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Fürstenberg Premium Pilsener - Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei KG

Fürstenberg Premium PilsenerFürstenberg Premium Pilsener

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 13.81%


Brewed by:
Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei 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: Bierman9 on 09-09-2003)
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale yellow color, fully translucent. Pure white fizzy head. Not much volume at all, not much retention and no lacing at all.

S: Biscuit malts are dominant. Some white bread in this. Corn syrup. Light citrus and herbal hops.

T: Biscuit malts and white bread mostly. Corn syrup, makes me think there might be some adjuncts in this. Light herbal and citrus-y hops. Light taste. More malt and more hops would have helped.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Fits well.

D: As with most beers with lighter taste and lower ABV, this could be drank all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:14:22 | More by flipper2gv
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me first say that the bottle I tried did not look like the picture shown at the time I am doing this review but the name is accurate. This is a bottle from the mini-bar in my room in Munich.

0.33L bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear light golden liquid. Small white head, medium lacing. Retains foam cover on surface.

S = Light hay field notes, earthy hops, floral undertones. Good refreshing standard pils smells.

T = Malty dough tastes with relatively sharp bitterness, sharp cheese notes, with floral overlay. Decent taste, but a little cloying after a while. Long bitter finish.

M = Light bodied, good mouthcoating, good frothy carbonation with slight bite on tongue.

D = Not a great beer but one that could be quaffed easily for bar drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:31:24 | More by Traquairlover
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the many great breweries in Germany that sells there beers locally and are still high quality.

A clear, golden beer with a big-bubbly head which settles after a couple of minutes.

Smell is hoppy with a nice smooth maltiness. It smells like a brewery smells, where bottles are filled. Some diacetyl which is actually quite nice.

Taste is light (pilsner)malty with hoppy notes. The malt is somewhat straw-like and a little husky. The yeast adds a nice sulfuric note. Hoppiness is not very high and after some sips starts to become almost untasteable. Body is according the style and drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 15:50:55 | More by Absumaster
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gestalt162

New York

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear gold color, with a 1 finger width snow white head that gradually fades into obscurity. No lacing to note. Average Pilsener fare.

Smell: Light scent of sweet barley malt with a moderate hoppy smell, I'm thinking noble/dry hops. Not too much else to it.

Taste: Just like the smell- a moderate amount of malt slightly dominated by dry hops and bitterness. For a pilsener you can certainly do much better

Mouthfeel: Extremely light, almost watery. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: It goes down easy enough, but there's not much reason to drink it. Flavor is weak for a style with a fiery hop character. Better pilseners are easily available in the German and American markets. I'd liken this lager to the Keystone of German Pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 15:40:44 | More by gestalt162
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tjd25

France

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden body. The head disappears very quickly. Hops in the smell with sweetness too and maybe hints of caramel. A nice but slight malty caramel aspect in the taste. The sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by the herbal hoppiness that is really powerful. The hoppy finish was more interesting than in other German pilsners I’ve had. A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 22:16:20 | More by tjd25
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is consistently available in at least one of the big Moscow grocery store chains. It comes in a brown longneck 33cl bottle with a fairly plain white, gold and black label. Purity law applies, of course. Best before the end of April 2004, I opened it on 9/9/03.

The color is a decent clear medium gold under a small and fizzy white head that reduced to collar and film very quickly. There are a few strings of lace, but I expect more from a pilsner. The nose is very mild, almost non-existent, with just a touch of flowery hops. The mouth is about right in terms of carbonation and weight. Again, nothing remarkable. The taste, however, is right on target. Malt opens the action, but flowery bitter hops take over almost immediately, leaving a good clean crisp bite that is pretty close to ideal for this style. The finish is hoppy bitter, with a marvelous bitter aftertaste at the back of the throat. This is the taste that made me a beer lover. Sure, I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 18:01:32 | More by Globetrotter
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DrainBamage

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light straw color with nice half inch frothy head. Smell is sweet and somewhat fruity. Tastes is a little watery, but has a bitterness that lingers on the tongue with is very pleasant. I enjoyed this beer alot and would definitely pick this up again, but unfortunately I picked this up on a trip to Ontario, and have never since this in the states.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 19:43:57 | More by DrainBamage
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crossovert

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml can. From Quebec "Biere de la Foret Noire". Best before 08/11.

It pours a clear, pale gold, a very light shade of it, with a sterile-looking foamy white head that leaves only a few bits of lacing.

The smell is suber grainy. Grain, grain, grain, and more grain. There is a little bit of hop twang but not much. For a German Pils, it is pretty cheap smelling.

The flavor is a lot better. It is smooth and bready with a balanced level of hops that even provide a small kick of bitterness in the finish. It is a light, cheap, easy drinker of a pils. But it is still tasty.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 21:28:21 | More by crossovert
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, lemon, hops, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it tastes very clean and crisp. I can taste lots of breads/grains, light hops, and lemon juice/zest. There is also some grassy notes. It finishes with a slightly bitter citrus and hop aftertaste.

Drink - Not a bad example of the style.. it won't knock your socks off but it is definitely a refreshing tasting beer. I could drink a few of these on a nice summer day for sure. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

01-17-2011 13:52:27 | More by spinrsx
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1/2 liter can....no freshness code Pours a pale gold with a smallish white cap, modest lacing, heavy carbonation. Aroma is faint...leafy-grassy light whisp of citrus and biscuit malt. Thin and spritzy...light on malts, slightly bitter and dry with a clean finish

Serving type: can

04-20-2010 00:07:51 | More by pootz
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jhall00

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer pours a pale gold color with shortlived medium head

S- Muted smell of hops over malts.

T- Moderate pilsner maltiness and hops with moderate bitterness that lingers.

M- thick mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation

D- Good pilsner

Serving type: can

02-07-2010 03:10:30 | More by jhall00
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a wispy shortlived head. The aroma is of fresh mown lawn and some crackery malt. The taste is a pleasant mix of herbal, earthy noble hops and doughy pale malts. The bitterness is moderate but lasts a long while in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation, a little too much fizz here.

This is a nice pilsner. Nothing particularly striking, but good balance and a competent hop profile. Worth trying.

Serving type: can

10-23-2009 02:38:54 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours into a Stiegl glass a very pale straw hue, with continuous rising bubbles, and one finger of soapy white head, which leaves decent curtained lace. It smells of white biscuit grain, and grassy Euro-hops. The taste is crisp white grain, more grassy hops, with a whiff of detergent. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and a little oily, and it finishes dry, some earthy, weedy hops lingering.

Not a bad pilsener, but at north of 9 bucks for a 500ml can, even in a pub, this is a bit too dear to order again, around here, at least.

Serving type: can

10-18-2009 00:56:54 | More by biboergosum
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haystack yellow with an energetic group of bubbles that unremittingly shoot their way up to the surface. Complexion is clean, clarity is good - so far so great. Last on the checklist: a pillowy white head. Or nearly one; this capping isn't ideal but, overlooking a few thin spots, it suffices. Fürstenberg scores well on the pilsner appearance test.

Premium Pilsner is suppose to be "pleasantly hoppy". I think the brewery needs a proof-reader for their write-ups; this is (un)pleasantly (un)hoppy. Bread, crackers and a tinge of corn don't come close to the zesty, earthy, pungent and floral hoppiness that is typical of great pilsners. It's clean enough but a pilsner not reeking of hops is not a pilsner at all.

That said, it does taste a little like them. Only a little, mind you, but significantly more than most large-scale German lagers that make their way over the pond. Still, crackers and white bread dominate and green, spicy cones are basically an afterthought. The beer is rather lean, a little more maltiness would have likely made up for that fact.

I notice the can doesn't mention anything about the German purity law. Curious. The shelf life is alarming. There is some taste of adjuncts, less noted than in most imports but definitely more noted than in most pilsners. Again, hop bitterness is missed. Is this refreshing and quaffable? Sure. But colder temperatures definitely work in its favor.

The brewery insists: "this is how one of the best beers in the world should taste!" What to say to that? One of? What about the others? At least in so far as pilsners go this isn't too far from what the world's best should taste like... but it's not exactly that close either. I insist: "this is what one of the world's most run-of-the-mill beers should taste like!"

Serving type: can

10-05-2009 21:32:13 | More by biegaman
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jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic German pilsener. I enjoyed a couple of these at a bar in Dusseldorf, Germany. Nice clear golden color with a medium head with moderate retention and lacing. The nose is mild and malty. The mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated with a fluidity that makes it good for warm weather drinking. Smooth draught, with a nice clean finish with just about the right amount of hop you expect from a pilsener. Very drinkable, and a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 01:33:22 | More by jushoppy2beer
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01121987

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pours with an excellent white creamy head that stays around for a bit.
pale straw colored with very high carbonation. more than i like but not excessive for style.
saaz hops dominate the aroma and flavor. refreshing.
medium light body with good bitterness level.
great summer beer but not my favorite pils.
overall a good beer. exactly what i was expecting from it!

Serving type: can

03-31-2009 21:32:22 | More by 01121987
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barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite German beers, it has a nice crisp flavour, and is very drinkable.

Goes great with a BBQ on a hot summer day.

Has a standard yellow color, pours a thin head that dissipates quickly. Has a nice mouthfeel with slightly more carbonation than I usually like, but its not offensive. Has a nice clean flavour and is very easy to drink.

I buy this regularly.

Serving type: can

01-14-2009 08:41:19 | More by barleysandwich
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pilsner yellow, cristal clear, lots of foamy head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of german malts, a hint of honey and some delicate to faint hop spice. Flavor is much like any german pils. Crisp malt profile, firm but not overwhelming hop bitterness. Just a hint of oxidation present.

It survived the boatride from Germany to the SAQ here in Qc... gotta love canned beer.

Serving type: can

08-09-2008 02:15:06 | More by bloberglawp
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a thick head that laces the glass nicely.

Sweet smelling, grainy, like a typical pilsener.

An average tasting pils, grassy, sweet not a bad beer.

Overall a typical pilsener that is easy to drink and very refreshing!

Serving type: can

08-07-2008 20:29:03 | More by GodOfBeer
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light gold, with a thick, steady head of white foam.

S - Nose is sharp, herbal/grassy hops.

T/M - Light and crisp, with a straightforward hop and moderately long finish. Fairly sweet with a hint of astringency.

D - Pretty much a light, easy drinking pils. Nothing too special going on here.

Serving type: can

02-14-2008 04:22:41 | More by allergictomacros
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

canette de 500ml.

bière extrêmement claire avec un léger voile de mousse mince et blanche. nez sur fond d'aluminium, de malt, frais, en bouche tout est frais, pas d'amertume, léger goût malté, de mon souvenir cette bière était meilleure il y a 10 ans. (peut-être en bouteille?)

Serving type: can

12-18-2007 23:57:38 | More by rodenbach99
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a pale golden colour with bubbly two finger head that dissipates to a quarter inch foam, leaving little lace; plenty of carbonation bubbles. However, particles are noticeable under closer inspection.

S: typical pilsener: crisp, clean, grassy hopped, slightly sweet aroma

T: nice crisp hoppy bitterness hits first, however, it dies of quickly leaving a metallic aftertaste

M: light, thin, watery texture. Decent carbonation but weak finish

D: This was quite a disappointment. It has the crispness of a good pilsener, but the flavour drops off far too quickly and the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. It’s an easy beer to drink and I could certainly put down a few of them – however, I would much sooner move on to something else.

Serving type: can

11-10-2007 00:13:06 | More by Graham5161986
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funky Euro can with the brewery’s coat of arms over the gothic lettering “Furstenberg”. Apparently, this is beer from the black forest…ok then.

Very pale looking, fluffy white head that took it’s time receding into a white cap. Loads of sticky web-like lacing.

Some faint hop and a hint of cooked veggies for aroma here.

Fairly sharp hop at the front end. No real malt until a 3 count and then some slightly bready, sweet malt is noted. The finish is quite dry. Hop taste tends to linger.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the astringent side…but still fairly smooth due to moderate carbonation.

Not bad, but nothing to scream about either

Serving type: can

05-29-2007 02:00:16 | More by Shadman
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average, hum drum pilsener. Nice golden, clear colour, but a fairly bland, overly malty smell. Hop presence, but not very strong, not distinctly Saaz.

Undistinct taste. Mellow hops, sweet malts. Not a true, crisp pilsener taste.

Drinkable, and pleasant on the tongue, but so unremarkable, why bother?

Serving type: can

05-14-2007 05:20:44 | More by BDTyre
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a totally unremarkable beer, bordering on one I would avoid.

It poured with a thin white head sitting atop a dull gold body. The smell was mostly malty, with a hint of spicy hops coming through. The taste followed that lead, starting with bread-like malt and getting a bit spicy. The finish was verging on unpleasant, though: a powdery, yeasty aftertaste that didn't exactly have me craving more. Couple that with a thin, watery mouthfeel and the overall result is a beer that isn't worth revisiting when there are so many better out there.

Serving type: can

02-02-2007 05:55:00 | More by vanrassel
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