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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

514 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website
Germany

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 wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into pint glass nov3 2009

A clear straw yellow withe lots of bubbles and a nice two finger head that hangs around for quite a while and leaves some lace

S floral hops with a fair amount of grass pretty much what I expect from a good pilsener OK I guess I can't spell pilsner pillsner nope all red lines under all how the hell do you spell pilsaner

T a little bread on top of what I smell with some mild sweetness

M crisp and clean with a mild bite pretty good really

D a well rounded beer that is what I want when drinking this style

if you like a good lager this one is pretty good, would be perfect on a hot day

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts and light amounts of spicy and somewhat floral hops.

Tastes good. Sweet and slightly biscuity pilsner malt flavors up front with a hint of spiciness joining in midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass easily and could certainly have another.

Overall there was nothing here that really blew me away but on the other hand there are really no weaknesses here. Worth a shot.

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

The colour is straw yellow; the three finger head is airy and white. It leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is fresh and hoppy with some sweet dough. Clean, crisp notes of noble hops and a not-very-flattering hint of wet cardboard.

The taste is first mild, and then a fresh rush of bitter hops emerges. It leaves room for some sweetness, hints of minerals, pulp and French loaf. Some fresh herbs, bitter hops and a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste. Sweet bread and bitter almonds in the finish.

The carbonation is medium, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth (for the style).

A budget beer definitely above the average. Some odd flavours but still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of yelterdow
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample provided by S.K.I. Beer Corp. in Brooklyn, NY. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pilsner flute. Freshness date on the back label reads BIT 08, then L 5142 K.

Appearance- Bright yellow gold, the beer pours with a soapy three finger head that leaves a few small patches of lace behind. Crystal clear and appetizing on the eyes.

Smell- Huge husky, grainy character that overshadows anything else that might be buried for the nose to discover. It's pure grain.

Taste- A clean, cutting display of husky malts and grains that finish with a sharp hop bitterness. Simple and right to the point.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick and easy, with a rolling effervescence that remains just inside the radar. This is a very basic yet solid German pilsener, just not as complex or interesting as other big names out there.

Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear gold with a nice fluffy white head. Very active beer...lots of carbonation in the glass. A crisp, clean malt and noble hop aroma is coming off this beer. A very nice pilsner aroma. There is an excellent hop flavor that is balanced very well with the malts. It's a simple beer, but very flavorful with a nice floral quality from the hops. The mouthfeel is just about right. Nice and light and the carbonation helps fill it out. A clean, dry finish that really makes you go back for more. This is as drinkable as it gets. A nice aroma, clean, crisp flavor and a finish that makes you want to take another sip.

Photo of Finn
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A brilliiantly clear, light, straw colored beer with minimal head. Aroma is a husky, grainy, citrusy, and toasty. This pils tastes clean and perfect, nothing extreme, but superbly balanced with the decoction/malty backbone against a slightly skunky hop backround. A touch of malt sweetness lingers and then is cut off by a hop bite to finish. Nice and dry. The medium body and strong carbonation join together to make this beer supremely drinkable. This beer is darn tasty, and quite a value for me at about 21 bucks a case. Any pilsner fan should pick this one up.

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

Grabbed this last weekend at State Line. The bottle has a best by date of 15th June 2010, so I guess this about 2 1/2 months old

A: The pour is gorgeous straw yellow with exceptional clarity and a long lasting white head that leaves a ton of lace as it slowly recedes

S: Crisp, crackery malt and earthy, lemony hops are present, very refreshing. Pretty much perfect for a pils. Extremely clean.Grainy and husky

T: Opens with a sharp, herbal bitterness with a dusty, earthy character and a sharp lime bitterness. Dry and cracker-like with a grainy and husky character, this beer really showcases what hops are all about. Dry and resiny on the finish. The malt character evolves every sip, starting off with a character moderate in what seems to me to be rich but not sweet (from decoction mashing?), before turning slightly watery mid-palate.

M: All-round, this is a bitter tongue-bruiser (for a pils) with crisp carbonation and a great, bitter finish. The mid-palate is a touch watery, but otherwise, I've got no complaints

D: An excellent pils, one I will revisit often

Photo of 2roosters
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper/pale straw colour

Faint nose of citrus and hops, head was lacy and less than 1".

Good grainy, mildly hoppy flavour - nice finish without too much bitter edge. Nice medium/long finish.

An excellent hot weather session beer.

Good value (for B.C.) @ $2.20 for 500ml can.

Recommended

Photo of nc41
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better German Pils, and better than the well advertised competition. I measure Pils by Prima and this one isn't that good, but it's still a nice light tasty Pils. Priced right, nice for the pool or beach given you can get in in the can. I just hate a brew that can't maintain it's head and this one does that too, tastes pretty good lame head. But worth a try.

Photo of JBmadera
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden color, white head, maybe 1 finger and it faded fast

S - very slight hop smell, but very slight

T - just wonderful light hop flavor, some malt and a bitter after taste....I loved it

M - modest carbonation, light feel

D - all day long, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of PartyBear
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear golden colour, with a significant amount of carbonation. Pours with a massive head, with good retention.

S - Mild hoppiness, with floral notes. The smell isn't that strong, in fact in an attempt to find a smell I put my nose to close to the beer and accidentally snorted it (I would advise against this).

T - Initially a crisp grassy hops taste. Leaves a bitter aftertaste, which a perfumy quality. The overall taste is surprisingly weak.

M - High level of carbonation in the mouth. Thin and light in body.

D - I have had better pilsners, this seems relatively weak in taste and body. Also, the overly perfumy aftertaste is a bit of a put off.

Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of philipquarles
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickynick
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
behind.

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

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

Photo of FatSean
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheSarge
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Gyle41386
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TLove
1.83/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.