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

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RATINGS: 3279   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
A good pilsner beer. I prefer a "lighter" beer in the summer. This is a quality beer that can be consumed in a good quantity also! If you want to know specifically how it tastes or looks read one of the ratings below!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
Toronto Festival of Beer 2001 - Nyeh... Never really been impressed with the can version of this. It's a good pilsener, but not one of my favorite beers generally. It's too bad they didn't have it on draft, since I have never tried it on tap. I think Pilsener is just not a style of beer I am a fan of generally.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Very thin head, with a great aftertaste that is slightly bitter yet a crisp cool and refreshing taste. Not bad for a fairly large produced commercial beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Dark gold color with a medium white head, rapidly diminishing. Hoppy nose and an inviting aroma. Medium bodierd, crisp and refreshing. Bitter hoppy finish but with enough malt backbone to provide balance. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 It’s unfortunate, before the bottle is even completely opened, an annoying skunk aroma explodes from the bottle, transportation was long. Typical pilsner appearance, blonde, can almost see through it. In Mouth, malt is the first to bite your tongue, quickly followed by hops and a more than generous bitterness to dream of.
From a 500mL can: powerful saaz aroma, spicy, floral, herbal. Crisp medium body, very effervescent. Light toothpaste/honey maltiness. Very good although I’d like a bit more malt focus. Several layers of bitterness joins sip after sip, but it remains very well balanced and highly quaffable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11453) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 Dark golden color with a nice head. This is a really good beer, but im not surprised since it is czech. It has a fresh and clean taste with a nice bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
I think that I keep getting bad bottles of the stuff, its always skunky. Despite that fact it is a clean and refreshing beer with a good hop bite. Need to try on tap.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
It is a quality pils. The bitterness seemed off, I likely had an old can. I did go for the can though knowing how much freshness can effect this beer. Still I wasn't too impressed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EKGoldings (555) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 I’ve had fantastic bottles of this stuff, I’ve had awesome glasses of kegged PU, and I’ve had bad bottles as well. Crisp bitterness, mild hop aroma, wonderful malt .. this is my favorite lager by far. A more refreshing beer I’ve not had. The canned version is much better than the bottles, it retains the malt character this beer should have that balances the bitterness much better than the stuff I’ve had in bottles.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
The original. What more need you say! Wonderful aroma of Saaz hops, good medium body. Flavor is hops and clean pale malt, with wonderful undertones of darker malt (munich? Vienna?). Saaz hop finish leaves you satiated, but ready for more.


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