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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3223   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2001
Very good here, much better over there. Good on tap, but I don’t think these European pilsner type beers travel (or store)very well. I was told the Czech’s sell all their good hops to Germany.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elladan99 (14) - USA - JUL 29, 2001

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2001

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 21, 2001
My first beer of the night, rationale being it would probably be the most delicate. Lush, creamy, white head with a clear, golden color. Earthy, smooth, and yeasty, hops were present but not overwhelming. Zero sweetness. Slightly bitter finish, with noticeable bight on back of tongue. Yeasty aroma corresponded well with overall taste of beer. Not earth-shattering, but good.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ccwinnies99 (10) - ardmore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 15, 2001

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2001
Pilsner Urquell is a very nice in appearance pils. However, unless you live next to the Czech Republic, getting one of these that is fresh and non-skunked is tough. I have tried this beer a few times and have been disappointed in its bitter, skunked taste. I will re-visit it again and hope for a fresh one! Revisited 6/24/01 and I am still disappointed. Light struck/skunked and undrinkable. My whole family remarked on how bad the glass of beer smelled. I still say you have to live in the Czech Republic or get lucky to get a fresh version of this beer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 24, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 No, its not the best Pilsner in the world (see Lakefront), but its better than I remembered. Yes, the aroma may be a bit skunky, but there’s some honest pilsner floweriness too. Very drinkable, with a less astringent aftertaste than many of style.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
Probably my all around favorite beer. If a better balanced brew exists, I want to know what it is. For a relatively light beer, Pilsner Urquell is as complex as anything I’ve tasted. It has that PERFECT hops-malt balancing act going, plus that European grainy taste. It’s almost like a well done German wheat, except it has hop complexity. Flavorful and rich, yet thirst quenching and refreshing. PU is tops in my book.

2.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JBowz99 (26) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2001
THE original pilsner is pretty average. Take one whiff... skunk. Try a sip... better, but still only average.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2001
It smelled kinda skunky but had a crisp taste to it. Nothing too special.


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