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Flensburger Pilsener - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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BA SCORE
81
good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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JBogan

Nevada

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

01-28-2008 11:15:01 | More by JBogan
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avalon07

South Carolina

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
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Pale yellow almost transparent clear. Big Fluffy lasting white head. bubbles like champagne

Smell: Smells like malt. No hop aroma present. Off from style. Could be an older beer.

Taste. Beautiful hop presence with a mild malt flavor. Fits style. This is what I think of hop wise for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is there but it feels like a medium to thin body as a highly attenuated beer should.

Drinkability: Very good. Would enjoy a few of these at a time. Will buy again.

01-13-2008 01:57:59 | More by Squelch
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

330ml flip top bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a clear light yellow colour... Pure white head poured fairly big and foamy then faded quite quickly to wispy layer.... no real carbonation... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Faint biscuity malts, light peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, light honey sweetness, light grassy / floral notes...

Taste - Peppery and grassy hops, quite tart fruits (lemons, bitter oranges), honey, some biscuit malts, herbal notes, salty traces...

Feel - Light and crisp... Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable - very sessionable

Overall - A good, clean and very drinkable Pils.... nothing groundbreaking but worth a try...

12-10-2007 15:39:34 | More by mdagnew
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

11-09-2007 23:02:55 | More by CharlieMopps
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bark

Sweden

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
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tigerdoc

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Has a nice clear golden color with a big creamy head that dissapates quickly. Has a bready aroma with some nice noble hop aroma to balance. Taste is nice and clean and crips as a pils should be with a nice hop bite at the end that I personally apriciate. The mouthfeel again is very crisp as would be expected from a lager, with some tingling from the residual bitterness. A very drinkable beer, very refreshing, a nice summer beer.

08-17-2007 23:12:13 | More by tigerdoc
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AlexLMS

Portugal

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

08-11-2007 10:40:59 | More by AlexLMS
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Onslow

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Had after the Jessica at Cooper incident.... A good beer... Loads of honey and light malt in the nose, a very delicious smell....Light Honey colour...Some lacing but low for a pils... An enjoyable beer but maybe needs a bit more body to be a great pilsner!

07-12-2007 00:03:29 | More by Onslow
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

330ml flip top bottle, poured into a straight sided pint glass

Pours with a light yellow body. Head forms about half an inch thick, pure white. Settles down to a thin whispy layer, fair retention. Lots of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, grassy and ever so slightly floral hops, biscuity malt with a hint of mustiness. Little touch of fresh wort, steeping grains and a little bit of fresh herbs

Taste, crisp and grassy on the mouthfeel, little bit of hop bitterness and lemon zest character. Fairly thin mouthfeel, biscuity malt on the finish with some floral hops

A fairly solid pilsner, drinkable and with enough flavour to make the experience enjoyable

07-11-2007 09:35:32 | More by cypressbob
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dherling

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Served out of a flip top bottle, poured a golden, bright color with a white head, nice lacing. The nose was bitter and minerally, with some nuttyness to it as well. The taste had some dry grainyness, decent bitterness, some light malt sweetness, nuttyness, and also something between earthyneess and minerality. Had a slightly cloying mouthfeel but was fairly dirnkable. Thank you Angelika for the bottle.

02-20-2007 09:06:05 | More by dherling
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.7%

A - 2" dense white head. Very good retention. Patchy, thick lacing. Extremely pale gold with tons of carbonation racing through it.

S - Full on bready malts. Hay. Soft, grassy hop.

T - Toasted bread. Biscuity malts. Delicate hops. Excellent bit of ongoing bitterness in the finish. Faint zingy lemon. Crisp, dry finish.

M - Medium body. Between mid and high carbonation.

D - What a great surprise. This is a very good pilsner.

02-13-2007 04:10:13 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

Very well balanced with dry, cracker like malt flavor. Finishes clean. Hop bitterness is quite restrained for a northern German pils, but this lets the mild malt flavor come forward more. I could keep this beer on hand at all times. People who find pilsners boring should first have an American macro-lager, then follow up with a good (fresh) German pils like this one, and the flavor and mouth feel are immediately apparent.

01-31-2007 13:20:37 | More by dedrinker
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer poured a light straw with abundant white head that lasts long and leaves plenty of lace. Bubbles run up the side of the glass for the duration of the liquid remains in the glass. A damn pretty beer.

A subtle aroma with a hint of honey. A very balanced beer with a little more malt than hops.

The taste was also subtle. The beer had a bit of sweetness at first but as I drank more, the sweetness went away and the hop bitterness. The finish is dry but there is a bit of maltiness.

A light mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation.

A pretty beer and a nice pils that I does fit well into its style. Not a style classic but good.

12-04-2006 03:29:07 | More by LarryKemp
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BlackHaddock

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
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Washburne

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12oz flip-top bottle to a stein

A - Pale straw colour with plenty of frothy head that left very fine lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - A little disappointing - besides a slight hint of bitter hops, there really wasn't a whole lot to the aroma.

T - Sweet and malty with plenty of hops to back it up. Has a crisp bitterness to the aftertaste.

M - Crisp and clean, but the aftertaste lingered just a little longer than was welcome for a pils.

D - Not my favourite pils, but highly drinkable nontheless.

11-20-2006 21:50:03 | More by Washburne
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

The beer poured into the glass clear pale straw with a white frothy head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty. The malt presence even had a fruity aspect of golden raisins. Some light spicy hops were notable.

The flavor was malty with a crisp lightly spicy hop presence. The malt was balanced by a strong bittering, but still came off with a raisin depth of character.

The finish was dry with lasting spicy bittering long and growing stronger into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation level. Quite a crisp and drinkable beer, a nice malty presence and a strong hop backbone.

12 ounce flip top bottle.

11-03-2006 21:33:30 | More by GCBrewingCo
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

Faintly sweet aroma full of pungent spicy and floral hops. Big, fluffy, bright white head left fine strands of lace. Transparent, pale golden beer holds clouds of briskly rising bubbles. Taste is full of tangy floral hops with a mild bitter bite throughout. Lightly sweet and fairly crisp beer. Mouthfeel is light, but the hops keep it from getting too watery. A delicate, refreshing Pilsener.

10-27-2006 17:20:54 | More by HappyHourHero
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Drew966

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

10-13-2006 21:12:47 | More by Drew966
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.88/5  rDev +37.5%

Poured this 12 oz. brown ceramic flip-top bottle into a plisner flute. Bottle was dated 7-10-06. Pop-gun "pop" when opened.

Body was a crystal clear pale golden-yellow. Head was very tall and required waiting a few minutes in order to pour the remaining beer into the large glass.

Smell was of crisp, clean grains. Leafy hop aroma. Very appetizing. No skunkiness.

Taste was sweet, rich malts and raspy noble hops. A great combination and an awesome pilsner representation. Bitter, crispy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded, yet zesty and scrubbing at the same time. Medium carbonation. Very nice, what I hope for in a Euro pilsner.

I am sad that I only purchased one. Extremely drinkable, perhaps my new favorite pilsner. I will search for this one.

09-15-2006 00:07:21 | More by Cresant
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allengarvin

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured into a small stein glass. Crystal-clear straw-gold color with lots of fine bubbles and a huge, frothy head. Aroma is faint at best, just a light grainy malt. Excellent flavor, though. Good initial malt, with substantial bitterness and a delicate floral hop flavor. Very dry finish. Light bodied.

Except for an unexceptional smell, this is a very good German pils, on the bitter end of the spectrum.

06-28-2006 01:54:47 | More by allengarvin
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beckje01

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a bottle to pint glass.

A- Lively looking a good amount of carbination moving, an inch of head with a bit of lacing.

S- Pungent a bit hoppy

T- A fuller tast then I was expecting, yet crip and ends with a bite of hops. The malt base comes through a bit, but its nice.

M- The carbination feels alive.

D- Refreshing goes down pretty easy but has a bit of an after taste. I would probably have another if I had it on hand but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one.


Notes: When I opened the bottle it poped and gave me a bit of a jump. But I think I was fair even though that pop scared me ;)

06-27-2006 00:33:32 | More by beckje01
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Pegasus

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

06-22-2006 03:16:04 | More by Pegasus
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours a golden straw, as clear as an unmuddied lake of deepest summer. Dense white foam fills the glass, then gradually settles to a solid rocky head that forms big sticky patches of lace. Saaz and hallertau nose with a pilsener malt background -not very strong- but a nice honey aroma comes through as it warms. Pale and crisp pilsener flavor that hints at sweetness. Spicy saaz and noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste with a surprising lack of dryness; these flavors remain strong into the finish but never become overpowering. The carbonation is mild and the body is thin, making it very easy to swig on.

05-22-2006 04:32:27 | More by PBRstreetgang
Flensburger Pilsener from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
81 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.