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


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RATINGS: 3739   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Pours light gold, with a clean white head. Minty Saaz hops aroma. Not a big fan of Saaz, but of course they are essential here. Pleasantly bitter with mild soft malt and a very clean finish. Palate is remarkable. Quite light and delicate considering the significant hop presense. I was kind of sceptical at first, but this is really quite a good beer. A legend worthy of it’s reputation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - JAN 7, 2005
Crisp taste, fairly even balanced and easy to drink. Slightly bitter, but still fairly smooth. I don’t drink pilsners that much, but this would be a good beer to relax with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2005
Bottled (was a Christmas present) Pale yellow-ish colour. Quite fizzy. Quite a bitter tang for a Lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours light golden color with a nice little lace and head. Nose is a little biting and sour with some great Saaz hop... can’t wait for this taste again! Clean, clear, crisp, biting bitterness... one of the best out there when it comes to a lighter beer. Great body for a pils and I only wish that I was drinking one in the basement of Plzensky prazdroj... Someday I’ll get there....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 On tap is the best way to enjoy. The next best is a 12 pack that hasn’t been punched for a handle, so to protect from light. The six pack is skunked 99.9% of the time. Buttery mouth feel. Hops and carbonation makes razor sharp. Firm dry malt framed so nicely by bitterness. Has never let me down, solid. Refreshes in hot weather and pleases on chilly days. An excellent everyday choice. Number one pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours clear in a pilsner glass. Best enjoyed chilled. Nice sweet aftertaste. A very nice accompaniment to spicy food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HermanW (1066) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2005
My rating no: 100. When you enter the hall of fame at ratebeer.com and you can choose Chimay blanche or a Guiness or a Pilsner Urquell from Plzen from chechoslowakia then I choose the Pilsner as a tribute to the "Urquell" of pilsner beer.
This is a pilsner which can have the name pilsner, refreshing not too bitter so very very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SODAK14 (350) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Head recedes quickly...very, very little lacing (bubbles). Decent hops flavor but leaves a kind of funky aftertaste. Recomended by the friendly liqour store clerk as the best pilsner. Last time I take his advise..average at best, money better spent on a 12-pack of any (except Coors) American mass-produced Pilsner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (2347) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Bottle. Golden colour with white head - quickly gone. Hoppy aroma. The flavour has a nice hoppy bitterness, but is also metallic and a bit soapy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Tally up another one to smelling like a skunk. It’s funny how that doesn’t make me pause from trying a beer though. Ah, the things we do for the liquids we love. Regardless - it’s a solid pilsener. Hoppy and fizzy, but good bittering agents bring out a robust, sharp, clean and refreshing every man’s beer. Commendable and dependable.

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