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


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RATINGS: 3376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Had on tap, MUCH better than the stuff in green bottles. Nice hop aroma/bite. Could do lots of these.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2002
I guess I just went into the experience with expectations that weren’t met. It’s not bad, it’s just overrated. Intense sour aroma and taste, refreshing only when very cold and it’s very hot outside.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 The standard of pilseners. Pours a light golden color, looking like a mamby-pamby lager, but then it lays the hops on you with a delightful bitterness. It's no more expensive than the likes of the standard imports in my area at about $7.50. It's the way a Pils should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 RERATE: I had this on tap at about 10 bars in czech republic and it is sooo much better over there when you can get it fresh. THis beer is outstanding compared to any other czech pils. The thing you notice most is the smoothness and the hop aroma and flavor in the fresh version. ALmost every urquell I’ve had in the states is at least slightly skunked or stale- especially in bottles. My new rating reflects the fresh version in the czech republic. Decent pilsner, but still could use more czech saaz. Nice head that fades, unfortunately. Light copper color with nice carbonation. Goes down relatively smooth. Still cant beat a prima.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2002
I drank this beer accidently last week. I passed out drunk in the bathroom and some one was using my mouth as a urinal. I thought directly from the tap would be better but i was wrong

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 The first pilsener ever made and certainly one of the best. Pours a beautiful head with tons of lace, floral aroma and a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Re-rate 08/17/02: Clear gold in color, the head is large, frothy, brilliant white, the lace is in sheets. Nose is malt, sweet, a bit perfumy. Front sweet, the top light, the finish is nicely hopped and dry, acidic, and to me still one of the best ’Pils’ brewed anywhere. Ranks #418 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Nice golden in color. Head sinks quickly. Some maltiness but most of the aroma is coming from the Saaz hops, they also give this pils some bite. Overall, a pretty decent pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
I’m usually not a big pilsner fan, but this one is quite good... watch out for the six packs; don’t know how long they sit exposed to light... green bottle doesn’t help

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2002
Nice aroma, crisp taste, lots of bitterness present, but not too much bitterness. Has that canned European pilsener taste, but not as overpowering as the German counterparts. I like some other pilseners better, but this one is not bad.

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