Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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82
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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:
3,772
Reviews:
1,472
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.93%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
719
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Ratings: 3,772 |  Reviews: 1,472
Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Welp, the granddaddy of Pilseners! Wasn’t that great, would have like to try it before they dumbed down the recipe. Nice presentation, golden amber brew topped by a white lacey head. Malty and grainy on the schnozzle, no euro skunk, thank God. Taste also had some grassy notes to it, mouth was medium with some dancing carbs on the tongue. Dry, woody finish.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep golden color with head that fades relatively quickly while it laces a small amount.

Smell and taste is kind of dull. Nothing extreme in this pilsner. Some crisp hop aromas. Has the traditional skunky flavors to it.

This beer has a great mouthfeel and is quite easy to drink, but it just doesn't have a lot to offer. It is very simple and I could imagine having a few of these in a night and not getting filled up.

Overall, worth a try for the style, as it is decent. But nothing I would be picking up again. I would rather stick to something craft at least.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap from Paragon on San Francisco.

Pilsner, oh, pilsner, where have you gone? Once upon a time, you were the grandaddy of all pils, distinctive even in your old age. You were aromatic, bitter, dry, and made my lips pucker and brow scrunch with each effervescent quaff. But now? Now you taste just about like every average German or Czech pils on the market. For a bit, I actually thought you were Becks.

Alas, apparently even legends must fall. You're not the beer you used to be. For a better and more noteworthy pils, I'd have to recommend Czechvar/Budvar these days.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pilsner Glass...nice medium bodied head, clarity and carbonation are impressive to look at. Sweet grainy and hoppy aroma that isn't the least off-putting.

Taste is good and bready, but a little bit skunky for my taste. Definitely feels like a summer beer for me. Also, let me point out that I haven't had a lot of experience with Pilsners, so I thought I'd start with something from the origin of the style. A bit more bitter than I thought it would be, but that's not a problem, just an observation. The hoppiness I think is a bit obscured by the skunky bitterness. Softer mouthfeel, lighter, but has a nice initial tongue bite.

Still though, I don't know if this is something I'd like on a regular basis of not. Maybe someday I can try it on tap and tell you what I think...

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Photo of Tschnab
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a bright golden color with a big white foamy head and plenty of lace.

S- light ceral and corn, hops that are a little musky, and that signiture pale lager character.

T- again, a little musky but after that the hops make this work well, with the saaz characteristics of spice and floral hints, and then more cereal grain.

O- This is a beer I used to drink all the time before I was really into beer, and I really enjoy revisiting it from time to time.

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Photo of BlackVeg
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1mrbeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Momon
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bummertime
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured mine into a nice Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. It pours a nice golden straw color, minor/moderate foam head, lots of bubbly goodness floating tot he top of the glass as it sits. The foam head stays thin for a long while, since I haven't finished this one yet.

Smell, I can't say, hops maybe? Straw? Whatever it is, it's a comforting smell, it smells good.

Tastes like a Helles Lager to me, at least they taste of a similar style, this bold flavor I can't name and a bitter finish which is probably the hops. Despite not caring for hop bitterness myself, I think this is pretty good.

Full feel, not highly carbonated but it feels... full.Not watery at all.

Overall, I'm glad I picked some of this up, I love trying European beers, so much better variety and taste than American ones.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with very little head an retention. Musty grain smell. Slightly bitter taste with earthy overtones. Quite smooth to the mouth. Slightly sweet finish. I was a little dissappointed in comparison to its top rated status.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a huge creamy white head that sticks around and leaves walls of lace.

The aroma is of toast, sourdough, and biscuit with slikght floral notes and a hint of skunk, but not overwhelming.

The taste follows with sourdough bread, cracker, and cereal backbone with grassy notes, and floral qualities. Hints of skunky, funk are in the finish.

Overall, its an above average pilsner, but didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of anthony-martinez
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of joaombj
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mojo
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AGoodStout
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mamaraza
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travolta
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMH73
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Two10tim
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look, is there a clearer beer out there? Poured out of a can into Pils glass. 3 finger head that quickly disappears. Peppery, yeasty, aroma. Clean light taste, slightly bitter, not terribly so. Buttery taste. Carbonated mouthfeel, refreshing for sure. Overall, quality lager.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head to this light-colored beer and it had kind of a hoppy wheat smell. At first, it had a slightly skunked taste...but the more I drank, it went down smoother, with a sweet aftertaste. Overall it was very drinkable. You could definitely down these pretty quickly..the hoppy smell is misleading as it is a very light, smooth brew.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JizackFH
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep gold almost amber. Head didn't last too long and had hardly any lacing.

S: Smells very yeasty and bready. Little note of hops and light malts.

T: Tastes of yeast and grain. The Malt is on the light side. Not much of a note of hops. It's also kind of sweet tasting

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Meduim/light bodied. Goes down pretty smooth. It has a medium carbonation

D: I probably wouldn't drink this one too often, but its not something i would tell people to avoid. I think it would be a nice brew to drink sittin outside on a nice warm day.

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Photo of sloejams
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very few drinking establishments in Los Angeles have decent beer. So often I end up having to grab something that, in other circumstances would not be my first choice. Such is the case with Pilsner Urquell.

A proper fresh serving of Pilsner Urquell in a pilsener glass at an above-freezing temperature is great. Fine beer. That's another thing that's rare in LA. Generally you're served it in a pint glass (if you're lucky not frosted) or with no glass at all - straight from the bottle. Czech Pilseners are not the most durable beers and that with the fact that if drinking from the bottle - the green bottles are poorly designed for proper shelf life.

The one I happened to be having was not terribly fresh but it wasn't terribly old either. I was at the Hambuger Hamlet on Hollywood Blvd, in the thick of the Hollywood bullshit. They served it in a goblet, for whatever dumb reason. It was too cold. I tried to enjoy the beer for what it was. It did that quite well.

It's a remarkably refreshing beer - light, crisp and quenching. The Saaz hops are omnipresent providing most of the flavor. The finish is clean and slight bit sweet. This is a great gateway lager to try to get those so used to the American macros to see that beer can have flavor and not be intimidating.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,772 ratings.
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