Flensburger Pilsener - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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3.8/5 rDev +7%
A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grassy hops as well as bready and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by grassy and grainy flavors and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a good amount of dryness.
O: The dryness in this pilsner makes it quite refreshing and really cleanses your palate.
04-27-2012 23:12:38 | More by metter98
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
Straw yellow with amber leanings. Intermittent superfine bubbles race up to a fantastic looking head the color of newspaper that is incredibly rumpledbumpy on its superior surface. It's also nicely tacky as evidenced by the impressive display of cheese grater lace that finds its way to the glass. If I remember correctly, this brewery's hefe weizen looked good as well.
The nose is just okay and certainly doesn't rise to the level of the appearance. It's decently hoppy, but is more musty than musky. I like the latter and don't care for the former. The beer hasn't yet reached its 'best by' date and I'm positive that it isn't oxidized. Still though, it smells papery to me. Maybe that newpaper comparison was prescient.
I've had dozens of German pilseners it seems and feel fairly confident in putting Flensburger's version squarely in the middle of the pack. It's much closer to its 'best by' date than it is to its bottling date, so some of what I'm tasting can probably be chalked up to age. How much though I couldn't say. I would love to drink some of these European beers at the source one of these days.
There's a sturdy pils malt base that provides a fair amount of sweetness and that just begs to be festooned with a generous amount of noble hops. The hop flavor is moderately grassy-spicy--as nobles are wont to be--but lacks the pungency necessary to thrill my taste buds. There's enough bitterness on hand to meet and exceed the malty sweetness; a necessary quality in a pils and one that impels me to bump the taste score a half-notch.
The body is certainly big enough for the style (medium in general terms), but feels even bigger due to the dearth of carbonation. That lack of energy, along with the lack of hop zippiness, contributes to the failure of this beer to engage its drinker in any profound way. Sometimes I wonder about the effectiveness of these swing-tops in terms of carbonation retention. I love to hear a rifle crack on opening, but didn't get one here.
Flensburger Brauerei has provided me with so-so beer (Gold), very good beer (Weizen), and now something that fits comfortably between those bookends. Again, I get the sense that Pilsener was a better beer, though probably not a great beer, when fresh. The brewery has been kind enough to provide us with dating, so take advantage of that fact when contemplating a purchase.
06-20-2006 14:17:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Had a couple of random offerings that I decided to crack open, this one pours into the glass a nice golden hay color with a huge head of nearly three inches that never seems to let itself go down coating the sides with some nice lacing and tons of carbonation. Aroma is light grains, bready notes, hints of l;ight clove maybe and a touch of some earthy grass notes. Nothing crazy but it does the job. Very light and clean flavor, crisp, refreshing nothing out the ordinary in any way. Was easy to throw down with a clean and refreshing aftertaste, overall not bad at all could easily but down two or three.
01-21-2011 00:44:49 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
This is one of the best German Pilsners I think that I've ever had. The beer pours out as a nice golden yellow color with a decent fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a subtle grassy aroma that is just faint enough for me to really enjoy this brew. The taste of the beer is a little earthy but had a sharp hop bite to it that really impressed me. The mouthfeel is smooth and had just enough carbonation. Overall very nice brew.
08-16-2011 03:40:50 | More by Knapp85
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Its been awhile since I had a German pilsner so I grabbed one to have after work tonight.Poured a dull lighter straw color with a large blooming white head that left multiple sheets on the pilsner glass as it settled slowly,toasty and bready aromas with a tinge of iron with not much hop presence just a passing whif of leaf.Flavors are toasted and crisp but lacks enough hop character to really round out the flavors well its is pretty refreshing though.It goes down easy and isnt to light but after one I would likely get bored with it.
05-23-2008 23:04:23 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a clear yellow with a white head. The aroma is biscuit and pilsner malt with some light fruit and yeast. The flavor is pilsner malt with some hop bitterness and some spicy hop flavor. You also get some honey. High carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.
02-23-2010 22:25:17 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -7%
Flip top 330ml brown bottle.
Very pale, even for a German pilsner, burst out the bottle with a pop and produced a fine head, which sadly dissappeared as soon as I put my lips to the glass (a Veltins pilsner .2 glass).
No smell to talk of really. Like all pilsners, I drank it cold and very little aroma comes across.
Dry, crisp and thirst quenching.
A dry hoppy aftertaste which lingers at the back of your throat for while.
Not the best German pilsner I have had out of a bottle, but a long way from the worst.
11-26-2006 14:50:59 | More by BlackHaddock
2.4/5 rDev -32.4%
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.
04-08-2011 20:45:29 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (England)
2.6/5 rDev -26.8%
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!
09-15-2008 20:05:01 | More by wl0307
3.74/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and just a hint of light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and cereal grain malts with light aromas of grassy hops.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain and bready malts followed by a light to moderate flavor of grassy hops. There is a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.
M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are present in the finish.
O: I really enjoy the flavors and aromas of this German Pilsener - and it comes in a swing top which is a bonus (I just love that kind of bottle). Very easy to drink and sessionable.
11-13-2013 01:34:12 | More by dbrauneis
4.25/5 rDev +19.7%
Best by 7-10-2006
Appearance: Clear, pale yellow. Copious amounts of carbonation are present. Thick crop of bleached white head. Lacing is great. I'd give this an even higher rating in this category if the color was more "golden" in nature.
Aroma: Biscuity malts. Doughy malts. Herbal and floral hops. Nice blend. I like sniffing this one.
Taste: Solid bready, biscuity, crackery like malt base. This is speckled with pleasant spicy, herbal, hay-like hop qualities. Nice combination of hops and malt.
Mouthfeel: Solid level of carbonation. Gives a good "scouring" of the palate. Medium-full body. Alcohol is unnoticeable.
Drinkability. I find great pleasure in finding new (to me) examples of good pilsners. And this is one of them. This would be great with a variety of foods as well as on the back patio on a hot summer (or spring) day.
04-28-2006 19:29:59 | More by Bighuge
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
Pours a golden, clear, brass color underneath a quick two finger head of bright white cotton to a nice film. Very nice bubbling. The aroma is a lightly toasted and faintly fruity malt and strong grassy hops aroma. Flat pilsner malt with a little tinny hint on wet grass. This pilsner doesn't have the right, crisp pop I like in a good pilsner. Feels flat on the tongue. Not a ad drinking beer, but good use some more crispness and flavor.
08-08-2009 14:08:59 | More by scruffwhor
2.7/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
09-08-2007 19:12:09 | More by bark
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
Got this beer and poured into a pilsener glass. Had about an inch of head and a clear, golden color. The smell was almost hard to detect, although the hops came through. It had a sweet taste, almost like bubblegum, but the malt came through. Decently carbonated beer that gives a good bite if that's what you want. The Flensburger's a decent, drinkable pilsener. I'm not overly fond of pils, but this one was surprisingly tasty. Good thing to give a whirl.
01-18-2008 16:29:27 | More by avalon07
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Pours pale golden with an enormous white creamy long-lasting head. Some lacings.
S: Dry bready malt. Bitter hops.
T: Sweet bready malt. Balanced bitter hops with some citric notes. An apple-feel to it.
M: Aftertaste lasts for a really long time - both sweet and bitter. Body is medium dry and carbonation is balanced.
D: A nice German Pilsener. They don't mess with the basics - bitter hops and malt!
08-10-2010 20:28:51 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Love the packaging, nice fliptop bottle and good looking label. Pours a medium yellow color with a billowing white fluffy head. Fades pretty slowly and leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Great looking brewski.
Smell is of lightly kilned malt and sweet graininess. Maybe a little bit of earthy hops, but not too much.
Taste is pretty basic, with light, grainy malts and a fair amount of grassy hop bitterness shouldering the majority of the load. Tastes pretty decent, but would probably taste much better fresh on tap at the brauerei. Has a bit of a dull feel to it and the hops dont taste quite perfect. But for $1.59, this is a good buy and well worth trying.
05-23-2009 23:41:17 | More by twiggamortis420
1.65/5 rDev -53.5%
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.
03-24-2008 13:54:47 | More by stcules
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
06-27-2009 04:23:50 | More by gford217
Flensburger Pilsener from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
81 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.