Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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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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Ratings: 3,932 |  Reviews: 1,506
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Pexkool
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cristal clear yellow with 2 finger high head that dissipates into a thin lace, leaving no trace of it.

S - A peculiar scent. Yeast and metallic tones, but can't tell different scents from one and other.

T - Malts and yeast, along with some sweet notes of honey along with bitterness and metallic aftertaste.

M - Crispy and easy to drink. Slightly bitter in the back of the tongue, but leaves you wanting more.

Overall, a popular Czech pilsner that defends its popularity with fairly good taste and drinkability. I was able to taste this brew in Prague and other cities in Czech Republic, but I'm reviewing it just now that I found an imported version at a local supermarket. It sure brought back memories and nostalgia. I would recommend it for someone looking for a good pilsner, but there are better ones.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notebook.

A. Clear golden straw color with a two finger layer of soapy foamy suds that leaves lovely lacing behind, decent retention time.

S. A really nice dollop of pilsner spice hops with a smaller amount of grassy / herbal harmonizing in the background.

T,M. Lemon and herbals up front, pale malt middle, finishes crisp, dry, and spicy. Heavy carbonation amplifies the spicy hopping quite nicely, and the lighter body keeps the beer from being too filling. My only nitpick is that all that bubbly carb action sometimes makes it feel slightly 'raspy' on the tongue, but this is actually quite tolerable.

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Photo of PetrV
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best (possibly the best) beer in the world. The first "pilsner" beer ever brewed, originated in Pilsen (hence the name "Pilsner"), a town in the Czech Republic, 1842. This full-bodied beer, golden in colour, displays strong hop flavours. It is fairly bitter, very refreshing and enjoyable, with thick, robust, snow-white head, which leaves nice ring-marks on the glass as you drink. It's produced from high-quality Saaz hops, which give the beer its distinctive taste.

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Photo of djohnse
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Almost the definition of a light amber color. Almost no head when I poured it and has completely vanished after a few minutes.

Smell - Very earthy and grassy but I can also pick up the malts in the background behind that upfront grass smell.

Taste - Buttery, light malt on my tongue, not discerning much of any hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Feels very light on the tongue, feels a little flat while sipping on it.

Decent lager but I won't advocate for my friends to drink it.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of javiernano
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Jeffani
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of bchartnett
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BuddytheElf
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ChefHopMeister
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Tumble
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 06APR12
Hoping the can saves this beers life!

Pours a golden ale with just under a finger of white foam that falls quickly to a sheet leaving nice cobweb lace. Smells of grain, corn and a hint of earthy hops, just a hint of sweetness. Bitterness with a solid light malt, some hints of hay and grass, nice pilsner. The hops are actually quite assertive. IMO a little more full bodied than most, but appropriately matched with some smooth, yet sharp carb. A nice pilsner, quite nice. Too bad the green bottle fucks it up.
Bottle review: 1.3 overall

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Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rydev24
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a white lasting head. Aroma is of grains, cereal, yeasty with some citrus notes, Taste is cereal, yeasty bready, with some fruity and spicy hops. Palate is a light to medium body with good carbonation. Finish is of cereal, yeast, ending with a cereal citrusy bitter hops. Overall a good crisp refreshing pils.

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Photo of JustOneMorePlz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TheHammer
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Laces quite well although the finger and a half of head doesn't retain itself for very long. The body is a pure clear gold, through and through that boasts steady carbonation with fairly large bubbles.

Smell: Pretty average to be honest. I'm getting some white cracker malt and a does of hops with a touch of skunking which I wouldn't expect from a can. Warming didn't help it's case.

Taste: It starts with a fairly very calm, almost cracker or flatbread like taste that offers a unique spicy herb tingle at the tip of the tongue. From there grassy hops that manage to stay subdued well enough for my liking come forward but regretably build with an end that tastes almost sandy.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot going on here as the spiciness of the hops and the exceptional carbonation seems to be playing fun game on your tongue as you drink it. Regrettably though, a clinging earth aftertaste lingers at the back of the tongue ruining the good times.

Drinkability: It's refreshing and light like a pilsener should be with a lot more flavour then it's adjunct imitators. However, the earthy aftertaste stops my ability to put back this beer. It's certainly not a smooth ride going down.

Final Thoughts: I make it no secret that bitter beer seldom agrees with me, and this beer isn't that much of an exception. Whatever is making that sandy/earthy taste needs to be pulled back. Despite that though, I would still recommend it though, as the experience while not to my liking does have an engaging quality to it that I can respect.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but I don't really get the fame of this beer. Pours a 2" white head which vanishes pretty quickly. The body is a clear straw yellow and exhausts almost all the carbonation on the pour. The smell fills the room with the slight start of skunking (boo, green glass bottles on imports). The body itself is pilsner but it is richer and creamier than American BMCs. Nowhere close to craft quality though.

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Photo of KingRascal
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of sdj5
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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