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


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RATINGS: 3507   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Draft at the Beer Sellar in Knoxville. Everyone said this tasted the way it should. Not much of an aroma. Pale yellow color with hardly any head. Not much of a beginning taste but it seemed to be a bitter. Bad aftertaste. This had to be a bad keg even though the owner said that's how it was suppose to taste. Definitely the worst Pilsner I've had.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
skuDZ (16) - Fremont, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Just plain skunky. My cousin was able to smell its stench from across the room, no joke. Thanks to the green bottle. Must of been sitting around in the store for a while. Tastes like Corona, but skunkier. Most likely wont try this again. With my luck ill get another skunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2092) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Bought in the1 pint, 6.3 oz bottle ( green).."Plzensky Prazdro Od 1842"..ok This beer actually looks pretty nice for a pilsner it pours a nice clear golden colour with a large white frothy head that does shrink rapidlly but persists for a long while.. The smel is pretty average for the style..some sweet malty aromas..even a little wheat like scent..lemony. Now for the tase..oh dear this is NOT very pleasant at all ..I appear to have fallen victim of the Green bottle syndrome" this is skunked, I am sure as no one could rave about a taste like this..unpleasant dirty water like taste a horrid bitterness..not good. Its average on the tongue though my taste buds are still reeling from the assault. Sorry this is not at all drinkable..a curse on green bottles!! OK after finding a GOOD bottle of PU and having my eyes and taste buds open I have to upgrade my scoring, This ia actually a very delicious pils..very nicelly hopped but with a fine upstanding malt backbone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
I really liked this beer. The hops and malts were balanced nicely, with a bit of spice on the finish. Maybe I got a really good bottle because there was no skunkiness and it was just pleasant all around. Definitely a good pilsener.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
"In its usual state in the US:
This beer pours with an immediate aroma of skunk. A deep golden clear color, that is topped by a white head. The taste is not as skunked as the aroma. There is a maltiness to this beer. It finishes with a slight bitterness, and seems a bit thin in the body. The Saaz flavor is fairly muted at this point.

When fresh:
This beer is quite nice, a nice solid maltyness that helps to express the Saaz hops. I love a good fresh pils when done correctly. Seems to have lost a bit of fullness and complexity over the years but it is still quite good when fresh.

Overall this rates fairly average b/c of the preponderance of storing this in green bottles."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Bottle. Golden color with a slightly skunky aroma (no comment on the color green). A little malty sweetness and then a spicey hop presence that lingers. More flavor than the Budvar and a bit more body. Finishes dry with a slight fruity flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Watery with no head out of bottle. It has a hoppy presense. Its not awful but its not great either. In one word, Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Smells like a pilsner and tastes like one too. I'm not a fan of the style but I'm man enough to admit that this is one of the better pilsners I've had. The aroma is only slightly grasslike and the color is typical. The flavor is fairly bland with a not-so-nice aftertaste. Kidna mediocre but still a decent pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Smells very much like a pilsner. Thin yellow color, white head, pretty standard. The flavor is a bit skunky, bitter, and it comes with a bad aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8641) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Unpastuerized (but still filtered) from tap at U Zlatého Tygra in Prague. Fresh, vibrant, crisp, wet, hoppy, then dry, grassy, slick, refreshing, etc. Really an amazing beer when had fresh. A few notches below the unfiltered (and wood) versions, and above the bottled version we get in the US, but to be honest, if you can get a fresh case of this in the US, cans or bottles, it can be spectacular... fresh, dusty, pungent, firm, full body, it’s awesome. Fresh bottles score in the 3.7-4.0 range, while old bottles can be as low as 2.5-2.8. Hey, if you’re buying this from the singles shelf chances are you’re not getting the proper experience.

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