Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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

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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Photo of rab53
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Ive heard that many consider this the standard for the style, so while I had had it on numerous occassions in the States I was eager to try this beer in its native habitat.

Color was slightly lighter than other Bohemian Pilsners I have had, but still exhibited a luminous golden color with bright white head. The head is short-lived and all that remains after 5 or so minutes is a light and delicate lace down the side of the glass. Its taste reminded me much more of a German Pilsner. Its herb like tastes were not as pungent as a German Pils but were noted all the same. This brew has a heavier hop profile as well. I, for one, welcomed this characteristic (God oh how I miss IPAs), it broke the monotony of lightly hopped brews. By no means is this a hoppy brew, just more so than most varities of beer in Europe (including Pilsners). Its mouthfeel seemed a little watery and as the brew does not finish as clearly as other Pils (like Budvar and a few more I cant spell well enough to write) drinkability is not its strongest aspect. All the same one could quaff several of these with little problem, its just that there are more drinkable brews out there. Many would probably beg to differ with me, but that was simply my two cents.

All in all a solid beer and worth a try.

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Photo of RichieRich1812
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that somewhat looks like a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear rich gold with slight white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Spicy Saaz hops, fruity malts (apple, pear, lemon) and some graininess.

Taste: Very fruity malts consisting of apple, pear and lemon, with some fresh cut grass. Ends spicy, peppery and bitter. I feel that the spicy kick at the end is just slightly off compared to some other Czech Pilsners.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body for a lager, crisp dry finish.

Drinkability: The prototypical Czech Pils but there are some better ones out there, particularly Czechvar (Budweiser Budvar).

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Photo of aletales
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner Urquel poured clear and gold with little head. It's aroma is of malt and floral hops. It had a great presence on the palate with nice contest between the malts and hops with the hops winning out in the end. Refreshing and it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of akolb
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear honey, with a white head that lowers but stays for the duration and eventually becomes oddly splotchy. The aroma is grassy, cheesy, floral, catty, butterscotch, corn, plastic, and fatty acids. The taste is dry, clean, and malty. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is smooth and astringent with a medium body. Much different from American pilsners. Would buy again.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the lineup on the cruise ship, which, for a cruise ship, seemed to have a pretty darn good craft beer selection. Reviewed multiple bottles, so here goes...

Poured into a pint glass. The body is crisp and clear, straw-colored amber hued, and topped off by large and coarse bubbles that create a thick and sticky head. Lacing goes from spotty to delicately spiderwebbed at various points in the drinking experience.

Grassy, earthy, and stanky hop aromas, clean and crisp with no esters. Seemingly imbalanced bitterness versus the concentration of the aromas. There is also a light breadiness. The flavor has the typical Czech pils characteristics that I expect, though it seems almost too green, and I attribute this to the hop extract's tendancies to impart too much bitterness and downplay the earthy stank of the Czech Saaz hops that are in the aroma addition.

Light and refreshing, it feels good on the palate. I would get a case of this from time to time as an easy drinking beer, though there are certainly pilsener variations that I would turn to first. All in all though, you aren't gonna do much better than this on a cruise ship.

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Photo of NicholasSchell
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured in Czech Pilsner glass short lived 1/2 finger head. Beer itself is dark gold and very clear. Medium-high carbonation.

S- Slightly dank scent, mildly sweet.

T- Reminds me of the honey sandwiches my mom made when I was a kid. Sweeter than it smells but pretty well balanced by the hops.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, well carbonated.

D- Fairly drinkable, but wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of demon
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Crystal clear straw color. Thin head that faded away quickly.
S: Little skunky at first sniff, but nice and hoppy smell
T: This one is very subtle. The flavors feel very two dimensional. Light malt flavors followed by a lingering hop taste.
F: The beer is as smooth and drinkable as can be. Almost feels like water.
O: Overall, I get the appeal of this beer. It is a really nice, highly drinkable, unoffensive beer. It doesnt have any singing unique characteristics IMO, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. As far as representing the Czech pilsener lager style, this is a great beer. Appears to be a bit overrated in my eyes though.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow, clear. Mild-moderate head with picture-perfect carbonation.

Biscuit malt, lightly sweet with deeper roasted caramel notes. Mild floral and fruity hop.

Light bodied malt: grassy biscuit with mild nut, caramel, fruit, and a hint of roast. Splash of fruity/floral hop character provides refreshing balance and significant bitterness. Decent carbonation throughout. Finishes with a nice bitter toffee coating.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim.

Poured a clear crisp golden yellow with a bit of thin white head.

Smells of hop and grain.

Taste is very sharp and pronounced. Hop is dominant, bitter and upfront. A bit of a grassy citrus finish. Flavor lasts in your mouth long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Crisp and clean, it feels very refreshing and light. Carbonation is perfect.

This beer goes down pretty awesome, and the drinkability is good. This would be a good summer beer and I'll be getting more. Granted, this isn't for every situation and I'd drink it sparingly, but its got such a nice feel.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a nice head and lots of lacing

Smell: Grainy and a bit spicy; its missing the fruitiness that I expect from the better pilsners

Taste: Like all pilsners, the malts really provide the foundation for the hops to do their thing; in this case, I find that when the hops jump in to the flavor profile, they appear somewhat chemical (sulfuric) and metallic rather than fruity

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp; decently carbonated

Drinkability: Pilsner Urquell was one of the first beers I enjoyed outside of the macro lager crowd and it still provides fond memories; not a beer that I seek out much these days but, because of its availability, it is a reasonable option in the right settings

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Photo of velkyal
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The original Pilsner, not one that I drink very often, mainly becuse in common with Gambrinus it has gone down hill since being bought by SABMiller.

It pours a rich golden colour, which has a slight amber tinge to it, if poured well there is a nice head that leaves traces all the way down the glass.

It is bitter, but that's a good thing - remember this is the original. Yes the bitterness is pronounced but it is not overpowered and actually makes a nice change from the bland Eurolager imitations.

The mouthfeel is clean and sharp, making this a beer which can be enjoyed time after time.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having just read that Pilsner Urquell was the first pilsner ever brewed, I figured it was time to give this one a go for history's sake.

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: clear, pale, golden body with a thin, white head that dissipates almost immediately and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Smell: Saaz hops lend a bit of spice and floral hop aroma with a bit of light, bready malt.

Taste: follows the nose with a bit of bready, malty sweetness, a bit of hop spice and floral character, with a lingering bitterness.

Feel: light to medium, crisp and moderately carbonated. Easy drinking and could make for a good session.

Overall: decent. Apparently, this beer has changed from its original and as it stands now, its a pretty good pilsner but its a bit lackluster. Whether its the changes or my palate, but it could be a bit better. Cheers!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at National's Stadium of all places. I guess its like a snooty BMC drinker's dream. Actually I take that back, I like this beer and was surprised I had never reviewed it. Time for some lager love on here. Hell yeah.

Beer served in a plastic shaker pint glass on tap. Beer is pretty cold. Amber / dark yellow and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves very little lacing on this (what I later realized was a polylactic acid glass, very nice!). Carbonation is high and steady.

Beer has a very mild aroma, true to style, and has this graininess to it that I often associate with lagers. Just smells like your average pilsner so far.

Beer is thin to medium in body but more on the thin side of things. Its not very sweet up front, finishes a little dry, has this harshness to it in the back. Interesting and fun beer from a history point of view, I still enjoy it and have had it on probably 100 occasions and would have it again but its not something I would keep stocked in the fridge at home.

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Photo of tedvr
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I guess it's fair to say most of the good things they say about this beer are true. Not bad for a macro brewery piece of work, but not the Golden Elixir that some folks would have it be.

Looks good in the glass, bright gold in colour, quite clear and pours up a decent off-white head. Leaves early lace.

Smells hoppy and flowery. Quite bitter, of course, with a little touch of malt if you look for it. But hops is what it's all about.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks Steve for contributing to the cause.

Appearance: Pilsner Urquell pours a transparent golden straw color with a 3 cm fluffy white head. Lots of medium sized bubbles work their way up from the bottom to reinforce the head, which retains well and leaves some nice lace.

Smell: Softly sweet pilsner malt, and a relatively complex blend of earthy, musty, and pungent hops. This is not my preferred hop aroma, but I like it better now than I used to.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a soft pilsner malt that stays surprisingly sweet throughout the sip. A little bit biscuity as well, but eventually the pungent, strong noble hops come into play. A firm bitterness brings a skunky (not to be confused with skunked) ammonia flavor toward the end. The finish is bitter, but the carbonation helps clean it up a bit.

Mouthfeel: The visible carbonation ends up adding a medium crispness to the mouthfeel. There is a hint of creaminess up front, but the carbonation makes sure to cut away any remaining flavors to leave the finish very clean. Light bodied.

Overall: This is a pretty decent beer, one that is worth having every now and again and certainly better that some other 'import' beers I have had. I am intrigued to have it at the brewery sometime; I have heard it is a completely different experience trying the unadulterated version.

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Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - crystal clear bright gold with thin lasting head that leaves on the side of the glass.
Aroma - aroms is predominantly herbal and grassy hops, a little bit spicy, a bit of sweet bready malt in the background.
Flavour - Spicy and slightly floral with a nice bitter finish.

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