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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Photo of radshoesbro
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a crystal golden wit ha mild head that is gone within minutes. leaves no lacing. smells like skunks, and mild yeast. not a very pleasent nose. tastes of mild yeast, very little hops, and quite watery. this is a light bodied beer that goes down real easy. it would be alright as a session brew just because of the smoothness.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a classic golden color with a bright white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Smells faintly of sweet malts and earthy hops. Smells nice, but nothing to get excited about.

Tastes very crisp! A hint of the malts and the earthy hops followed by a dry aftertaste.

Body is average for the style. Nothing exciting.

This is considered by some to be the standard for the style. I think it's decent, but have had better pilsners.

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Photo of UberWasser
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle, no freshness date, served in a 24oz Pilsner glass.

Poured a light amber with a two finger head that lingered for a few moments. Continued to bubble through the entire drinking experience, leaving a thin lace on top.

The smell was fairly one dimensional; mainly mild citrus. No skunk seemed to be present.

Flavors are more deep than the smell, and continued to develop as the brew warmed towards room temp. Citrus tart at first, that mellowed out and the malts came through pleasantly. The hops linger at the back of the mouth for a while after drinking. Overall enjoyable. Mouthfeel was smooth and light.

A nice beer to go with a game of football, or a grilled sausage and fries, or to refresh oneself if served on the cold side, or all three. Definitely the sort you could drink all day.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, this is an absolutely clear golden straw color with big fomay white head with decent retention and tons of carbonation bubbles. Nose is pretty faint, some grassy hops, a little malt, nothing else. Taste is a sharp spicey hop over a light grainy malt--very melded together, not much going on, but satisfying. As the beer warmed some slight lemony flavors crept in. Bodies on the thin side, but it has a nice carbonation and a great crisp finish. Overall this is a solid pils, nothing to write home about, but definitely a good offering that you can find at a decent number of bars.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Urquell means the original source and in fact this is like the source code for all lager style beers, remaining the benchmark for 160 years, since the first batch has been brewed ... copied throughout the world as "Pils" but in my humble view unmatched yet for it's golden colour and the balance of flowery aromas, extra dry bitterness and salty softness ...

Lost a bit of uncompromising bitterness in the last decade but still remains one of the world's great beers (M. Jackson) ... and the best product in the SAB Miller range ....

note August 02, 2014: the brew seems to have been quite dramatically altered to mainstream taste, less bitterness, salty notes gone, flowery aromas more streamed, tastes more like Michelob than the original Urquell ... therefore a stiff downgrade ....

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good 8 mths over the best before date.
1 I have to start checking dates
2.Be reluctant to go back to that store.
This was a bit of a disappointment.The smell was sour and not inviting at all.
The flavour was middle of the road but thee was some flowerey notes at the finish.
If this bottle is true to form , not a beer I would get excited about as it doesnt stand out from the pack.But I will try one in date and see how it compares.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green glass longneck generic bottle, red/green/gold on white label, silver foiled neck

Appearance: clear golden color, large white head, minor lacing

Smell: malt and hops

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, some sweet malt, hoppy bitterness, citrus

Notes: not my favorite style, but not bad

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having had a many pints of this classic beer on draught in Prague, I was eager to find it here in London, only to find myself disappointed a little bit by the tap-version. This time I'll see if the bottled-version does any good...

A: served in a pint glass, it pours a dark golden hue, with a foamy head to dissipate slowly; nice carbonated body, not over the top but quite normal as well.
S: the beer's special scent mixed of sour maltiness mixed with lemony and grassy hops is there, but somehow lacks the slightly sharp edge as appeared on-tap--biscuity malts, and softly fruity (mildly apple-ish & sugar-cane-ish) hops on top of more grassy and sour hoppyness, sustain well, with a touch of butter. But overall, the aroma is more timid and restrained compared to the draught version.
T&M: bitter taste of aromatic and grassy hops on top of biscuity malts prevail, but neither appears as pronouced and the palate also lacks the bready texture expected. The flavour upfront is depleted of draught version's slightly astringent and lovely-conflicting and crisp mouthfeel of lemony citrus... leaving some moderate bitterness with leafy hoppyness in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, yet a bit flat if the softly-carbonated body is not taken into account.
D: overall the body is thin-medium and the flavour fails big time as compared to the tap version consumed here in London, which in turn is far inferior to the real stuff on draught (unfiltered? at least so it looked like) at a good Urquell's pub in Plzen or Prague (e.g. U Pinkasu). Maybe the filtering process for bottling has robbed the beer of some distinctive elements which makes it such a refreshingly and tasty Pils widely loved in Bohemia. But so do a lot of people lament the quality of this classic brew as compared to the days before SAB Miller took over the business. Well, such is life I suppose, that one has to compromise so many good things in life with uncontrollable forces.

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Photo of Troyone
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gold color with slight amber hue, minimal white head, and some carb action.

Has a bright, slightly banana, caramel malt smell with a pine/citrus hops aroma.

Has a lightly sweet/acidic, moderately bitter, burnt straw malt taste with a strong grapefruit hops flavor.

Light to medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a heavy metallic and moderately astringent finish.

Too much bitter and burnt flavor, the grapefruit flavor is too much, and the heavy metallic and astringent finish lingers the grapefruit and burnt flavor.

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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 Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml green bottle poured in a pint glass.

Pure gold colour and clear. Big white head foams up to 1.5 inches at the pour then recedes to a patchy layer across the top.

Slightly sweet, definitely hoppy and somewhat grainy aroma.

Nice balance of grain and hops at the start. Hops are accented by the carbonation in the middle. Nice crisp finish slides into a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy. Crisp and clean.

True to it's claim to fame as the grandaddy of pilseners, this is a fairly universal example of the style. However, there has always been something about Urquell that just doesn't excite me. One element that turns me off is how sometimes the hops exhibit the "skunk hops" qualities and sometimes they don't. When the skunk hops are in then I'm not very interested in this beer, but when they aren't as evident, then this is a decent beer.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very nice golden clear color with a white lace that tends to stick to the glass. It smelled of hops, grain, and bitterness. It tasted smooth and crisp with not to much carbonation. It had hints of grain and hoppy bitterness. It was a good tasting refreshing beer that i enjoyed.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB18-02-06. Poors in without a huge head but nice deep golden beercolor. Nose is very hopflowery of the used Saaz hops and has good maltyness. Litle oxidation already noticable. As is diacethyl but that is so low that it just flavours the beer extra giving it a litle creamy smell. Taste is also quiet good being full malty, litle sweet, very flowery hops and good bitterness in aftertaste, however it's hanging a bit. Good beer that's easy drinkable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Green glass, raised inscription, foil neck, indecipherable date code and no useful information at all.

Aroma: Wow, toasted bread. So much so I can’t believe I’m not burning bread in the background. A touch of a “Heineken” malty slightly skunky smell as well. All in all, rather appealing.

Appearance: Bright clear gold with a small inverted snow storm of tiny carbonation bubbles passed by rushed slightly larger bubbles. White head dropped to a modest cover that would leave a slight trail during sips, but no real lace.

Flavor: Slight mineral water flavor, firm hop spice (Saaz, no?) and a very subdued malt base. Slight citric notes and extremely clean: no off flavors at all.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, exceedingly dry bordering on astringent.

Overall Impression: Crisp, unique, refreshing. Can’t call this one out of style, it IS the style. Looks great, smells good, tastes good, feels a touch astringent. As a package, have to give it a thumbs up!

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Photo of jettjon
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber clear with a copious brownish tan head that fades slowly. Nose is somewhat fruity with hops. Fruity, hopsy flavor, quite balanced. Little bitterness, yet not bland. Watery, slightly flat mouthfeel. Little aftertaste, again slightly bitter. Nothing to write home about, but a decent mild beer.

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Photo of palliko
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A light golden appearance, arctic-white foam and long lasting lace. Aroma is of grass, toasted grain and hops. There may be a hint of malt, but not much. Initial taste is grass, grain, some skunky hops and malt are present but only moderate. Too much carbonation. Not much flavor, but leaves a less than great taste in the mouth. There are better pilsners out there.

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Photo of elricorico
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Pilsner Urquell, on a warm summer night. It poured clear gold with a big bubbly off white head. The head has fallen to a thin cap, but doesn't appear to be going away.

Smell of grass, hay and a bit of hop. A smell that reminds me of some english pale ales for whatever reason.

There is a fine balance to this beer. Sweet to bitter, the taste is solid throughout, but not overpowering. Faint toffee to the sweetness, perhaps a touch of honey, and a drying grainy finish. Pleasant, and hits the spot.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. It is light, both in body and alcohol, making this one an easy beer to down.

A nice summer beer. Wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a light amber color with modearte head that fell to a long-lasting ring. Smell is a nice crispy hoppiness. Taste really shows through with an excellent crispness. Mouthfeel leaves a slight dryness but not overpowering. A nice beer to try that doesn't try to be more than it should be.

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Photo of blackthistle
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The world's original pilsner lives up to it's name when you can find a fresh example (beware of the green bottle). It has a beautiful golden color with a steady stream of rising bubbles. There is a sweet malt aroma with just a hint of spicy hops. It starts out with a full malt flavor, then a spicy hops flavor, and then ends with a spicy, noble hops bitterness. Refreshing and worth seeking out when you can find it on tap!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer to which I compare all other Bohemian Pilsners. This beer looks a solid straw color that displays high carbonation and a sparkling white head that lingers decently and leaves lacing on the glass. Smells mildly malty and hoppy. The noble hops give this beer that 'almost' sunk-kissed aroma. Tastes of firm pilsner malt, slightly quite vegetable (tomato skin?) like and a bit grainy. Hopped for bittering, flavoring, and aromatics; but kept well in balance. Medium body for style, remains firm. Bittering becomes more prevailant into the finish. Finishes a bit creamy and dry, problably from carbonation. A very solid beer

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint Bottle.
Pours out clear golden, with a egg shell white head that lingers for a while, and leaves patchy lacing.
Aroma is mostly bready with some floral hops. No skunkiness detected.
Flavor is slightly malty, slightly spicy, a little honey.
nice bitter finish.

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Photo of dgallina
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear goldenrod with insignificant white head and little lacing. Smells fresh and grainy; grassy with a touch of bitter hops. Smells sweet and malty, perhaps slightly too grainy initially. Develops a pleasing floral hop bitterness that finishes dry, clean, and nicely refreshing. Medium-light in the mouth, with very active carbonation.

A nice cooling drink on a hot day. Flavorful for a pilsener.

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Photo of joedon
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easy pour with a pure white head about an inch deep. Head doesn't persist long however. Bright gold color, crystal clear. Aroma is subtle but pleasing. Hints of honey and flowers. Well balanced flavor. Hopped just right for this style. Crisp with a smooth aftertaste. The Saaz flavor really comes out. Very drinkable, especially on a hot afternoon.

I used to believe that American mega-brews were Pilsners until I tasted Urquell.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a nice head and lots of lacing

Smell: Grainy and a bit spicy; its missing the fruitiness that I expect from the better pilsners

Taste: Like all pilsners, the malts really provide the foundation for the hops to do their thing; in this case, I find that when the hops jump in to the flavor profile, they appear somewhat chemical (sulfuric) and metallic rather than fruity

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp; decently carbonated

Drinkability: Pilsner Urquell was one of the first beers I enjoyed outside of the macro lager crowd and it still provides fond memories; not a beer that I seek out much these days but, because of its availability, it is a reasonable option in the right settings

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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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