König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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85
very good

267 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 267
Hads: 558
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 28
Gots: 63 | 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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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. (716 characters)

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. (227 characters)

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. (1,359 characters)

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. (352 characters)

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. (372 characters)

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. (431 characters)

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 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 great beer. (434 characters)

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. (633 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Aug '13. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Still strikes me as pretty much the same. Worth one or two.
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08/16/12 On Tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A tad bitter, but not a distraction. Full bodied & bready on the tongue w/some herb/spice in the aroma. Solid character but a bit weighty for a session, Definitely worth a place at the table. (375 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.85/5  rDev -24%

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. (197 characters)

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

For a pilsner, you can't get much better than this. Full bodied mouth feel, touch of cream but crisp, clean finish. Don't have to wait for a hot day to drink. Solid on its own but great with food. (198 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear pale pale gold with a substantial head.
S: Pilsner malt aroma with a light floral hop scent.
T: Delicious bitterness up front, with earthy, vegetal hop taste. In reverse of aroma, it's the malt that comes across very light, with the hops the flavor to enjoy.
M: Light, well-carbonated.

Very good pils. There's been a new push towards session beers, but pils has always been the original great hoppy session beer. (432 characters)

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

Pale straw colour. Medium carbonation. Head fades quickly to healthy foam film and very good lacing is displayed.

Aroma is classic German pils with good herbal hops.

Taste is classic German herbal hop flavour with crisp biscuity light maltiness. The bitterness is high for the style with a lingering dry finish. Some mineral flavour is noticeably as if the water comes from a fine spring.

Overall a very good dry German pils. Similar to Bitburger. Really a good example of the style and a very dry and bitter, though subtle, pils.

87/100 (543 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

For the price... this one is hard to beat!
@ $6.99 for a 4pk of Pint cans...
For a hot summer day by the grill - this is the go to beer!
I care for the taste and the finish wayyy better than the smell.
This is my first encounter with this particular brew. I like it better than Pilsner Urquell!
No attacks please!
Sam (317 characters)

Photo of Joe_European_Brew_13
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent overall Pils. Good taste. Not too heavy. Good pour from the bottle. A very affordable, good drinking beer. Perfect for hot weather- enjoy at a cookout or a day on the gold course, or a day fishing.
Not bitter, light in color, good palatable Pils.
It's usually priced well, too- for the budget conscious consumer. Enjoy! (328 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into pilsener flute glass

A - crystal clear light gold/straw in color, with a small one inch head, decent retention and lacing.

S - The smell is fairly weak, mostly grasses and grains

T - sweet malt taste with a crisp, dry, yeasty, but surprising bitter finish. But everything about this is fairly subtle. The Germans just make this style a little better than we do.

M - gold carbonation but not much aftertaste

O - a good example of the style!!! (476 characters)

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 (333 characters)

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. (434 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of pilsners, so I'll try to rate for the style.

Poured into a pilsner glass and was amazed at just how crystal clear this was. Nice head with retention, such a clear bright yellow and you can read a book through a glass. Scent is sweet honey on toasted biscuits, only slightly grainy, very pleasant and dry on the palette. Refreshing and bubbly on the mouthfeel.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Will keep a six pack of this on hand for guests or on hot days for myself. I would assume that as far as pilsners available in the US, this would be a top one. (580 characters)

Photo of 19SKHJR57
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear yellow bright gold into a stemmed German pils glass, with a fair amount of white head, and a little bit of lacing as the glass is emptied.

S - Slightly skunky, but not in a bad way. Aroma of bitter-sweet hops greets the senses, along with some grassy bitter butterscotch. Smells inviting.

T - Comes on strong with a herbal, slightly bitter and very pleasant hop snap married with balancing malt together in near perfect harmony. Residual flavor of bitter lemon. Wonderful, lingering after-taste that reminds me of dried cereal grains.

M - Coats the tongue with a nice fizz. Well carbonated and rightfully so for a pilsner. Light-to-medium body with an emphasis on medium.

O - The best example of an available, imported German pilsner anywhere in North America. The only German pilsners that would be as good, IMHO, are from SW Germany and generally cannot be found here. So...Prost Kamerad !! (914 characters)

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 (771 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Footed Pilsner glass. Straw color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, close & lasting head. Hints of honey, pale malt, grain, slight floral to the nose, as well as slight underlying sulphur. Crispy & malty upfront followed by clean bitterness. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Watery. Floral bitterness lingers & provides bitter finish. Dried, refreshing & easy drinkable. Nice spot of the German Pilsner style. (430 characters)

Photo of ckearns919
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass

Appearance: pours light gold and crystal clear with a minimal head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Lightly roasted malt. Bread. Not much hop aroma. Slight floral notes, but nothing substantial.

Taste: crisp, clean and balanced. Malt notes up front. Light toasiness that comes through on the palate, followed by an immediate hop bitterness. Again, not a lot of hop flavor, but you get it to balance out the malt.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but neither the hops nor the malt are overwhelming.

Overall: pretty much a perfect example of a German Pilsner: pale gold, moderately hopped, balanced, bready undertones, hop bitterness without a ton of hop aroma. Easy to drink and enjoy. (769 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, and the retention isn't that great. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S: Unfortunately, I notice a bit of skunk - it's not Heineken bad, or even lightstruck Pilsner Urquell bad, but it overtakes the otherwise decent noble hopping. Malts are vaguely evident, along with a sulfury character (expected from the style). All in all, however, the nose isn't bad.

T: A wave of zesty bitterness hits immediately. Some malty sweetness helps to balance the grassy flavors. Dead simple, but immensely satisfying.

M: Full and creamy for a pilsner. This only slightly inhibits drinkability, and helps give it a richness missing from so many average examples. Carbonation is pretty vibrant.

O: This is a really nice, well hopped pilsner. I'd like it a lot more if it weren't quite so skunky and simplistic (even by pils standards). Still, a worthy offering. (958 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First pour I wasn't so sure, head was not there. I realized then I had a terrible pour. The second pour into a pilsner glass was excellent. A beer needs a good head for aroma and presentation, this fit the bill nicely. Head is excellent, it charges the liguid forming from the head. Nice bright white head with pervasive lacing. Nice deep grainy notes on the nose. For a mass produced beer this is impressive. Quality is top notch, no cutting corners here. I find myself keeping my nose nailed to the glass. Aroma keeps you stationary. Good sign when I habitually keep doing that. The color rendition is beautiful, nice light straw color that doesn't deceive you. Very smooth with light carbonation.There is plenty of desirability here. This is another pilsner on the top.

Awesome beer! (787 characters)

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.