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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

522 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 24
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Photo of jtdolla911
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of 2xHops
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -46.5%
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 +9.3%
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 +16.5%
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 +12.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +6.4%
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 +3.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +7.2%
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 +4.8%
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 +6.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.4%
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.

Photo of Tford
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

QUITE GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of IPA35
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bump8628
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RyanBelle
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.82/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.