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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener

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BA SCORE
85
very good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

FatSean, May 12, 2009
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!

TheSarge, May 08, 2009
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.

Gyle41386, May 08, 2009
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.

TLove, May 08, 2009
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.

LumpyGuitar, May 08, 2009
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.

IMincedTheKing, May 05, 2009
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.

ThaBobfather, Apr 21, 2009
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.

LauraAlberts, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of 01121987
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

01121987, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheTrevor, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

droomyster, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

juju7, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

projectflam86, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of abents
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

abents, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cresant, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of tlinner
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

tlinner, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ATLbeerDog, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Nose is a lot of cereal sweetness. Flavor is a mix of sweet tones and grain character. Smooth, but no vast complexities. It's straightforward, and that's it. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation and the liquid is thinner as you'd expect. This is an easy drinking pilsner. Like I said, it's straightforward and that's that.

RblWthACoz, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear, bright yellow in color, with a finger of snow-white froth that settles fairly quickly and leaves but a few webs of lacing on the glass.

Bright and piquant aroma, herbal and grassy in nature.

Light and effervescent in body and mouthfeel, with a backbone of slightly sweet, bready malt flavor, being dominated by mildly bitter, grass-like hops. Finishes very dry, with just a hint of sweetness and a nice dose of bitterness.

Nicely balanced and very drinkable, this is a perfect session beer and a great example of the dry, sharp German pilsener style.

superdedooperboy, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pils glass:

Pours a classic bubbly golden yellow with a thin, lasting white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is grainy, slight husk with a grassy/ mildly lemony backing. A touch metallic.

The taste is of sweet grain with a lemongrass undertone. Some iron and a sharp metallic notes. Finishes dry.

Light-bodied, appropriate carbonation level.

A nice enough "classsic" pils. The slight metallic sharpness was a detractor for me though. Still, a solid pils!

jwc215, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Montréal, December 2006: Me and my German roommates from my hostel hit up a dépanneur, as they were thristy for more beer before we went clubbing that night. Of the limited selection there, this was the beer of choice among my German roommates. I didn't have it that night, and since then I have been wondering what it might have tasted like.

Which brings me to tonight, almost two years later. I found a single 12 ounce bottle at O'Shea's, and now I'm ready to find out. On to the beer:

A one and a half finger's thckness of head tops this golden straw colored beer. The aroma is grassy, hay-like. Pale malt sweetness. And there a bit of wet cardboard smell too.

Oooo, sour grain. The light and brush of crispness leaves this beer with a good feel, but I wish this beer weren't as sour. Here comes the hay flavor and what seems to be hop extract, but that sour grain flavor is starting to annoy me. Let's end this now....

Perhaps I got a less than ideal bottle, so maybe I'll come back to this and experience what this beer really wanted to do to my tastebuds.

DoubleJ, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good medium-bodied pilsener from brown bottle

A- Transparent golden-hay color with lots of bubbles and a 1-inch head that fades to a ring with little lacing

S- Smell is grainy pils malt and noble hops. Spot-on pilsener

T- Taste is like the smell but not as strong as I would like it to be in any aspect

M- Light body is good, but sharp carbonation reduces from experience

D- Like any good pilsener, a good session

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of jarmby1711
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable and enjoyable beer im my view.
As a German Pilsener it fails a little in lacking some spicey bite , it really tatses like a Euro Pale Lager, however classifications are pedantic and dont bother me to any degree.
It is well blanced rounded in the mouth and refreshing.
A reasonable choice to quench a thirst

jarmby1711, Oct 29, 2008
König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.