König Pilsener | König-Brauerei GmbH

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König PilsenerKönig Pilsener
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
König-Brauerei GmbH
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of bkrebs
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

7/25/13
From a 500mL can with a 2.20.14 code on the bottom.

A medium low spicy, floral noble hop aroma balanced with a light pilsner malt graininess is first to hit my nose. It has a subdued hop aroma compared to some other pilsners. No flaws to speak of.

Brilliantly clear gold color with a full, white head that fades to a persistent, though delicate ring.

It has a medium low spicy noble hop flavor supported by cracker like pilsner malt. The firm bitterness in the finish is enhanced by the dryness and light body of the beer. It has less hop flavor than some other plisners. The finish is crisp and clean with lingering bitterness taking center stage.

Overall, this beer is pretty much what I expect from a pilsner, though I would prefer more hop aroma and flavor. It's worth a try, but there are other pilsners out there that I would drink first.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Konig Pilsner @ 4.9% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2

A-pour is a pale gold from can to glass with medium size white head leaving a frothy lace along the pilsner glass

S-more classic German hops , malt & barley

T-although it has that German crispness to it , it's also a tad watery

MF-low carbonation , weak medium body

Ov-ok beer , maybe a one and done

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 16oz can poured into footed pilsener
Served: 16 June 2013

Appearance: When pouring, it looks very light yellow-gold as it's coming out of the can (honestly not very appealing), but when you look at it in the glass, the beer just seems to come to life. Great carbonation bubbling from the bottom into a nice, frothy 2.5 finger head that dies down at a reasonable rate as one drinks the beer. Great clarity, to style.

Smell: Smells clean and fresh, malty with a kiss of hops. Inviting.

Taste: Like the smell, this one is immensely clean and balanced. You can taste the crisp, light malt backbone, and then after swallowing, you can taste the bitterness from the hops. Not much flavor enhancement from the hops, but you can certainly tell they're bittering the beer. I would have liked to see more a more assertive flavor from the hops, though keeping within the general pilsener style.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, to style.

Overall: This is a great German pilsener- one that takes malts and hops and balances them nicely. Much better than other 'pilsener' style beers out there, and certainly a nice beer when one is searching for something a little less insane in the malt/hop department.

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Photo of Chaz
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden-straw in color, topped with a shock-white head of average duration. Clarity here is as close to brilliant as you can get, hence my higher-than-average score.

Nose is redolent of sweetgrass and honeyish notes, along with a lighter bready, yeasty character and just enough of a whiff* of the bittering hops to remind me that this is a Pilsner.

I gave it a minute or so (and -don't worry!- I'm indoors, in my closet, with the shades pulled in the bedroom and only the illumination of my antique phosphorescent alarm clock, so no skunking is occurring) to warm up and there's more of the bready notes. Wunderbar!

Lightly-sweet, bready/biscuity (although those are two different characteristics, actually), and a bitter, almost brisk character giving way to a bittersweet character near the finish. The long-term, lingering effect is quite "dry". That's dry as in finish and character, not the diatetic "Dry Beer"-kinda dry. Darn, now here's a beer for sipping in the hop gardens of Upper Bavaria or the hip-hop gardens of America's dry and dusty urban cityscape.

In terms of body and mouthfeel, this is a lighter-bodied, VERY easy-drinking beer style, and König Pilsener nails it. For a "cheap, watery German Pilsner" that is really just a shadow of better iterations of the style, this is a brand that can't be beat!

Overall this is a very good beer for the price and general availability, and ought to keep the Bitburger-swillers on both sides of the pond quite happy as it's a mellower brew overall, even if it is a titch more expensive (but let's be honest, these are both very affordable beers in the overall scheme of things.)

*This can is fresh enough (B.B.D.: 11/13-2013), so either my memory of this beer's excellent Hop-forward quality is off (and I had mistakenly-remember Krombacher for this!) or the recipe or hop regimen used has been mellowed, or maybe the hops were just flacid-in-the-Alpha-acids in this batch. Who really knows? Jever this is not at any rate, and it's still a slightly better than average beer for its style. NOW, go getcha some!

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Photo of Huffs
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A refreshing German Beer. Poured to a classic golden straw hue with perfect clarity. Head developed to a frothy white which laced and lasted. Aroma was of hop, malt and grass. Taste was of malt with hints of hop and grain. Nice full mouthfeel with a clean aftertaste.

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Photo of ppvora
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured the bottle into a tall Pilsener glass. Light gold color with plenty of bubbles resulting in a finger of head that disappears quickly -- within 30 seconds. Beautiful and inviting light gold color beer.

Smell: Classic smell of a Pilsener. Beer like, with some smell of straw. Not complex.

Taste: Again, classic Pilsener taste. If you want to understand why when Pilsener were first introduced in Europe they caught on so rapidly, taste this beer. Not complex. A great example of what German Pilseners taste like. Not bitter, not hoppy. Refreshingly delightful.

Mouthfeel: Drink this beer quickly as exposure to air makes it a little bitter...almost flat. This is the only quality of this beer that surprised me a little. To counter it, drink while it is still very cold (assuming it was poured from a cold bottle or otherwise served cold).

Overall: The rock of Gibraltar of Pilsener beers. Smooth, tasty, classic Pilsener taste. Beautiful light gold color. Refreshing. Just drink it quickly...don't linger over it.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml can to a Konig boot

A: Soapy sudsy head about two fingers. White in color. Left some nice lacing as well. Straw appearance. This beer is almost definitive of what a good pils should look like.

S: Some spicy German hops backed with light crackery malts.

T: Spicy notes provided by the hops are very pleasing. A very slight lemon flavor is also attainable. Bready malts provide for a nice balance to the hops. There's just a touch of caramel malt character as well. Bitterness is mild and appropriate for the style. Very clean tasting and very drinkable.

M: Crisp and refreshing due to the dry finish and nice balance of the beer. It could be quiet easy to drink a few of these. Carbonation is also nicely done and cleans the palate nicely.

O: This was a great beer and very nice for the style. Perfect for the patio on a hot summer day. It had all of the qualities I enjoy in a good pils and it made for an enjoyable experience. I wish this beer was more easily obtainable.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best German Pils brought into the U.S., both on draft and when fresh in bottles. Pours straw/golden with virtually no haze into my 0.5L mug. Glorious carbonation and good size and retention of contrasting white head. Nose is clean, light, lemony, with a whiff of herbal elements. Palate has a great combination of rather clean malty flavors and delightful herbal hoppy flavors to balance things nicely. No skunk. Zero. Finish is more of the herbal hops. Incredibly easy drinking and a great example of the style as far as what we have for options here in the U.S.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and clear with some rising bubbles, a white head and sparse lace.

Grassy and grainy with a faintly sweet smell.

Flavor is lightly sweet and well grainy, grassy, with a touch of bread and a light hops twang.

Body is very light, medium carbed, and quite easy to drink.

It's a very fine German pilsner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 11.2 oz. bottles,

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a soapy fizzy white head, some spotty lace.

S: Grainy pils malt aroma, some grassy noble hop.

T: Upfront it's malt driven, a nice flavour but nothing too substantial. Finishes with an outstanding herbal hop note that takes this beer to the next level.

M: Crisp, clean, some good biting carbonation, easy drinking.

O: A solid pilsner that certainly has its sweet spot in the finish. The price is right there with most other German imports, worth a pick up for fans of the style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice finger of head formed on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is a nice scent of grain with a touch of honey.
The taste is great. A mild bitterness throughout with a clean finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This beer stands out in that it does not have the sticky sweet or metallic taste that accompanies too many pileners.

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Photo of MaximalC
1.95/5  rDev -48%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
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

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Photo of Douberd
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
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

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of tubeboy
4.65/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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König Pilsener from König-Brauerei GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.