Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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United Kingdom (England)
3.36/5 rDev -3.2%
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…
06-30-2013 16:34:37 | More by wl0307
3.51/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-30-2013 20:06:40 | More by FLima
3.33/5 rDev -4%
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.
03-29-2013 20:27:54 | More by djura
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-17-2013 22:25:38 | More by FleeVT
2.33/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
12-25-2012 21:49:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
"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 (?).
08-25-2012 00:51:40 | More by chinchill
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
06-08-2012 02:59:31 | More by biboergosum
2.93/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
05-25-2012 10:31:04 | More by Jimmys
Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
79 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.