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


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RATINGS: 3281   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2003
Draft - I had this on draft at an Orioles game. I do not care for this beer in bottles in the States because it has a skunky aroma. On draft in the US it seems to be much fresher. I'm rating this mostly on past experience with the beer because I have had it several times in Europe, including Prague, and there it is the best Pilsner available. Tons of aroma. Great bitter flavor. When fresh, an exceptional Pilsner beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2003
Aroma is a little bit weird, but the flavor is great! Crisp, clean taste. I'd have it again in a heartbeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
I tried this from a 22 oz bottle on the train home, alte at night, suffering from a cold. That said, it made a really good impression. Nice little head formed in the bottle, and a really sharp Saaz hop bite I would never have expected in a pale lager. Really helped ease my suffering; and bless the 7-11 on Michigan Ave. for having a variety of beer to take home besides the usual 40's of malt liquor and Foster's oil cans!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
This is not a bad pilsner, but it's very bitter. It has a very strong wheat content in the taste also. I really don't like this beer too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
japet (38) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2003
Too much bitterness for me. They say that this is The Mother of all Pilsner, but I still don't like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2003
Never had a Czech beer before, but if this is exemplary of them all then I'm impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 A glowing hop horticulture first emits a halo of dry, bitter pollen...Dignified and syrupy malts cast large honey, caramel and biscuity shadows on the garden...Delicate resinous and wooden hops proceed into a cleanly-brewed minty, green hop bitterness...Caramel malts dominate and create a smooth and full mouthfeel with cookie malt toastiness...But thankfully, hopward ramifications consent to content my evident intents...

On tap at various places in the Czech Republic, this proved to be slightly better than the bottled and canned experiences. Tasty and balanced as always, but moreover not afraid of the hops flavor and bitterness. Easily one of the world’s best macros.

The tankovna version (non-pasteurized) drunk at U Zlateho Tygra in Praha had the usual frothy foam atop the mug and appeared to offer longer hop bitterness and a more present citrusy fruitiness like the unfiltered Urquell. The body was the same as the regular and, to be honest, the differences are quite subtle. You have to taste the two unfiltered versions (from stainless steel tanks and from the wooden barrel) to really get a different experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pilsnerbest1 (1) - USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
This beer is considered by many beer lovers the finest beer in the world and I agree 100%. It has a very nice hoppy aroma, and the taste is even better. It is easy to dirnk and easy to swallow. It's bitter taste is that of fine zaas hops, the best of their kind. It gives you a nice hoppy, somewhat fruity aftertaste, the same taste as when you drink the first sip, even when it warms up a little bit after sitting around. It is better enjoyed when you swallow it slow to unlock that unmatched hoppy taste that stays on your mouth for a while. This is the only true and original pilsner beer and is the most imitated, but never matched beer in the world. I have tried other pilsner beers, but they don't even get close to this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Aroma is floral and slighty strong, appearance is typical yellow/golden color. Flavor is crisp with a citrusy and grassy undertone. The bitterness hits you after the initial tasting and it lingers on your tounge. I feared green bottle skunk but mine tastes fine, perhaps I just got lucky in that repsect. Good beer and I liked it a little better than Victory Pils although it was very good also.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KalleBass (18) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2003
A great beer! Hoppy and full bodied, wellbalanced bitterness, with a nice caramel after taste. Almost amber im colour, with a golden head.

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