Blind tasting review
Pilsner Urquell
Pilsner Urquell

Family Pale Lager Style Pilsner
Country Czech Republic ABV 4.4%
Producer SABMiller
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml bottle; 12oz/355ml can
Characteristics Bitter, refreshing

Overview Pilsner Urquell—Czech for “original pilsner”—was first brewed in 1842, and the beer world hasn’t been the same since. Judging by world production, the novelty of pale, clean, light beers still hasn’t quite worn off.

Flavors and aromas The traditional light-skunk/noble hop combo came out here, giving this a generally bright nose, with some milder cooked corn notes. The palate has lightstruck notes, with very mild malt sweetness, and crisp hops are stronger than standard Continental lagers like Becks or Heineken without quite reaching the intensity of a Bavarian pils. Finish is lingeringly bitter and our tasters felt it overwhelmed the malt.
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