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

bottled
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RATINGS: 3739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white color with surprising retention (for a macro lager). Good lacing, too. S: AARGH LIGHTSTRUCK!!! Beneath the unfortunate skunk in the aroma, there lies simple pale malts and zesty noble hoppiness. T: Thank smeg the flavor is a massive improvement. Initially, some fruity esters greet the palate, before the zesty, refreshing finish...AND IT’S GONE! Holy shit, did I finish the beer that quickly? It’s hardly BCBS, but as far as simple macro-brewed lagers go, this one’s the best in the business. M: The palate feel seems perfectly tailored to provide crisp refreshment. There’s this real sense of subtle delicacy that separates this not only from the BMC stalwarts, but numerous craft lagers as well. The bitter aftertaste is fantastic for what this beer is trying to accomplish. O: A damn shame about the skunky nose - luckily the rest of the beer easily compensates by offering everything you could want in a proper pilsner. Could be a go to for me in cans/on tap.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weissbierdrinker (27) - - SEP 22, 2016
Definitely my favourite mass produced pilsner; The original! Smells nice and hoppy, Appearance is gold, bright, clear. Tastes very refreshing, with a great hoppy bitterness and perfect balance. Mouthfeel is fizzy and not thin. Overall a great beer. I wish more big brands would offer such a drinking experience.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Scurgo (3) - - SEP 21, 2016 does not count
Das original Pilsner Urquell ist der Inbegriff deutscher Braukunst. Was der Bayern Josef Groll da geleistet hat begeistert noch viele Jahre später. Ein herrlich frisches Pilsener wie es sein muss.

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2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skarecrow (221) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2016
330ml bottle BB 9/12/16 Golden color with good head. Slight grainy aroma. Mild bitterness with thin body and finish and a large does of wet cardboard which didn’t help matters. Would be good to try a fresher version again in future but I must say, I have had better Pilsner than this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreenCat (24) - SLOVENIA - SEP 17, 2016
0.5 can. Pours crystal clear golden yellow, with white frothy head, that disappears rather quickly. Surprisingly strong malt base for it’s ABV, with nice mild honey taste. Medium carbonation, with herbal, spicy notes of noble hops. Medium lasting bitterness. Nicely balanced and refreshing pilsner.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (1580) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 13, 2016
50 cl bottle from a local supermarket (around € 2). BB 02.04.2017. Pours clear, bright light golden with a small but persistent near white head. Aroma’s that of damp cornflakes and fakeish grassy hoppiness. Tastes clean, cerealy, grassy. A rather bitter finish. Creamy soft mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. So when did they decide they’ll do it with ’hop products’ instead of hops? Is that a direct result of SABMiller takeover? Overall it ain’t bad though - I prefer this to almost any widely available lager, and often choose this at Pudel for example, when in good company and it doesn’t matter what I have in the glass / to cleanse the palate from all the silly beers.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lysysloik (4) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2016 does not count
easy dirkable pilsener from czech republic, could be better rated if aroma would not unpleasant. it felt a bit with yeast, perhaps i got faulty bath(?)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KoRoBeNiKi (144) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Beer in the Czech Republic is frankly cheaper than water in restaurants so most of them are light it seems. It was a light clear gold with a thin white head. There was a slightly malty/bitter aroma with a similarly light bitter taste. It was refreshing and it went well with the heaviness of Czech food but overall I wasn’t a super big fan. It was better on draft but not so much better that I’d increase the score overall by more than .2 It’s better than the generics where I am from but that isn’t saying much

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dahlstrom (294) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
33 cl bottle. Clear golden with a medium white head. Light malty aroma of bread, hay and lageryeast. Taste reflects the aroma. Light bodied, with a semi-dry texture. Average carbonation. Low bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luneylane (36) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - SEP 10, 2016
a bottle from Jason’s, drunk at home - pleased to see the attractive retro label. Aroma: sourly floral. Appearance: a lovely clear golden colour, head goes away to nothing. Palate: light-bodied, soft carbonation, Saaz hops very evident in the bitter finish. Taste: pleasing, sour astringency predominates. Very solid, not my favourite kind of beer, but always good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (312) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Pours a clear light gold color with a large frothy white head. Huge malt backbone. Chalk, medium aqueous mouthfeel.


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