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Flensburger Pilsener - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

200 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-19-2002)
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Photo of stcules
1.65/5  rDev -53.5%
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.

stcules, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Msundt
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Msundt, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

elNopalero, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

HardTarget, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  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.

kojevergas, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Brabander
2.4/5  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

Brabander, May 23, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Shakerman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of rinhaak
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

rinhaak, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of wl0307
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
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!

wl0307, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of bark
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

bark, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of agkp95
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

agkp95, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of altmer
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

altmer, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of psm90
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

psm90, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of RochefortChris
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

RochefortChris, May 09, 2014
Photo of AlexLMS
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

AlexLMS, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of JBogan
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

JBogan, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of djura
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

djura, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of atpben
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

atpben, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Zakk, Jun 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

ZachH, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

lelepat, Oct 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

crobinso, Sep 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Nyczj, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Kahlerbock, Feb 06, 2012
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Flensburger Pilsener from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
81 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.