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


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RATINGS: 3725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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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Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 Re-Rate (original rating 9/9/2005- 3.1) Been a long time since I’ve had a PU. Gold colour with a thick foamy white head that fades to a nicely laced cap. Grainy malt aroma, lemony apple fruitiness with a floral/straw hop. Flavour is crisp grainy body with that grassy saaz hop, finish is dry and lingering floral/grassy bitterness.

collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
this is not as good as I remember. Cource, tonight, I see it in a corner shop, not the liquor store, and here in quebec when a liquor store beer goes depanure, it normaly meens it’s being brewed by someone local. Pours a very pale yellow, thin whispy head, minimal laceings. Aroma is not nice, sour corn dancing with cheap malt. Palat is kinda thin, with a very thick carbonation, standard. Taste is fairly standard american pale lager, wich is even more evedence that this is not the real macoy, just a facimily in the same bottle. Light sweet malt, corn, and sogrum dancing with a VERY light trace of saaz hops, not right at all. Undertones of rosemary, apple, earth, grass and bitter herbs with a dry finish. Aftertaste has a trace of dry apple with skunky malt, dry ceral and a finish of boose. Folow-up of dry bitter hop gaz, returning right up the nose. This cant be the real beer, it just cant. Cheers

harrisoni (19159) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 330ml bottle from Unwins. Pale gold with white bubbly head. Along with Budvar, one of my favourites. Nice pilsner citric hop. OK in mouth with satisfying hop citric finish. More flavour than most lagers too.. Re-rate Draught at blind tasting at Modry Abbe. Pretty looking beer, clear gold, thick cream head. Excellent carbonation. NO huge aroma, some hop on finish. No bad or off flavours, nothing to make it unattractive. It’s fine. Even some drinkability.

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.

Hendrix (14) - Berkeley, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Great with German or Czech food and the finest Pils available... Use to be pricey but, has come down due to increased availability and popularity. World Class Brew!!

MorganDavis (17) - Ballarat, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2005
Really quite good. A glass came with the pack I bought. Goes down really easy, and nice and flavourful. A great change from the mass produced beers that I am used to.

Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2011 One of the best lager in the world. Such a fresh and complex taste and finish. Simply amazing!

D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 So good that this beer is everywhere Golden colour, thick white head, harsh, characteristic aroma. The flavour is one of its kind, very bitter (epsecially end), some herb-like additional flavour, but not heavy. Serves a great drink to some spicy food. Delicious (This rating is for the original Czech, Plzen-brewed Urquell. I would give a slightly lower rating for the Polish one (3.9-4) as it is harsher and more carbonated. Still great though.)

Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
so this is the Pilsner that started all pilsners... crisp and clean but tastes like liquified toast and has a gag tickle from where the toast is burnt... guess I’m not much for pilsners.

TheGreatAddo (14) - West Hills, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
It is skunky but I love this pilsner. Probably one of my favorites. Believe it or not, it is good with lemon.

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