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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: 3507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
IndianaRed (2961) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Pours medium amber. Good stout head and the lacing almost coats the glass completely. Thats about the bes I can say for this brew though. There is a honey flavor here, like the Warsteiner. Also though and especially on the aftertaste is a metallicslant. Like biting on timfoil or a rusty nail. Very little hops taste and a smmoth mouth feel. Don’t think I can finish this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 Tasty stuff. Sweet, some hops, a lot of fruit. Very drinkable stuff. Get it while it’s fresh, green bottle will get to it very quickly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 25, 2004
Pours pale yellow/golden with a small head. It had that slight skunk flavor to it. Light taste. A decent pilsner, but not something to go crazy about.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2004
Golden coloured. Refreshing and round. It has a nice head and and perfect aftertaste. The Saaz hops and the unique brewing tradition has produced a real classic.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kelvinator (32) - Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA - JUN 18, 2004
Crisp golden pilsner. Excelent aroma, light but fruity, very hoppy. A favourite.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Very drinkable, good, crisp pilsner that’s good for a light change of pace. Found it similar to Becks, but not quite as skunky. Definetely not a favorite, but not bad either.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 14, 2004
Tipica cerveza checa, aunq prefiero la Bud checa. Es la decana del pisen. Muy buena cerveza para los amantes de este tipo.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 Bottled from local bodega, Color is a crisp gold. head was gone in seconds,This was good, not skunky at all much better than expected, with the green bttle and all.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Recommended by a friend who loves czech beer. I was disappointed having tried it at O.C. Light Color, prett bland.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1653) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 I LOVE THIS BEER! One of 2 of my long time favorite beers. I just get POed finding it poorly handled and light struck (you call this skunky?). I’ve been drinking Urquell since it was exported with cork/foil lined crown caps and you only got 3 or 4 bottles out of a dozen that weren’t air damaged. Easy to tell though, with the “shingles" this left in the bottle base. Shake it once...that’s your test. Better bottling technology since then but importers still aren’t too particular about temperature or light or date. That is why I prefer this beer on tap when they get it in. Buying it in stores is still a dice roll unless you buy it canned (LCBO worst offender). This was one of the new 500mil bottles and one of the infrequent lots I had that was in prime condition. I savored it... I’ll be back to the store Monday to buy out all they have on the shelves from this lot and date code . The condition you get this beer in is VERY important. Date codes are deceptive if the beer was handled poorly. However if it is in prime condition Urquell IS Pilsner beer. Not much better on a hot summer day or socializing. This is beer what all pilsners attempt to imitate. Light straw color, pungent floral bouquet from the saaz hops, crisp start, tart and lemony to the palate with a slightly biased balance of hop to grain flavors, then a dry finish and that tell tale metallic taste left to the tongue that all great Pilsners produce. Light, dry, refreshing……… all the things that made Pilsner beer universally popular. A great beer second only to Urquell on tap.


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