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


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RATINGS: 3449   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 Bottle. Light amber with a small white head. Nose is hoppy and grassy with minimal skunky notes. Some light soughy malts as well. Taste is much the same. Light grassiness and hops with doughy malts and some faint citrus. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation feel. Finishes with grassy hops, hay, biscuits, and light buttery notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Not a Pils drinker, but a good intro beer to those moving up from Bud to a quality, flavorful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2002
A decent, drinkable beer. But it was a let down for something considered the ’Original’ Pilsner. I have had better. Maybe its all subjective, but this is another one from across the pond that is highly over-rated. And I like Pilsner. I may try again, but I won’t pay for it. Re-rate: Tried this again. I must have got a bad batch the first time. Crisp, clean, nice hop bite. An all around excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2002
The best Pilsner I’ve had. A Czech friend of mine says the version we get in the US is hoppier than the original; I find this difficult to imagine, as the hops are so subtle in the first place that they aren’t the main focus of this brew. For some reason, the lunkheads at the pub I frequent most list this in the menu as being German. May the ghost of Josef Svejk haunt them until such time as they repent this error... Rerate 9/5/02: I had one of these from the bottle and it was even better than I remembered; like sticking my head into a sack of Saaz hops, all grassy and herby. I take back what I said about subtle hops, but won’t change the rating otherwise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1409) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2003 The Original Pilsener. A great beer if you can find a fresh one. Mine was skunked out. Good flavor and crispness despite the damage the light had done. I am still searching for a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2002
It’s a classic and rightly so. Crisp and spicy, subtle malty sweetness late and a clean, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Either I got a skunky six, or I just don’t care for this pilsener. Bitter and skunkish, but with no redeeming aftertaste or complex palate to balance it out. I’m going to hope that my bottles saw too much light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2002
Pretty good pilsner. Tried on draft. Found this beer crisp and refreshing, but I wasn’t too impressed with the hop profile - I was expecting more. Also a little thin for my palate but still easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Suffered from green-bottle stinkyness, but tasted ok, and is a pretty good yardstick when rating other pilsners.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Great beer to eat pizza or cheese with. Nice flowery bitterness but still with a good balance. Gorgeous dark golden color. One of the best pilsners yet.

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