Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
While most lagers give away most of their taste profile in the front of the mouth, Pilsner Urquell only hints at its flavour there. Instead, it develops in the middle, followed by a refreshing, clean finish and balanced aftertaste, practically inviting you to have another.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

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Ratings: 3,958 |  Reviews: 1,516
Photo of Brew_ski
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikerems
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of direwolf00
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like at first, but as subtle flavors began to appear in back of mouth and throat, I grew to like very much.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Wally1912
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kflorence
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden yellow with a fair amount of foamy head atop; a bit darker than I'm used to in this style, which is a welcome site.

S: Hops, grains, sweet malts, some metal... very acidic smelling. I can't say it's pleasant, but it isn't really a turn off either. Not repulsive and somehow compelling, even though it is an oddly bitter aroma.

T: This is a great warm weather brew. A generous amount of hops is the prominent flavor, but it is slightly tamed by a malty sweetness. Grains, corn, slight vanilla, some metal, and a very bitter, dry finish. Very pleasant and successfully quenches the summer beer craving.

M: Very light body with ample carbonation. This beer is smooth and light on the tongue, but still maintains some body, thanks in large part to the carbonation level. Feels great going down.

D: Very drinkable and also quite session-able. One of the better light warm weather beers and a nice example of a Pilsner.

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Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Etrusco
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Hunter
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 10 oz. pilsner glass. Deep gold beer topped with a thin layer of white foam. Heavy carbonation, little lacing effects. Pretty typical of the style, although the color was bolder than a lot of pilsners.

Aroma is heavy on the hops, and oddly enough, the smell of my old grade-school cafeteria. Weird! Maybe that's an antiseptic tone coming through.

Taste is sharp and not particularly pleasant. Not much by way of malt or hops, more tangy grass than anything else.

Mouthfeel is light, scouring, with that sharpness lingering after the swallow.

Actually found this tastes better straight from the bottle than poured, but not by much. I wouldn't turn it down on a hot day, but I wouldn't seek it out either.

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Photo of mjc410
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pout into a PU goblet at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ.

Forms a slight ring on around the glass, beautiful dark gold-yellow, very active columns of bubbles rising. Smells lightly malty and grassy. The taste is dominated by spicy hops, which lend their wonderful floral bitterness. There's also an earthy character, which is unique among the pilsners that I've had. The mouthfeel is light (but not as light as many pilsners), with a lot of tingling from the high carbonation. I feel that the greater than normal "weight" of this pils hurts the drinkability somewhat, making it less refreshing than its counterparts. I once drank my fair share of this on the beach, and it is a bit much for that pursuit.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up clear yellow with a thick head. Some malt in the aroma, but not too much else. Starts off clean, with slightly sweet malt flavors. Finishes with tingle of hops on the tongue. After three glasses, it's a little too bitter. It's still good, though.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, with a massive white head. Extremely well carbonated.

Aroma: Lemony hops, slight malty sweetness, and a little bready grain.

Taste: Crisp and bitterly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Lively and light.

Drinkability: A light refreshing pilsener, which is easy to drink. Better than a lot of the crap imported lager on the market, just a shame they couldn't shell out for a brown glass bottle

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Photo of Bill69
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of diamondc
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle, best before Dec 22 09.

A bit more darker than many pilseners I've had before. Golden. dark amber, no head or lacing though.

First smell was of skunk .. which is acceptable for this beer style. It was kind of amazing how skunk filled my room. Anyway, the skunk smell does blow over once you pour it into a glass. Afterwards, buttered toast comes to mind, mixed with pepper and freshly cut grass.

The taste was of lemon skin, fresh bread, a lot of hot sauce type spiciness. The earthy, grassy Saaz hop taste lingers on the tongue for a long time.

This was a really crisp and easy to drink beer. There is a slight burn on my tongue though while gulping, probably due to the high hops used. I could drink these for a while and not be bored.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a fluffy one finger head that quickly subsided, Honey colour, fine lacing.

S - floral, malt nit much else

T - follows the nose with some light fruit notes. Nicely balanced.

M - light to medium bodied with some carbonation. A little bitter on the back end.

O - Not a big pilsener fan but this is certainly a decent drinkable pilsener.

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Photo of mttdls
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Vestlake
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dello
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell was sampled by bottle with no glass available unfortunately.

-Appearance: light golden straw color and no head with bottle.

-Fragrance: subtle malted pilsener notes.

-Taste: moderate malty pilsener taste up front with a pleasant pilsener aftertaste that lifts away slowly and leaves a slightly crisp pilsener taste in the mouth briefly and does not stick in the throat.

-Mouthfeel: thin mouthfeel with moderate-heavy carbonation that tingles the tongue.

-Overall: For me, it was smooth and crisp like biting into a beer-apple. This seems like a decent session beer if there were not too many other options. I tend to try all the beers when I have more than one glass/bottle, but I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these in a row. I generally like most Pilsener beers, as they taste like well-developed versions of the American Adjunct-Lagers, and this is no exception. Next time, I'll be sure to find this on draft or at the very least a glass for a bottle-pour.

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Photo of gardner254
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Spoda1983
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Two finger head of soft white foam, lace of suds with no cling. Color is a 7 on the SRM Beer color chart. Aromas I detect are: corn, malt and roasted oats. Taste is a little tarnished, some flavors of browned wheat, onion, burnt corn, malt, and a light dusting of pine hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the skim milk side, not much body. Not the best balanced flavor, but sort of grows on you the more you drink...Still I think I will stay away from this in the future.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; not much of a head and poor lacing. Bubbles and foam around the edges of the glass. Golden straw in the color of the main body with somewhat active carbonation.

smell; smelled like skunk from the bottle but when poured in the glass the smell changes. The hops are almost sweet and mild or perhaps that is the malts...not sure but that's a good thing, suggesting proper balance.

taste; really interesting hop bitterness, more dominating than German style Pils. Sharp bitterness that turns sour before giving way to the malts. Malts are really blunt and bready but the hop bitterness then returns to overpower them. The balance is a little off but only a little and not worth complaining about. This is contrary to the smell and makes this drink interesting.

mouthfeel; tight and puckering with a crisp finish that leaves a trace of flavor that coats the palate.

drinkability; not a bad drink but after a few, the hops start to be a little much.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,958 ratings