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Pilsener - Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Bamberg

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Bamberg visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jarmby1711 on 02-25-2006

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer has grown on me and has become a staple in my home. Its severely underrated here in australia and 24 cans will cost around $33 in comparison, the locally made, mass produced stuff costs $10 more and tastes 10 x worse.
It actually sits well on the pallette and leaves quite a nice after taste.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale, crystal-clear yellow body with very fine, slow-rising carbonation and thick, rich, fluffy white head. Crisp, bright, mild cracker and light bread malt aroma with a grassy hop aroma. Lightly toasted bread crust flavor; mild honey tones; hay; soft hop bitterness. Medium-light body; soft and smooth mouthfeel; crisp and dry.

A very satisfying pilsner that delivers subtle yet satisfying flavors with a smooth, light-bodied texture on the palate. Sublimely balanced between a delicate graininess and finely-tuned hop bitterness. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer jar from a can. Best by date: 1/2015

Appearance-straw color; yellowish and light gold; poured a 1-finger head that turned into a white bubbly surface; a few lines of lace down the sides; carbonation present. Could see some very small floaties, perhaps the beer was not filtered, which is a good thing. I'm positive my glass was clean so I don't think the floaties were from my glass.

Smell-grains; metallic malt; grassy notes; a very slight herbal hop presence, but not much; peppers and light spice. Smelled like a pils.

Taste-Sweet malt going in; dry, slightly bitter, and peppery aftertaste. Grains and barley malt in the front and backend. Fairly balanced. It reminded of a Czech pils style because of the peppery/grassy Saaz hop flavor in the aftertaste. I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel-on the light bodied side; fairly smooth and crisp; carbonation on the medium side. Refreshing.

Overall, I really thought it was a solid good. I have tried Kaiserdom's other offerings, which are also pretty good, and this one is pretty decent too. Is it great, no. Drinkable, yes highly. In fact, I could drink a few of these, no problem. It beats drinking the ubiquitous big 3 Chinese beers: Tsingtao, Yanjing, and Harbin beer up here in Northeast China. It is good to know Kaiserdom exports its beers to an obscure market such as this one in North China. Cheers!

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Photo of downes51
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance of this stuff is a disappointment.... there's almost no colour at all. The clean white head doesn't hang around for long. There's a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Never mind, it smells good, there's some decent hop aroma, a little bit grassy.

The taste is dominated by the hop bitterness, which is really very strong. Once I got used to that, it's certainly quite more-ish.

I thought this would make a good session beer, I could probably drink it all night. Not a great beer by any means, but perfectly passable. Not as good as the others from the same brewery.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the monster 1 liter can into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a solid gold color with plenty of carbonation inside. Head was pure white and fluffy, sticking around for a bit before dying down.

S: Really clean aroma with hints of bead and some herbal hop in there. Subtle but good.

T: Again, super clean with a bready sort of backbone and some spice in the middle. Very refreshing. A grassy hint in the middle and solid grain notes. Pretty smooth and nice.

Overall a pretty good beer. Very sessionable. The beer is super easy drinking and great for kicking back with. The size really complements the taste haha.

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Photo of steveh
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I were to guess, I'd bet I haven't had this beer since my last trip to Bamberg. With all the Bamberg talk in the Germany forums, had to grab a bottle when I saw it.

.5l brown bottle with odd coding on the label, notches at numerals 4, 8, and 16.

A -- Pours clear, pale gold -- a shade darker than straw, with a white, meringue head that lasts long and leaves great lacing.

S -- Spicy hops with light DMS and mild malts back.

T -- Bready malts up front with lightly spicy hops following, blending into a light citrus character in the finish. Aftertaste is spicy, bitter hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light body and crisp finish.

O -- Other than the nose being somewhat light, this is just what I'd expect in a German Pils. Crisper and more bitter than a Helles, smooth and refreshing in flavor and body. A great, non-smoky beer from Bamberg.

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Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop brown bottle with a green label and a Bayerisches cap. Recent takeover?

A completely clear golden color, Kaiserdom develops a craggy little white head that manages pretty good retention at about half a finger and is sticky enough to leave a fair amount of lacing in small patches and plenty of spotting.
Saaz hops don't hold back in this pils. It's plenty grassy and herbal with lots of the skunky aroma, but not in an unpleasant way. It just seems natural and something like standard for the style, though without the heft American brewers have put to it. The flavor's much the same, though I get a little more power from the nose and could use more hops for the stronger, more heavily-hopped German style.
Certainly light and crisp, the body is no surprise. It's not as clean as it could be, which isn't as easy as it seems. It does get a little grainy, but fits the style otherwise.

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Photo of FLima
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale golden color. Poured a two finger head with medium retention.
Predominant aroma of grassy hops and hints of malt.
Taste follows nose with a good bitterness and a spicy and refreshing flavor from its grassy hops with some malt sweetness. Aftertaste is mildly dry and bitter.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Decent given it is faithful to the style and it has a little more spicy than average but still not impressive.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale golden color with an inch thick, soapy looking head that dissipates quickly. Has a thin lacing.

Smell - Very malty, grains, and buttery biscuits.

Taste - Identical to the smell.. Very sweet and malty with grains, very bready, buttery, and has spicy herbal hops. Leaves a spicy bitterness on your tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Much spicier than the pilseners I'm used to.. I'm guessing they use different hops than the average. It's good, but I wouldn't want to drink this all night.

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Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the Tesco supermarket; BB 01/2013, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: very light straw in colour, coming with a light fluffy white head and a rather fizzy body.
S: doughy scent of yeastiness and very fine sour fruitiness and floral hoppiness spring to mind; maltiness is very very timid, lightly grainy and overall just like what is required of it in the Pilsener style.
T: lightly grainy, or, bready even, somewhat watery on the palate, followed by a rather thin and short-lived floral hop bitterness to balance the equally light sour fruitiness. A mildly grainy touch of malts lingers at the end of each sip, leaving no trace of a decent dry palate one might usually associate with this beer style.
M&D: well carbonated but not sharp on the palate, the body is light and the flavour is definitely very timid in every sense. Not impressive.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Bamberg
Style: German Pilsener
ABV: 4.80 %

LOOK: Pint sized bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with fine clarity and lacing foam down the glass. Carbonation bubbles rising quickly to the surface, looks like a standard pils.

SMELL: Bready, biscuity malt profile, a touch of butter, and grassy, noble hops.

TASTE: Clean malt flavor up front with more biscuit, buttered bread and a faint sweetness. Grassy, tea like herbal hops emerge and provide a slight spiciness. Crackery, mildly bitter, easy drinking pilsener.

FEEL: Light bodied, spot on carbonation, finishes more or less clean.

OVERALL: A true pilsener from Germany, easy drinking, and pretty much standard in every way.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a light to moderate amount of bitterness, but this prominently stands out in front of notes of grassy hops and slight hints of malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean and leaves your mouth a bit dry, longing for another sip.
O: I enjoyed this pilsner because it’s rather light-bodied and easy to drink but the bitterness and clean mouthfeel really take center stage. However, it would have been nicer to have some more malty flavors in the taste.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml brown bottle with a BB of Dec 2012.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale-golden colour with plentiful fine carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that subsides rapidly. Aroma of light malt with hints of grain and stewed hops, along with weak notes of noble hops and some overcooked veg.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild stewed hops, some overcooked veg and a whiff of noble hop aroma. A faint sweetness. Subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly, but watery. Aftertaste of stewed hops/veg.

Meh - as German pilsners go this is sub-par. A relatively bland flavour with insufficient hop aroma or depth. Fairly clean and thirst-quenching, but doesn't hold your interest. Bamberg has a pedigree for exceptional beers; however this is not one of them. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random cooler find recently. Poured the .5l bottle into a mug with the same volume. Pours a pale gold with racing streams of champagne carbonation. White foam with creamy surface texture, good retention with a dripping halo of lace.

Skunky out of the bottle at first, but pleasantly grassy and herbal as it warms. Lightly floral from the noble hops, with signature dry cracker notes from the pils malt.

Taste is clean and grainy, some mild bitterness and a light metallic note. Pleasant mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Light, well carbed, and relatively clean. Overall ok, but pretty middle of the road. Worth trying but I'll stick with my favorites.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this recently at a Russian grocery here in town. Poured into 10oz Pilsener glass. Poured a bright, clear, clean light golden yellow color with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and low lacing.

The aroma was good, about what you'd expect from a nice Pils, grain, some gentle hops, a touch of yeast. the beer also had a slight bit of underlying sweetness in the nose. On the tongue, the beer had a lot of the same features, and was typically crisp. There was just a small touch of skunk in the middle of the tongue, but not enough to ruin the rest of the flavors.

The body was pretty average as well, crisp and mostly clean, with just a bit of stickiness at the finish. Drinkability was good, you could pour a couple of these down with no trouble. Overall, a nice, but typical, take on the style. Worth the $2 i paid for it, and worth grabbing if you see it, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

....and I didn't even think Kaiserdom was sold in the US. See, I learned something today. Out of the 500 ml format, on to the beer:

Cascades of bubbles rise throughout the beer, which is a ligter golden color with a frothy inch thick head. Rings of lace around the glass and great head retention justifies a bump in the score. It has a reasonable aroma. It's clean, somewhat hoppy, has a little grassiness and hay to it.

Light, crisp, and clean as expected. It's also more bitter than I thought it would be. It is refreshing and easy to drink, though the flavor is one dimensional. The hops provide much of the flavor in the form of grass. Maybe some floral notes as well. Some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

A middle of the pack German pilsner. That isn't a completely bad thing, as there are some good German pilsners out on the market. The bottle seems relatively fresh, so at least it has that going for it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled a pilsener, but more in line with a generic Euro pils, brown bottle 500ml size the Kaiserdom label boasting anno 1718. I'm sure this is mass produced beer at this point. Pours a very pale yellow color into my Spaten glass, forms a brillian white head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma borders between a hint of skunkiness with some strange metallic notes as well, a bit of faint pale biscuit malts and off putting grain character. Flavors are pretty clean and unoffensive a bit of lively sweetness rolls in with some pale biscuit malt sweetness and lingering herbal earthy hops, skunk free on the palate. Mouthfeel is light bordering watery with enough sweetness to create a crisp beer drinking experience. Carbonation is mellow on the palate, a very limited scheme as far as hop bitterness goes. Overall a decent mass produced Euro pils from Germany, the label states Bavaria in this case (Bamberg).

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L bottle at Euro Market. Impressive, despite the brown glass, this lager is still skunked. After a good 15 minutes or so, the aroma cleared up to reveal a standard lightly toasted white bread character with a hint of spicy hops. Those hops come out more in the peppery, dry finish, while the barley is hardly noticeable. It's a shame this beer has been mishandled, otherwise it's a refreshing hoppy lager worthy of a good summer session.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lemony yellow body with a dozen or so bubble clouds.

The nose is filled with wheat, more so than a lot of weisbier and a subtle hint of hops.

Malts all the way with flavour almost straying into sweetness but stopping before a hoppy very slight bitter tang.

Very light mouthfeel and lively, could see this being highly efficient at banishing thirst with a bit of a kick of flavour.

Alright for a lager.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, transparent straw color. White fluffy head slowly dissipates. Some lacing, more than I expected.

Smells of hops and grass, faint sweet notes in the background. Standard pils.

Tastes of hops, some pine cone hints, a hint of sweetness in the middle, and a mild bitter hops finish. A little hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with some carbonation. A little thin, but a very easy drinking beer.

Certainly a nice example of the style. I would have another.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (500ml): A pretty basic pilsener that was more like your mass produced pale lagers than a good German beer. I was quite disappointed with this one if truth be told. It had a corn and light hops smell that matched the taste, it was light & had a skunky bitterness. Not one I’d have again.

Full review on my blog: http://abarwithnoname,wordpress.com

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Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rake into a pint glass.

A: Super-carbonated, clear yellow body with its huge column of bubbles supporting a creamy, rocky white head. Looks a bit too fizzy for me, but I guess it fits the style. Fizzy yellow beer.

S: Light and crisp, with dry, chalky malt, herbal hops, and plenty of sulfury yeast. Smells like a standard, flavorful pils - let's hope the sun doesn't come out and turn it into pure skunk.

T: Sharp at first, with hops, yeast, and minerality. The malt comes in to lend a softer, more balanced finish. Pretty good.

M: Light body with moderate, crisp carbonation. Just fine.

O: Solid, middle-of-the-road Pils. It's not a style that I often seek out, and I won't be going out of my way for more Kaiserdom, but for what it is you can do a lot worse.


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Photo of BeerSingh
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Kaiserdom Pilsener has made its way in the shelves of prominent vends across Delhi in cans - both regular and tall boys. Chilled it to just less than "ice cold" - poured it into a pilsener glass. The beer poured with an extremely pale golden colour, almost white. So plae that it resembled lemonade soda. The head was frothy and almost held up. It was all good till the smell - very weak for any German till date. In fact, it was weaker even in comparison to some adjuncts out there. Wet grain at best. I thought even the mass produced German Lager would hold up because of the famed purity law, but I guess there are shrinking malt bills everywhere. The taste was a tad better than the smell, holding up some faint malt, citrusy hops and a feeble bitterness. Overly carbonated, it could very well be adjudged an adjunct. I really wouldn't mind bashing up a six pack at a go on a hot summer afternoon, but just once I guess. I passed this one on for the missus.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 50cl can into a pint glass.

A - Pale golden colour, slight head.

S - Wheat, grass, malt and just a touch of honey.

T - Mild, minimal carbonation. Initial sourness on the tongue which subsides to something sweeter and more honey-like. Tastes a bit like a poor mans Warsteiner.

M - Surprisingly lively mouthfeel. Soothing at the back of the mouth.

D - Light and refreshing but could do with some more flavour!!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle obtained from 'Beers of Europe', poured three times into one of my Veltins stemmed tulip glasses (0.2 litre).

Regular clean, clear looking Pilsner, light golden in colour with a fast reducing snow white head. Plenty of life in all three pours, carbonisation clearly to be seen rising through the body.

Typical Pilsner non-smell, some weak cereal and grass hints, but gets my normal 3 for a lager/pilsner non-aroma.

This is just a bog standard Pilsner, nothing bad about it, nor anything outstanding. Refreshing, crisp and clean tasting, no real flavours to get excited about. Just about mid-range in everything, wouldn't want to drink it all night, but two or three would cool you down nicely.

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