Great tour in a beautiful old historic brewery. This is the place that popularized and really commercialized the cold filtered pilsner beer style...although they didn’t invent it...make no mistake...we drink this beautiful beer and all it’s worldwide derivitives because of Pilsner Urquell. I love the train (Pilsner Express)...too bad they couldn’t pull it out of the covered area with a tow vehicle just so the tourists can take pictures...its too hidden away for that now and the shadows make it hard to take a good picture. The lighthouse style old water tank is cool...as well as the 50th anniversary gate that’s in the red seal of every label. As others have said though...yes the tour is great...but the star is walking the old naturally cold tunnels...seeing the open top cold fermenting barrels...& finally drinking the unpastuerized & unfiltered beerstraight from the huge wooden barrels...beer made exactly the way they did almost 200 year ago...and available this way only to the tours and special on site events. Get the large plastic cup...lol! Note...food in the restaurant is decent...most of their beers are served here too. This is a must stop for any beer lover...easy day trip from Prague...or on a drive either way between Prague & Munich (and you get to pass all the hop farms too).
I went on the brewery tour and it was amazing. The tour guide had above average knowledge about everything she talked about and also gave people time to just walk around and enjoy the different parts of the brewery. Like another user said already, the bottling process here is fascinating. The shop had a lot of cool items and for a decent price. Definitely worth the visit.
Really worthwhile brewery tour. They’ve got a LOT of pride in the product round these parts and it’s infectious. Strange as it sounds, I really enjoyed seeing the bottling process. The returned bottles getting reanimated. It was impressive. The main event is obviously the Kvasnikovy poured straight from the cask. Wonderful. A really fulfilling experience which I thoroughly recommend. You can get the unfiltered gear along the road at Na Parkanu as well but I would recommend to anyone that their first experience with this fabled beer be in the cellars at Prazdroj.
We visited Pilsner Urquell brewery on 25.11.2013. The brewery tour was really good. Although they changed most of the old brewery processes you still can see the old brew house. They do small batch brewing, using the old equipment, open fermentation and the original wooden fermentation tanks. As a highlight you get a small sample of the unpasteurized and unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, fantastic taste. Really liked the tour, was very informative and a good mixture of seeing old and new processes and equipment. Was definitely one of the best tours we have ever done. The restaurant is just ok, but it does not matter, you can enjoy a fresh Urquell and reflect about your brewery tour.
Very big place and there are a lot of tourists. Looks like a Egyptian ot Turkish hotel, seriously. So staff is not so quick to run back and forth and it’s not really comfortable here. But beer is fresh, there are some food anyway, so you have to go here if you are interested in plzensky prazdroj. But it’s ok if you are not going to come back.
Well worth a visit. We had a tour with Vaclav Berka who showed us around the place where they still craft the wooden barrels they use. Then we went straight to the cellars that boast a huge amount of open, wooden fermenting vats and oak lagering barrels. Well, we spent some too much time sampling the unfiltered Urquell from one of those barrels and didn’t have the time to see the brewing process. Instead, we got the chance to see the malting process, which was a rare experience. Very recommended, not the least because of the cellars.
Capa (443) Kitsap, Washington | September 29, 2013
Yes, it is a bit touristy, but it is also one of the more thorough brewery tours I’ve ever been on. I don’t think the SABMiller bit was too hyped, though they did make sure you knew it was owned by them. You get to see the bottling line, the old and new brewhouse, and the highlight of the tour, the cellars, where you drink unfiltered Urquell straight from the barrel. Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. While the group we ended up with on our tour was fairly large, it didn’t seem cramped nor were we rushed thru things and I feel we really got the whole experience of the tour. The unfilled Urquell obviously being the highlight. You can ask for a small glass or a large one- go with the large one...duh. Regardless of your stance on pilsners or SABMiller, it really is a must see for beer geeks. But, it is also done in a way that my non-beer geek wife had a blast and repeatedly told me how much fun it was. She also loved the unfiltered. Excellent side trip if you’re visiting Prague. (Selection gets a bump because it is one of two places you can get the unfiltered)
Huge old-style brewery. Usually full of turists, but the tour is still worth to visit. You will see the awesome cellars and learn about history. And off course taste the unfiltered urquell from the barrel which is pretty good.
One of the must visit places for every single beer lover, at least once in a lifetime. The tour of the brewery is not so interesting, but you can see historical sites, as the main gate, the railroad station where they got the barley, the historic brewing facilities and, of course, the beer cellars, where the most interesting part takes place: there you can taste the amazing unfiltered and unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell. It is worthy only because of this. If you are in Prague for some days this is a visit you must consider.