Czech Republic > Pilsen
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 5, 2009
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The beginning of the tour if kind of fun. The high-tech video is entertaining even if a little on the brain-washing side of things. Still, it provides an entertaining and instructive background of this legendary brewery. The installations are impressive to say the least. But things get interesting once you hit the underground. Quite an experience. And that oak-barrel fermented Pilsner Urquell that you drink while freezing in this wet underground maze is one of the few rare beers lived up to the hype. One of the best “Thirst-beer” I’ve had. Really worth it. Inquire about hours. They had 3 tours a day when I was there.
Marsiblursi (10) Göteborg, Sweden | January 11, 2009
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Mmm...Pilsner Urquell Kvasnicový...
Ober (57) Bommelerwaard, Netherlands | October 8, 2008
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When you are in the Czech Republic and as special in Plzen, you have to go to the brewery. It’s a big one, and it’s nice to see, no great diverence with other breweries. But the 9 kilometres corridors underground, with the big wooden barrels is impressive. And then to taste the Pilsner Urquell Kvasnicovy (unfilitered) is great.
hopduivel (12) Naperville, Illinois | September 4, 2008
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For a beer geek this is a pilgrimage. The history, the miles of cellars, the wooden fermenters make it a must. But it’s also the most expensive brewery tour I’ve ever been on, 150 CZK (US$10), and for that you will get about 4 ounces of beer...unfiltered PU straight from the lagering tank, the best PU I’ve had and probably the best beer I tried in the whole Czech Rep. And if you want to bring a camera, they charge you extra for that. Seriously, most megabrewery tours the world over are free, or much cheaper than this. The guide was reciting a memorized script and didn’t know anything beyond that.
Theis (115) Frederiksberg, Denmark | August 10, 2008
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OK we got the special tour - so nothing about that....... just one thing: The unfiltrated Urquell is fantastic, I had 2-3 pints of it and wasn’t interested in stopping there.......
thewolf (144) Kolding, Denmark | July 15, 2008
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Well, we were lucky to be shown around by the head brewer, giving an in-depth view of the brewery’s history and products. We even got to taste some sample brews (stout, yummy). Some unnecessary films on the tour, but otherwise enlighting (even with the Czech Republic’s biggest elevator :o) ). Highlight was of course the Urquell unfiltered straight from the barrel in the cellars. Wonderful.
Christian (240) Odense, Denmark | July 4, 2008
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As said a few times before, an outstanding brewery tour. The historical cellar is an attraction in itself, but the rest of the tour with small displays and short film clips is very pro. And then there is the beer, in open wooden fermenters and wooden barrels.
Grovlam (47) Copenhagen, Denmark | July 1, 2008| Updated July 3, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The brewery was quit big, but still managed to make this somewhat interesting. Nothing new in the tour, just well planed and executed. And most importantly the unfiltered Urquell at the end of the tour just makes it all worth going. From Prague it was a train trip about 1.40 hours, and the brewery was easy to find in Plzen right next to the train station. The Na Spilce restaurant was a big place with 500 seeds, but the food there was amazingly cheep and excellent. Service was friendly but not that informative about the beers.
3fourths (1444) Boulder, Colorado | June 4, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
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There’s a restaurant on premise but the reason to visit is the tour, which consists of a movie, a visit to the packaging plant and the brew house, before finally descending into the cool cellars, at the end of which you are given a cup of the unfiltered Pilsner Urquell. It’s actually a really nice and informative tour, the cellars especially are fantastic, and the unfiltered PU from the wood is crazy good. Don’t miss it.
coldbrewky (72) Hippetown East, New York | June 1, 2008
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HAH! I got seconds in the cellar! Maybe the tour guide was tired of my barrage of questions. I’ve been on my fair share of Brewery Tours, and this one, takes, the cake, the bleu ribbon, the prom queen and all the money in the vault. It was well worth the cost (including the extra $ for the ability to take photos) Our tour took 2.25 hours. the walk thru the cellars is the highlight and I do agree with that the beer in the cellar is a bit heavier than at Na Parkanu or even outside at Na Spilice. This is a beer pilgramage of epic proprotions. I wish they could incorparate a trip up to the top of the water tower. this is the only beer tour that I have ever ridden a bus on. The new packaging house was attempting to get a new bottling line de-gremlinized when we walke thru. The can line was flying along at ludicrous speed. I enjoyed the openess between the glass partitions there so you could hear ad smell the production process. The gift shop is small but jam packed with goodies and they accept major credit cards, so watch out. I did not eat at Na Spilice but what I saw going to the other tables looked great.
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