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Pilsner Urquell Beer

Pilsner /4.4% ABV / Czech Republic

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Product details

Czech Republic
Tasting Notes
Crisp, Dry, Grainy, Minerality
Food Pairing
Salads & Greens, Chicken
Suggested Glassware
Pilsner Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
40-45° F

Product description

Plzen in the Czech Republic was literally born to make beer. When King Wenceslas II of Bohemia founded the city in 1295, he granted its 260 households the right to make beer. For hundreds of years, this worked great. Yet as might be expect with this many home brewers, quality varied over time. It was easy to get beer but not so easy to get good beer. In 1838, several of the more enthusiastic brewers in town declared 36 barrels undrinkable and dumped them out in front of the town hall. This drove the brewing households to join forces and collectively build a brewery -- The Citizens Brewery of Plzen. The idea was to create a state of the art brewery to put in place a series of new beer making practices that were making their way across central Europe, such as the production of pale malt. Under the main building they dug a network of ice-cooled tunnels for another new technique called laagering (from the German 'lager'- to store). Four years later they revealed a golden clear, crisp, light-bodied beer that blew the doors off the dark and cloudy beers of the time. Pilsner Urquell is still brewed in the same brewery with the same soft Plzen water, saaz hops from Zatec, Czech barley from Moravia, and the same H-strain yeast. We still germinate and malt ourselves, and continue to triple-decoct our mash over open flames. Pilsner Urquell is the World’s Original Pilsner. With aromas of fresh bread, hints of Saaz hops and honeysuckle, taste notes of caramel maltiness balanced by a distinct bitterness, and a nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth, refreshing finish, it is easy to see why the original pilsner is a great session beer. Excellent choice for craft beer and import beer drinkers looking for an authentic, easy-drinking beer. The light beer is perfect for any occasion, such as sporting events, daytime adult beverage activities, warm weather sessionabilty, barbeques, and food pairing occasions that compliment traditional European dishes, as well as neutral flavored salted snacks.

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Community reviews

4.833 Reviews
  • Bret

    The original, everything else is an imitation! I should know; I lived in Prague for almost 20 years, just over an hours drive from Plzen. Drank Pilsner almost daily! Nejlepší pivo na cely svět!!!

  • Eric
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    Real original and authentic Czec Pilsner made with real ingredients not corn or rice and other BS, made over 100 years since the 1800s.

  • Chris
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    The premier Czech Lager with water from their protected source. So yummy.

  • David
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    Good solid pilsner

  • Marianne McDermott.
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    Hmmmmm....... sorry ..... don't know. Purchased it for a friend who really wanted Harp Lager but not in stock. So I picked this one . Fingers crossed ?

  • Richard Vlaha

    The best Pilsner beer on the market. Plus....this is original Pilsner!

  • Cecilia
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    Good quality, nice rich flavor

  • Sandra S.
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    The. most. sublime. pilsner. ever. Unlike so many pilsners, it is not sweet- just crispy clean balanced perfection that implores you to drink a second one, and a third, and...

  • Sheree D.
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    My fave beer, difficult to find

  • Jim

    If I were forced to pick one beer to drink forever to the exclusion of all others, this would be it.



Want the short answer? A pilsner is a lager beer on the hoppier end of the spectrum. If we're getting a little more technical, pilsners have extra Saaz (aka "noble") hops that were added in response to beer spoilage back in Pilsen in the before times. But that doesn't matter to you now as a pilsner sipper. All you need to know is that these extra-crisp, souped up lagers can be some of the most delicious beers you'll ever experience, especially on a hot summer day (or any time really).
Expect a typical pilsner to contain about 4% to 5% ABV (alcohol by volume).
A classic German-style pilsner is straw to pale in color with a balanced sweetness in both smell and taste. Hop bitterness (specifically noble hops) tends to be medium to high.
While you might associate German lagers with big old crockery steins, a pilsner glass is actually a fairly delicate thing. They tend to be smaller than your standard 16 ounce shaker pint, and they are tapered, slender and tall. The narrower glass is meant to show off the color and carbonation of the beer, while a slightly broader mouth helps maintain the foamy head.
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