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König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

very good
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Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Classic pilsner aroma of biscuit malt, grassy hops and a hint of lemon. Flavor is biscuit malt with slight breadiness, grassy continental hops, a hint of lemon and wheat. Finishes with dry hop bitterness, biscuit and grain. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A classic, clean tasting German pilsner with a nice light lemon and grain finish. A bit light in flavor, but the grain malt flavor is pleasant throughout the taste. Looks good and tastes like a pilsner should.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold and with a fat creamy head of white foam that lasted well. nose is breaddy malt. Soft baked bread with a golden crust. Soft cool herbal is like perfume to the nose and is strong but never dominates. No fruity esters form yest, no diacetyl, faint dms. Taste is firm malt. Breaddy and baked goldne. The hop is like a soft flower petal on the palate. Softness and then the cool sweet herbal. Clean bitterness finishes the beer and lingers sgtrong but it also doe snot overtake the finish or the flavor. All the malt stays firm until the end round. Aftertaste is like a hint of lemon. Classic, outstanding. Flawless. Mouthfeel is firm, swift. Carbonation is perfect bubble. No real bite but lots of texture.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5/13/15, best before 5/13/16. Very thorough can dating on this one.

Appearance: Very clear light golden/straw color with some very tiny suspended particles. Frothy white head that has decent stability.

Aroma: Hay and cider-sweetness. Not really much there, quite clean though.

Taste: Really good level of noble hop bitterness that hits the palate right away. The grain has a slightly sweet flavor. Some slight metallic off-flavors are detectable, but this is quite good for having left the canning line almost a year ago. Finish is on the smoother side of the style with a a gentle sweetness that fades quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Although it looks a bit tepid, it's quite effervescent and the feel is light without being watery. Good drinkability and obviously session territory.

Final Thoughts: Any pilsener from Germany is going to be held to a higher standard. König Pilsener has definitely met that standard. This is just an impressive beer, especially considering the distance it's traveled and it's shelf-life. Would I drink it again? Yes, any self respecting BA knows a great fizzy yellow beer when they try it.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold with a white head. No lacing. Smells sweet and bright with the scents of grain and hops. The taste is toasted grain with a tiny bit of tartness that gives way to a pleasant but slight bitterness and hop flavor. This is a really tasty pilsener.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a straw yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grassy hops, lemon, and husky grain.

This is a simple but satisfying Pilsner. It went well with pizza. There's a definite bitterness, a pretty big hop bite, with a kind of corny grain flavor, and some lemony hop flavors as well, along with grass.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, with a normal level of carbonation.

Pretty solid stuff here.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 500 ml. can with an expiration date of 05-13-2016. Sampled on February 4, 2016.

Pale yellow pour with lively carbonation leading up to a big white, foamy head. Looks like it poured out of a tap in a pub.

Clean, toasted grain and breaded malt aroma. Grassy hop note.

The body is light and refreshing as a Pilsener should be.

Clean, crisp and sweet toasted grainy malt flavors with a dry balanced finish. Just a topnotch Pilsener.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter can with 5/23/16 and 5/23/15 on the bottom (possibly drink by and born on dates)

pale, clear golden yellow with a fluffy white, 1-2 finger head

very mild on the nose, husky with a hint of grassy hops

the flavor is muted grain, a faint nuttiness that soon vanishes, and a slowly building finish of citrus rind bitterness.

mouthfeel is crisp without being too extremely watery at first, but watery is still a fair descriptor. ends rather dry, thankfully, and toward the end tends toward metallic.

a minimalist beer, to be sure. spare and classically refreshing, although I do get the feeling something is missing. a tiny bit more malt flavor and a touch of creaminess would be nice. and if the nuttiness could have been more pronounced, would have been beautiful. there is nothing offensive here, and in a simple thumbs up or thumbs down review, this is a thumbs up.

while this was not past the presumed enjoy by date, I would be interested in obtaining a fresher example.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3-3.25, 3.5-4

update: finding this one benefits a lot from a hard pour of the first 1/2 of the can, raising a 3 finger head. really smooths out the mouthfeel and helps deliver the flavors. (also improves appearance on way down.)

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Photo of jamesroses
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear golden, builds one finger head of medium bubbles. Good lacing and medium carbonation.

Smell: light sweet malts, hoppy, a bit floral, slightly jasmine smell.

Taste: grassy, lightly malty and pretty hoppy, strong flavor. The aftertaste is really nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, strong flavour, medium to light body.

Overall: after reading some reviews I was expecting a great, great beer, but found a good one, with a better aroma and aftertaste than others of it's style. The somewhat light body was a bit dissapointing, anyway, all in all, a good beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled two days ago on 12/5/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle and bottled on: "11/14/2014". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage .25L "KIRN PILS" tulip glass.

Brew pours a clear golden yellow in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head. Sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of grains and malts for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is also some spice (white pepper?) with some grassy hops that finishes with a long lasting bitterness. Bit more than I like for sure. Medium+-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden yellow clear out of the bottle. A nice white frothy head that leaves lacing in the glass. It smells wonderful with nice aroma of nuts and spices. It tastes great with a nice balance of hops bitterness to the malts. A full mouth with just a nice lingering hops note at the end. Overall a very nice pilsner type beer that will certainly be up in my list of this type of beer. One of the best of the pilsners.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 7/28/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Large amount of dryness after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/grainy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an awesome German pilsner style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 oz. can poured into a tall glass. A nice clear yellow color with a 3 finger foamy head a good lacing. Although I am not a Pilsener drinker for the most part, I found this one quite good and the price was right. A good one for after mowing the grass on a hot day.

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Photo of drmeto
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to bif,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-grassy,sharp spice,honey,apple
-grassy ,spicy,sweet malt
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-light to medium body
-medium to high carbonation
Almost on the Level of Jever in terms of hop bitterniss.
Lacks some complexity.

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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 maedhros09
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear straw gold with a finger or two of white head and some nice lacing
Smell: grainy, malty, somewhat grassy and slightly weedy.
Taste: Rich yet gentle maltiness with a moderate grassy hops balance and a long pleasantly bitter, clean finish. Opens up very nicely as it warms - don't drink this one too cold!
Feel: Light-medium bodied with perfect carbonation

Overall: A rich, mild pilsner with great balance and plenty of flavor. I like the low-ish ABV, and the tallboy can is great for when a single 12 oz isn't enough but two just seems excessive. Highly recommend this one for pilsner fans.

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Photo of madspania
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I live in Germany this is a really good value beer, 10€ - 15€ for a 20 0'5 Bottle case. It has all what I want in a Pils. An amazing aroma that anticipates the lemony crisp right in the front followed by a mild hoppy dry finish. Refreshing but with enough body and taste. Perfect for drinking at any time.

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Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer offers a big metallic note throughout, lots of drying, grains, pepper, but in the middle a medium biscuity malt, floral hops, a touch of lemon grass. The finish is quite dry.

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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 Immortale25
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Back label says Best Before 04.27.16.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of bubbly surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Bready aroma that's slightly effervescent and has a yeasty tinge to it. Subtle hop presence and overall.

T- Pilsner malt flavor with some mild noble hops. A tad bit of skunkiness is detected but doesn't get in the way. Kind of watery.

M- Very crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Not my idea of a great pils but it gets the job done well and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Ben_Bernstein
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On of the most casual PIlseners among the german casual Pilseners. Bottled slightly worse than fresh.Definitely worth its 40 cent price.Once upon a time in the coal industry areas of middle germany a symbol for exotic holidays.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 11.2 oz bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Trig's grocer. The best before date suggests it's good for another month. Poured right from the fridge into my pilsner glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear pale straw color with about an inch-and-a-half of white billowy foam that sticks around for a little while and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Profuse, large bubbles of carbonation present.

S: Cracker malts and grassy notes are prominent in the bouquet. There's a bit of lemon and wheat in the mix, as well as cracked pepper. Just the slightest suggestion of skunkiness--this actually seems to add a nice bit of complexity to the aroma.

T: Cracker malt and a bit of lemon tart at the front end. There's a nice developing grassiness in the middle, along with cracked pepper notes. The tart continues into the back end, where the hops begin to shine a little brighter and carry into the aftertaste, along with some sweet malts.

F: On the lighter end of medium-bodied, but in no way watery. Crisp, bright, and tart for the most part, though there is a touch of creaminess to the middle, aided by a nice level of carbonation.

O: This one ranks up there among the best German Pilseners I've had. Very nice nose, taste, and body on this one. Highly drinkable, without sacrificing flavor. This might become a go-to for me.

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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 leantom
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty damn good. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear gold with a massive head. Head dissipates rather slowly but leaves little lacing. Good.

S: Lemon, grass, pepper, hay from the hops; biscuit, crackers, and cereal from the malt. Good.

T: Grassy hops give way to cereal, grainy malt. Good for a pilsner.

F: Light, well-carbonated and crisp.

O: Good, solid pilsner.

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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 DiUr
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
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 mild 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 great beer.

Favorite "macro" beer easily.

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