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Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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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 AES
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is not what it once was, but it must be judged based on merit as opposed to history.

A: Strikingly clear and golden, bright white head with some minimal lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, floral hops. Rather underwhelming, but by no means bad.

T: Initially sweet malt, followed immediately by the floral hops. Almost a little twang of tartness in the cheeks and back of the mouth. Finish on the dry side with lingering hops bitterness.

M: Excellent for the style. Not overdone by any means, but plenty to grab hold of. Minimal and pleasant sugars linger long after the final sip.

D: I could drink these all day. One of my favorite session beers and a great beer for bringing macro drinkers into the light, so to speak. Approachable and easy, with enough flavor to keep it interesting.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Douberd
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even from within the green bottle, you could tell that this beer is crystal clear. And so it was when poured. A deep golden colour, very clear, with some bubbles rising to the surface. The one thing dissapointing though was the head, because it didn't have any. Okay, it had maybe half a finger and that dissaperaed straight away. I read some other reviews though and almost everyone was ecsatic about the creamy head, which I obviously miss. I'll try to get my hands on another bottle, just to make sure that it was only my bottle.
edit:once again, a small white head that disappears completely, very fast
A nice aroma of slighty roasted malts, with maybe some floral notes.
Taste is also on the malty side, but on the small amount of time that stays in your mouth, manages to appear quite balanced between the malts and hops, and to that certainly helps the bitter aftertaste.
Urquell has a full body and just the right amount of carbonation. It leaves a dryness on the palate.
Overall, a nice and refreshing beer. I had it once on tap and the colour was hay golden, while it had a very average taste. From the bottle it's like I am drinking a totally different beer, which might be true, you never know what a bar owner serves as X beer.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UDbeernut
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Straw yellow color capped by a foamy white head, ok retention with light lacing. Smell of grass, hay, light cracker. Taste is same followed by light spunkiness. Light bodied, not a terrible beer. Wish they shipped in amber glass or cans to preserve better.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, grass, and hay aromas. Taste is the same with some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is too much carbonation on this one.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours clear and golden with a two finger head of fine bubbles.

The aroma is dominated by herbal Saaz hops; this is a real Pilsener. The flavor is very light, with a little bit of malt flavor and hop bitterness on the finish. This is one of my first Czech pilseners, and probably the hoppiest lager I've encountered.

The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated; hugely drinkable.

I'm not a big fan of the style, but this is the quintessential example and I don't imagine you could do much better than this. I'd be interested to try it on tap, since those green glass bottles might be making for a lot of lightstruck beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint flute glass because I had no pils glasses clean. Hurt the carbonation a tad and reduced the head, which was minimal, but I see no real damage. Still kept a nice floating head on top of the dark gold body (no see thru macro crap). The smell is spicy with a hint of citrus it seems. A sharp hoppy taste, but nothing overpowering as the mouthfeel is a medium body that washes over the palate w/o drying it. There's some hop and bitterness, but nothing overly pronounced. I wouldn't mind having this again, but it is just a run of the mill pils (did not mean to intentionaly rhyme).

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice yellow with a small consistant head covering the whole top of the beer, the head stuck around too
S- hops, skunkyness, you could smell the carbonation, malt
T- Not very interesting, not bad just not interesting, like a wattered down heinken
M- very good, good carbonation, this beer is probably best served really cold and it was
D- very good!, 4.4 percent... a good session beer

overall : good just not extremely memorable... but Czech it out!!!

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seand
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow amber with a finger or two of white head. Head dissipates almost completely before too long, leaving little lacing.

S: Earthy floral hops, with some sweetness.

T: Sweet up front, dominated by slightly citrusy flavored hops on the finish.

M: Finishes very dry, and the bitterness stays around on the aftertaste. Quite carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel. Some astringency.

D: Drinks quite easily.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, dated fresh until august 2011, one of the fresher bottle I've gotten of this which makes a huge difference.

A: Nothing of note here, clear yellow golden ale. Ample head. Some lacing as the glass goes down. Average.

S: Sweet grassy yeasty classic Pilsner scent. A bit of marmalade at the close.

T: When this beer is fresh, it's a can't miss light beer. This bottle is a very tasty yeasty pilsner. It is simple, but recognizable. Better than most euro Pilsners. There is a sweet bread n buttery goodness to it with a touch of skunky funk that's actually enjoyable. It is certainly better than Heineken!

M: Slightly creamy medium-light body to it. This is a pleasant change of pace from my usual huge beer fetish!

D: very drinkable, the only thing keeping it down is this beer tends to make me belchy and gassy feeling after a few.

When I was a teen, this was the epitome of an awesome beer. In the 90s my dad would buy this and it was much better than his usual Becks! I am pleasantly surprised that it still holds up to my taste today. A few months ago I bought a 6 pack of this on sale and it was awful, glad to see that this beer can still be a really nice brew. I had it in Prague in 2000 and couldn't stop drinking huge cans for roughly 50 cents!

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a large head of white foam into a pilsner glass, leaving quite solid lacing. Good carbonation, and bright gold in colour.

Smell is mildly grassy, with an amount of bitter hops. Remains crisp, but not overly forthcoming here.

Flavour starts off smoother and a bit fruity before the bitterness comes through, a sort of dry rolling carbonation throughout. Bitterness and dry malt come through. Finish is mostly of dry malt and hops.
The mouthfeel is quite smooth, though a touch medicinal maybe.

Overall I find this relatively straightforward. It is pretty drinkable, and maintains quite a high bitterness and dryness to it. I find for the style though that I have had some better/more interesting ones. The taste is growing on me though.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 41° from a 12 ounce bottle. Date information appeared to be coded on the back label. There was approximately one finger of quickly dissipating head. The beer was clear golden with carbonation.

Hop bitterness was detected at first and I will guess was due to noble hops being used. A second and third whiff concurred with that fresh, clean first one.

The taste was bright and lively with the nice bitterness from the hops prevailing. This is a refreshing beer.

The hops tended to linger throughout the mouth and were evident while breathing in slowly. The taste seemed to stay longer than the mass produced pilsners of the US.

This beer was very refreshing and could be consumed as a session beer at 4.4% alcohol. You also would feel like you were not pushing the limits by having more than one. This is a nice quaffable brew.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this is one of my favorite "everyday" kind of brews. I can hardly think of a thing to complain about when I have it on-tap, and love places that have it available in that form (Union Grill in downtown Washington, PA comes to mind). This happens to be out the bottle, poured into a Stella Artois chalice glass.

Pilsner Urquell has a tarnished gold look, tawny, with a fluffy white head that says bye after a few minutes, but maintains an appetizing rim. Mostly clear and moderately carbonated. Lacing sticks to the glass in a sporadic sort of way.

Bready-yeast in the nose. Floral. Mild sourness; soft sauerkraut notes.

Bready (again) in taste with a prickly dryness and a yeasty flavor. Washes away nicely with a thrash of hops bitterness to hold it together. Not a watery mouthfeel. Clean, yet satisfying and astringent enough to keep things interesting. At 4.4%, this is a widely available session brew for the Czech pilsner aficionado.

As always, out the bottle and in the glass is better than just simply out the bottle. Doesn't beer have an aroma worth experiencing, too?

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 500ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours like a North American beer. Not much else to say

S- Not much there at all. Almost North American

T- Pretty good. Always liked the European hops and bite. Light yet robust flavored

M- Nice and creamy for a pilsner

O- Pretty good. Always enjoyed Urquell. Nice light airy bite to it

Food Pairing

This wonderful little pilsner goes well with... Lamb and rice mixed with cinnamon and salt


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Photo of RAFH
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had several 12 ounce bottles from our family friend Dave H from Virginia Beach. Wow. I rarely drink Pilsners, but I couldn't get enough of these. I easily had 10+ of these during my stay at Dave's family house. One of the cleanest aftertaste I've ever had.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 3/25/10: I realized that the first time I reviewed this beer it was a bad bottle. Here is the revised review:

A: Slightly darker gold with about 3 fingers of foamy white head with large bubbles. Good head retention, no lacing.

S: Alcoholic, slightly sweet maltiness with notes of honey and tartness.

T: Slightly bitter, earthy and hoppy outset leads to a crisp maltiness which only hints at sweetness. Interesting, since the bitter hoppiness seems to come before the maltiness then prolong into the aftertaste.

M: Light and crisp with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Quite a unique brew (when fresh)... and I realized that I truly need to drink it fresh, otherwise I miss out completely on the subtleties of the flavor and it just kind of devolves into an astringent off-malt taste. If this is truly the "original" pilsner, then I wish more that came after it would emulate it.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,881 ratings
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