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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-19-2003)
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droomyster

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:06:46 | More by droomyster
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -37%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 16:34:08 | More by Arithmeticus
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 00:43:06 | More by boudreaux
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Intrinsic

Germany

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:54:27 | More by Intrinsic
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 16:59:16 | More by spinrsx
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 16:20:54 | More by smakawhat
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beerdrifter

Germany

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 17:30:38 | More by beerdrifter
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:44:25 | More by DefenCorps
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gopens44

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:28:11 | More by gopens44
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MillRat

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 13:06:42 | More by MillRat
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 22:38:00 | More by Metalmonk
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 19:37:23 | More by whtguitarguy
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 08:51:31 | More by rootbeerman
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cfrancis

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:27:32 | More by cfrancis
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DerBayer

Germany

4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 19:09:19 | More by DerBayer
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 15:55:57 | More by PartyBear
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:57:29 | More by clayrock81
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ADZA

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:14:05 | More by ADZA
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 00:44:48 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 19:40:53 | More by CrellMoset
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JayQue

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 22:47:17 | More by JayQue
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 03:34:54 | More by Nickls
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wchesak

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 23:08:44 | More by wchesak
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2009 13:10:57 | More by allboutbierge
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argock

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:25:28 | More by argock
Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.