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


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RATINGS: 3262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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It is called the "model of meter" among beers. All other pilsners are a better or worse attempt to copy the original - the first ever Pilsner Urquell. Its unparalleled exceptionality is guaranteed by the same recipe dating from 1842.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 10, 2014
La pilsner ceca per eccellenza. Prodotta ancora utilizzando buoni malti e luppoli abbastanza carichi di amaro, č molto beverina e piacevole

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaaviK (16) - ESTONIA - NOV 9, 2014
330ml bottle, so it’s not at it’s freshest, and this is a style that suffers for that. The nose gives off a whiff of skunk that fortunately doesn’t come through on the tongue. A nice crisp pilsener, some grains in the background. The Saaz hops are light so they don’t overwhelm the malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
High_in_NM (7) - Los Alamos NM, New Mexico, USA - NOV 8, 2014 does not count
The original. Grassy, golden, bitter, medium body, nice. Very good pilsner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
exeter (335) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Poured a golden color, frothy white head which did not last long, had some lace. Slight skunk smell to it. Start is malt, middle is medium, the finish is crisp, a little dry and refreshing. Hops are present, but not too powerful. Average Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (240) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2014
BBD 2/17/15. Pours a clear light amber (golden). Very good head, lacing and retention. Mild nose of light biscuit with a touch of Saaz hop aroma and spiciness. As it warms, the hops come more forward. Light medium body with a somewhat slick oily texture. Above normal carbonation with good effervescence on the finish and also in the middle. Very well done and it allows the Saaz hops to really shine in the middle. The flavor profile is intense for a Pilsner, well balanced and has a bit of complexity. It begins with a burst of Saaz hop flavor over a light biscuit sweetness. The middle is Saaz - both in flavor and bitterness over a balanced sweetness. The finish is quite crisp, a touch dry, and leaves you with a lingering bitterness and a bit of biscuit and spice. About 30 years ago, I had this fresh on draft and it was World Class. Over the years, it has suffered in quality, but the brown bottle now helps move it towards its past greatness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
renffisch (821) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Drank many times haphazardly around Europe, this sample was a tried and tested choice at the Cross Keys in Covent Garden. You can’t go wrong if you fancy a quick half waiting for something/someone. Clear crisp, bog standard good continental pils with nothing to pick at.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlkmn (17) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2014
The first beer I have ever had in my life was a bottled Pilsner Urquell and I’ll never forget, how it tasted for me at that moment - it was a sensation which made me immediately fall in love with beer, this sensation was something that has since then never came back to me in such a powerful way. Even if it’s not complex at all, the Pilsner Urquell symbolizes for me the true prototype of a beer - affordable, thirst-quenching, enjoyable drink for the working class. It has a small head with a persisting thin lacing. Aroma of freshly cleaned wet floor and brown bread. Delicate bitter taste at first, small hints of toffee sweetness with stronger bitterness lasting on the palate. Should really be a showroom for the Saaz hops, but the bottled version diminishes some of their flavor - the unpasteurized tap shows greater signs of individuality. Can really be considered a benchmark for all the other pilsners, but between the two immortal Czech classics, I will always prefer Budweiser Budvar. But hey, Pilsner - don’t worry, I still love you!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rotin (61) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle 0,5l. Low aroma. Gold color, medium carbonation. Flavor is smooth, some bitterness, some malt sweetness, little watery. No aftertaste. Light, good drinkable. Well, it’s a long time to 1842 and first great pilsner lager...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ascelja (61) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle 0,5l, deep gold body, white head. Aroma weak, only notes of hop extracts. In flavor fresh, refreshing bitterness, sweet tones of malt. Aftertaste bitter. Light watery body, medium carbonation.
Good one for hot days, but nothing special. And most famous czech pilsener without real hop? Only with extracts? I don’t think this is the beer what gave name for whole style... today it is much more like pale lager than pilsner, so pity.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rostosto (26) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2014
I don’t get it. Keep trying with this beer but this’ll be my last until I grab a can or visit the Czech Republic. 500ml bottle from the supermarket. Looks amazing when poured. Lovely golden and inviting. Slightly floral, grassy aroma. Dry almost savoury flavour similar to Staropramen, the hops don’t shine. Not a satisfying, come back and get me taste. I honestly think people are nostalgic and praising the invention of this original pilsner. Not changed since 1842 apparently but I’ve read different. Not a special beer, sorry!

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