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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Reviews: 1,451 | Ratings: 3,701
Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I understand, the best way to enjoy this one (and really, the majority of beer) is in draft form. Alas, I had it from a can.
While a bit different, this is still a member of the weasel piss family, albeit a member who attended college for a couple of months.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of the style, but I kind of like the Czech pilsners. There's just enough hop to please my palate and the low abv is desirable in many situations. My local Kroger carries this beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wouldn't recommend this beer from a bottle because it is just too dodgy. Even bottles that you think have never been exposed to light often come up slightly funky all the way up to really skunky. This can make the beer a real Jekyll and Hyde experience. When it's good, this beer can be very good with a subtle toasted bread, slightly caramelly taste that is just wonderful. Grassy and floral hops are delicate in aroma but assertive in bittering as a pilsner should be. 30 or so years ago it seemed to be the benchmark for its style. Now there are certainly better examples out there, both from Europe and America.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is only one way to truly get the Urquell that you deserve, the way it was meant to be tasted: get it on draft. It is a transformative experience after having it from skunky green bottles for years. The grass and earth notes are so much more abundant. The crackery malt is so much more sharp, and the finish is even more divinely crisp and satisfying.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color, slightly orange, clear. Foam white with a delicate shade of ecru, medium bubble, very high, on average lasted, leaves decorating.
Herbal aroma of malt with a hint of metallic.
Taste: malt, herb and floral, hoppy beer is medium-bodied.
Gentian dry, perhaps a little too low saturation high as the best match.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours a nice crisp pale/golden look with a solid fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.
S-Sweet grassy smell. Crisp aroma that follows with the light smell of hops.
T-Sweet and earthy like the nose. I get flavors of biscuit, with a sweet flavor like a lager. There is also a bitterness that goes great with the flavor.
F-Great fizzy mouthfeel. So refreshing and crisp.
O-This pilsner is everything you'd want in a pilsner; sweet, crisp, bitter, and savory in a way. Surprised it doesn't have a higher score on here. Seek it out and enjoy.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold (4) pour with thin white head; excellent clarity; cap disappeared quickly; spotty lace at best. Floral hop nose. Floral, slightly bitter hop tongue; bready middle; very lite DMS; floral finish. Lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean with floral hop linger.

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Photo of tomakara
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer was very bitter and appeared to be a golden brown. It was light and easy to drink, would consider it among your average beers, nothing super special.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper with a moderate foamy head that dies off to a thin ring.

Buttery, crisp scent is backed by caramel candy.

Tastes like a warm buttered roll.

While the malt is buttery, there is a tangy tingle in the back of the throat that keeps you coming back for more. This is very smooth drinkable

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Photo of jasadewi
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is a very light yellow-orange with a small lacy head. It smells like a straw-grassy hoppiness and breads. It tastes like grains, biscuits, and a very light hoppiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, carbonated, and light. A light, beer with a flavor that you need to be in the mood for. Not bad, but I would only recommend it to Pilsner fans.

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Photo of bakercia
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light yellow, smell reminds me of some white German wine. Tasted like every salty breaded item you can imagine. Pretzels? Biscuits? Overall tastes good, but not the best.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ithaca Ale House in Ithaca, NY.
Comes in a clear, fizzy color with a tight off white head that leaves lacing.
Smells of toast and grass.
The palate is biscuit, toast, and a dab of honey. Grainy and mildly sweet. Finishes with grass and some light sweet green pepper and lemon.
The body is medium-minus, well-carbonated, clean, and very drinkable.

Finally had this staple of the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Long tasting and quite strongly brewed beer. Not going to my favourites though, too stuffy taste overall.
Pitkä, vahvahkosti humaloitu ja keskitäyteläinen olut. Hieman jopa tunkkaisen makuinen ja melko voimakas III-olut.

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Photo of Squire123
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, somebody's gotta be first.

The original Pilsner, or, close enough. Beautiful golden color, unmistakable hoppy, malty, Pilsner, flavor, the standard to which the others are compared. Some compare quite favorably, some don't, but there can be only one.

The first Pilsner I would recommend for someone who wants to try the style but only if it's fresh, which around here usually isn't the case.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic. It's hard to review this one and not give points for its place in beer history, but here goes.

Color is gold, richer than many of the beers inspired by this one. Carbonation is prominent when poured, forming a white head, though the larger bubbles fade fairly quickly. Nose gives the classic hoppy profile with a bit of malt beneath; nothing too broad here, but good balance. Taste is hoppy from beginning to end but balanced and refreshing. Malts are secondary but present and the balance is nice. Again, it's hard not to say that this is what this style is "supposed to" taste like, though there is certainly room for more flavor. Mouthfeel is clean, only the faintest malty creaminess, which could be overlooked. Some lingering hoppy aftertaste. To me this beer is more than the sum of its parts, but the sum is fine; it's a quintessential example of the style.

This bottle had a "best by" date of "APR2816" so it could have been fresher. I believe more flavor would have emerged from a fresher sample, but this was still good.

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Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet for a pilsner. Reminded more of a lager. Nice drinkability. Smooth and crisp without being too light. I'm typically not a fan of the style, but I did enjoy this one.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured mine into a nice Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. It pours a nice golden straw color, minor/moderate foam head, lots of bubbly goodness floating tot he top of the glass as it sits. The foam head stays thin for a long while, since I haven't finished this one yet.

Smell, I can't say, hops maybe? Straw? Whatever it is, it's a comforting smell, it smells good.

Tastes like a Helles Lager to me, at least they taste of a similar style, this bold flavor I can't name and a bitter finish which is probably the hops. Despite not caring for hop bitterness myself, I think this is pretty good.

Full feel, not highly carbonated but it feels... full.Not watery at all.

Overall, I'm glad I picked some of this up, I love trying European beers, so much better variety and taste than American ones.

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Photo of SABERG
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Nice clarity, dark straw colored, gentle train of tiny bubbles chase upwards, a white knit cap rides the train.
S - A hint of light struck, past that warm bready malts, a nice floral hop snap at the end.
T - Well balanced between the floor swept malts and the noble hop element.
M - Light on the palate, crisp in carbonation, very little lnger.
O - Solid, I am glad to have some more to spend time with.

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Photo of trishhart
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the first Pilsner I have had in a long time. Color is clear and yellow. You smell good and spices right away. Taste is pretty good. You get a heavy malt and bitter flavor. Smooth doing down your throat. Defintely recommend if you like Pilsner.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear honey with small white head, smells pretzely and slight sulfur with slight toast, tastes of slightly sharp malts with toasty crackeriness, finish is lasting slight bitter, mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is moderate.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

As a new comer to beer, I have enjoyed trying different lager and ale varieties. This was my first Pilsner in many years. I found it to possess a beautiful golden color with little head. The smell was hoppy and spicy. The taste was also quite hoppy with lasting spice, grass, and pepper taste(almost like arugula). I found the finish to be refreshing but with a slight drying to my palate. Overall, I enjoyed this reintroduction to the world of pilsners

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Photo of akolb
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear honey, with a white head that lowers but stays for the duration and eventually becomes oddly splotchy. The aroma is grassy, cheesy, floral, catty, butterscotch, corn, plastic, and fatty acids. The taste is dry, clean, and malty. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is smooth and astringent with a medium body. Much different from American pilsners. Would buy again.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2/6/16 Chicago (11.2 Oz Bottle (Best before 6/5/16 date) poured into Flute glass. Bright clear straw blonde colour, heavy immediate carbonation, slowed but steadied after initial pour. Medium white head, no lacing. Pleasant pilsner aroma of bread malt and grassy hops. Crisp clean dry taste, minimal hops, nice bitterness mix. Thin texture offset by solid carbonation mix, easy drinking. Overall good offering and I'll enjoy the rest of the 12 bottles this winter.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright dark straw color with moderate activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, offering a decent amount of lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, faint caramel and lemon, saaz and noble hops. Low perception of sweetness, but highly sharp with a pleasant bitterness. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Light and short finish, lingering grainy notes and some grassy noble hops. Overall good quality craft. Lightly flavored grainy feel, almost nonexistent smell, while the finish offers the most flavors with a nice herbal feel, balanced citrus, and a very faint skunky feel. Very fresh and accessible.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I consider this one of my benchmark beers. This is the standard to which I compare all other pilsners because it embodies everything I like about that style. It is light, clear, clean, crisp, and smooth. Just enough hops to give a bold show up front, perfectly balancing the light malt character that follows. While the skunking that will occur in any green-bottled beer exposed to light is often cited as a flaw, I actually enjoy the light skunking that usually accompanies a Pilsner Urquell (and a handful of other lagers). As a point of reference, the skunkiness seems less prominent in this beer than in a Grolsch or a Heineken.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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