König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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553 Ratings

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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 etherashe
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The color is light-yellow, head is impressive, Methuselan, leaving behind a pleasing, papery residue. The smell is slight and yeasty, on the sweet side.

The taste is heavy, hoppy and dominated by a heavy metallic flavor. Ick. The mouthfeel is overall metallic also, making the drinkablity dissapointing. Given the overall favorable reviews, I may try this beer again (to be fair), but certainly not from a can. The metallic taste is just too brutal to ignore, making it impossible to muck through and enjoy the flavors lingering underneath.

I will sample again in a few weeks.

Photo of opwog
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: National - Mistaken For Strangers

This was a great surprise found at a German bar that my girfriend and I went for lunch last week. No specific notes, as I went in expecting to just be drinking Paulaners. But when one of the regulars recomended the Konig Pils to her, I ended up tasting and then enjoying one myself. Mushc more malt character than most Pils. perfect to wash down the curried bratwrust and spatzle!

Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. Has a very bitter, beery, hoppy nose. Pale gold color, nice white head with some lace. Good carbonation. Quite bitter flavor too. A bit thin though. In the finish it seems watery. Still, it's refreshing and nice that it's not sweet. Session beer

Photo of WHROO
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is deep golden colour with a one finger head....little lacing. Average to good carbonation.
Smell: a little malty, & the ole pear aroma pops up again.
Taste: A little malty & citrusy...refreshing! Any sweetness is followed by a bitter kick that does linger
Mouthfeel: not to carbonated, nice & creamy...rolls over the tongue fairly well...the bitterness definately kicks in sooner than later & does linger way after the swallow.
Drinkability: not too bad overall...enough sweetness to combat the bitterness, but being not a huge fan of bitter, the heavier bitterness has kept the score down a little for me.
I must admit after seeing its overall score I did expect more than this delivered.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden, bubbly body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale, cereal-scented maltiness with some spicy, Noble-type hops. Tiny trace of sulfur, too.

Taste: Pale malts with a standard cereal sweetness. Very, very slight breadiness. Spicy, floral hops with a medium bittneress. Grassiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: OK at best, but, let's face it, there are better pilseners to be had!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden yellow with a good sized white head that thins to a light layer, leaving some decent lacing.

S - fine smelling, German malts and hops.

T - great balanced beer, sweet and bitter.

F - light and crisp, very refreshing.

D - easy to drink, abv and taste wise.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice light beer. I poured mine up in a standard tall pilsener glass and was treated to a light golden transparent brew that built little head and left almost no lacing. It looks like a pilsener, but drinks more like a helles, lacking a real hop presence even on the finish. The nose is mostly understated malt, and the flavor is rather non-complex, basically matching the aroma. The overall mouthfeel if fresh and crisp, with a nearly perfect level of carbonation. I could drink several of these over a long late afternoon with friends in the waning sunshine.

Photo of roblowther
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A review entered for my good friend Jane. Actually, by Jane, who insists that I'm nuts for writing these. And for sitting at countless cafes, bars, and biergartens with my little notepad.
appearance: like beer
smell: beery
taste: like pils in Germany
mouthfeel: beer-like
drinkability: I didn't see Jane stop until they stopped bringing it

I'd say its an excellent example of the style. Jane would say, "Who doesn't like beer?"

Photo of CanuckRover
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 0.5l mug at a beer garden outside Berlin. Crystal clear, dark-ish gold with bubbles floating to top. Thin head with very little in the way of lacings.

Light citrus aroma with hints of grass.

This is nicely hopped for a continental pils. Slightly bitter, perfect for the style. Nice light grainy malt and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel, nicely carbonated giving it a refreshing crispness. As you'd expect, incredibly drinkable.

Sitting in a beer garden by the spree on a sunny day in Berlin, anything is going to taste nice, but I stand by this review. A great pilsner.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pokal glass yields a clear pale golden straw body with lots of active carbonation and a soft white cap a finger deep that recedes to a ring that leaves behind a few freckles of lacing on the glass.

Smell is grainy and malty with a sweet bready note and an herbal kiss of hops.

Taste is toasty, nutty, and dry with a fine mellow bitterness in the finish. Herbal hops linger in the aftertaste.

Crisp, refreshing and plenty drinkable.

Photo of matty
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow macro like color with a quickly fading head.Aroma is skunk that most German Pilseners seem to have.Taste is a mix of skunk and grape.In my opinion not impressive but somebody who likes this style probably would disagree.This is not something I would get again in the future!!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a extremely clear golden/yellow color with a bright white thin head that faded quickly. The carbonation was above moderate per style.

S: light, with some clean herbal hopping, straw and light cereal notes.

T: sweet and spicy from the hops with a quick and clean finish. The grain bill was really nice and crisp with a touch of fresh grainy presence in the finish.

M: smooth mouthful. decent carbonation.

D: Overall a very good clean malt bill highlighting a true to style german pilsner with a very good drinkability factor.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in a mixed sixer the other day as it was hot as hell outside and I was looking for something a little lighter for a change. I had not tried this before but figured it was worth a shot. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass straight out of the fridge.

Appearance - Poured a very bright, and very clear golden yellow. Lots of carbonation streaking up towards the surface. A good sized white fluffy and fizzy head then capped off the top, hung around for a few moments and faded off into a broken up crown. No noticeable side glass lacing.

Smell - The aroma was rather bland. Light cereal grains, lots of wheat and malts. Not much in the way of any kind of hop profile. This one was definitely just a straight up pilsner, not bad, just not much exciting here.

Taste - The flavor was pretty much more of the same. Quick, crisp and clean with nothing really shocking coming across here at all. A nice touch of light grain and the slightest hint of a grape like taste in the back, but that was about it. Finish was gone as quick as it came, leaving the mouth with a very clean feeling.

Mouthfeel - A very light bodied ale, lots of carbonation with a clean feel to it. Not overly thin, just about right for the style.

Drinkability - An easy one to put down, as the profile and flavors were effortless. I could see myself throwing down multiples on a hot day for sure.

Overall not a bad pilsner, just a little average and bland for me. Not terrible though by any means and a good representation of the style, just needs a little bit more life to it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought in a beijing supermarket/warehouse store

500ml can

clear, golden straw color. decent head gradually fades to wispy layer. lacing is minimal.

grassy, noble hop aroma with hint of pine. whiff of bread and toasted grain.

an interesting meld of sweet maltiness and (very) bold hop bitterness. they definitely clash with each other, though not necessarily in a negative way. clean, but quite bitter finish.

not watery, decently smooth. some body from the lively carbonation.

not too bad.

Photo of Cs1987
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amberish-gold, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Sweet and grainy, but quite weak.

Taste - Good quality grains, quite low on fruity hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation.

Drinkability - A fairly easy drinker.

Overall - The lack of fruity hops is disappointing. This tastes more like a premium lager than a pilsener to me.

Photo of galante27
3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a proportionally sized white head.

A- Light Golden Yellow color, Small head dissapates quickly

S-Smell is light and sharp. Good pilsener malt scent

T-Taste starts malty with a slight hopped flavor Mouthfeel is good.

M- Smooth light feel

D- A very tasty and drinkable beer, but I am not a huge pilsner fan personally.

Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, crisp German pils. Golden-yellow colour, and a nice foamy white head.

Nice, dry malt small balanced by a slightly floral hop nose. A little bit bitter in the nostrils.

Citrus hop flavours and nice bready malts. Nice to see this lacks the rice or corn adjuncts some many similarly priced European lagers use. This has a good, clean taste and is very refreshing.

This is by far on the best cheap beers I've had, at at only $2.19 for a tall can, this is a great value.

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a proportionally sized white head.

Smell is light and sharp with strong grassy and lemon aromas. Good pilsener malt scent and a bit of biscuit. Little bit yeasty to the nose like bread.

Taste starts out firmly malty with a strongly hopped flavor just on the edge of bitterness. Spicy in the mouth and sternly hopped. Grass and slight lemon on the tongue and a trace of biscuit. A good dryish pilsener.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very tasty and drinkable beer here a very balanced and flavorful German Pilsener. A beer I can recommend.

Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great German pilsner, roughly on par with, but diffeent from, Bitburger. This has a weaker grain quality and the hops are slightly different in flavour.

This is deep gold with a medium, white head that is creamy and soon shrinks to a permanent, thin top.

The aroma is fruity and strong, with a lot of sweet grain, hay, and herbal hops.

The taste is fruity grain, apple, and honey, giving a light fruity-honey sweetness that is just dominated by the bitter herbal-pine hops.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of foamy white head over a straw to gold body that looks highly carbonated with great clarity.

Smell - 4.0
A lovely subtle aroma of honey, toffee and grassy hops.

Taste - 4.0
I reckon this is just about as good as it gets for a German pilsener. Sweet pale malt and toffee in the start, hoppy bitterness is moderate to high with a grassy flavour. Slightly dry finish with nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately weighted with low to moderate carbonation. Becomes slightly syrupy as it warms.

Overall - 4.0
Brilliant session beer choice, I could drink this all night. Who would have thought that this $13 a 6-pack , twist-top beer would be the best pilsener I have drunk?! This will now be a frequent buy for me, and I will be recommending it to many of my pilsener loving friends.

Re-Review: Either I massively overrated this beer to begin with, or it's just not the beer it used to be. A decent pilsener, but nothing too special.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
I tried this beer on October 18, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a very pale gold colour with a large foamy white head which quickly disappeared. The aroma was a combination of citrusy hops with some grainy backup. The mouthfeel was this, slightly watery, with ample carbonation. The flavour was slighty hoppy and a little bitter.

Photo of JEdmund
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big foaming head; bright yellow and completely transparent; low to moderate carbonation bubbles rising; some lacing left

Small on aroma, but detecting some lemon, grass, fruit, and sweet malt

Taste & Mouthfeel
Initial impressions are skunky and metallic tasting; mouthfeel is decent, with a low-to-medium body, but not very carbonated; pretty crisp and refreshing, but leaves a little unwanted metallic aftertaste; improves as it warms and less metallic flavor is noticeable

Not too bad. It's light and refreshing, yet still has some flavor and character.

Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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 ...

Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice, pale gold with a frothy two finger white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a very nice lace. Lots of visible particles on close inspection and a ton of carbonation bubbles.

S: grainy-grassy hops and a sweet malts - standard, but well pronounced, nice.

T: very smooth malty flavour with subtle hoppy bitterness in the background - grassy, bready, slightly sweet and atouhc of spice on the finish.

M: light and very crisp, very nicely carbonated and a smooth, dry finish.

D: this is a great german pils. Nothing fancy, just solid, well brought-out flavours and a clean, crisp taste making this beer very refreshing. Very, very easy to drink...I wish I had a few more right now.

Photo of WesWes
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pilsner malt scent along with some light breadlike notes. It's dry with some German hop character. The taste is decent. It has a very dry pilsner malt flavor that goes down quick and easy and finishes clean with some light hop bitterness. It's a basic recipe with little malt complexity, but it works. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid German pils. It's nothing fancy, yet well brewed; a good drinker.

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.