Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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82
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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:
3,827
Reviews:
1,486
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.93%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
745
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Ratings: 3,827 |  Reviews: 1,486
Photo of kuhndog
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Neehan
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a moderately sized head that shrinks rather quickly. Smelled just a bit skunky before the pour but no sign of that whatsoever after filling the glass. The aroma is of grass & grains combined with a nice sweet fruit complimenting it. A smooth and crisp taste, not complex but enjoyable with a solid bite. The mouthfeel is smooth and mostly balanced, a bit on the carbonated side. Very drinkable and worthy of consideration for a session.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to be my favorite pilsner, I dunno what happened, corporate buy out or otherwise, it kinda went downhill. Straw yellow color out of a green bottle. Lots of head falls apart quick. Aroma hit those skunky notes I like.

Taste is a zippy light malt beer with lots of carbonation and a respectable degree of noble hops. I'm a fan, good lager skunk yeast notes, prickly hops and carbonation, light body. Can drink lots of these.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden slightly hazy with a foamy head with less than average retention.
When held to the nose a strong grassy gain is most noticeable, as well as hops. Hints of citrus/orange are also in there.
Taste: hoppy bitterness on the strong side with a dry finish. All of which I like.
This is a beer to drink slowly and would be good at meal time (with food).

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught in Kelly's bar in Galway, Ireland, one of two pubs that I know serves it (the other being the Bierhaus). Served in a Pilsener Urquell pint glass. The barmaid double-poured it. I wonder if this is standard practice in the Czech Republic.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a beautifully thick, creamy head of excellent retention.

Sm: Very very light. Just fresh treated barley.

T: Brilliant. Complex body perfectly balances hops, barley, and malt. Delightfully crisp finish; unique I think to this beer. The finish has its own taste, the third act in a well-done play. The open is a bit rushed.

Mf: Masterful balancing of dryness, coarseness, and smoothness. Feels nicely smooth without being watery. Built on top of the smoothness is a coarse fizziness about halfway through that dies just before the finish making me want more.

Dr: At four quid, it's a tough call on whether to get it over Guinness in an Irish pub. When you're in a pilsener mood, this is the beer to go to. Certainly, Czech prices would make this beer an excellent choice.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #23 of the ones I've reviewed here.

This is a favorite beer of mine, though I've never had it on tap and I suspect I might bump my score up a bit if I ever get the chance (this is the sort of beer that's really meant to be drunk fresh out of a keg). While not the best Pilsner out there, it's probably my personal reference point for the style -- when I'm trying another Pilsner and I want to decide what I think of it, I usually compare it mentally to this. I would also give somebody who never had a Pilsner and wanted to know what that was like a bottle of this, it's the best introduction to the style I know.

Interesting notes include the color, which is surprisingly golden, the very light nose of hops and yeast which is mapped in the flavors, and the lasting lightly bitter/hoppy finish.

It's not a beer that you need to spend a lot of time talking about, and I think nowadays it's even a little underrated as a result. It is what it is, but "what it is" is pretty good, I think.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw, with a mediocre head of foam that doesn't linger long.

S: Citrus, grain, and a skunky aroma

T: Hops bitterness is up-front with this beer, not a finishing note like with many I've tasted. Grassy taste is a distant second. Malt sweetness is an afterthought.

M: Moist, not much carbonation

O: Not at all bad, but fairly one-dimentional. I'll file this one away for a safe but mundane option at a future dinner party or restaurant.

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Photo of layinbrix
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this at the grocery store, figured it was worth a shot. Poured into a dimpled pint.

A: 2 fingers of head, dissipated fairly quickly. Color was a golden apple cider. Not much lace to speak of.

S: Saaz hop spice, not much else.

T: Sweet, grainy malt. More Saaz hop spice, very faint mineral taste.

M: Mild finish, light bodied, easy to drink.

O: Nothing too spectacular but it definitely gets points for being the first Pils ever, let alone the first golden lager.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also a "1001"
Below average rating because I prefer maltier lagers.

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Photo of Slygato
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- Golden color, clear, has some head and carbonated

Smell- Has a slight citrus smell and a hops smell

Taste- First thing that you notice is the hops then notice a grassy citrus flavor at the end has a nice refreshing taste of hops

Mouthfeel- Smooth drink has a crisp fresh taste medium bodied beer

Drinkability- Easy to drink has a decent amount of hops

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this one. This beer has an obvious love/hate relationship, especially considering who owns it now, but I always wanted to give it a shot.

Pours a pure yellow color with a decent white head. No lacing.

The aroma is the weakest link here. It's a bit skunky and just the faintest hint of buttery, doughy malt. Hops are there but extremely subtle.

The taste is very malt-forward. A bit subtle and a bit watery, but not unpleasant. Very crisp and refreshing, however.

The feel is light bodied with pretty high carbonation carbonation. Alcohol is not present because duh! Crisp as a pils should be. Refreshing as a pils should be. Not much else going on.

Overall, a pretty decent pilsener. The price is really the best part about the beer so if I need something with alcohol in it on a hot summer day then I will definitely look at this as an option.

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Photo of Riff
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow, with minimal white head. Smells of malt, not much else. Taste is a little bland. Sweet malt, a little bit of a floral note, and seems a hint of butter. Lighter body. Overall, not bad, but not something I'd want to grab again.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Pale yellow with small 1/4 - 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Grassy, earthy, spicy hops; very fragrant. Some slightly detectable malt.

T - Faint light malt starts off, slightly sweet, and then moves into the spicy hops. The complexity lies in the hops. A whole range of tastes from grass, earth, a sort of onion-like character, and finishing with a floral note. Finish is somewhat metallic and waaay too bitter.

M - Fizzy and light. Wonderful accent with the hops.

D - The lightness initially makes me think this would be easy to drink, but the high carbonation is quite filling, and the ungodly bitterness really does this brew in. Could have a few, but wouldn't.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug. It poured a dark gold body, but no head was present and there was minimal lacing. The smell was malty adn sweet, something I did not really expect and kind had me wondering what my taste buds were about to encounter. The taste of the beer was pretty good but nothing to impressive. Pretty solid malts, but there was a sweet after taste - more like sugar than like honey, which is what I usually associate with Czech Pilsners - that did not really ring true for me. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, even for a pilsner. Can you drink this stuff? Definitely and you can drink a lot of it too. The low ABV, the thin mouthfeel and the sweet aftertaste make it overall, easy to drink. Reminds me more of something I'd be drinking during the summer than all year round since it was so light.

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Photo of ckollias
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light golden-copper ale with a frothy two-finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin wispy lace.

S: Strong grainy - malty aroma. There is a spicy herbal hop scent and an aroma fresh cut grass!

T: Smooth with a strong hop bitterness. Crisp taste with a slighty sweet and grassy malted barley flavor. Spicy hops flavor with hints of lemon in the background followed by a dry finish.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Not the typical beer I drink but I a nice take on the style.

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Photo of DanLowery
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber with medium head that doesn't stick around for too long. The nose is very malty with strong elements of grain and grass. The taste is equally malty with very minimal hop bitterness. A nice beer but personally I would prefer something with a bit more of a hop presence.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drank
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Nice bitterness and a funk that makes it interesting.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden yellow and very bubbly. Thick bubbly white head with good retention. Moderate lacing.

S - A strong earthy aroma with spicy hops and grain. A faint skunkiness to it as well. This is my second bottle, purchased from different places, so I guess this is just the way it smells.

T - Light grainy sweetness before being quickly overcome by a strong spicy hop bite. Very bitter in the finish. Not a bad taste, but it just doesnt line up like I had hoped it would.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Highly carbonated. The aroma wasnt great, but at 4%+ ABV, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of James954
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Important note: This pilsner is better around 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a sharp stale aftertaste that is not present as the Pilsner Urquell gets warmer.

Smell: not offensive, but fairly mute floral honey

Taste: sweet honey and buiscut mostly.

Mouthfeel: almost perfect. It has a perfect mix of heavy and full mouthfeel without being overtly fizzy from carbonation.

Overall: This is a great overall drinker pilsner once you get past the initial aftertaste bite. Versus higher priced German pilsners, it's very hard to beat. There is a mild skunk aftertaste, but it's like a smell and aftertaste that you get from a strong aged cheese. You either like it or hate it.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexCorleone
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, with robust white foam that soaks the glass with a good lace.

S- A little fruit, but not to over bearing, with the classic bread a floral pilsner smell.

T- Maturated hops, floral, raise, fresh bread and a little bit fruit

MF- At the end you can feel fruit and grain aftertaste with blend of hops and again a classic pilsner taste.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable, A good "maridaje" with spice food and cheese

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old favorite that I haven't had for a while. Good to return to one's roots.

Poured into a Steam Whistle pilsner glass. Solid golden hue, loads of visible carbonation. An aggressive pour made for a two inch high head, that survived as a patchy thin layer. Small flecks of lacing up and down the glass. Not bad.

Nose is sweet, slightly floral, with notes of honey and bittering hops.

Starts off surprisingly malty, but the finish is all bittering hops. A touch of honey and dry white wine as well. Finish is long and bitter. I must say that although the hops are certainly present, there isn't much character to them. Still, the can has done a good job of preserving the flavor.

Medium bodied for a pilsner, good consistant carbonation.

A refreshing brew, a good introduction to the style. Sweeter and fruitier than I'd remembered, but certainly bitter to the finish. I much prefer the can version to bottles, and at just over 2 bucks a can, it's not a bad way to get your Czech on.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,827 ratings.
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