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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

534 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 24
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 266
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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz euro style green bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellow with the slightest chill haze, tight bubbly white lace leaves a few rings around the glass.

Smell: Faint lemon in the aroma hinting towards floral.

Taste: Medium bodied with a crisp malty palate, slightly restrained bitterness ... more subtle and flavourful than bitter, yet still helps to balance quite well with a spicy bite. The hops become more evident in the finish as they linger with some residual sweet grain.

Notes: Forget Becks or the similar ... a fine pils to be had any time of the year. A treat for either the veteran micro drinker or a macro drinker. Goes down well yet very tasty at the same time.

Photo of keithmurray
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear straw color with fluffy white head

Smell - grass, wheat, cracker, hint of black pepper

Taste - lemon zest, grassy flavor, wheat, cracker, malt, hint of black pepper

Mouthfeel - crisp, refreshing beer, light end of being medium bodied without being thin, medium carbonation, slightly sweet, hint of bitterness on the end to keep this balanced

Overall - this is an excellent pilsener, the best I've had thus far for consumption at home, I would suggest getting this in a can as this is probably the closest iteration to the true integrity of what this beer is supposed to taste like. Will make this a staple in my fridge

Price Point - $5.99/ 4pk 16.9 oz cans

Photo of tubeboy
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic golden pilsner with about 1 finger of head that settles quickly with a nice lacing. A distinct aroma of grains with a slight hint of citrus. This is a very good tasting beer for the style. I taste perfectly malted grains. None of the skunk that I normally get with the mass market German or Dutch lagers. Probably the best of the German Pilsners I've tried. I really appreciate the creamy texture which is rare for a pilsner style. This is my new go to Pilsner. I wish that I'd found it sooner.

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mine was a litle skunked (damn green bottles),want to try it when its not.Heard good things about it,Iam not a real pilsner fan though.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a scant head and lace.

S: The smell of grains and a hint of grassiness
are there.

T: Very clean tasting without a real standout
single flavor, but a good hop residue left
behind.

M: Clean and crisp very light pilsner but not
what I would consider thin.

D: Very drinkable pils. refreshing and a good
easy drink.

Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled: On tap. pint glass

Aroma: Clean maltiness with a bit of hoppy spiciness. Pale gold, the color of straw, with decent head retention. This is the beer Budeweiser wishes it could be - the combination of typically round, sweet decoction mash flavor combined with a nice firm bitterness and hoppiness that is near-perfect in balance. The lingering bitter-hop-malt-spiciness flavors at the back of your tongue after a long sip just screm "more!!" One of the best, if not the best, Pilsners I've yet tried. Good in bottle (if it hasn't been skunked), but better on tap.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, grass, corn and a little bit of citrus.

The flavor is grain, corn and grassy hops. There is a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a thick frothy white head that leaves some light lacing behind.

Smell: Grass, hay, bitter apple, spicy hops and some light metallic bitterness.

Taste: Nice rounded apple, pear and grass malt backbone, with a light spicy and metallic bitterness coming through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body and dry finish.

Drinkability: More than solid example of a light, dry German Pils. While not as bitter as some (although still quite dry), it is very well balanced and I could see drinking a decent amount of this if available.

Photo of chickenm
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of grassy hops with some malt. Taste is again grassy hops with a bready flavor and a bit of honey. Thin body with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty solid German Pilsner that is very drinkable. I'll definitely try this again next summer.

Photo of Jimmy_Pete
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, clear, mouth feel.

Not overly carbonated.

Excellent permeation of pils flavor and good to last dreg.

Typically I find this beer on sale at the Piggly Wiggly, in 4 packs.

I consider an excellent pils like this a highly underated beer in a land flowing with mediocre to horrible lagers, and overpriced over ABV'd microbrews. This is the beer you need when you want a beer that goes right down the middle in excellent form.

Photo of chinchill
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%

Pale clear golden color looks like a macro light bit tasting reveals some substance, especially worth the substantial herbal/Grassy hop load.
Near medium body.
A light but hop forward German pils.

Photo of roggia
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Beer with yellow liquid and a little foaming with short-lived.
Malt aroma and mouth a light beer with good carbonation.
Bitter in aftertaste. good drinkability
This is a beer that we can drink a lot in hot days. It´s a pilsen with bittering hops.
I liked it

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts and light amounts of spicy and somewhat floral hops.

Tastes good. Sweet and slightly biscuity pilsner malt flavors up front with a hint of spiciness joining in midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass easily and could certainly have another.

Overall there was nothing here that really blew me away but on the other hand there are really no weaknesses here. Worth a shot.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear corn silk yellow brew with a great tall white cap. There are plenty of bubbles moving from bottom to top fueling the dwindling lacy head. My first impression is that this beer is too thin looking. It's very watery looking with a touch of pale color.

Nose is a clean and malty with touches of spicy hops and a pinch of sulphur. The sulphur is not a nice touch but it is not overly present and sometimes doesn't even register. It's definitely a bigger nose then I expected (given the look.)

Taste is much like the scent minus any trace of the sulphur. Golden cereal like malts with dashes of bitter spicy hops and a honey like finish. Again bigger flavors then one would expect from the appearance and quite flavorful.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp and bubbly carbonation mixes with a nice soft and smooth body. Very pleasing and quite easily drinkable. Yes I've had better pilsners but this one is solid and underrated if you ask me. I saw it at a bar for $2 a can because they couldn't sell any. Good luck for me because this is a solid brew.

Photo of
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer - and I'm not just saying that because it was being sold at my local grocer in 500ML can four-packs (that's two liters of actual european pilsner beer people!) for the princely sum of $4.57. Let me try to explain why this beer rocks: it rocks because it has something other lesser beers typically lack. It has staying power. By that I mean it goes down extremely well on the first luscious gulp, but continues to go down just like that throughout the whole half-liter can. Very few beers manage to achieve that. And for me, it has one of the best combinations of taste and "refrenshing-ness" (if I can coin a term) that I have ever experienced in a pilsner. So, to summarize: go out and get this beer and see for yourself if it isn't really pleasing. I'm pretty confident you'll agree.

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear light golden in color.

S: Soft smell of bready sweet malts.

T: Taste is the star of this beer. The smell carries through in the taste although magnified, bready with an outstanding malts note.

M: Mouthfeel is a tad heavy. Still on the light body, although I'd prefer just a little lower gravity.

O: This is one of the best, perhaps best pils I've ever had. It will certainly become a benchmark for future reference.

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with two fat fingers of sudsy white head, which settles fairly quickly, leaving a bony ring of creeping lace around the glass. It smells of semi-sweet bready malt, mild bitter, grassy hops, and a bit of vegetal character. The taste is more husky, grainy malt, a bit of stale citrus, and muted grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body light, but not thin, and kind of airily creamy. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the astringent hops making a late game push.

After enduring a slow start, this pils turns out to be an adequately quaffable example of the style, if a bit staid and underwhelming in the effort.

Photo of mintjellie
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head fades quickly to a thin covering over the body. No lace is left behind.

Grassy/floral hops and mild bread notes.

Bread malt. Hops are floral, mildly bitter, and a little bit spicy. Mild bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Goes down pretty easy, though I think I would have liked a little bit more fizz.

Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light straw colored beer, super clear, and topped with a white bubbly head. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles are clearly visible.

S: Sweet and crisp. Bread dough, caramel drizzle, water crackers, and zesty lemon.

T: Good clean pilsener malt and lemon = pleasantly refreshing flavors. Lightly bitter with perky carbonation.

M: Slick, light bodied, dry, and stirred up by prickly carbonation.

O: This is better than the last one I reviewed, which was in a bottle. I think the other one I had (5 years ago) might have been a little out of whack. This time its more like a German Pilsener should be.

Photo of DiUr
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear pale yellow with a fluffy head of two fingers. Smell is not strong but well balanced on style with a hint of lemon. Tastes of malts and noble hops, which balance the sweetness. It is just delicious and goes down smoothly. Light to medium body and light carbonation, which makes for an exceptional drinkability. You could down a liter in less than you say good morning. What a simple deliciousness, yet world class beer. Up there with Weihenstephaner as the best Pilsner i have had.

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a pale gold with a tight white head over swirling streams of carbonation. The head is fast-falling, leaving a small collar a scant lacework.
It's scented of graham crackers, lavender, lilac, hay, and dried herbs. It's a modest aroma, but a nice one.
In the mouth, the malt presents fairly softly. There is an initial hay and crackery dryness. It steps towards a pear-like fruitiness, but stops just short. A kiss of grain precede the soft-water lagered briskness. Hop bring it home with desiccated herbs, crushed flowers, and a small, talc-like minerality.
Light bodied with a steady, gentle CO2.
This is in all ways a solid pils...nearly great, even. There is enough delicate balance to make this almost endlessly drinkable. The price point ($12/12pack) doesn't hurt either.

Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before September 8th, 2011. The six pack came in a box to further guard from light-struck off flavors. Hooray.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Quite pale, clear, titanium yellow liquid with a small but lasting head of ghost white creamy foam. Fine sticky lacing, no legs.

Very faintly spicy/floral hops give way to a clean vaguely crackery malt aroma.

Pleasing moderate bitterness with finely tuned noble hop flavor. Grassy, floral, and gently peppery notes blend in with the faint malt. Some vague suggestion of wheat, though there is none present. Crisp dry finish.

Light-bodied, spritzy, yet a little creamy too.

While not super-exciting, I'm hard pressed to find fault with this beer either - a clean supremely easy-drinking example of the style. Great on a warm evening.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 0.5l mug at a beer garden outside Berlin. Crystal clear, dark-ish gold with bubbles floating to top. Thin head with very little in the way of lacings.

Light citrus aroma with hints of grass.

This is nicely hopped for a continental pils. Slightly bitter, perfect for the style. Nice light grainy malt and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel, nicely carbonated giving it a refreshing crispness. As you'd expect, incredibly drinkable.

Sitting in a beer garden by the spree on a sunny day in Berlin, anything is going to taste nice, but I stand by this review. A great pilsner.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Konig Pilsener
On tap @ Wirtshaus zum Nussbaum, Berlin, Germany. .31 L @ 2.80 €

A fine German Pilsner, very refined. Crystal clear, light straw-gold body beneath a massive head of white that offers excellent retention and lacing. The aroma offers a mild blend of straightforward Pilsner malt and soft, smooth noble hops. It's subtly floral with a hint of lemongrass in its mainly grassy character. Although the bitterness is there from the beginning, it doesn't really make itself known until midway, and then it bows out, simply stepping aside to make up the background of the finish. It's quite nicely rounded and polished to the point of being remarkably drinkable. Absolutely worth trying, particularly if you can find it on tap.

Photo of socon67
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light golden pour with an active white foam. Small bubbles of carbonation move about the glass.

S - Smells of light grain and a bit of musty yeast. Not much else here.

T - Flavors of wheat and some lemon citrus are noted. Finish seems to have more of the funky yeast flavor.

M - A crisp, dry beer that has a bit of grit and leaves a raspy feel in the mouth. Balance on it is fine. The best quality on this is in its simplicity to deliver nice flavor and be easy drinking.

O - I've had better imported pilseners but this is worthy to try again. In the warmer weather this could really hit the spot.

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.