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Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Photo of Bizz88
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden amber with a finger and a half white head that finished with thin lacing through out. A sweet hoppy aroma like new cut grass. Light, crisp and clean on the palatte with enough of a hops bite. Awesome Pilsner, very drinkable. The Czech's got this one right.

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Photo of missingsense
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold w/ small white head that disappears quickly. A steady stream of lazy bubbles rise to the top to give it a quite refreshing appearance.

S: Sharp, fresh grassy hops. A sweet and mellow floral scent rounds it out. A very faint metallic smell that faded as the beer warmed slightly.

T: Light and refreshing sweet malts upfront, with some grassy flavors. A very slight hoppy bite in the swallow that finishes with a smooth creaminess.

M: Crisp, clean, and light, just like a pilsner should be.

D: This is about as good as it gets for the mainstream euro pilsners. One of my go-to session beers, as it doesn't fatigue my palate at all. The perfect beer for when I just want to relax and drink beer on a beautiful summer day without thinking about it too much.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really quite pretty and fragrant.
Very drinkable, very crisp, very findable.
It's probably not the beer that it used to be once upon a time but it's still pretty good.
Often my choice when I'm not in the mood to experiment or review or reflect upon the nuances of beer; just crack open the bottle and drink it down.
Tastes different out of the glass than from out of the bottle... but both ways taste good.
I likes me some pilsner and this is a solid one

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Photo of vazy
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a decent one-fingered head, which sticks around, the color is rich golden color. The hops pop out and are prominent. It is very floral and flowery, reminds me of a spring garden that is blooming. This beer is crisp and clean. The moment it hit my tongue is was refreshing, its like a waterfall of beer poured into my mouth. It light and crisp. Its very much drinkable and would recommend this for a hot summer afternoon!

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Photo of RootedFool
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. The body is hazy gold. Bright white head, puffy and frothy, falls gradually and leaves some hunks of lace on the glass.


Musty lemon rinds, fresh cut grass, sourdough bread. Not bad at all. Not as skunked as I expected it might be from the bottle, as I've had it on tap plenty of times sans skunk.


Upfront prick of sweetness (powdered sugar) followed by a broad sweep of cirtusy hop sizzle and tangy yeast. Aftertaste is a lingering, almost puckering tartness.


Plenty of carbonation. Slides just right over my palate -- refreshing.

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of carbonation and a thin white head. Aroma is of malt, grains, grass, and hay. Flavor is crisp in the mouth with flavors of malt and hops. The label proclaims this to be “the original golden pilsner beer,” and it’s a recipe that’s still pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of Zorro
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear gold color, like a Pilsner should.

Smells of grain malt and hops.

Tastes of dry grain and a tiny bit sweet with a nice balanced hop bite. There is a slight grassy quality.

Mouthfeel is outstanding just right.

Infinitely drinkable, not the best beer in the world, but a great Pilsner.

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Photo of Hendry
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I was a Freshman in college back in the last Century (1981), Pilsner Urquell was one of the few high quality imports that you had to look for to find (it wasn't in supermarket 12 packs until many moons passed). Better than Heineken,the OLD Beck's, the skunky Molson, PU was considered a treat, and I remember getting a case of it trying to show others in the dorm what taste was about.

Lots of Hops snobs may diss this bready,slightly skunky pilsner that is mass produced in green bottles, but it is an old school beer still worthy of respect for the style, a pilsner: in fact the only GENUINE Pilsner as they claim.

This beer does pair well with many types of food, and if you ever get a chance to drink it on tap, that is the way to go. I had this on tap in Vienna,Austria with a platter of wild boar and the flavors mixed quite well. NOTE: review based on fresh PU on tap, not the green bottles.If I had to rate the bottled version, overall the rating would be 3.9.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 2/17/15. Pours a clear light amber (golden). Very good head, lacing and retention. Mild nose of light biscuit with a touch of Saaz hop aroma and spiciness. As it warms, the hops come more forward. Light medium body with a somewhat slick oily texture. Above normal carbonation with good effervescence on the finish and also in the middle. Very well done and it allows the Saaz hops to really shine in the middle. The flavor profile is intense for a Pilsner, well balanced and has a bit of complexity. It begins with a burst of Saaz hop flavor over a light biscuit sweetness. The middle is Saaz - both in flavor and bitterness over a balanced sweetness. The finish is quite crisp, a touch dry, and leaves you with a lingering bitterness and a bit of biscuit and spice. About 30 years ago, I had this fresh on draft and it was World Class. Over the years, it has suffered in quality, but the brown bottle now helps move it towards its past greatness.

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Photo of Squire123
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, somebody's gotta be first.

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.

The first Pilsner I would recommend for someone who wants to try the style but only if it's fresh, which around here usually isn't the case.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head that turns into a thin white lace. The aroma is filled with all those flavors I have come to love in a good Czech Pilsner. There aroma contains malt, grain, hay and grassy malt. The taste is malt up front with a good dose of spicy hops in the finish. Overall, this is one of my favorite session beers, I can easily throw down many of these without getting bored. It is a very good Czech Pilsener that is recommended.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yellowy golden color with nice head that fades rather quickly
clean fresh aroma with a kinda grassy tinge to it
very smooth with strong bitterness to it and a dry finish
actually a very good enjoyable beer will have again and i do
recommend trying this one

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Photo of Murph
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent white head on it that dissipates entirely too quickly and leaves the slightest of laces down the glass. The nose has a big Saaz and noble hop presence with a fairly spicy quality to it. The taste starts off with some initial malt sweetness to it but it eventually fades, going grassy, then slightly spicy and finally to a nice spicy finishing of Saaz hops. Extremely crisp and refreshing this brew is rather drinkable and rather refreshing.

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Photo of bushwhacker
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PU was a surprisingly colorful pour in the pale golden hue with a healthy white, aroma filled head that stayed the course of the drink. To my surprise it was a fully flavorful, malty pils; stongly hopped with so much flavor I could taste its' 'ale-like' origins. It had a flavorful mouthfeel, I assume due to the characteristic hops used in bohemian pils. The contrast to 'mass lager' attributes were greatly appreciated by this novice.

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Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by "APR2411" into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very brilliant and translucent gold with about a finger of head. Retention is about average for the style.

Smell: This smells hoppy. Excellent. Very subtle, crisp, floral hops take the nose. A really great smelling beer - at least I know these bottles aren't light-struck.

Taste: A great light, bitter, and hoppy brew. It's a prime example of a pilsner and is great fresh. I took this six-pack directly from a case in my work into a brown paper bag to avoid light-striking because the light character of this beer lends itself to light striking very easily. It's a shame because this is really a delicious beer, it's light, dry, and pleasing. Hop heads looking for something more refreshing than an IPA need to look no further.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly light and carbonated, but leaves the mouth feeling just a bit dry.

Drinkability: The very low ABV make these very drinkable.

This is an awesome pilsner, just make sure you're buying fresh and dark!

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%

16oz cold can into tulip

Appearance - Golden and crystal clear, effervescent bubbles abound, big fluffy 3 finger head with good retention leaves some spotty lacing

Smell - Clean and light, biscuity malts, a bit of apple-like fruitiness, feint spicy hops in the background

Feel/Taste - Just over light body with ample scrubbing carb, smooth and light feel all around. Taste is about like aroma: light, crisp, clean flavors of biscuity malt, hints of sweet, fruity apple, and a little floral character. Hops come through mid-palate with a grassy spiciness that fades away in the finish with a mild bitterness. There are no off-notes perceptible.

Overall - This is a very good, quality beer that I enjoyed a lot, and it really deserves a higher rating. I'm sure the current rating is due to shitty packaging and freshness issues (which PU is currently working to correct). I have no complaints at all about the can I just had. This beer fits a lot of tasty Pils flavor into just 4.4% ABV!

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Photo of AirBob
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

About 1 inch of dense white head. Tons of visible carbonation. Great lacing and ok retention. Clear golden straw body.

Grassy. Hay. Bread yeast.

Grassy. Slightly floral and spicy. Bready. A little apple.

Medium bodied. Dry, clean finish.

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Photo of LiamAhearn
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 5 months from 'Best before date'. Poured into a standard pilsner glass.

A: Pale gold to straw in colour with brilliant clarity and a bright white head which dissipates slowly. Carbonation continues to be effervescent, yet unable to support a head.

S: Pleasant noble hop aroma of Saaz, paired with a moderate grainy maltiness, exhibiting a fresh baked white bready aroma.

T: Extremely clean white bready maltiness with some grainy notes and well balanced flavours of mild spice from the Saaz hops. Bitterness is firm but not overwhelming of the malt backbone.

M: The first impression is of soft malt sweetness which quickly finishes in a dry mouthfeel with the bitterness supporting this sensation. This lends its self to a very drinkable beer as it's dryness calls for you to go back for more.

O: Considering this beer has endured a voyage from the Czech Republic to Australia and remains a fantastic example of a Pilsner is a testament to the brewers of this beer. This beer is known as the original pilsner and for me it is the benchmark for which I compare all Bohemian Pilsner. This is a very enjoyable pilsner and on a hot summers day I could drink this beer without desire for anything else. I look forward to visiting the Plzensky Prazdroj brewery on my travels around the world, as I would love to try this beer fresh from the source.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can poured a deep gold, crystal clear, with a thin white persistent head. Medium-high bready malt character (reminiscent of baked pretzel), caramel, moderate level of spicy (saaz) hops, grassy, some subtle lemon notes along with (not unpleasant) buttered popcorn as it warmed. Balance tilting more towards malt on the palate. Crisp, clean, refreshing. A true classic.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When they're skunked, these are just as bad as anything but when you find new bottles, beer doesn't get any more refreshing. Freebies have just the right amount of hops and pilsner bite.

3.0 when old, 4.5s across the board (it even looks clean, with just a hint of brown) when fresh.

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Photo of Squelch
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours golden clear with a white head and sparkling micro bubbles

Smell: Smells of decocted malts.

Taste: Taste is a great balance of malt and noble hops. Malty up front with a hop bitterness and bite from the decoction.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite styles. Very drinkable

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Photo of marcpal
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I have passed by this beer a remarkable amount of times and just chalked it off to swill, I don't know why. I was proven wrong.

I grabbed a bottle of this the other night with dinner because of a small selection and why not. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.
Bottle graphics: 4/10.

A: Clear light gold color with sporadic lacing left froma bubble-laden white head. Looks good in the pilsener glass.

S: Spicy aroma. The pilsener malts are balance really well with a hop profile that stands up well.

T: Toasted malt flavor go hand in hand with the noble hops. I find a fruity set of flavors with the normal biscuit overtones. This is so far off from the other pilseners I usally enjoy but still a good tasting moderately-hopped pils.

M: Really light and as crisp and cleansing as a good pilsener should or could be. The bubbles were abundant.

D: It took me a long time and finally tried and proven wrong. When I see those annoying commercials now for 'drinkability', this is the beer that now comes to mind. Ideal for a seasonal picnic or grilling party.

I was awfully wrong thinking this was mass-produced garbage. Went really well with a spicy meal and I need to pick some up for the house in the summertime.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beermarket in Toronto. Pours deep golden hue with a thick white head. Nose is herbal hops and biscuit malt. Medium, very crisp body. A lot of herbal hops balanced on the pallet by biscuit malt. Long, bitter finish. Outstanding, classic brew when fresh.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look, I won't go into much detail as I had little time to take notes. But, after having this many times back home with mixed results I'm basing this review on enjoying draft Urquell in Prague.
It's just better. Maybe solely because of no green bottle, but I don't know. The gorgeous craggy head lasts forever and it's about as smooth and fresh as you can get but still with a rally nice saaz bite even compared to a lot of the other local pils.
Or maybe I'm just getting sucked into the ambiance, but having a beer in (or at least near) it's point of origin just makes sense.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Clear Straw Yellow and a 1 1/2 finger White head that fizzeles down quickly to a thin skim. Light Lacing. Typical for a well made Pils.

S- Bready and Grassy malts backed by a light hop presence.

T- The aroma transitions to the taste quite nicely. Biscuity, grassy notes, and a light but crisp dosage of hops.

M- Typical Mouthfeel. Light Body and crisp high carbonation. Incredibly refreshing.

O- If not the best, Pilsner Urquell is one of the best Pilsners I've ever had. A little more hop presence than most of the other Pilsner's I've had but it doesn't take anything away from the refreshing qualities. Top notch brew.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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