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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3751   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle: Pours a clear gold with a big white, creamy head. Powerfull horsey, floral, wet grass aroma wafts from the glass. Up close this turns into more complex floral and citrus notes with musty malts and some light caramel. The flavour carries through with the malt tones, finishing with a toasty, grainy note. Some pronounced buttery notes (brown butter) with nutty undertones also present with the herbaceous hop flavour in the middle. The bitterness is well balanced, and a good full mouthfeel and long palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sonia (8) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 14, 2004 does not count
Pronouced pleasant hop aroma, good foam and lacing, malt flavours, medium plalte fullness. Good pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2004
Dark golden colored, big white lasting foam. Nice lace in glass. Good hoppy pils aroma, notes of caramel sweetness in there too. Mild sweetness comes up also in flavor, although ending is well hopped and dry. Good medium body, maybe some carbonation wouldn’t harm. About the 100th time that I have this, still I find something new every time. Excellent pilsner, something that other pils can be compared.

   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 (3328) - 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.

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