Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.
4.4% ABV, FEB2513

A - From the "Express Shipped" green bottle pours a beautiful golden beer with great clarity and a stunning white head. The massively tall foam hung out for a while before disintegrating to loose bubbles and dotting the glass in lace.

S - The aroma screams classic Czech pilsner with it's floral, spicy bouquet of hop aromas which gently blanket the mildly sweet malt and finishes off with soft, clean water.

T - Pilsner malt sweetness and a faint diactyl, soft butter-like note is quickly washed away by spicy floral hops which tumble through to the clean-finishing flavor.

M - Supremely soft on the tongue, Pilsner Urquell has a crisp but not overly carbonated feeling with a soft dry, bitterness that balances the medium, malty body with haste. Clean finishing, "The Original Pilsner" remains a smooth pleasure sip after sip.

O - I've read quite a few accounts that the recipe has been altered over time and Pilsner Urquell isn't the same beer it once was, but, having not experienced it some 170 years ago, I can't comment on their truthfulness. I can, however, say that I've experienced standard transportation Pilsner Urquell vs. it's new counterpart, "Express Shipped", and sending this over ASAP in new packing which keeps light from the green bottles is the only way to go. Delicious and sinfully refreshing with a low ABV, Pilsner Urquell is a superb and easy-to-find lager with subtle complexity and fantastic drinkability.

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3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep gold with a half finger white head.

No skunk at all due to the new packaging completely enclosing the bottles. Bready grain with wonderful grassy, earthy hops. Almost some spicy character.

The taste has grassy hops front and center with a nice malty undertone. Cereal grain with maybe a touch of corn but is is very pleasant. Moderate bitterness takes hold and gradually increases leading to a crisp, dry finish. Wonderful soft mouthfeel typical of a great pilsner.

Overall, one of the better readily available pilsners. The new packaging and express shipping really does this beer wonders. Something I will consider picking up more often.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, slight effervescent bubbling, creamy white head. Straw to golden in color with excellent lacing. Head does not dissipate quickly.

S: Unique continental European lager (yeast) aroma. Slight toast or biscuit aroma present. Little to no hops in the nose.

M: Medium body with a crisp, but not overpowering hop bit on the palette.

T: Notes of malt, biscuit, and with a ever so slight creamy finish. The hops are present and pleasant providing a slight earthy or grassy note.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. It is an excellent representation of the style and sessionable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a patchy thin film with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass (looking almost mottled). Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter amounts of floral and grassy hops. Light amounts of sweetness are present.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts, similar to the smell, with some light amounts of sweetness. There are some herbal/spice notes from the hops and a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable. Refreshing and seems like it would pair well with lots of different foods. Reminds of visits to Europe (where this was often the only "import" beer I came across) and the mid 1990s when I first started to explore different beers.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The real deal. Whenever I miss Europe this is what I drink.

A golden yellow color when poured into a stein.

Smells very strongly of yeast. Exactly like uncooked rising bread dough. Ever so slightly sweet at the end.

This is a very flavourful beer. While there is not a whole lot going on in terms of complexity, the bready yeast taste is fully attentive and present.

This is where this gets knocked down a bit. Its a little greasy and slippery on the tongue. I could say mildly slimy if I thought about it real hard.

All in all a good pils. One that others should strive to acheive in quality.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 43.7% out of 100 with 3,841 ratings
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