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 allengarvin
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle. Clear straw-gold color with a moderate head. Spicy, slightly woody hop aroma Some light maltiness in the start, followed by moderately high bitterness. Hop flavor is somewhat grassy. Finishes dry and clean. Crisp texture

Pilsner Urquell in the bottle is really a pale shadow of this great beer when served fresh on draught. It's not a bad bottled beer, but there are much better German & Czech bottled pils.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly good pils. I must say, I wasn't expecting much going into this. After never having tried this beer, I had it in both a bottle and on tap within a week. Kind of funny. This is the on-tap review, and a bottled review would be different, but not different enough to where I want to take the time to write a seperate review. A little less creamy and a little bit more of a metallic sulfuric skunkiness (though a light and pleasant one), but otherwise the same flavors.

This beer was a nice clear pale golden color with a nice creamy head. Lacing is good. Carbonation is active. Looks good.

The smell is a bit buttery and has some nice tones of caramel and spicy hops. Smells crisp and refreshing, and it is. The taste is good, and has the same elements as the nose. Crisp, clean, light, and refreshing. Goes well with spicy food.

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Photo of theozag
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours and fills the glass with an amber orange body. Its white head fades but the beer stays translucent. Smell is slightly fruity and has a rich oat note. Start is oily, fruity, and sweet. Settles full-bodied and seems to have all the flavors you might find when having a sweet tea with a sandwich on wheat bread. Finishes oily and wet. This pilsner has a sharp aftertaste.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

straw golden, thin fizzy head dissipated. no lacing.
musty, caramel from malt, faint hop notes.
buttery caramel with an aggressive floral and semi-grapefruitish hop finish, spicy and gritty on palate.
light, crisp body and mouthfeel with a drying finish.

nice simple and suprisingly bitter (for what I was expecting) pilsener that is easy to enjoy and could def prove sessionable.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while I'll pick up a sixer of Urquell, always enjoyed it, even if it did get a little skunky. Smells quite sweet. Taste though is a really clean sweetness to it with some nice bitterness and a slight sour note that goes real well. A very drinkable beer, I think I lucked out on this not being skunky since it is in green bottles. Found it in a non-lighted fridge.

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Photo of mghotbi
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with frothy white head and plentiful lacing.

Aroma of grass and grains. Malty sweetness quickly gives way to citrus and grassy notes with prominent hop bitterness but a clean dry finish. Thin but not watery on the palate. Carbonation is prominent.

Drinkability is outstanding. Very refreshing. Relatively low alcohol content makes it a great session brew. This is a favorite hot summer day beer of mine.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a warning for those who drank this brew in Europe or Czech; it is quite different in character. If any one expects this to be an authentic Bohemian Pilsner, they will be disappointed.

That said, this a quite an enjoyable Pils that serves as a good intro to the Pils style as any beer around. It pours a bright somewhat deep yellow, which in turn produces a nice bubbly head and lacing. There is a slight sulfur aroma mixed with aromatic hops. None of the green skunkiness of a Danish or Dutch Pilsener. From start to finsih, Urquell is perfectly balanced between biting hops and grainy malts. It finsihes dry, and clean.

This beer is about what I would expect in a middle of the road Pils. There is no dominant character, but there is nothing lacking either. Perfect for summer sessions, and lawn parties.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap for the purposes of this review ... appears a pale yellow color with a rocky white head and sporadic lacing in the pilsner glass. Nose is doughy, slightly floral, and just a little bit skunky, which is unfortunate. Palate is lightly malted and decently balanced with a hop counterbalance. Again, this beer has a bready character as well. Mouthfeel is light and it's decently carbonated. Pilsner Urquell is a standard for the style, I'm told. It's okay, and easy enough to drink. The beers I'm sampling have a nose that is slightly off, but it's not detectable in the flavor. Try it if you're into true pilsners.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left less than a one finger head that quickly dissipates to surface skim. Body is a yellow gold.

Aroma - has that Euro skunk. Grassy, herbal, spicy.

Taste - like the smell, but with a graininess. Spicy, grassy, herbal, skunky bitterness.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkabilty - decent, but not great. Good enough if there's nothing else available.

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Photo of KyleVick4
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz

A: A deep golden color. Nice head that dissapates quickly and leaves very little lace. Lots of bubbles streaming upwards.

S: Meh smells spicy and kinda watery. Not much malt nose, but it is there. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T: Spicy notes of what used to be saaz hops are still there, but the 75% hop extract rule keeps running through my mind. Either way a good spicy taste. This beer is not as fresh as I have had before, but the best Urquells that I have had were good. Their tradition of keeping it in green bottles is killing me, as some will be a superbly bitter beer that would be a 4.0 while others are much blander and some just plain not good at around the 2.0 range. Taste is spicy hops with a little sweet malt that is present on the palate. Going back and editing this I dropped it to a 2.5 as the newer tradition of using hop extract for the beer is deeply disappointing in the taste.

M: Light bodied and kinda dry, very carbonated, but pleasant for this style. I do find the mouthfeel pleasing.

D: You can drink these beers all day. But since there is very little consistancy between packs, I take off points.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw yellow color. About a half inch head dissapates quickly into nothing. Aromas are slightly skunky, some DMS, and a little hoppiness present. Drinks a nice highly carbonated, thirst quenching pils as expected. Light and easy drinking, the saaz hops provide a nice bite and make it better than water on a hot day. Could easily put away several. Recommended for any pils lover or any for getting into the style. Look for 12 packs that are in cardboard boxes.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap. Came in a pint glass with a half inch of white head. Medium pale yellow color. Not much lacing on the glass.

Not a stong smelling beer. Most prevelant aroma was a hoppiness and a bit of a skunky smell, although I wouldn't say that the beer was skunky. More of a sweaty smell.

Taste was similar to the smell. Kind of skunky. A bitter, hoppy taste, slightly skunky. Some malt backbone present.

Mouthfeel was alright. Slightly carbonated.

Not my favorite style. I had this a long time ago, and didn't care for it much but thought I'd revisit this now that my tastes in beer have changed. But I still didn't care for this very much.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Medium-dark gold. Head doesn't last long. Some carbonation.
Aroma: Excellent, strong hop aroma that persists.
Flavor: Flavor is bitter with hop flavor that persists throughout, bitter finish, moderately long bitterness in aftertaste. Good malt support.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation for style.
Overall: Quite clean overall. Not as even overall as Staropramen, e.g., so actually a bit more interesting, perhaps.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner Urquell pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. I think I smell some oxidation. It could just be the skunkiness of the hops though. Spicy hops, some oxidation does appear present in the taste, but once again this could be the intended flavor profile of skunk. Not my favorite beer, definitely worth a try, and I especially think it would be informative to try this one fresh in person at the brewery. It think it may make a tremendous difference.

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Photo of strattor
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me a golden straw yellow, with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

Weak aroma of grassy hops.

Hops flavor is dominant. Slightly citrusy, bitter, and grassy. A little sweetness and biscuity flavors seep in from the malt. The finish is long and slightly bitter.

Very lively, crisp mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

A little dry to drink a few in a row, but not bad. There are certianly better pilsners to be had, but this is a dependable and pretty easy to find one.

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Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can will give you consistant quality from this brew...the original and although it has suffered some "cheapening out" in the quantity of hops and malt it still stands as one of 2 head of the pack CZ Pilzens.

Great bright gold color...fine pored white sticky cap...laces the glass well...aromas of pungent saaz hps over the subtle malty sweetness. Medium light body, sharp mouth feel. Tast is a great balance between the pale malt sweetness and the saaz herbal sharpnes...moderat semi dry finish where the hops shine and there is a light lingering bittering after taste.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $1.50. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very eye pleasing golden yellow coloration. The carbanation is practically rolling. The head was a off color white.

Smell: The beer has a sulfur skunkyness about it. There is smell of wheat permeating the beer.

Taste: The beer has a ok roasty wheat flavor. There is a bit of hops to break up the taste. I kind of felt let down here. Wait a minute. I served the beer to dam cold. The beer let go more of a sweet wheaty taste. The hops do the job in breaking up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied with rolling carbonation. This beer really is a quaffable drink.

Somehow I expected more from this beer. I have worked as a nurse for many years. Almost all of the older guys I have taken care of described Pilsner Urquell as a great and tasty beer. I dont know if they reformulated the beer or not. This just doesnt live up to what I was expecting.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a golden yellow body that is crystal clear with a strong carbonation of big fast bubbles. The head is a spongy-mat of white foam that soon collapses to a thin film.

S- The smell of green bitter hops with a sulfur overtone is dry and crisp.

T- The beer has a dry crisp flavor of pale malt that is quickly washed away by a green bitter hops flavor with a slight earthy note. The finish is a bitter hop flavor with some noble hop qualities that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol or astringency in the finish.

D- This beer is a pleasant lager with some nice noble hop flavors.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold...lively head..drops quickly to "gone".
Smells very malty...and some faint earthy, hay odor.
Tastes malty too...lot of hops..pretty bitter throughout, although there is also a sweetness that stays with it.
Mouthfeel is surprizingly medium....good body for a pilsner.High carbonation.
Citrus peel aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all.
If I just want a thirst-quencher "cold one" this summer....this will be a good choice.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into pint glass. Golden amber in color. good two inch head to begin with that fades fairly quickly. Lacing stays throughout the experience. Fruity esters are noticed upon smelling. somewhat dry in flavor, hints of fruitiness and acidity. clean mouthfeel. I couldn't see myself buying this again, but definitely earns the title worth a try. One of the more enjoyable beers you can find anywhere

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Photo of dfried
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite pilsner. I really don't even know what else to say about it. This is how a pilsner is supposed to be, very drinkable but with a decent body and flavor. It has a nice sharp hop flavor, but pleasant sweetness persists for a while after the drink. I would order this at just about any bar, it is a good standard to fall back on when everything else is domestic crap.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a crystal clear rich golden color, begins with a head of white foam. Head recedes quickly, minimal lace.

The smell is a pungent mix of skunky sulphur, sweet malts and raw graininess.

Taste is much as it smells with a semi-dry finish and a lingering aftertaste.

Medium-light body. Carbonation is active enough to electrify the tongue.

This one does sort of grow on you after a while.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden-amber. Pillowy, two-finger white head.

Smell: Juicy, spicy hops with a backbone of creamy malt goodness. Crisp.

Taste: Smooth, almost creamy malt. A little on the dry side, with a lightly toasted character. Hopping is fairly assertive, but narrow in scope; it provides a spicy bite, but not an expansive herbal flavor. Very purposeful. The hops remain detectable all the way through the finish, and a touch of buttery diacetyl smooths it out towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with a sturdy malt backdone appropriate for the style.

Verdict: A prototype pilsner. I've had better ones, but this is a textbook example of the style. It represents it well.

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Photo of nickss
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle a light golden haze. Light, 1/4" head, yet the consistency of the head is surprisingly thick, and not as active as I would have thought.

The aroma contains a fair bit of malt in it, but whatever other aromas there may have been are overwhelmed by skunkiness. I wonder, is it the light green bottle?.. I'm sure that can't help. Regardless, this brew is not what it used to be.

The flavour contains some malt, surprisingly little in the way of hops. Reminds me of Grolsch, which is certainly not a good thing.

The mouthfeel is about the only thing this beer does right. Crisp, yet creamy... nice.

While this brew is moderately refreshing, lending points to its drinkability, its skunkiness is so overwhelming that it puts me off. This is certainly nothing compared to Victory's Prima.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A little darker than i expected, pours golden rather than straw. minimal lacing.

S - Nose is of malt, with that clean lagery scent

T - Well balanced taste. everything is there in good proportion - a little sweetness towards the beginning that goes away rapidly, followed by malt and a hops bitterness to finish. Good representative of the the style.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty light, less carbonation than expected, but maybe that's letting the malt come out more.

D - Very drinkable, especially with spicy food. A solid pilsener.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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