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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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276 Reviews

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 586
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 33
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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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
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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!

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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!

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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!!!

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.