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


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RATINGS: 3178   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2003
This is one of the best pilseners. It's better than SAB's other "true pilsener beer" (Miller Lite).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Somehow this seems a shadow of the Pilsner Urquel I drank draft in Berlin; did they Americanize it? A deep rich clear amber golden color. Nose of dry floral hop and a little malt. I would have liked more malt and more bitter hop in the taste. Mouth is about right for a lager or pilsner, balanced, with spritz and bite. Drinkable, no flaws, no major excitement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 Light gold color, small lingering head. Malty, some sweetness, good deal of carbonation (not too much, but close), overall fairly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Re-rate. I'm still annoyed that they put this in green bottles, but I've had enough quality samples now to warrant a re-rate. Faint malt in aroma, light floral and herbal hops. Pale golden color, thin white head. Flavor possesses a rich maltiness, just clean pale malt, with accents of Saaz hops, and a solid hop bitterness. Medium body. Crisp and refreshing, malt and hop flavors are crystal clear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Well, despite warnings, I can only find this locally in the bottle, so I picked one up and gave it a shot. The flavor wasn't BAD by any means, but I've heard this can be much better from the tap. Nevertheless, at LEAST a decent pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2003
I'm not a big fan of pilsner beers but this Bohemian brew sits o.k. with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Spicy, pungent hop aroma, Medium gold colour with a fluffy white head that doesn’t last long, and good lacing. Sugary sweetness followed by a lingering bitterness. Clean, crisp palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Deep yellow gold with a medium body and bitterness. Rich malty aromas are well complemented by tangy hop notes. Very flavorful and stylish. Great balance and substance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
the perfect sunflower golden color as depicted in classic vintage beer ads. a hard pour will set off a fountain of tiny carbonated jewels in perfectly choreographed ascending single-file lines hurrying upward to fortify a lofty city of foam . pretty as hell. in 30 years of energetic drinking, i've run about a thousand gallons of p.u. through my system, and i've long accepted it's varying degrees of freshness and it's occassionally compromised aroma: that "light-touched", earthy musk smell we associate with certain black and white members of the weasel family and to green bottled beers. back in the old days, i thought that's how it was supposed to smell and grew to actually kinda like it. this specimen however, has evidently dwelt in gentle darkness before filling my glass tonight. an aroma of light honey on a crisp baguette, clean fresh cotton sheets, flowery summer grasses and just a bit of the potent oil from a grapefruit rind. each thirsty swallow fits the tongue like a glove; with light sweetness, and a snappy grapefruit smack of hop out front of that french bread grain foundation. a classic and an old friend, may i recycle a thousand gallons more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012
2012-04-27, draught at Řlbaren, Copenhagen, 7-3-7-4-15=37
Blond color, with medium sized head. Very nice malt aroma. Very solid malt flavor, like a rock, with a good level of bitterness, complete and balanced, with a good degree of sweetness. It lacks the fresh fascination and hop of some Helles, but it’s a master of clean and fat malts.

2003-02-01, draught, 7-4-6-5-14=36
Very nice hop and malt aroma, rare for any other big brewer, honeyish. Good bitter body and strong, quite aromatic final.

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