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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2003)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of BellsFan
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

BellsFan, May 27, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Jimmys, May 25, 2012
Photo of carloskleber
3/5  rDev -13.3%

carloskleber, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of GZGMX
2/5  rDev -42.2%

GZGMX, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

dansmcd, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

paulozanello, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -13.3%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

droomyster, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Arithmeticus, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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

boudreaux, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Intrinsic, May 18, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

spinrsx, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.7/5  rDev -22%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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...

beerdrifter, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

DefenCorps, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

gopens44, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of MillRat
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

MillRat, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

whtguitarguy, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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

rootbeerman, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of cfrancis
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

cfrancis, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
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

DerBayer, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

PartyBear, Sep 05, 2009
Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
79 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.