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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%


Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG 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: Globetrotter on 06-06-2004)
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a golden, straw color with a huge fomay white head. Leaves sheets of lacing. The carbonation is huge, but it moves so slowly it looks the beer is dusty.

Smell: Smell's crisp, clean, and fresh, with huge clove and fruit hints. A great smelling pilsener.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes indcreibly complex for a pilsener. The most interesting tasting pils I've had to date, without sacrficing any crispness. Fruits and cloves and almost pepper are tasted. Feels smooth and crisp in the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a classic beer. I was lucky enough to find this, and I will hunt it down again. A challengly complex beer that may be harsh to the young palate. But to me, this beer is just about perfect. I'm gonna go kill the keg by myself (just kidding.. but I wish I could). Superb brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2004 21:57:20 | More by santoslhalper
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malty

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 0.3L HB tumbler. As brilliantly clear as a beer can get; pale golden yellow with a creamy, loose 1 1/2" head. Sparse visible uprising carbonation. Thick white rings of heavenly lace all the way down.

A few swirls of my tasting glass presents an ultra clean pale malted barley scent with a slightly sugary and faintly sour note. A lemony citrus rind rings true with an ever-so tempting CLEAN nose.

The flavors of this lager are very unique I must say. Very soft and faintly sweet clean malty goodness along with a cracker dry and clean hop counterpart. There's an unorthodox depth to this beer in that the flavors are clean, crisp and a bit muted right out of the gate. It's only after a couple seconds that the fullness of these delicate flavors emerge and blossom. There's no bite or edge to this beer at all. The quality really shines.

Mouthfeel is just as unique. The carbonation level seems to be a bit low at first. After a second or two, the ultra-fine bubbles awaken the dry and crisp flavorful finish. Soft and airy mouthfeel with a clean body that just a bit right of light bodied.

Drinkability is excellent. I'm sooo bummed I only have 1 longneck bottle - now it's gone. Session beer to the fullest. Food friendly too.

Overall a lager that I fell head-over-heels for. Such a soft and delicate beer with no sharp edges or bitter quirks at all. Quality, quality, quality reigns unrivaled in this German jewel. I want more now!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 21:35:51 | More by malty
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher Edelherb has a thick, fluffy, off-white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is full, bready, and sweet. Taste is of sweet, white bread, and cracker, and it has a pleasant hop bitterness across the mid and back sip. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Kulmbacher Edelherb finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, delightful, and highly drinkable. If there are flaws with this, I’m unaware of them.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:06:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a German standard brown half-liter bottle with foil around the neck and a silver and white label featuring the brewery's coat of arms. Purity law applies. Best before 1/14/05, I opened it on 6/5/04.

Pours a crystal clear gold under a two finger snow white head with lots of bubbles. The head settles slowly, leaving good lacing. There's a full good strong malt and crisp hops nose that doesn't wait for you to sniff it, but rather reaches out to you from quite a distance. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. The taste opens with good sweet barley serving as an appropriate complement to a strong pilsner hoppy bite. The hops linger long after the liquid is gone, even making a wonderful resurgence of bitterness some 30 seconds later. This is a crisp thirst-quencher that simultaneously inspires even greater thirst. Good summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 03:43:49 | More by Globetrotter
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putnam

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have long been missing the aged 5-liter mini kegs of this beer that were closed-out by our local wholesaler in 2003. That was such a nutty, viscous study in light lager. I've never encountered anything quite like it.

This is like a young, vervy sporty version of that.

The tannins are more gripping, though they still conspire in an illusion of raw nutty wholesomeness. Pale yellow clear liquid. Bready moistness defines the texture -- an acheivement for a light lager I believe. Lagerbier is about balance of freshness-causing lemony lemoniness. Make no mistake: this is mega-brewed beer. Fabulous, mega, dirty nutshells, baked lemon peels, dry sugars. Wow. Nothing like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 23:14:16 | More by putnam
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - very clear light golden straw color with a decent head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - sweet honey-like malt with some grain-like character with a touch of hops

T - initially malty with a nice strong noble hop flavor and finish; decoction-like quality typical of a traditional German brauerei

M - light-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a really good German pils and defines the style really well; it rivals some of my favorites in the German pils style

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 02:53:58 | More by scoobybrew
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle
Appearance is pale yellow with nice full head. The head falls slowly away to form a mottled skim coat.
Smell is bready malt flavors - the smell is delicate.
Taste is as it smells. The taste really is forward and there is a touch of hops at the finish.
Light/Medium body. A little oily and very slippery smooth. Nice carbonation level with fine bubbles.
Great drinking pils. Probably the best one I've had. I'm glad that I grabbed this one for my mix a six at Town Wine and Spirits!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 15:00:54 | More by ThirstyBird
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Spikester

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a two fingered long lasting white head. Plentiful lacings all the way down the glass.
Other than a hint of skunk upon opening the bottle the aroma was floral hops and a whiff of citrus.
Taste is lemon citrus, grassy, some breadiness, and a smooth bitter dry finish from the hops. Not overly sweet.
Mouthfeel is just right for the style.
Drinkability is exceptional if you don't mind the $1.99 per 11.2 ounce bottle. Very nice smooth Pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 05:23:10 | More by Spikester
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to my pilsner glass a dull golden with a nice big,fluffy white head with a nice bead.Aromas of toasted grain a touch of iron with an odd and interesting teaf leaf-like aroma thats subtle but noticable.This is one dry ass pilsner and very crisp, a light spicey/peppery bite hits in the finish very firm dry bready malt backbone stands up to the very dry,spicy finish.Damn fine pilsner my father in law from Hanover,Germany loved it as did I.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 00:48:42 | More by oberon
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this at the infamous "Stateline." (What a selection!) Light amber color, rich head that disappated quickly, very mild hop smell and crisp, clean taste. Easily one of my favorite German pilseners. Excellent balance of rich malt flavor. Perhaps I can find a whole case.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 23:30:12 | More by tugdriver7
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yen157

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured straw yellow with a big (vigorous pour), fine, whit head. A little minty in the nose. Pils malt lingers in the background. Light bready malt and slightly peppery, herbaceous hops. This is one gorgeous beer. Mouthfeel is damn perfect for a pils. I wish it was a little bit cheaper of a six pack, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 02:29:03 | More by yen157
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schusterbauer

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rich golden liquid, aggressively poured, forms a huge white head that leaves significant lacing. smell is heavily of warm stale bread crust, with hints of lilac and noble hops. taste is rich with lemon zest and cream, buttered toast, spicy hops, floral accents -- a very complex pilsner. refined mouthfeel, but also curiously creamy, as if there is lactose involved.
delicious and highly drinkable.
drinkability has a 4.0 right now, because i wonder if the complexity of the beer would prevent it from being consumed in large quantities on a summer day. i plan on testing this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 14:49:38 | More by schusterbauer
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light color but what makes a pilsener is the type of hops. This beer has the right hops just not as much as some other pilseners. Taste is a reminder of what American Macros should be shooting for. Very easy to drink with no noticeable aftertaste so drinking a few of these should not be a problem. In the summer I forget about porters and stouts and try as many different lagers and pilseners as I can find. This is one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 01:52:28 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale straw yellow with a nice soapy head and good retention. A wonderful display of Kulmbach lace.

Smell: Clean, bready, cracker like yeast. Some Saaz hops are noticed.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing and light on the palate. Pale malt flavor, faint biscuit, spicy hop and clean lager finish. Pilsnerriffic.

Mouthfeel: Light, good sting of carbonation, spicy and drying hop lingers into the finish.

Overall: Very high drinkability, nice, mellow flavors with an assertive hop character. What else can you ask for in a pilsner? I wish that this were in my market, and if it weren't so obscure to the average drinker, it could be quite popular.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 06:59:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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plaid75

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust cereal grain with an equally strong noble hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy noble hop spice with a solid and delicious doughy grain background.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and creamy.

Overall a well balanced, earthy, spicy pils. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 01:39:54 | More by plaid75
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow gold, decent beginning head that shrinks to a thin film, a bit of lacing, decent. The aroma is pretty straightforward, good grainy malt base with some noble hops. The taste similarly has nothing to hide, similarly grainy, doughy malt with fair hop balance, a nice full envelope. The mouth is pretty full, good carbonation, in all a very drinkable pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 02:26:34 | More by objectivemonkey
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crossovert

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle of "malt liqour".

Pours with a bright white quickly dissipating head that looks like soapy bubbles, not good for a pils. On the other side, the color of the beer is spot on.

This one is maltier on the nose than most with herbal, medicinal hops.

The mouthfeel is the most noticeable thing of this brew, it is significantly fuller than most pilseners, and I like it. The taste of this one is also classic pilsener, the hops come out more in the taste though they are perfectly balanced with the malt.

The drinkability is up there, this is a classic German made pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:28:00 | More by crossovert
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale straw color with a big ole rocky head that I had to almost chew through.

Aroma is the slightest bit skunky, but overall a really good light sweet and crisp malt.

FLoral and powdery hop profile with the slightest metallic twang. It's a really nice sweet wheat type taste in there too. Incredibly crisp and refreshing. My pilsener glass was emplty before I kenw it! God I love a pils when it's done right. Nice spingy carbonation and a really great finish and aftertaste with some mild saltiness to it.
Yum!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 14:02:26 | More by SurlyDuff
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Offa

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, but not outstanding, German pilsner.

Bright, pale gold, it has a very big white head slowly shrinking to a thick foamy top. It leaves a little weak, foamy lace.

Aroma is a lot of bread, herbs, hay, hints of apple and mineral. It is clean and aromatic, a good German pilsner aroma.

Tatset is srong, fresh, full-bodied grain with a lot of herb , hints of green grass and bread. It starts balanced, leaning faintly to the sweet side, but finishes just slightly bitter with a lightler herbal bitterness that lingers after the finish with grainy sweetness and hint of lemon pulp.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 18:21:03 | More by Offa
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite part of the post-holiday has to be walking into giant eagle and seeing an abundance of 5L german mini kegs!

A- comes out forcefully once tapped, so the head is big and rocky and white as snow. awfully wrinkly as it settles and bridges of lace are clinging to the sides of the glass as it slowly and reluctantly settles down. super ultra crazy clear golden body. i can see the wrinkles in my fingers through it. this seriously looks as good as any pils i've ever seen and if i remember correctly, my toppers are veltins and noble pils.

S- floral somewhat fruity apple and grape skin hops with a grassy earthy edge. almost smoky in a sort of way, or rather steamy, as if green things were being heated, think fresh grass and herbs on the fire. lemony kinda, with a mild citric twang. white bread and cracker malt hold things together.

T- a bit cardboardy in the taste from the malt, but the hops are bright and floral and fruity and the taste of white grape and green apple hits me immediately with a bit of pear. not overly bitter, the hops have more complex flavor than bitterness. grassy fruity and earthy, apple, cucumber, dill, maybe something like spinach?? with a bit of citrus. i don't think i've ever used spinach as a comparison but it really fits here. finishes with a great balance and mild bitterness.

MF- wholesome feel for a pils, but still light and bubbly enough to fit the style admirably. a little sweeter than most and not so dry, but the feel compels me to reach for the glass again and again.

D- this one is a solid B++ and i'm glad i have another 4.5 liters to go. something makes me wanna break out my 36oz spaten oktoberfest mug and tear this bitch up. i will not have a problem emptying this baby keg.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 06:55:33 | More by hustlesworth
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light golden color..nice pillowy white head

S-Not real assertive...was hoping for more of a noble hop aroma...more grainy than anything,..not much for hops at all on the aroma.

T-Much better than the aroma...nice crisp malt flavors..breads and crackers...grainy...hops lend a floral characteristic to the taste and a zesty peppery dry kick to the finish.

M-Clean, crisp, perfect carbonation...

D-Wow..just drank two bottles of this way too quick....great session beer...I like the taste a lot but wish the aroma had a little more to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:47:32 | More by ZAP
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Boilermaker88

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 5L mini-keg into a pils glass. Clear yellow color, abundant carbonation, and a frothy bright white head and copious lacing.
Clean aroma of sweet malt and pungent herbal hops counterpoint. Nice sweet grain flavor up front which morphed into an herbal spiciness. Hops flavors resonate on the tongue long after each pull is gone. Faint tinge of metal lurking in the finish but not something that was a real problem. Crisp, light-bodied feel.
This German pils was a great quaffer; it went down smoothly and was very refreshing on a warm late-fall day. A worthy brew to bring to a tail-gate party. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2005 18:09:52 | More by Boilermaker88
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudless straw yellow with an initially thick, creamy white head that leaves some frothy lacing behind as it fades. Smells of flowery noble hops over light grainy malts - delicate and clean. Bitter German hoppiness controls the flavor while sweet malts quietly blend in as does a soft nutty touch. I wouldn't say its especially crisp but it is somewhat drying and suprisingly well rounded. The bitterness lingers for a while.

This is a fine pilsner...seems very authentic. Clean, dry Hallertauer flavor has a nice balance to it - good mouthfeel, and outstanding drinkability. Makes me want to drink more lagers...in fact, I think I will.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 01:30:40 | More by wedge
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, crystal clear with a big fluffy head with decent lacing. The aroma is classic pilsner- clean, crisp, and with bitter floral hops. The flavor is more of the same. Good but soft bitterness, lots of floral hops and clean flavors with a medium to light body to match. A perfectly correct pilsner, and quite refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2007 03:38:17 | More by Georgiabeer
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up at the coop over the weekend for about $2.. poured into my small weizen glass..

Rocky 2 finger head.. brew is crystal clear straw gold.

Aroma is pale malts and a pronounced spicy/floral hop nose.. very clean throughout.

Nice bitterness balances the grain perfectly.. husky pils malts and floral hops.. lite body and abundant carbonation.. very nice. Drinkability is fantastic.. pricey for a 12oz but damn near perfect.

I love a well made German Pilsner and this is great.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 09:07:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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