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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: 3408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
The wonderful hop aroma made my mouth water. It is a beautiful, rich golden beer with a nice head. It has a very clean crisp taste and finish, yet the malt is still evident but very well balanced with the hops. This is a fantastic beer when fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2003
Clear golden with a thick-long-lasting foamy white head. Fresh saaz hop aroma (like a summer breeze); butter, flowers and minerals. Flavour is buttery and flowery with some notes of toffee. Nice flowery bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2003
Clear straw colour with minimal carbonation? Short-medium sudsy head. Dominant saaz hop aroma with a hint of sweet caramel/malt. Initial sweet caramel flavour followed by decent amount of bitterness. Saaz flavour and aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 24, 2003
Nicely hopped but other flavours are subdued. Smooth body with some cookie and caramel notes. The original...but there are better ones out there...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Okay, okay, I was surprised. I ventured timidly into the realm of the pilsener. It was medium-bodied and extremely clean. The bitterness was not what I expected-it didn't screw up my face, but complemented the overall taste very nicely. Well-done. I am impressed.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
thegreenrooster (3453) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Ah my favorite pilsner. Great golden color with a clean after taste. I love the hops used in this beer they are some of the best hops on earth. When at the store ask the salesperson for a 6-pack still in the cardboard box, the green bottles, if sitting out to long make the beer skunky. If you ever find yourself in the Czech Rep this beer goes for about 50 cents for a pint. A tour of the brewry though gets you no free samples

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5514) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Poured a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly diminshed. Some grassy and citrus hops in the aroma. Slightly carbonated taste dominated by hops, light citrus, and bread as well, with a lightly bitter finish. Damn nice on draft instead of the bottles.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Has a nice golden color with not much carbonation and a slightly hopped smell. Taste is slightly skunked and finishes slightly bitter. Overall a pretty poor pilsner.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2003
Not the best beer I've tried but decent nonetheless. The price puts me off buying it regularly but every now and then I'll buy one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11610) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Golden with a big, frothy head. Hops-dominated nose of pine and grass with some malt. Rich hoppy flavour resulting in a long-lasting bitterness with a solid malt backbone. This is probably the one style where the original standard is still the most interesting version...


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