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


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RATINGS: 3554   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
freddpa (3) - Halifax, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004 does not count
This is my favorite overall. I do think it is somehwat of an acquired taste. The bitter saaz hops probably aren’t for everyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Poured into a pilsner glass: deep, clear gold with a medium head that quickly disappears, leaving a thin, yeasty froth. Strong aroma of malt, slightly sour. taste is bittersweet and malty. A good beer altogether.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2004
A rather odd taste that takes a few to get used too. Dark gold with a nice white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8798) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2004
Darker, but fully clear gold beer, good carbonation to good, reasonably persistent white head. Very clean barley malt nose, light but obvious aroma of warmed summergrain. Suspicion of noble hops. Taste is foremost sweet malt. There’s virtually no bitterness - more’s the pity. This has become a very polished product. Impression, both organoleptic and subjective of a very fresh, still warm, (snow)white bread - from an industrial oven. Light to medium bodied; finish is more watery (retronasal even a bit metallic, coppery). Not bad, but (too) sweet. All the same, a far cry from the gorgeously complex beer I drank at the Plzeń brewery from the lagertank in tempore non suspecto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a standard head with more or less retention. Carbonation is quite standard. Aroma is a bit floral with some malt coming out also. Taste is also floral with some note of malt. This is a very light and refreshing beer. The beer might have been a bit skunked, which seems to be a recurrent problem with the Urquell; they don’t seem to stand the long trip from Europe to America very well. I find that the can version usually preserve itself better the the bottle version.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Are there really significant hops in this beer - coulda fooled me. Everything is average or below here, sans aftertase - which is supposed to be a hop bite. Reality is that it is a skunk bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (9992) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2004
First sip a classic pilsner and then some malt, and then.. Then all downhill, like tasting rusty metal, and not even in a can. Strong burning aftertaste of bitterness and attacking carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carnival (20) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2004
The very first Czech pils that I ever had. It hooked me on to Pilsners from then on. I loved that fact that it wasn’t strong in alcohol, but had an abundance of flavour. In Canada, we have so many crappy beer that have high alcohol content without a distinct aroma or flavour. This pilsner brought me back home - it made me believe that there was a true artistry to brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Ah ... the simple pleasures of a first class brew. I’ve noticed some travel wear in the bottled versions. A great tap pour will treat you to a deliously smooth and subtle pilsner style with enough hoppiness and a tad of bitter flavoring to refresh. A beer well done.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Straw yellow, nice white head. Light struck, skunked, why do they put beer in green bottles? Some grain and saaz hop aroma on the nose otherwise. Slightly grainy malt flavor. Some bitterness in the beginning softens up leaving a slightly sweet ending. (True to the style that they defined.) Thin but crisp body. A clean refreshing beer, if they would just package it so it wouldn’t get skunked. Buy it in a sealed 12 pack or case. If it has been in the light, beware.

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