brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly skunky aroma. Good clean looking beer. Skunkiness evident in flavor. Must find this on tap somewhere. It has got to be better than this.
friejose (24) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Terrific, great mouth feel, very enjoyable
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ll rate the fresh samples i’ve had. Although the hops and body have diminished in the last few years the sharp spicy saaz aroma is one of the tops. Dark clear straw color. Nice malt body that has also thinned as of late. Still a nice dry bitter finish. When fresh - still one of the best examples.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
I’ll have to try this one again and re-rate it because I think what I had on tap was spoiled. It tasted skunky, and sour.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
With all the hype surrounding this beer, I can only conclude that the keg at the bar was infected. I’ll have to try it again at another bar to know for sure. ADDENDUM: I tried Urquell on draught at a different bar and it was infected again. Tasted exactly like the first sampling - vinegary. 2ND ADDENDUM: Three strikes and you’re out. Bud, Foster’s, Sam Adams and Urquell were my choices so I went for the Urquell with a great deal of scepticism considering my two previous experiences. Vinegar strikes again, making Urquell 3 for 3 on that score for me. There comes a time when you just have to accept the truth and quit fighting, and I think I’ve reached that point with this brew.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not nearly as bad as I expected. I drank it on draft and it wasn’t as skunky as everyone says it is in the US. Probably the best pilsner I’ve had, but that doesn’t say a hell of a lot. Light, slightly hoppy, very clear.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
not much of a pilsner fan but this is pretty good, nice hop presence, aroma was a tad skunky, if I have to drink a pilsner this is the one i prefer
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I recently tried this at a party. It is a fairly light beer with a slight skunky smell to it, overpowering the hops element. I found it to not be the most drinkable pilsner I have had. Slightly bitter.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Judging by some of the previous comments, I found a good bottle. Beautiful clarity, nice aroma, good taste of hops.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I know this beer is supposed to be special when really fresh, i.e., in the Czech Republic, but my draft example was weak, had no aroma and little character. I admit there was an elegant hoppiness to it but little else. Very dry finish.