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Hopfenkönig - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg


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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

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 mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 09:22:33 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Atlas1


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Leiman Berg Brau pilsner glass. Sparkles golden with high carbonation and a big two-finger head. Looks like a glass of champagne with all the bubbles. Could THIS be the champagne of beers? Plus, I like the brewery label. Simple. Classy. Smells malty and clean. Very slight fruit scent. Strawberries with a musty date aroma. Taste is clean and tart. Fruity with a nice pang of hops in the finish. Very tangy aftertaste. A very refreshing beer. A mild, thin mouthfeel, but an entirely drinkable beer all around. A great example of a very good German pils.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 15:35:18 | More by Atlas1
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold bullion body with big bubbles and a sturdy but small and fizzy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: When I first cracked the bottle, I immediately caught a whiff of skunk, but fortunately the skunk scent is - surprisingly - much less noticeable in the glass. Not so fortunately, hardly anything is noticeable about this beer - everything is very weak. Light skunk, some soapy-spicy hops, underdeveloped grainy Pilsener malts.

Taste: Light and dry, very well attenuated like a good pils ought to be - but that's basically it. Not much flavor, vaguely sweet malts with a slight spicy-floral hop bite, but not as much as there should be. Tangy hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and clean but not too abrasively fizzy. Well done, good for the flavor and the style.

Drinkability: For all its faults, this beer goes down easy, but it just needs a little bit more character to rank among the best Pilseners. I mean, Kirin brews Pilseners with more flavor than this (and they're significantly cheaper, at least around here).

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 14:14:41 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of mmmbeer


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL green bottle with no freshness date - served in a pilsner glass. It pours medium to light gold with medium carbonation leading up to a finger of white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is pleasant, with skunky and spicy hops, grass/hay, dank mary jane, and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor follows this closely, adding a medium bitterness on top of a light to medium, smooth body. It is a little drying with light carbonation and leaves a medium finish. Overall a delicious, quite drinkable German pilsner that needs a wider distribution area.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 00:24:51 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tall pils glass. The liquid is a nice clear pale yellow, with nice carbonation. I nice big 2 finger head lasts well and fade to minimal lace.

The smell is faint but yields a hopy aroma with a dry fruity tone.

The taste is nice and crisp some nice light summery malt and a very nice dry hopy finish

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, not as much body as I like but it hits all the senses well.

Drinkability is very good, It washes down very easy, with no complaints. Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 03:55:00 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of arguemaniac


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear golden color with a foamy white head that leaves behind a sticky, sprawling lace. The aroma features a definite sulfur note but also an overall delicate grassiness. As for the palate, a soft, buttery grain flavor is complemented nicely by a mellow yet crisp hop bite. A graininess dominates the finish but is punctuated with hop bitterness. A slightly lighter than medium-bodied mouthfeel with a brief but sharp carbonation tang.

A mild favorite for me; not too hard to find, reasonably priced, well balanced and very drinkable. On top of all that it’s light enough to drink all day long with little trouble and tasty enough to keep you interested. Furthermore, I’ve had a lot of success turning Heineken drinkers onto better beer with this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 05:01:32 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Price: $2.70 Cdn. (incl tax, deposit)
This is my choice as the epitome of the standard European pils-lager.
A: Poured into a proper German pils glass. Nice and clear, light bright yellow with a fine foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Fine lacing.
S: Very dry hoppiness. Some floral notes.
T: Big on the sharp bitters. No malt at all. It's all hops. Not much in flavour, but still tasted good. (does that make sense?)
M: Smooth, with decent effervescence that doesn't stay long on the tongue, but still gives a long finish.
D: Good. I think a cold one would be good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 17:20:26 | More by Conrad
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 19:16:30 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of TurdFurgison


3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 20:14:19 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Globetrotter


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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..

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 20:32:21 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of bark


3.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 19:41:11 | More by bark
Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle, 5.1%ABV

Appearance: Golden apple juice yellow. Not much head.

Smell: A very strong bread or cereal smell. A little trace of some skunky hops.

Taste: So easy to drink. I guess that I can drink it for hours and hours.

Mouthfeel: So exciting and creamy. Very smooth. I love it.

Drinkability: I had a bad feeling when I thought to the pilsners for years. I guess that's I associated too much Labatt Blue to the pilsners and make me avoiding them, but Eggenberg is changing my mind about them. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 21:13:29 | More by Barraclou
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Offered to me by a friend...Green bottle...Oh well, here it goes...

Appearance: Apple juice yellow, but with a surprising amount of whipped cream head that surprised me.

Smell: Skunk-tacular! I did however whiff out a bit of cereal with residual Saaz. It would have been nicer from a can I bet.

Taste: Overly light and effervescent, a little grassy and aqueous, hop aftertaste that barely registered.

Nothing wrong with a fine pilsner, and this one wasn't the worse I've ever had, but I'll never go out of my way for this one.
Not enough body, not enough taste. Too bad, it looked nice enough...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 00:58:04 | More by Goldorak
Photo of altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I don't drink yellow beer very often.

Started out my evening with one of these, as one of my friends who prefers a sharp pils to just about anything else has had very positive things to say about this beer. And I'm trying to branch out.

Overall, this was drinkable, and had a surprisingly noticable Saaz hop flavoring to it. At the same time, the sourness left on the palate reminded me of why I don't venture into Euro-lager/pils land too often. But, I still enjoyed this beer, and would have it again if I was feeling pilsy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2005 04:48:58 | More by altctrlsdelete
Photo of Hefe


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 3/26/04 from 11.2 fl oz. bottle.

Appearance: Crystalline amber/gold with a pale white head that quickly dissapates.

Smell: Light malt with just a touch of funk.

Taste: Sweetly malty on the open, with a touch of citrus and spice with a very clean fresh finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Emminently drinkable, pretty close to an ideal session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 04:18:14 | More by Hefe
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 16:21:34 | More by Gusler
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Hopfenkönig from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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