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Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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3.59/5
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3,867 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
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Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 09-10-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,312
Reviews:
1,492
Ratings:
3,867
pDev:
15.88%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 3,867 |  Reviews: 1,492
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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

Served pretty cold in standard pint glass. This is the new packaging 6-pack. Totally covers the bottles. Says shipped cold from Czech Republic. Still same green bottle. Have been eager to try this since I heard of the new packaging. Says best by June 2013.

Looks like what a pilsener should look like. Clear gold with lots of bubbles and a white head.

Grassy hop smell with a bit of hops. No skunk like bottled Urquell usually has.

Nice taste. Classic pilsener taste; bready/malty with prominent hop bite at the end. Good balance. Eat your heart out, Budweiser and other US pils...This is what you wish you could be like. No skunk in the flavor either. Tastes much like the draft version I have had.

Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is adequate.

Despite having this when it is cold and snowy, I am really pleased with this. I assume the difference is in the handling. Not skunked, not oxidized. Tastes very much like draft Urquell. I have avoided the bottled version in the past, but if this is what it is now like, I will be trying this again. A solid, thirst-quenching pils the way the style should be.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I still say that there's nothing like the "original" pilsner -- as the marketers would say -- and that is Pilsner Urquell.

Sure the hop aroma has faded a bit over the years, but the fluffy head hasn't. The hop flavor, the peppery spiciness isn't quite there anymore, but the peppery hop flavor is still food. Urquell is still a bitter lager and that's why its still my favorite Czech beer. Now, don't get wrong, I like some of the more balanced Czech pilsners like Budvar (er, Czechvar) or Staropramen, but I've always appreciated that bitter bite in a Pilsner Urquell. The trick is to find a retailer that takes good care of their bottles. This beer needs to be consumed as fresh as possible. Those hops fade fast. Not really a pretty beer (the head always falls quickly), but decent pils that is very low alcohol for those that have to get to work early in the morning.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having made a "pilgrimage" to Plzen 12 years ago, long before I discovered the joys of "c" hops, this can is definitely a trip down memory lane. Seems odd not to rate the archetype of the style with 5's across the board, but truth is there are other hoppier and crisper pilsners that I now prefer. Odd...

Pours a surprisingly oily, brassy golden colour with a massive white head that dissipates quickly. Bready aroma is not as Saaz-centric as I remember from draught in the Czech Republic. Although I only received the can as a gift yesterday, unfortunately no telling how old it is... The taste is more pleasing, with a flavourful grain foundation and decently crisp hop ending. The finish lingers longer than I remember and emphasizes noble hops.

Still a benchmark beer for the style, but wouldn't always be my first choice.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack of the new "express shipped cold" and I gotta say, it's definitely an improvement on the old bottled variety.

A: perfect clarity, vigorous carbonation, good head formation and light lacing left

S: grass and hay! But in a good way. Good noble hop smell and clean cracker malt faintly there as well. And...NO SKUNK! Nice.

T: very easy to drink, balanced, and enjoyable. Clean malts provide just a smidge of bready flavor and then the grassy hops come in and provide the majority of the flavor, plus a clean bite to finish it off. And again, NO SKUNK!

M: light and bubbly, and just a tad creamy

O: I'm really happy I pulled the trigger on buying this. I really debated, knowing I could get Sam Adams' Noble Pils instead. But this turned out to be a success. Fantastic pilsner. Many kudos to the brewery for taking measures to ensure their beer is shipped in optimal conditions. It has paid off. Will be buying this again.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious Pilsner. The appearance is golden with a thick white head. The aroma is bready and hoppy. The taste is very similar to the aroma. This is a crisp, clean, and refreshing beer. The malt character is balanced out nicely by a slight hop bitterness on the back end. This is definitely one to try and enjoy.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 3,867 ratings
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