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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3224   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 re-rate because of speeling errors. Had a very good flavour that was not too bitter and not watered down. Had a lightly golden body and a long lasting white head.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
Out of the bottle, this beer can be hit & miss due to the green glass skunk action. Thankfully, it's easily available in cans here in Ontario, and we can therefore enjoy it in a relatively fresh form, where it is a top-notch, world-class beer. Vibrant golden colour with a strong white head, floral hops on the nose, soft and full flavour with sweet malt and a perfectly bitter finish. Beautiful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
A delicious beer! This is a good pilsner, awesome example of the Bohemian brewing arts. Ahh, thos Saaz hops! Dry, finish. I generally prefer Belgian ales and stouts, but this is a damn fine beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2003
Draft - I had this on draft at an Orioles game. I do not care for this beer in bottles in the States because it has a skunky aroma. On draft in the US it seems to be much fresher. I'm rating this mostly on past experience with the beer because I have had it several times in Europe, including Prague, and there it is the best Pilsner available. Tons of aroma. Great bitter flavor. When fresh, an exceptional Pilsner beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2003
Aroma is a little bit weird, but the flavor is great! Crisp, clean taste. I'd have it again in a heartbeat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
I tried this from a 22 oz bottle on the train home, alte at night, suffering from a cold. That said, it made a really good impression. Nice little head formed in the bottle, and a really sharp Saaz hop bite I would never have expected in a pale lager. Really helped ease my suffering; and bless the 7-11 on Michigan Ave. for having a variety of beer to take home besides the usual 40's of malt liquor and Foster's oil cans!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
This is not a bad pilsner, but it's very bitter. It has a very strong wheat content in the taste also. I really don't like this beer too much.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
japet (38) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2003
Too much bitterness for me. They say that this is The Mother of all Pilsner, but I still don't like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2003
Never had a Czech beer before, but if this is exemplary of them all then I'm impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 A glowing hop horticulture first emits a halo of dry, bitter pollen...Dignified and syrupy malts cast large honey, caramel and biscuity shadows on the garden...Delicate resinous and wooden hops proceed into a cleanly-brewed minty, green hop bitterness...Caramel malts dominate and create a smooth and full mouthfeel with cookie malt toastiness...But thankfully, hopward ramifications consent to content my evident intents...

On tap at various places in the Czech Republic, this proved to be slightly better than the bottled and canned experiences. Tasty and balanced as always, but moreover not afraid of the hops flavor and bitterness. Easily one of the world’s best macros.

The tankovna version (non-pasteurized) drunk at U Zlateho Tygra in Praha had the usual frothy foam atop the mug and appeared to offer longer hop bitterness and a more present citrusy fruitiness like the unfiltered Urquell. The body was the same as the regular and, to be honest, the differences are quite subtle. You have to taste the two unfiltered versions (from stainless steel tanks and from the wooden barrel) to really get a different experience.


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