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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A drinkable crisp drink. Floral hops. A touch of creamy head. Nice subtle bitterness to it. Smooth, with spice on tongue. Malty finish, went well with dinner. Light to Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, Good summer beer, good German pils. A good find.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 22:44:08 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer sunshine gold with almost colorless edges. Small, slow moving bubbles can be seen plinking into the underside of a wonderful looking crown of ivory colored foam that is both creamy and sticky. In the end, an attractive array of finely tatted lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is relatively clean, with a moderate muskiness lending character. Cereal grains are at least as apparent as hops, which is a little disappointing to this hophead. Maybe using the word 'Premium' in the name won't be the kiss of death (as it usually is).

At some point in the recent past, Edelherb Premium Pils won several pilsener taste tests in Germany; at least one of them blinded. I can't say that it's the best example of the style that I've ever had, but it's definitely a classic, well-brewed version.

Untoasted, cracker-like malt holds down the bottom end fairly convincingly. The resulting light sweetness is countered by a surprising (and pleasing) amount of noble hop flavor and bitterness that is both spicy and (slightly) lemon zesty. A crisp, clean finish rounds off each mouthful in fine fashion.

The body/mouthfeel holds up its end of the bargain. It's a wee bit larger than medium for the style and has an ideal amount of bubbles that lend energy without tipping over into fizziness. Sessionability is up there.

Although it can't touch Kapuziner Weissbier as Kulmbacher Brauerei's finest beer, Edelherb Premium Pils is a keeper; especially if you're a fan of the style. On further reflection, I can't think of too many German pilsners (that are actually from Germany) that have it beat.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 13:44:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well worn reused European 0.33L bottle - $2.09 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a sudsy, snow white head.

Smell: Simple nose, smelling of grainy Pils malt, suggesting cracker dough a bit, and zesty Continental hops.

Taste: Lightly maltiness yielding crackery hints and a firm graininess. Spicy, grassy noble hops with sufficient bitterness. The very faintest hint of lemon. Quickly drying on the back-half. Crisp mouthfeel with a lingering graininess.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus, prickling carbonation.

Drinkability: Just throw it back. A quick, easy-going pils, and, though I'd perfer just a hair more maltiness, it does make for a light, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:02:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-21-2012 00:16:43 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

12-18-2013 04:29:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

01-10-2013 18:56:02 | More by Jason
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and skunky pale malt scent with some adjuncts and lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a crisp, clean pale malt flavor with a dry finish. It has little malt character, but it drinks well. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good pilsner, but I prefer one with a little more malt content and a deeper gold color. As far as Euro brews are concerned, this is one of the best on the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 00:56:40 | More by WesWes
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $5 a pint. Appears a clear, brilliant gold with a white head. The aroma is a little muted, but the lightly toasted grains shine through.The flavor is classic German Pilsner with hard, hard mineral water that tastes like it came from a well. There's just a mild herbal hop note in the background in this otherwise crisp and bready beer. Try this beer if you dig the style and love German brewing water.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 23:39:41 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

05-25-2014 03:17:28 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-29-2013 17:37:05 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%
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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +11.5%
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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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

12-07-2013 21:29:16 | More by BillRoth
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plaid75

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Giant head off the pour of big sticky white, nearly four fingers long. Head is very bubble bath and foamy in appearance. Stays for a good long time. Body is a pale light gold to straw yellow color and nicely clear. Tight bubbles of carbonation from the bottom. Very good looking beer.

A very muted but a sweet bouquet. At first it appears corn then is actually a kind of cherry. Clean somewhat arid, and hidden grain behind the smell.

First taste is surprisingly sweet getting almost into honey territory, but is that corn??? Some hop bitter but more of a faint bitter lemon finish and not sour lemon. Almost as if a lemon going bad. Lots of texture for this beer and not very crisp with a good body which is interesting.

Pretty easy drinking and enjoyable, taste could be much improved I think, but it will work.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:10:01 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +5%
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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-17-2012 20:51:44 | More by rolltide8425
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins Colorado.

It pours from 11.2oz bottle a clear straw gold with a large head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes and there's some lacing.

The smell has that nice Pilsner nose to it. Nice mix of hops and malt with the hops being more prevelant.

The taste is very tasty and refreshing. I get some hops up front that are kind of bitter and that's followed by some earthy malt character and a bit of grain. It's very smooth but the flavour is strong enough to keep my interest. It finishes crisp and dry and leaves a pleasant bitterish aftertaste. I like this one and I could easily drink a bottle or 3 on a nice hot summer day like today. I wish I bought more. :^( Stilll, there's always next time, I hope. Solid, tasty example of the style that is worth seeking out, imho.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 00:21:06 | More by Bitterbill
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86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.