Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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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
Ratings:
3,818
Reviews:
1,483
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.93%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
737
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,818 |  Reviews: 1,483
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First sip a classic pilsner and then some malt, and then.. Then all downhill, like tasting rusty metal, and not even in a can. Strong burning aftertaste of bitterness and attacking carbonation. Impossible to finish. Perhaps skunked, but I can pass on a next time.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a clear very nice golden body. No lacing really.

S: malty and musty. Fairly sweet including sweet corn and breads and molasses actually.

T: A little too bitter for me in the finish. Light malts, noble hops and grains.

M: light body and high carbonation.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, grass, and hay aromas. Taste is the same with some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is too much carbonation on this one.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hard to knock what i consider to be the original and best of the czech pilsners. pours a honey color with a fluffy white head 2 inches tall into a pilsner urquell mug. smells malty sweet with some subtle european hops in there too. flavor matches, with a slight hop bite at the end, but a very malty beer with a mild sweetness. mouthfeel is great, crisp and clean, light and bubbly with some lager yeast there at the end. drink it fast because its not nearly as nice when it warms up. this is a major major session beer, as this could easily be enjoyed all day. famous for a reason in my mind, whether or not you like the style, this one is a great example of how a czech pils should taste. hoppy for the style too i think, at least as far as bitterness is concerned, bold and delicious as they go.

edit: this is way better in the new pint cans, shipped cold. we have been missing out all these years on slightly skunky green bottles. these cans make it taste incredible, so i am going to increase a few scores to reflect the fresher can experience, which really is far superior. so glad theyve gone to this package and shipping method!

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a white fizzy head on it. There wasn't any lacing at all on this beer. The head settles leaving just some clumps of white on top of the beer. The smell of the beer isn't overly grassy, Thankfully. The aromas are hoppy and grainy with just a touch of grass. The taste has a good bitterness to it. The hops leave a dry bitterness in the back of your mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is light and kind of refreshing. Overall it's a decent drinkable Pilsner.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have heard about this beer since freshman year of High School and finally got around to trying it like 10 years later. I always remember seeing it when I was little as $18 a 12 pack and wondering who would EVER pay that much for beer... ahhh how the times have changed. I actually really enjoyed this beer though.. a classic pils, nice and bubbly, crisp euro hops.. clean finish. Nice and refreshing, no frills beer... better than its reputation for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a mug with a two finger high frothy and bright white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and left lacy rings around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and floral hops in the nose along with some notes of hints of sweetness and butter.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready malts and has some associated malty sweetness. There are some hints of spices and a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: This beer is easy to drink and is very sessionable. I would definitely pair this with foods or order it with an appetizer to cleanse my palate.

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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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. When I visited Prague for a summer lo these many moons ago, I was warned by locals to stay away from tourist havens like Václavské náměstí, where they sold marked-up Urqell for 2 bucks a pop, and check out the side streets, where other fine Czech pivo could be found for more reasonable prices. As a student, 50 cent half-litres of incredibly good beer that I'd never heard of made a whole lot more sense. But I always wondered if I was giving Urquell short shrift because of that experience.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, somewhat caked off-white head, which leaves a few layers of cumulonimbus cloud lace around the glass as it somewhat hastily recedes.

It smells of warm, somewhat wet grainy, biscuity pale malt, subtle black pepper, a touch of stale lemon, and floral, mildly grassy hops. The taste is more grainy, kind of sour pale malt, faint acrid lemon, and earthy, leafy, and moderately skunky dead grass hops.

The carbonation is rather well moderated, the body a decently structured medium-light weight, and generically smooth. It finishes mostly clean, with an off-dry, wet soup cracker-like character, among the still not burnt-off vegetal hops.

Not my favorite Czech pilsner by a long shot, but an adequate introductory example, given its ubiquity at finer tourist traps everywhere. Just don't buy it there, given the choice.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught in Kelly's bar in Galway, Ireland, one of two pubs that I know serves it (the other being the Bierhaus). Served in a Pilsener Urquell pint glass. The barmaid double-poured it. I wonder if this is standard practice in the Czech Republic.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a beautifully thick, creamy head of excellent retention.

Sm: Very very light. Just fresh treated barley.

T: Brilliant. Complex body perfectly balances hops, barley, and malt. Delightfully crisp finish; unique I think to this beer. The finish has its own taste, the third act in a well-done play. The open is a bit rushed.

Mf: Masterful balancing of dryness, coarseness, and smoothness. Feels nicely smooth without being watery. Built on top of the smoothness is a coarse fizziness about halfway through that dies just before the finish making me want more.

Dr: At four quid, it's a tough call on whether to get it over Guinness in an Irish pub. When you're in a pilsener mood, this is the beer to go to. Certainly, Czech prices would make this beer an excellent choice.

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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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD: OCT2314
I've had this many times, most often as my standard go-to in sketchy dive bars...

Poured from a pint can into a Pilsner Urquell mug, it develops a dense head of white foam with a creamy surface texture. Long lasting head retention. It shows bright clarity, and it's color is a deep saturated golden orange.

Aroma is clean and mild, faintly grassy noble hop and honeyed malt presence.

Taste is crisp with the firm grassy bitterness of noble hops. Dry grassy notes linger in the aftertaste. Light clover honey and sawn wood from the malt base. Plain and simple seemingly though it has subtle nuance. Light bodied, crisp and clean. Easy to drink several on a hot day. Much better than the skunky green bottles of yesteryear, hope they phase those out. A simple classic Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a standard head with more or less retention. Carbonation is quite standard. Aroma is a bit floral with some malt coming out also. Taste is also floral with some note of malt. This is a very light and refreshing beer. The beer might have been a bit skunked, which seems to be a recurrent problem with the Urquell; they don’t seem to stand the long trip from Europe to America very well. I find that the can version usually preserve itself better the the bottle version.

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orangish yellow color with a small, white, foamy, head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. Also, a slightly skunky aroma.

T - It had a subtle sweetness and a light caramel malt taste. A strong bitter kick increased as the beer warmed.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pils. I'm sure it would be better fresher or on tap.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/16/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with well balanced pale malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit too fruity/estery in the aromas, but not too bad. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with some slight yeast esters present in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Moderate dryness. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. If it was cleaner with less fruity esters it definitely would have scored higher; but still a nicely enjoyable offering overall.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep golden color with head that fades relatively quickly while it laces a small amount.

Smell and taste is kind of dull. Nothing extreme in this pilsner. Some crisp hop aromas. Has the traditional skunky flavors to it.

This beer has a great mouthfeel and is quite easy to drink, but it just doesn't have a lot to offer. It is very simple and I could imagine having a few of these in a night and not getting filled up.

Overall, worth a try for the style, as it is decent. But nothing I would be picking up again. I would rather stick to something craft at least.

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