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


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RATINGS: 3752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koreanbobcat (33) - Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle, poured gold with big white head, which disapated before i could even take my first sip. aroma was slightly of a skunk although i don’t know if that is what its suposed to smell like. Also detected some flowery smells. Taste was much better than the aroma sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste is well rounded and makes you want to have annother sip. After one bottle i want annother.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Poured a clear golden color witha medium white head. Malty aroma with light floral notes hovering around. More malt for the flavor. Somewhat sweet with a mild bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 bottle. Pours a solid gold with a fast fading head. The aroma is skunk and rubber. Skunk is not appealing. I wasn’t too impressed with the flavor, though it was more forgiving than the putrid skunk. The flavor is pretty much corn husk and a metallic bitterness, but oddly enough, it blends in a fashion that is not completely stomach-turning. This is certainly nothing to rave about.
[April 6, 2015]
At long, long last Pilsner Urquell comes in brown bottles. I’ve had it a few times since the packaging change and liked it much more. This one is fresh, bottled on March 3, 2015. Looks like it’s time to update my rating. It’s great how much this smells like beer as opposed to putrid skunk spray like in the past. Reasonably assertive floral hops highlight a crackery body. I get some sweet candy corn in the aroma, which I prefer a pilsner be devoid of. The palate is crisp and light with a little residual sweetness. This is pretty solid, it’s got its positive points: well used spicy Noble hops, crisp palate and straightforward pilsner malt. The only problem is the persistent candy corn flavor lurking around. The finish seems to have a little sugar to it. At least it’s not totally spoiled like it always was in the past. I can think of several better pilsners though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnurda (1245) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
Those Bohemians know their beer. Nicely carbonated. Tastes great with food. Slightly bitter. Wish I was in Czechosloaki drinking one on a patio.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Can (500ml). THIS is that incredible beer everyone yammers on about? Although to be fair the praise usually comes from people who are exclusively pale lager drinkers - "it’s so smooth!". Popped the can can it sounded more like tomato juice than beer - no carbonation, nada. Poured deep gold with a hint of red; I blinked, there might have been a head. Smells faintly of rye, corn, wine cooler, skunk juice and sugar. Taste isn’t too bad, if you like metal and wood - woody malt and incredibly harsh metallic bitterness that just builds and builds. Kinda oily mouthfeel. Maybe this one doesn’t travel well, but I’ll never drink it in the can again ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslaught (4) - USA - SEP 23, 2005 does not count
I really like this beer. It has a strong aftertaste, but it tastes very good. It might smell a little funny to some people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkoR (950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
Not a bad beer. Pours golden color. Skunky smell. Very refreshing. Vaut la peine d’être essayé.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Snoro (306) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
Une bonne blonde. C’est rare que j’aime une blonde, mais elle a un goût plus prononcée que d’autres. Pas d’arrière goût, c’est bon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2005
The skunky smell was hard to get past. No that I have tried the beer for the taste it has become one of my favorites. Nice pilsner with a hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
The odor of this brew is almost enought to cause second thoughts, but the flavor is well worth it. Despite the claims, this is NOT the world’s best pilsner, but the fine bite, pleasant wheat and smooth barley flavors make it quite worthwhile.

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