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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Photo of davesfolly
4.66/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn tasty. Got at different places. They invented Pilsner after all.

Smell: Light smell of hops and malt.
Taste: Very nice. Does not leave an aftertaste. Tastes like Malt and Hops but not at all bitter.
Feel: Very refreshing. Very sessionable.
Overall: A style I grew fond of while living in Giessen Germany.

The very first German bier that I bought a the Reception Center was a pilsner. And I when on to sample many Pilsners during my stay.

A very nice Czech beer.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can poured a deep gold, crystal clear, with a thin white persistent head. Medium-high bready malt character (reminiscent of baked pretzel), caramel, moderate level of spicy (saaz) hops, grassy, some subtle lemon notes along with (not unpleasant) buttered popcorn as it warmed. Balance tilting more towards malt on the palate. Crisp, clean, refreshing. A true classic.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a clear golden-yellow with a white head. Light aromas. I taste more mops than malts but both are pretty moderate. To me, the carbonation is the more pronounced feature within a light mouth feel (but without being watery). There is a sweet grassy aftertaste.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap, served in a pint glass. Pours a light golden-yellow body, clear with good bubbles, white one finger worth of head, looks refreshing. Smells of bread, crisp biscuit, a bit of graininess, light grass. It's nothing special, a bit clean and without any skunkiness. Solid. Flavour is bread, biscuit, touch of grain and grass, fairly clean. Again, nothing too complex, and even tastes a bit watered down. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation, light grassy bitterness. A fairly average Czech pilsner for the style.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No more skunky green bottles, now it's half liter cans and brown bottles. Date is 9 months out, as far as I know. This is my go-to summer beer. So damn crisp and refreshing. I can't even imagine what it's like drinking this in the Czech Republic. I will make it there one day.

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Photo of Nismo2
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner Urquell at 4,4 abv.

Look: Crystal clear golden yellow colour with lots of carbonation and a 1/2 finger white head

Smell: Spicy smell with hints of citrus aromas and roasted malts

Taste: Clear, crispy, refreshing taste, balanced between bitterness and sweetness. Mild carbonated feel

A very refreshing pilsner, perfect for summer days.

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Photo of decervecitas
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pilsner with lots of flavour and a little bitter at the end. More bitter than other Czech pilsners I tried before. Also very refreshing so I liked it a lot.

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Photo of kitch
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml can canned on 2nd February 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured an extremely clear golden colour with a three finger white head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and honey aromas with a hint of grain and floral.

Taste: Sweet honey and grain with some biscuit, toast and grass plus a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice refreshing easy to drink Pilsner.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

canned version

-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-honey,spicy,grassy,bready,burnt caramel
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Probably the best Macro Pilsener in the World

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Photo of thatmanphil
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very unique Pils flavor, in that one can detect a hint of Jasmine. Very fresh and enjoyable in small amounts, but after a half liter or so that Jasmine aroma can be too much

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I understand, the best way to enjoy this one (and really, the majority of beer) is in draft form. Alas, I had it from a can.
While a bit different, this is still a member of the weasel piss family, albeit a member who attended college for a couple of months.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of the style, but I kind of like the Czech pilsners. There's just enough hop to please my palate and the low abv is desirable in many situations. My local Kroger carries this beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wouldn't recommend this beer from a bottle because it is just too dodgy. Even bottles that you think have never been exposed to light often come up slightly funky all the way up to really skunky. This can make the beer a real Jekyll and Hyde experience. When it's good, this beer can be very good with a subtle toasted bread, slightly caramelly taste that is just wonderful. Grassy and floral hops are delicate in aroma but assertive in bittering as a pilsner should be. 30 or so years ago it seemed to be the benchmark for its style. Now there are certainly better examples out there, both from Europe and America.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is only one way to truly get the Urquell that you deserve, the way it was meant to be tasted: get it on draft. It is a transformative experience after having it from skunky green bottles for years. The grass and earth notes are so much more abundant. The crackery malt is so much more sharp, and the finish is even more divinely crisp and satisfying.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color, slightly orange, clear. Foam white with a delicate shade of ecru, medium bubble, very high, on average lasted, leaves decorating.
Herbal aroma of malt with a hint of metallic.
Taste: malt, herb and floral, hoppy beer is medium-bodied.
Gentian dry, perhaps a little too low saturation high as the best match.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours a nice crisp pale/golden look with a solid fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.
S-Sweet grassy smell. Crisp aroma that follows with the light smell of hops.
T-Sweet and earthy like the nose. I get flavors of biscuit, with a sweet flavor like a lager. There is also a bitterness that goes great with the flavor.
F-Great fizzy mouthfeel. So refreshing and crisp.
O-This pilsner is everything you'd want in a pilsner; sweet, crisp, bitter, and savory in a way. Surprised it doesn't have a higher score on here. Seek it out and enjoy.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold (4) pour with thin white head; excellent clarity; cap disappeared quickly; spotty lace at best. Floral hop nose. Floral, slightly bitter hop tongue; bready middle; very lite DMS; floral finish. Lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean with floral hop linger.

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Photo of tomakara
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer was very bitter and appeared to be a golden brown. It was light and easy to drink, would consider it among your average beers, nothing super special.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper with a moderate foamy head that dies off to a thin ring.

Buttery, crisp scent is backed by caramel candy.

Tastes like a warm buttered roll.

While the malt is buttery, there is a tangy tingle in the back of the throat that keeps you coming back for more. This is very smooth drinkable

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Photo of jasadewi
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is a very light yellow-orange with a small lacy head. It smells like a straw-grassy hoppiness and breads. It tastes like grains, biscuits, and a very light hoppiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, carbonated, and light. A light, beer with a flavor that you need to be in the mood for. Not bad, but I would only recommend it to Pilsner fans.

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Photo of bakercia
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light yellow, smell reminds me of some white German wine. Tasted like every salty breaded item you can imagine. Pretzels? Biscuits? Overall tastes good, but not the best.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ithaca Ale House in Ithaca, NY.
Comes in a clear, fizzy color with a tight off white head that leaves lacing.
Smells of toast and grass.
The palate is biscuit, toast, and a dab of honey. Grainy and mildly sweet. Finishes with grass and some light sweet green pepper and lemon.
The body is medium-minus, well-carbonated, clean, and very drinkable.

Finally had this staple of the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.34/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Long tasting and quite strongly brewed beer. Not going to my favourites though, too stuffy taste overall.
Pitkä, vahvahkosti humaloitu ja keskitäyteläinen olut. Hieman jopa tunkkaisen makuinen ja melko voimakas III-olut.

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Photo of Squire123
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, somebody's gotta be first.

The original Pilsner, or, close enough. Beautiful golden color, unmistakable hoppy, malty, Pilsner, flavor, the standard to which the others are compared. Some compare quite favorably, some don't, but there can be only one.

The first Pilsner I would recommend for someone who wants to try the style but only if it's fresh, which around here usually isn't the case.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic. It's hard to review this one and not give points for its place in beer history, but here goes.

Color is gold, richer than many of the beers inspired by this one. Carbonation is prominent when poured, forming a white head, though the larger bubbles fade fairly quickly. Nose gives the classic hoppy profile with a bit of malt beneath; nothing too broad here, but good balance. Taste is hoppy from beginning to end but balanced and refreshing. Malts are secondary but present and the balance is nice. Again, it's hard not to say that this is what this style is "supposed to" taste like, though there is certainly room for more flavor. Mouthfeel is clean, only the faintest malty creaminess, which could be overlooked. Some lingering hoppy aftertaste. To me this beer is more than the sum of its parts, but the sum is fine; it's a quintessential example of the style.

This bottle had a "best by" date of "APR2816" so it could have been fresher. I believe more flavor would have emerged from a fresher sample, but this was still good.

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