Brewed by Plzensky Prazdroj (SABMiller)
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Plzen, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Pilsner Urquell Nefiltrovaný (unfiltered) is available on the Plzensky Prazdroj tour and at Na Parkanu in Plzen. A limited number of kegs were exported to Sweden and Finland for special events. Though the beer is not kvasnicovy (yeast beer), as there is no wort or young yeast added, it is unpasteurized and unfiltered.
Unfiltered Pilsner is available in selected pubs every october. Note that this is not the same as the more widespread tankovná (tank beer) or the unpasteurized (filtered) version, both of which are found throughout Prague and Czech Republic. all of these other versions should be reviewed under the regular Pilsner Urquell entry. Additionally, the 170 year Anniversary flip-top bottles should be reviewed under the regular Pilsner Urquell entry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ripley93 (26) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
Tap. Strong, excellent lager aroma. Malt, hops and yeast. Clean, grassy and some bread. Taste is close to perfection for a pilsner. Fresh and appetising bitterness, excellent balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Small wood cask at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, Gustav Adolf Torg
Unfiltered. Unpastorized.

The last lucky glass of the wooden cask. Cloudy blond color with no real head, just a small foam collar. Very nice aroma, dry grass, malt, light rubber, light feet. Expectedly, it’s kinda low carbonated, good malt flavor, breadish character, grassy hops with a hay accent, fairly bitter. Penalized a bit by the lack of carbonation and Engish-cask temperature.
Excellent beer (but if you ask me, I prefer some German Hallertau Helles).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heavy (2349) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 19, 2013
21/07 RBESG Grand Tasting, brought from Na Parkanu in a take away bottle. It poured only slightly hazy golden body with tiny head. Typical and nice Czech pils herbal aroma, some grain and a bit of malt. Flavor was a letdown, watery, quite sweet biscuit, only slightly bitter from these herbal hops. Thin body with low carbonation couldn’t make particularly nice finish. I’m aware that this was not in the best shape, obviously the best beers tend to deteriorate quicker, so will rerate it sometime, although I’ll rate it now as it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (6308) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Gravity straight from the wood at The Haggerston. Happy to get to try this. The pour’s a hazy medium amber with a thick, creamy, luxurious head. You could rest a quarter on this beer and it wouldn’t sink. The nose is quite bready. Savory yeast notes. Mild honeycomb, wax. Pollen. The taste is more Bready sweetness. Donut. Honeyed pear. Full of vitality. There’s a strong mineral quality to the beer. The texture is lush. Wonderfully crisp while maintaining a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, awesome stuff. I could drink this every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
On tap in Prague. Pours hazy gold with a very creamy white head. Aroma of light malt, a little bit of bread, yeast and honey as well, no off notes (sulfur, etc). Taste of light malt, slight honey, slight vegetal, medium body with a surprisingly light hop touch for a pilsner- but this is pretty much perfectly balanced. Possibly the best lager I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (16273) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 Gravity cask at the Prince Regent - Marylebone, London. Pours lightly hazy gold with a very large, tight white froth. The aroma has bright and bready pale malts, crispy cereal, hay. Light to medium sweet flavor with a very intense breadiness, some dry hay, rich cereal. Light bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Quick and somewhat dry to finish with plenty more semi-dry bread, some dough, cereal grains, mild hay bittterness. Exceptional. (4.2)

Had it again, the next day, at the Haggerston. Even better. A little less bready, a little crisper, a little less toasted corn. Delicious and even more refreshing. (4.3)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6301) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
Draught (EBBC 2013, Edinburgh) - Hazy golden in colour. Lime, malt, grain and a hint of soap in the aroma. Hoppy, malty and zingy taste with notes of lemon, lime, tea and earthy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14555) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Thanks to Ryan for lugging this from Czech Republic. Slightly hazed golden orange pour with a nice white head. Slight skunk on the nose, but otherwise sweet bread, apple, toast, and biscuit. A touch of floral hops and yeast. The flavor is a lot like King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Sweet and bready, some biscuit, floral hops, and apple. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Pils on tap thanks to recent beer tasting, overall pretty straight forward, smooth, easy to drink, still fresh from the cross continent journey, yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
PET ’Growler’ 48 hours old thanks to Mowbeer! Pours a low haze glowing, bright golden. Medium, dense white foam with soapy lacing. Nose is heavily skunky up front, moves to some orange sticky fruits and a lot of sweet honey roll. Taste is not really bitter or even what I would consider pilsner-like as it brings soft Hawaiian sweet roll, a lot of corn surprisingly, biscuit, and someone was mentioning "toasted corn" which I can see. Interesting, but certainly not hoppy or sharply biting like an agressive pilsner. Palate is aerated with some oil density. In the finish there is some rich caramel and flan dessert. Reminds me more of a ’prohibition lager’ of sorts that I would expect from Jack’s Abby than a pilsner in any sense. Still, loving the palate and the character even if all around the flavor caught me off guard. (also note that I was instructed to take "big swigs" of this beer via MJ, which I did) Wife gave this a 3.5.

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