pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 I LOVE THIS BEER! One of 2 of my long time favorite beers. I just get POed finding it poorly handled and light struck (you call this skunky?). I’ve been drinking Urquell since it was exported with cork/foil lined crown caps and you only got 3 or 4 bottles out of a dozen that weren’t air damaged. Easy to tell though, with the “shingles" this left in the bottle base. Shake it once...that’s your test. Better bottling technology since then but importers still aren’t too particular about temperature or light or date. That is why I prefer this beer on tap when they get it in. Buying it in stores is still a dice roll unless you buy it canned (LCBO worst offender). This was one of the new 500mil bottles and one of the infrequent lots I had that was in prime condition. I savored it... I’ll be back to the store Monday to buy out all they have on the shelves from this lot and date code . The condition you get this beer in is VERY important. Date codes are deceptive if the beer was handled poorly. However if it is in prime condition Urquell IS Pilsner beer. Not much better on a hot summer day or socializing. This is beer what all pilsners attempt to imitate.
Light straw color, pungent floral bouquet from the saaz hops, crisp start, tart and lemony to the palate with a slightly biased balance of hop to grain flavors, then a dry finish and that tell tale metallic taste left to the tongue that all great Pilsners produce. Light,
dry, refreshing……… all the things that made Pilsner beer universally popular.
A great beer second only to Urquell on tap.
imdownthepub (12801) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Golden beer with thick white head, highly carbonated. I really enjoyed this pilsner, great clean dry flavours, sharp and definite in its aims. Refreshing and juicy, pretty decent.
shrubber85 (10225) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 The grandfather of all Pilsners. Bottle - strong malty aroma. Clear yellow color with small collapsing head. Highly carbonated with moderate malt and strong hops finish - good smooth flavor with the right mix of hops. A best bet in the Czech Republic - spectacular! Also have had this in the States - there it is hit or miss as this beer will get skunky if it sits too long - if you’re in an area where a six pack that costs more than $5 is a waste - I would be wary about buying it but if it’s fresh, it’s a great beer.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - the keg that I got this from must have been old as I was not as impressed as I thought that I would be. It had a skunked aroma and the taste was "off" somehow. I will probably try again, just to see if I like as much as everyone says you should.
freddpa (3) - Halifax, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite overall. I do think it is somehwat of an acquired taste. The bitter saaz hops probably aren’t for everyone.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a pilsner glass: deep, clear gold with a medium head that quickly disappears, leaving a thin, yeasty froth. Strong aroma of malt, slightly sour. taste is bittersweet and malty. A good beer altogether.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A rather odd taste that takes a few to get used too. Dark gold with a nice white head.
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darker, but fully clear gold beer, good carbonation to good, reasonably persistent white head. Very clean barley malt nose, light but obvious aroma of warmed summergrain. Suspicion of noble hops. Taste is foremost sweet malt. There’s virtually no bitterness - more’s the pity. This has become a very polished product. Impression, both organoleptic and subjective of a very fresh, still warm, (snow)white bread - from an industrial oven. Light to medium bodied; finish is more watery (retronasal even a bit metallic, coppery). Not bad, but (too) sweet. All the same, a far cry from the gorgeously complex beer I drank at the Plzeń brewery from the lagertank in tempore non suspecto.
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a standard head with more or less retention. Carbonation is quite standard. Aroma is a bit floral with some malt coming out also. Taste is also floral with some note of malt. This is a very light and refreshing beer. The beer might have been a bit skunked, which seems to be a recurrent problem with the Urquell; they don’t seem to stand the long trip from Europe to America very well. I find that the can version usually preserve itself better the the bottle version.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Are there really significant hops in this beer - coulda fooled me. Everything is average or below here, sans aftertase - which is supposed to be a hop bite. Reality is that it is a skunk bite.