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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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very good

531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 531 | Reviews: 265
Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I brought a 500ml can of Konig Pilsner home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer pours a clear pale yellow color with a white head that dissapates quickly. In the aroma is typical of most Pilsners....saaz hop with hint of sweet malt. The taste is grainy/barley with watery malt. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste and decent carbonation. Overall its typical, but drinkable.

Photo of Daveychu
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jtdolla911
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of 2xHops
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good pilsner as you can get. It's classic, and what else can I say?

It had a light straw-yellow color to the body. It tasted very good for a pilsener. It had a kick that seemed to be a bit more strong than a typical pils. It also was slightly bitter.

I thought it was a good representation of this classic beer style.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.01/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Shock Top weizen glass. No stamped date. Bought at Spec's in El Paso.

Appearance - Super pale gold body. Two finger white fluffy head with decent to low retention and almost no stick.

Smell - Wet hay. Musky corn. Cardboard. Basically like a horse stall.

Taste - Very grassy. Metallic. Otherwise flavorless. Not very good.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Flat. Dull.

Overall Drinkability - Possibly the worst german pilsner I've had. Maybe it's just a bad bottle, but without a date there's no way I can tell.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw gold, with a slight hazy and a wispy head.

S- Bready malt and faint but evident noble hops.

T- Smooth and crisp bready malt character abounds. While the malt does dominate it doesn't drown out the hops, they still shine and do thier part to bring about a refreshing crispness to this beer. Well balanced finish leaves a nice hop kiss on the toungue.

M- Smooth medium/light body with good carbonation.

O- Easily the best green bottle pilsner I've had yet.

Photo of foles
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is about as good as a german pils gets in the north of Germany. I had this is Duisburg on tap (industrial heartland of the Ruhr), a few streets away from the brewery, but regularly buy it at home in Australia due to the its relative high quality compared to its low price.

Lovely presenting beer, perfect pale gold, creamy head. Noble hoppy nose with hints of bitterness (yes on the nose) and mild grassiness. Assertive bitterness on the palate, but herbal, spicy hopiness and clean background pilsner malt. The beer was somewhat softer on tap, whereas the bottled version seems more robust (maybe just not as fresh). Either way supremely drinkable! While a few steps off the best pilsners out there, it really is a great beer.

Photo of Vashtar
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells really pleasant.
It's The appearance is clear and could use slightly more saturation.
I really like the smell.
The taste is similar to Near Beer. I really like it.
The mouthfeel starts out with average thickness and goes down thin.
Overall, I really like this beer. I'm keeping the can.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 

A- Pours a clear pale gold with an inch of head. Leaves just a bit of lace. 

S- Sour grain, earthy hop presence, toasty malts. 

T- Very light lemon, slightly spicy earthy hops. Toasted malts in the finish. 

M- Light mouthfeel. Just a tad dry. Easy drinking. 

O- Overall I enjoyed this one. Subtle and simple but flavorful and refreshing at the same time.

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

500mL can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Sunshine golden-yellow and brilliantly clear.Moderate white head settles nicely with decent lacing.

Aroma-Grainy, crackery, and somewhat sweet pils malt with some clean, noble/spicy hops.

Flavor-Slightly sweet up front with some cereal/Pils malt character. Whip crack of moderate hop bitterness kicks in in the mid-palate to finish, but is moderately round and quite smooth. Hop flavor in this finish is herbal and spicy, and dominates in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Just a hair sweeter than I like in the flavor, but great on the whole, with very nice hop flavor and bitterness in the finish.

Photo of HardTarget
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Painfully bright and clear, it's almost the color of what ever is behind the glass, but a distinct bright gold tint is there. Struggles to hold even a collar of white head that manages a little slow falling lace.

Smell: Lightly peppery Saaz hop, bready base, text book pils.

Taste: Hops are full flavored, earthy, noble, and spicy. Lets a little sweetness in toward the finish which is extremely clean and dry encouraging the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Dry, clean, mild carbonation, light body.

Overall: Spot on classic Pilsner in my book. The earthy hops aren't to my tastes, but work well here and are true to style. Would work better with a meal than on its own.

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pleasewearpants
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.