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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of doboy
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice Austrian Pils, a good example of the Pils style.. Nice tase and mouthfeel. Smooth drinkability. Nice straw color with good carbonation, nice lacy head which remained to the last drop. This bottle was out of VA. Hope I can get it in NC.

Thanks for the beer, Matt! (279 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of wchesak
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass

A- straw gold colored with a few fingers with of off white head

S- bready with a slight lemon smell, hops is slightly noticeable but wish it was more

T- light malt with the hops finishing and lingering at the end

M- great carbonation and finishes smooth

D- just like a good pilsner should be, very drinkable but enough depth to push it passed your normal macro pils

always looking for a good pils , seem to have found a good one (467 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A solid offering. Fresh can...very comparable to Pilsner Urquell.

A slightly more copper color compared to many US craft offerings. Crisp and herby aroma. Drier hop flavors with sizable malt background to balance. Carbonation tickles tongue and hops tickle the nose.

One of Austria's best all around beers.

Reasonably priced @ 79 cents a can. (345 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well another good beer from Schloss Eggenberg. I m particularly fond of Samichlaus and Urbock 23.

Now back to this one it s very Pils in style and look although the head fizzes away a tad too quickly - well sadly so.

The tatste is noble bitter hops startiing at the floral range and spanning the spectrum to Pungent.

Well it s very drinkable like most of the style a good summer session beer (394 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL green bottle with no freshness date - served in a pilsner glass. It pours medium to light gold with medium carbonation leading up to a finger of white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is pleasant, with skunky and spicy hops, grass/hay, dank mary jane, and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor follows this closely, adding a medium bitterness on top of a light to medium, smooth body. It is a little drying with light carbonation and leaves a medium finish. Overall a delicious, quite drinkable German pilsner that needs a wider distribution area. (562 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

top notch as far as what is available in the states. head retention and lace weren't all that, but the nose and taste were great for the style. nice and floral, funky hops as well as a great pils malt thing going on. body was fuller than expected and not too dry, but still light and crisp. easy to drink and food friendly. not my style but really refreshing and enjoyable. (373 characters)

Photo of Barraclou
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle, 5.1%ABV

Appearance: Golden apple juice yellow. Not much head.

Smell: A very strong bread or cereal smell. A little trace of some skunky hops.

Taste: So easy to drink. I guess that I can drink it for hours and hours.

Mouthfeel: So exciting and creamy. Very smooth. I love it.

Drinkability: I had a bad feeling when I thought to the pilsners for years. I guess that's I associated too much Labatt Blue to the pilsners and make me avoiding them, but Eggenberg is changing my mind about them. Recommended. (549 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Edmond-Bird
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale straw see thru hue with nice carbonation that leads to a one finger head that slowly subsides and leaves alot of lacing down the glass,it has a nice grassy,floral aroma to it which smells like noble hops,it has average mouthfeel and the taste is very crisp and refreshing with a nice floral taste about it and the aftertaste is nice and dry,this is definately a nice session beer that is easy to drink. (425 characters)

Photo of altctrlsdelete
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I don't drink yellow beer very often.

Started out my evening with one of these, as one of my friends who prefers a sharp pils to just about anything else has had very positive things to say about this beer. And I'm trying to branch out.

Overall, this was drinkable, and had a surprisingly noticable Saaz hop flavoring to it. At the same time, the sourness left on the palate reminded me of why I don't venture into Euro-lager/pils land too often. But, I still enjoyed this beer, and would have it again if I was feeling pilsy. (544 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: large creamy frothy white head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. clear thin yellow body.
S: heavy hoppy, light bread.
T: light bitter sweet.
M: light body. watery texture, lively carbonastion metallic finish
O: not a bad pilsner; great overall (251 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (1,035 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.. (843 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of sudsy white head cap a straw coloured body. Sticky lace follows.

S - Pils malt, crackers, lemon, grass, touch of honey.

T - Follows the nose with some grassy hops, lemon and honey. Slightly bitter in the finish.

M - High carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really good summery sessioner. (306 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. nonic.

Appearance: A bright, crisp, clear yellow beer, filled with medium-sized carbonation of average speed, nucleating both on the sides of the glass as well as the bottom. The fizzy snow white head fades relatively quickly but does leave a surprising amount of lace, soapy and sudsy and sticky. Bodes well for the hop content.

Aroma: Crisp, grassy hops, light spicy hop notes, as well. Malts take a back seat here, which is nice.

Taste: Pretty standard, but nice. A sweeter than average (perhaps) backbone, slightly crisp but largely soft, with some slight spicy background notes - clove-esque almost - with a nice, lightly spicy, slightly herbal hop note. Simple and straightforward, though perhaps a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Soft yet crisp, a good balance. Mild, soft carbonation in a thinner-on-the-whole body.

Drinkability: Low in abv%, balanced (though a little sweet), light, and drinkable - what more do you want outside on a warm June day? (1,016 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (376 characters)

Photo of Conrad
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Price: $2.70 Cdn. (incl tax, deposit)
This is my choice as the epitome of the standard European pils-lager.
A: Poured into a proper German pils glass. Nice and clear, light bright yellow with a fine foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Fine lacing.
S: Very dry hoppiness. Some floral notes.
T: Big on the sharp bitters. No malt at all. It's all hops. Not much in flavour, but still tasted good. (does that make sense?)
M: Smooth, with decent effervescence that doesn't stay long on the tongue, but still gives a long finish.
D: Good. I think a cold one would be good on a hot day. (591 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel glass

A: pours golden with a finger white head that fell to a thin lingering layer.
S: earthy german hops, light roast malt.
T: again with the earthy hops and light roast malt, typical german pils
M: crisp carbonation, light in mouth
D: easy. easier than a light beer oddly (295 characters)

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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.