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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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274 Reviews

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 577
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The King! I wonder if mwa423 has had this yet ... I sprechen ein kleiner du Deutch, so I CAN understand some of what is printed on the CAN.

From the CAN: "Das Konig der Biere (the King of Beer); Purum Laudatur (Purest [Highest] Praise); Gebraut nach dem Reinheitzgebot von 1516 (Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot [Purity Law] of 1516)".

My glugging pour, following a loud Crack!, produced a finger of fluffy, bone-white head floating atop the beer like clouds drifting overhead. Color was a pale lemon-yellow color with NE-plus clarity that would make any BMC drinker weep for this level of clarity. No boostin'! Nose was Saaz hops to the max! GER Pilsener?!? Not by my reckoning! Bohemian/Czech Pils, more like. I could weep for what Prohibition resulted in for us. AALs are the worst! Mouthfeel was silky with a big, soft hops flavor, like spearmint, on the tongue. Shazam, but this was fantastic! I got some maltiness, but hops were king here. Finish was literally breathtaking. If you have ever smoked a menthol cigarette, you will understand. This was clean, minty, slightly malty, but very dry. Wow! Finish lingered with a minty hoppiness. There was no question that this was hop-driven, but I wonder how well they would have held up in a bottle. This is one instance where I CAN encourage CANphobic drinkers to give a King a chance. I am pushing things around in my cooler to make room even as we speak. See you on the beach!

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Photo of Jimmy_Pete
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best German Pils brought into the U.S., both on draft and when fresh in bottles. Pours straw/golden with virtually no haze into my 0.5L mug. Glorious carbonation and good size and retention of contrasting white head. Nose is clean, light, lemony, with a whiff of herbal elements. Palate has a great combination of rather clean malty flavors and delightful herbal hoppy flavors to balance things nicely. No skunk. Zero. Finish is more of the herbal hops. Incredibly easy drinking and a great example of the style as far as what we have for options here in the U.S.

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Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of tubeboy
4.65/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
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

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Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 oz single for 89 cents at the local liquor mart. Cheaper than bottled water fercrissakes. Said "BIT 07" on the back, so I'm thinking less than a year old.

Appearance was perfectly golden, a nice frothy head with some lacing. A steady column of bubbles from the bottom of my mug. Just what a pilsener should look like.

The smell was of grass and earthiness .. right away I picked up those classic Saaz hop aromas. A little bit of citrus comes out with a few swirls.

The taste was that grass/earthiness of the Saaz, with a sweetness coming at the end from the malt. Nothing too fancy here. Towards the end, the bitterness from the hops came out. Very well-balanced.

I had this really cold and it's already hot here in Texas, so it went down in less than five minutes. Drinkability is off the charts and I'm getting a case tomorrow. A great everyday drinking beer ...

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw that this was one of the most favorable reviewed pilsners and then to my delight it was on sale at the lcbo so i decided to try it out.

Love the smell, nothing better than popping a can and holding it to your nose and inhaling that sweet, sweet beer aroma.

The colour is nice, similar to most pilsners - the golden colour but slightly darker, with a hint of amber. A thin, light head and nice aroma.

I thought it was a nice fresh tasting smooth beer. It had only a slight bitter taste and nice sharp finsih. The smoothness is the strongest characteristic of this brew.

The finish combined with the smoothness makes it a very drinkable beer which is great if you are going to slam a bunch of them. Another solid session beer from the German Pilseners.

A nice, solid pilsner. One of my favorite styles and this is def. one of my go-tos.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Konig Pilsner has a thick, soapy, white head, and a somewhat hazy yellow straw appearance, with lots of little white floating particles visible throughout the beer. A few streaming bubbles are seen, and a good amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect some lightly-roasted malt. Taste is of sweet biscuit, lightly-roasted malt, sweetness, and it closes with an outstanding, grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Konig Pilsener finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This not a perfect beer, but it is not far from it. I insist that you try it!


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Photo of Premo88
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: classic light gold, crystal clear; poured it pretty lightly, so the white foam head was minimal, not even half an inch with no stick (nothing to stick)

S: sweet biscuits ... again, all classic stuff here with bread malt sweetness; maybe a hint of grain, toasted grain

T: grassy green hop bite mixed with sweet bread ... some cereal grain in that malty sweetness; the hops are spicy, too, but this thing is fresh-mown grass green

F: with the lighter pour, this thing is fantastic! i'm a sucker for carbonation, and this one is full of it without ripping off your tongue. light and easy without feeling watery

O: i love pilseners, and i love Konig -- there isn't a thing wrong with this brew, and it's one i'll be going back to often

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Photo of forsport
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best widely available German Pilsner. The real deal, great with some burgers off the grill or some charcuterie and fromage. I wish they would bring in kegs so we could drink it on tap. Unfortunately for the most part US craft brewers feel the need for too many hops or too much malt to make a classic session style German Pilsner

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a 2” finely bubbled white foam cap.
S: Spicy hop aromas but somewhat muted.
T: Light spicy malts with a spicy hop accent on the finish. No apple and no fruity esters.
F: Clean, smooth and crisp with medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink German Pilsener.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The beer is a clear golden yellow color and has a small white head. The aroma is bread, yest and sweet malt. The beer is medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is spot on, great sweet malt. A great beer

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick head. Very good nose too with the hops being super fresh and awakening. Pours quite golden, nice hops in the flavor. Excellent beer that has the hops and malt decently balanced. The mouthfeel is very smooth and ligh with a delicate texture. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Blackbox
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the King William Pub in Nottingham.

Highly drinkable though worth savouring, I'd recommend drinking it by half pints.

Appearance: lovely light golden colour, small head

Serving type: On tap

If you see it on tap go for it! A very, very good pilsner in my book.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Great pils! One of the best I've had. From a 500 ml. can into a pilsner glass. Poured a nice fluffy and white bubbly head; yellow-gold color, typical for this style. Sticky lace on the glass; a nice cream ring around the edges. Smelled like citrus, light spice, peppery, and some malted barley grains. At first it is a bit sweet on my palate, but it finishes dry, slightly bitter, and peppery. There is a little lemon zest in there as well. It finishes smooth and crisp; balanced and light, yet fulfilling. Overall, this is a great German pils. It is especially great for an end-of-summer brew. Sad to see the transition into fall.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Later tasting - original review was 10/20/07

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute

A - clear yellow straw color with a thick chunky foam head

S - noble hops up front with malt present, but in the background

T - noble hop flavor dominates with the soft simple sweet malt flavors, very clean lager character with no noticeable yeast esters or phenols

M - light body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is a fine example of a German pilsner. It's crisp, clean with an appropriate level of hops and the malt to support.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light yellow with pretty decent foamy head that dissipates fast but that's to be expected for the style.

Good aroma and taste of medium, sweet malts backed up by light, spicy hops. True to the style.

My sell by date is 19.02.2010, so while it's not the freshest, it still is quite good, no doubt the brown bottles(!!!) help.

All around, a solid Pilsener and German beer in general. Might not be the best, but runs close. Far better than the average mass-produced swill.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

König Pilsener pours with quite a bit of carbonation noted. There is an ample amount of bright what head, but doesn't stick together with the best I've had. The body is typical gold and ultra clear, pretty much on par for the style.

The aroma is interestingly stony in character. There is a faint lemony hint, but the hard water/limey aroma is the dominant fragrance.

This tastes quite pleasant, with a lemony hops presence that outshines the grainy and cereal like flavors that are found in Pils sometimes.

There is a dry feel to this beer, and almost finishes powdery. This beer seems to cleanse the palate all by itself.

This is a beer I could go for any day. It's not too complex, but not boring either... HIGHLY DRINKABLE!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pretty typical, nice golden yellow color. Small frothy head that quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary.
S: Nice, comforting aroma. Predominant what comes to mind is toasty bread and graham crackers. Also honey sweetness . There are notes of floral hop aromas.
T: Toasted sweet malt is predominant. Same as the aromas, like toasted honey graham crackers. Once again hops are also present and lend a bit of bitterness, but there is a beautiful sweetness to this beer. Some other notes that I am having a hard time characterizing but remind me of dry mead (possibly a combination of the honey aroma and alcohol).
F: Light body, and very refreshing. A touch of astringency to the beer that does take a way from the drinkability (not to say it isn't very drinkable).
O: Very awesome drinking experience for me. Lots of flavor, all of which is well balanced. Highly underrated IMO

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Photo of 01121987
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow! you wont believe me but this canned lager is full of floaties! i have never seem ufos in any commercial lager! it definetly loses all points for. well not appearanceall points because it has a great lasting head. this must just be a fluke.
very nice clean aroma without any cattyness
very well balanced bitterness with only a trace of hops but thats ok for me.
very smooth mouthfeel despite extreme carbonation.
highy quaffable. great summer pils
great beer even with the weird flaky floaty things that arent supposed to be there!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml can is available for $1.95 at B.C. liquor stores and this
might be the best value in a lager available. This beer is clean and fresh
with light floral notes much like Pilsner Urquell. I find it much
more enjoyable than some of its more famous and trendy
German counterparts. I will continue to drink this beer whenever
a light lager is desired. Long live the 500ml beer can revolution.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze, straw color. Lots of bubbles rising up. Fairly nice frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Spicy, grassy, peppery aroma, along with some sweet pale malts.

Spicy noble hops up front along with sweet pale malts. Grassy, wheaty, slight caramel, lemony, touch of black pepper. Crisp, refreshing and dry finish.

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Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear light gold color...not enough head...

S-Smells great...a big dose of sweetish pilsner malt...also a grassy hoppiness.

T-I love the pilsner malt impression...sweetish...honey bread....also grassy hops with a lemongrass note.

M-Medium...crisp with a slightly dry finish.

D-An excellent German Pilsner...could pair nicely with a Turkey dinner

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.