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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3719   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head and good lacing. Aromas of citrus and hay malt. Flavors of citrus and hay, much like the aroma. Well balanced with some bitterness in the finish. No skunk, this must have been a fresh bottle. Medium body, almost creamy. So this is what a pilsener is supposed to taste like?

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Crisp taste, contrasts to the rough malt flavor. Very drinkable, goes down nice. Slight bitter, but otherwise, very little otherwise in the taste department.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 27, 2005
The classic pilsner. Benchmark for the style with color flavor and mouthfeel. NIce spicey saaz hop gives an evergreen crispness that balances the sweet moravian malt perfectly. The only thing wrong, a slight skunk on the nose courtesy of the green bottle. Why the hell does Europe export beer in green and clear bottles?!?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Poured with a white head, clear sparkling body. There was a kind of heavy sweetish aromoa. The taste started malty and ended with some nice hop flavor. Refreshing.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2005
Bottle with 7 months to go until use by date. Poured clear light gold with a small head which disipated very quickly despite giving the pour plenty of air. Suspect I have smelt my first skunk (we don’t have any of that particular animal over here in Australia, other than in some of our beers) - first aroma was unpleasant to say the least. Picked up a little grass under the skunk aroma, but not much else. Felt somewhat watery in the mouth, and the taste was dominated by astringent bitterness. Either I got a particularly badly light affected bottle, or I do not like the Pilsner style. Will be definitely seeking out some pilsners on tap to make sure it is not the latter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Has a great golden color. Looks a lot better than I expected. Aroma of baked bread and hops. Nice malt and hop flavor with a good dry finish. One of the best commercialized brews around. Perfect for tailgating or other activities which condone drinking a number of beers

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 this is a great pilsner. bright color with a subtlle flavor and a very dry finish for me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivnizub (10094) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Bottle: This world-class brew belongs to the small number of victims of the "velvet revolution 1989"! Still extremely good, but in the dark age of communism - believe it or not - this Pilsener was better and the best way to forget the daily frustration..... Dark golden colour, thick, creamy head; good balance between the dominant beautiful hop aromas (herbal, floral, grassy) , caused by first class Saaz hops, on one side and a smooth, malty body on the other side. Compare it to a watery german (or dutch or belgian ) "Mock-Pils" and You’ll know, what a good beer is like....From the tap (In the Urquell-Vatican "U zlateho tygra" Prague): perfecty served, very moreish, very deceptive; the long, highly aromatic aftertaste will cause You to order a next and a next and a next one....... (08/2005) Re-rated after several tests at U hrocha, U jelinku and U dvou kocek in Prague: Palate 4/5, Overall 20/20 ! Superb stuff ! Ceskemu pivu zdar !

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Let me start by saying I’m sure this is a different beer when served fresh in the Czech Republic...but I had it in Kansas City and it was obviously not fresh, maybe even old. Light, golden yellow, with a hazy off white head. Skunky flavor, not real nice. Flavor is clean and crisp, but skunky as hell, in fact it is actaully pretty nasty. Clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Good smooth pilsner. This is what light beers should attept to taste like. Great golden colour, definitely not overwhelming flavour, but good as far as pilsners are concerned.


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