Berliner Pilsner - Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH

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BA SCORE
74
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 20.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IPA35 on 01-12-2012

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Berliner Pilsener
,5l can

This beer should not be confused with the Berliner Kindl Pils, as any good Berliner will tell you. This is Berliner Pils, the one with the gold label. It's a basic pils, not unlike so many out there, which probably utilizes less expensive grain and hops and spends less time lagering.

Appearance: Clear, golden, average bright white head with average retention and lacing.

Smell: Unfortunately, basic "beer": the grain doesn't shine, and doesn't really come of as grainy or bready of ever sweetish; and the hops are dull and non-descript.

Taste: At least it's well balanced. It could certainly be more polished, but it delivers a firm blend of malt, dull hop, and stiff bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and crisp with a median carbonation.

Overall: This is a workingman's beer. If it was an American lager it might be Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon. There are no faults to it, but it lacks pizazz.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Berlin is awash with this Pilsner: has it taken the best of 'Berliner Kindl' and 'Schulthesis Pils' from the 80's before the wall fell, or is it an all new super-brew made with the cheapest ingrediants available?

It's not the former: it's a basic golden, bright Pilsner with all the usual attributes; but nothing to stand it apart from all the rest. Crisp? Yes. Clean? Yes. Refreshing? Yes, but is it interesting? No.

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Per the label, the name of this beer is "Berliner Pilsner." Not to confused with Schultheiss Pilsner. "Premium Pilsner." "Made in Berlin." .5L brown glass bottle with understated simplistic label and branded gold pry-off pressure cap acquired at Hopfen und Malz in Berlin, Germany a few days ago and served into a Berliner Kindl Weisse glass at me friend's gaff in Berlin. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery and style.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as if anything only mild overcarbonation is anticipated. BB: 02.15. 5.0% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Off-white colour. Thin and weak looking. Lacks creaminess and a full soft consistency. Not real frothy. Leaves no lacing as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Far from unique or special looking for a pils. It's generally appealing. I don't notice any obvious flaws, but there's ample room for improvement.

AROMA: Faint wisps of muted pilsner malt and barley. That's it.

A painfully simple aroma of very light strength. Weak, but not watery per se. It's quite bland and boring. But at least it doesn't seem boozy or hot, and there's nothing here that shouldn't be (e.g. overt hop notes, biscuity yeast, spices, etc.). I've experienced worse aromas in beers of this style.

TASTE: Has some crisp pilsner malts redolent almost of flaked wheat. Could be fresher and fuller, but there's some nice flavour here. Not too sweet nor too bitter. Clean barley. It almost has light smacky touches - I don't want to say lactic notes but something vaguely redolent thereof. Hopwise, all I pick up on is a hint of Noble character - some mild grassiness, perhaps, but little else - and that's as it should be in this style.

I do think it's balanced, but boy is it simple, even for a pilsner. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Decent amplitude. Decently built. Not gestalt or really cohesive, but it's passable.

Definitely a no-frills pilsner. I like it generally for what it is.

TEXTURE: A bit too rough on the palate for the style - which is meant to be refreshing. But it's smooth, wet, and light. Not too hefty or weighty. Okay presence on the palate. This suits the taste okay.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

OVERALL: Absolutely drinkable. Honestly, I prefer it straight from the bottle. I'll plan on revisiting this. It's not a bad local pils and is worth trying once. For a budget pils, it's pretty middle-of-the-road.

Low C-

Photo of altmer
1.79/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Not special, just a pilsner

Photo of IPA35
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, so this is the one and only Berliner Pilsener. This is not Berliner Kindl or something else. The one has a golden label with a red bear holding a platter with three glasses of beer on it.

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A pale golden beer, not as pale as the other German lagers I reviewed recently. A white head, Germanesque because it is rather foamy/rocky. 0.5 point more than the others for the slightly darker colour.

Lots of grain, straw, some hops and even some fruity sweet note in the aroma.

The taste is malty, 'strawish' malt. Not my kind of malt to be honest. Only a slight fruity note. It is a bit metallic I think on the finish. Reasonably bitter. As you get used to it it becomes better but this is quite bland to be honest.

Mouthfeel is rather thin and the carbonation is good.

Overall an OK lager, but certainly not the best German lager I have had recently.

Photo of Mike-Harms
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent pilsner, easy drinking German Pils.

Photo of Johnq1964
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Good taste. Cheap and cheerful from Aldi

Photo of Fuldner
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Berlin is a city of wild, fun, partying, and this beer, "Berliner Pilsner," goes hand 'n' hand with all the madness. "Berliner Pilsner" differs in many ways from other Pilsners, with it's unique thirst quenching taste. With most German Pilsners they have are more well bodied and slightly darker than their Czech cousins. "Berliner Pilsner" maybe slightly darker than Czech Pilsners, but carries an extremely light taste with just a kiss of hops. The beers slight bitterness gives it the final push to makes the beer have extreme drinkability.

With that being said, "Berliner Pilsner" has great drinkability, is very refreshing, and very smooth, but the low level of hops lowers, the consistency with the more you drink. The lack of hops and the lighter bodied nature compared to other German Pilsners leaves you with the feeling that there is something missing, a sort of emptiness in the beer.

Overall, for Berlin's nightlife there is no better beer, but a beer to enjoy (more than one) with family or friends, "Berliner Pilsner" may not live up to its name.

Photo of flyingpig
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Pint in Zum Elefanten, Berlin - €3.00:
Not a bad lager but definitely not a great one and not exactly worth trying when you compare it to the countless other German lagers out there that I would rate much higher than this one. The beers biggest asset was how easy it was to drink but it was a fairly boring beer in the long run with the taste and smell both seeming a little weak and uninteresting. Worth a try if you're in Berlin, mainly because you can't avoid the stuff but this one was a fairly forgettable beer without being a bad one.

Berliner Pilsner from Berliner Kindl-Schultheiss-Brauerei GmbH
74 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.