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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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very good

496 Ratings

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hansgruber, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
1.98/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent straw color with perfect clarity, topped by only the faintest whisp of a white head. Aroma is mild and primarily skunky, with a very vague sweetness and hop essence. The flavor is similar to the nose--faint and unappealing. This tastes like beer in the most generic sense of the term. There's a mild honeyed malt flavor on the front end and some hop bitterness in the finish, but those are the closest things to defined flavors I can discern. The rest is just a wash of what I would normally associate with a "light" beer. Yet another Pilsner that leaves me scratching my head as to the merits of the style.

MaximalC, Jan 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

nheinzie57, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Nizzle913, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Beerman1977, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

CollegeStogie, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

TeachChefs, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

drewfromboulder, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's a lot to be said for being older and wiser - whilst the 'older' part isn't so great the 'wiser' part is most helpful. German Pilsener is a great example of being older and wiser; when I first started drinking them I mistaking found myself comparing them to their Czech brethren, and I was wondering why the Germans were so shit at making Pilsener (spelled by the Czechs as "Pilsner" by the way). Turns out they weren't trying to make Pilsener for the Czech palate, they were making it for the German palate, which prefers a more bread yeast taste, less bitter hops and a dry finish, much like their Helles Lagers. There you go, I'm older and wiser now.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: This one is a lively pour - nearly a 3 inch white head which just as excitedly fizzes down to a meagre lacing. Body is a clear pale goldenrod.

S: Aroma is distinctly German right down to the soured yeast, vegetable matter, lemon zest and biscuit malt base. A little bit more vegetal in the aroma than I like but nothing to make me run for the porcelain.

T: Sour yeast and citrus lemon hits the taste straight off. Light malts then lead to a bitter (for a German beer at least) hop finish, typical German dryness is strangely absent. The flavour is however dominated by the yeast and citrus pairing. Not bad, refreshing in the least.

M: Bit watery, light to mid bodied with flat carbonation, although that could be because of the excitable pour.

D: Overall not bad, decent enough as a refreshing summer Lager. The biggest bonus is the price: $10 for a six pack? That is as cheap as the much cheaper tasting Oettinger! So a better brew than the price dictates, and one I will certainly try again as summer is upon us.

Food match: For some reason, perhaps the lemon taste in this brew, seafood really feels the best option.

doktorhops, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ATMinBoulder, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

PearlyGates, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

JALIEN, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

socon67, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ZethOfTheNorth, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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!


RonaldTheriot, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Douberd
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 500 ml, bought at a gas station in Germany. ABV is 4,9%. Ingredients are water, barley malt and hops. Poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Light golden yellow colour, with average activity in the glass and a white, soapy head of two fingers, with very good retention.
Hoppy aroma, with bread notes.
Taste is sweet at first, then the hops are coming to balance it and introduce a long lasting bitterness, as soon as the stale bread taste goes away.
Creamy body and perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall a really nice pilsener.

Douberd, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Vonstein15, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

marvmoreno, Nov 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RBorsato, Nov 06, 2012
König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.