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Rating: 3.7/5 (9 votes cast)

Beer Profile

  • Brewery: Pilsner Urquell Brewery
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  • Country: Czech Republic
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  • Style: Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
  • Malts: Pils
  • Hops: Saaz
  • ABV: 4.4%
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  • PHM Grade: A+

Pilsner Urquell

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PILSNER URQUELL!!! It is the quintessential beer to try if you want to enjoy a true, original pilsner. Hailing from the city of Pilsen, this glorious brew bears its namesake. How much more original can you get? Well, to add greater designation, the term Urquell means, “original source.” Blam!

Everything about this beer is spectacular. It has a brilliant golden hue with consistent carbonation making it rather eye appealing (serve in tall conical glass to enhance). This is capped with a white fluffy head that settles but never fully dissipates. The aroma heightens your excitement, by providing a great malty backbone coupled with a flowery hop presence. The malt smell is lightly kilned grain with the addition of some bready highlights and minor hay or straw notes. The style uses a particular type of hops, known as Czech Saaz. This hop has a pungent earthiness to it yet yields a nice spicy note. Being a European lager, there are some hints of sulfur, but this is simply due to the yeast stain used. Many beer critics have stated that the water used in that region also adds a unique character to the beer.

Regardless of the water we are talking about beer and the taste is just glorious. It is light, crisp, sparkling, and a great palate cleanser. The mouthfeel is bubbly lending a refreshing “pick-me-up” during a meal or on a hot summer’s day. There is a nice dry finish with a noticeable mellow hop undertone. It leave some sweet and graining aftertaste which coupled with the dry finish makes you want to keep sipping.

It is definitely a benchmark beer that demands to be enjoyed and regarded as the one and only Pilsner.

Pilsner Urquell, 3.7 out of 5 based on 9 ratings
  1. I am lame, having not had this beer yet. No excuses.

    Taylor — December 11th, 2009, 7:40 PM
  2. Agreed, Taylor, I too, am lame.

    Michael — December 11th, 2009, 11:25 PM
  3. I’ll save both of you a bottle…if I can keep myself from not drinking them.

    Tom — December 12th, 2009, 1:41 AM
  4. My fondest memory of THE pilsner is throwing back some cans with Nate whilst biking in Chicago’s Critical Mass. Nothing like it on a hot day.

    Noel — December 12th, 2009, 2:47 AM
  5. well said Tom, This beer is absolutley fabulous…

    Brett — December 23rd, 2009, 8:16 PM
  6. Definitely good. I enjoyed it last night with pizza. It was refreshing and the flavor was great. I have to be honest though, as good as it was, I’m not quite sure I would have given it an A+, but my pilsner experience is limited so I may soon find out that it is indeed the best there is!

    Michael — January 30th, 2010, 10:43 AM
  7. First time for me too. I’m finding that I’m more of dark beer guy. I did appreicate that this was smoother than I imagined so was pleasantly surprized. I does qualify as a great compliment to pizza.

    John — February 12th, 2010, 5:06 PM
  8. John…you give it a try and that’s what counts.

    Tom — February 12th, 2010, 6:40 PM
  9. This just in: I found this beer in cans (16oz) and would recommend adjusting all future purchases accordingly. In cans, the beer is not prone to the light pollution which has a skunking effect…lowering the quality of the beer. Those green bottles do not offer the best production.
    I found my canned sample to be very creamy, mineral, and soft. I received a much cleaner, smoother beer with no off flavors. While it did not compare to having it fresh on draft near the brewery, the quality was higher than its bottle offering.

    Tom Smillie (@smilliet) — December 18th, 2011, 7:28 PM
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