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


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RATINGS: 3740   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Bottle 22 oz. Clear golden w precious few large bubbles rising. White head fell quickly to a thin film. Aroma is pale malt w Euro hops and a touch of grass & citrus. Flavor is immediately tart & tangy, dry malt and moderately bitter Euro tasting hops. Nice malt flavor and hop bitterness on the finish. Pushing medium bodied. A bit astringent & alcaline. Nice change from the big, sweet, hoppy American ales. 2/23/06 I’m upping this .2. I got a very good 22 ozer of this today. Very clean, and not the least bit harsh or stale tasting like it can sometimes be. Very refreshing, I wanted more big time. I really like the funky mineral water taste. Sometimes there is a very pleasant, although light, unique floral hop flavor with the bitterness. I also get a raw, natural, fresh, unique grain/barley taste on the better, fresher batches.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2005
BLBF. Was surprised by this one. Light marijuana aroma. Orangish yellow pour. Rich wheat malt and yeasty bready goodness. Finish is dry, but really decent. A departure from the other beers I’d had this evening. Yum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
500ml can, golden color, with a frothy white head, floral hops, pale malt, tangy hop note in the nose, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet malty accent, crisp drying hops flavors, leading to a good bittering finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Clear gold. Zero head. Little peppery flavor. Tastes a bit macroish. Refreshing but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 yellow body with a white head.light and peppery,nice on a hot day.or a great session brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2005
A sour smell, this was not skunky at all. I was not expecting this beer to be this good. I won’t wait for a sale for the next 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 Re-Rate (original rating 9/9/2005- 3.1) Been a long time since I’ve had a PU. Gold colour with a thick foamy white head that fades to a nicely laced cap. Grainy malt aroma, lemony apple fruitiness with a floral/straw hop. Flavour is crisp grainy body with that grassy saaz hop, finish is dry and lingering floral/grassy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
this is not as good as I remember. Cource, tonight, I see it in a corner shop, not the liquor store, and here in quebec when a liquor store beer goes depanure, it normaly meens it’s being brewed by someone local. Pours a very pale yellow, thin whispy head, minimal laceings. Aroma is not nice, sour corn dancing with cheap malt. Palat is kinda thin, with a very thick carbonation, standard. Taste is fairly standard american pale lager, wich is even more evedence that this is not the real macoy, just a facimily in the same bottle. Light sweet malt, corn, and sogrum dancing with a VERY light trace of saaz hops, not right at all. Undertones of rosemary, apple, earth, grass and bitter herbs with a dry finish. Aftertaste has a trace of dry apple with skunky malt, dry ceral and a finish of boose. Folow-up of dry bitter hop gaz, returning right up the nose. This cant be the real beer, it just cant. Cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 330ml bottle from Unwins. Pale gold with white bubbly head. Along with Budvar, one of my favourites. Nice pilsner citric hop. OK in mouth with satisfying hop citric finish. More flavour than most lagers too.. Re-rate Draught at blind tasting at Modry Abbe. Pretty looking beer, clear gold, thick cream head. Excellent carbonation. NO huge aroma, some hop on finish. No bad or off flavours, nothing to make it unattractive. It’s fine. Even some drinkability.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Being the original has its advantages (see Paulaner Salvator, a very good beer, but nowhere near the best in its category), however Pilsener Urquell doesn’t need the advantages. It is simply the best pilsener on the planet, apart from its lineage. Its deep golden color is unique in pilseners, as is its maltiness and sublimely spicy bouquet of Saaz hops, which evolve from bitterness to delicious flavor to, of course, uniquely spicy aroma. I have tried Budweiser Budvar, its Czech counterpart, 2 or 3 times and find Urquell still better. Sometimes the original is the best for a reason. Perfect.

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