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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: 3178   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
charlton99 (4) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2002 does not count
Tastes a little like liquid bread. I know I’m gonna get flamed for this, but I actually prefer Corona. Not a bad beer though. I’m drinking one right now...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 Probably one of my favorite readily available beers. Has a great bitter flavor up front and is genuinely smooth going down either on tap or straight out of the bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2002
Canned: This one was quite different to the first time I rated it. Medium gold clear with a medium size shortish lasting white head. Faintly yeasty wheat beer aroma. Malty cooked pasta and floral nectar on glass swirl. Thin low carb body. A lot more intense bitter and bigger sweeter maltier flavours than the previous rate. Decent hoppy clean finish. Much improved over the first rating. First time a can has rated better than a bottle.
First rated 8 July 2002 2.3 Pale gold clear with a thin wispy quickly evaporating white head. Average faint grassy pils hops, turnips and something that reminds me of rat bait they used to put on potato sacks back in the 1950’s. (BTW that aroma is not unpleasant!) Taste is somewhat better than the aroma. My bottle was relatively lowly carbonated - I don’t remember this beer being quite so flat last time I tried it. The body is thin but has some substantial flavours, mainly bitter, some malt and a touch of powdered Al. Finish is also quite flat and left me quite unstatisfied. Maybe I need to try some more Bohemians but if this is indicative of the style I think they’ll end up pretty lowly rated on my style sheets.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6429) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2002

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tolik99 (47) - USA - NOV 1, 2002
Zatec hops flowers are unbelievable! All you need is draught Prazdroj (no bottled or canned versions).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Great golden color with a huge white head that left lace all the way down. Great saaz hops with balanced malted barley.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2002
For this one, I had to compare the bottled version with the can. The first time I had this beer was in a bottle and it was totally skunked. Fortunately my last bottle wasn’t so here it goes. Both the bottle and can had a golden color with a quick falling head. They had a sweet fresh cereal aroma but the can was a bit fruitier with a touch of honey. The bottle didn’t taste really good. It was honeyish, a bit thin with notes of wet grass and a metallic bitter finish. The can was a lot rounder and fuller with a crisp flavor, a tad of honey and a well balanced bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Nice golden color. well Pils is not my fav style.Fresh & light. crisp,creamy, a Pils by any other name is still a Pils, decent choice, nothing more.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aestivum99 (2) - Bangor, WALES - OCT 25, 2002 does not count
Absolutely the leader in its field. Beautiful balance of Saaz hops and powerfully aromatic barley malt. The only better Pilsener you’ll ever get is the unpasteurised version from the brewery itself. Go there; it’s worth it!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Void42599 (5) - USA - OCT 22, 2002 does not count
Smell is a strong, but a bit on the pungent side. Flavor is smooth but it leaves a bit of a tang on the palate. It looks pretty plane. Overall it is definatly not worth the price.


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