Pilsner Urquell, owned by SABMillers, makes the claim that they are the original source of Pilsner beers. I’ve been around the block enough times to know that such a claim may be a bit dubious, akin to Bushmill’s inferrence that they’ve been around since 1608. They might be, for all I know, but one should look upon such boasting with a bit of a raised eyebrow.
At any rate, Pilsner Urquell is a pilsner, a claim to which I have no doubt. They are also from the Western Czech Republic, and does have deep roots into beers Bohemian age of the mid 1800′s. Again, how popular they’ve been over the past one hundred and sixty plus years, can probably be disputed, but it’s clear now that SABMiller is making Pilsner Urquell into a global brand.
Appearance: Nice head, that seems to last forever. Clear in look, but an orange tint to the base golden color.
Aroma: floral, with a nice hit of hops. Little bit of malt beneath it all. A little weak for a pilsner, but still present.
Taste: A little watery, to be honest. Though the malt is there up front, and a bit of bitterness that hits midway, this beer seems to be more water than flavor. It’s not off. Just weak.
Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned before, watery, and only little bit of carbonation. Average.
Drinkability: This beer looks better than it tastes, and even smells better than it tastes. It’s not bad, and a decent example of a pilsner (at least a better example than Budweiser, Millers, or Coors can come up with). It’s not the best pilsner on the market, but it’s not bad either.