Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

BA SCORE
82
good
3,812 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay
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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
prazdrojvisit.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,812
Reviews:
1,482
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.93%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
735
For Trade:
0
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Photo of SandS
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of silverking
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a clear amber with a nice white fluffy head. the head fades fast but leaves a thin layer an top of the beer, some nice lacing occurs at this point. it smells very much like bread dough. Hops also make a small appearance. The taste is bready with a definite bite from the hops. Not what I was expecting in a pilsner. The hops steal the finish with a sharp bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp with a healthy dose of carbonation. Try it if you haven't already.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottle says best by May 28, 2013.

A - Pours clean golden in color, with no head, no bubbles. Looks kind of bland and boring, but not unappealing. Tiny finger or so worth of eggshell white sizzling head.

S - Pale roasted malts with a touch of light pine hop smell perhaps. Smells slightly refreshing, although no real particular action happening.

T - Smooth and crisp, like a lemon lime soda. Reminds me of a Rolling Rock almost. Pale malts blended with that vague note of lemon hop bite.

M - Smooth clean and crisp, like a lemon lime soda. Nice feel, little bit of a stickiness lingering. Kind of a dry finish.

In all, nothing spectacular, but in the realm of shitty pilsners it is worth having for sure. Better than many of its contemporaries, I would have it again.

Pilsner Urquell ---3/5

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look, I won't go into much detail as I had little time to take notes. But, after having this many times back home with mixed results I'm basing this review on enjoying draft Urquell in Prague.
It's just better. Maybe solely because of no green bottle, but I don't know. The gorgeous craggy head lasts forever and it's about as smooth and fresh as you can get but still with a rally nice saaz bite even compared to a lot of the other local pils.
Or maybe I'm just getting sucked into the ambiance, but having a beer in (or at least near) it's point of origin just makes sense.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After procuring a 6 pack of Pilsner Urquell in the new "cold shipped" packaging, I have to say it's actually done a good job of preventing skunkiness. The skunk on the aroma has been replaced with mild diacetyl, crackery malt, and zesty hops - not fantastic, but miles better than the lightstruck aroma that plagued my other (single) bottle. The drinkability factor is still there, though admittedly my bottle seems to be low on hops. I'm upping scores all around; without a doubt this is the best macro lager in the business.

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12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white color with surprising retention (for a macro lager). Good lacing, too.

S: AARGH LIGHTSTRUCK!!! Beneath the unfortunate skunk in the aroma, there lies simple pale malts and zesty noble hoppiness.

T: Thank smeg the flavor is a massive improvement. Initially, some fruity esters greet the palate, before the zesty, refreshing finish...AND IT'S GONE! Holy shit, did I finish the beer that quickly? It's hardly BCBS, but as far as simple macro-brewed lagers go, this one's the best in the business.

M: The palate feel seems perfectly tailored to provide crisp refreshment. There's this real sense of subtle delicacy that separates this not only from the BMC stalwarts, but numerous craft lagers as well. The bitter aftertaste is fantastic for what this beer is trying to accomplish.

O: A damn shame about the skunky nose - luckily the rest of the beer easily compensates by offering everything you could want in a proper pilsner. Could be a go to for me in cans/on tap.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Gaharudan
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just picked up a case of Urquell (date on the bottle was August 2012, i'ts now Jan. 2013) It was a delightful pick me up after drinking U.S Macrobrews. I poured two bottles into a tall Aruban Balashi 22 oz mug, to suck down. I really wanted Staropramen, after trying it the other day, but our distribution was lacking. I have a feeling the hippies working behind the counter called all their buddies when the decent stuff arrives on tuesdays. Anyways, this is definately a favorite of mine---a bit too sweet, but a welcome change from the stuff i've been indulging. I don't know if the Diacetyl levels are prevalent here, but a bit too carbonated for this session. I picked up a sixer in Cali 10 years ago, and don't remember all the carbonation. Maybe this case has been aged tooo long. It does have that apple cider thing going on a bit, but still better than the yuengllings, genny's and lionheads i've been sessioning. I'll probably have a couple more and then i will sample the Hofbräuhaus München---hopefully this will be a bit fresher and not as sweet, cheers.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.64 out of 5 based on 3,812 ratings.
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