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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: 3262   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2968) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2003 Foamy head on pouring, almost completely diminishing but pleanty of large to very fine bubbles raise from the bottom of the glass. Deep colden color. Nose is hoppy with a slight malty undercurrent. Initially the flavor is semi-sweet, doughy, almoast toasty malt with only a slight touch of hops. The magic is how the balance of flavors changes with each sip. The hops are at first subdued, barely there, just some saaz spiceyness around the edges. The hop flavor increases throughout, never quite overpowering the malt. Moderate but feisty carbonation helps breath life into this medium bodied brew. Some floral notes and pleasant acidity become appearant in the finish. This a a great example of how pilsners can be subtelly and beautifully complex.

I should metion that I've never found a bottle of this that I felt tasted completely fresh. There's always some off aromas on first pour. Give it a few minutes and let some of the odor dissapate and you'll find yourself with a much more pleasant Pilsner Urquell experience. That being said, I can't give this the high marks a fresh one would probably merrit (I could see myself giving this easily a 4.5+) since the brewers don't deem it neccessary to ensure a fresh product reaches consumers in all its markets.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - MAR 6, 2003
I had it on draft. Man, I hate this style of beer from the blah opening to the minty aftertaste. I'll leave more for everyone else.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Okay light beer with just a little bit of eau de skunk. It had a good head and a nice aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Excellent on draught in the Czech Republic. Considerable hops and fairly bitter; lots of carbonation. Easy drinking, crisp and one of the more refreshing beers around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Very, very tasty beer. Good aroma. Nice, darker than a normal pilsner, colored beer. The best light beer I have ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
This is pretty good. Great Head. Flavor is a bit dry, but sometimes that's good. Nice beer with a very slight bite at the end. Definitely a keeper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Pilsener Urquell is worth re-rating once every six months so...here goes: It pours a deep golden color with a wonderful steady head. The aroma is malty and yeasty, with that Czechish saaz-nose. Flavor consists of some toffe and finishes with a pleasant dry bitterness. One of the three best Czech Pilseners I've had.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2003
So this is the first pilsner ever made. Smells fruity and skunky. Doesn't taste as skunky as you would think.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Poured a clear golden yellow with a thick white head. Light floral hop aroma with a faint spicy zing. Light hop flavor with a lightly sweet malt background and bitter aftertaste of hops. Clean, dry with a light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Not nearly as good as the stuff closer to the source.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2003
Fine aroma of hops, golden, large cream coloured head, with faint lace. Great hops taste, some malt but such a nice bitter aftertaste. Well balanced, good body, dry bitter finish. A truly great Pilsner, first had this in 1972, still reliably good!


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