Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2003

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a pint glass

Pours with a yellowy body, lots of little bubbles. Patchy egg white head with fair retention. Lots of patchy lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, grainy malt, grassy hops, smooth lager yeast character. Little bit musty, skunky to some degree, some citric acid zest

Taste, crisp and crunchy malty body with a fair whack of grassy hops, crisp on the palette. Some lemon zestiness

Solid, but a little bit dull

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear yellow with slight carbonation
and a scant head.

S: Banana and sweet malt with grassy graininess

T: Banana/fruit notes with a slight hop finish
but a very oat/barley/grassy themes.

M/D: Smooth/Crisp/clean and even bodied. very
drinkable and a superior alternative to
macro swill for only about a $1 more a
pint at my local watering hole.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of July 2011, so this one's well out of date. Acquired recently from a webshop.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A faintly hazy pale-golden colour with fine carbonation. Forms a nice fluffy head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a hint of crisp noble hops. A subtle cardboard note in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp, refreshing bitterness. Dry and slightly sweet. Notes of aromatic noble hops and faint grain. A slightly harsh, stale hint in the background. Mouthfeel is light, tingly and dry. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of light malt and a hoppy bitterness.

A rather nice pilsner - light, dry body and crisp bitterness. The hops add a distinctive aromatic 'bite' that most lagers never have. It tastes above average despite the age on the bottle. Worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Das feinherbe pils". .5l bottle served in a tall pilsner glass.

Light Golden color with little visible carbonation in between sips but a florish of bubbles with each tilt of the glass. The large white head is durable and coats the glass nicely.
M: near medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth. Not dry.
O: [3.75] A straightforward and very clean pilsner. Although it has a mildly bitter balance, it goes really well with cheese which, for me, made it sometimes taste a bit sweet (?).

Photo of FleeVT
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pop top 330ml bottle picked up from the International in Arlington.

Pours an extremely pale straw color with lots of effervescence. White thin cap on top. Looks right for the style.
Smells of faint noble hops with a hint of spice, which carry through to the palate. Hints of the yeast and grains in the form of bread. It has that classic euro pills taste but without the skunk. Mouth feel is thin, with a little extra from the carbonation. It is a refreshing finish and all around good example of the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, with another of those hybrid pull-tab, cap enclosures, which, IMHO, are ripe for slicing your finger open when the pull-ring tears halfway through the cap. How do you say 'lawsuit' in German?

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of tight fizzy white head, which leaves a few grotto-like swaths of lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of crisp, crackery, grainy malt, some wet hay, and grassy noble hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, bready malt, a hint of lemon oil, and grassy, earthy, and somewhat musty hops.

The carbonation is a tad gassy, but generally agreeable, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and rather smooth. It finishes with an uptick in the sweetness - the malt asserting itself, as opposed to the hops dropping off - they don't.

While I was afraid of, and ever so momentarily presented with, a Euro skunk bomb, this offering recovered swiftly, and with aplomb, showing off a decent German Pils emulation - the malt and hops exhibiting, if not a bulls-eye, exactly, than at least a firm grasp of the target. Worthy of the style.

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

An Austrian German-style pils, purchased in Roanoke, Virginia. It's gettin' all cosmopolitan over here...

Pours a light yellow color, like straw, with a snow-white head that's over an inch thick, and once thin it sticks around as a skim for the duration. Amazing clarity.

Biscuity, flowery, and honey-like elements in the aroma; very faint sulfur/mineral in the background; light and zippy, with a pronounced old-school hops character.

Flavor offers everything the aroma does, but brighter and really come to life. Flaky buttered biscuit, honey, flowery/herbal characters, pear, earthy hops, crispy hops, lightly fruity hops. Just the faintest bit of mineral in the background. Totally satisfactory.

A little creamy but crisp around the edges; sulfur/hops is light in the finish; dry, but not overly so.

Nothing to dislike here, and an excellent example of the fine line between tasty, refreshing, well-made European pilsners and the sloppy versions some American brewers have attempted to sell as the real thing these past 150 years or so. Not that there aren't really good German-style pilsners by U.S. brewers, but sometimes you gotta go back to Europe and rediscover where it all came from.

Photo of Beertracker
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schloss Eggenberg Hopfenkönig pours up rather neatly with a lacy white head that fully encompasses the pilsener glass. The near brilliant clarity makes the light golden body shine brightly in the light. The aromatics are surprisingly malty upfront with a lovely graininess from the continental pils malt. There's a distinctive mild herbal (catty) spiciness from the noble Saaz hops that defines the finish. Very clean, no fruitiness or diacetyl. Maybe just an initial hint of DMS in the background which is OK per style. The classic flavor starts off lightly malty with a mild, balanced bitterness that carries well into the crisp, off-dry, slightly mineral finish. Medium-light bodied with ample carbonation. This is an easy drinking, finely tuned Pilsner from one of the world's great lager breweries. Try pairing some traditional Kasnocken (cheese dumplings) or your favorite freshwater fish (black bass, steelhead trout, sockeye salmon, etc... with some Salzburger Nockerln (a meringue-like dish) for dessert.

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tall pils glass. The liquid is a nice clear pale yellow, with nice carbonation. I nice big 2 finger head lasts well and fade to minimal lace.

The smell is faint but yields a hopy aroma with a dry fruity tone.

The taste is nice and crisp some nice light summery malt and a very nice dry hopy finish

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, not as much body as I like but it hits all the senses well.

Drinkability is very good, It washes down very easy, with no complaints. Prosit MK

Photo of Goldorak
2.29/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Offered to me by a friend...Green bottle...Oh well, here it goes...

Appearance: Apple juice yellow, but with a surprising amount of whipped cream head that surprised me.

Smell: Skunk-tacular! I did however whiff out a bit of cereal with residual Saaz. It would have been nicer from a can I bet.

Taste: Overly light and effervescent, a little grassy and aqueous, hop aftertaste that barely registered.

Nothing wrong with a fine pilsner, and this one wasn't the worse I've ever had, but I'll never go out of my way for this one.
Not enough body, not enough taste. Too bad, it looked nice enough...

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a nice foamy pure white head with good retention. Aroma is slightly skunky which is not surprising considering the fact that it came in a green bottle and the brewery is probably 4000km away. Taste is also skunky (but not enough to covered the whole taste) with a nice hops finish. This is probably ten time better when pick-up fresh at the brewery and It is just a shame that they export this in green bottle.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a thin white head that settles to almost nothing. Grassy aromas in the nose along with some soft grain. The malt flavors are very light and biscuity with only a modest hop bite, which is perfect. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not too fizzy. The finish is pretty clean with only a bit of grain linering.

Pretty refreshing, great for the summer. Recommended.

Photo of smakawhat
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Domku restaurant poured into a simple tumbler.

A pale straw body giving to visible carbonation. No head was given off the pour so I can't say much about it or score it that high, but it does manage a very small collar throughout drinking.

This is immediately sweet smelling and dry. Muted cloved spices and perhaps a little veggie and corny.

Taste is just flat out strange. Dry spicey clove and extremely sweet and carbonated. This tastes corny sweet to me somehow with a real gaseous finish, I am not sure why I'd be shocked if this was made with corn adjuncts it probably is not. No hints of bread either, even a little yeasty.

I really don't care for this pilsner at all I'll never order it again, luckily there are better ones to have out there.

Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

revisiting an old favorite from my days in Triangle, VA...picked up at The Caboose in Ashland, where the shopkeep informed me it had arrived only a month ago so it's definitely not skunked.

a: Pours a low, perfectly white head that partially recedes. The beer is a bright golden color. Moderate lacing is left behind on the glass.

s: Smells damn good. "Skunky" in a good way, perfectly to style and integrated well with the noble hops and biscuity pilsner malts. Aromas of clean malt sweetness.

m: Carbonation on the low side of the high range, and pretty smooth considering. The body is light without being thin.

t: Certainly a well done pilsner flavor. The stylistically required skunk takes a backseat to grassy noble hops and a clean, crisp malt flavor. Light to moderate sweetness level, perfectly balanced. A very pleasing bitterness level graces the finish.

d: I could certainly drink a gross of these on a hot day. If anything, I've underrated this one as a whole.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quintessential pilsner color on exit from the bottle a bright translucent gold with a crown of bright white foam, the lace upon depletion of said head is a fine sheet. Prototypal malt dominated nose, quite sharp and fresh, pleasing to the eye and nose this beer, sweet start that has a middling feel to the palate at the top. Finish is stern in its acidity, hops are representative for the pilsner style, pleasant and noticeable spiciness, very dry aftertaste and a quite good drinking pils, and that’s a mouthful coming from me.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On 28th Nov 13 I had a little Lager/Pilsner session: this 330ml green, rip-top bottle was my third one.

Pale golden in colour it showed bright, clean and clear: the snow white head even stayed and gave some lacing on my 'La Chouffe' tulip that I'd poured it into, very un-lager/pilsner like.

Both the nose and taste were leaning towards a sweet feel and grainy. The hop content gave it a crisp texture and added a bite to the brew.

I thought this was OK, a lot better than the two different Beck's offerings I'd had before anyway.

Photo of Edmond-Bird
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at Del Ray Cafe in Alexandria, VA. Small head that receded after a minute or so. Nice pale yellow color with noticeable carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day. I taste a bit of lemon-like sourness and a subtle, zesty hop finish.

There is a good amount of flavor in this beer. It is much more distinguishable and complex than other American versions of this style I've tasted. This brewery has been around a long time for good reason.

Photo of gopens44
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear straw with a whispy hint of head at pour.

S - A hint of gentle hop floats through the evidence of having been shipped in a green bottle.

T - Very nice. Biscuity with a touch of honey.

M - Bubbly on the tongue, having a high amount of carbonation. Relatively clean finish.

Very nice beer from our freinds in Austria. May seek this bugger out more often!

Photo of beerdrifter
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Ammersino Feine Getränke in Vienna, Austria. Clear straw colored pour with two finger peaky white head with great lacing. Very grassy and musty nose with a hint of hoppiness and lemon. The taste is much the same with somewhat overpowering grassiness. There's a decent bitter hop bite with a bit of lemony sweetness. The grassiness mellows a bit at the finish, but it's still lingering in the background. Clean, crisp, dry, and bitter finish. Drinkability suffers from the grassy aftertaste. Had high hopes for this one but it let me down...

Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, the brown half liter bottle has a tapered neck covered in white foil and a white and gold label featuring pretty much just the name. No ingredient information. Best before 10/06, I opened it on 3/3/06.

Pours a clear pale gold under a two finger white head with nice body and stickiness, and good retention. Some spots of lace linger, but not much. The nose is classic German pils - malt as sweet and cornbread and floral spice hops adding an edge. The mouth is light and very prickly, leaving avery little residual in the mouth. Classic pils taste, perhaps a touch weak on the opening malt, stronger on the crisp spicey hops. The bitterness is mild and fades quickly, then comes back way after the finish. The warmer the beer, the more aggressive the hops. Nice, smooth and very drinkable - a fine product..

Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is quite a bit of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, hops, grass, skunk, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with light hops and some lemons. There is also a little bit of a metallic flavour. The beer finishes with a bready aftertaste with a little bit of a spicy kick.

Overall – For some reason this beer reminded me a little bit of a glass of ginger ale. It was very light and refreshing and would work well for the summer months. The skunky smell was pretty bad at first but it seemed to fade after a little while. It’s along the lines of a Stella Artois.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a foamy white head that leaves behind a sticky, sprawling lace. The aroma features a definite sulfur note but also an overall delicate grassiness. As for the palate, a soft, buttery grain flavor is complemented nicely by a mellow yet crisp hop bite. A graininess dominates the finish but is punctuated with hop bitterness. A slightly lighter than medium-bodied mouthfeel with a brief but sharp carbonation tang.

A mild favorite for me; not too hard to find, reasonably priced, well balanced and very drinkable. On top of all that it’s light enough to drink all day long with little trouble and tasty enough to keep you interested. Furthermore, I’ve had a lot of success turning Heineken drinkers onto better beer with this one. Recommended.

Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a grocery in Taipei. Clear yellow just a shade darker than straw, with a fine-bubbled white head that fades away tto quickly. Aroma is all about nice noble hops that got too close to a skunk, or it's the unfortunate green bottle that spent too much time under the store's fluorescent lamps.

Nice refreshing medium pils malt body that valiantly competes with the hops. It loses in the end, but you're the real winner. A nice body, right in that German-Czech pils sweet spot. A very pleasant brew. A great example of what a certain macro-brewer that advertises the "drinkability" of their brew ought to really strive for.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown bottling data and poured into my FFF glass, drank 11/16/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - straw yellow coloration, solid clarity (can read or see through), received with little head with very subtle glass lacing; moderate carbonation; no alcohol legs

S: 7/12 - classic German pilsner flavors...lemon zest, spice, lager yeast...there it is and not much else that I can detect

T: 14/20 - classic German pils flavors hit - mild noble hop aroma, lager yeast; settles into a moderate biscuity/bready character in the middle of the mouth and resolves quickly with little-to-no aftertatste, no alcohol detectable in the taste

M: 3/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation, little alcohol presence in the body

O: 6/10 - bleh, bland German pilsner; don't see the appeal

TOTAL = 32/50

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Relabelled & repackaged as Helles
but it's pilsner qualities affirm right beer
had worse I guess had better though
especially Munich helles :/

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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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