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


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RATINGS: 3796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass...well...this is just a beautiful beer. Golden "beer" color with a short, steady head that is constantly refreshed by the continuous stream of fizzy bubbles rising through the brew. The aromatic, floral saaz hops eagerly great the nose and give a hint of the flavor to come. Fizzy goodness on the tongue with a great balance of malt, hops, carbonation or is it carbonation, malt and then hops. The balance is there and satisfies my love of good beer. I can definitely call this my favorite pilsner and also one of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2005
Cannette-Dťlicat arŰme houblonnť, goŻt fruitť, trŤs bonne pilsener.-Can-Sweet hoppy aroma, fruity taste, very good pilsener.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 The problem in rating this beer is that Iíve had so many over the years. Itís quality is very dependant upon freshness. At itís best, itís just about without equal as far as Pilsenerís go. Iíve had it on draft in Mittenwald, and even itís color was different than the bottled variety. Thatís the one Iím rating here. Just the right malty palate perfectly balanced with the floral aroma and flavor of Saaz hops. Clean, dry, and slightly bitter finish. A perfect Pilsener. On the other hand , Iíve had it bottled, obviously well past itís prime, and I wouldnít rate it more than 2.5. Now Iíll only buy it in stores that I perceive to have a high volume, where it is more certain to be fresh. Also, itís now brewed, at least some of it, in Poland from what I understand.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
33 cl Bottle. No yeast in bottom. Light golden colour with a nice head. Hints of flower in the nose, from the hops. At the flavour first malty then absolutely a lot of hoppy taste, that ends up clean and tasteful. A really great pilsner. But this beer taste best when it is youngest. The hoppieness disappear and the only thing that is left is maltness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koreanbobcat (33) - Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle, poured gold with big white head, which disapated before i could even take my first sip. aroma was slightly of a skunk although i donít know if that is what its suposed to smell like. Also detected some flowery smells. Taste was much better than the aroma sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste is well rounded and makes you want to have annother sip. After one bottle i want annother.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Poured a clear golden color witha medium white head. Malty aroma with light floral notes hovering around. More malt for the flavor. Somewhat sweet with a mild bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3355) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 bottle. Pours a solid gold with a fast fading head. The aroma is skunk and rubber. Skunk is not appealing. I wasnít too impressed with the flavor, though it was more forgiving than the putrid skunk. The flavor is pretty much corn husk and a metallic bitterness, but oddly enough, it blends in a fashion that is not completely stomach-turning. This is certainly nothing to rave about.
[April 6, 2015]
At long, long last Pilsner Urquell comes in brown bottles. Iíve had it a few times since the packaging change and liked it much more. This one is fresh, bottled on March 3, 2015. Looks like itís time to update my rating. Itís great how much this smells like beer as opposed to putrid skunk spray like in the past. Reasonably assertive floral hops highlight a crackery body. I get some sweet candy corn in the aroma, which I prefer a pilsner be devoid of. The palate is crisp and light with a little residual sweetness. This is pretty solid, itís got its positive points: well used spicy Noble hops, crisp palate and straightforward pilsner malt. The only problem is the persistent candy corn flavor lurking around. The finish seems to have a little sugar to it. At least itís not totally spoiled like it always was in the past. I can think of several better pilsners though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnurda (1258) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
Those Bohemians know their beer. Nicely carbonated. Tastes great with food. Slightly bitter. Wish I was in Czechosloaki drinking one on a patio.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Can (500ml). THIS is that incredible beer everyone yammers on about? Although to be fair the praise usually comes from people who are exclusively pale lager drinkers - "itís so smooth!". Popped the can can it sounded more like tomato juice than beer - no carbonation, nada. Poured deep gold with a hint of red; I blinked, there might have been a head. Smells faintly of rye, corn, wine cooler, skunk juice and sugar. Taste isnít too bad, if you like metal and wood - woody malt and incredibly harsh metallic bitterness that just builds and builds. Kinda oily mouthfeel. Maybe this one doesnít travel well, but Iíll never drink it in the can again ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslaught (4) - USA - SEP 23, 2005 does not count
I really like this beer. It has a strong aftertaste, but it tastes very good. It might smell a little funny to some people.

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