Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic

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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a yellow to brown color. With a soda pop head that disappates quickly. Little to no lacing present on the glass.

S: Pilsner, grassy, herbed aroma.

T: Crisp and clean lager. Tastes good - bitter flavor dominates throughout with hint of malt.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing.

O: Good brew for sessioning and on a hot day.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL can, by halves, into a small pilsener glass. Appearance-wise, in terms of light-ish lagers, this sets the colour standard: a rich lucid gold, with just enough carbonation to lend it a champagne-like effervescence around the edges. The smell is simple but full, bready with a tinge of herbal noble hops -- and the taste follows this pattern: wheat backed by that ashen tingle of Saaz. Though it would be easy to describe this beer as "dry" (the malts really do dissipate quickly), the hops leave a resiny aftertaste.

I've drunk this beer many, many times, and I keep coming back to it (especially in the summers, but all year round really) when I want a light and refreshing, yet flavourful sipper. And yes, I'm saying it's a sipper despite it weighing in at only 4.4% because: a) I always find myself drinking it more slowly than I'd expect, and never having more than one or two; and b) I find its subtleties continue to emerge the more I drink it. Maybe its status as the 'original pilsener' is a little overblown (though historically that's true), but at the same time I can readily see why it's heralded as a landmark of the brewing craft.

Overall, anyone with a real interest in beer should become familiar with this one.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,942 ratings