Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
BA SCORE
3.59/5
3,852 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#37,883
Reviews:
1,490
Ratings:
3,852
pDev:
16.16%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
769
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of astromach
2.26/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of LucMcD17
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stout_Hunter
4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a stange glass on 10/9/17 from a bottle.
L: pours a beautiful deep golden color with absolute perfect clairty! Head is nice and fluffy but dissipateted pretty quick leaving moderate lacing.
S: musk musk and more musk when first cracked. After letting sit for a a minute you get a cracker/bready smell slightly sweet but also a bit bitter. Hard to explain. Kind of like a Grannysmith apple.
T: oh my does this go down smooth...like a pilsner should. Taste is simple yet complex. I keep getting hints of something different with every swig all amazing flavors from nice sweet malts to a bit of bitter grassy hops to even a touch of citrus.
F: it is perfectly carbonated for the profile of this beer. Medium-light body depending on what your used to drinking.
O: it's perfect it really is. One of the few beers that its history intrigued me. So much to the point it makes me want to go to Plzen,Czech Republic on my next vaca to tour the brewery and have it on tap with locals. Proud to call myself Slavic right about now. Highly recommend this beer if you enjoy Pilsners.

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now this is a pilsner, nice straw color, right amount of head, nice crisp taste with hints of citrus, it has a nice taste that rests on the tongue and lingers ever so slightly after you swallow.

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Photo of Daniel7812
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of insouciantx
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of artemfl
1.74/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of Coltron23
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brushkanna
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanmbolin
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, crisp, and refreshing pilsner. A big, cold glass of this beer hits the spot every time.

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Photo of Jack_H_91
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thampel09
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of niknar
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When in Rome...

As I sit in downtown Prague enjoying a second draft mug of Pilsner Urquell, it dawned on me that although I typically do not drink light lagers, this is actually a good beer and I should take a moment to rate it.

The first thing I noticed was a huge, fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to a nice lacing of the glass mug. Excellent appearance and not at all like the other reviews (with regard to the head) I briefly reviewed before writing this (likely due to being draft vs bottle and only an hour from the home brewery). The color is a light golden (it is a bit dark in here though) and crystal clear.

The smell is nothing spectacular, but does reflect on the simplicity of the beer. Slight hints of malt and yeast dominate.

The taste is mildly hoppy and clean with a moderate finish that lasts long enough without being dry. Again, simple but true to the style this beer created and made popular worldwide.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp allowing for an easy second sip.

This is not my favorite beer genre, but for a pilsner style beer you certainly cannot go wrong here. I also recommend the ambience of drinking it in the Czech Republic if at all possible. That alone warrants an extra bit of style for this classic beer.

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Photo of Bobbca8
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnct
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of madelf66
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robebo44
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of victory4me
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of the can in the states... fantastic.

Unfiltered, unpasteurized in Prague or elsewhere in Europe... perfection.

In my opinion, when this beer is properly handled, it is the best beer in the world.

I'll take up arguments.

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Photo of jbfarris
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,852 ratings
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