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


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RATINGS: 3501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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
konair1 (66) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 I like this beer. It is golden in appearance, has a thick white head, clean taste and is far better than miller lite.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2008
it looks the same going in as it does coming out. smells "beery" according to my friend. slick feel,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
My favorite Pilsner. Early taste of grain and hops. Finishes bitter with a sharp whack to the palate. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
leo2x4us (65) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Clear golden clear appearance with medium head. Taste is lighly bitter roses with medium malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
branko (65) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 4, 2015
Avarage beer for me. Grass aroma and golden color. Medium bitterness taste. Expected more from this beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
at_the_hop (65) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2015
A nice surprise. Honey and grass is obvious then a waft of hops. Leaves real bitterness at the back of the mouth and sweetness in the lips. Bitterness is just this side of too much. Carbonation is light for the style, generates a head but it doesn’t stick around long. At only 4.4% it tastes pretty grown up.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2007
I was really looking forward to this pils and was a little let down. Smell is OK for a pils and the taste reflects the same. Not bad, but not good. Clean, crisp but nothing note-worthy there. Little bit hops, little bit of flavor, ok. Not much else to say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Reminds me of my first German Pils; thin, bitter, and stinky, just not as good. Decent for the style, but really now; why would anyone drink more than one of these, regardless of what else was available (Listerine anyone)? I’m guesing that in a blind taste test (minus all the "original Pilsener" hype) this one would score MUCH lower than it has. Sorry, I find nothing remarkable here, other than people’s amazing response to hype.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2002

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Being the original has its advantages (see Paulaner Salvator, a very good beer, but nowhere near the best in its category), however Pilsener Urquell doesn’t need the advantages. It is simply the best pilsener on the planet, apart from its lineage. Its deep golden color is unique in pilseners, as is its maltiness and sublimely spicy bouquet of Saaz hops, which evolve from bitterness to delicious flavor to, of course, uniquely spicy aroma. I have tried Budweiser Budvar, its Czech counterpart, 2 or 3 times and find Urquell still better. Sometimes the original is the best for a reason. Perfect.

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