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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: 3679   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fsvensson (10) - Utah, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Bottle. Wow this is how a good beer should taste. So much flavor and a good flavor at that.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2005
Tapped. Golden coloutm nediumsized white foamy head. Bready aroma with hints of fresh fruit and hops. Very smooth and soft palate. Flavour is mainly fruitish with hints of bread and a hoppy finish. The aftertaste is weak, but longlasting and mainly bittry. Very refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2005
i bought a six pack of this and tried it. i wasn’t expecting much but this was a really great beer. it goes down easy with a good flavor and is very drinkable

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Rated at a bar on my 21st birthday. On tap. Pours a clear goldenrod color, small white head. Aroma is malty. very feint, cigarette smoke obscures the aroma. Flavor is just slightly sweet and malty. Flavor is full and well rounded out. Very easy to drink and an excellent example of the style. Very flavorful for the similar beers in the style I have tasted! Thanks to Jane for the brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sorrowsinger (3) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2005 does not count
Pop one of these, pour it in a tall pilsner glass, and get excited. It pours beautiful and has a nice, thick head. It smells great, a combination of both malt and hops. Flavor is the same, malty and hoppy... nicely balanced. Nice full mouthfeel. I’d love to try this fresh from a tap.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (1370) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Good - but nothing exceptional. It had that slightly skunked flavor and aroma typical of green bottles, but after that, it was fairly drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1464) - 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 (1579) - 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.


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