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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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very good

478 Ratings

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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 mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Clear and golden with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head fades quickly to a thin covering over the body. No lace is left behind.

Grassy/floral hops and mild bread notes.

Bread malt. Hops are floral, mildly bitter, and a little bit spicy. Mild bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Goes down pretty easy, though I think I would have liked a little bit more fizz.

07-19-2009 18:04:53 | More by mintjellie
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

It was the only beer available at a wine bar we visited in Berlin. Good color and good clean flavor overall but nothing to write home about. Certainly better than becks and not too disappointing when it's the only choice. I would recommend this in general.

07-13-2009 07:10:06 | More by david18
Photo of bmwats


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Golden color. Pretty heavy carbonation. Pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving some spotty bubbly carbonation behind. No lacing to speak of. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout.

S: Pungent malt, yeast, and hay.

T: Really malty, but not a heavy roasted malt flavor. The yeasty tone come on pretty strong. Hay and also a very noticeable floral palette.

M: Light body. Really refreshing quality provided by the floral balance. Nice light yeast aftertaste which dissipates pretty quickly and just leaves a subtle hint behind. Not as steely as some Euro pilsners (which is a plus to me).

D: Pretty decent. Nice light body and flavor.

Pretty decent appearance. Of course, pilsners don't really produce anything all too interesting. Nose is pretty simple, but not empty. Really distinctive flavor. The floral tone really adds some uniqueness. Nice balance with the malt and yeast. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

07-08-2009 03:36:11 | More by bmwats
Photo of philipquarles


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a fluffy white cap that lasts. Pleasant bouquet of grainy malt and soft grassy hops. The taste is a bit fainter, with the malt character much weaker. Though the grassiness is all but lost, the hop bitterness comes through and makes it quite dry. Light-medium body with medium carbonation. A decent pils.

06-28-2009 03:39:31 | More by philipquarles
Photo of nickynick


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Konig Pilsner poured a very pale gold with a nice white head and very good lacing. The smell was faint, with hints of hops. The taste was a nice sweet malt with a good hop back. Mouthfeel was good, and this beer show very good drinkability. Over all I found this to be a very nice pilsner. Good summer beer.

06-10-2009 18:57:52 | More by nickynick
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pale yellow color with a scant head and lace.

S: The smell of grains and a hint of grassiness
are there.

T: Very clean tasting without a real standout
single flavor, but a good hop residue left

M: Clean and crisp very light pilsner but not
what I would consider thin.

D: Very drinkable pils. refreshing and a good
easy drink.

05-23-2009 22:09:07 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of FatSean


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

I picked up a 5L mini-keg of this beer because it was $10.99 whlle the Heinekin mini-keg next to it was $19.99. By my calculations, that would be $0.78 for 12 oz assuming you really can get 5L of liquid out of there. That's BMC cost/volume territory! So, I was intrigued. Could it be any good?

Brought home and dispensed into a 20oz Otter Creek pint. I'm rating the initial pint here.

Poured a hazy yellow color. Plenty of head that left behind substantial lacing. Very carbonated. I always thought clarity was important to the pilsner style, and this one is quite hazy. It may have been due to opening the mini-keg within minutes of the car ride home, so I won't count that against the beer.

Smells sweet. Sweetness and biscuit. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but so far so good!

Taste is sweet and a bit syrupy. Finishes very clean, very little aftertaste. Just enough hops to put a period on each sip.

Mouthfeel is decent. The carbonation at the tap did not carry over to the glass. Seems the taste profile takes a fast track to the finish flavors.

Drinkability? Very much so. On a hot day you this beer's flaws might as well be nonexistant.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find this beer to be so good for so little. I'll have to have some people over to finish it off before it goes flat/stale in the fridge.

05-11-2009 23:08:12 | More by FatSean
Photo of TheSarge


4.47/5  rDev +18.9%

König Pilsener pours with quite a bit of carbonation noted. There is an ample amount of bright what head, but doesn't stick together with the best I've had. The body is typical gold and ultra clear, pretty much on par for the style.

The aroma is interestingly stony in character. There is a faint lemony hint, but the hard water/limey aroma is the dominant fragrance.

This tastes quite pleasant, with a lemony hops presence that outshines the grainy and cereal like flavors that are found in Pils sometimes.

There is a dry feel to this beer, and almost finishes powdery. This beer seems to cleanse the palate all by itself.

This is a beer I could go for any day. It's not too complex, but not boring either... HIGHLY DRINKABLE!

05-08-2009 14:32:09 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color. Two fingers of white head dissipate very quickly into splotchy patches of foam.

Smells of cereal grains and pale malts. Very light floral hop character.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. Pretty dry.

Body is light. Carbonation seems appropriate.

Well, this seems like it would be a very easy beer to pound. I'd give it a 5, but there's two sides to drinkability. It gets a 1 on the enjoyment scale. It's a pretty boring beer, and doesn't hold my interest long enough to drink more than one bottle. That averages out to a 3.

05-08-2009 05:17:40 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

1.83/5  rDev -51.3%

This beer is unfortunate. I dont drink pilsners and this is a clear reminder of why.

Appearance is thin and mealy, with a light head and not much for the color.

Smell is very similar to that of Bush light. Ouch.

Taste is mellow and unattributable. A bit sharp and lacks sweetness.

Low-key finish and carbonation that doesnt hold. Insincerely malty aftertaste that makes you really not want another sip.

05-08-2009 01:10:48 | More by TLove
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Picked this up on a whim.

Poured a beautiful light gold with a finger of frothy sticky white head. Head retention wasn't great but the lacing was cool.

Smells of light malt and floral hop, both are very faint.

Taste is very light. Light hop with light malt, crisp water. Finish has a bit of the sharp hop, and ends with a light spice.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp and clean. Lightbodied and with a balanced carbonation.

Drinkability is good. An amazing pilsner. Price is good, and this can be paired with a large variety of food.

05-08-2009 00:53:48 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours dark yellow with a thin head.

The aroma is very faint. All I can smell is some malt.

Tingly carbonation on the tongue. Light malt, some fruitiness, and some sourness. A dry huskiness is present, and their is a slight hop bite on the finish.

Overall, this tastes okay, but I don't see myself buying it again.

05-05-2009 01:14:44 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a clear golden bubbly color with at first frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Our smell is a bit of hop, shaded with a twinge of grainy malt.
So is this pilsener triple-hops brewed too? Because it's actually a pilsener and not Miller Lite. Very dry taste with a smooth drinkable body. Solid.

04-21-2009 00:44:44 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance: Golden Yellow hue.

Smell: Yeast, Bread, Hops

Taste: citrus bitters with a balanced refreshing bite that leaves mouth with a dark bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: Soft - medium makes this a lovely balance to enlighten the senses and cause salivation.

Drinkability: I wish this was the bud light people love. This should be the rock bottom standard for beer. This pilsener kicks ass and hopefully with america slowly turning to craft beer - the giants may someday make better beer too. Drink this beer when beer needs to be drank.

04-07-2009 04:30:39 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of 01121987

Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%

wow! you wont believe me but this canned lager is full of floaties! i have never seem ufos in any commercial lager! it definetly loses all points for. well not appearanceall points because it has a great lasting head. this must just be a fluke.
very nice clean aroma without any cattyness
very well balanced bitterness with only a trace of hops but thats ok for me.
very smooth mouthfeel despite extreme carbonation.
highy quaffable. great summer pils
great beer even with the weird flaky floaty things that arent supposed to be there!

04-04-2009 00:14:23 | More by 01121987
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer poured a straw-color with a single-finger head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is floral hops with a tiny bit of citrus. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that gives way to some understated citrusy hops that last until the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly watery but the carbonation makes for a crisp beer. A tasty beer that goes down real easy, this is great beer for any occasion.

03-31-2009 03:29:36 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of droomyster


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear gold with a great head and nicely active carbonation. Lots of nice pilsener aromas that feel very natural: a raw honey sweetness with grassy and lemony hops. This beer is packed with all the tastes that its aromas promised and has a good crispness. I love it when it when a pilsener refuses to play it bland and instead is infused with character. This is a terrific beer, the whole of which is greater than the sum of its parts.

03-11-2009 10:45:02 | More by droomyster
Photo of juju7


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

A very pale yellow with a fluffy head that very quickly dissapates into nothing. Not much lacing to speak of either. A floral hoppy lift on the nose that suggest a pretty good pils and a good upfront palate. Unfortunately falls away a little at the back with not much finish to speak of. Subtle bitterness. Not the best pils going round by any means but not the worst either.

03-03-2009 09:07:05 | More by juju7
Photo of projectflam86


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

A- Pours golden color with thin white head that has little retention and scarce lacing.

S- Hoppy nose with some spice aromas coming through.

T- Sharp bitter pepper hops flavor with some mild malt in the finish.

M- Ok carbonation but a light body that was a bit watery. Weird aftertaste.

D- An ok brew that was just a little spicier than I was expecting. Mediocre overall.

03-02-2009 22:54:14 | More by projectflam86
Photo of abents


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

I remember drinking this when we traveled to germany, but I'm reviewing it now in a can in the US. I remember it much better when I was there, go figure.
Pours out a straw yellow color with a nice bright white head with nice lacing. Smells of spices, malt, and a floral tone. Taste is kind of spciy for a german pils, but very nice. NIce light malt background with a crisp light citrus hops. Kind of an off taste to it, but it's a nice clean beer. Very mild, easy to drink, plenty carbonation for a pils. Ok, but there's better.

02-28-2009 07:32:25 | More by abents
Photo of Cresant


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured this 16.9 oz. can into a pils glass. No date. The body was clear and pale golden. The tight, white head left some webby lacing.

Smell was spicy. Hay and lemon zest. Clean grains. Nice.

Taste was peppery. Earthy and grassy. Crisp hops. There was a nice balance of sweet malts and gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with some prickly carbonation. Solid all-around.

02-18-2009 15:17:04 | More by Cresant
Photo of tlinner

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a pissy macro-ish yellow. Head dissipates quickly. Smells very "crisp". Malty, floral, some hints of pear. Taste is similar, but much stronger. It's bready and floral and, like I said earlier, crisp. Slightly bitter finish; the fruitiness is more obvious on the aftertaste. This one strikes a balance between the relatively flat but refreshing lawn-mower beer, and a more advanced ale or lager. Very good!

02-14-2009 19:32:13 | More by tlinner
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a very clear light pale with an average white head and light lacing. Smells of adjuncts and just a whiff of Saaz. First sip is extremely light with the malt dominating the light hops. Not much hop presence but then again...there is not much malt presence either. Spot on in style in every respect. Grab your lawnmower.

02-04-2009 17:33:12 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours to a pale gold with a tight white head over swirling streams of carbonation. The head is fast-falling, leaving a small collar a scant lacework.
It's scented of graham crackers, lavender, lilac, hay, and dried herbs. It's a modest aroma, but a nice one.
In the mouth, the malt presents fairly softly. There is an initial hay and crackery dryness. It steps towards a pear-like fruitiness, but stops just short. A kiss of grain precede the soft-water lagered briskness. Hop bring it home with desiccated herbs, crushed flowers, and a small, talc-like minerality.
Light bodied with a steady, gentle CO2.
This is in all ways a solid pils...nearly great, even. There is enough delicate balance to make this almost endlessly drinkable. The price point ($12/12pack) doesn't hurt either.

02-04-2009 09:14:35 | More by cokes
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance - pours a gold colour with about a 1-inch head, diminishing to a little foam on the surface. Looks good.

Smell - gorgeous grassy and floral aroma. Corn-grainy vanilla, just luscious.

Taste - I notice the hop bitterness over all and the flavour seems a bit thin. Kind of a let down after the smell.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth but a little too noticeable on the front of the tongue.

Drinkability - I could down a couple of these but I'd rather look at and smell 'em.

01-17-2009 01:35:25 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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