Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
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Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,108
Reviews:
1,514
Ratings:
3,942
pDev:
16.16%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
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Ratings: 3,942 |  Reviews: 1,514
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear gold with a nice pure white head. grassy hops in the nose with some biscuity malts. hint of sweet cracker-like malts upfront with a moderate smooth continental hop bitterness cleaning it out. finish is clean and short. mouthfeel is light and spritzy. could have a few of these when it's warm out.

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Photo of gardner254
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cypressbob
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'd heard about this after becoming a big fan of czech brews such as budvar and eisbrau a fair while ago

The appearance of the beer is great. Lovely amber coloured body.

The head is faint and last for a short while. The smell is slightly more complex than some other pilsners, however it is not as smooth as others also.

The taste is akin to budvar but with a much more prominant hops flavour, encorporating heavy bitterness and a sour lemon fragrance. Slight corn finish

A good pilsner, although slight corn husk aftertaste lets it down

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Photo of Spindelphia
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always heard about this beer but never had it. Pours a medium pale color with a thin, minimal head. The glass is clean tho. Aroma is nice and malty with some hops(?) and a sweetness. Taste is clean, smooth and goes down really well. Somewhat flavorful but not too impressive. Definitely a very sessionable beer that I could drink a few of.

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This classic bohemian pilsner shows a nice grain presence and very nice floral and herbal bitterness from the hops. I had it from a bottle, I'd gladly try it on a tap in Czech Republic

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant clear golden color with a white head. It leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and grainy. The flavor is semi-sweet and spicy. It has a bready malt flavor as well. It flows to a light, spicy bitterness. It is a light bodied brew that finishes dry. It is very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml can, poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a pale straw colour, but somehow darker than most pilsners. Sot of 'golden' coloured. A thin white head dissipates quickly. The filtered brew showcases the carbonation.

Smell - Some grains and bready smells. Not much of anything else that I can pick up.

Taste - Sweeter than I was anticipating. Grains, grass, dough - standard fare for a pilsner. Towards the finish I'm picking up an incredibly light citrus taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, average to low for the style. Body isn't to heavy and isn't to light. Just right. Finishes crisp and satisfying.

Overal - 3.5/5.

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Photo of goblet
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured this out into a pint glass from a green conditioned bottle .

appearance:it looks like the typical lager ,clear well filtered and clean with a cloud white thin foamy head that doesn`t last long.

smell:not a lot of scent some hops and malt as usual,grass and a bit of fruit like orange peels.

taste:its crisp and smooth, you got your malt and hops and a bit of citrus but there`s some thing missing ,perhaps more bite and sharpness.

mouthfeel:lite body .i get a bit of a citrus and malt after taste.

drinkability:this is a decent pilsner ,nothing to special.a good summer beer .cheers.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SirSketch
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked much better than expected. Deep gold color with a sticky head. The aroma carries a lot of malt character and some fruitiness. The taste is very sweet, with some candy-like sugar qualities, and little fruitiness suggested by the nose. Light body with dry, puckering aftertaste. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of Mit
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear golden colour with virtually no head.

Malts with a very slight hoppy bitterness in the back.

Hoppy flavours with some maltiness to balance it out. Very crisp and clean.

Decent for the abv. Actually thicker than the 4.4 % would suggest. very nice.

Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW: 500ml can poured into a shaker. I decided to revisit this classic Czech pils after consuming a skunked bottle on a previous review.

Light golden body with a full inch of bubbly white head that settles to a finger of film. Respectable lace. Smell is fresh, grassy hops, bread dough, and yeast. Taste is sweet pils malt and wheat upfront, Zatec hops produce apple, lemon, and citrus flavours, with some cereal grains in the finish. Quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, average carbonation with a crisp bite and mild dryness in the finish. Tangy with a lingering lemony bitterness. Overall, a satisfying quaffer that delivers lots of flavour despite the low ABV. The standard by which other pilsners are measured, though there are many superior examples of the style.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dms844
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spidey13
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hot weather lately got me in the mood for a good pilsner, so I grabbed a 4-pack of Pilsner Urquell cans.

This beer pours a beautiful, clear gold with a white head. Bubbles are constantly moving up the glass. The nose has a good amount of noble hops spiciness and a bit of sweet malt. Some sulfur notes also make an appearance.

The taste has a light caramel flavor which leas to the spicy hop flavor. There are also some toasted white bread notes when you swish the beer around your mouth. There is a hint of bittnerness and a quick, dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice, with lots of carbonation.

This is a classic pilsner and great on a hot day.

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Photo of Mustard
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle with no "bottled on" or "best before" date; purchased as part of a ten beer sampler pack from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington ($12.99).

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden orange; fine, 1", snow-white head; light to moderate lacing; not much head retention.

Aroma: Predominantly of grassy, floral hops; mild, grainy, malt undercurrent.

Taste: Gentle malt-sweetness upfront; moderate floral, grassy type hop-bitterness in the finish; faint notes of grain and rye throughout. Medium bodied; smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: Adequate to decent Bohemian pilsener and nothing more.

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Photo of vkv822
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz : Pilsner glass
from notes.

Clear golden, foamy white head.

Grassy, lightly sweet crackery malts.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation and a crisp finish.

An enjoyable pilsner. Somewhat subtle flavor notes overall, but that is expected from the style and these were well done in this one.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have killed many of these.

L: Golden, white head
S: Hops and bitterness
T: Citrus, bitter light beer taste, grass, floral notes
F: Super light, easy to drink
O: Crushable at any basic beer fest

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Photo of diamondc
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle, best before Dec 22 09.

A bit more darker than many pilseners I've had before. Golden. dark amber, no head or lacing though.

First smell was of skunk .. which is acceptable for this beer style. It was kind of amazing how skunk filled my room. Anyway, the skunk smell does blow over once you pour it into a glass. Afterwards, buttered toast comes to mind, mixed with pepper and freshly cut grass.

The taste was of lemon skin, fresh bread, a lot of hot sauce type spiciness. The earthy, grassy Saaz hop taste lingers on the tongue for a long time.

This was a really crisp and easy to drink beer. There is a slight burn on my tongue though while gulping, probably due to the high hops used. I could drink these for a while and not be bored.

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Photo of MikeyP502
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EOC
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beervana
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillyBrew
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicer golden colour than I remember with a foamy head that quickly turns into a light lace. I am not impressed with the sulphery smell, kind of a turn off. However, the brew tastes much better than the 'stink.' The medium body has a slight, pleasant biting-edge and tastes a bit sweet with a strong, but unobtrusive hoppiness. The beer drinks great with a solid, tastey aftertaste. This beer can stand alone or with any foods. A really strong beer, after all, it is THE Pislner Urquell, but the smell drags my review down. Regardless, enjoy. Cheers!

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,942 ratings