Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
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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

BEER STATS
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#40,433
Reviews:
1,516
Ratings:
3,958
pDev:
15.88%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
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Photo of Navin-Johnson
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Ant777uk
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this lots but never wrote a review...been drinking loads of cheap Polish pilsners recently...Czech ones usually have less maltiness and are lighter, more natural and crisp, with far more interesting hops.

Head is amazingly soft and smooth, looks great in the glass.

Quite a sweet honey aroma, inviting.

Probably a bit more malty and less flowery than Budvar, I'd say I just prefer that over this. But they are fairly similar.

My only critisism is there is a slight dry flatness in the taste of the bottle, this is probably different when draft.

Not too expensive either, great overall, probably one of my top 5 pilsners in the world

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Photo of kootenays88
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly foggy yellow-orange with a finger of white foam on top. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is yeast spice, rye, and toast, biscuit, and pilsner malts. Flavor profile is toast, biscuit, and pilsner malts with a spicy yeasty finish. Mouth feel is medium-thin, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, a good pilsner that sips flavorfully with a nice twist at the end.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of BenMaalouf
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of three8one
4.86/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Budlum
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vincechan
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Sondre
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little disappointing - I remember these being better when I first tried them, around 15 years ago. Nice gold color with mild head, medium carbonation that faded as the bottle warmed. Smelled faintly of hops and yeast. Strong notes of grain and biscuit, weaker hints of hops and that vague metallic taste that seems more common among European lagers. Very mild skunkiness as the beer warmed up. Overall, a decent beer but there are many other lagers or pilsners I'd prefer to drink.

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Photo of dataslal
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jg24rules
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chitoryu12
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: The platonic ideal of a lager. Gold and clear with lots of bubbles and a big frothy white head.

Smell: Yeasty and hoppy, like an IPA that someone dropped in a bakery.

Taste: A delayed impact of bitterness, masking a sort of bread flavor. Not a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than a typical lager, still pretty carbonated.

Overall: I'm pretty "meh" on this beer. Despite its fame as the original pilsner, it's only okay.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks hazy golden with much bubbles. Smells of wet crackers, cereal grains, muted citrus. Taste is smooth and oddly creamy for this style. Feels bland. Overall I remember this beer was much better 30 years ago. This was my go to fresh craft beer in the 80's. I remember much more hop zest, and caramel malts.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with a best by date of 8/21/18; into a mug.
Appearance- clear and gold with constant streams of carbonation bubbles that sustain a thin, white head; lacing is decent.
Smell - yeast, grains and cracker.
Taste - the nose is a precursor to the flavor profile; ultimately, dull and bland.
Feel - light, crisp, slightly bitter and finishes dry.
Overall - I’ll qualify this by noting that I am not a Pilsner fan; weak and underwhelming.

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Photo of MNAle
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label stamped: MAY1418 08:03. So, I assume it was bottled in May of 2017. Not exactly fresh. Georgeous bright gold color with a nice white bubbly head and bubble rising through the gold. Aroma is grainy, bready, spice. Taste is bready, lemon, a touch of sweet malts. Mouth feel is not thin; there is a substantialness there. The hops begin to assert a bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The bitter aftertaste lingers quite awhile.

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

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

Photo of cgrunin
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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