915: Pilsner Urquell

Name: Pilsner Urquell
Brewery: Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
City & State: Plzen, Czech Republic
Style: Czech Pilsner
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.4%
First Brewed: 1842

Tasting Notes
A fine balance between nits own sweet pilsner malt and delicately bitter and aromatic Saaz hops, this is one pale lager that is remarkably rich in the body.

Ricky’s Thoughts
The other night I was at Target, and wanted something to drink. I walked down the beer aisle, and was looking for something to “jump off the shelf” at me. I saw Summer Shandy was in stock… a smooth summer seasonal. But that wasn’t it. Then I grabbed the Sam Adams summer seasonal. That’s when I saw Pilsner Urquell. That was it. I have had this beer before, and knew it was a smooth drinking and hoppy beer that would be perfect for sitting on the porch. I grabbed it, and headed home.

When I got home, I just looked at the 1001 Bottles list… and there it was! It was on the list. So I killed two birds with one stone here. Let’s get to it.

In the Glass: In the glass, it looks like a cheap domestic beer with a thin head, weak lace, and tons of bubbles. When looking for a beer that I wanted to chug on a warm spring evening, this is it. It’s very clear, clean, and promises to be insanely drinkable.

Nose: The nose on this thing is huge. It is loaded with flowers and honey, and has a very sweet finish. It’s almost a dry sweet… but sweet nonetheless. It might even have a hint of hop on the nose. This beer uses Saaz hops, which should be used more in my opinion.

Flavor: This beer tastes better out of the bottle. I know, I know… no beer should be drank from a bottle. But I feel like from the bottle you get more flavor. At any rate, the beer has some subtle carbonation on the front of the palate then it smooths out with the hops and the sweet/dryness coating my tongue. The burp is also incredible, and leaves me wanting more. With such a low ABV, sitting down with 5 or 6 is totally possible. The beer is also easy to get, so that wouldn’t be an issue.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very thin and slides across your tongue. It begs to be chugged. The beer is so thin that you just want to swallow to get to the bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste… the nose and the aftertaste are the best things about this beer.

Aftertaste: There is an instant bitterness that eases to a subtle dryness. The dryness sticks around for the burp, and the burp brings back all of the flavors that you started with. I didn’t expect a beer this thin to leave such a long lasting aftertaste… but it sticks around for two-three minutes. Trust me… burp. You’re welcome!

This is a great, affordable beer that is found in almost any liquor store. I mean, I found it at Target… and their beer selection sucks! There is a lot of history behind this beer, and history intrigues me. This is a great beer to sit down with after work (or while you work for that matter) and something I suggest you pound on those hot summer nights. Bottoms up to this, people!

Pilsner Urquell – The bottle says: “IMPORTED BREWED IN PLZEN CZECH”

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I’m in the mood to drink beer tonight, so why not make it one for 1001 Bottles?  I’ve done a pretty good job of watching my calories this week, so I wanted to make it a light one.  This one looks pretty light in the glass.  From what I can tell, it reminds me of a European lager.  It didn’t have a lot of head, and poured out pretty thin in the glass with a golden honey color.  It also looks pretty carbonated, with little bubbles floating up to the top of the glass.  The smell is very wet and bread-like.  It kind of reminds me of the smell of bread dough before you put it into the oven.  Let’s see how it tastes.

It does taste pretty carbonated, but in this case, that seems to add to the beer rather than detract from it.  It’s not really that hoppy at all.  There’s kind of a honey taste at the beginning, switching flavors as it goes down and in the end not leaving a ton of aftertaste, which is ok with me.  It does have a pretty good taste for a lighter beer.  I prefer lagers and pilsners to ales, and this one is no exception.  It’s a good summer beer, a perfect fit for the warm weather we’ve been having here lately.  I like the complexity, and I think I’d buy this beer again.  It seems like a good one to bring to a BBQ.  Mmm, that sounds good too…

Rating: 3/5

914 bottles of beer on the wall…

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