Pilsner Urquell Beer – Plzen, Czech Republic
Pilsner Urquell – 4.4% ABV, 12 oz.
“Brewed since 1842”
A local grocery store had a pilsner representative discussing their product on Friday. Pilsner Urquell had the best swag: an awesome pilsner glass as shown in the photo below. I took the bait and bought a 6 pack for 10 bucks… free glass!
As they supposedly pour beer in Europe, I made sure the head was large and extended above the rim of the glass. The head was a monster 2 ½ inches with a billowy texture. The first thing I noticed was the clarity of this beer. The color is warm and golden with visible carbonation. One nice thing about cold-lagered pilsner beers like this is their clarity. Rarely any floaters, yeast or particles of any kind are seen in the glass.
The aroma is fresh, crisp and grassy. A tiny bit of hay is in there, as well. The aroma has a good balance of malt and European hops. A little bite, but it doesn’t smell bitter. A very appetizing aroma.
The flavor resembles the aroma with a crisp freshness. Very smooth and dry, with the hops coming out first, followed by a nice variety of malt flavors. The hops are clean and grassy, like the aroma. The malt flavors remind me of fresh bread. There is a pleasant hint of sourdough: Organic, musty, with just a slight hint of tanginess.
The mouth feel is light and refreshing. There is a perfect level of carbonation for a pilsner like this. Drinkability is excellent. At 4.4%, I could make this a session beer anytime. If only people would learn about this over an American Macro beer, they would actually learn what a real pilsner tastes like.
This ended up being a really nice pilsner from Pilsner Urquell. Incidentally, it’s brewed in Plzen, which I guess is a city in the Czech Republic. Plzen: Pilsner… coincidence? I think not.
Overall – B+