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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 3653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2005
Hard to argue with the original. It’s years since I had it on draught in Prague and the export bottled version doesn’t do it justice. Nonetheless, it’s still a model of sophisticated beer-making. Somehow it’s more than the sum of its parts. Gold colour, rocky head. Floral Saaz aroma with a hint of spice. Quenching palate. Smooth operator. Soft Moravian barley malt middle and a gently bitter finish. (Bottle)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
A nice smooth pilsener here. Has great flavor with a colorful golden appearance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Clear golden colour with small, quickly diminishing head...hoppy and floral aroma. A nice, bitter hoppy taste is balanced out with some malt presence too..nice finish. A real thirst quencher and one of the beers that got me into good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 66cl bottle, very fresh from the bottle on Charles Bridge at night, summer in Prague. Almost sweet but not really, almost bitter but perfectly balanced. My notebook remarks on the large bouquet of floral hoppiness this beer can possess, a very "dimensional" quality this beer lacks when it travels. Unforgettable. From ideal barley hops & water was born a true original.<P>Later footnote "..the same recipe dating from 1842." -? Bah, SABMiller has been brewing this with pelletized hops for at least 5 years, and also far away from the "Original Source" of water in Plzen, Czechia. These boastful SAB claims further disgrace how they’ve grievously altered a great beer we’ll never really taste again... thanks, ’progress.’ A truly noble Heritage Beer has been reduced to a marketing slogan, sad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJSR (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005 does not count
Distinctive bitter hop flavour. Maintains its pleasant bitterness even after multiple consecutive testings. The original and one of the best.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Bottle. Pours a light amber with a fine white head. Nose is full of pale malts edged with a decent saaz hop bitterness. Flavor is nothing to write home about....not exactly foul, but it’s nothing to write home about. It’s an OK pilsener, but just OK.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bassy15 (60) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2005
crips and refreshing. A medium body, hoppy and a little bitter, this all started with a beautiful gold color and pearly white head. I found it hard to sip, it had such a refreshing taste.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2005
the grandaddy of all pilsners. a very beatiful and drinkable beer. it’s perhaps my favorite pilsner, very refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4048) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottled
Golden color, sparkling. Medium bodied, some malts. Fine hop notes, fresh, dry, astringent. Very refreshing and pleasant bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle.Cclear amber color with large white head. Aroma has medium hop tone. Flavor is hop and and malt with a medium bitter hop finish


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