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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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85
very good

531 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website
Germany

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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Ratings: 531 | Reviews: 265
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -1.9%
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 +0.8%
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%
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 -2.4%
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 -13.8%
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 -18.8%
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 -28.9%
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 +6.9%
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.

Photo of roddwolff
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant blonde, foamy head creamy and thick;

S: Hops and floral notes;

T: Smoked malt, butter and floral notes;

M: Dry with a salty end, a slight bitternees and medium body;

D: Too salty to drink several but i liked the cask of this beer i bought.

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

Received in the December shipment of my BotM club.

Poured into a pilsner, a finger of bubbly head over a champagne-esque, very clear, very light gold body. Big bubbles, attractive look. Head drops to a thin layer.

Smell is of clean, slightly sweet cereal grains, white grape & apple juice. Some mild but well-defined spicy/peppery hops, just a hint of a musty, damp smell.

Taste starts with the sweet grain, turns a little bitter, with a little dark bread crust, some white grape juice. Aftertaste is stone-like, flattens out, & ends moderately dry.

Mouthfeel is snappy with the hops, softening with some fizz. Decent drinker -- the dryness actually takes a bit out & is a little challenging on the tongue for such a tight little beer. Not bad.

Photo of armock
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear straw color with a thin white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt and grassy hops

T - Follows the nose plus that usual euro beer flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good beer light and refreshing with a good taste that's worth a try sometime

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a thick frothy white head that leaves some light lacing behind.

Smell: Grass, hay, bitter apple, spicy hops and some light metallic bitterness.

Taste: Nice rounded apple, pear and grass malt backbone, with a light spicy and metallic bitterness coming through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body and dry finish.

Drinkability: More than solid example of a light, dry German Pils. While not as bitter as some (although still quite dry), it is very well balanced and I could see drinking a decent amount of this if available.

Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear light gold color...not enough head...

S-Smells great...a big dose of sweetish pilsner malt...also a grassy hoppiness.

T-I love the pilsner malt impression...sweetish...honey bread....also grassy hops with a lemongrass note.

M-Medium...crisp with a slightly dry finish.

D-An excellent German Pilsner...could pair nicely with a Turkey dinner

Photo of chickenm
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of grassy hops with some malt. Taste is again grassy hops with a bready flavor and a bit of honey. Thin body with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty solid German Pilsner that is very drinkable. I'll definitely try this again next summer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with pretty much no head.
Sweet bready malt aroma, with hints of honey and some vegetal notes. Pretty faint.
Some sweet bready malt upon tasting, with a sharp overbearing bitterness later.
Body is slightly watery, but at least the carbonation is not extreme.

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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 -5%
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 -18.3%
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 +11.4%
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
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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