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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2003

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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 134
Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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.

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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 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 rootbeerman
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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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 DerBayer
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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

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Photo of PartyBear
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a chilled 330ml bottle into a half pint pilsener glass. Bottle comes with a modern ring pull cap.

Appearance: Golden and clear, with a fast fading head. Worryingly little carbonation.

Aroma: Grassy hops, along with a slight metallic smell. Grainy wheat notes.

Taste: Crisp and dry flavours. The hops are bitter and slightly grassy. The malts are very subtle and bready. There are certain flowery flavours as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, however it is a bit too flat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable pilsener, perfect served ice cold. Not impressed with the carbonation though, there should be more. The lack of carbonation might have been down to a bad bottle though, so I will be trying this again in the future, and re-reviewing.

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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 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 ArrogantDeadGuy
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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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 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 Nickls
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Clear, golden color; poured with a finger of frothy, pure white head. Pretty decent retention.

S - Fairly muted, grassy hop aroma, with a more general "Euro Pale Lager" aromas. Not much going on here.

T - Taste improves over the aroma with a snappy and crisp hop bitterness that is still a bit conservative for the style. Pleasant malt background that lets the hops do the talking.

M - Thinner MF, tight bubbly carbonation.

D - Certainly drinkable, but lacks some of the complexities of others I've tried in the range. Not a bad brew, and could certainly handle a couple in a row...pretty easy going stuff.

Overall, not a bad example of the style, but would have liked some more complexity and hop presence. Decent brew.

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Photo of wchesak
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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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 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 stone3187
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color, smells of freshly cleaned floral hops. The taste starts off with strong hops and finishes very clean. This is one of the better pilsners I have had, I would recommend it as an alternative to some of the macro European pilsners.

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Photo of gearkraft
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a wheaty-straw color... really has a nice even character when held up to light. Pretty good head with slight lacing.

S: A bubbly mix of carbonation and grains... sweet with a little hops.

T: Best part of the beer... A rich, and effervescent rush of malted grain, that is quickly followed by hops. A "sugary" and slightly sweet aftertaste lingers.

M: Very refreshing, very uplifting with clean finish.

D: Good drinkability. Great beer on a warm afternoon or on a porch or with your friends. Too bad this is difficult to find. Good stuff for sure.

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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 Beertracker
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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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 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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Photo of timtim
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of doboy
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

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