Pilsner Urquell | Plzeňský Prazdroj

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Pilsner UrquellPilsner Urquell

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Plzeňský Prazdroj
Czech Republic | website

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: 1,441 | Ratings: 3,659
Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see why this beer has such a great reputation. This is a very nice, tasty pilsner. Some would even say it is the quintessential pilsner. Nice grainy malt profile, with a crisp finish from the hops. Not too dry, not too sweet. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Should be rated higher than it is. Clean yet earthy taste, with a buttery note at the end. Fantastic with New Mexican food and chiles. Very complex for its style. The original is still the best.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Toom Getrankemarkt-Landstuhl. A classic Bohemian pilsener. Crystal clear with creamy head, active carbonation. Taste of hay with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a crystal clear light golden color with a two finger frothy white head. It eventually fades into a thin cap and leaves thin sheets of lacing. Smell is that of a typical pilsner, bready malt with some grassy and spicy hop notes. Taste is the same with moderate bitterness. Feel is light and somewhat creamy, a bit odd for a pilsner. Overall this is a solid beer, but not great. Not a huge fan of pilsners in general, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

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Photo of Dravin
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 0.5 l can into a pilsner glass. Best by date is JN.08.15.

Look -- Pours a straw color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating loose head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell -- Herbal/grassy hops and biscuity malt along with diacetyl.

Taste -- Like the nose, biscuity malt give light sweetness, herbal/grassy hops with a hint of spiciness, and diacetyl. Pleasant light bitterness.

Feel -- Good carbonation and light body leave the beer crisp and clean on the palate.

Overall -- A pleasant enough light and refreshing pilsner. I'm not a big fan of the diacetyl even though I understand it's characteristic of the beer. I'm not sure just how much of the diacetyl I'm tasting and smelling is intended by the brewer and how much is a consequence of handling. The beer is in code however so I'm just rating it straight.

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Photo of adroc
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Medium bready malt aroma. No hop aroma or esters present.

Appearance: Very light crystal clear gold color with nice white head. Head on mine faded fairly quickly.

Flavor: Bready maltiness with spicy hop flavor in the foreground. Lingering hop bitterness in the end with a slight dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to low carbonation along with some creaminess at the end.

Overall: Very easy clean beer to drink with a nice balance between the hops and malt but could use some more hop aroma.

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Photo of bwood06
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

400mL bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Clear golden beer in color with moderate carbonation rising at a moderate pace towards the surface of the beer. Pours a 2 finger white head that is retained surprisingly well throughout the tasting. Head is frothy in nature. 3.75/5

S - More malty than most other pilsners that I have smelled with this one also featuring a bit of peppery spiciness and butteriness. Clean, grassy hops form the hop bill that complements the light malt. 3.75/5

T - The front portion of the tasting is light malt along with buttered white bread. This transitions into a peppery spiciness (light note on the palate) with the malt slowly disappearing from view. Beer finishes slightly bitter with grassy hops. This bitterness lingers slightly but is gone by the time of the next sip. 3.75/5

M - Light to medium bodied. A bit more heavy than most pilsners. This beer actually maintains a bit of a creaminess rather than the typical light, crisp, wateriness that many pilsners feature. Mouthfeel lingers on palate despite the dryness, which is a fairly light dryness, not really lingering at all. 3.75/5

O - One of the best and most interesting pilsners that I've had. Really rather flavorful, especially with the butteriness to the malt and the peppery spiciness. Decent hop bill complements and balances the malt. 3.75/5

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a Becher glass.

a: Clear, golden body. 2 finger white head.

s: Light malts, hay like hop presence.

t: Crisp malts and a mild bitter hop finished.

mf: Good carbonation, light body.

o: I use to drink a lot of this. It was my favorite beer at one point so many years ago. It is exactly what I remember but my tastes have changed. I still like the beer but the sulfery presence has become overwhelming for me.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, dry finish. Appropriate choice when you want a good attendant for eating pizza of another trash food during a chillout session after a difficult week. I like it, good pilsner.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this one on discount at our local Total Wine store because it was dated two weeks before its best buy date. I really do not want to write a lot on this one. I got two different four packs of tall cans for me and the wife. And every one was poured into a perfect pilsner glass. And every damn one was skunked! I do not know how this could have skunked in a can but it was not a very pleasant experience. I really think if this was not skunked I may have enjoyed it.

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Photo of cb500rider
1.99/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I have thought about trying this for years, but when I heard it was the pattern for Bud Heavy, I became resistant. Saw it in my local Publix today (they don't usually stock it) and thought "WTH".

The beer looks great, for a pilsner. It has one inch of head when poorer into a Sam Adams tulip glass, withe lacing still after 15 minutes.

The aroma is of malt and vinegar, as is the taste.perfect beer for fish and chips, blah-blah any other time. I would have done better with Miller Lite at 2/3 the price.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad. There's a little bit of a sweetness to it that comes out as you keep drinking it. In terms of how mild it is, it's on a level of a Japanese ricer beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass. The color is a golden-yellow with a very small white head and minimal lacing. It really doesn't have much of an aroma: a little yeast, a little straw. The taste reminds me of white bread with some hops and spice. There is also a little touch of caramel sweetness. This is a very easy drinking pilsner with a low ABV. It is better on draught than out of the bottle. I could see sitting in an outdoor cafe in Prague or another european city, drinking a few of these, and watching the world pass by.

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Photo of AirBob
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

About 1 inch of dense white head. Tons of visible carbonation. Great lacing and ok retention. Clear golden straw body.

Grassy. Hay. Bread yeast.

Grassy. Slightly floral and spicy. Bready. A little apple.

Medium bodied. Dry, clean finish.

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Photo of MACrist
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rated for/within this style.
LOOK: Crystal clear, light amber, small bubbles streaming up the glass. Pours a quickly receding white head. Slight lacing down the glass.
AROMA: The hops stand out to me and I would describe them as grassy and very corn husk-like. I can see why some say 'skunky'. I'd prefer to say, robust aroma for a lager.
TASTE: Grassy, corn husk, peppery.
MOUTHFEEL: Dryness at the very end, pretty nice smooth, nice carbonation helps bring out the flavor.
OVERALL: This would be a beer to give to a BMC fan for that first step to bigger flavors. VERY refreshing brew.

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Photo of Spike
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark gold with plenty of carbonation and a foamy, white head that persists.

S: Grains plus a little lemon. Nothing unpleasant.

T: Classic pilsener flavours with a lemony finish.

F: Clean, sharp, dry, rounded, lightly carbonated.

L: Delicious, rich, pilsener. The real deal.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this one. This beer has an obvious love/hate relationship, especially considering who owns it now, but I always wanted to give it a shot.

Pours a pure yellow color with a decent white head. No lacing.

The aroma is the weakest link here. It's a bit skunky and just the faintest hint of buttery, doughy malt. Hops are there but extremely subtle.

The taste is very malt-forward. A bit subtle and a bit watery, but not unpleasant. Very crisp and refreshing, however.

The feel is light bodied with pretty high carbonation carbonation. Alcohol is not present because duh! Crisp as a pils should be. Refreshing as a pils should be. Not much else going on.

Overall, a pretty decent pilsener. The price is really the best part about the beer so if I need something with alcohol in it on a hot summer day then I will definitely look at this as an option.

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Photo of asaf
1.41/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I hated this beer I expected more and got shit, this beer is no better than corona, except that corona has a lime thing going on, this beer has no flavor it tastes like Someone tried steeping one kernel of barely in a five gallon pot, it has no dynamic, just water with a grainy aftertaste, I do not recommend it. Never buying this again

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Photo of ryho
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it's fantastic that we can still purchase the original beer that started the Pilsner style. If only the first Porter and Stout were still available,I would never have to hear conflicting stories about what the difference is. But with Pilsner you know it should taste like, this is it.

A beautiful beer, so bright and such a nice head.
The aroma is a malty caramel-ness.
The taste has that Pilsner flavor that is similar to other pilsners that I have tried. Light caramel sweetness, and a Pilsner flavor. I'm not sure what of the flavor is Saaz and what of the flavor is from the kilning of the Pilsner malt, that is something I would like to be able to differentiate.

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Photo of almightyme3
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great representation of style. Beer does not have to be heavy or light it has to be just right for the style. This one is excellent. Yes it has a bitter bite and a tad of alcohol shows up but nevertheless it is very good. It's bready malty and just light enough. It is the formula many try to replicate but rarely get right. You can tell the water used is excellent otherwise it would show through in a pilz. Brown bottles and throwback cans make a difference eliminating a bit of skunk. Very worth it! Great brew.

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Photo of tronester
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head. A hint of sulfur, some bread, and honey make up the aroma. The taste begins with a mild herbal component, then some table water cracker, then a hint of lemon and a super clean refreshing bitterness in the finish. Very dry, and hoppy. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an excellent PIlsner, my bottle was extremely fresh which no doubt helps with this style of beer.

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Photo of Dello
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pilsner Urquell was sampled by bottle with no glass available unfortunately.

-Appearance: light golden straw color and no head with bottle.

-Fragrance: subtle malted pilsener notes.

-Taste: moderate malty pilsener taste up front with a pleasant pilsener aftertaste that lifts away slowly and leaves a slightly crisp pilsener taste in the mouth briefly and does not stick in the throat.

-Mouthfeel: thin mouthfeel with moderate-heavy carbonation that tingles the tongue.

-Overall: For me, it was smooth and crisp like biting into a beer-apple. This seems like a decent session beer if there were not too many other options. I tend to try all the beers when I have more than one glass/bottle, but I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these in a row. I generally like most Pilsener beers, as they taste like well-developed versions of the American Adjunct-Lagers, and this is no exception. Next time, I'll be sure to find this on draft or at the very least a glass for a bottle-pour.

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Photo of puck1225
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the local BJs. Clean crisp taste. Served very cold. Some lacing. Pleasant yellow color. I have not had it for a long time but enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.74/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice colour and good head that does not dye too fast.

Smell is ok, nothing special.

Taste I am not a fan of, it is neither strong/complex nor nice or refreshing.

Feel is average, carbonation at a good level...

Def not for me

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Photo of James954
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Important note: This pilsner is better around 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a sharp stale aftertaste that is not present as the Pilsner Urquell gets warmer.

Smell: not offensive, but fairly mute floral honey

Taste: sweet honey and buiscut mostly.

Mouthfeel: almost perfect. It has a perfect mix of heavy and full mouthfeel without being overtly fizzy from carbonation.

Overall: This is a great overall drinker pilsner once you get past the initial aftertaste bite. Versus higher priced German pilsners, it's very hard to beat. There is a mild skunk aftertaste, but it's like a smell and aftertaste that you get from a strong aged cheese. You either like it or hate it.

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Pilsner Urquell from Plzeňský Prazdroj
3.63 out of 5 based on 3,659 ratings.
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