Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic

Style: Czech 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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2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner Uquell pours a burnished golden color, capped by one-inch of milky white head, and a solid lace is left clinging to the glass. Rich malty aromas blend with some spiciness from the noble Saaz hops, and hints of skunkiness (green bottle) are noticeable as well. Lots of malt initially floods the pallet before being well balanced by the spicy hops. An amazingly smooth, crisp, and well-rounded beer that features a medium body and moderate carbonation. We can only imagine what the townsfolk of 1842 Plzen thought of this crisp, refreshing brew.

Na zdravie!

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured onto a pilsener glass

A - Dark golden color, almost to copper, small head, some lacing, constant activity, albeit light

S - Buttery toffee, roasted malt

T - Very balanced, sweet malt is cut nicely by a crisp hoppy bite. Not very spicy, but the hop character is noticeable

M - Nice level of carbonation keeps the palate clean, very refreshing and easily drinkable

O - A very good beer, the standard bearer of the style. Goes great in any season and with a lot of different foods

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an amber colour with a nice foamy head and plenty of bubbles.

The smell is skunky,malty and a little smoky with some grass thrown in.

The taste is pretty light was kind of hoping for more.There's some malts and a tiny bit bitter.

The mouthfeel is light and extremely carbonated.

Overall a decent refreshing beer,probably too carbonated I think it kills the taste a bit.

I had it on draft before and remember it being much better but that was a few years ago.

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3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, grass, and hay aromas. Taste is the same with some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is too much carbonation on this one.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The other night I was at Target, and wanted something to drink. I walked down the beer aisle, and was looking for something to “jump off the shelf” at me. I saw Summer Shandy was in stock… a smooth summer seasonal. But that wasn’t it. Then I grabbed the Sam Adams summer seasonal. That’s when I saw Pilsner Urquell. That was it. I have had this beer before, and knew it was a smooth drinking and hoppy beer that would be perfect for sitting on the porch. I grabbed it, and headed home.

When I got home, I just looked at the 1001 Bottles list… and there it was! It was on the list. So I killed two birds with one stone here. Let’s get to it.

In the Glass: In the glass, it looks like a cheap domestic beer with a thin head, weak lace, and tons of bubbles. When looking for a beer that I wanted to chug on a warm spring evening, this is it. It’s very clear, clean, and promises to be insanely drinkable.

Nose: The nose on this thing is huge. It is loaded with flowers and honey, and has a very sweet finish. It’s almost a dry sweet… but sweet nonetheless. It might even have a hint of hop on the nose. This beer uses Saaz hops, which should be used more in my opinion.

Flavor: This beer tastes better out of the bottle. I know, I know… no beer should be drank from a bottle. But I feel like from the bottle you get more flavor. At any rate, the beer has some subtle carbonation on the front of the palate then it smooths out with the hops and the sweet/dryness coating my tongue. The burp is also incredible, and leaves me wanting more. With such a low ABV, sitting down with 5 or 6 is totally possible. The beer is also easy to get, so that wouldn’t be an issue.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very thin and slides across your tongue. It begs to be chugged. The beer is so thin that you just want to swallow to get to the bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste… the nose and the aftertaste are the best things about this beer.

Aftertaste: There is an instant bitterness that eases to a subtle dryness. The dryness sticks around for the burp, and the burp brings back all of the flavors that you started with. I didn’t expect a beer this thin to leave such a long lasting aftertaste… but it sticks around for two-three minutes. Trust me… burp. You’re welcome!

This is a great, affordable beer that is found in almost any liquor store. I mean, I found it at Target… and their beer selection sucks! There is a lot of history behind this beer, and history intrigues me. This is a great beer to sit down with after work (or while you work for that matter) and something I suggest you pound on those hot summer nights. Bottoms up to this, people!

Pilsner Urquell - The bottle says: "IMPORTED BREWED IN PLZEN CZECH"

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
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