPn from Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ithe only thing that made me have it that low, is the pine bitter taste

i am not into bitter beers, especially IPAs.. this taste like IPA but pine instead of grapefruit

Jan 30, 2021
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MercInc from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The standard on which to judge all others of this style. Pours a pure pale gold color, with a white head in a pilsner glass at a measured 40 degrees. Bready nose, with some hops. Has a smooth mouth feel and very clean finish. Thisis one to keep in the beer fridge for all occasions.

Jan 09, 2021
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Beershaker from Canada (ON)

3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Looks like a golden, clear Pilsner. Hey, it’s the first Pilsner ever in the world! Head broke down pretty quickly.

Smell: Malt. It smells a little bit skunky for some reason.

Taste: Malt aroma is obvious, but bitterness is way to dominant on top of the malt aroma. That bitterness doesn’t go away after swallowing. It tastes unbalanced.

Feel: Medium-carbonation. Medium-body. Doesn’t leave unpleasant mouthfeel in the mouth.

Overall: Bitterness is over-dominating compares to malt aroma, and it makes this beer unbalanced. The skunk smell is not so pleasant.

Dec 31, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

C: Clear transparent, little head retention, not much lacing its alright lookin

S: Malty, little to no hop or spice, yeasty bread smell

T: Malty biscuit flavor, with a slight hop finish; very good

F: bubbly effervescence, smooth and creamy finish; really good

Overall: $2.00, 4.4%ABV, 12 fl oz., No Bottled date, Best by May 26th 2021, 48.1ºF (8.94ºC), 40 IBU

This is a good beer, light definitely a session beer with a good taste and honest quality ingredients. I give it a 87.

Dec 14, 2020
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runefish from England

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favourite pilsner - but from draft in Prague -, I just kept wanting to drink it. Its slightly bitter, the taste is mild to start then hits in the middle. Pours and looks like a typical golden lager, nice head that lasts till the last sip. Highly recommended on draft.

Dec 08, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at European Street Cafe in Jacksonville Florida.
Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a beer mug.
Appears a clear golden yellow with a nice foamy head that lasted.
Smells biscuity, floral, lemony.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall I can see why this is The Pilsener that is the standard for all Czechoslovakia Republic Pilseners.
I would definitely like to try this on tap.

Dec 07, 2020
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