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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3698   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2004
A fairly strong floral hop aroma is present. Pours to a golden color with a creamy white head, with moderate head retention. Has a bit of a sweet-malty flavor before the hops come charging in to dominate the flavor. Medium-light body. A lingering, bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
500ml can. Golden, fluffy 2-finger white head. Pleasant aroma of cut grass and straw. Sweet and creamy mouthfeel. Malt accented, some sweetness. Light, though lingering finish of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
Can, 500 mL. Clear golden amber color with rising bubbles and a decent white head that leaves lacing and sticks around a while. Hoppy aroma, some fruit - a bit of peach and flowers, a touch of citrus, sweet grass. Tastes mid-malty, and hoppy with a vague, metallic feel in the finish, but maybe I am imagining it from the can. Hints of fruits and reminds me a little of grapefruit. Bitterness in the finish. A smooth, but still refreshing mouthfeel. Good, but not piercing carbonation noted. This is a quite decent, drinkable, easily found pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 500 ml can. Slightly cloudy golden color, thin white head. As soon as I put the glass under my nose I feel like I’m sitting in the middle of a Saaz hops field in Czech republic, amazing ! I can also detect an aroma of malt and citrus. After the first sip, the first thing I notice is how well balanced this beer is with its distinctive hops and malt with citrus. Nice, gentle, lasting bitter finish. Light to medium body, lively carbonation. All in all, this beer is pretty simple : hops, malt and citrus, but it is so well done that it’s amazing without being complex and original. For my taste it’s world class.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2004
This pils has a moderate amount of aroma; smells floral and slightly fruity. It has a hazy golden color.Urquell is a malty, crisp beer that finishes very smooth. This is by far one of the best beers, that wasn’t an ale, that I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Golden hue with a light white head. Very malty aroma, sweet and rich of cereal grains. Flavor is also very malty, hop characteristic is subliminal. Has some notes of fruit in the aftertaste and is sweet, not very bittering. Palate is light to medium with a smooth finish. Not bad, but overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Very clean and precisely balanced. The standard for pilseners. Hell, the original pilsener. Very good beer, especially for the style, which I am not particularly partial to. One I find myself always going back to. This rating is for on tap in the Czech Republic. Bottles in the US are not quite as good, but still better than any other in the style I can think of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2004
on tap and served in a 20oz PU glass from the PU promo girl! yellow gold color, white head. floral and honeyish aroma. sweet and hoppy flavor. enjoyable, unoffensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 My friend Ron calls the best beer ever made. I think he’s listened to too many radio commercials. Certainly it’s a fine pils, but the not the best. Good crisp drink, with a light gold color, thin white head, and tight carbonation. Mild malty, doughy aroma. Nice malt & hop balance, but not a very strong flavor. Clean finish. It’s just "okay," Ron.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
This one caught me somewhat off guard, as I typically am not a pilsner/lager fan. However, on tap at least, this was very tasty and interesting. Smelled and tasted of breads and yeasts, with some pepper in the mix and a buttery taste. Nice, clean tasting finish. A good one.

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