Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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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 Seanniek91
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from Prague. .5l can into a tiny water glass.

A- Clear gold with quick bubbly head that left nice lacing.

S- Crisp light malts. Nice hop presence. No skunk like in the US.

T-Malts up front. Finishing lightly bitter, possibly from the hops. Grassy/floral.

M-Medium carb, smooth, mildy viscous. Drinkable.

O- Much cleaner tasting than in the US.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. green bottle which is dated Nov 17-11, so this is an old bottle that I found in a convenience store on a back shelf. Sampled on October 7, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow with a fizzy white head and busy carbonation.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit pale malts and moderate sugar sweetness. Considering the age of this bottle I was very pleased that there was no green bottle skunkiness.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a good Czech malt character up front with low to medium bitterness at the end. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of KJ2013
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of MikeP
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

PROS: This is an outstanding example of exactly what it is: a Central Europe pilsner. It's chock full of flavor and complexity, balanced hopiness, and just the right texture. Starting at the top, the hops are present, you taste them right away, and the hop intensity remains. Because the beer's so expertly balanced, its flavor and texture go hand in hand. Any heavier or lighter, and you know that the flavor would be askew. The result is that the beer hits your palate with delicious intensity. You want to drink more of it.

I sampled Pilz Urq from a can here in the USA [3 months out from the can printed expiration date]. I suspect that it'd be even better from a bottle, and way, way better fresh from a tap in the Czech Republic, where it's brewed. Especially the unfiltered, unpasteurized version.

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Photo of Catlin
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dpage27
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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

It poured a bright gold with a substantial white head. While the skunky aroma and taste still remain I can now recognize the hoppy tones and sweet malty backbone that make this beer so revered. I can easily see why this beer became the definition of a style. If you are looking for something light, but with enough bite to keep your attention, you can't go wrong with a Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of harsley
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Beerriver
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden color with plenty of foam and decent lacing. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Cereal grains and grassy hops. Basically it smells like beer, but not the cheap corn smell of a macrobrew.

Taste: Grains, grass, hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a beer aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is pretty much what a standard, non-craft beer should taste like. Well-balanced and crisp, everything is just right. This Czech brew is the original pils, so I guess they've had enough time to figure out how it's done.

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Photo of Geert
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Bo_bandy
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ctodda
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Skibum211
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Bierseligkeit
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of HookemHops13
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Illos
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Wedcat
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bill69
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ReverendJon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,909 ratings
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