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


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RATINGS: 3739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2005
Truly outstanding pilsener. Golden coloured, small head. Very crisp, slightly sourish and excellent hopbitterness in the end. Very wellbalanced and wellbodied for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2960) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 [on tap at brewery restaurant, Plzen] Bright gold with a loasting, white blanket that formed good lacing. Fresh malt and huge, fresh saaz aroma--freshest hops to have ever been smelled by this nose. Sweet malt flavour balanced perfectly by noblle hops and ending with an ascertive bitterness that lasts for a little bit. Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. The bitternes hangs on a little longer than I would have liked. Re-rate from blind at Modrý Abbé in Klatovy, sometime in June, 2008: Pleasant fruity and floral noble hops with a touch of DMS./5 Clear/bright gold with a thick white head./4 Strong bitterness with plenty of nice sweet malt to balance./5 Medium body, medium carbonation./3 Overall./14; Total./3.1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Clear, pale golden hue. Thick, lush head. Lively nose, pretty, floral, lightly spicy...dandy, with a dash of honey. Neat hops on the tongue, with a long, welcome stay on the palate. Light bodied, dry, hoppy finish. I’m not a lager man, but a classic pilsner like this will always be a friend, in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
I’m not the biggest pilsner fan in the world, but I was impressed by this beer, which I honestly had been avioiding prior to finding it on the "top 50 most accessable beers" list on this website. Nice deep golden color and impressive hops. Now I know what the original pilsner tastes like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4975) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2005
The mother of all Pils. Pleasant inviting aroma and a golden appearance.Poured with a small head that soon dissapeared.Quite bitter with a smooth sharp aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2005
(Draught at U Zlateho Tygra, Prague) Golden coloured, thick white diminishing head. Slight citric, hoppy nose. flavour from toffee with an acidic hoppiness. Watery, light bodied, low bitterness but still... absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Distinctive czech hop smell. Very light gold pour with an average white head. Very flowery start with a dry, hoppy finish. Earthy aftertaste. A decent pilsner, but I’m going to chose Victory’s Prima Pils over this everytime.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Skunky smell out of the bottle. Little head poured out of the bottle. Smooth, drinkable flavor when I got past the aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle - aroma is slight malt and slight skunk. Looked like Budweiser. Very little head and it was quickly gone. Flavor was like the aroma. Malt and skunk. I’m hoping that this is just an old bottle. May have to try again. I’m certain that this beer is better than this sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Crystal goldenrod pour with a tall and airy white head (but little retention or lacing). Hoppy, bright and floral nose. Crisp citrus and bitter hoppy flavor with a very dry finish. If you like pilsners, you can’t go wrong with this one but don’t ask it to be more than it is.

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