Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

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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Reviews: 1,440 | Ratings: 3,658
Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +3.3%
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 -8.5%
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 -25.6%
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 -0.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +17.1%
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 +18.5%
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 -2.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +5.5%
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 -1.4%
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 -5.5%
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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Photo of Wasatch
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was nice to see that the liquor store carried it. Beer appears a yellowish color with no head. I like the taste for a pils, but have tasted better. It leaves a nice feel in the mouth with a nice aftertaste. I will most likely not buy it again, but if you have a chance to check it out, do so.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pilsner Urquell....

Appearance-pristene golden color with a decent head, no lace to speak of and the head dissapears quickly.

Smell-grainy aroma, some hops and malt thrown in, not much else.

Taste-initially a full on grainy take that is brutal and harsh, somewhat hard to keep in the mouth for a long time without wanting to gag. Hops and malt are present but seem lost.

Mouthfeel-as noted, not too great, not crisp at all like a true pilsener and lacks decent flavor.

Drinkability-not alcoholic, so if your into this type of beer you'll be fine, as for it's actual drinking though I cannot recommend it.

Overall-dissapointing, not crisp or refreshing like a true lager/pilsener should be and lacking in most other areas with a rather thrown together essence. I can't recommend it in the face of much better pilseners on my liquor store shelves.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer welcomes me with a very nice and rich odour. I could notice a very nice hop and citrus smell.
A very nice pale golden transparent beer with a beautiful head.
The Urquel has a lively cloudy carbonation.
It tastes very refreshing and crisp. A satisfying sweet hop taste that ends in a soft and silky dry bitter aftertaste.
This is a very pleasant and easy drinking pilsner. This is the best non-Belgian Pilsener I have ever had. I know a bar that has it on-tap, I'm certainly going to try it very soon.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really quite pretty and fragrant.
Very drinkable, very crisp, very findable.
It's probably not the beer that it used to be once upon a time but it's still pretty good.
Often my choice when I'm not in the mood to experiment or review or reflect upon the nuances of beer; just crack open the bottle and drink it down.
Tastes different out of the glass than from out of the bottle... but both ways taste good.
I likes me some pilsner and this is a solid one

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden hue. Thick, lush head.
Lively nose, pretty, floral, lightly spicy...dandy, with a dash of honey.
Neat hops on the tongue, with a long, welcome stay on the palate.
Light bodied, dry, hoppy finish.
I'm not a lager man, but a classic pilsner like this will always be a friend, in a pinch.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold in color with a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is of mild malts and Saaz hops. Flavors are not all that complex, but work together in perfect harmony: slightly sweet malt, grassy hops, and a clean (somewhat drying) bitterness. Fantastic drinkability too. Beware of the green bottles, as older ones tend to get a little light struck and cause some skunky flavor notes. I'd love to try this stuff on tap one day. This would also make a great "stepping stone" beer for someone trying to get into better beers.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured a clear golden color into a traditional pint glass. There was a small white head with very little retention. It appeared that there was a moderate amount of carbonation as well. The scent was rather light, with some crisp hop aroma. There really wasn't much to it.

Tasting: Some spicy hop bitterness dominated the palate, as well as a little bit of malt sweetness as well. It tasted like it had greater carbonation than I thought it would have. Slight oily notes were also noticeable on the palate. It was a light bodied beer that didn't go down as smooth as I would have liked. It would be good for a session beer, due to the low alcohol content, but I wasn't necessarily wowed by it.

I would recommend it if you're interested in learning about the Czech Pilsner style. If you aren't a big fan of those kinds of beers, then you may not like this as much. But this was pretty good to me.

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Photo of cracgor
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into the pilsner glass and looked quite appetizing-exactly like a pilsner should, clear, golden color and a frothy, light head. But the head collapsed almost entirely before I was done drinking. There was no sticking to the glass either.

Smell: very malty in smell; hops are a light background smell.

Taste: It has an excellent malty character. Noble hops ring out in the background to brighten the flavor. No noticable after taste.

Mouthfeel: Much fuller body than would be expected by the appearance.

Drinkability: Interesting flavor but not the type of thing I could session drink.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pilsner glass, it sits a clear golden hue, marked by lots of effervescent carbonation. A thin pure white head sits atop this refreshing looking brew. Aroma of grassy, floral, slightly citrous hops and some pale malt. Taste is very similar to the smell, clean and grassy. Flavor is not very deep or complex. Some shy hops come in toward the end with some floral and citrous notes. I really enjoyed the high carbonation in the mouthfeel. It made it all the more quenching. Not much aftertaste at all. The flavor leaves your palate fairly quickly after quaffing. Definitely a good tasting and crisp pils.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well this stuff is worth a try. It has an actually good flavor. i wouldent say unique, i still perfer becks for this type of beer, but this is by no means bad. Goes down easy and is all around pretty good. The main sore spot i found was this beer has a lingering aftertaste, more so than most other beers, it isnt horrable but it is noticeable.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was enjoying a couple of these with some friends. This beer has lost much of its shine for me. It is a quality product to be sure but it is tame and bland when compared to some of its American counter-parts. Dark burnished gold color with a short-lived white head. Faint floral hop aroma, not much else, taste is faintly hoppy, some faint malt/biscuit not very assertive, rather thin mouth feel with a decent amount of effervessence. Still refreshing, still enjoyable, but not the best out there.

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Photo of nota
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beers appearance is a bright golden. There is a fair amount of hop presence . This particular bottle has some skunk smell to it. A bit more flavor than your average pilsner with some spice, citrusy and sourness. finishes with a bitter dry mouthfeel.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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