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 zuker
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer that is found at every Croatian soccer tournament and post game celebration here in the Sault. Great beer to relax and unwind to. Hops are clearly present on the nose, and the taste is superbly balanced with hoppy bitterness. Recommended strongly for the lover of a great import to which all pilsners in North America are based upon.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass...

A: pours an old gold color with a white 2 finger head. fades leaving a pebble like layer and thick resiny lacing.

S: buttery floral nose, with a grainy, honeyed lemon background

T: again, buttery and sweet up front, with the hops taking very little time to make their presence. sharp lemon peel and floral. finishes with grassy, lemony hops, and more honeyed and grainy malt.

M: thick and full up front but thins out and becomes crisp and tingly from hops. finishes dry with noble hop resin

Overall, a well balanced beer with a low abv making it highly sessionable, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BurlaNation
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Groomsy
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a date of September 08, 2011. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: The body was a clear and transparent deep gold/light amber, topped by foamy two-finger head of the bright white variety. There are some particles in suspension, and scant, mellow carbonation bubbles float to the top. The beer leaves behind some residual spotty lacing on the glass, but nothing too great. Nice looking pils.

Smell: Hey, no skunk here! Woo! This has a fairly standard pilsner smell, but it's still enticing. Crisp, sharp, and clean, it features some spicy, slightly floral and grassy hops out front, just barely backed by some generic pilsner malt. As the beer warms, some more of the malt sweetness emerges in the form of fresh-baked bread and honey. As per the the style, there's a slight note of sulfur and minerals from the water used in the brewing process. Not an overwhelming nose, but powerful and well-done. Made me anticipate some things.

Taste: The hops are in focus with this beer - it follows the nose pretty linear. The hops are floral and grassy for the most part, with just a touch of spiciness on the middle of the palate. Zesty and refreshing. The malt comes toward the back with a bready sweetness, which grows more pronounced as the beer warms. Little bit of a sulfur bite toward the end, but barely noticeable. Well-done overall; glad I got a fresh bottle. Not as strong as the nose indicates, but a good and refreshing pilsner.

Mouthfeel: About right. Soft in the mouth, fairly light body, and low carbonation make it go down smooth. Little bit of lingering flavor on the finish with some slight drying, but nothing too crazy.

Overall: A good pilsner. If you can find it fresh (e.g., not skunked) this is worth a try if you want to find out what the pilsner is all about. If nothing else, it's refreshing.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

decent Pilsner. Not the best I've had but not the worst. Biscuit malt with a little grass aroma, and not much of the pilsner skunk that I expect from something in a green bottle.

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Photo of Brewlinson
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a magnificent clear golden color with lively carbonation. Somewhat dense one and a half finger head shows passable retention, and weak, spotty lacing. Saaz hop totally dominates the aroma, overshadowing a distinct pilsener malt scent. Sweet malt is abruptly overwhelmed by a sharp hop bite. Find this on draught and you will easily disern the saaz hop flavor from the light-struck green bottle skunk. Obviously light bodied and highly carbonated, this exceedingly hoppy brew is quite crisp and refreshing, but the malt character is difficult to pick up, and perhaps a bit unbalanced. Aftertaste and finish are strong with acidic bite and bitterness, but remains very drinkable and truley satisfying when you're in the mood for a real pilsener.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the pint can, it pours a golden amber with a moderate head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Scent is fairly light with a touch of hops. The mouth gets a light malt with light bitterness. Enjoyable.

Note: having had Pilsner Urquell many times over the years, this seems (to me) to be a modernized, slimmed down, Americanized, pale version of the one I enjoyed in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Event number 2 of 6 in the Euro Invitation is Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner. Stella Artois was the first event, scoring adequately. Can Urquell squeak past it? On to the beer;

The head is a dissapointment, as it's actually on the fizzy side. But at least its golden body is appealing to look at. I hesitate to taste because I've have this beer in bottles before, and it becomes a battle with its bitterness. Here we go...Mmm, much smoother than I remember it to be. Slightly buttery, malty, and it's trademark hoppy aroma. Finishes clean. Either I got a good bottle, or my palate has really changed that much (I've been drinking beer regularly for only 6 months now, and I'm still just 21). Maybe it's both.

A good round by Pilsner Urquell puts it past Stella Artois in the early standings. Will its score stand up for the rest of the meet? Stay tuned.

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Photo of CzechTex
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The original pilsen style. Although still known as a "12 degree" beer in the Czech Republic, careful inspection of brewing information reveals it is something closer to a "11.5 degree" beer--though it would be difficult to find a local who would tell you this. I used to work with one of the marketing managers here in Prague....

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Photo of jw4free
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, the expiration date on bottle is 9-18-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with less than one-finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles around the glass, highly carbonated, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet malt, bread, a mild European skunk flavor.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet malt, bread and then a mild hop bite with a little skunky flavor going on.

PALATE: medium body with higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an enjoyable pilsener but honestly not the best I've had, there are several domestic pilsener beers I would buy before this one, Blue Paddle comes to mind, this beer is good but maybe overrated.

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Photo of BlackWormCultBrew
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aewachiw
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer, but I recall when it was named the best beer in the world, and I am Czech.

A- Bright golden clear, not much head or lacing.

S- I love how much there are spicy hops with an orange aroma along with fresh grass and hay.

T- Smooth and crisp. This is the mass beer to order when it's on. Surprising hop bitterness, plus sweet grassy grain foundation. S

MF- Best part of the beer. Long finish. smooth inviting, great food beer.

D- Fresh, bitter, clean. The way to go when faced with mass beers only.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the National in Athens, GA.

Pours a crystal-clear golden-straw color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of underlying leafy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors are sweet up front but are tempered quickly by leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of sulfur flavors make a brief appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this has got to be one of the better mass-produced beers out there. Not worth seeking out but if you don't have other options it's far from a bad choice.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilsner Urquell

Served up on tap at Stevie Teezz go-go. Olden Ave. Trenton, N.J.

Appearance- Golden yellow/ orange with a decent frothy head.
Smell- Strong crisp malt with a grassy/ biscuity grain aroma.
Taste- Nice clean sweet malt with a grain/ dinner roll flavor. Light caramel like malt pokes through.
Mouthfeel- Flavorful and crisp throughout with a slight dryness in the end.

Overall- Jeezz I usually don't like pilsners but this was quite flavorful and tasty! The pilsner you judge all others too, I bet.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this was a much more complex brew some years back (anyone remember when it came in brown bottles & 4 packs?) when they were still lagering in wood vessels. Now that they have switched to stainless steel tanks, something has been lost. Still a dammed fine beer...the Original Pilsner! UPDATE-4/28/02: Drinking a "bomber" of P.U.as I write, this must be a very fresh bottle...pours with a nice fluffy but quickly dissapating head, beautiful golden color, malty nose, nice crisp mouthfeel with a good & hoppy finish. Much better than the last time I drank some.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK I know it's the original and it's true to style. Light and straw color, foamy head with a floral, hoppy nose. The taste is hoppy with pleasant malt background but in the end the hops win out. Quite drinkable and low ABV lend to that. A good session beer. Excellent Belgian lace, the original is a good choice for Pils lovers.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple during the summer. Strong hop feel, but appears to mellow a little halfway through.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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