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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of matty


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

Light yellow macro like color with a quickly fading head.Aroma is skunk that most German Pilseners seem to have.Taste is a mix of skunk and grape.In my opinion not impressive but somebody who likes this style probably would disagree.This is not something I would get again in the future!!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 04:20:19 | More by matty
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a extremely clear golden/yellow color with a bright white thin head that faded quickly. The carbonation was above moderate per style.

S: light, with some clean herbal hopping, straw and light cereal notes.

T: sweet and spicy from the hops with a quick and clean finish. The grain bill was really nice and crisp with a touch of fresh grainy presence in the finish.

M: smooth mouthful. decent carbonation.

D: Overall a very good clean malt bill highlighting a true to style german pilsner with a very good drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:19:41 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in a mixed sixer the other day as it was hot as hell outside and I was looking for something a little lighter for a change. I had not tried this before but figured it was worth a shot. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass straight out of the fridge.

Appearance - Poured a very bright, and very clear golden yellow. Lots of carbonation streaking up towards the surface. A good sized white fluffy and fizzy head then capped off the top, hung around for a few moments and faded off into a broken up crown. No noticeable side glass lacing.

Smell - The aroma was rather bland. Light cereal grains, lots of wheat and malts. Not much in the way of any kind of hop profile. This one was definitely just a straight up pilsner, not bad, just not much exciting here.

Taste - The flavor was pretty much more of the same. Quick, crisp and clean with nothing really shocking coming across here at all. A nice touch of light grain and the slightest hint of a grape like taste in the back, but that was about it. Finish was gone as quick as it came, leaving the mouth with a very clean feeling.

Mouthfeel - A very light bodied ale, lots of carbonation with a clean feel to it. Not overly thin, just about right for the style.

Drinkability - An easy one to put down, as the profile and flavors were effortless. I could see myself throwing down multiples on a hot day for sure.

Overall not a bad pilsner, just a little average and bland for me. Not terrible though by any means and a good representation of the style, just needs a little bit more life to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 13:45:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of tai4ji2x


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought in a beijing supermarket/warehouse store

500ml can

clear, golden straw color. decent head gradually fades to wispy layer. lacing is minimal.

grassy, noble hop aroma with hint of pine. whiff of bread and toasted grain.

an interesting meld of sweet maltiness and (very) bold hop bitterness. they definitely clash with each other, though not necessarily in a negative way. clean, but quite bitter finish.

not watery, decently smooth. some body from the lively carbonation.

not too bad.

Serving type: can

06-12-2008 13:12:47 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Cs1987


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

Appearance - Amberish-gold, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Sweet and grainy, but quite weak.

Taste - Good quality grains, quite low on fruity hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation.

Drinkability - A fairly easy drinker.

Overall - The lack of fruity hops is disappointing. This tastes more like a premium lager than a pilsener to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 14:12:44 | More by Cs1987
Photo of galante27


3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a proportionally sized white head.

A- Light Golden Yellow color, Small head dissapates quickly

S-Smell is light and sharp. Good pilsener malt scent

T-Taste starts malty with a slight hopped flavor Mouthfeel is good.

M- Smooth light feel

D- A very tasty and drinkable beer, but I am not a huge pilsner fan personally.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:39:28 | More by galante27
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, crisp German pils. Golden-yellow colour, and a nice foamy white head.

Nice, dry malt small balanced by a slightly floral hop nose. A little bit bitter in the nostrils.

Citrus hop flavours and nice bready malts. Nice to see this lacks the rice or corn adjuncts some many similarly priced European lagers use. This has a good, clean taste and is very refreshing.

This is by far on the best cheap beers I've had, at at only $2.19 for a tall can, this is a great value.

Serving type: can

05-07-2008 04:04:18 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Zorro


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

Clear yellow colored beer with a proportionally sized white head.

Smell is light and sharp with strong grassy and lemon aromas. Good pilsener malt scent and a bit of biscuit. Little bit yeasty to the nose like bread.

Taste starts out firmly malty with a strongly hopped flavor just on the edge of bitterness. Spicy in the mouth and sternly hopped. Grass and slight lemon on the tongue and a trace of biscuit. A good dryish pilsener.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very tasty and drinkable beer here a very balanced and flavorful German Pilsener. A beer I can recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:51:18 | More by Zorro
Photo of Offa


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

This is great German pilsner, roughly on par with, but diffeent from, Bitburger. This has a weaker grain quality and the hops are slightly different in flavour.

This is deep gold with a medium, white head that is creamy and soon shrinks to a permanent, thin top.

The aroma is fruity and strong, with a lot of sweet grain, hay, and herbal hops.

The taste is fruity grain, apple, and honey, giving a light fruity-honey sweetness that is just dominated by the bitter herbal-pine hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:09:02 | More by Offa
Photo of LittleCreature


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

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of foamy white head over a straw to gold body that looks highly carbonated with great clarity.

Smell - 4.0
A lovely subtle aroma of honey, toffee and grassy hops.

Taste - 4.0
I reckon this is just about as good as it gets for a German pilsener. Sweet pale malt and toffee in the start, hoppy bitterness is moderate to high with a grassy flavour. Slightly dry finish with nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately weighted with low to moderate carbonation. Becomes slightly syrupy as it warms.

Overall - 4.0
Brilliant session beer choice, I could drink this all night. Who would have thought that this $13 a 6-pack , twist-top beer would be the best pilsener I have drunk?! This will now be a frequent buy for me, and I will be recommending it to many of my pilsener loving friends.

Re-Review: Either I massively overrated this beer to begin with, or it's just not the beer it used to be. A decent pilsener, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:12:42 | More by LittleCreature
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Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
I tried this beer on October 18, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a very pale gold colour with a large foamy white head which quickly disappeared. The aroma was a combination of citrusy hops with some grainy backup. The mouthfeel was this, slightly watery, with ample carbonation. The flavour was slighty hoppy and a little bitter.

Serving type: can

04-19-2008 23:18:20 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of JEdmund


2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big foaming head; bright yellow and completely transparent; low to moderate carbonation bubbles rising; some lacing left

Small on aroma, but detecting some lemon, grass, fruit, and sweet malt

Taste & Mouthfeel
Initial impressions are skunky and metallic tasting; mouthfeel is decent, with a low-to-medium body, but not very carbonated; pretty crisp and refreshing, but leaves a little unwanted metallic aftertaste; improves as it warms and less metallic flavor is noticeable

Not too bad. It's light and refreshing, yet still has some flavor and character.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:13:30 | More by JEdmund
Photo of diamondc


4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 oz single for 89 cents at the local liquor mart. Cheaper than bottled water fercrissakes. Said "BIT 07" on the back, so I'm thinking less than a year old.

Appearance was perfectly golden, a nice frothy head with some lacing. A steady column of bubbles from the bottom of my mug. Just what a pilsener should look like.

The smell was of grass and earthiness .. right away I picked up those classic Saaz hop aromas. A little bit of citrus comes out with a few swirls.

The taste was that grass/earthiness of the Saaz, with a sweetness coming at the end from the malt. Nothing too fancy here. Towards the end, the bitterness from the hops came out. Very well-balanced.

I had this really cold and it's already hot here in Texas, so it went down in less than five minutes. Drinkability is off the charts and I'm getting a case tomorrow. A great everyday drinking beer ...

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:39:32 | More by diamondc
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice, pale gold with a frothy two finger white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a very nice lace. Lots of visible particles on close inspection and a ton of carbonation bubbles.

S: grainy-grassy hops and a sweet malts - standard, but well pronounced, nice.

T: very smooth malty flavour with subtle hoppy bitterness in the background - grassy, bready, slightly sweet and atouhc of spice on the finish.

M: light and very crisp, very nicely carbonated and a smooth, dry finish.

D: this is a great german pils. Nothing fancy, just solid, well brought-out flavours and a clean, crisp taste making this beer very refreshing. Very, very easy to drink...I wish I had a few more right now.

Serving type: can

03-22-2008 01:09:13 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pilsner malt scent along with some light breadlike notes. It's dry with some German hop character. The taste is decent. It has a very dry pilsner malt flavor that goes down quick and easy and finishes clean with some light hop bitterness. It's a basic recipe with little malt complexity, but it works. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid German pils. It's nothing fancy, yet well brewed; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 01:28:06 | More by WesWes
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can. Pale yellow colour, with a big foamy head that holds long enough, and leaves some rings of lace. Smell is floral, hops, a bit of lemon. Medium body, in the mouth is dry, bitter, a bit of lemon too. Refreshing. Though I'm not fond of cans, this is a very good pilsener, maybe it lacks of some more aroma, or maybe is just the can thing, but it's a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

01-06-2008 13:54:29 | More by janubio
Photo of Floydster


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle also purchased from Edelweiss Deli in Tehachapi on Christmas Eve for $2.00, split tonight with my dad

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a golden yellow color, a small 1/4 inch soapy white head that settled pretty quickly, not much retention or lacing in this one

Smell was a little funky, pretty skunky with lots of hoppiness, strong lemon aromas, and a couple different kinds of malt

Taste was sharp and thirst quenching but not much flavor to it, a little watered down, the hops are pretty weak and you taste mostly bready accents and lager-like yeast, balanced overall because there was not much malt either, no sweetness at all, some citrus came to the surface once it had warmed but nothing to boast about, average taste overall that is fairly one dimensional

Body was nothing special but the carbonation was nice and it had a very crisp taste that would be very nice on a hot summer day, taste lasted a fair amount of time as well, not flat like other pilseners

Could probably drink a six pack of this based on its lightness and low ABV, not filling and the taste does not get too old, goes down extremely easy and is very smooth

First beer I have tried from this brewer also, had never heard of this one before either, probably would not drink again but not bad for a European pilsener

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 06:57:35 | More by Floydster
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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in clear pint glass

A: Clear golden color with white foamy head that is scant and short-lived. Lively carbonation.

S: Floral hops with soft malt contribution.

T: Typical clean pilsner flavor with a little more hoppy bitterness in the finish than a typical German pilsner. Sharp malts but understated.

M: Crisp and clean with medium body. More of a Saaz hops aftertaste than I expected.

D: Serviceable but not substantially different than one of the usual Euro pilsners.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 03:09:53 | More by argock
Photo of Absumaster


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

A very clear, golden pilsner with a thin head.

Smell is malty with some husky and green/vegetable whiffs. The hops smell like they are extract.

Taste is medium bitter and hoppy with a raw hop extract edge. The malt is still a bit green, but when I drank my way through it started to disappear. Body was OK and drinkability was good. Quite a refreshing beer, but not a high flyer. An average German pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 09:02:44 | More by Absumaster
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with "BIT 06" on the back. It pours a lightly-pale gold, with medium carbonation and an inch of white head. Smells biscuity, a bit buttery, with skunky and spicy hops in the background. Toasted and buttery malts form the base of the flavor, and on top of this are grassy, spicy, almost piney hops that impart a medium, but almost distracting bitterness. The body is medium, with equal carbonation and finish, and is quite dry on the palate. Overall, a well-crafted, quite refreshing, easily-sessionable brew, but the bitterness is a tad higher than I'm used to for they style. That aside, I really love these European pilsners - it's what plain-old beer should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 04:13:34 | More by mmmbeer
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Quebec (Canada)

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

500 ml can. Best before 13-03-2008.

A- Clear golden yellow. White head. Some bubbles. A few particles floating in the beer. Head settles but leaves some lacing.

S- Floral and lemon hops. Mild but nice.

T- Nice balanced hops up front and lasting through to the finish. Faint lemon flash. Not a strong beer, but not bland either. One od the better pilsener/pale golden lagers I've had. Has a very good balance of pale (and somewhat neutral ) malt and light hops. has a fresh taste and feeling.

MF- Crisp. Not too watery. Good for the style.

D- Very easy drinking and well made lager. What the macros wish they were.

Serving type: can

11-07-2007 17:50:57 | More by JOaikido
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good German pils here,unexpected.Nice clear golden yellow with good size rocky white head and some decent lacing.Not much on the aroma though,fresh clean green grass,didn't get much else,had to get the nose right in the glass.Goes down creamy right off the bat,didn't expect that,quite a bit of bitterness to it,can taste a hint of metalic,some grains and lite smooth grass,powerful carbonation on this one,but none the less,still goes down rather well,very thirst quenching and would make a decent session beer.On a hot summer day,this would go over quite well,highly enjoyed this one.

Serving type: can

10-25-2007 04:17:59 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of scoobybrew


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

Later tasting - original review was 10/20/07

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute

A - clear yellow straw color with a thick chunky foam head

S - noble hops up front with malt present, but in the background

T - noble hop flavor dominates with the soft simple sweet malt flavors, very clean lager character with no noticeable yeast esters or phenols

M - light body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is a fine example of a German pilsner. It's crisp, clean with an appropriate level of hops and the malt to support.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 20:40:29 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of goochpunch


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a lightly faded gold with abundant champagne-like carbonation and a sturdy head that leaves rings of lace after each sip. Great floral and earthy hop presence in the nose with a solid, sweetish malt backbone with just a touch of graininess. Flavor is bright and with a light maltiness. There is some crackery flavor from the malt with just a kiss of sweetness. Hops come very floral, and almost grape-y, and leave a nice lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and spritzy, but a lingering residual sweetness, makes this just the slightest bit sticky. Some peculiarities with the mouthfeel affect the drinkability slightly, but this is still a good session.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 04:07:09 | More by goochpunch
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2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice "pale-golden" yellow, nice head, that last fairly long.
Smell is nothing to write home about.
The taste is ok, but I kept wishing it was a tad more malty.
I found the mouthfeel to be quite disappointing. Way to watery.

For the price it cost, I wouldn't be buying this again.

It's like your typical german pilsener, but watered down, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 22:19:15 | More by decom
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