Day #316 – Pilsner Urquell

November 13, 2011


Got a big one on for today, and that’s big as in fame and not necessarily alcohol content.

Pilsner Urquell

Here we have the original, yes the original pilsner and pale lager. It was first brewed in the mid 1800’s and first took the form we knew it today in 1842. The company that brewed it at the time was Plzensky Prazdroj out of Plzen, Czech Republic. It is now owned by the SABMiller company. It is classified as a Bohemian Pilsener and holds a 4.4% ABV.

Would you believe I JUST picked up this glass yesterday? How could I not feature this beer now?!?!

This beer pours a light golden color with a foamy white head. The head fizzes for a bit and then subsides after awhile.

The aroma is very minerally I would say. Like mineral water, bitter grains, a touch of hops and grass. Grainy for sure.

The flavor is almost metallic but not so much. Grains again come into play with a sharply bitter finish. Not my favorite but it’s nice to try the original!




  1. I used to be a huge Pilsner Urquell fan – but they never had it on tap anywhere and 70% of the time I got it in the bottle, it was skunked (damn green bottles). Glad you got an unskunked one… even if it wasn’t your favorite Pilsner.

  2. If you can find it, try P.U. in cans. MUCH better! The cans taste like you’re sitting at the pub in Prague. (The cans are much better than the kegs, for some strange reason.) I brought some back from Prague, and more recently found it at Sturdyk’s in Minneapolis.

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