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


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RATINGS: 3500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Tap. 3/14/03. The beer poured a more golden color than I had expected, nice and rich looking (funny, after writing this, I looked up 'Bohemian Pilsner' in the style guide and found that that is exactly what it should look like). This is certainly not the first Pilsner Urquell I've, but the first I've paid attention to. This has to be the standard for the perfect amount of saaz aromas. Nice and peppery and herbal. Quick brisk, slight bitterness to its nice dry finish. Obviously, I cannot say anything unique about this beer. I've had much more tasty pilsners, but you have to respect this one for its history and timeless great taste (when found un-skunky).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Great color and fruity aroma. This is a good pilsner with a a nice hoppy finish that lingers slightly. The bitterness is hard to describe, though not unpleasant. Holds up well with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
draft in asheville- have drank this alot just never rated it until i realized i hadnt. this is not bad, it definately lacks in some aspects- it has a weird flavor that i cant really describe- BUT it is a great summer time beer when you are hot as hell. all in all a good effort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 July 2002 Bottle. A full bodied and full flavoured beer - very refreshing, well balanced and certainly quite moreish. I really enjoyed Staropramen, but this will now be my lager of choice. [3.3]
March, 2004 Bottle. Head to Head with Budvar. Light amber - slightly darker than the Budvar. Pale malt aroma - edged with a hop darkness. Boldly flavoured. Good hop feel. Salty. The Budvar vanished away in comparison. The Budvar had some nice orange rind aromas which are there initially in the flavour - but after a touch of mild salty bitterness, the drink fades away. The Pilsner holds up well to the end, then lingers pleasantly. As with some other pilsners, the saltiness is irksome, especially as it results in a greater thirst afterwards. [2.6]
May, 2008 On tap at 7 different bars in Prague, including the airport This was our first beer in Prague. It’s the most popular beer in the city, and often the only beer sold. We got it from many different bars, but the first one - a random bar in the Jewish Quarter, a short walk from our apartment - was stunning. A huge foaming mug of fresh, fruity, thirst-quenching lager with a pleasant hop finish which manages to catch the beauty of a fresh hop - even if that hop is Saaz! I’m not a fan of Saaz, but here it’s woody resin with hints of clove, rosemary and thyme is simply spanking! Part of the delight is due to the low, soft carbonation, and the soft creamy foam which appears natural rather than forced. The pleasure of each pint remained fairly constant, though never quite matched that first experience, and reached it’s lowest point at the airport where it perhaps wasn’t kept as fresh as the much cheaper city bars. [3.5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2004
typical lager,attractive bottle, nice balance in flavours, but i lacked the bitterness which i expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Variety (28) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2004
(draught) Compared to the bottled version, draught is a livelier, more mellow (maltier?) drink. The hops are much further back in the mix, but with the same clarity of overall taste. A reminder of what a pleasant, easy-to-drink beer should be. As they say themselves, a benchmark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 A re-rate- Sparkling gold with a frothy white cap. Floral saaz nose with grass, some spice, a bit of straw, pale malts. Tastes of floral hops, grains, some sweet fruit. A well crafted pils that is a weekly drinker for me. Medium carbonation, marked bitterness. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 A very solid golden pilsner. The flavor was quite hoppy, with overtones of rose and other herbal type notes. Satisfying without being mind-blowing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
This has long been a light and refreshing fall-back when all there is is Eastern European lager crap. A nice golden colour with a frothy white head. Sweet malt and hops both come out in the nose. Pleasant bitterness throughout, but very mild. Have had it fresher when in Europe and it rates much higher than what I get here in Ontario. Sadly these numbers are for the less-fresh version....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2004
pours with a big head tha quickly subsides. aromas are of sweet malt, saaz, maybe some peach. flavors start with astringent hop bitterness, then a slight amount of malt sweetness but it is subdued by hop flavor, and a dry bitter end. the body is light the color is a gold straw color. the beer is quite bitter and hoppy for a continental European beer. The beer is light, refreshing and what an american pilsner wishes it could be. The balance is skewed to the hoppy side, which american craft beer drinkers should love. Perhaps they would love it more with cascades in stead of saaz.

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