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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: 3215   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7797) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pilsnerbest1 (1) - USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
This beer is considered by many beer lovers the finest beer in the world and I agree 100%. It has a very nice hoppy aroma, and the taste is even better. It is easy to dirnk and easy to swallow. It's bitter taste is that of fine zaas hops, the best of their kind. It gives you a nice hoppy, somewhat fruity aftertaste, the same taste as when you drink the first sip, even when it warms up a little bit after sitting around. It is better enjoyed when you swallow it slow to unlock that unmatched hoppy taste that stays on your mouth for a while. This is the only true and original pilsner beer and is the most imitated, but never matched beer in the world. I have tried other pilsner beers, but they don't even get close to this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Aroma is floral and slighty strong, appearance is typical yellow/golden color. Flavor is crisp with a citrusy and grassy undertone. The bitterness hits you after the initial tasting and it lingers on your tounge. I feared green bottle skunk but mine tastes fine, perhaps I just got lucky in that repsect. Good beer and I liked it a little better than Victory Pils although it was very good also.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KalleBass (18) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2003
A great beer! Hoppy and full bodied, wellbalanced bitterness, with a nice caramel after taste. Almost amber im colour, with a golden head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisaluxury (4) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2003 does not count
The aroma of this beer announces is special flair. Full flavor is foreshadowed upon opening the bottle. The color is a muted golden, and the flavor is pleasantly piercing at the middle of the tongue and also at the back of the throat. A special beer experience

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Urquell is the best pilsner that I have had to this day. It is a magnificent sparkling beer. Moderately light in taste, exceptionally crisp, I like it with Mexican food, worth every cent. ENJOY"

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Quickly diminishing head. Fair amount of carbonation. Slightly copperish hue. Approaching strong aroma, a little hoppy, sort of metallic. Lingering after taste, sort of metallic, as well. Overall, not bad, with high availability and all.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4484) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Skunky hoppy and a bit malty aroma. Clear orange golden coloured. Head doesn’t last long. Taste is hoppy and moderate bitter. Excellent smooth palate.
Rerate. First day in Prague, first pilsener. Great experience. Well balanced brew. Floral and hoppy. Superb this pils.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Smelled skunky from the moment the cap was loosened. Mild smell of hops, and malt undertones. Flavor is rather ho hum, has some decent hop characteristics, and a slight malty aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Mild hoppy aromas and a bit lacking on maltier qualities. Nice dark gold coloring. Crisp finish. Only a little funky but this is not a consistent quality of each batch.


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