Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
prazdrojvisit.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,796
Reviews:
1,480
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.93%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,796 |  Reviews: 1,480
Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of USAF77
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Im a fan of German and Czech Pilsners so my review will be rather subjective. I found the aroma grainy, hoppy and pleasant.Not overly bitter at all. The kind of aroma that begs to be drank immediately. The color was "Pilsner" in all its beauty. To me it just "Looks" like Beer should look. A lovely pour with a nice head that begs to be tasted first.

To the palate its crisp, refreshing, and reminds me of why it was so easy to sit all day in a beer tent. With a quality Pilsner like this one you always feel like you can have one more beer. Its very well balanced, looks lovely golden, and refreshes while still retaining a nice Hoppy after taste so why stop after one or two? Its really a lovely beer to just look at as the light hits it in its glass.

Ive made it my "go to" Pilsner. Oh there will be other ones but Urquell is easy to find and never dissapoints.

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Photo of bret27
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell: Hops, caramel, little skunky. In the green bottles so may have got some light exposure. Skunk Fades on later smells

Appearance: Pale amber, white foamy head. Crystal clear.

Taste: Super smooth and clean, no skunk luckily, honey and caramel. Light saaz hoppiness.

mouthfeel/aftertaste: clean and honeyish. Clean slight bitter hop finish lingers.

Overall: The classic bohemian pils. Not a super beer, but a super drinkable pils w/a lot of history behind it.

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Photo of ldhughes3
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant light gold color with rich white cap and classic lacing.

Aroma of light cracker malt and new mown hay. Floral, slightly spicy hops.

Taste of light malt and firm hop bitterness which lasts into the aftertaste.

The original Pilsner, or, close enough. Beautiful golden color, unmistakable hoppy, malty, Pilsner, flavor, the standard to which the others are compared. Some compare quite favorably, some don't, but there can be only one original. The first Pilsner I would recommend for someone who wants to try the style but only if it's fresh, which around here isn't usually the case.

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Photo of JoKo
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pilsner glass. This beer produced about an inch/inch and a half white head. Dark golden in color, clear and high in carbonation. The smell was "skunk" right up front, probably due to the use of Saaz hops. I do find this to be a pleasant attribute and I believe the brewer intended for the beer to have a strong hop smell and taste as well. Again, the taste was Saaz hops right up front giving it a nice bitter kick with a fine balance of malts lingering in the background to even it out. This beer has a biscuit taste. Overall, this beer would probably appeal to Heineken, Grolsch, and other Euro Pale Lager or Pilsner drinkers. It is a very complex but drinkable brew.

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Photo of Tomrot
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner, and one of the first true Czech pilsner's I've had. Pours clear gold with a bright white head. Saaz and honey with a straw aroma. No metal to complain about. Won't overwhelm you. Pleasant sweet-with-bitter hop and malt blend. Tastes pure and clean.

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Photo of TrinkGermanBier
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's on tap at my house, one of my favs.

Appearance: Dark gold color, very nice thick head that unfortunately disappears within 3 minutes, no lacing.
Smell: Malty
Taste: To me, almost perfect, definetly not a heavy beer by any standards. However a domestic beer drinker will probably find it on the heavy side (Coors Light and Miller Lite drinkers stay away, it's mine)
Mouthfeel: Sweet no bitters
Drinkability: Very drinkable. For those experimenting with Europeans, make this your third or fourth. Don't start out with this one.

I believe this beer is so good that I'm surprised that it owns such a small market share.

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Photo of Holderness
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me a lot of Jack's Abby House Lager, but is invariably going to be less fresh, more expensive, and has a somewhat bitter herbal finish that doesn't go well with the semi-sweetness imparted by the bready malts. Basically a loaf of honey wheat bread in a bottle. Refreshing and surprisingly filling

77/100

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Photo of bgreg3
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App.- Has a strong golden appearance, foam sticks around for a bit and is in beautiful contrast with the gold). It just looks like I will enjoy this one.

smell- Very centered around hops (noble I believe), sweet malt background and a pungent sulfur part to it as well.

taste-The strong "euro skunk" flavor (as I like to call it) is the first thing I taste and it comes in strong. After that it mellows out to a sweet malty flavor and a brilliant hoppy finish

MF-Could be a bit more carbonation and has a medium feel to it. Very dry finish and quick drinker.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a mug with a two finger high frothy and bright white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and left lacy rings around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and floral hops in the nose along with some notes of hints of sweetness and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some associated malty sweetness. There are some hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: This beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable. I would definitely pair this with foods or order it with an appetizer to cleanse my palate.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green 500ml bottle with gold papered neck: BBD 6 Mar 2014, poured at home into a Fosters badged pint sleeve on 21 Aug 2013.

I've had this beer so many times in bottle and draught form I could almost write this without the need of opening the bottle in front of me: but I'm going too.

Looks fine: golden, clear, clean and bright. On top a snow white covering of tight bubbles.

Good hop nose, with some grain notes in the aroma too.

The taste is semi-sweet, yet with a hop lead and a bitter hop finish. Tangy and sharp tasting, still a great beer after all these years, even though it's brewery owners are now South African.

Really pleased I opened the bottle and revisited such a good, old friend.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Feb 25 13. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Thin white head on top. Some small islands and strands of lacing.

Smell: Herbal/floral/spicy noble hop smell with a hint of skunk thrown in the back.

Taste: Crisp, pilsner malt followed by spicy/floral/herbal strong hop finish. Definitely on the bitter side of things.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, hop oil noted to stick to teeth. Thickness just a hair thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: A good simple pilsner. Nicely hoppy, gets a bit better as it warms up. Went well with food. Very drinkable, I could easily have another 1 or 2 of these with no problem and indeed, I kind of want another one.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1842..it was a very good year apparantly.
This is a beer I've been enjoying for years and it rarely disappoints. I know a lot of people complain about skunkiness but I've had very few Pilsners that haven't been right there. I've had quite a few too, including the year I lived in Poland, only 30km from the Czech border. In fact, if you ever get the chance, visit the brewery and take a tour and they'll take you down to the basement and let you try the unfiltered goodness in the vats there..awesome.
The appearance is a medium gold color with a fine head that flattens quickly to almost nothing. The smell is fresh and grainy but otherwise unremarkable.
The taste is dry and bitter with a nice hop presence on the roof of the mouth that lasts long after the sip. Round is a good word to describe the taste as well. Mouthfeel is sharp although maybe the carbonation is okay with this one.
This is a classic and the inspiration for the direction of European beer for generations. Definitely okay in the bottle but even better on tap, especially on the continent..give it a shot.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

straw golden, thin fizzy head dissipated. no lacing.
musty, caramel from malt, faint hop notes.
buttery caramel with an aggressive floral and semi-grapefruitish hop finish, spicy and gritty on palate.
light, crisp body and mouthfeel with a drying finish.

nice simple and suprisingly bitter (for what I was expecting) pilsener that is easy to enjoy and could def prove sessionable.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear golden color with some fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of lace
S - mostly grassy hops and a bit of skunkiness and a bit of spiciness as well
T - really grassy hops, enjoyable level of skunkiness, bready malts in the back, on the bitter side overall, maybe a spice here and a floral note there but the grass dominates
M - light bodied, crisp, and definitely refreshing, could use just a little bit more
D - I definitely could pick up a 6 pack in the summer and go through it pretty quickly

I'm not particularly crazy about this pils but it's such a great example of the style. If you like pilsners, it's a must try.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-9-07

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with little bubbles rising to the surface. No real head, and leaves a clean glass.

Smell is slightly sweet, with a little bit of earthy hops.

Taste is quite good, well balanced grassy hops with a nice maltiness. Finish is lightly bitter and very dry.

Mouthfeel is also very good, nice carbonation makes it obscenely refreshing.

Drinkability is fantastic, light but very flavorful.

Overall a very good beer, and a good example of the style. Perfect for hot, thirsty weather.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold with fluffy white head, good distribution, good retention. Smells of honey malt and noble hops with a slight minerality. Taste is of honey, noble hops with a grassy, lingering hop bitterness. Watery, refreshing mouthfeel. Great warm weather beer.

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Photo of Bonis
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pschul4
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a gift from my roommate Joel, Thanks buddy!

A- Pours a clear gold with an inch of white foamy head. Off to a good start!

S-Lots of sweet malt in the scent, nothing in terms of hops. Could be better but not awful

T- I was wrong about there being 0 hops, there is definitely a little bitterness in the middle but its clean malts all the way around. Not bad in any sense but not mind blowing

M- Tons of carbonation which stings the mouth, could do with some calming down in this area

O- I liked this way more than I thought I would. If given for free again I will gladly accept!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6.3 fl oz bottle. Pours out a clear, golden color with a medium sized head. The aroma is slightly malty with spicy hops. Flavor starts out malty and sweet. There is some apple fruitiness in the middle. Finishes with a long lasting hoppiness. The hops are bitter and spicy. Medium mouthfeel with a higher than average carbonation. Good drinkability. A large bottle of this stuff is gone in no time. Good stuff.

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Photo of hylton44
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original! And one I like better with every bottle. P.U. is a rich, dark yellow color with a medium head. It has a sharp, citrusy nose, promising (and ultimately delivering) a satisfying blend of sour lemon and strong hoppy bitterness.

I like how the first taste sensation I have is sharp, sweet, and clean; but how this "solid block" of tangy bitterness pushes across the back of my tongue, almost like a fine, super-sharp, aged cheese. But far more clean, of course. A great thirst-quencher, but with enough character and bitterness to keep you from tossing too many down in a hurry.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notebook.

A. Clear golden straw color with a two finger layer of soapy foamy suds that leaves lovely lacing behind, decent retention time.

S. A really nice dollop of pilsner spice hops with a smaller amount of grassy / herbal harmonizing in the background.

T,M. Lemon and herbals up front, pale malt middle, finishes crisp, dry, and spicy. Heavy carbonation amplifies the spicy hopping quite nicely, and the lighter body keeps the beer from being too filling. My only nitpick is that all that bubbly carb action sometimes makes it feel slightly 'raspy' on the tongue, but this is actually quite tolerable.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,796 ratings.
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