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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

488 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of UncleWesticles
5/5  rDev +33%

UncleWesticles, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +13%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a clear body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. Decent.

Smell: light malty aroma with a light graininess. Some noble hops are discernable. Plain but free of flaws.

Taste: nice noble hop flavor on top of a grainy malt with a nice, balanced sweetness. Bitterness is low but works well for the style. Actually a damn fine Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: light body with an effervescent carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: tasty and very refreshing; a real, authentic Pilsner. Extremely quaffable, I'd be glad to have this again.

flagmantho, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 21DEC12

Pours a toasted straw with loose, white foam and lots of bubbles in the glass (dirty glass?). Anywho, the effect is pretty. Smells of sweet grain and a hint of noble hops. Classic and pleasant. Lovely pils with good grain and sweet corn hints followed with a bit of bitter subtlety. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer.

harrymel, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jdt
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

jdt, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of phaedrusovchaos
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

phaedrusovchaos, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow into my Great Divide glass. Two fingers of bright white head that fades rapidly and leaves barely any lacing.

S- Slighty sweet and bready. Decently fruity German yeastiness. Nothing over the top, but you can tell it's going to be refreshing. Very mild on the hops.

T- Very crisp and light with a really nice fresh cut grass hop and yeastiness. An excellent and refreshing brew that can be enjoyed anytime. I can imagine pairing this with some fresh Brats and spicy mustard!

M- Crisp, fresh and grassy. Leaves your mouth clean and dry. Wish it had just a touch more carbonation.

O- Although not a huge fan of German Lagers, this is really nice and well put together! Really looking forward to working out in the yard this spring with a few dozen of these!

Thickfreakness, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of vencad
4/5  rDev +6.4%

vencad, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale (very clear) yellow color with a medium bubbled white head. Medium to low retention. A lot o bubbles are formed in the glass too. Some considerable lacings are formed too

S: Quite simple smell. Very malty and bready. A bit metallic and some citrus hops

T: Follows the nose. Crispy malts and hops, basically. Metallic. Not bad at all, pleasant beer. Aftertaste is dry hop. Nice bitterness is a point of strength

M: Very light body. Good carbonation. Nice dry, stingy hop aftertaste and mouthfeel

O: A beer made to be drinkable. Quite light body with a nice mild bitterness. Germans do simple beer very well...

eduardolinhalis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -20.2%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super pale and clear, like liquid sunlight, without much head. Not much to see, really. Pale, sweet malt aroma is reminiscent of hay. Mildly tangy yeast backs up the malt. No hops to speak of. A flash of the sweet pale malt you just smelled goes bitter in an instant, leaving you with the nuttiness of this particular strain of yeast. The flavors are very mild despite coating the tongue. This is a quality I've never really had in a beer. Bitterness lingers quite a while. Great, balanced mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

This beer is, in a word, clear. While all the flavors were mild, they were very distinct. I wish I had more descriptors to use, but I couldn't really pin anything down with a good comparison. There was nothing clouding these distinct flavors, they came through clear as a bell. While I like the taste and mouthfeel, I still think there is a little something lacking. Perhaps I had it too cold, I don't know. A great Pilsener none the less.

Philousa, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Millski7
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Millski7, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ThirstyBird, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Cozzatoad
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can

A- Pale golden colour with lot of carbonation visible. One finger of nice white head, decently thick and persistent. Some hints of lacing are left on the glass

S- Restrained and slighty metallic aroma of bready malts and noble hops. Faint citrus/lemon note

T- Crisp grainy/crackery malts, with some vague butter feel to them. Some light floral and lemon notes show up on the tongue. Quite bitter, even for the style and expecially in the aftertaste, but with some kind of metallic, flavourless bitterness that does not feel that pleasant

M- Light in body but highly carbonated. Watery on the tongue and harsh on the palate. Unpleasant, bitter/metallic aftertaste

O- Overall decently flavourful, with some subtle notes showing up and a bit of complexity. Not that refreshing or very well balanced though, and i'm again blaming that metallic bitterness for this

Cozzatoad, Feb 01, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer - and I'm not just saying that because it was being sold at my local grocer in 500ML can four-packs (that's two liters of actual european pilsner beer people!) for the princely sum of $4.57. Let me try to explain why this beer rocks: it rocks because it has something other lesser beers typically lack. It has staying power. By that I mean it goes down extremely well on the first luscious gulp, but continues to go down just like that throughout the whole half-liter can. Very few beers manage to achieve that. And for me, it has one of the best combinations of taste and "refrenshing-ness" (if I can coin a term) that I have ever experienced in a pilsner. So, to summarize: go out and get this beer and see for yourself if it isn't really pleasing. I'm pretty confident you'll agree.

, Jan 30, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, yellow color with some haziness and evident particulate. Grows a 2-finger thick, white creamy head that dissipates quickly, though leaving some intricate lace on the glass.

Aroma has that distinct sulfur character with a dominate floral, noble hop presence and a touch of bread crust to round things out.

The flavor starts with a very nice flowery hop character, that is still relatively fresh tasting, though that may be due to the can packaging. There is mild sulfur note from the german lager yeast and the finish is crisp and clean, ending on a semi-bitter note.

This is a classic. The flavors are everything I look for in German Pils, and the drinkability if very nice. Price is excellent for an import. Really just hard to beat the value of this beer. I recommend buying the cans though (or on draft), as bottles are usually skunked, even with the brown glass.

Soneast, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

AndrewMichael, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

y2jrock60, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

kevgod, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

RollTide05, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

rbthuffman, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sachsenfreude, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.