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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
80
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95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2003)
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.21/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 07:32:17 | More by BlackHaddock
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 06:18:29 | More by MNishCT77
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml can, BB 11/2013, served moderately chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a very pale straw colour, coming with a very tight and thick white foamy head which lasts particularly well, sitting on top of lively flows of tiny bubbles.
Smell: lightly astringent plastic/dusty notes precede faint lemony acidity, sweet-floral hops and clean grainy malts. Very text-book like. A few good swirls give rise to a faintly apple-ish aroma in support of the lemony acidity.
Taste: clean on the palate, only mildly carbonated, the foretaste is neutral, followed by mild grainy malts and a mildly floral hint of hops, while the random touches of restrained acidity suit a well-lagered pilsner just well, leaving behind restrained but still noticeable bitterness and a sufficiently dry palate. Again, text-book like.
Mouthfeel & Overall: the mouthfeel remains refreshing without being really fizzy, the body is medium-minus for its 5.1%abv. alc. content, all in all this is a dull but decently crafted take on the beer style… if only it could be drier and more bitter…

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 16:34:37 | More by wl0307
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FLima

Brazil

3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a two finger head that has a short to medium retention but that leaves good laces.
Predominant strong aroma of Saaz hops.
Sweet biscuit malty taste, again with a good deal of Saaz hops, strong on grassy and floral notes. Dry and not as bitter as you would expect, its relatively massive hops are likely low on alpha acids.
Light body with a perfect carbonation.
I really like this pilsner. One of a few that I can easily identify on a blind test. Not boring as usual. I think this is usually underrated. Love the predominant Saaz that goes well with its malty base, while still keeping a high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 20:06:40 | More by FLima
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djura

Serbia

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it in Romania.

A - Light orange,fizzy white foam,lasting couple of minutes. Medium carbonation.
S - High pleasant citrus notes with some sweet malt.
T/M - Medium bitterness,lemon aroma,crisp,drinkable. Maybe a bit watery.

O - Average Pils,drink it cold.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 20:27:54 | More by djura
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FleeVT

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:25:38 | More by FleeVT
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with fantastic clarity. The head is a one finger white color with okay retention. Basically, it's everything you'd expect a decent pilsner to look like.

S: I was really wary when I first popped open the weird pulltab and whiffed a MASSIVE amount of skunk, but in the glass it's calmed down well. Lots of zesty noble hops with no real malt aroma. Weak in general, but not bad.

T: There's almost a green pepper flavor that really catches me off guard - yeah, it definitely tastes like bell pepper. Not really a good thing. There's a bit of grass and sweet malts on the finish, but that off flavor really throws everything off guard.

M: Well carbonated and nicely light - there's no mouthfeel problems keeping it from going down easy, just the flavors.

O: This...doesn't work. The pepper character kills what could have been a good pilsner. At the very least, it would pair decently with Mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 21:49:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (?).

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:51:40 | More by chinchill
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:59:31 | More by biboergosum
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle into my hardywood tulip.

A: very clear, very bright golden body. bright white bubbly head. retention is good while the lacing is not so much.

S: so used to american versions of german pils makes this one seem tame. aroma is hoppy, but much more minor than american interpretations. white bread. a little bit of skunk.

T: at first you can taste a slight skunkyness, but it really doesnt last long. a little bit of cornyness, reminds me a little of a corn tortilla chip. bready even, saltine crackers. finish is very dry.

M: vibrant carbonation on a light body.

D: once you get past the light-struck, it is still a pretty average german pils. i think the coolest thing is the cap with the pull-off ring.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 10:31:04 | More by Jimmys
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:41:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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dansmcd

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 11:56:08 | More by dansmcd
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paulozanello

Brazil

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow color with a thin white fizzy head with moderate retention.

Smell is mainly of cereal grain and bread combined with hop skunk with minor fruity notes.

Taste starts bready and grainy but with no residual sugar/ sweetness. Hops soon dominate mainly with the skunk bitterness. Not the most bitter german pilsener in the world but it has a decent amount of it. It finishes extremely dry with a light skunky aftertaste.

Body is light and mouthfeel is dry and astringent. Carbonation is high and sparkly.

Well crafted pilsener but a little too skunky for my taste. This could be due to transportation / storage (it came from Austria to Brazil), the green glass bottle or maybe they were just aiming for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 23:21:01 | More by paulozanello
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droomyster

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear straw golden with a smallish white head with decent retention. Aromas smack of Euro-pale lager, lots of grains and honey, with a light grassy hop element -- not a lot to it. The taste and texture are real selling points. The flavor incorporates a light lemony hop that perfectly balances the light malts, and lends a refreshing quality to the beer. The mouthfeel is light and gently carbonated in a way that makes it easy to drink as many as a hot day might demand.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:06:46 | More by droomyster
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in party cup (oops)

A: beautiful, creamy robust head; great lacing; clear light yellow
S: stinks; macroyuk; very intense
T: stale, weak-flavored pilsner; not sweet; few hops (a king of hops? really?); abrasive aftertaste

Pass. Much better pilsners are out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 16:34:08 | More by Arithmeticus
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 00:43:06 | More by boudreaux
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Intrinsic

Germany

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed by how incredibly light this beer looks. Its a very light straw colour with lots of carbonation and an ok head. But the lacing is great, which bumps it up a notch.

The smell is quite skunky and grassy, with a bit of lemon and hops. Not bad, but not amazing either.

The taste actually steps it up a little, with the lemon showing through much more than in the smell. It has a very bitter finish and is very enjoyable.

The is a very dry beer, and the carbonation is intense. A beer that would be perfect for a hot summer day. Overall, I do enjoy this so if it wasn't a 'specialty' here I'd buy more of it. Not bad!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:54:27 | More by Intrinsic
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 16:59:16 | More by spinrsx
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 16:20:54 | More by smakawhat
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beerdrifter

Germany

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 17:30:38 | More by beerdrifter
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase yesterday.

Clear light yellow with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk leaving a ton of lace, this looks great. The nose is decent. A light pilsner malt character is present, but this is mostly hops, grassy, mildly lemony and moderately skunked. The malt is the cleaner, more refined German variety, rather than the more complex undermodified Bohemian pilsner malt that is typically of Czech heritage. While mildly skunky, it is in a way that is almost acceptable.

On the palate, however, there's a lot more skunk without much bitterness or malt character. Mild lemony hop flavor is present, and there is a very light malt character, maybe some water crackers (that is to say, not much). The most prominent flavor is skunk. Drying on the finish with a light bitterness and some of Pepe le Pew's love juice, this is rather disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:44:25 | More by DefenCorps
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gopens44

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:28:11 | More by gopens44
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MillRat

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 13:06:42 | More by MillRat
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 22:38:00 | More by Metalmonk
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a clear golden yellow with a head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of barley or heavy malts. The taste is a little bitter with a slight aftertaste. The beer itself is pleasant, but the aftertaste is not very good, it kind of coats the tongue, which makes it difficult to get rid of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 19:37:23 | More by whtguitarguy
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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.