Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of h20mbh
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -10.5%

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 -10.7%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of sabalon
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the beer poured yellow in color with a nice white head, leaving a lace on the glass as it disappaited.
i could smell malt and clear hops. a light carmel flavor upfront with hops on the finish. it was nicely carbonated with a good bite on the finish.
I would choose for a nice summer quencher, very refreshing.

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Photo of clvand0
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at the local pub. Pours a golden, almost amber color. It has a moderate head that dies off quickly but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The color threw me off a bit because I was expecting the normal clear yellow for the pilsner. The aroma is malty and grainy. The flavor is a little spicy with the malts being the prevalent taste. There is a little bit of a wheat taste and also some fruits in the back, but not too strong. Finishes bitter. Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of kRaa
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden color with a medium head. Head disappears pretty quickly.

S - Sweet malty aroma combined with a smell of grass.

T - Taste of malt and grass. Slightly bitter taste.

M - Waterty mouthfeel with a lively carbonation.

D - An average beer, but compared to other pilsners it's probably a bit above average. Not bad at all, but on the other hand not that exciting.

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Photo of GrizzlyBehr
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pint glass

appearance- a golden color with bubbly head

smell- light and grassy smell of hops

taste- a very solid pilsner taste, not overly hoppy good balance

mouthfeel- pretty average for a pilsner

overall- a solid pilsner and the original

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A moderately sexy beer, this one is a clear, sunflowery yellow with speedy bubbles that convene to form a meringuey white head.

Smell: Sweet, nutty malts and kind of grassy hops. Some bready yeast rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Underwhelming but not bad. Fairly bland, but with a mildly bitter, leafy hop character that makes this a little more interesting than most of the other "pilseners" out there. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean! I could ask for a little bit more effervesence considering the light body, but this is fairly refreshing as is.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, and it's pretty good for the price. I'd say, serve this one at a party... those Saaz hops might raise some eyebrows without offending anybody. Pair with relatively sharp cheeses (cheddar, smoked gouda, bleu, asiago).

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having had a many pints of this classic beer on draught in Prague, I was eager to find it here in London, only to find myself disappointed a little bit by the tap-version. This time I'll see if the bottled-version does any good...

A: served in a pint glass, it pours a dark golden hue, with a foamy head to dissipate slowly; nice carbonated body, not over the top but quite normal as well.
S: the beer's special scent mixed of sour maltiness mixed with lemony and grassy hops is there, but somehow lacks the slightly sharp edge as appeared on-tap--biscuity malts, and softly fruity (mildly apple-ish & sugar-cane-ish) hops on top of more grassy and sour hoppyness, sustain well, with a touch of butter. But overall, the aroma is more timid and restrained compared to the draught version.
T&M: bitter taste of aromatic and grassy hops on top of biscuity malts prevail, but neither appears as pronouced and the palate also lacks the bready texture expected. The flavour upfront is depleted of draught version's slightly astringent and lovely-conflicting and crisp mouthfeel of lemony citrus... leaving some moderate bitterness with leafy hoppyness in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, yet a bit flat if the softly-carbonated body is not taken into account.
D: overall the body is thin-medium and the flavour fails big time as compared to the tap version consumed here in London, which in turn is far inferior to the real stuff on draught (unfiltered? at least so it looked like) at a good Urquell's pub in Plzen or Prague (e.g. U Pinkasu). Maybe the filtering process for bottling has robbed the beer of some distinctive elements which makes it such a refreshingly and tasty Pils widely loved in Bohemia. But so do a lot of people lament the quality of this classic brew as compared to the days before SAB Miller took over the business. Well, such is life I suppose, that one has to compromise so many good things in life with uncontrollable forces.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a typical clear pilsner amber, a little darker than most I have seen. Aroma is firm and malty, not strong but still inviting. Flavor is crisp, malty, typical of a pilsner but a little richer than the average brew of this type. Refreshing, enjoyable, good with lunch or dinner.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear golden yellow in color. A thin white head appears but doesn't stick around for the show. Offers some minimal lacing.

Nose offers some light hops and a fair dose of sweet malts penetrating through the lager stillness. This continues to the tongue with the moderate sweetness of the malts dominating, at least until the finish when a bit of dry smoke presents itself. Sweet and dry at the same time from front to back, though more on the sweet side of the equation.

Has a perky carbonation that isn't enough to kick up much of a head but does help the medicine go down, as the finish is a bit gooey sweet like cough medicine. Drink is also limited for the same reason.

Smoke flavors surprised me as did the sweetness, though the freshness of the beer was in question and it did follow a lighter Peroni.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a thick but short lived bright white head that slowly faded into nothingness. Some patches of stick lace were left down the glass.
S: Light sweet notes of light malt and honey-like sugars and grains. Crisp and clean smelling.
T: Dry roasted grains, a kiss of honeyesque sweet malt, and a balancing earthy hops in the finish. The finish is peppery and earthy with slightly bitter hops, and the aftertaste is has a touch of minerally yeast.
M: Light crisp body, clean and smooth mouthfeel with scrubbing carbonation and a drying finish. Easy to drink.
O: I hear this beer isn't like it used to be but it’s obviously still very drinkable. I’d put it as average for the style though as I've had many that are better.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a little disappointed with a beer with this reputation being so common. Head is short lived with some lacing. Smell is heavy malt. The taste, has some interest, but cheaper beers have more.
It's ok, buy a case on sale for a summer party. (I believe, this beer lost much of it's appeal when it went mainstream.)

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2/6/16 Chicago (11.2 Oz Bottle (Best before 6/5/16 date) poured into Flute glass. Bright clear straw blonde colour, heavy immediate carbonation, slowed but steadied after initial pour. Medium white head, no lacing. Pleasant pilsner aroma of bread malt and grassy hops. Crisp clean dry taste, minimal hops, nice bitterness mix. Thin texture offset by solid carbonation mix, easy drinking. Overall good offering and I'll enjoy the rest of the 12 bottles this winter.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Reviewed from brief notes.

A: Pristine golden color with a slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a foamy cap. A few wisps of lace linger along the sides of the glass.

S: A bit earthy with a lot of grainy aromas. Some bready malts as well. Weak hops beg for attention, but never quite take the lead.

T: Bready malts up front, with a bit of sweetness. A light hop bitterness underneath. Finishes strange and slightly metallic.

M: Fairly light, but heavier than the average BMC offering. Crisp and invigorating carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Definitely a drinkable beverage, but not one I'd visit solely for enjoyment. This is best paired with food and outdoor activities. Served its purpose well at a BBQ after a long day of work.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Ugly large bubbles and clumpy looking melted marshmallow head that I don't want to drink. Pale clear gold body.

S: Fresh bread is the first and most prominent. Other things I can't place.

T: Actually pretty good. One of the only pilsners that I have actually really enjoyed the taste of. Light hops and clean citrus, a little musk.

M: Just kind of there. Didn't notice anything good or bad, so just average. I would describe it as balanced as far as carbonation and viscosity. The hatred of the head plays into the score though, I tried to "drink around it" if that makes any sense.

O: Overall (I'm glad this is now overall instead of "drinkability") it is a beer that I would leave in the bottle next time to drink. It's a solid beer with a clean finish and 4.4% abv.

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Photo of Zraly
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden yellow with a fluffy, pocked white head. It laced nicely down the sides of the glass.

The overall smell and flavor of this pilsner was on the skunky side for me. My initial sip was actually quite pleasant...it had a sugar cookie flavor to it, with a hint of grain and honey. But, as the beverage warmed the slightest bit, it seemed to develop an "off" taste...and the skunk element seemed to increase as well. So essentially one must drink this fast :) But overall, a good brew.

As for the body, there is a fullness to beverage, even though it lighter by nature. I sense that it has potential and/or has the makings of a good beer. I'd like to try it on tap. Appropriate for the summertime?

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just bought a brand-new Czech-made Amati alto saxophone and I thought I would toast my new purchase with a nice Czech beer. I was disappointed. Not with the sax. With the beer.

I didn't get much of a head and I thought the taste was too thin; the aftertaste was quite bitter. However, the malty sweetness of the aroma was wonderful. I'd like to try my luck with another bottle of Pilsener Urquell; God only knows how long this one sat under the lights of my neighborhood Carrefour.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

This beer went from cult status to mass-produced over the past couple of decades. Even without a recipe change, many have noted a difference.

Clear and deep golden, filtered and pasteurized for extended shelf life. The lacing and head retention of this lager is quite amazing as it leaves a massive crowning ring on the glass and several rings further down. Clean, spicy herbal hop aroma with a graininess that is of fresh cut grass. Very smooth and crisp with a moderately-sized body. Sweet maltiness with biscuity and dried hay flavors. Bitterness from the hops helps to balance the small amount of malt sweetness that is present and goes a bit further with a pleasant spicy herbal note. Finishes dry with a faint metallic taste which is no doubt a by-product of the pasteurization.

A shell of its former self: globalization, growth and popularity all have their drawbacks, and you can see it in today's PU. Processed and overly clean compared to years past, yet still worth a try if you have not tried it before.

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