Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

Brewed by:
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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3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of April 4th, 2013.

Appearance - Pours a Clear, bright golden orange with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Moderate skunk notes, backed by lesser tones of sweetness. Once the skunk lessens, a relatively nice aroma emerges. Notes of bread, caramel and honey sweetness come out.

Taste - Skunky flavor, too, but then subsides after 10 minutes or so, allowing the lesser notes of grain, touches of caramel and honey sweetness to shine through. Finishes with moderate grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a nice, crisp bite and and smooth, dry finish.

Overall - A fair pilsner. I've had better, and I've definitely had worse. Would've scored higher, but the skunk takes some time to kill. Once it does, the finer qualities of the beer are revealed, and it becomes fairly enjoyable.

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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Blonde resin, honey, straw. I poured from a can (to avoid being skunked) into a pilsner glass. Two inches of head formed and quickly dissipated with soapy lacing on the sides. Quite nice.

S: Somewhat hoppy. Faint floral, grassy smell although I wouldn't guarantee that my olfactory senses were at its best this night. Stuffy nose. Had to stop sniffing so deeply for fear of being mistaken for a hound dog. ;)

T: Initial impressions weren't too bad. Definitely better than your average beer, far superior to a lot of the Hungarian beers around, which taste like water. Tinge of bitter spice from hops.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and the effect is almost that it feels somewhat carbonated. At least that's how it feels on my tongue - Can't explain except to say this beer's more complex and worth it.

O: Would definitely drink this again. Safe go-to beer. Not craft, nor stellar, but nonetheless satisfying.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml can from Mainbrew. Best by August 2013, which makes this about 3.5 months old. Not too bad.

A beautiful folden yellow with a large, dense, fluffy white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent. Bright, herbal, lemony Saaz hops, earthy and lemony with a touch of buttery softness to complement the earthy bite. Soft pilsner malt is present, doughy and refreshing. The palate opens with a surprising butteriness, more than I remembered, and more than I'm used to, complementing the doughy, bready malt flavors. Surprisingly earthy, herbal and bitter, there's a blend of lemon and mineral (from the hop) flavors. Mildly dusty, mildly cobweb-like, there's also a mild honey flavor. Drying on the finish with the DMS lending a softness, this beer has lingering earthy bitterness and a nice, snappy hop flavor. Medium-light in body, with the decocted-mash mouthfeel that the best pilsners have, this beer is crisply carbonated and quite refreshing. The DMS , which in all fairness is an integral part of the flavor profile, is taking a little getting used to, but apart from that, this beer is stellar.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,827 ratings.
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