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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, white grape juice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 05:02:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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popery

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright, gold and crystal clear. Medium-sized white head. Surprisingly good head retention with some decent lacing. The aroma is clean and sweet with fresh barley. Just a little bit of mustiness, possibly from the travel distance/time. It has a simple sugary, doughy flavor. There's a touch of herbal, grassy, spicy hops. It's all very gentle, though. A touch of cider. The taste is similar, though the hops come through more. Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. The hops have a spicy, grassy bitterness to them. It fades pretty quickly. Finishes pretty dry. Very easy to drink. Gently effervescent mouthfeel. Quite light. It's not a dramatic beer, but it's solid enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 08:18:17 | More by popery
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale colour, small head which didn't hang around long, minimal lacing.

S: Hallertau hop, fruity, grassy.

T: Lots of bitterness as title would suggest, notes of bread and grass. Balanced but uncomplex.

M: Crisp, light body, well carbonated, coarse.

O: A decent enough Pils, I think it might be hard to drink more than 2 or 3 because of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 14:33:57 | More by jonb5
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

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

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a very clear light straw color with a big soapy white head with big bubbles. Lots of visible carbonation and lots of splashy lace

S- Big pilsner malt, floral, grassy, and spicy hop character. Some fruity and lemongrass notes

T- Dominant pilsner malt and grape flavors with grassy, floral, and spicy hops. Some lemon notes and a slightly metallic finish

M- Very refreshing, highly carbonated, dry. What a pilsner should be like

O-Solid pilsner all around from the appearance, mouthfeel, and aroma. The metallic notes on the taste bring it down a little for me though.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:46:09 | More by Hoptometrist
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very bubbly very yellow pee colored pils. A decent bit of sticky white head and touch of lace.
S - Very inviting it has a smooth grain edge with very floral hops. No skunk detected is lovely.
T - Its a nice bit of premium corn flavors cutting the floral hop bitterness and leaving you with a grainy dry finish.
M - Bubbly like a sparkling cider I had recently. Very light but full of flavor.
Overall 10X better than the pee water we have here in the states. Well worth the price at 10 bucks a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:07:37 | More by DrDemento456
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Beerzebub

California

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

Smells like a delicious hops bonfire, tastes like clean and crisp grain with floral, earthy German hops, and some smoke, good malt flavor but going completely dry and pretty bitter in the finish, nice stuff.

Interesting new 250 character minimum they have for reviews now...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 08:07:37 | More by Beerzebub
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grittybrews

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant straw gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. Mild, slightly soapy aroma with a hint of grain.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Grainy malt with a hint of sweetness and an assertive bitterness (earthy, grassy) that lingers on the finish.

Full-flavored while remaining crisp, balanced, and refreshing. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:21:57 | More by grittybrews
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pkalix

California

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

small head, straw with a few rising bubbles.
smells and tastes bitter. typical pils.
overall, very pils-y. not my favorite style, but always interesting. always the same too. easy to drink, easy to session with a side of whiskey. i need to try an evening of pils to learn the differences....

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:31:32 | More by pkalix
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug. There is a half inch foamy head atop a clear straw-golden body. There is really nice sticky lacing.

The aroma has a nice blend of herbal hops and some straw malt.

The taste blends a bready mildly sweet malt flavor with spicy hops that add a bit of tang in the finish. This has a nice smooth flavor leading to a great crisp finish.

This is light bodied with aharp carbonation. I really enjoy this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 22:38:27 | More by andrewinski1
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured crystal clear, golden, with a short-lived white head that left some spotty lacing.

While the light malt dominate the hops in the aroma, the reverse is true of the flavor, with the hops more prominent even in mid-taste.

M: medium+ carbonation; medium body.

O: no flaws but nothing stands out either.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 13:54:50 | More by chinchill
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with some fizzy head that fades quickly and doesn't leave lacing either. Smells a little grainy & grassy. Hops are a little too mild, and in general it doesn't leave much on the palate to be savored. It is quite smooth, though, and it is a fine session beer for hipster and/or craft-oriented bar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 19:29:04 | More by TheRealBigC
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet bready malts are present in the nose; as the beer warms up some smells of grainy malts also become apparent.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with a slight amount of bitterness, except that no grainy malts are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice flavors of bready malts but seems like it could use a little more hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:52:09 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of sweet bready malts and just a hint of floral hops.

T: The flavor of this beer is rather mild with the primary flavor being that of bready malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness from the floral hops.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable pilsener. A little light on the hops for this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:34:23 | More by dbrauneis
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw-gold color and crystal clear. Good head for the style that leaves ring lace after each sip.

Smells slightly sour with a definitive floral hop kick.

The flavor was drier than the smell suggests. Crisp pale malt with no graininess up front. Solid hop presence without being overly peppery. The body is predictable in a good way.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 15:49:37 | More by smcolw
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dsprainman

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, So I've had this pils in the 5L mini-keg two time without doing a review, but today I snagged a 11.2oz bottle to give it another test.
A- Yellow color without being "straw", almost no head, partially due to my pour, but this also is much less fluffy than the 5L mini-keg yields.
S- One of my nostrils is clogged due to allergies, but I can tell that there is a dominant bready flavor. Slight bit of malt, nothing outstanding.
T- Yeah, bready. Nice Pils, was better out of the Mini-keg.
M- Perfect plis mouthfeel. Just the right balance of crisp and soft. Seriously cant be beaten.
O- Great pils, but must imagine it is best on tap and not out of bottles. Worth springing for a 5L minikeg if it's available and you have a few buddies around.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 05:24:16 | More by dsprainman
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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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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kulmbacher... They sure make nice Eisbocks, how about the pils? Well, let's see;

A: Clear golden pour with a really large compact and creamy white head that settles after a LONG time, and leaves awesome lacings.

S: Bitter hops and malts, semi-sweet. But in the back lures boiled vegetables, faint but still noticable.

T: Bitterhops, but not too overpowering, the malts sure is present.

M: Rather thin body, almost a bit watery. Carbonation is low. Aftertaste is way too short for a German Pilsener - where's my bitterness???

O: A rather nice Pilsener that lacks aftertaste. To answer my question before; well, not to shabby but 10 out of 10 times I'll prefer their Eisbocks (but on the other hand; they are world class).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:12:10 | More by Sunnanek
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kcinlober

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fairly standard pilsener. not an exciting head or color and little or no aroma. taste is clean with subtle notes of honey. the finish is much drier and a little bitter which is a welcome. a pretty well rounded pilsener: sweet and cyrisp on one end leading to a straw tasting hoppy finish

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 03:25:54 | More by kcinlober
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No obvious freshness date

A: Not much head, surprisingly.

S: Straw-like hops and sweet grain. Nose is fairly subtle.

T: Thin, slightly sweet grain with herbal hops. Crisp, straw hops and a touch of cardboard dryness on the finish.

M: Thin and fairly crisp, with zippy carbonation.

O: A solid and drinkable pilsner, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:26:26 | More by greybeardloon
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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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Lemke10

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 5L mini keg as part of a closeout dead from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $5.99.

Pours a clear copper color with a light, fluffy head. Scent is mild with grassy grains with yeasty earth tones. Taste is rather unusual at first but after a few sips I found the taste more to my liking. At first because of the grains it has an almost sour taste to it, but after a few sips you find a mellow citrus taste to it. An okay texture and volume to it, but a little too thin for my liking. A decent pilsner from Germany, but I prefer my American made pilsners instead.

Serving type: can

11-23-2011 04:44:35 | More by Lemke10
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karait95

Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow color with a not so big head that dissipates a little fast not leaving behind many traces on the glass, the body is light with not rich carbonation.

S: intense malty smell with hops character also, this one smells good for the style.

T: taste is center in hops spicy spirit over the barley malts.

M: it is a refreshing beer with a complex character more bitter than spicy but we'll mixed and a little dry ending with good lasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:00:44 | More by karait95
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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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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" white head. Clear straw yellow color. Smell is corn, grain, and malt. Taste is a step up from typical BMC pils but not an extreme standout. I have a high regard for this brewery, I think generally they're priced nice for an import, and none of the beers are bad, but this would have to be one of the more ordinary of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:19:30 | More by MoreThanWine
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A: clear golden yellow, tons of bubbles, fluffy 2 finger head,
great lacing

S: malt and grain

T: semi-sweet grain front, solid malt, dry crisp subtle finish

M: light/med body, big carbonation, dry/crisp finish

O: Pleasantly amusing. Got this in mixed world beer
variety pack for Father's Day from my AWESOME wife!
Very nice pilsner, always forget this style is great for Summer.
Perfect session brew.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 18:06:32 | More by BeerLover99
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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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