Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell-Plzen

Czech Republic

Urquell, Czech for "Source" (and no, I'm not making that up...this time). As in, the source from which all other pilsner-style lagers have sprung. Pilsner Urquell pioneered such beers that we see today. In fact, in German, Pilsner means "Something or someone from the City of Pilsn," so this beer is the only one that can truly be called a Pilsner. It has a distinctive sharp flavor from the Saaz hops that most BudMillerCoors fans, through ignorance, will attribute to skunking after long months in a green bottle. Trust me, however, that's just a well-crafted lager using ingredients you're not familiar with (oh yeah, that pleasant taste? that indicates a total lack of rice). It's owned by the same congomerate as Miller Lite, but don't confuse the two....at family reunions, people keep coming up to Lite and asking it why it can't be more like it's handsome, more flavorful cousin, Pilsner. Not my favorite of the Czech lagers, but as the original, it is more than deserving of my homage.


Rating: 6/10

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