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König Pilsener - König-Brauerei GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

273 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of MaximalC
1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent straw color with perfect clarity, topped by only the faintest whisp of a white head. Aroma is mild and primarily skunky, with a very vague sweetness and hop essence. The flavor is similar to the nose--faint and unappealing. This tastes like beer in the most generic sense of the term. There's a mild honeyed malt flavor on the front end and some hop bitterness in the finish, but those are the closest things to defined flavors I can discern. The rest is just a wash of what I would normally associate with a "light" beer. Yet another Pilsner that leaves me scratching my head as to the merits of the style. (627 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's a lot to be said for being older and wiser - whilst the 'older' part isn't so great the 'wiser' part is most helpful. German Pilsener is a great example of being older and wiser; when I first started drinking them I mistaking found myself comparing them to their Czech brethren, and I was wondering why the Germans were so shit at making Pilsener (spelled by the Czechs as "Pilsner" by the way). Turns out they weren't trying to make Pilsener for the Czech palate, they were making it for the German palate, which prefers a more bread yeast taste, less bitter hops and a dry finish, much like their Helles Lagers. There you go, I'm older and wiser now.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: This one is a lively pour - nearly a 3 inch white head which just as excitedly fizzes down to a meagre lacing. Body is a clear pale goldenrod.

S: Aroma is distinctly German right down to the soured yeast, vegetable matter, lemon zest and biscuit malt base. A little bit more vegetal in the aroma than I like but nothing to make me run for the porcelain.

T: Sour yeast and citrus lemon hits the taste straight off. Light malts then lead to a bitter (for a German beer at least) hop finish, typical German dryness is strangely absent. The flavour is however dominated by the yeast and citrus pairing. Not bad, refreshing in the least.

M: Bit watery, light to mid bodied with flat carbonation, although that could be because of the excitable pour.

D: Overall not bad, decent enough as a refreshing summer Lager. The biggest bonus is the price: $10 for a six pack? That is as cheap as the much cheaper tasting Oettinger! So a better brew than the price dictates, and one I will certainly try again as summer is upon us.

Food match: For some reason, perhaps the lemon taste in this brew, seafood really feels the best option. (1,832 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light golden pour with an active white foam. Small bubbles of carbonation move about the glass.

S - Smells of light grain and a bit of musty yeast. Not much else here.

T - Flavors of wheat and some lemon citrus are noted. Finish seems to have more of the funky yeast flavor.

M - A crisp, dry beer that has a bit of grit and leaves a raspy feel in the mouth. Balance on it is fine. The best quality on this is in its simplicity to deliver nice flavor and be easy drinking.

O - I've had better imported pilseners but this is worthy to try again. In the warmer weather this could really hit the spot. (606 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Konig Pilsner has a thick, soapy, white head, and a somewhat hazy yellow straw appearance, with lots of little white floating particles visible throughout the beer. A few streaming bubbles are seen, and a good amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect some lightly-roasted malt. Taste is of sweet biscuit, lightly-roasted malt, sweetness, and it closes with an outstanding, grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Konig Pilsener finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. This not a perfect beer, but it is not far from it. I insist that you try it!

RJT (616 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 500 ml, bought at a gas station in Germany. ABV is 4,9%. Ingredients are water, barley malt and hops. Poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Light golden yellow colour, with average activity in the glass and a white, soapy head of two fingers, with very good retention.
Hoppy aroma, with bread notes.
Taste is sweet at first, then the hops are coming to balance it and introduce a long lasting bitterness, as soon as the stale bread taste goes away.
Creamy body and perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall a really nice pilsener. (536 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear, yellowish amber color with a foamy white head. The aroma has that classic pilsner scent. The texture is decent with an ok flavor. This is a fairly weaker in taste than most German Pilsners. The use of malts and hops are very difficult to find in the flavor, as there seems to be more of a raw grainy taste. Drinks smooth and easy, however there are better German made pilsners on the market. (409 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze, straw color. Lots of bubbles rising up. Fairly nice frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Spicy, grassy, peppery aroma, along with some sweet pale malts.

Spicy noble hops up front along with sweet pale malts. Grassy, wheaty, slight caramel, lemony, touch of black pepper. Crisp, refreshing and dry finish. (326 characters)

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

A: Very light straw colored beer, super clear, and topped with a white bubbly head. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles are clearly visible.

S: Sweet and crisp. Bread dough, caramel drizzle, water crackers, and zesty lemon.

T: Good clean pilsener malt and lemon = pleasantly refreshing flavors. Lightly bitter with perky carbonation.

M: Slick, light bodied, dry, and stirred up by prickly carbonation.

O: This is better than the last one I reviewed, which was in a bottle. I think the other one I had (5 years ago) might have been a little out of whack. This time its more like a German Pilsener should be. (610 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear straw color with fluffy white head

Smell - grass, wheat, cracker, hint of black pepper

Taste - lemon zest, grassy flavor, wheat, cracker, malt, hint of black pepper

Mouthfeel - crisp, refreshing beer, light end of being medium bodied without being thin, medium carbonation, slightly sweet, hint of bitterness on the end to keep this balanced

Overall - this is an excellent pilsener, the best I've had thus far for consumption at home, I would suggest getting this in a can as this is probably the closest iteration to the true integrity of what this beer is supposed to taste like. Will make this a staple in my fridge

Price Point - $5.99/ 4pk 16.9 oz cans (680 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color, crystal clear, with a one-finger thick white head. Basic pilsener aroma: light grain, somewhat biscuit-like; earthy hop aroma. Taste is light, clean with a honey and grain character and a light bitterness at the finish.

A decent, slightly above average pilsener, but nothing extraordinary. (309 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw with insane clarity. Aggressive pour leads to two finger bleached white head. Decent retention. Nice lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: Toasted grain, grass, touch of citrus. Very clean smelling. Good malt bill.

T: Toasted cracker malts with grassy notes transition into spicy lemon hops with an awesome floral presence. Crisp, dry finish with just the right amount of hop presence. Very balanced.

M: Good levels of carbonation, but mouthfeel is too light for my taste.

O: Disappointed in this brew. Definitely not a bad pilsner, just runs on the light side of what I enjoy. (594 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into shaker pint

Three finger off-white head, massive carbonation.

Smells: Grassy hops, and malt

Taste: Grass, herbal smells, and malty warmth. Bitter finish to boot!

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not as thin as BL platinum.

Overall, I think I would only have this at a party where pilsners were served. (315 characters)

Photo of tubeboy
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic golden pilsner with about 1 finger of head that settles quickly with a nice lacing. A distinct aroma of grains with a slight hint of citrus. This is a very good tasting beer for the style. I taste perfectly malted grains. None of the skunk that I normally get with the mass market German or Dutch lagers. Probably the best of the German Pilsners I've tried. I really appreciate the creamy texture which is rare for a pilsner style. This is my new go to Pilsner. I wish that I'd found it sooner. (504 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near pure-white frothy head. Leaves plenty of stringy lace. The broth is straw colored and crystal clear.

More grainy than malty with very little hop aroma. Still, it's attractive.

Much stronger hop presence. This still starts off with a grainy flavor, but it is very fresh. The swallow is well balanced while the aftertaste is a long lasting floral hop flavor. The body is quite full for the style.

Outside of the smell, this is a world class pils. (454 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold/yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. Some bubbles.

Crisp with grainy buttery malt and a kiss of hops. Just as a pils should be.

Somewhat sweeter than I expected upfront. Finishes clean at the back but has a cider-y finish. There's a good amount of hop bitterness to counter that.

Buttery, crisp malt with that sweet edge, muted by just the right amount of bitterness. Great mouthfeel or what?

Very authentic. Not the greatest but certainly up there! (482 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/21/12.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and some grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of grain, grape juice, grape jelly, and a grassy and herbal finish. There is a very mild bitterness that sits right on top of the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pilsener that is very easy to drink. (547 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a clear body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. Decent.

Smell: light malty aroma with a light graininess. Some noble hops are discernable. Plain but free of flaws.

Taste: nice noble hop flavor on top of a grainy malt with a nice, balanced sweetness. Bitterness is low but works well for the style. Actually a damn fine Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: light body with an effervescent carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: tasty and very refreshing; a real, authentic Pilsner. Extremely quaffable, I'd be glad to have this again. (627 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 21DEC12

Pours a toasted straw with loose, white foam and lots of bubbles in the glass (dirty glass?). Anywho, the effect is pretty. Smells of sweet grain and a hint of noble hops. Classic and pleasant. Lovely pils with good grain and sweet corn hints followed with a bit of bitter subtlety. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer. (357 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow into my Great Divide glass. Two fingers of bright white head that fades rapidly and leaves barely any lacing.

S- Slighty sweet and bready. Decently fruity German yeastiness. Nothing over the top, but you can tell it's going to be refreshing. Very mild on the hops.

T- Very crisp and light with a really nice fresh cut grass hop and yeastiness. An excellent and refreshing brew that can be enjoyed anytime. I can imagine pairing this with some fresh Brats and spicy mustard!

M- Crisp, fresh and grassy. Leaves your mouth clean and dry. Wish it had just a touch more carbonation.

O- Although not a huge fan of German Lagers, this is really nice and well put together! Really looking forward to working out in the yard this spring with a few dozen of these! (800 characters)

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale (very clear) yellow color with a medium bubbled white head. Medium to low retention. A lot o bubbles are formed in the glass too. Some considerable lacings are formed too

S: Quite simple smell. Very malty and bready. A bit metallic and some citrus hops

T: Follows the nose. Crispy malts and hops, basically. Metallic. Not bad at all, pleasant beer. Aftertaste is dry hop. Nice bitterness is a point of strength

M: Very light body. Good carbonation. Nice dry, stingy hop aftertaste and mouthfeel

O: A beer made to be drinkable. Quite light body with a nice mild bitterness. Germans do simple beer very well... (663 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super pale and clear, like liquid sunlight, without much head. Not much to see, really. Pale, sweet malt aroma is reminiscent of hay. Mildly tangy yeast backs up the malt. No hops to speak of. A flash of the sweet pale malt you just smelled goes bitter in an instant, leaving you with the nuttiness of this particular strain of yeast. The flavors are very mild despite coating the tongue. This is a quality I've never really had in a beer. Bitterness lingers quite a while. Great, balanced mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

This beer is, in a word, clear. While all the flavors were mild, they were very distinct. I wish I had more descriptors to use, but I couldn't really pin anything down with a good comparison. There was nothing clouding these distinct flavors, they came through clear as a bell. While I like the taste and mouthfeel, I still think there is a little something lacking. Perhaps I had it too cold, I don't know. A great Pilsener none the less. (974 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can

A- Pale golden colour with lot of carbonation visible. One finger of nice white head, decently thick and persistent. Some hints of lacing are left on the glass

S- Restrained and slighty metallic aroma of bready malts and noble hops. Faint citrus/lemon note

T- Crisp grainy/crackery malts, with some vague butter feel to them. Some light floral and lemon notes show up on the tongue. Quite bitter, even for the style and expecially in the aftertaste, but with some kind of metallic, flavourless bitterness that does not feel that pleasant

M- Light in body but highly carbonated. Watery on the tongue and harsh on the palate. Unpleasant, bitter/metallic aftertaste

O- Overall decently flavourful, with some subtle notes showing up and a bit of complexity. Not that refreshing or very well balanced though, and i'm again blaming that metallic bitterness for this (874 characters)

Photo of
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer - and I'm not just saying that because it was being sold at my local grocer in 500ML can four-packs (that's two liters of actual european pilsner beer people!) for the princely sum of $4.57. Let me try to explain why this beer rocks: it rocks because it has something other lesser beers typically lack. It has staying power. By that I mean it goes down extremely well on the first luscious gulp, but continues to go down just like that throughout the whole half-liter can. Very few beers manage to achieve that. And for me, it has one of the best combinations of taste and "refrenshing-ness" (if I can coin a term) that I have ever experienced in a pilsner. So, to summarize: go out and get this beer and see for yourself if it isn't really pleasing. I'm pretty confident you'll agree. (802 characters)

Photo of Soneast
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, yellow color with some haziness and evident particulate. Grows a 2-finger thick, white creamy head that dissipates quickly, though leaving some intricate lace on the glass.

Aroma has that distinct sulfur character with a dominate floral, noble hop presence and a touch of bread crust to round things out.

The flavor starts with a very nice flowery hop character, that is still relatively fresh tasting, though that may be due to the can packaging. There is mild sulfur note from the german lager yeast and the finish is crisp and clean, ending on a semi-bitter note.

This is a classic. The flavors are everything I look for in German Pils, and the drinkability if very nice. Price is excellent for an import. Really just hard to beat the value of this beer. I recommend buying the cans though (or on draft), as bottles are usually skunked, even with the brown glass. (883 characters)

Photo of IPhantom
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw yellow with a finger and a half thick white cloud of a head which dissipates to a foam ring with fine layered lacing. Few carbonation bubbles can be seen flowing up the whole time you're drinking this one. Smell is to the herbal-citrusy end on the hops, with biscuity-corny malts. Bitter lemon and maybe a little anise. Taste is like a lemongrass-infused butter with fresh-cracked pepper on wheat toast. A slight medicinal hop note on the finish, along with more of that sweet, sweet grain. Mouthfeel is picture-perfect; medium-bodied, buttery, and evaporating off your tongue. If you know anybody who swears by Beck's, Amstel, or Heineken, hand 'em one of these and wait for them to ask where they can get more. A true Platonic ideal of a beer and a pleasure to session. (788 characters)

König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.