Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
BA SCORE
43.7%
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3.59 w/ 3,841 ratings
Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
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
Ranking:
#37,445
Reviews:
1,488
Ratings:
3,841
Liked:
1,679
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
15.88%
Alströms:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
758
Trade:
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Photo of thekanna
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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Photo of coopdog1000
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Having been brewed since 1842, Pilsner Urquell is the oldest pilsner in the world. This 12 ounce green bottle (best by April 19, 2012) was purchased at Shop-N-Save in Ludington, MI. It was poured into a pilsner glass. The pour yields a couple of fingers of ivory head. Head retention is moderate. Lacing is ne'er to be seen. The beer is caramel colored and nearly crystal clear. A fair amount of active carbonation is seen through the glass. There is nothing extraordinary about the look of this beer, though it is one of the finer looking commercial lagers produced anywhere.

The scent of this beer is akin to that of most pale Euro-lagers. Sweet wet straw leads the charge, but is finely balanced by grassy hop aroma. Imagining a slightly more aromatic Heineken would give you a pretty good idea of what Urquell has to offer your nose. Luckily these bottles were not skunked, which can be a problem for beer packaged in light permitting green glass.

The flavor follows, or rather created, a tried and true architecture. Sweet malts bring to mind wet straw, caramel and raw grain. Though the hops take a back seat, they certainly assert their presence at the caboose of the flavor train. Bitterness is not overcoming by any sense of the term, but this is noticeably more bitter than your average Euro-lager (and pleasantly so).

The mouthfeel is also very pleasant. It has a bit more heft in the body than is expected though it remains quite refreshing. The carbonation level is moderate to high and adds a pleasant effervescent quality while gliding across the tongue. Bitterness lingers after the swallow and begs to for this beer to be accompanied by some crackers. The feel is a highlight of the Pilsner Urquell experience.

Overall this is quite a fine little beer, and a bona fide classic. Although it is more assertive than other beers in its class, it is still firmly planted in easy drinking territory. It is flavorful while retaining subtlety, and at 4.4% ABV it is nearly sessionable. It is the easy pick amongst its similarly priced Euro-lager kin, and is nearly as available as Heineken. The quality per price ratio also makes this an easy pick over most domestic pale lager beers as well. It is a good standby.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Pilsner Urquell. Hail to the king.

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Photo of neruda11
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Has a nice sharp carbonation, fast white head with some silkiness, crystal clear deep straw color.

Sweet malty nose with some corn notes.

Good bite in the mouth, but malt still comes through, good balance with some suble earthiness

Bitterness lingers a bit, but is pleasant.

Fuller body for a pils, nice richness

Very drinkable, good session beer.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green bottle

Appearance: Clear gold color with good head and lacing

Smell: When the bottle was opened there was a very strong bitter yeasty smell. Once in the glass the smell changed to more of a citrus orange rind type smell.

Taste: A bitter hoppy taste is initially present that fades a little into a less pronounced taste. Then comes the bitterness again as an after taste that lingers for a while. It is not as strong of a taste as expected by the smell.

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

12 oz green bottle with the classic label.

Beer pours a crystal clear light gold with a nice head. Very small and active carbonation. Decent lacing. Exactly what a pilsner should look like.

Beer smells like hops, grass, and crackers. No adjuncts seem to be present

First taste is slightly sour and a little bit fruity. As I drank more, I pick-up a subdued dusty hop taste which is interesting and better tasting than it sounds. Very refreshing and easy to pair with all but the spiciest foods.

Nice smooth mouthfeel with crackling carbonation. Drinkability is also good. Always a good choice on tap or in bottle.

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

500 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass

Appearance - Nice clear golden color, with 2.5 fingers of head present. The head dissipates quickly leaving soapy foam on top.

Smell - Nice mix of hops and malts, nothing overpowering but great balance. Some grassy notes here as well.

Taste - Crisp, clean, some sweetness from malts but mostly dominates by hops and the bitter aftertaste. Nothing usual for the style just really well executed.

Mouthfeel - The crispness in this beer is what i think sets it apart from the competition. Good level of carbonation without being overly carbonated

Overall - One of my favorite pilseners. Just a damn good beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A chilled bottle is poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear and golden with a small white head. Plenty of carbonation can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass as well as rising to the top. Some white foam lacing is evident.

Grassy European hops dominate the nose, as well as some light grains.

Crisp, refreshing flavor with grassy hops, pale malts and some crystal sugar. Hop profile is more pronounced than the American macro versions of this style. Nice bitterness lingers. Enjoyable.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Leaves a bit more of a sticky coat than I would like to see, but the hop flavors that remain are welcome.

Overall, a good pilsner. If you are at a location without much of a craft selection, you'll likely fid this one listed in the imports section. It's safe to order it.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this the same night as Czechvar, and of the two, Urquell impressed me more. Good pilsner taste with that extra little bitterness that seemed to raise the bar about a foot and a half. As I said in my review of Czechvar, pilsners aren't my thing. But I can easily see myself buying a six of Urquell in the near future.

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

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

Bright gold color, good foamy creamy head, nice lace, hops, grassey, malt aroma, with faint detection of skunkiness; smooth, crisp, balanced malt and hops flavor, refreshing and satisfying, smooth dry hop aftertaste.

A good pilsner for a hot summer Florida day.

Prosit.

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

12oz. green bottle. no freshness dates. The original Czech Pilsner.

A: golden color, with lots of carbonation. Head is large, fluffy and very white. Leaves a pretty good amount of lacing.

S: Not very strong aroma coming from this brew. Hops and sweetness is the only thing I could find.

T/M: Crisp and smooth with a strong hop bitterness. Malts are and sweeten the brew somewhat. The finish is dry and leaves the mouth kinda numb and bitter.

D: Not skunked, but I don't think its as fresh as it could be. Probably a much better beer on tap in the Czech Republic. Not sure i'd get this one again, unless I knew it was really fresh. Still a real good beer.

Cheers!!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before january 2010 drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear golden colored body with a fast fading finger of bright white head. spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- grainy somewhat metallic malt. a bit of citrus (lemon). classic noble malts. pretty soft nose on this one.

T- lemon comes through a lot stronger than i could smell. nice herbal bite from the hops. less metal than i found in the nose.

M- light bodied and crisp. highly carbonated.

D- easy to have a few at one time. nice low ABV makes it a good choice to session.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Clear gold in color with a good 3 finger thick bright white head that has setup nicely and refuses to leave.

S - Robust malt grassy up the nose.

T - Spicy hops and the earthy grassy grains shine through.

M - Crisp and clean, light bodied.

D - Not my favorite style, but a nice showing from "The Original" brewed in Pilzen...

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Photo of dansmcd
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear, pale amber beneath a huge sudsy head. Fruriously swirling carbonation and spottey lace.

S - Grass, biscuit, wheat bread.

T - Quite sweet throughout with banana, biscuit and fruit toast flavours in the malt. Clean mild hop finish. Nice.

M - Quite smooth, medium body. A soft tang at the end.

O - Very easy drinking and tasty pilsner, but what's the deal with the green bottle? Mine was fresh at least but I wouldn't be surprised to get a light struck bottle.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle. The label features an illustration of a wax seal and a crest on the neck.

A: Wet straw. Poured with a frothy white head that seems to die fairly quick. Leaves some lacing.

S: Hard to pin down the faint aroma. Seems to be somewhere in the ballpark of cut grass and lemon pepper.

T: Spicy and complimentary to the nose. There's a sweet wateriness that runs down the middle of my tongue. At the same time an orange rind and pepperiness builds in the back of my mouth while a moderate floral sour hits the sides of my tongue. Some kind of spiced fruits. Maybe something like mace in there too?

M: A lot richer and creamier than I was expecting. Ends very dry and a little puckering.

D: Nothing wrong there. Could go with these all night.

Overall: A clean beer, but not without some interesting flavors to take you around. Finishes with a very pleasant lingering bitterness.

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

Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

There was a slight head but a very nice amount of lacing.
There was lots of carbonation visible through the clear bright gold color.

A nice and distinctive sweet grassy aroma

Nice lingering hop/bread/sweet taste.

Session - yes

Excellent mouth feel.

Hop linger.
Good tingle on the carbonation.

Almost all of us have had this one before. A solid choice if you are in a Pilsner mood, but frankly I'll take a Victory Prima Pils first.

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Photo of zuker
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 43.7% out of 100 with 3,841 ratings
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