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


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RATINGS: 3522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2003
The prototype for the pilsner. Has lost some of its edge but still excells. Beautiful golden amber color and nice head. Mild spicy aroma. Dry and bitter but so refreshing. Still one of the best.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Choos (680) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2003
Aroma was lacking, lightly hoppy and maybe very mildly Saaz spicy. Light green bottle so I got mine from the back of the fridge, poured a very golden yellow. Mildly spicy with a hint of malt.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Hey it is about time that a brewery made liquid skunk in a bottle! What the hell is this stuff anyway, this was by far the worst pilsner that I have ever tasted! I am not sure what everyone else was drinking, but this was nothing like the bottle said it was, nor was it like what the other ratebeerians described either. Bottom line this was just pure czech swill. I am sorry but nothing was good about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Floral-spicy nose. Golden body with ample carbonation, billowing white head. This beer is very lightly-flavored, with soft sweetness complimented by spicy hops. Slight papery aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seely (10) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
I have not had this beer in the US, but when I was in the Czech Republic, it was all I drank, and is apparently the favorite among the locals there. It has a very strong hops flavor, and is quite crisp. Just a hint of sweetness... maybe honey. Gorgeous when poured out in a glass. Good bitter flavor overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Nice middle of the road pils.Some almost clean saaz character with a touch of honey.This was sampled from a fresh enclosed 12-pk.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eirikur (378) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - NOV 28, 2003
One of the darkest Pilseneres I have seen. Very, very hoppy, too hoppy for my taste actually. Otherwise nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2003
We'd all be rich men if we got a dime for every occasion when a lager is called golden. This stuff is golden. Not straw, yellow or what have you, but golden! The head could hold up better, but there's a bit of lacing. With that colour and initial head I can't bring me to a lower appearance score. This one was from a bottle and I should have cooled it longer. Still, hop aroma hits you right away. Good start, but it's not the heady Saaz aroma you'd get when pouring a Budvar. Still, this beer has excellent body, and that's not despite being a pilsner. Nice malts start of the flavour, nothing heavy, but pleasant. Aftertaste is somewhat delicate hops and lingers a long time. Class act and sure to be found in my fridge at any given time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1483) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 the standard in czech lagers. Not offensive but hard to find not skunked out when it comes in the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Luckily, mine was not skunked. A good crisp pilsener that is a little bit light in the malt department and focuses mostly on the hops. Hops lend some citric/minty/herbal/medicinal qualities to the beer. Bitter, and the dryness will linger long after the beer is finished.

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