Pilsner Urquell

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kenb
beers 1102 º places 4 º 22:16 Tue 10/23/2007

Well, everyone of these i had ever had in bomber bottles was at least partially skunked and just not very good.
But that is all i had ever seen available.
However today while shopping at the local Safeway grocery, i notice two things. #1 they have tripled their craft beer selections, and #2, they now offer Pilsner Urquell in a sealed 12 pack (well 90% sealed at least).
SO i figure, what the hell...maybe i will get lucky.
Well low and behold, this beer is not skunky in the least and is pretty damned tasty. I can actually smell the Saaz hops and malts, and even some subtle fruity notes.
Have anyone else noticed this big a difference?
Honestly, i would not even have known it was the same beer, it was sooo much better.
We should have rating options here for the skunked and unskunked versions, as they really are nothing alike

 
beastiefan2k
beers 4082 º places 259 º 22:22 Tue 10/23/2007

available in cans as well

 
ChillCoat
beers 1029 º places 43 º 22:26 Tue 10/23/2007

I’ve found the bottled version to be nothing like the kegged version: I’m guessiing my bottles have come from six pack carriers that have enjoyed the top-deck of a slow cruise over the pond.

Kegged, however, this beer is great! (I hear the cans are good too but haven’t tried them yet).

I say; if they’re going to continue to bottle in green glass, they should take whatever ratings are given to them.

 
billk
beers 353 º places 60 º 03:25 Wed 10/24/2007

I got a couple 12 packs about a month and a half ago that were 5 months before the date stamp. If I figure right it was only 1 month old. Age seems to make a big difference on Pils Urquell. I always check the dates and if it’s not less than 3 months old I don’t buy it.

I thought those 2 12s were quite good. I have to be in an Urquell mood to enjoy it, and when I am I can’t stop drinking it.

 
jesskidden
places 1 º 06:44 Wed 10/24/2007

Originally posted by billk
I got a couple 12 packs about a month and a half ago that were 5 months before the date stamp. If I figure right it was only 1 month old. Age seems to make a big difference on Pils Urquell. I always check the dates and if it’s not less than 3 months old I don’t buy it.




Agree that PU has to be purchased from a closed case/12 pack (haven’t tried the new "wrap-around" six packs, but them still seem a little too "open" to me) and as fresh as possible but, according to this pdf. file on SABMiller date codes, their imports have a "pull date" of 9 months from the production date.

http://www.millerbrewing.com/brandsBreweries/pdf/mbcocodedateguide.pdf

For "standard strength" beers, I have a personal "shelf life" of 2-4 months, for imports, given the longer time to get on the shelf, I extent it to 6 months. Anything bought in green bottles (mostly Jever and PU), only by the sealed case. Really love the 1/2 liter Pilsner Urquell cans, tho’ my local distributor isn’t really pushing them and they’re only carried by a few stores and in much smaller quantities that bottles. (Seems they dropped the "bombers" and some retailers are only using the cans to sell as singles, rather than by the case).

 
faroeviking
beers 11215 º places 137 º 07:17 Wed 10/24/2007

The very best fresh from tap......

 
LeRay
beers 17 º places 6 º 09:04 Wed 10/24/2007

I’ve always had this beer from bottles and it’s always been one of my favorites. I’ve had it on tap a few times too.

What do you mean by sealed 12 pack?

 
jesskidden
places 1 º 09:30 Wed 10/24/2007

Originally posted by LeRay


What do you mean by sealed 12 pack?


http://www.bevmo.com/115images/60392.jpg

"Sealed", rather than an open (and, thus, exposing the green bottles to light), basket-type six pack holder. Might not be in all markets, tho’.

The new PU six-pack packaging wraps the bottles from the base of the neck down, but some light no doubt can still get in.

 
LeRay
beers 17 º places 6 º 09:34 Wed 10/24/2007

Oh...ok...I got’cha. Thanks for the photo.
Yes we do have those here.

So you’re saying that green bottles and sunlight are a bad thing, correct? I had heard that sunlight affects beer.

 
MrRomero
beers 1976 º places 112 º 09:49 Wed 10/24/2007

I enjoyed one from the airport in Prague earlier today.

 
jesskidden
places 1 º 10:00 Wed 10/24/2007

Originally posted by LeRay

So you’re saying that green bottles and sunlight are a bad thing, correct?


Only in combination with beer especially hoppy, lighter beers, since it’s the hops reacting to the light. And, of course, clear glass is even worse and florescent light is not much better. A quick Googlin’ of "light struck beer" will turn up some good (and some bad) articles on the subject.

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