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Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic

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 GSS
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The first time I drank this stuff many years ago, I hated it. Presumably I was not used to the taste of hops because I had only ever drank macro stuff at that point. Moving along...

Brilliant golden hue with a generous puffy white head that lasts for a few minutes before settling to a decent cap and lacing. Carbonation looks very high if the ridiculous quantity of bubbles streaming to the surface are any indication. Smell is nice but nothing special; grassy hops, malt sweetness and some faint apple juice notes.

Taste is very nice - some sweet biscuit and grain malt flavors are quickly overpowered by earthy, floral Saaz hoppiness that extends into the finish. Crisp and clean, this is pilsener to a tee; not surprising to read that this was the first one ever made. Light-ish mouthfeel and surprisingly moderate carbonation. This stuff is ridiculously drinkable, unless you do not like the taste of beer.

Even though I am constantly trying new beers, I always bump into Pilsner once in a while at a pub or liquor store with only the basics, and I never regret picking it. Worth a try, and always recommended.

[Updated Nov. 16 2013]

I pick up cans of this on a fairly regular basis, as I am living in an area where craft beers, and quality ales in particular, are not all that readily available. We've got lots of lagers though, and I'm convinced this is one of the best widely-available ones in the world. It amazes me that this is actually cheaper than some Euro lagers like Stella or Heineken. It has a nice, varied floral noble hop presence, with a touch of diacetyl and biscuity malts. I still won't touch the green bottles, but for me a cold can of PU is a welcome addition to any night.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz retro can. Pours a clear golden straw color with over an inch of head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma of cereal, cut grass, hay and Pilsner malt. Sweet and slightly sour. The taste is cut grass, hay and cereal. Some slight funk finishes with grassy hops and some toasted bread. Light mouthfeel and insanely drinkable. Perfect for summer. I've had this a few times in the green bottle but I had heard its way better in a can, not skunked. I must say this seems to be the case. This can is way better than the skunked bottle ones. Overall, very solid Pils I would grab again.

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Photo of rkarimi
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold with a small white carbonated head. Head retention is average, fades to no head. No lacing. Mild malty/slightly skunky aroma.

Tastes good. It's a pilsner, nothing is going to overwhelm you but there is mild bitterness and grassy/bready malt. Malt is stronger than the bitterness. The taste is somewhere between Heineken and Warsteiners, with Warsteiners being more malty.

Mouthfeel is just right, not watery like a cheap macro lager, and crisp.

This beer is not as good as the Budvar, but still a tasty Czech pilsner. This one would work from a lawnmower beer all the way to a session beer. Nice!!

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Photo of Donkster46
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bearrunner44
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden-amber. Pillowy, two-finger white head.

Smell: Juicy, spicy hops with a backbone of creamy malt goodness. Crisp.

Taste: Smooth, almost creamy malt. A little on the dry side, with a lightly toasted character. Hopping is fairly assertive, but narrow in scope; it provides a spicy bite, but not an expansive herbal flavor. Very purposeful. The hops remain detectable all the way through the finish, and a touch of buttery diacetyl smooths it out towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with a sturdy malt backdone appropriate for the style.

Verdict: A prototype pilsner. I've had better ones, but this is a textbook example of the style. It represents it well.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first true Czech Pilsner and it was very ejoyable. The look is crystal clear and a beautiful light bronze with a moderate head that thins down quickly, but laces throughout the glass. The fruity overlay creates an interesting first impression, and it fills in nicely with a fullness of grainy body. I understand this beer needs to be quite fresh because of the packaging or it will spoil rather quickly. Fortunately, mine seemed absolutely fresh. Recommended for a nice session beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this can at the local Fred Meyer store. Poured a clear golden yellow color similar to a filtered apple juice, with a couple fingers worth of bright white head that settles very quickly. Low to moderate carbonation bubbles. Smell is of faint grass, a slight bit of fruity aroma as well. Taste is classic pilsner, some light hop flavor, very thin, Some malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is very light, low aftertaste, moist finish. Drinkability is good, very sessionable.

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Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had one of these in well over twenty years, but as I recall, I liked them well enough. So when I saw a single at the beer store, I had to buy it.

Poured a crystal clear, dark yellow with a moderate head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was initially skunky, but after a while it lost the skunk and smelled a little like bubblegum. The taste was malt sweet, no bitterness. A bit of a metallic taste, but it didn't turn me off. The feel was light bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability was very good.

Memory had served me well, like meeting an old friend you hadn't seen in a while.

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Photo of micropale
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sephyrott
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that started it all. The generic name "pilsner" I has the honor of actually visiting the brewery when I lived in Prague and tried this unfiltered too. Whoa... thats strong. Glad to see the Pilser Urqull is making its way around the states.

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Photo of ShireReeve
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Tulip Glass

Appearance: A golden, almost brassy color. High enough clarity to just about read a newspaper through it. A nice, three finger head with an aggressive pour. Some patchy lacing, that sticks around the entire session. The head is thick and lumpy similar to ice cream. It dissipates, in a few minutes, to a one finger head but it stays clumpy.

Smell: Bready yeast, similar to dough. Floral hints, but very faint.

Taste: I got a slight hint of grains in the front as it hit my palette. Rather neutral in the middle but a nice dry champagne finish from the hops at the end.

Mouth Feel: Very light and refreshingly crips. Carbonation was average. A defined dry finish.

Overall: I love the first grainy drops that hit the palate. A little misleading because it only gives way to a nice dry hop finish. I like this beer. I am not much of a pilsner drinker but I enjoyed this beer. There is quality to this beer but I can taste a little bit of a something in the aftertaste that reminds me of Miller Lite. Like the skin of a walnut.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I came down with a pretty bad pilsner craving a few days ago and this is the result...

A - Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a nice white head. There's a bit of lacing as well. Quite a few carbonation bubbles.

S - This is a very fragrant brew. The smells of spicy hops and yeast hit my nose before I even lifted the glass.

T - Hoppy bitterness is balanced nicely with malt. A little spicy with a dry finish.

M - Light to medium bodied and very carbonated.

D - The original pilsner is still a solid beer. A great example of the style.

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Photo of Risenhower
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jfredett
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unpasteurised, at U Rudolfina, Praha.
Deep golden color, without any bubbles. Beautiful white head, quite creamy on top. Good appearance.
Fresh smell, with a good hop, and yeasty notes. Fresh and inviting. With a good malty base.
Malty start in the mouth, quickly balanced by a good, intense bitterness, fresh.
For sure, quite different from the bottled version (and a lot better).
Great drinkability.

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Photo of Brittian
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold color with lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head is thick, foamy, and white and dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells toasty with heavy hop character.

Taste: Starts with some hoppy bitterness and finishes with some toasty/buttery flavors. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: This is the classic pilsner for a reason. Very drinkable with some nice flavor. A must-have for any beer lover.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml can poured 6/6/14. Date on the can (I assume "best by") is July 22, 2014.

Pours clear, dark golden. Surprisingly small head. Lots of carbonation. Beautiful color, disappointing head. Smell is nice, crisp, yeasty, slightly spicy. Some straw.

Taste is spicy, and surprisingly sweet. Bready.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, less than the crispness I wanted. Overall, it's good.

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Photo of Khushrenada
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent pale gold with bubbly white head. Aroma of spice hops, slight sweetness, wet grass. Malt sweetness mingles with spicy hops, grass and clean bitterness. Residual sweetness and crisp hop flavor rides out the taste. Medium carbonation and light body. A classic and enjoyable the whole pint through.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,881 ratings
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