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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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521 Ratings

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 24
Gots: 42 | 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 augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dedrinker
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of welldigger888
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into an imp. pint glass,crystal clear light golden color with an exceptional snow white head with good lacing.
Nice light grain and herbal grassy hop pop,nice.
Highly quaffable elixer here. Golden brown biscuity flavs that mingle with the hop bittering well.
Nice creamy smooth mouthfeel with real good carbonation.
I like this brew, i like the style as well so. drink up

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, sweet, malts, a touch of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality brew.

Photo of rarbring
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very pale straw colored clear brew, a white rather high head, settling slowly and leaving some lacing.

The smell is weakly honey, lime and boiled sausage.

Tasting slightly dextrose sweet, some lime and grape fruit peel, a good bitterness.

Medium carbonation, rather fizzy, a light body, slightly watery, a dry finish.

Not bad, but not very exciting either.

Photo of jonb5
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into Koenig glass. Two finger head, clear, pale colour. Faint hoppy smell. Crisp dry pils. Not easy on the palate. Lots of fiz. This beer is interchangeable with warsteiner, krombacher etc. Standard german pils. It's decent, wouldn't want more than 3 as its so dry.

Photo of Stunner97
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best beers of the style I have ever had. Pours golden yellow in color with crisp carbonation. Noses shows some malts and hops. Flavor is beautiful mix of good malts up front almost presenting a buttery presence and firm hops on the back end creating strong bitter and drying sensation. Quite and enjoyable sensation. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and well balanced. This beer is supremely drinkable and one you wish you could go all nite long with its just so balanced and so beautiful. One of the best pilsners I have ever had the privilege to try. I use to be someone who didnt understand that lagers could too be so supreme as a good ale but as i learned more of beer and found beers like this I learned just what a great pilsner could be. World class beer and one that is perfection in its style.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear. bright straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a wisp. Decanted continually. LAced in thin rings.

S: Sweet, crackery malt. Hay and cut grass. A slight citrus character.

T: Sweet crackery malt. Transitions quickly to a sharp bitter. Prickly and crisp in clean finish with just a hint of bitter lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Prickly and crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Good representation of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, grass, corn and a little bit of citrus.

The flavor is grain, corn and grassy hops. There is a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0,5L can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.89. I drank a few of these while hanging around Duisburg in the late 90s, but this is the first time I've had one since then.

Poured a pale yellow color, with a very slight chill haze. Many bubbles arced skyward. Small, white foam head that quickly dropped down to a collar but never disappeared. Spotty, streaky lace.

Floral hops with a tiny citrus accent are the dominant aspect of the nose.

Mildly sweet malt flavor at the beginning that is then balanced with a slightly bitter flavor. There's a mild, crisp zap to the palate at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is crisp and about right for the style, though perhaps slightly too medium bodied. Very clean finish.

A very drinkable pils. I could see myself having several of these in a sitting.

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with a finger high white head that quickly died down. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has light aromas of bready malts and floral hops.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has a little bit of initial sweetness; some bitterness becomes evident in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very clean on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and the finish has some dryness.
D: The beer is very light and refreshing; I could easily drink several of these in a single sitting.

Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 19-3-10. Must be a bottling date (I hope)

Pours a pale gold with lots of rising carbonation. Bone-white head which leaves a thin layer of lacing which lasts as it settles.
Grassy, breaded scent with a hint of hops.
Spicy, grassy flavor with breaded malt edge, corn note apparent, herbal yet metallic finish.
Medium body, on the lighter side, easily drinkable.
A prototypical German pilsner. Nothing too outstanding on any level, but the metallic finish is a bit of a turn-off. I realize I may be drinking this past its prime, but am doubtful it has much more to offer when fresh.

Photo of dasenebler
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L bottle, Germany.

Pale, clear yellow-gold with a short-lived head, but very good lacing for the style.

The aroma is the best part about this beer. It has a spicy, earthy hop nose of Saaz and other noble varieties.

The flavor is relatively balanced, but leans towards the bitter. There is light biscuit and sweetness, but the finish is bitter and hoppy. There's sort of a soapy character, which happens in Pilsners sometimes, and it's not a bad thing. The hop flavor is earthy and dank, above-average for the style. No hop-extract in this bad boy, only real hops. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, if a tad watery.

Though somehow better out of the can, König is still one of the best mass-produced pilsners available in Germany. Beats the likes of Warsteiner, Bitburger, Radeberger etc., in my opinion.

I mean, Woody Allen gave it an A+, just read below. I think he was in the Orgasmatron at the time.

Photo of woodychandler
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The King! I wonder if mwa423 has had this yet ... I sprechen ein kleiner du Deutch, so I CAN understand some of what is printed on the CAN.

From the CAN: "Das Konig der Biere (the King of Beer); Purum Laudatur (Purest [Highest] Praise); Gebraut nach dem Reinheitzgebot von 1516 (Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot [Purity Law] of 1516)".

My glugging pour, following a loud Crack!, produced a finger of fluffy, bone-white head floating atop the beer like clouds drifting overhead. Color was a pale lemon-yellow color with NE-plus clarity that would make any BMC drinker weep for this level of clarity. No boostin'! Nose was Saaz hops to the max! GER Pilsener?!? Not by my reckoning! Bohemian/Czech Pils, more like. I could weep for what Prohibition resulted in for us. AALs are the worst! Mouthfeel was silky with a big, soft hops flavor, like spearmint, on the tongue. Shazam, but this was fantastic! I got some maltiness, but hops were king here. Finish was literally breathtaking. If you have ever smoked a menthol cigarette, you will understand. This was clean, minty, slightly malty, but very dry. Wow! Finish lingered with a minty hoppiness. There was no question that this was hop-driven, but I wonder how well they would have held up in a bottle. This is one instance where I CAN encourage CANphobic drinkers to give a King a chance. I am pushing things around in my cooler to make room even as we speak. See you on the beach!

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Straw colored with a rapidly fading 2 fingers of white head. A note of spiciness on the nose but only just. A harbinger of doom. Very very watery. Oh wait, the head is now completely gone after one minute. A hop bitterness that lingers for maybe 15 seconds. Not much going on at all. Very light for style. Maybe my least favorite German Pils I've had. Perhaps the beer the American Adjuncts were modeled after?

Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a golden yellow with a huge foamy/fizzy white head. An average amount of carbonation. There appears to be a slight amount of lacing.

Smell - slight skunky, lemon, hops, barley and yeast.

Taste & Mouth - lower carbonation and a full flavor. This didn't come across as watery at all to me. Hops and breads/grains and a dry finish.

Drink - A decent pilsner for sure, but there better options in the category.

Photo of patra7
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 330ml bottle in a typical pilsner glass.

Appearance: May I start by saying I like the bottle? I really do! It has just the right...royal combination of colors to get you drooling! White, gold and silver.
The beer itself also looks very nice. Straw colored, with an average length, but thick-looking, white head which recedes fairly quickly.
Bubbles (a fair amount) going up the glass.

Smell: Grassy, hoppy bitterness. Not too much of it or anything wild but certainly satisfying and in the range of what's expected.

Taste: Again, the hops and the bitterness are the main thing you notice, with a delicate grassy character.

Mouthfeel: Quite aggressive carbonation, attacking -and refreshing- my tongue and mouth. Fizzy, refreshing, delicate and sharp.

Drinkability: Oh, yes! The 330ml bottle was just too little for me. Felt more like a sampler. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of decimator
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow gold colour with a white bubbly head. Head was quickly gone. Some lacing is produced.

S - Grass with a hint of citrus.

T - Malts, just a hint of citrus and a medium hop bitterness which leaves a mild lasting bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth, a bit sticky with a crisp finish.

D - It's good but not a stand out Pilsner for me.

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a 0.5 liter pilsner glass. Golden and perfectly clear, topped by two inches of sudsy white foam that recedes to a collar in a few minutes. The nose is clean and bright, pilsner malt dominant over the subtle noble hop aroma. It's simple but clean. Crisp and crackery on the tongue with a firm bitterness, this is faintly mineral and faintly hoppy. Clean and perfectly enjoyable, but it doesn't particularly stand out amongst German pilsners. It finishes with a firm bitterness that's herbal in character. I enjoyed my glass, but I've had a few better pilsners recently.

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.