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Flensburger Pilsener | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-19-2002

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Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from somewhere in Germany

Pours golden with large white head that slowly fades to thin layer. Aroma is spicy hops and bready malt.

Taste is malty, with presence of spicy and grassy hops that gradually increase their dominance towards the finish, dry herbal bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

An excellent companion on a hot spring day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale sun with a gorgeous stiff creamy white head. Nose is grainy on the sour side, with very slight lemon hop. Cream cracker and tart melon malts with cutting grass and coriander leaf hops. Buzzing spice leave and drying linger. Light, dry, with some fullness of body.

Lean and sharp, good for summer. Maybe a bit too full in the mouth for a pils, but a steal at e11 for 6 500ml bottles. Above average.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 330ml swing-top cap bottle into a mug within best before date indicate on back label.

Transparent golden yellow color with big white frothy head it well retain and leave nice lacing along the way down into thin film. Visible carbonation is medium.

Upfront by sweet malt then wholly dominate by floral / herbal-like hop with hint of grass and subdued grain.

Hop bitterness is the backbone. It is alluring a sip and stand since the initial stage until finish also linger as an aftertaste with modest sweet malt and slight grassy / grain flavor.

The body is light to medium with mild carbonated and rather clean finish.

Good drinkable and enjoyable also worth a try.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog Cervoise glass. Best by 1 November 2011.

A: Clear golden body, with a plentiful white head which quickly collapses into a moderate covering. Quite pale, with small bubbles floating upward through the beer.

S: Burst from the bottle, but only softly emanates from the glass. A skunky scent, but pleasant, with lots of herbal hops and some sweeter, fruity smells.

T: Primarily sweet, with a bitterness on the end providing a clean, almost invisible, finish. The malty sweetness owns the first half of the taste, almost over-sweet; but met by pungent hops, very slightly spicy -- would that it were more so! All told, a fine pilsener, but nothing very special. I'm not a grand fan of pilsners, and this is no exception.

M: Clean, crisp, slightly bitter-dry. Very nice.

D: Quite drinkable, at first assessment. But then I find it more and more tiresome to consume the remainder of my beer. Final assessment -- drinkable, but not interesting. Only recommended if you like pilseners.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pleasant surprise in my mug tonight. This pils pours a very pale golden color with white head. Nose is clean with some herbal hops in there. Palate offers a nice dose of flavor though with herbal hops that bitter it up nicely, balanced with a gentle malt sweetness. Overall hop character makes this beer what it is. No skunk in the bottle either. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer in a swing-top bottle as well. Poured with a nice, large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, white head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow with some nice bubble trails. Aroma is bitter hop, malt, wet grain. Flavor is fresh beer, malt, hop with bitter dominating sweet and in a very good way. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has some legs. Session beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Zack.

A: Pours a clear yellow small fizzy head.

S: apple and pear with hints of dough.

T: Sweet fruits. Loads of apple with a hint of pear. Light yeasty bread, with a touch of honey.

M: light and zippy.

D: Not good not bad, somewhere in between.

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Photo of joemacpherson
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear light-golden with a medium-light head.

S- it's a bit chalky wit sour apples accompanied by a hint of floral hops.

T- light malts but really hopped up in terms of bitterness. The bitterness almost seems aggressive to the palate. Not much flavor comes through, a bit of sour apps and some yeasty bread notes. I do somehow like taste of the minerals, which are quite easy to detect.

M- the bitterness makes it refreshing on a hot day. but it is a little on the dry side for my tastes.

D- pretty drinkable, light in the belly indeed.

This is a beer they like to drink in northern deutschland, especially along the sea coasts- hence, the ship on the label. It is typical in deutscland that beers in the north are a bit more bitter, while beers become a sweeter further south.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. gate bottle top poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Very pale almost clear hue.

S - Not much here at all. Could not detect anything good or bad.

T - Very light taste. Dry. Seems a bit bitter but not unpleasant.

M - Very light carbonation and also light on the palate. Overall the mouthfeel is good.

D - Drinkable for sure. There are bettter German pils but this is well worth the try.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz flip top into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a huge white head that dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Smell: Sweet bready aroma with a hint of apple and some floral hops.

Taste: Sweet candy-like flavor with an apple finish and a slight herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat creamy body with light carbonation (probably due to my pour/opening job) and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, nothing great though. A nice refresher, but not too memorable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper-gold hue, thin white froth, great rings of lace.

S - Nose of slight honey-ish nuance and some mineral water too.

T - Taste is the same as nose, plus a hop which generally mimics the malt profile as far as dynamic goes.

M - Feels thin, lightly carbonated.

D - Drinkable, sure, great for the boot.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden colour, with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : malts and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malt and hops flavours, with grassy bitter finish.
Drinkabililty : an average beer in the style German pilsener.

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Photo of Brabander
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
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

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Photo of crossovert
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz flip top. Best before 01.14.11.

Pours a clear pale gold with a tightly foamed bright white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell could be better, it has an earthy malt smell but not much in the way of hops.

The flavor also has a huge malt presence but with enough hop bitterness to call it a pilsener and not a euro pale lager.

This isn't one of the craftier German brews but it works.

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Photo of jspruit
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this classic 500mL bottle at The Drink Store in Stoneybatter.

Pours a light pale/clear color with a nice 1.5 finger off-white bubbly head. Some carbonation in the pour and the head drops down to a nice light bubbly film.

Smells of a pilsner/lager with some very light fruits/hops/bitter tones. Definitely light though overall with some sweet notes detected at the end.

For a light, in appearance, beer there is actually a few things going on here which is nice in the taste. The light citrus notes come first, then a bit of sweet hops, and then finished with a slight bitterness. Nice. Reminds me alot of some Czech pilseners too.

This isn't a super-filling mouthfeel beer, but there is enough going on that it finishes nice and makes you want to take another sip and isn't too full.

I could have another one of these and would definitely see how if the weather was warmer in the sun I could down a couple of these no problem.

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Photo of soju6
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Flensburger bottle comes with a Ceramic Cap (aka: Flip-top) and has that distinctive "Plop" when opened. It has a light golden color with a good head and light carbonation. The aroma was slightly sweet and grainy. The taste was lighter than expected. The feel was crisp and refreshing. The beer is smooth and drinkable for a northern Germany beer, as compared to Jever and Holsten.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pilsner I have willingly bought. and the first flip top. Its pretty nice little resealable bottle. Im into the darker beers but hey, Ill give it a try. Have to try all styles and types.

Poured white 1 finger light bubbly head. Very Bubbley clear that retains o.k . Light straw yellow. Could imagine this beer being more impressive for the style.

Light corn with almost syrupy maple too it.

Light bubbly and crisp. Pretty drinkable.

I would really enjoy this at a game or the horse track over the usual selection. Nothing great but its decent.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is golden and clear and looks as it should. the head dissipates quickly leaving very little lace. nose is somewhat mild hay grassy and a bit of malt apple. palate has a nice bitter refreshing grass but not much malt to substantiate that quality. i have had more well balanced pilsners.

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Photo of lstokes
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, you have to love the bottle.

The smell was really musty and not sufficiently hoppy, and the taste is also curiously flat, the malts are good and sweet and nutty, but the hops don't pop like you want them to, there's a strange tinge of iron, and the carbonation is also lacking, which makes it a little bit boring. Not my favorite pilsner, but not bad either.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pop-top bottle. #2 bier review in Germany. The "plop" the website advertises is heard as soon as the cap is popped, nice acitve carbonation in the bottle.
Poured into a Pils Glas, extremly light pale color, light straw, head is really the calling card in the appearence. Light, fluffy even so-light-tan color head, leaving delicate lacing. As the head eventually settels, light bubbles slowly rising through the glass.
Smells like a solid German Pils. Light malts, the high mineral content in the water definatley adds a disctinct note of bitterness. The light hoppiness provides the lightest not of citrus, the ends abruptly with a bite of bitter hop spiciness.
Taste is pleasantly more complex than anticipated. Toasted malt nuttiness upfront, some sweetness akin to light fruitiness, the finish is clean and the light nuttiness is left lingering on the palate. After several sips, a bit of spiciness is left in your throat, that definatly makes another sip follow quickly.
Drinkability is good, sip after sip is light, refreshing, nothing out of the box, just a good standard German Pils. Here in Germany, i miss my Victory Prima Pils, but this is good. German beer is a study in standards, and achieving maximum flavor from the malt profile, with a heavy reliance on hops as a bittering agent. I would pair this with maybe a delicate shrimp/seafood dish, vorspeisen with breads, maybe even a nutty-flavored humms spread would complemet the nutty malt flavor.

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