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


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RATINGS: 329   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bishopspeking (3) - Norrköping, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2007 does not count
Vive la Pilsner Urquell! The best golden beer to drink in the whole wide world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2007
It’s just a shame that this beer cannot be released for sale. It’s just as good as it gets.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huggies (1) - , HUNGARY - JUL 8, 2009 does not count
Unfiltered, unpasteurized from the tap in Pilzen at Na Parkanu...lost for words.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Draught from a keg from the Czech Republic. This is the only beer my wife will drink, she buys it from an importer who gets it from Plzen. After a carboy I can see why. Notes of grass, hay and grape. Big bodied for such a light seeming beer. Perfectly balanced, in the malt and hops. To quote her again. "This is the best beer in the world, why should I drink anything less." Wonderful finish. A good reason to retire to Plzen (Actually she also drinks the tinned tankovna Pilsner Urquell, but nothing else".)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Italiano (1) - - MAR 26, 2012 does not count
The first, so for me its still the best. Her Josef Groll really made the difference adding Saas hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ristop (1) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 11, 2012 does not count
It is well worth while to travel to Plzen just to have this beer. It is ingredibly wide spectrum taste with butterscotch, chocolate, floral, and herbs. The triple hop bitterness is hidden but comes alive in the after taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djoeye (2759) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2015
You’ll have to get this only in Plzen CZ: Look; mafioso off white tight standing head, hazy strawy gold-golden body, crocheted small curtains everywhere inside the mug. Aroma; bread, straw, hops, grains, malts - clean straightforward perfect start. Taste; mafioso malts, leafy hops, bread, butter, meadow spices, sweet butterscotch. Finishes softly blended 2/3 malts and 1/3 fine fresh hops, OMG !. Feels well balanced, clean, just a little oily, but also the tiny oil contains the finest malts. Overall probably the best beer ever. Best pils in the world, pitty that there’s never any bottled version. [50cl in a clear mug, apx4.4%abv, T@Šenk Na Parkanu, T@Ferie2015]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivnizub (9528) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 On tap (from the barrel at the brewery 30 days "old", at the pub U Parkanu 60 days "old") Hazy, golden coloured, fluffy to firm head; fresh, fruity nose with a touch of yeast and hoppiness (Saazer Roter Mittelfrüh); creamy mouthfeel, not so malty as the filtered version, but a nice bitter-sweet flavour. Soft, but distinctive bitter-aromatic finish. Extremely well quaffable, well balanced..........Worth a journey, českemú pivu zdar !!!!!!!!&#

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
canslovak (2) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 Simply the best. A sharp, clean taste with a slight bitterness that leaves you wanting more. What all other Pilseners should be judged by.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 IMPORTANT NOTE: There exists many versions of this beer. The unfiltered Pilsner Urquell available at Na Parkanu, the un-pasteurized Pilsner Urquell available at U Zlatého Tygra and the unfiltered-un-pasteurized in wooden Pilsner Urquell Barrel available at the end of the brewery tour. I see that people are entering ratings for the regulars and wooden-barrel ones here. I’m reviewing all three but the score is for the wooden barrel one. The two first one can arguably remain one entry in ratebeer but the one aged in wooden barrels should definitely be a separate entry. It is totally different from the other two. Totally different aroma and taste. It even looks totally different

Unfiltered Pilsner Urquell: 3.9
In short: Typical
How: Tap at Na Parkanu, Pilsen, Czech Republic
The look: Almost clear golden body with a large but quickly diminishing white head.
In long: Overall rather inexpressive malts with some pleasant hay. Hopping is something else, wonderful hops bouquet. Sharp medium bitterness with a little lemon twist. The beer gets dry before the finish and the finish is very dry. Didn’t feel unbalanced despite the intense hopping and inexpressive malts.

Un-pasteurized Pilsner Urquell: 3.8
How: Tap at U Zlatého Tygra
The look: Almost clear golden body with a large off-white head.
In long: Very similar to the above but with a little tiny bit of added acidity.

Unfiltered un-pasteurized aged in wooden barrel Pilsner Urquell:4.9
How: From the barrel at the end of the brewery tour
The look: Cloudy golden yellow body with a small white head.
In long: Round and chewy body. Very woody but a different type of wood than what we get from that new trend of barrel-aged-xyz. This felt like freshly cut wet wood. Unlike its non-barrel-aged unfiltered sisters the hopping on that one is dry grassy and slightly lemony. Here it felt juicy citrusy which is obviously something coming of a strange alliance between the wood barrels and the hops. Some dry grass on the come-back only. Softer than usual carbonation and it fitted perfectly with the fresh chewy juicy body. Fruity notes are light but rather complex with peaches, bananas, pears and more. But overall it’s that freshness feeling that enchanted me. During my Czech Republic pub crawl the freshness was a key ingredient but never as much as in this beer. This felts like it was just harvested from some kind of magical beer tree. To say this beer is highly drinkable is an understatement.

In Conclusion:While the unfiltered and un-pasteurized Pilsner Urquells are superior Pilsners (certainly far superior to the regular Pilsner Urquell) it is really the unfiltered-un-pasteurized aged in wooden barrel Pilsner Urquell that is the shit. Brewed in very limited quantity it unfortunately never leaves the wet caves of the brewery. It is unfortunate that like the penis of an obese man this beer will never see the light of day because it will remain alone in its wet and moist spot and no-one will ever abuse it.

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