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Flensburger Pilsener - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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BA SCORE
80
good

106 Reviews
THE BROS
77
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 225
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 225
Photo of stcules
1.68/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It is very clean, with a golden yellow color. White head, not too beautiful, and quickly falling down.
The smell is bitter, with hint of malt. Nothing of.
Worse taste. Too heavy, cloying.
Unpleasant, yes. And overall, no pils character.
Not to resample. (253 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dated 9.23.11, but whether that was a ‘bottled on’ or ‘drink by’ date I have no way of knowing. Curiosity pick. Impulse purchase. And I needed a 12 oz. flip-top.

This looks murky yet translucent light golden color with a generous amount of foam that dies down, leaving a thin crème atop the pour. (Not cloudy, but not clear either.) Suspicious.) I don’t pick up much hop aroma but I do get some sweet notes. It’s not a tasty beer. Harsh, with an unbalanced sweetness and an awful musty finish that coats the palate. This is the one to convince Reinheitsgebot enthusiasts that a five century old purity law does not guarantee good beer. One of the worst German beers I’ve had in recent memory. (708 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Best before 07.10.06 (sampled 03.24.06). Swing top opened to a very firm “pop”.

Aroma: (3)Light grain, slight cooked corn note

Appearance: (3.5) Light gold glass with white edges and a half finger of head that lasts the glass with minor lace

Flavor: (3) Firm bitter hop, some grapefruit rind and some butter notes. All bittering hops, no flavor or aroma.

Mouthfeel: (3) Light body, fairly thin texture.

Overall Impression: (2.5) Pegasus commented that it tasted like Rattlesnake beer, I got a Mexican lager feel. All in all, just not my cup of tea.

Thanks to Pegasus for sharing the find.


Re-reviewed 4-29-06
Date on bottle: 07 10 06
Aroma: (1.5) Acetyladehyde? Slight skunk, cheesy old hops, metallic in the nose, which is a first for me, which gets worse as it warms

Appearance: (3.5) Thin gold, firm head that lasts and laces

Taste: (1.5) Unpleasant, strong bittering hops and off tastes overwhelm a cracker malt start. Medicinal finish

Mouthfeel: (2) Soaks the chops and won't go away.

Overall: (1.5) Just wrong, couldn't finish it. I'm guessing we got a good bottle the first time, or a bad one this time, but both had the same date. Ugh. (1,202 characters)

Photo of janubio
2.34/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden colour, with a good head that fades soon, leaving a good lace. Smell of grains and hops. Medium to light body, fizzy carbonation. Taste of grains, some bitterness. Dull averge beer, but easy to drink. (213 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Chimay goblet in low altitude Galway Ireland.

A: One finger head of no cream and mild thickness. Clear dark yellow.

Sm: Clean barley. That's it.

T: Hint of cream open to clean barley body with a bit of hops, but nothing too complex or bold. Another failed German pilsener. Go learn from the Czechs, lads. Built alright for the style, and balanced well, but it isn't difficult to balance so few notes.

Mf: Too smooth for a pilsener. Ought to be quite coarse and scratchy. Very wet, but not unpleasantly so.

Dr: Easily downed, but not horribly worth the cost, especially by Irish standards. (610 characters)

Photo of Brabander
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this beer when i was in Germany a few weeks ago. Normally (that's what i allways thought) the German beers are OK. Brewed by the German 'reinheitsgebot' nothing could go wrong. With this beer it went a bit wrong.

The first 30 seconds the beer shows itself from the best side. A nice head with a bit of carbonation. After that the beerhead disappears rapidly. Overall not a good appearance.

The smell is not pleasant, it's a bit earthy. Taste is very dry and a bit bitter.

The rest is history. I want to forget this beer and concentrate on the better ones (564 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml swing-top bottle. BB 14/06/09, served chilled in a pilsner glass. I'm recording here only what I've observed as totally different from my previous encounters with this beer.

--On the nose, an intrusive smell of melted sugar plus more sweet-corn and even Yum-like grainy-starch seem to prevail, making the nose overall slightly too sweet that is off-balance for any lager to be called a pilsner.
--The flavour echoes the aroma: the foretaste gives a strong taste of grainy malts, but not like the kind one would normally expect from a clean and crisp Helles, let alone Pilsener - it's more like the sweet grainy edge of adjuncts! I have a feeling that something has gone wrong with this batch/bottle. True, in time, the deepening wave of increasingly dry and lightly herbal bitterness still manifests. But in the finish, the sweet edge of grainy malts still lingers, rendering an unpleasant, syrupy aftertaste more like a macro, super-strong lager.
--I seriously think there's something wrong with this batch, but I've written down here the "anomalies" (I hope) all the same.

* Tasting Date: 27/07/07

Courtesy of my flatmate's sister, this bottle is hand-carried from Greifswald, NE Germany. Coming in a swing-top brown bottle, BB 04/01/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.
4 A: straw hued, a very thick and tightly-spongey white head slowly settles (like a moderately-aerated capuccino froth), leaving dirty bits of lacing all over the place; constantly lively in carbonation.
4 S: dusty and lemony citrus aroma prevails upfront, while the usual suspects of a quality lager, i.e. doughy sourness, is assertive, mixed quite well with the floral aromatic hoppyness. Overall, the nose is freshingly hoppy on top of a solid body of juicy+grainy malts.
3.5 T: a dryish-grainy (yet nearly plastic) palate of well-lagered maltiness is ensued by a wave of hop bitterness cutting deep down... The aftertaste has lots of bitterness to linger and turns increasingly dry, seemingly on a par with that of Jever Pils, but the hop profile tastes a bit thin here. The lightly toasted and grainy malts play the second fiddle and show their aromas in the remote finish, while a mild tinge of sourness staunchly fights at the back, in a losing battle to squeeze a little space from the consistently bitter palate.
3.5 M&3.5 D: quite clean on the palate, moderately carbonated, and the body is also quite solid, albeit in need of a fuller touch of "real hops"--the beer label says it's brewed w/ hop extracts! Come to think of this fact (that it's a purely hop-extract product), this lager is not too bad at all; IMO, this is a reasonably aromatic and enjoyably bitter German Pilsner that could benefit from an either crispier palate or a fuller hop profile. "Proest" to my flatmate's sister! (2,785 characters)

Photo of bark
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale yellow; the high white head is airy and firm. Lots of lacing.

The smell is mild and somewhat sweet. Some dry bitterness with grassy mineral notes.

The taste is very grassy and malty, not as clean and bitter as I had expected; it is more like a Euro Lager than a German Pisener… Apart from those grassy notes, there is not much going on here. The aftertaste got some mild bitterness, quite a lot of malt and hints of alcohol.

The carbonation is rather mild with lots of very small bubbles. The liquid is somewhat watery.

Most beers of this type is very neutral, some of them even boring. Flensburger Pilsener got more malt than most of them, making it a little more interesting, but it could use more bitter hops. (740 characters)

Photo of JBogan
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very anemic looking gold with plentiful bubbles along the sides of the glass and an almost creamy looking one finger head which retained well. Minimal lacing. Other than the head, not a very appealing looking start.

Smelled almost a little skunked at first, but later the hops made their presence known.Kind of weak, not an impressive smelling beer.

Somewhat better tasting than smell. The first sip had almost that skunky taste, however the following sips seemed to improve with each try. Some maltiness in there, and even a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel was decent, if a bit thin. Nice carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall this was a somewhat drinkable beer. Not anywhere near the best Pils I've ever had, but not the worst either. Worth a try if you see it, but after one you'll probably want to move onto something more memorable. (848 characters)

Photo of AlexLMS
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear with a pale straw colour. The head is white, frothy and moderately large. It may not last long but when it fades it leaves a good lacing.
Aroma: nice hoppy nose with some citrus.
Taste: confirms the nose. A little bit malty.
Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (4.8% ABV), light body.
Finish: short and slightly bitter aftertaste with some metallic hints.

Overall: Brisk, refreshing and quenching beer. Nothing great about it but nothing bad either. (500 characters)

Photo of djura
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it from Germany. Bottle 0,33l.

A - Light golden with thin white foam. Low carbonation.
S - Mostly citrus and some adjuncts. Really nothing to exited.
T/M - Drinkable,nice bitter aftertaste,lots of grains. Medium carbonation. Not so good aroma,it is more industrial lager then good Pilsener.

O - I am not satisfied to be honest. Really nothing special in this beer. (370 characters)

Photo of atpben
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A flip top bottle poured into a pint glass. Pale golden in color with a white foamy head. Very grainy in the aroma with very little hop presence. Very mild and watery in taste with medium carbonation. Light biscuity malt is also present. It does have a crisp and smoooth finish. Nothing great to talk about here. Just an average german pilsener. (345 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flensburger Pilsener pours a light gold with sparkling carboanation and a thick white head that leaves thick lace as it goes down from a brown twelve ounce swing top bottle. Very mild aroma tending toward the malt end of things. Interesting taste, strong malt character that leads me to understand why another reviewer called it musty. I think I can get past this and enjoy it anyway, ymmv. Worth a try. (403 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light golden when poured, it ended up with a frothy white head that looked like egg whites. It had a very faint aroma, really I could barely pick up anything. Taste was slightly spicy from the hops, but not overwhelming in any other ways. Not awesome, not horrible. Made with hop extracts. (295 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very pale golden color, with a rather small white head, and excellent broken lace.

Aroma: Mildly sweet, with light tropical fruit notes, and a slight graininess.

Taste: Highly tart, verging on sour, turns lightly sweet midway through the taste. Finishes with a harsh, oily metallic bitterness, which lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite plesant.

Drinkability/notes: Not unpleasant, but a rather average example of the style. (496 characters)

Photo of theozag
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Floral, fruity, and sweet smell. Pours to a very thick white head that lasts. crystaline clea yellow brew. Starts tart and semi-sweet. Settles onto the tongue with medium body, fruit flavors, and becomes bitter over the initial tartness. Finishes waxy, rough, generally unpleasant, and with a strong aftertaste. (311 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice very pale brew. The head poured big white and fluffy. It also had great lacing qualities. The smell was kinda bready/yeasty. The taste was off to me. It was very bittier on the finish and grainy. I will not buy again. (287 characters)

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluffy, white head of about two fingers formed over top of a clear, shiny, pale goldenrod hue. Beer seemed rather bubbly in the glass, and the head stuck around for a while and left much lace in its wake.

S: Nearly non-existent bouquet. Some notes of grain, just barely enough to give off a clean lager profile, but not much else in the nose. Rather weak, with no discernible hop aroma to speak of. Perhaps a hint of buttery diacetyl.

T: Flavor profile proved similar to the nose, as a very weak pale malt introduction is followed by ghost-like hops that barely give off a flash of taste. There is an adjunct-like feel, and a slightly metallic taste that goes along with it, although this smooths out as the beer warms. Brief buttery note in the mix, but not enough to really appreciate.

M: Light-bodied and crisp, with a drying aftertaste. Well-carbonated, but the overall texture is not overly impressive, in my opinion.

D: I have to say, this beer isn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination, it just isn't all that great. I've tried pilsners that really bring forth all the balance and subtlety that's expected, and this one makes an attempt at that, but doesn't quite hit the mark. The taste seems a bit rough around the edges, but it still retains a level of drinkability. (1,291 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a soapy white head that recedes quickly to a bubbly ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, mostly with light roasted malts and hints of other grains.

The taste had a quick initial sweetness from the pale malts, but then an overwhelming skunky bitterness takes over and leaves a pretty unpleasant taste in the mouth through the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with less carbonation that I was expecting.

This is an average pilsener that isn't too offensive but doesn't offer much to differentiate itself from other beers of the style. (598 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a very light and pale golden yellow. The small head lasted well and left a nice curtain of lace behind.

The smell is pretty plain, if somewhat floral. The taste follows that same pattern, leaving some bitterness in the finish after the light malts up front. Some degree of pepper comes through as well. The mouthfeel is pretty light and it is easy enough to drink. (382 characters)

Photo of jdubjacket
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with plenty of carbonation and fizz. Smell is slightly malty - german malts are prevalent. Taste has a slightly earthy grassy taste which is backed by the German malt. There is a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall, a decent pilsner but there are better ones out there. (289 characters)

Photo of beerindulger
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me by a friend and I see why! When poured had hardly any carbonation with no head at all. Smell was good but not very strong. Taste was wheaty or bread like but didn't last long hardly any taste at all. Nothing in the mouthfeel department. I'm wondering if the alcohol content has anything to do with this? In all it was a good smooth beer with no bite but just to smooth and weak for me! (411 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Flensburger Pilsener came in a brown 331ml bottle with a classy ceramic swing-top. I didn't get much of a head - much less than my fellow reviewers, by the look of it - and the beer itself was somewhat pale. There wasn't any lace of which to speak.

The first thing I noticed about the aroma was the scent of raisins. The taste indicated a slight spiciness and was full of hops. On the palate, this beer was, unsurprisingly, but pleasantly, dry.

I liked it and would drink it again. (490 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

33cl swing-top, best by 9/29/11.

After a hard, two-step pour, I was able to coax a great head out of this beer. Clumpy, eggshell white, with great retention. Color was the typical clear, yellowish gold.

Pretty average on the nose, with a lightly sulfuric and lager-like aroma. Some grassy hops.

Like most pilsners from the north of Germany, this beer has a big, nearly astringent bite to it, and the bitterness really lingers. However, "Flens" lacks the hop flavor of, say, a Jever. Underneath the bitterness it's quite grainy and husky. Not terrible, and rather refreshing, just not inspiring. The mouthfeel was smooth with amazingly fine carbonation.

Too bad they couldn't make a better tasting beer with Flensburg's awesome water, as the appearance and mouthfeel were top-notch. In the end, this is just another decent pils from northern Germany. (854 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At home, poured from a 330 ml bottle. I just searched how this type of bottle is called but i already forgot, sorry.
Golden yellow colour, one tone paler than your usual pilsener, thick white head of two fingers. Some bubbles visible.
Aroma of malts, some hops, some hay. Taste is quite bitter and there are some traces of corn into it. Mouthfeel is thick, medium carbonated and dry. (383 characters)

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Flensburger Pilsener from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
80 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.