Beer Review: Pilsner Urquell

Time for another beer review. This time I review Pisner Urquell, which is a classic Pilsner from the home of the style, the Czech Republic. Sometimes only a lighter, easier-drinking beer will do. For me, that time is often accompanied by hot weather. Pilsner Urquell is one of those beers and I picked up a 4-pack of 16oz cans to have after I finish some of the many outdoor chores I do in the heat and humidity of the Georgia Summer air. This particular pack had four different "vintage" can designs representing how the labeling has changed over the years. It was a good-looking 4-pack:

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Now, let's see how the beer tastes.

Appearance

Pilsner Urquell is a good looking beer, especially when poured into a Pilsner glass. There was a nice stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. The beer gave up a nice fluffy white foam head that actually stuck around a bit. The beer has a nice golden straw color, which is in line for the style.

Aroma

Pilsner Urquell has a pretty good aroma. There's some honey and citrus along with some nice herbal/grassy notes. There is a slight bitterness as well, perhaps from the classic Saaz hops that are used.

Taste

To me, a Pilsner should be clean and crisp while still having a good amount of flavor. Pilsner Urquell meets that requirement though not spectacularly. The beer is definitely clean and crisp and there is some nice flavor but there is something missing. I got some initial bitterness followed by some malt, biscuit/bread flavors, finishing up with some earthy bitterness. Everything was there but not at the level that I expected.

Drinkability

Pilsner Urquell is a very drinkable beer. The crisp carbonation and lighter body make the beer a near perfect warm weather thirst quencher. The low 4.4% ABV means you can enjoy a couple of these without feeling overwhelmed.

 

The Final Score

Appearance: 7 out of 10

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Taste: 15 out of 20

Drinkability: 8 out of 10

Total Score: 36 out of 50- A Solid "3 Mug" Beer

Pilsner Urquell is a solid, well-made beer that has some good flavor and is very refreshing. It looks pretty good in the glass and has a decent, though slightly bitter aroma. The flavor is solid if a bit lacking. Drinkability is very good on this beer. I can recommend Pilsner Urquell as a good choice but I think there are some better pils beers out there. Victory Prima Pils is an example and there are others as well.