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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 3178   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Pilsner Urquell pours to a beautiful bright, brilliant golden color with a thick, creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very fragrant with flowery/herbal hop aromas coming from the classic Czech hop variety, Saaz. The palate on this beer is soft, with lots of good crisp pilsner malt flavors, and just a touch of diacetal, which makes the mouth feel slightly buttery. The body is so round and clean on this beer, making it so, so drinkable. Pilnser Urquell finishes with more of that good malt flavor up front, then ends with a dry, grassy, balancing hop bitterness that slightly lingers. This is a world class brew, and in my opinion still the bench mark example of Czech pilsner.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pilsnerbest1 (1) - USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
This beer is considered by many beer lovers the finest beer in the world and I agree 100%. It has a very nice hoppy aroma, and the taste is even better. It is easy to dirnk and easy to swallow. It's bitter taste is that of fine zaas hops, the best of their kind. It gives you a nice hoppy, somewhat fruity aftertaste, the same taste as when you drink the first sip, even when it warms up a little bit after sitting around. It is better enjoyed when you swallow it slow to unlock that unmatched hoppy taste that stays on your mouth for a while. This is the only true and original pilsner beer and is the most imitated, but never matched beer in the world. I have tried other pilsner beers, but they don't even get close to this one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (387) - SPAIN - APR 7, 2007
This is THE pilsner beer. No other, or almost no other beer should be called that. Great deep golden colour, with orange reflection when you put it to the light. Nice head with lot of bubbles, though it fades quickly, but leaving a great lace. Hoppy aroma of herbs, and hay, with a delicate spicy touch and even some fruity hints. In mouth is round, perfectly clean, bitter, probably the most bitter pilsner I’ve ever had, but with a delicate and silky flavor and smoked notes. Malt is more noticed than in the smell. Dry finish, very refreshing and appetizer. Perfect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
One of the most important and best beers in the world. soft water, bitter hops, clean finish. This is the one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rales (2) - USA - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
This is my favorite of all time... My dream is to get to the brewery sometime in my life... and taste the "old" stuff. 20 years ago in Chicago we could get the cloudy stuff for $2.50 a bottle in the stores... now $12.00 for a 12 pack - but that cloudy bit of heaven has beeen filtered out... but it’s still the best reagardless. Hoppy?, yes! but full, complex in the mouth and a great finish. At the same time - it’s not heavy at all - very refreshing - great with food.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kraken99 (1) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 19, 2002 does not count

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
obi99 (1) - USA - SEP 17, 2002 does not count

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
freddpa (3) - Halifax, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004 does not count
This is my favorite overall. I do think it is somehwat of an acquired taste. The bitter saaz hops probably aren’t for everyone.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IhateVB (4) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2006 does not count
This is the beer I would like to drink in heaven. It is wonderful, with a long aftertaste, with lovely bitter hopiness. My favourite beer. Magic stuff.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
A perfect beer, very enjoyable. The color is especially golden. The taste and aftertaste are especially pleasing.


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