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


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RATINGS: 3641   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 28, 2004
Best of the main line pilsners, nice and bitter, with a golden body, and fresh aroma

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewmaster88 (53) - Petrolia, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Re-rating this...500ml can...My tastes over the years have grown and now I have gained much respect for this beer. Pours gold with an above average white head. Sweet than bitter dry finish. Nicely balanced. Very affordable right now here in Canada ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
christine21304 (3) - lant, New Brunswick, USA - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
I first would like to mention that i am fairly inexperienced when it comes to rating beers being that this is my first rating. I enjoyed this beer very much after a long week of school and work, it was extremely refreshing, unfilling and easy to drink. The taste is pleasurable and somewhat simple. This beer kicks the hell out of heineken in every aspect and is great anyday of the year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2004
The original is worth trying. Quite refreshing and well balanced. Try it, but I don’t know if I would buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2004
The original. Yeah it may appear weak, watery, etc. like so many deScriptions here. But remember - THIS IS A PILSNER! Not a stout, not a porter............ Within the style of pilsner this is the standard. Full flavor and balanced. Wait! SAB bought this? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (3027) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Bue en canette.Il y a un tres grande difference avec celle en bouteille.Beaucoup plus malte. Je ne suis pas un amteurs du style mais jaime bien.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 I gave it a nineteen only because this is the original Plzen lager, the same birthplace of fine crystal glass ware. Before this, our beers were served in tankards and leather packs, and no one seemed to notice the haziness of their farmhouse ale. For it’s style, it is the Epiphany of that which seems to have destroyed the culture and lifestyle of beer entirely, and left in it’s path a trend towards macro-brewed adjunct-ridden cheap and nasty pale lagers with the option of being called a Pils, Pilsen, or Pilsener, bollocks!! Pours a clear gold with a large fluffy white head that lasted the distance. Piney, spicy and grassy hop nose with only an inch of malt when it warmed. Biting carbonation in the mouth but quite full in flavour to not come across as soda water, very light in body and quite crisp with a lightly bitter short-lived swallow. Nothing much more, quite refreshing and balanced and still a decent quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 I have liked this beer for four years now. It has a bitterness which is excellent. On tap it is very good. I recommend having a few other beers before it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2004
I’ve had this beer on good days and bad, Good bottles, bad bottles. They should go to a dark bottle. I had a green bottle last night at the blackwatch pub in Upland,ca. This was the best of this beer I’ve had on draft or bottle, nice crisp pils, fresh,clean tasting. I will continue to drink this beer, but I can’t wait to have a fresh bottle again!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
A bit of a disappointment. Light golden color with a quickly disappearing head. Slightly bitter on the finish.

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