Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

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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Reviews: 1,440 | Ratings: 3,658
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. can

Pours clear gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like grape, pear, apple, citrus, biscuity honey grainy malt, with dank earthy herbal grass and spicy pine. Tastes like biscuity honey malt, some grape, apple, pear, citrus, with spicy pine and earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Czech pilsner.

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Photo of JBDE16
4.79/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My absolute favorite Pilsner, ironic that it is the original Pilsner.
First had it while in Czech, and it was always just referred to as just a "Pils".

Pours as a nice golden, with a thick frothy white head, that gets little craters in it as it slowly slowly sinks and falls apart.

It smells a little like buttery popcorn, but mostly skunky and malty.

Extremely drinkable, easy, light, malty. And always has that sweet buttery finish that is really unique and enjoyable.

If there was a beer that was similar to buttered bread, or buttered corn, this would be it.
And because of that, this beer is absolutely fantastic to be enjoyed with a hearty meal.

As far as bottled or canned VS on draft.
On draft this beer is the next level of fresh and has a bit more complex maltiness and crispness to it

Hats off to the Czech for this wonderful, innovative, and inspiring beer.
Na zdraví !!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to be my favorite pilsner, I dunno what happened, corporate buy out or otherwise, it kinda went downhill. Straw yellow color out of a green bottle. Lots of head falls apart quick. Aroma hit those skunky notes I like.

Taste is a zippy light malt beer with lots of carbonation and a respectable degree of noble hops. I'm a fan, good lager skunk yeast notes, prickly hops and carbonation, light body. Can drink lots of these.

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Photo of AlfaMale
1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

What a disappointment from a bottle. I've had these in Europe and they are far better than the import. Simply a bitter, stale, dead taste. I'd rather drink a Coors Light.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear orange, with a quickly receding, tiny head and no lacing. I'm smelling malt and some alcohol, with a touch of biscuit, and maybe something like orange. Taste is malty as well, with a nice balance between bitter and sweet, with a light fruity touch (apple?). It's medium light, with little carbonation; very crisp, very clean.

I think I'd get tired of it after a while, but it's a very quenching beer, and a nice introduction to the style. Maybe a tad too clean.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, pours a clear light golden colour with a good white coloured head.
Aroma biscuit, grass, grains, nothing much else.
Taste bread, grain, biscuit, grass. Very refreshing.

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Photo of davesfolly
4.66/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn tasty. Got at different places. They invented Pilsner after all.

Smell: Light smell of hops and malt.
Taste: Very nice. Does not leave an aftertaste. Tastes like Malt and Hops but not at all bitter.
Feel: Very refreshing. Very sessionable.
Overall: A style I grew fond of while living in Giessen Germany.

The very first German bier that I bought a the Reception Center was a pilsner. And I when on to sample many Pilsners during my stay.

A very nice Czech beer.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can poured a deep gold, crystal clear, with a thin white persistent head. Medium-high bready malt character (reminiscent of baked pretzel), caramel, moderate level of spicy (saaz) hops, grassy, some subtle lemon notes along with (not unpleasant) buttered popcorn as it warmed. Balance tilting more towards malt on the palate. Crisp, clean, refreshing. A true classic.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a clear golden-yellow with a white head. Light aromas. I taste more mops than malts but both are pretty moderate. To me, the carbonation is the more pronounced feature within a light mouth feel (but without being watery). There is a sweet grassy aftertaste.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap, served in a pint glass. Pours a light golden-yellow body, clear with good bubbles, white one finger worth of head, looks refreshing. Smells of bread, crisp biscuit, a bit of graininess, light grass. It's nothing special, a bit clean and without any skunkiness. Solid. Flavour is bread, biscuit, touch of grain and grass, fairly clean. Again, nothing too complex, and even tastes a bit watered down. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation, light grassy bitterness. A fairly average Czech pilsner for the style.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No more skunky green bottles, now it's half liter cans and brown bottles. Date is 9 months out, as far as I know. This is my go-to summer beer. So damn crisp and refreshing. I can't even imagine what it's like drinking this in the Czech Republic. I will make it there one day.

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Photo of Nismo2
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner Urquell at 4,4 abv.

Look: Crystal clear golden yellow colour with lots of carbonation and a 1/2 finger white head

Smell: Spicy smell with hints of citrus aromas and roasted malts

Taste: Clear, crispy, refreshing taste, balanced between bitterness and sweetness. Mild carbonated feel

A very refreshing pilsner, perfect for summer days.

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Photo of decervecitas
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pilsner with lots of flavour and a little bitter at the end. More bitter than other Czech pilsners I tried before. Also very refreshing so I liked it a lot.

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Photo of kitch
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml can canned on 2nd February 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured an extremely clear golden colour with a three finger white head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and honey aromas with a hint of grain and floral.

Taste: Sweet honey and grain with some biscuit, toast and grass plus a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice refreshing easy to drink Pilsner.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

canned version

-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-honey,spicy,grassy,bready,burnt caramel
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Probably the best Macro Pilsener in the World

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Photo of thatmanphil
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very unique Pils flavor, in that one can detect a hint of Jasmine. Very fresh and enjoyable in small amounts, but after a half liter or so that Jasmine aroma can be too much

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I understand, the best way to enjoy this one (and really, the majority of beer) is in draft form. Alas, I had it from a can.
While a bit different, this is still a member of the weasel piss family, albeit a member who attended college for a couple of months.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of the style, but I kind of like the Czech pilsners. There's just enough hop to please my palate and the low abv is desirable in many situations. My local Kroger carries this beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wouldn't recommend this beer from a bottle because it is just too dodgy. Even bottles that you think have never been exposed to light often come up slightly funky all the way up to really skunky. This can make the beer a real Jekyll and Hyde experience. When it's good, this beer can be very good with a subtle toasted bread, slightly caramelly taste that is just wonderful. Grassy and floral hops are delicate in aroma but assertive in bittering as a pilsner should be. 30 or so years ago it seemed to be the benchmark for its style. Now there are certainly better examples out there, both from Europe and America.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color, slightly orange, clear. Foam white with a delicate shade of ecru, medium bubble, very high, on average lasted, leaves decorating.
Herbal aroma of malt with a hint of metallic.
Taste: malt, herb and floral, hoppy beer is medium-bodied.
Gentian dry, perhaps a little too low saturation high as the best match.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours a nice crisp pale/golden look with a solid fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.
S-Sweet grassy smell. Crisp aroma that follows with the light smell of hops.
T-Sweet and earthy like the nose. I get flavors of biscuit, with a sweet flavor like a lager. There is also a bitterness that goes great with the flavor.
F-Great fizzy mouthfeel. So refreshing and crisp.
O-This pilsner is everything you'd want in a pilsner; sweet, crisp, bitter, and savory in a way. Surprised it doesn't have a higher score on here. Seek it out and enjoy.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold (4) pour with thin white head; excellent clarity; cap disappeared quickly; spotty lace at best. Floral hop nose. Floral, slightly bitter hop tongue; bready middle; very lite DMS; floral finish. Lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean with floral hop linger.

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Photo of tomakara
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer was very bitter and appeared to be a golden brown. It was light and easy to drink, would consider it among your average beers, nothing super special.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper with a moderate foamy head that dies off to a thin ring.

Buttery, crisp scent is backed by caramel candy.

Tastes like a warm buttered roll.

While the malt is buttery, there is a tangy tingle in the back of the throat that keeps you coming back for more. This is very smooth drinkable

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