Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
3,856 Ratings
Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,856 |  Reviews: 1,490
Photo of Bierman9
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this one in a while. Used to be a staple back in the late 80's, when I thought this and Becks were "good" biers. Had a favorable golden, clear color, with a fine white head, and good lace. Nose was extremely mild, with faint whiffs of hops somewhere.... Somewhat thin body, but fairly smooth going down. A hint of malt at the outset, kind of bready and/or grainy...but mostly bitter hops present, with a grassiness of sorts.... Long lingering bitter after-taste (became a bit more on the fruity side as it warmed). Not quite the legend it used to be....

overall: 3.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a keg, poured into large pilsener glass. (Results also obtained from 12 oz. bottle).

A: Average, pale yellow. Not very colorful. Average head despite coming from the tap (less head from bottle).

S: I don't care for the smell of this beer, which has always seemed skunky when it should be floral (and I've had it on several occasions, so it's not one bad batch).

T: This is a nice tasting pilsener. It's pleasantly grainy or bready. The bitter taste, which may also occasion the smell I don't like, is very good and hits several parts of the taste buds.

M: Good to sip or slosh around or chug. It's not overly sharp or bubbly.

D: A solidly drinkable beer; it's a nice compromise choice in that its taste shouldn't offend (nor overly impress) anyone. As other reviewers have noted, drink this cold or its skunkiness will be more pronounced.

I've enjoyed this beer on many occasions, but it's no longer a favorite due to its mild taste.

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Photo of AlexR
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SayBoom
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of raylpendleton
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOaikido
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can. Best before 11-01-07 stamped on bottom.

A- Clear golden yellow colour with massive initial head but little effervescence. head decreases rapidly. Small particles floating in the beer making it a little cloudy. Some of these particles stuck to the glass.

S- basic pale lager beer. Mild malt and hops. Floral and grassy notes.

T- Basic crisp pale lager with decent tasting hops aftertaste. Very little malt flavour. Light. fairly pleasant overall.

MF- Light without being watery. Slightly gritty at back of throat and some pastiness. I think the gritty feel may be linked to whatever was flaoting in the beer.

D- Decent if basic beer. Nothing special but flavour and smell above most macro lagers sinc it is less bland. Not nearly worth the price this far away from its point of origine, especially with better local beers avalilable.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw that they have a new styled can for this so I figured I'd buy a single at the NSLC. Hadn't had it in a while, but this is my first review.

Appearance: Pours a flawless golden colour wiht a moderate white head. The head diminishes very fast into basically nothing.

Aroma: Clean, sweet malts, lots of florals and some citrus.

Taste: Biscuit malt, sweet, moderate bitterness with a slight alcohol flavour. Very standard

Mouthfeel: Nice body, smooth, easy drinking.

Final Statement: Very much like standard Euro lagers, yet the best of the bunch. If you're into Heiniken or Stella on warm summer nights, then try out Pilsner Urquell. I'll continue to you buy this every so often for that particular event.

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Photo of djohnse
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Almost the definition of a light amber color. Almost no head when I poured it and has completely vanished after a few minutes.

Smell - Very earthy and grassy but I can also pick up the malts in the background behind that upfront grass smell.

Taste - Buttery, light malt on my tongue, not discerning much of any hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Feels very light on the tongue, feels a little flat while sipping on it.

Decent lager but I won't advocate for my friends to drink it.

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Photo of TheBen5
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanjgamache
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabre311
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beside the smell this is a nice pilsner. Refreshing in the sun.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer before, but never reviewed it. It poured out of it's 24 oz. bottle a gold color with a fairly large white head. Has the czech pilsner taste that I don't quite know how to describe. Good amount of hops finishing, with almost a tinge of skunkiness.

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Photo of GoGriz
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There isn't much more that can be said about this beer that you can't read in earlier reviews. It pours a deep golden color and has a yeasty, bready nose that reminds me of spring for some reason. It has a pleasantly crisp taste that finishes with the slightest hint of hoppy bitterness. This is a session beer that does its job of providing you with a tasty beer that wont blow you away, but at least keep your interest til the last drop.

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Photo of Lipa
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bark
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow; the beer gives a fizzing sound when poured. The two finger head is white and airy. Minimal lacing occurs.

The smell is buttery and bitter (quite bitter, in fact). Some hints of boiled vegetables and minerals.

The taste is fresh with a fine bitter hoppyness: Mild notes of butter and vegatables. Bitter fruits and a hint of white bread. The aftertaste is dry with a distinct (but not dominant) bitterness, a hint of alcohol and a touch of star fruits.

The carbonation is medium, the liquid very smooth - almost thick.

A Czech pils... Somewhat bitter, clean and fresh with a touch of butter. Nice, but there are other more interesting ones out there.

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Photo of muldersha
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from 500mL can purchased in Portland, OR. Best by date of Feb 08, 2016.

Pours a deep golden straw color with an impressive creamy white head. It dissipates relatively quickly, but it leaves behind a very appetizing clumpy white lacing.

Steely hop and herbal aromas are immediately noticeable even pouring the brew at a distance. Lightly toasted grain, grass, bread yeast, crab apples, yeasty bread dough, as well as a touch of fresh baked biscuits and caramel brittle.

Medium to medium-light on the palate with with a light malty backbone giving way to a pleasant finish of bitter hops, pine, and fresh herbs.

Overall this is quite refreshing. Very glad to see this come in cans instead of the green bottles. Much, much, better and less skunky. Very crisp and refreshing. However, it stills doesn't seem to taste as good as it does on draft in the Czech Republic. Although the astounding beauty of the Czech Republic could likely polish a turd.

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Photo of Lobina
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shadman
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet as I have tried it several times in the past.

Nice clear amber yellow with lot's of fine carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Bone white head shows decent retention..so far so good.

Really wanted to write a glowing review about how good it smells, but I can't. Some of that classic Saaz hop ( extract from what I hear) comes through, but a decidedly veggie-like aroma is a put off.

Smooth, somewhat slick feel is follwed by sweet, almost earthy malt. Spicy hop dominates after that. An almost citrus crispness to it. Finish is hoppy and dry.

Pretty darn hoppy, but with a solid malt backbone. Not everyone's cup of tea b/c of the bitterness, but one I will go back to again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting a long time to try this one. I put it off because I knew it would always be around. But now is the time. Appearance is a wonderful, transparent shade of gold. Foamy white head that doesn't last too long but is film-forming. One of the strongest bread aromas I've encountered in a beer. It's a bit crackery and a bit like walnuts as well. Hops are only faintly detectable, as to be expected. First thing you notice on the taste is bread/grain, but it's not as strong as it is on the nose. This partially subsides (but lingers on) and is quickly put into its place by the hops. Ever so briefly its citrus, then its rind, completed with strong, herbal, mouth-puckering bitterness. Slightly thin, but moderately smooth with middling carbonation. Crisp and astringent, that characteristic Czech Pils feel is aided by its palate's respectable bitter kick.

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice head, that seems to last forever. Clear in look, but an orange tint to the base golden color.

Aroma: floral, with a nice hit of hops. Little bit of malt beneath it all. A little weak for a pilsner, but still present.

Taste: A little watery, to be honest. Though the malt is there up front, and a bit of bitterness that hits midway, this beer seems to be more water than flavor. It's not off. Just weak.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned before, watery, and only little bit of carbonation. Average.

Drinkability: This beer looks better than it tastes, and even smells better than it tastes. I'm trying to put in my mind what a pilsner should taste like, but I'll be damned if I think this is the best example of one.

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Photo of insouciantx
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,856 ratings
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