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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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488 Ratings

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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

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 smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from the can into a tumbler.

Clear straw colored and very bleach white with rising slow carbonation, some decent lacing as well.

Nose is a nice dough malt and white bread. Good and straightforward.

Taste is a good mix of hop quick sting, and thick Pilsner malt. Bitter quick lime sting on the finish and very crisp. Texture is a perfect mix of dry and thick and crispness.

Overall good mix of dry crispness, malt/baked white bread, and hop bitter. Very solid.

smakawhat, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of pleasewearpants
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a very light straw color with a tight laced white head.
Aroma is well-balanced, nice maltiness with soft penetrations of Noble hops throughout.

Faintest smell of cat urine.

Flavor is similar. Good blend of sweet malt while hop bitterness hits the sides of the tongue. Finish is super clean, grain lingers for a nice time. Really nice pilsener.

pleasewearpants, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Pale gold and crystal clear. Modest white head (about one finger) that becomes a thin film and then a ring. Lacing is minor perhaps due to glass washed in the dishwasher. Aroma is grainy with a spot of flowery hops. Taste is very clean malts, with some moderately bitter euro hops. Mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. It has a mildly dry bitter finish. A perfect easy drinking summer Pils.

Spikester, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

After my last beer, I feel I must mention that I will be heavily biased to like absolutely anything with an actual taste- courtesy of Carlton and United Breweries.

A- Nice golden colour with a quickly fizzling-away white head. Not all that impressive looking but not bad. Carbonation becomes tepid after a little while. A little bit of lacing.

S- That grassy, citrus smell with what seems to be a nice balance of malts. Quite enticing on the nose. Not all that complex, but it doesn't really have to be.

T- Mmmm, I like! There's definitely a great balance between the sweet malts and a fairly subdued but still fairly flavourful presence of a hop bitterness. Maybe for a millisecond there is a slight metallic twist, but for this beer, it actually tastes great.

M- Okay, I find the body to be a little too thin. It IS refreshing, but I feel it compensates, in this area, a little too much on the beer's overall quality. The carbonation level is pleasant, if a little under-pronounced. Still fairly decent but, methinks this brew's slightly underwhelming mouthfeel holds it back from being truly amazing.

O- I like a good German Pilsener and this certainly is one. All I can really say in criticism, is that the mouthfeel detracts from this otherwise fantasic beer. I would definitely down a few of these in the hot, Australian summer- and not feel guilty about it one bit.

aeolianshredhead, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale straw color with a thick white head that slowly settles to a thin froth on the surface. Lively carbonation gives way to good head retention and lacing. Clarity is amazing.

S: some grainy malt notes and a slight grassy edge is all I get from this beer. The smell is not very intense.

T: Right up front, cracker and biscuit notes combine with honey and fruit to give the beer a very unique flavor. In the middle there is a slightly salty character, followed by a grassy, dry hop finish.

Notes: Light in body, yet very balanced, this pils is one of the cleanest beers I have ever tasted. At the price, it's one of the best Pilseners for the money. It's extremely easy to drink, and may be a new Summer standard.

WYVYRN527, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a nice golden color. Nice bubbles. Very clear. One finger white head dissapated to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is nice and grassy. Very nice lager pilsner aroma.

Taste is nice. Nice lager pilsner taste. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and refreshing. Great high carb.

Overall a solid pils. I have been really into German lagers lately. So far I think my fav is spaten optimator.

PeprSprYoFace, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Hayward
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A nice solid Pilsener, I would choose this as a standard everyday beer.

Nice clear color, clean and with slight lacing. A pale yellow almost straw color, pours nice and smooth.

Smell is a nice balance of light earthiness and almost tart sweetness of the malt and grain.

Taste is crisp and, a little grassy and spicy on the hops and a nice apple cider note to the malt and grain.

Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, goes down very easy and quite a thirst quencher as well.

An overall delicious European/German Pilsener that is great to find, a regular "go to" beer that won't set you back on price either and totally enjoyable all the way through.

Hayward, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Tford
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

A: It pours a golden straw colour with a half-finger of white head that keeps for a little longer than most lagers.

S: It smells of hops.

T: It tastes like hops and malts, neither great nor bad.

M: Heavy carbonation gives this beer a fairly light body.

O: This is a pretty average lager, it reminds me of Wernesgruner Pils. I would place the more common Beck’s as better than this beer.

Tford, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

A: golden yellow/clear bubbly body, 2 finger pillow top, good lacing

S: malt and grain

T: sweet grain, malt, dry crisp light finish

M: light/med, dry crisp

O: Nice! Dry, crisp light fun German Pilsner. I could
drink this all day, especially on a hot summer day
in the Great Lakes.


BeerLover99, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of IPA35
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this on tap at a party. They hired a german catering company so they has a german beer. I had never heard of this pilsener before and I expected it to be some sort of crappy version of Warsteiner (because of the similar slogans).

Served in wineglasses, never seen that before either.

It has the typical gold colour of a pilsener and a white head, creamy like Bitburger.

It smelled a bit like weak Black Albert. I don't know why but I for some reason it smelled like this very different beer. Could be because of the Balantines-cola I had earlier but it was very nice.

It tastes OK, it is better than most pilseners (unfortunatly it did not taste like Black Albert). I'd have this over most of our common native macrolagers like Heineken and Amstel any day.
Not much to say here, lager like with good bitterness.

Overal a solid pils, one of the better that I have had, but still a pils.

IPA35, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev +9%

Thanks again to my buddy Matt for this one. A 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Reviewed from notes.

The body of this pilsener is crisp, clear, and golden straw colored. The head is a winner, bubbling up to 2 fingers in height. It is well retained and yields nice thick and gobby lacing that comes in rings and more delicate patterns as well.

The aroma is fully of grassy and earthy noble hops. Something that tastes like the stank of saaz, and the grassiness of tettnang. There is a malty sweetness to it as well. The flavor is similar, as the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness are complementary and well-balanced. Extremely enjoyable and crisp with absolutely no off-flavors.

Spot on as far as texture and consistency, this is an easy drinking pilsener that I would return to with pleasure. A great example and representation of this style. Also a good case study in keeping a German pils fresh from brewery to consumer.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

500ml can.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium straw colour, with two fat fingers of sudsy white head, which settles fairly quickly, leaving a bony ring of creeping lace around the glass. It smells of semi-sweet bready malt, mild bitter, grassy hops, and a bit of vegetal character. The taste is more husky, grainy malt, a bit of stale citrus, and muted grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body light, but not thin, and kind of airily creamy. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the astringent hops making a late game push.

After enduring a slow start, this pils turns out to be an adequately quaffable example of the style, if a bit staid and underwhelming in the effort.

biboergosum, May 27, 2011
Photo of Airyk12
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

Pours a beautiful golden color with a hint of haze. Foamy white head that sticks around leaving spots down the glass.

Smell is very clean and crisp, with a little hops and malts and a hint of spiciness and honey sweetness.

Tastes like a proper pilsner, with light hops and malts; crisp and clean again, with some sweetness and just a tiny bit of bitterness.

Goes down smooth, with some carbonation and a light body.

Tastes like a pilsener should; clean, easy drinking and fresh. Perfect on a warm day with some barbeque and friends. Simple and smooth.

Airyk12, May 11, 2011
Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Delicate with soft, grainy pils malt and grassy bitterness. Perhaps as lightly colored as non-adjunct beer can get, pale straw and clear filtered with a white head that hits the mark. More grass, lemon, black pepper from the hops. Super dry and refreshing. A fantastically subtle beer. I can only imagine what a treat this would be close to the source.

bump8628, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of RyanBelle
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured into an Extra Heavy Pub Glass

Appearance - Beauty. Super active carbonation, thick frothy head on top and a straw-golden beer lurking underneath. This one looks promising...

Smell - Good. Very floral.

Taste - Hmm. This is good, but it's not amazing. It IS flavorful. It's very typical of the EPA style and but with the overpowering essence of German (Saaz perhaps?) hops and copper pennies. This one is a tad bit too ascorbic to be a session beer of mine. Classy otherwise.

Mouthfeel - Not great. Thin and ascorbic.

Notes: Lots of flavor but the flavors are out of balance. Good on them for trying though, it's not a weak beer by any means. Cheers.

RyanBelle, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.78/5  rDev -52.7%

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, or lack there of, a faint sweet malt. In the taste, watery with a small malt. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Thin, watery, and nothing exciting.

OWSLEY069, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of skypup
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

.33L bottle served in Pilsner Glass

Golden with slight carbonation and a small head that dissipates slowly with mild lacing.

Grainy aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste: Mild fruitiness and touch of grain. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, a refreshing beer.

Pretty good Euro/German Pilsner. Good beer for everyday drinking during summertime.

skypup, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Best before September 8th, 2011. The six pack came in a box to further guard from light-struck off flavors. Hooray.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Quite pale, clear, titanium yellow liquid with a small but lasting head of ghost white creamy foam. Fine sticky lacing, no legs.

Very faintly spicy/floral hops give way to a clean vaguely crackery malt aroma.

Pleasing moderate bitterness with finely tuned noble hop flavor. Grassy, floral, and gently peppery notes blend in with the faint malt. Some vague suggestion of wheat, though there is none present. Crisp dry finish.

Light-bodied, spritzy, yet a little creamy too.

While not super-exciting, I'm hard pressed to find fault with this beer either - a clean supremely easy-drinking example of the style. Great on a warm evening.

augustgarage, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Clear, bubbly straw colored pour, white head and no lacing. Smell is kinda malty, and crisp, but not very pronounced. Taste is crisp with a bit of hops and some biscuity breads. Light, crisp, carbonated feel. Drinkability is good. Its refreshing and not a bad german pils in the end!

EgadBananas, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Picked up today at the Beer Dispensary in Apex. Attractive golden body with a puffy cloud of snow white head. Nose is grainy and a little yeasty, with floral tinted hops and just a tiny note of spice.

Well balanced, although the hops come in a touch late. The malt profile is sweet but pleasantly unrefined, with a coarse dough and bread note. Hops are tinged with citrus and spice and represent the style well. Mouthfeel is thin at times but not too detrimental. This is extremely drinkable overall and is worth picking up if you enjoy the style in the slightest.

daliandragon, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from 500ml can into 400ml Radeberger seidel.

Appearance: Pours a very light golden color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind large spots of lace.

Smell: A lot of sweet and husky grains with citrus aromas.

Taste: Begins with a sweet, almost candy flavor which rounds out to husky grains and finishes with a mild hop bitterness. Lighter on flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer overall, but not the best example of it's style. I would drink this again, but would not be my first choice.

Mosstrooper, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

A: The pour is pale golden with a large white, quickly sinking white kind of compact head. Some lacings.

S: Smell isn't strong. Some faint malt, semi-sweet and faint bitter hops. Some boiled vegetables are noticable.

T: Taste is way better than the smell; malt with mild sweetness balanced with a healthy dose of bitter hops.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter/dry, very nice. Body as well as carbonation is mild to medium.

D: Considering the prize; this is a nice German Pilsener.

Evil_Pidde, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear pale yellow, with blue green highlights (likely from the glass). Smell is of light sulfur and fresh bread dough. Taste is light crackery malts up front, with a hint of citrus, followed by a bread like middle, and a spicy, floral hop finish. Good bitterness levels. Mouthfeel is average, slightly high carbonation. Very good drinkability, light and refreshing, but still packed with some flavor.

tronester, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A solid two finger fine rocky pure white head on a clear pale gold. Lots of carbonation. Good head retention.

Slightly floral, fruity yeast aroma. Light malts dominate up front. The flavors are well melded. A very mild bitter finish lingers around for a while.

Light and refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

scott451, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

A very clear and bright yellow/ golden color with a modest compact head.

Aromas of grass and a touch of sulfur.

Clean grain flavor with a dash of minerals. A firm body (light-to-medium) with a crisp abrupt finish that yet has length through bittering hop extracts.

This is extraordinary swill beer happiness. If I was a benevolent socialist dictator, I would heavily subsidize this style of beer so that my common masses would not have to succumb to the usual American macro suspects.

dedrinker, Jan 29, 2011
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85 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.