Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DrJay
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour. Fizzy head that disappeared soon after pouring and yielded no lace. Very mild floral hop aroma. Faint smell of grains. Light sweetness with quite a strong hop bitterness. Fairly crisp, with plenty of carbonation. Medium body, medium smoothness. Dry finish with plenty of residual hop bitterness.

500 mL can with best before date on the bottom.

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Photo of Todd
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with a foil neck wrap. No freshness date, but there is a batch number.

Appearance: Golden and clear with a lot of C02 activity. The heads stays as a thin creamy lace with bubbles.

Smell: Mild sulfur notes, with aromatic medly of light hop and malt.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing straight from the begining. A nice amount of dextrin sweetness, followed by a lemony tea-like hop flavour. Finishes with a strong aftertaste.

Notes: Claiming to be "The First Pilsner On Earth," this brew is by far the grandfather of the Pilsner style.

Update 12/29/2001 ...

This beer has definitely been altered/modernized, along with its packaging. This is not the same Pilsner Urquell your daddy used to drink. Softer on the palate now with less hop character and its "skunk" character has been smoothed out a lot.

Once the defining Pilsner, now not much different than any other mediocre to average Czech Pils. And, although the beer is brewed at the same location, all of the brewing equipment has been replaced by modern equipment and the hops are now 75% hop extract!! -- no wonder it tastes different now.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 19 June 2002. This beer defines the pilsener style w/ it's beautiful yellow color & clarity, nice aroma & slightly hoppy taste. However, I guess I'm into 'big beers'. For its style, it does a very nice job, but it certainly doesn't 'wow' me.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living in the Czech republic for 3 months I've tasted lots of this ohh so common czech beer. Its certainly a gorgeous beer to look at with a creamy head that leaves a well defined lacing.

Even fresh from the keg there is some skunk to it, could have been a bad keg on my most recent tasting. The bottle is worse though. It's more noticiable in the smell thankfully. After the skunk the smell is mostly hops.

The taste of hops is the strongest element of this beer. It's saaz hops, but not as spicy as some of the other czech pils. Theres some maltiness under the surface, which gives the hoppy bite a nice balance. Small notes of sulfer actually work into the flavor.

The aftertaste kills this beer for me though. The lingering taste of the hops feels extremely tinny in my mouth leaving me to wonder what kind of processing it goes through.

Then I take another sip, and it's all good till I swallow.

Lots of carbonation and a good mouthfeel. Unfortuantely aftertaste kills this beer. There are much better pils out there, even if this was the first.

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Photo of kegerator
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pale yellow with thin ring of head around the edge. smell was quite grainy with a slight hint of earthy hop. taste was about the same yet the hop profile seemed a little more citrusy then the aroma led on. light bodied and finishes light and crisp. All in all not bad. I would drink this again on a nice warm summer night.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with freshness date on the back of June 25 10. Very goldish color with about an inch of head. Very little carbonation. Very little lacing left on the glass. Pretty well balanced brew. Some smooth hops and malts. A few minty, herb notes in the flavor profile. More of a taste of grass than anything. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Pretty drinkable, I could put back a few of these.

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Photo of Winter
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head that disappated quickly. Bubbles present from carbonation. Aroma consisted of hops with a slight fruitiness to it. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Taste has an initial hop bitterness to it with a bready malt with a slight lemony tang to it. Finish was a little bitter with a slight skunkiness to it.

I remember last having this about 4 or 5 years ago and it seems to have lost something in the meantime. PIlsner Urquell once seemed to be the benchmark for other Pilsners to be compared to. It is still a good Pils, but not something I'd hold in such high regard anymore.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed this. This was my introduction to Czech Pilsners, and it didn't disappoint.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with white head.

S - Grains and straw. Maybe some honey?

T - Sweet, which is what I was looking for.

M - Crisp and smooth. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Great introduction (for me) to Czech Pilsners.

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Photo of Johnwesleyhardin
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little more rich in color and has a better head than big brew american lagers.

S - Smells like a bud light. The smell is disappointing. But the flavor does make up for it to an extent. Very hard to pick out anything in the smell.

T - In spite of the smell, the taste works out to be pretty good. Certainly not outstanding, but I would be happy to have a few of them. Far better than the American lager smell would indicate. Very bitter at the end, but I don't mind bitter and actually liked that aspect of the flavor.

M - Has a pleasant mouthfeel, goes down easy.

D - The best part of this beer is its refreshingness. That quality is what makes it something I would buy occasionally. Good if kept chilled but not ice cold and would be nice for a warm day, outdoors. Goes well with nachos and baseball.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good 8 mths over the best before date.
1 I have to start checking dates
2.Be reluctant to go back to that store.
This was a bit of a disappointment.The smell was sour and not inviting at all.
The flavour was middle of the road but thee was some flowerey notes at the finish.
If this bottle is true to form , not a beer I would get excited about as it doesnt stand out from the pack.But I will try one in date and see how it compares.

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Photo of nickss
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle a light golden haze. Light, 1/4" head, yet the consistency of the head is surprisingly thick, and not as active as I would have thought.

The aroma contains a fair bit of malt in it, but whatever other aromas there may have been are overwhelmed by skunkiness. I wonder, is it the light green bottle?.. I'm sure that can't help. Regardless, this brew is not what it used to be.

The flavour contains some malt, surprisingly little in the way of hops. Reminds me of Grolsch, which is certainly not a good thing.

The mouthfeel is about the only thing this beer does right. Crisp, yet creamy... nice.

While this brew is moderately refreshing, lending points to its drinkability, its skunkiness is so overwhelming that it puts me off. This is certainly nothing compared to Victory's Prima.

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Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at home. Clear straw yellow with a thin white head. Notes of pilsner malts, bitter generic hops, interesting unripe red fruit - like raspberries and strawberries - followed by a malt sweetness that drags it down a bit. Light bodied, high carbonation, refreshing finish.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body with a small white head that fell very fat.Some bubbles.

Malt and grassy hops.

Hop bitterness and bready malt.

Dead on for carbonation and pretty smooth when it was cold,as it warmed it got a little harsh.

Really good and refreshing and would be a good beer for anyone who wants to break into the craft beer scene without drinking a beer thats to "craft" I liked it alot and would have again, on tap this time.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pilsner Urquell produces about a finger thick brigh white head that dissipates quickly. The body is golden in color and is ultra clear.

This gives off aromas of freshly mown hay and lightly toasted breads.

This starts of with the toasted bread taste, but is quickly dominated by the bitter hops finish.

This feels very crisp and great with about any food I can think of except desert or something sweet.

Overall this was pretty good, but I like the Czech Budweiser (Budvar) better.

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Photo of Portertime
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For the mass produced pilseners, this one isn't too bad. I enjoyed it well chilled in my classic pilsener glass. Poured a dark golden color with a fairly nice head. Smelled of slightly grassy hops and a touch of malt sweetness. Tasted of slight lemongrass with a mild sweetness upfront and then a Saaz hop drying finish.

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Photo of jibjib513
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle to pint glass (didn't have a flute or pilsner glass handy).

Appearance (4.0): Golden, clean and champagne-esque carbonation.

Smell (4.0): Fresh, clean, hint of "skunk" but nice.

Taste (2.5): The taste at first is pretty good, but that aftertaste is a bit too bitter for my taste. I am still a novice at pilsners so I can't say if this is as it should be or if my bottle is defective.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Average, nothing amazing or anything.

Overall (3.5): As stated before, I'm novice at tasting pilsners. The bitterness in the aftertaste is almost overwhelming. I can enjoy this beer but I'm not sure if this is "true to taste" or not.

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Photo of h20mbh
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a-honey golden in colour

s-slightly sweet, hints of a non-citrus hop

t-bitterness and body come through, strong flavour for a 4.4 abv beer

m-thick body for a pilsner and only lightly carbonated

o-the original pilsner, benchmark for all other pilsners

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Photo of daryk77
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

The green bottles don't do this beer any favors, would love to have this fresh at the source. Light grain flavor with some grassiness from the hops. I think the shipping process doesn't do the beer any favors, flavors are a bit dull.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pilsner Urquell pours a deep gold (darker than a lager). The head was short and dissipated quickly. Also there was a lot of carbonation, which made it almost look like ginger ale.

There is a lack of smell, but the little I could pick up was sweet.

Pilsner Urquell taste is dry and bitter. There is a floral grassy taste after the initial bitterness.

The beer has a decent body, that gives a the tongue a good tingle.

Overall Pilsner Urquell is a great tasting beer, but like many of the European pils and lagers it looks your mouth thirsty for more. To me it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mattster
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl oz bottle and poured into Weisen glass.

Pours nice head of 1.4" which dies down to after a minute. Brew is clear yellow to lt amber with bubbles.

Initial smell is typical import beer smell, but after a couple of minutes, it opens up to slightly floral aroma with herbal tones. Taste is initially slightly sour, but bitterness becomes more palatable. Finishes with minimal aftertaste. Not a great beer, but definitly a good alternative to BMC brews.

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Photo of brewQ
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This "draft" was poured a dark gold with a puffy white head.
I couldn't discern the hop subtleties in the bar environment.

The flavor had a hint of sweetness and then finished abruptly.
Likely fine with the style but not my favorite profile.
Certainly had marks of quality and certainly drinkable.

I can't help but wonder if this delicate brew will suffer as it is pushed into more distribution. The corporate marketing boys will dummy this profile into extinction.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got into a conversation with a girl going to the gabf about how i'm not a huge fan of pilsners. She told me this one was "amazing" so I decided to give it a try. I think average would be a better way to describe it.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a decent sized bubbly pure white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass in a minute. Slight lacing.

Smells of some hop spice, and saaz hops.

Tastes of faint noble hops, most notably saaz. Hop spice, and a tiny bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, with above average carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at Maccaroni Grill in East Hanover...
From the bottle, poured into a frosty serving glass a light-copper, sunny amber appearance with no head at all and no lacing either...
Bland, watered-down, corny and grainy taste - very light, crisp, and refereshing with hardly any aroma present at all save for some grains and a light-amber essence...
This beer went down very easily - almost akin to water, and thanks to the low 4.4% ABV, this one would make a decent session beer that is easy to drink, refreshing, although somewhat lacking in the flavor and light mouthfeel department...
Decent, but nothing above-and-beyond...

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Photo of mralphabet
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a slightly lighter color than copper, about a finger and a half worth of head that settles to a ring with nice lacing.

S: Little hops, little sweet malt with a hint of grass.

T: Very well balanced, starts kind of sweet with a little honey and lemon, then finishes with a light hoppiness.

M: Light to Mid bodied with nice crispness and light carbonation.

D: Low ABV, good balance and tastes good.... Not a bad Pilsener pretty average.... don't run out looking for it, but if you see it, give it try.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a signature pilsner urquell glass, two fingers fluffy head fade to an uneven layer of lace that looks quite frankly chunky and moldy, clear bright golden straw color.

s- noble, sweet grains, not overly skunky but there is a hint of metallic smell.

t- echos nose, hop presence is more bold here, moderately bitter a little lingering, sweet grains, no metallic.

m- light and coating.

d- okay, i remember it being better but it's certainly drinkable and sessionable. better than other czech pils that i've had.

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