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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Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of cereal malts...some grain...and Noble hops. Clean, good.

Taste on the body of the beer has a definite cereal grain maltiness to it with a grassiness to it as well. The hop bitterness here is definitely there, perhaps more so than most pilseners even. It's quite crisp. A bit of husk and barley hangs around after the swallow.

The "original" pilsener is definitely a winner in my book. Crisper than many, the balance here is very good and its drinkability is hard to beat.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling gold with white foamy head and much carbonation.
S- Biscuit smell is awesome. Hops come through as well.
T- way better than mega American companies due to malty biscuit taste with the hop bite in the end
F- Could drink all day.
O- The beat pilsner ever????

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Photo of CraigP83
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw golden. Smell is bready. Taste is floral, finishes a tad dry. Excellent pilz

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw in color with a quickly disapating head. The skunk at first smell, but mellowed out to sweet malt and saaz. A crisp taste, malty sweetness, spice with bitterness. light clean mouthfeel, a definate drinker if I were feeling light on occasion.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this was a much more complex brew some years back (anyone remember when it came in brown bottles & 4 packs?) when they were still lagering in wood vessels. Now that they have switched to stainless steel tanks, something has been lost. Still a dammed fine beer...the Original Pilsner! UPDATE-4/28/02: Drinking a "bomber" of P.U.as I write, this must be a very fresh bottle...pours with a nice fluffy but quickly dissapating head, beautiful golden color, malty nose, nice crisp mouthfeel with a good & hoppy finish. Much better than the last time I drank some.

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Photo of jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of smekermann
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JizackFH
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep gold almost amber. Head didn't last too long and had hardly any lacing.

S: Smells very yeasty and bready. Little note of hops and light malts.

T: Tastes of yeast and grain. The Malt is on the light side. Not much of a note of hops. It's also kind of sweet tasting

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Meduim/light bodied. Goes down pretty smooth. It has a medium carbonation

D: I probably wouldn't drink this one too often, but its not something i would tell people to avoid. I think it would be a nice brew to drink sittin outside on a nice warm day.

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Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of klewis
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light golden in color with a large bubbly head taht quickly susbsides. No lacing.

S: Floral hops aromas with some yeasty esters

T: Somewhat spicy with a significant amount of hops bitterness.

M: Light in body with and very highly carbonated. A fizzy texture in the mouth gets in the way of the flavor.

D: Light, crisp, and refreshing, and a good beer if you're in the mood for something of the character. However, this isn't quite good enough to make it into my regular rotation.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A chilled bottle is poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear and golden with a small white head. Plenty of carbonation can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass as well as rising to the top. Some white foam lacing is evident.

Grassy European hops dominate the nose, as well as some light grains.

Crisp, refreshing flavor with grassy hops, pale malts and some crystal sugar. Hop profile is more pronounced than the American macro versions of this style. Nice bitterness lingers. Enjoyable.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Leaves a bit more of a sticky coat than I would like to see, but the hop flavors that remain are welcome.

Overall, a good pilsner. If you are at a location without much of a craft selection, you'll likely fid this one listed in the imports section. It's safe to order it.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500mL can into a tall pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a lighish golden color with a big 3 finger foamy slightly offwhite head with ok retention, leaving some lacing on the glass. A little carbonation is evident within, and the beer is crystal clear.

S: Bready malts and grassy hops with a touch of citrus in the middle there, as well as a mildly spicy note. Overall very clean with a touch of hoppiness evident.

T: Nice malt character on the intro of bread or really light biscuit profile. A bit of citrus lurking around in there, and grassiness. Finishes with a light herbal character and a touch of balanced bitterness and bread.

F: Light and crisp, but with a medium body.

D: Good flavor and relatively low alcohol make this an obvious go to in the drinkability department.

Overall this is a great option for someone looking for a solid taste but also something pretty light and easy drinking. This is a classic, and for good reason.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Skillz
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickJR
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Pale yellow with small 1/4 - 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Grassy, earthy, spicy hops; very fragrant. Some slightly detectable malt.

T - Faint light malt starts off, slightly sweet, and then moves into the spicy hops. The complexity lies in the hops. A whole range of tastes from grass, earth, a sort of onion-like character, and finishing with a floral note. Finish is somewhat metallic and waaay too bitter.

M - Fizzy and light. Wonderful accent with the hops.

D - The lightness initially makes me think this would be easy to drink, but the high carbonation is quite filling, and the ungodly bitterness really does this brew in. Could have a few, but wouldn't.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but I don't really get the fame of this beer. Pours a 2" white head which vanishes pretty quickly. The body is a clear straw yellow and exhausts almost all the carbonation on the pour. The smell fills the room with the slight start of skunking (boo, green glass bottles on imports). The body itself is pilsner but it is richer and creamier than American BMCs. Nowhere close to craft quality though.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the grocery store, and wanted a pilsner. This was the only one available, and didn't want to go to the liquor store for a Stoudt's Pils, so I picked this up. I've not had it before...interested to taste this "Original Pilsner."

I am using the appropriate sexy Pilsner glassware....it looks nice color-wise, but the head just didn't stick. Lots of bubbles, but no head replenishment. Absolutely no lacing. My glass is spotless, so I really don't think it's the glass.

Smell - I smell the earthy hops and a little bit of the aforementioned funk aroma that I also get in Stella Artois. No points deducted, though, because I actually kinda like a little of that moldy hay/sweaty sock smell.

Taste - Not bad, not bad. Not as bracingly lemon-minty as the Stoudt's Pils, and ultimately not as refreshing, but not a total loss by any means. I'm actually getting more of an earthy mineral hop taste more reminiscent of a scaled-down Fuggles IPA, though perhaps this is attributable to the local water.

Mouthfeel - This has plenty of carbonation, but still manages to be slightly watery. Pretty average.

Drinkability - The low ABV combined with the fact that this is a little watery makes this extremely drinkable almost by default. It's readily available, and should do the trick as an enjoyable session beer should obviously better options be lacking.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Premo88
4.79/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best by Dec. 28, 2013)

L: clear gold ... surprisingly darker than I expected; even up to light it's dark enough to be gold (not pale yellow); big fat sticky head of foam, about 1 inch; clumps of the head stick to the glass, and the skin on top is amazing -- so much carbonation is rising in the column that its leaving five white spots of foam on the top layer; big collar

S: huge biscuit note mixed with grain; underneath, a thin layer of grassy hops -- but the sweet biscuit-and-grain dominates it early on; corn takes over halfway in, sweet creamed corn;

T: sweet light malt, yeast, bread, biscuits with a softer grassy bite that shows up as much in the dryness as it does in the taste -- what it amounts to is a hop presence that lingers with good grassy and spicy pepper notes

F: watery enough to drink but huge carbonation ... i'm sucking it down so fast, it might qualify as *too* drinkable. damn.

O: it's super dry in the finish but with so much sweet biscuit malt up front that it really stands out as a unique brew. i love that it's got a bit of color to it, a nice gold flair that continues a show of fast-rising bubbles.

if it had just a bit more hops in the nose and laced on the way down, i'd give it 5s across the board. as it is, it's fantastic. i'm glad i finally tried it. it's as good a beer as I've had in any style and a brew i guarantee will find its way into my fridge often.

(for posterity, it's also my 100th beer here on BA)

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

Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,827 ratings.
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