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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: 3274   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Rerate Still a damn good pils, but notice a bit less sweetness this time and a little more saaz bitterness/skunkiness. Still very smooth and refereshing though. Original 3.9 At first blush one thinks it is a Becks/St Pauli/Heineken clone - but it is much more than that. Nice, even light malty aroma, tight, bubbly pour with a moderate lacing white head. Golden appearance that has "classic beer" written all over it. Not a pilsener lover but if I am going to have one - this is how I want it to taste. Nice sweet undertones accentuate the classic dry pilsener flavor. Stays strong throughout. Glad I finally found a place that sold a single of this!

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
This was quite good, especially for a pilsner. I’m glad a pilsner buddy made me try it, I’ll probably have this again a few times.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 One of my go to beers. Extremely refreshing. Very light, with tasty hop flavors. Easy quaffer. It can’t get high ratings because it’s not complex; still, it’s a good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2002
On tap here in America. Seems like a good idea to me. Less likely to be monthss old. Dark golden color, with hints of amber. Crystal clear body, much darker that I expected. Very light, crisp malts, mildly hopped. Real clean! Smells like some cereal grain is in there too. Wow, lots ot barley And grainy taste. Kind of fizzy, but that should be expected, I suppose. Mild notes of subdued hops on the sides of the tongue. Certainly deserves It’s reign as the "gold standard" for a pilsener!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2002

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (5882) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 24, 2002
Bottled(500ml). -for me Budweiser is better

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jp311stud (9) - St. Bonaventure, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2002 does not count
nice golden color, very crisp, but slightly bitter. it is a very refreshing beer.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
whooh (13) - mt. holly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2002
simple:pilsner urquell ;all pilsners are compaired to this pilsner.taste of hops perfect.head medium, adds to taste.golden,perfect beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
aroma is a bit off at first. head retention poor. i prefer the hoppier german interpretations of the style better. with that said, the overall flavor grew on me and the soft malt finish kept me gulping more. not bad overall and priced well at this time- $5.99 per six and $10.99 per 12 at Osco.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Plenty of head, dark golden pilsner like color. As the bottle says, it’s the original pilsner. The one all are based off of. Aroma was skunky as expected from a green bottle import that had no doubt been on the shelf for a while. Oakes is probably right that if this beer were fresh, it would be superb. The palate on this beer was not very fulfilling to me. Left an empty dry feeling in my mouth with a metallic finish. This beer’s flavor was very full. Lots to be found in this beer, unfortunately, most of it was covered up by the skunky taste. Overall a very drinkable pilsner that I will consider in the future. MUCH better than some of the american pilsners i’ve had.


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