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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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 (?).

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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 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 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 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 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 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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw gold body with a frothy two-finger head that slowly dies on top of a earthy, grassy/mildew hop smell that is not grainy at all. Textbook with a light body that is smooth and has a minor touch of sweetness but is mostly crisp with citrusy/lemony wet hops. Goes down easy and is a nice change of pace on a summer day. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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 FLima
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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.

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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 ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a clear stange. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville) for $2.10.

A: Clear honey-gold with frothy 1-finger white head with nice retention and spare lacing.

S: Spicy noble hops with bready base

T: Prototypical German pilsener with bready Munich and pale malt cut with spicy noble hops. Flavor is subdued, and I wish it came on a little bit stronger.

M: A tad light in body with active carbonation and spicy hops aftertaste.

D: A drinkable, good but unspectacular German pils.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear light golden colour... white head poured big, thick, foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to light layer.... no real carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apricots, apples), sea saltiness, freshly cut grass notes, some creaminess, light honey sweetness, floral notes...

Taste - Nice light spicy / peppery hops, quite sweet fruits (apricots, faint oranges, lemons), honey, light vanilla notes, quite sweet malts, some bready notes, definite light sea saltiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little bite... Light body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good clean crisp Pils... nothing mind blowing but certainly worth a try...

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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 CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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?

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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..

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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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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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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