Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic
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Style: Bohemian 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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#35,731
Reviews:
1,546
Ratings:
4,057
pDev:
15.83%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,057 |  Reviews: 1,546
Photo of Raleigh97
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The archetypical pilsner. Easy to drink with some very tasty sharp hops. I keep this in my fridge often for friends with tastes edging toward light american lagers but I love drinking it myself. The only thing that doesnt quite jive is an odd soapy note somewhere in there.

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Photo of DarkStar75
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clean, crisp, and flavorful with a nice bitter hop bite at the end that sticks around in your mouth for awhile. The hop flavor is more on the sour side than the usual citrus or floral you find in ales or American craft breweries that try to make pilsners but just don't seem to get it right. It finishes a little too bitter for my taste (I prefer bitburger), but its definitely a classic example of the style..and surely worth a try if you've never had one.

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Photo of Luke_Warmwater
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wonderful white head and amber color. There is a cooked hop aroma. Light to medium carbination and the bitter hops linger on the tongue. The flavor is good, hop forward with a faint malt note. There is a touch of sourness thrown in to keep it interesting.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodenba
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bargain "Lunch Box" of four half-liter Pilsner Urquell cans purchased at a discount store in mid October, 2018. Poured at 40 F into a half pint nonic glass. The last time I can remember having Urquell was at the Golden Ox in Chicago, on tap in about 1980. I remember Urquell having a great flavor of noble hops and malt body, all held together with a background that I thought might have come from fermentation in wood. This beer looks fine and has a nice aroma. The mouthful of beer doesn't hold up well (contrary to the corporate description). It's OK, but is missing a full malt body and lacks the deep bitter hop character. I also thought the brew was too astringent to be fully enjoyable. My recent favorite in this style is Brooklyn Pilsner, and now I believe that Brooklyn's is better than modern Urquell.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Carbonatación media, al igual que su cuerpo. Es una cerveza suave, dulce, y en su sabor destacan la malta y un toque de cítricos. Tiene una pizca de amargor en su final muy agradable.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden coloration with a large, foamy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, slightly grainy malt and grassy hops. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of doughy, bready, just very slightly sweet malt and grassy hops, with a hint of citrus, grains and a light earthy/herbal note as well. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some grassy/herbal notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Very good, for a lager, with a great balance of doughy, bready malt and grassy, herbal hops.

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Photo of MikePacheco12
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knickfan3
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ghooul
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrankCazabon
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SaintTent
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of marcbosch
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: straw bordering on golden yellow or pale golden yellow. Foamish white heaad.
Smell: Grassy, with some malt notes and a bit of metal (poured from a tin).
Taste: a great balance between grassy hops and malt/white bread. Bitter aftertaste.
Feel: light bodied, medium carbonation, astringent finish... textbook.
Overall: as stated, textbook. It may not shock and awe, but it will definitely please.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - clear golden color, medium foam head and some minor glass lacing
Smell - pale yeast and bready - sourdough and buttered biscuits, some sweetness
Taste - sweet and smooth. Crispy and clean. Pale but not as pale as other Euro style beer like Carlsberg. Lots of bread malt, flavorful overall but not much in the way of hops until the very end and then it lingers nicely. Extremely drinkable, perfect lawn mowing beer (although lots of beers are).

Overall, high quality, well-made Pilsner with some decent flavor. Very easy drinking and fairly light bodied. Grade is an A-

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Photo of bankboy66
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuy50
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with decent white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Corn, sweet malt, caramel, hay and floral hops.

Taste - Nice caramel, bready malt, very mild floral hops.

Feel - Very light bodied smooth crisp and clean.

Overall - Well done pilsner very easy drinking.

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Photo of jkblr
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL can bb 2/18/19 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.4% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head lasted no time in the nucleated glass, but normally there is some retention and lacing. The aroma is grassy and floral hops with a touch of pils malt. The taste is mildly bitter grassy hops up front rolling into a honey malt taste before closing with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft, thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. There is a little diacetyl in the finish but it interacts nicely with the other flavors keeping it from being distracting. Overall, very good. It's a shame the average score of this beer will be drug down with "green glass" issues from years past. In the can, it's a very nice beer and right on style.

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Photo of matthieu_xyz
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtnord
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 4,057 ratings