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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

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 TheBierdimpfe
1.99/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bright straw color with strong activity. Thick white 2 finger head lasting around 8 minutes with some good legs.

Faint aromas and flavors of grains, citrus, floral and herbal spices. Balanced sweet and sharp lemony taste with minimal hops and a metallic feel. Almost no smell.

Medium slick body with moderate carbonation. Faint and short finish ending with minimal floral and herbal feel.

Overall poorly crafted having bland watery flavors and no personality. Though refreshing and accessible, it should have more hops.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.29/5  rDev -34.2%
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...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A faint haze on a pale lemon yellow brew. Medium head. Tiny streaks of lacing.

S - A grainy light malt - nothing else really.

T - Bread - whole wheat bread. Aftertaste is a bland bitterness with a lingering weat bread flavor. It is a really cheap wheat bread flavor too.

M - Thin, smooth, a bit refreshing.

D - Okay, but not a lot of flavor overall. Too bready - really it is all a bready flavor. Not worth having.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.75/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Typical low grade pilsner, though I was actually expecting more form Castle Eggenberg. Poured to a light gold with a little skim of a white head and little lacing. Nose was faint and grainy, mouthfeel flat, and the flavor followed the nose. To top it off was a short stale finish.

Pass on this one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
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...

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Photo of Jimmys
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a restaurant in Geneve. I drank about 4 of these out of a sense of loyalty to a European co-worker who kept ordering them, but they just tasted like every-day Euro-lager to me. Not skunked per se, but even so not exceptional in any way at all.

Served in the correct glassware, clear yellow pilsner appearance. Balanced yet weak flavor, I drank it like water (which it was not far from).

I do not recommend this, there is just not enough flavor to keep you interested.

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Photo of paulozanello
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale straw yellow, the large white head quickly falls down into a white lid.

The very dry smell is very hoppy with some bitter and malty notes. I noticed flavours like mint, yeast and a hint of ammoniac.

The taste is full-bodied with a dry hoppyness. There’s much more of rich and fruity malt than I had expected, on the other hand I had anticipated a more powerful bitterness. There is a thick bread-like taste of those malts that I think is very German, but I am not a big fan of it.
The aftertaste is malty and a bit roasted with some honey-like sweetness and aroma hops, but almost no bitterness at all.

The carbonation is fine with some microscopic bubbles. The large amount of malt gives this beer an almost thick mouth feel.

I found this brew well crafted and all that, but it just isn’t the beer for me.

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Photo of cfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big time skumky aroma, pours a clear straw yellow with minimal white head. Taste is a crisp malt taste. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I get a kick out of the bottle cap with a ring on it and it "pops" off. For a pilsner this beer is above average and I would rank it very close to Stella Artois.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Macca
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a very light golden colour. A centimetre of head has great retention. Lots of visible carbonation.

Quite a grainy aroma. A little bit of lemon in there as well.

Not a lot of flavour to speak of. The mouthfeel is soapy. Not very pleasant.

Quite disappointed with this one.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold bullion body with big bubbles and a sturdy but small and fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: When I first cracked the bottle, I immediately caught a whiff of skunk, but fortunately the skunk scent is - surprisingly - much less noticeable in the glass. Not so fortunately, hardly anything is noticeable about this beer - everything is very weak. Light skunk, some soapy-spicy hops, underdeveloped grainy Pilsener malts.

Taste: Light and dry, very well attenuated like a good pils ought to be - but that's basically it. Not much flavor, vaguely sweet malts with a slight spicy-floral hop bite, but not as much as there should be. Tangy hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and clean but not too abrasively fizzy. Well done, good for the flavor and the style.

Drinkability: For all its faults, this beer goes down easy, but it just needs a little bit more character to rank among the best Pilseners. I mean, Kirin brews Pilseners with more flavor than this (and they're significantly cheaper, at least around here).

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of djura
3.32/5  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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average Pilsner. Looks good, pours a clear light gold color with a lot of carbonation and a soft, white head that hangs around a while. Some lacing as well.

Smell is mild bitter hops. Taste is just average. Grassy hops up front and flat, slightly sour malt backing it up.

Mouthfeel starts out crisp, the carbonation is evident. The malts flatten the feel out, kind of like a BMC lager.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special.

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Photo of wl0307
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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…

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pours a light straw color, but it is a little hazy for the style. A touch of murkiness is quite unbecoming of a Germanic pilsner, but this is Austria, so whatever. The aroma is of hay and a hint of sulphur. The flavor is light malts, clean, a touch of dry, minty hop, and then more light malt and minty hop on the finish. Quite drinkable, but so is Stella. I would prefer this over that of course, but once again, timtim... my hope, my last heir, my pupil; all over the map with contradictory descriptions and ratings. How can you get your point across when you don't even know what you are trying to say?

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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
80 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.