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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 missingsense
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with a small head that fades fast and leaves no lace. Light aroma of grains and grass with a faint hop spice. A definite bready smell reminiscent of a basket of rolls. I don't know if a buttery smell is out of place in a pilsner, but I like it. Taste is smooth, mellow, and clean. Just a touch of hoppiness to keep things interesting... the spice lingers just long enough to allow you to savor it, but it's rounded off by soft, biscuity malts. This particular bottle seemed to be lacking in carbonation, but I've had a few in the past with better carbonation and head retention (I'll lower the score if it continues throughout the 6-pack). Drinkability is excellent.

All around a top example of the style, as it's made König one of my standard German Pilsners.

Photo of rtepiak
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the color of urine with a nice gentle fizz and a nice head. nose if of straw like hops and apples... bitterness blends to be a nice floral pollen that is very subdued. this is a sharper pilsner. but not heavy at all. very nice malt... and with the style if you maintain a brisk quality its pretty consistent. still had better but a nice surprise.

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some pilsners have this wickedly anemic, almost white-tinted kind of phosphorescent tone about them, König is one of them. It is nearly the colour of champagne, albeit spattered in yellow, a likeness furthered by its tiny bubbles (whose poor numbers, snail-like speed and total lack of head formation, however, would indicate a rather inferior brand).

The smell of zestful, aromatic hops in these kinds of conventional yellow lagers is about as familiar to the North American masses as the umlaut over the letter 'O' in the beer's name. Although they've left the spelling the proper German way, the beer's hoppiness has been adapted to (nearly) the low level of the mainstream American lager.

Fortunately, at least, it doesn't smell of cheap, corny industrial adjuncts like most American mass-produced offerings do. The beer's maltiness - feeble though it is - is free of unwanted industrial punctuations or cloying, utterly undesirable aftertastes. The pilsner disappears from the glass without making too much of an impression one way or another.

Brewing a clean beer according to the German Purity Law is easy - brewing a flavourful and gratifying beer without much of any malt or hop presence is nearly impossible. While this makes a perfectly acceptable beer, it would hugely benefit from (maybe) a smidgen more malt and (definitely) a more assertive bitterness. As it stands, it's very humdrum.

Humdrum doesn't imply bad, it implies boring and forgettable. German brewing culture says there's nothing wrong with being ordinary and conventional - if anything it encourages it - but it does insists you do it well. König's made the first right move by sticking to the Reinheitsgebot but now they've got to up the Gerstenmalz and Hopfen a little.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this because it was in the "clearance" bin at my local bottle shop for a dollar. Hadn't had it and I have been in the mood for some pilsners lately. How bad could it be?

Whoa this beer is practically water colored. Super light yellow. Clear. carbonation is low and head is thin and broken.

Kind of harsh grainy aroma, almost corn like.

Mild flavor, a little bitter at the back. Pilsner malt in the front, its easy drinking and mild. Not much to say. Its worth a dollar, not much else.

Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an unexceptional head that leaves a nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Grassy/grainy Euro lager aroma with a tinge of lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with an underlying malty sweetness; the grassy, grainy character develops from mid-palate and persists into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes too much like Euro Lager for my palate to get much enjoyment out of this

Photo of goblue3509
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color that is clear and crisp with a one and a half finger head which gives way to skim with some decent lacing. The aroma is of some citrus notes with a grass like backbone. The taste is crisp of a pilsner malt backbone with a grassy hop bite. The mouthfeel is low to moderate carbonation. Overall it is a very drinkable pilsner with a nice crisp taste and finish.

Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month selection.
Poured a pale yellow with a very fluffy white head which dissipated into a nice laced ring.

Aroma was a mix of floral and citrus leaning to lemon.

Taste was slightly bitter hoppiness with citrus and some spice.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth with some crispness.

This beer is a little too light for my taste. It was very refreshing after a hot afternoon of honey-do yard work.

Photo of KonigObHops
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as a part of a beer of the month club, and was so pleasantly surprised by this beer that I declared the club the best Christmas present that my sister has ever gotten me.

This beer is so clear and pale in appearance that I was decieved into believing that it wouldn't have much taste. The foamy head is bright white. The bubbles are plentiful and rise rapidly to the top. There is lace left on the inside of the glass throughout.

The aroma is very crisp. It has a wheaty tinge with hints of wet grass and possibly citrus.

The initial taste has an exellent balance of bitterness and smoothness, and it is slightly hoppy.

In the mouth, the beer is smooth, crisp, and very light. However, this beer is not just a watered down tasteless pilsner and the hint of floral hops is present along with a touch of honey.

The slightly smokey aftertaste is crisp yet subtle. The final taste is honey.

I do not drink a lot of pilsners, but this is the best pilsner that I have had to date.

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

500ml Brown bottle poured into (three times) a König Pilsener stemmed tulip (0.2 litre). The bottle was just over one month over its best by date. This is the first beer I've reviewed three times on Beeradvocate, so it is honoured!

Great head of snowy white bubbley foam sat on top of a clear, bright golden body of beer. Looked good, the glass was one of my Father-in-laws, I was given it when he died, he'll be pleased to know I'm using it for the purpose it was designed for.

A little grainy, grassy, cereal smell comes to greet you as the head dies away, otherwise there is not much to report on the aroma front.

This is above the average in taste and flavours for a German Pilsner, refreshing, crisp and fairly dry. Mid-range in the colour stakes and a pleasant blend of hop and malts, each subtle more than pronounced.

The bottled version is a bit drier than I seem to think the can and tap versions are, but that might be my memory going funny again? They are all 4.9% ABV so most likely are the one and the same before being put into the container.

Photo of ludachris
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale straw hue with two fingers of fluffy egg white head, displaying nice retention and leaving rings of patchy lace.

Clean floral hops, light grass,a crisp zesty citrus character, and fresh biscuity malts. The nose could be a bit more pronounced, but it seems very well put together.

Spicy floral hops mesh nicely with notes of lemon and orange giving off a pleasantly bitter feel but soon gives way to a faint biscuity malt presence.

The mouthfeel is the true highlight of this beer, being very clean, very well balanced, and having a perfect amount of carbonation. Light, refreshing, and perfectly suited for a hot summer's day.

Overall, this is one of the cleanest lagers I've had to date, and one of the better German pilsners I've had as well. I think without this last pilsner run I've been doing the past few weeks, I wouldn't have been able to appreciate this beer as much as I did. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're into pilsners.

Photo of chaz01
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover bottle from the beer of the month club selection. A few months old, but still within the 7-7-10 expiration date on the bottle.

A: Clear golden yellow strawlike, thin white head. Lots of tiny bubbles rising up from my pint glass.

S: Floral, grassy aroma

T: More grassy straw-type flavors, with just a touch of hoppy bitterness.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated with a smooth crisp finish.

D: This would make a good lawn mowing beer -- very light, crisp and refreshing. But I'd likely want to move on to something with a bit more substance.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light golden our with a rich white head. Floral grassy aroma with a citrusy backdrop. Taste is light with an earthy, grainy start and an eventual lemony kick before some nice bitter hops take over. Remarkably well-rounded brew. Definitely one of the better pils that i have had (and easily the best I have had in a can), but still behind my favorite, Prima Pils.

Photo of Blackbox
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the King William Pub in Nottingham.

Highly drinkable though worth savouring, I'd recommend drinking it by half pints.

Appearance: lovely light golden colour, small head

Serving type: On tap

If you see it on tap go for it! A very, very good pilsner in my book.

Photo of kflorence
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Packaged quite nicely, looks to be a brewery that knows it's stuff. Poured from a bottle. Color is a lovely copper yellow with a fair amount of head. The head dissipates rather quickly but leaves lacing around the glass. This is a good sign.

S: Smells like a solid pilsner should: sweet corn and grains, with some malts and dough in there. Very inviting.

T: Honestly, one of the better pilsners I've had. Very pleasant breaded malt and corn flavor, sweet, but not overly so. Hops are very mild, which I like. A bit spicy.

M: Very smooth and creamy, a perfect amount of carbonation. This beer has some body to it and is slightly oily (as clued in by the lacing around the glass).

D: I found this beer to be very drinkable and quite refreshing. One of the best pilsners I've tried. While not the best, it is definitely a great example of what a pilsner should be. Obviously underrated, as I've never even heard of this one. I would buy it again.

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

The waiter told me that this was a Belgium style pale ale. LOL! I thought hmm that sounds interesting (I have never heard of a Belgium style IPA) I will try it. I informed him that this is not an IPA style ale.

Appearance: Very nice its more golden than most pilseners.

Aroma: Mild Breed aroma

Taste: It has a nice breedy malt flavor, with a light sweetness (not overly so). I did not get a lot of hop flavor, the hop is very, very mild. Very Drinkable. Please note that my favorite style of are IPA's I love a strong hoppy ale, so as alternative to that this was very good. It had a fresh clean flavor that remained even as the temperature rose. I would definitely order this again.

Lacing: Very little if any lacing.

I had this on tap at Kendall's Brassiere in Downtown Los Angele's, California. The I spy beer does not allow for restaurants.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light yellow with pretty decent foamy head that dissipates fast but that's to be expected for the style.

Good aroma and taste of medium, sweet malts backed up by light, spicy hops. True to the style.

My sell by date is 19.02.2010, so while it's not the freshest, it still is quite good, no doubt the brown bottles(!!!) help.

All around, a solid Pilsener and German beer in general. Might not be the best, but runs close. Far better than the average mass-produced swill.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear corn silk yellow brew with a great tall white cap. There are plenty of bubbles moving from bottom to top fueling the dwindling lacy head. My first impression is that this beer is too thin looking. It's very watery looking with a touch of pale color.

Nose is a clean and malty with touches of spicy hops and a pinch of sulphur. The sulphur is not a nice touch but it is not overly present and sometimes doesn't even register. It's definitely a bigger nose then I expected (given the look.)

Taste is much like the scent minus any trace of the sulphur. Golden cereal like malts with dashes of bitter spicy hops and a honey like finish. Again bigger flavors then one would expect from the appearance and quite flavorful.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp and bubbly carbonation mixes with a nice soft and smooth body. Very pleasing and quite easily drinkable. Yes I've had better pilsners but this one is solid and underrated if you ask me. I saw it at a bar for $2 a can because they couldn't sell any. Good luck for me because this is a solid brew.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness stamp of 19 03 10. Pours a vibrantly clear, light gold color. Theres a finger and a half worth of stark white foam that is decent on the retention and has really nice, sticky lacing.

Nose is crisp, fresh graininess with a mild, floral hop aroma. It smells pretty big for the style and pretty fresh considering its journey.

Taste is lots of grainy malts with a bit of a husky flavor. Hopping is pretty mild with most of the contributions coming in the form of a light bittering finish. Not the cleanest pilsener out there, but packs quite a bit of flavor compared to many German pilseners. Good beer that can disappear fast from the fridge if not careful.

Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, I've also had this from a can and it was pretty good.

It pours a deep gold with a nice big white head.

One of the better smelling pilseners, this is the definition of a balanced traditional pilsener in the nose.

It is one of the more flavorful pilseners, it is nicely balanced, not the best flavor, but good.

It's a great pilsener, maybe better out of the can too which is rare.

Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pokal. My bottle has a best by date of 7/7/10, so it looks like I have a pretty fresh sample.

A: Brilliant straw with moderately paced carbonation. A dense yet small white cap has nice retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Smells heavily of noble hops, but the power of the aroma is light. A dry cracker like malt presence balances the hop aromas nicely.

T: Light and well balanced. Starts out with dry malt flavors of crackers and straw. Bitterness has a lemon and pepper kick that gets a touch metallic toward the end. Finishes mostly clean, with just a little residual bitterness.

M: The light body is a touch dry and has a nice level of tingling carbonation.

D: This beer pretty much packs everything I look for in this style. It's light, balanced and easy drinking. It has just enough complexity to keep me going back to my glass, and the low ABV makes me wish I had more on hand.

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Very light golden color, to almost straw. Very clear, but lots of bubbling. Head formation is light, just about nothing - a light white film.

S - Kaboom there is a pilsner malt nose here. No mistaking it.

T - This is a pils bomb all the way through. The lightest note starts off early, which turns quickly to the pils grainy and astringent like bite. Mid-stream gets much more bitter, with little hops coming through. Finishes very edgy, grainy, and biting. Almost astringent.

M - Light beer body, carbonation is moderate. Finishes with a bit of a bitter cling to it.

D -Manageable ABV. Slightly filling. Flavors are a bit potent for me to be a sessionable pils.

This has to be one of the most potently flavored pilsners around.

Photo of beerguru15
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just took a sip of the Konig Pilsener

The appearance is a light golden color with a white head, the depreciated quickly

When smelling the beer I noticed a trace of hops, with a slight smell of malt

The taste is smooth at first, but then turns into a slight bitterness, which goes away quickly

The mouthfeel is very strong and "sharp"

Overall this isn't that bad of a Pilsner, is very drinkable, and I'd drink again if given the chance.

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

Pours a straw color, and has not much of a head.
Smells like delicious lager yeasts and I expect it to taste much like the other European lager styles.
It truly tastes like I thought it would. No surprise and no great find. An enjoyable Pilsener and I would probably get it again if there was no other choices worth trying.

Photo of MNJR
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that great of a beer. Carbonation is there but it's a bit flat either on tap (at Huettenbar in Chicago) or from a can. Off color metallic flavors are up front in this beer. You really have to keep chugging it to avoid the emergence of a straw flavored, skunky aftertaste. I can't see how anyone would rave about this or give it more than a C+. It's German but it has that crappy stale Dutch beer flavor of Heineken or Amstel. Many better German beers are available: Bitburger, Stiegl, Spaten, Wurzburger, Hofbrau...

Photo of rfabian
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass it produces a 1 inch head that leaves slight lacing. The appearance is golden and clear. The aroma is of grassy hops and slight malt. The taste is dry and slightly bitter with some maltiness. The feel is smooth and the finish clean. This is a very enjoyable and drinkable pilsner.

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