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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: 3386   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.


3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - NOV 28, 2003
One of the darkest Pilseneres I have seen. Very, very hoppy, too hoppy for my taste actually. Otherwise nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2003
We'd all be rich men if we got a dime for every occasion when a lager is called golden. This stuff is golden. Not straw, yellow or what have you, but golden! The head could hold up better, but there's a bit of lacing. With that colour and initial head I can't bring me to a lower appearance score. This one was from a bottle and I should have cooled it longer. Still, hop aroma hits you right away. Good start, but it's not the heady Saaz aroma you'd get when pouring a Budvar. Still, this beer has excellent body, and that's not despite being a pilsner. Nice malts start of the flavour, nothing heavy, but pleasant. Aftertaste is somewhat delicate hops and lingers a long time. Class act and sure to be found in my fridge at any given time.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 the standard in czech lagers. Not offensive but hard to find not skunked out when it comes in the bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Luckily, mine was not skunked. A good crisp pilsener that is a little bit light in the malt department and focuses mostly on the hops. Hops lend some citric/minty/herbal/medicinal qualities to the beer. Bitter, and the dryness will linger long after the beer is finished.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 (Canned, 0.5l, bought from the brewery, BBE 06/2005) Deep golden color with a medium, foamy, quite tight and lacy head. Surprisingly mild and fruity aroma with metallic hints. Quite buttery and metallic, slightly sweet and malty flavor with grassy hopping. Light to medium-bodied, oily, bitter and slightly metallic palate with medium, sharp carbonation. A hoppy and refreshing pilsener, but quite sharp and metallic. (Bottled) Deep golden-copper color with a medium, lacy head. Crisply hoppy and pleasant, although quite mild aroma. Buttery and malty, slightly sweet flavor, that turns into long, bitter and dry finish. Aftertaste is long and sticks to gums and teeth. Light to medium-bodied, sticky and oily palate. The original pilsener won’t let you down.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2003
Not as good as I was expecting, I like my pilsener's but maybe this bottle slightly off cos I was expecting a little bit more. Golden colour, small non lasting head, malty initial taste with not much bite. Managed to finish it at least!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Looks wonderful, but that's about all it has going for it. Smells and tastes like it's been sitting in the store for a year under those damn flourescent lights in it's cursed green bottle. From the other reviews it seems this is fairly common, perhaps even the way it is supposed to be. If that's true, I can't imagine how any of it gets sold. I'll take a nice malty Helles that tastes fresh and smooth, thank you very much.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Pale yellow. This beer is great because I love pilsner. Nice skunky taste, made my roommate say "damn, thats skunky shit"

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2003
(Draught) Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Good Bohemian pilsner taste in this brew.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Draft at the Beer Sellar in Knoxville. Everyone said this tasted the way it should. Not much of an aroma. Pale yellow color with hardly any head. Not much of a beginning taste but it seemed to be a bitter. Bad aftertaste. This had to be a bad keg even though the owner said that's how it was suppose to taste. Definitely the worst Pilsner I've had.


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