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 sagabrews
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Blonde resin, honey, straw. I poured from a can (to avoid being skunked) into a pilsner glass. Two inches of head formed and quickly dissipated with soapy lacing on the sides. Quite nice.

S: Somewhat hoppy. Faint floral, grassy smell although I wouldn't guarantee that my olfactory senses were at its best this night. Stuffy nose. Had to stop sniffing so deeply for fear of being mistaken for a hound dog. ;)

T: Initial impressions weren't too bad. Definitely better than your average beer, far superior to a lot of the Hungarian beers around, which taste like water. Tinge of bitter spice from hops.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and the effect is almost that it feels somewhat carbonated. At least that's how it feels on my tongue - Can't explain except to say this beer's more complex and worth it.

O: Would definitely drink this again. Safe go-to beer. Not craft, nor stellar, but nonetheless satisfying.

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Photo of BuddyE
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Photo of DefenCorps
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml can from Mainbrew. Best by August 2013, which makes this about 3.5 months old. Not too bad.

A beautiful folden yellow with a large, dense, fluffy white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent. Bright, herbal, lemony Saaz hops, earthy and lemony with a touch of buttery softness to complement the earthy bite. Soft pilsner malt is present, doughy and refreshing. The palate opens with a surprising butteriness, more than I remembered, and more than I'm used to, complementing the doughy, bready malt flavors. Surprisingly earthy, herbal and bitter, there's a blend of lemon and mineral (from the hop) flavors. Mildly dusty, mildly cobweb-like, there's also a mild honey flavor. Drying on the finish with the DMS lending a softness, this beer has lingering earthy bitterness and a nice, snappy hop flavor. Medium-light in body, with the decocted-mash mouthfeel that the best pilsners have, this beer is crisply carbonated and quite refreshing. The DMS , which in all fairness is an integral part of the flavor profile, is taking a little getting used to, but apart from that, this beer is stellar.

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Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brin611
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hendry
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I was a Freshman in college back in the last Century (1981), Pilsner Urquell was one of the few high quality imports that you had to look for to find (it wasn't in supermarket 12 packs until many moons passed). Better than Heineken,the OLD Beck's, the skunky Molson, PU was considered a treat, and I remember getting a case of it trying to show others in the dorm what taste was about.

Lots of Hops snobs may diss this bready,slightly skunky pilsner that is mass produced in green bottles, but it is an old school beer still worthy of respect for the style, a pilsner: in fact the only GENUINE Pilsner as they claim.

This beer does pair well with many types of food, and if you ever get a chance to drink it on tap, that is the way to go. I had this on tap in Vienna,Austria with a platter of wild boar and the flavors mixed quite well. NOTE: review based on fresh PU on tap, not the green bottles.If I had to rate the bottled version, overall the rating would be 3.9.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep gold with a thin white head. Sweet grains on the nose with not much else.

Medium bodied with bright carbonation. Whisp of sweet grains turns to dry hop bitterness. Bright flavors good balance of sweetness and bitterness but there is a distinctive skunk flavor. The new packaging should prevent this right ? Herbal and earthy hop on the end. This beer tastes like I'd enjoy it if it didn't have a skunk flavor to it.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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