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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 06-06-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  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. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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. (487 characters)

Photo of metter98
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. (725 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it seems the czech style pils is a lot more in vogue among american breweries these days, and has really jumped out in from of the german ones in popularity and availability, so its nice to see a tasty german one on tap. count on jakes in littleton for tasty beers not available real widely. super clear in color, brightly carbonated, sunny yellow in color with a tall and lasting pure white head easily an inch high. it smells and tastes a lot more fresh than a lot of these usually do, maybe thats a keg next to a green bottle thing, but this lacks any oxidation, skunk, or staleness that has steered me away from a lot of the imported lighter beers. i was very surprised by how hoppy this seems to be as well, a leafy bitter vegetal thing going on, short of floral but quite alive. i do not recall quite this level of hops in other german examples of the style, but it makes this unique in its class. its also really smooth with a little more body than others, despite its low abv, just a genuinely satisfying beer by all counts. these are the kind of lagers i like to drink, and id love to see more of this stuff around. close enough to the norms to be old worldy and traditional, but distinct enough to stand out from the crowd. i need this one by the gallon. (1,264 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,598 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  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. (310 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
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. (735 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  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. (582 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
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 (335 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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). (727 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  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. (864 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of pils, but this is one delicious beer. Poured a light golden body that had minimal head but left some lace patches. Had a heavy smell of doughy malts and some spring like hops (not just dry, alkie smell from lesser pils). Almost medium-bodied and tasty, it had a dryness and yet passed over the tongue smooth. Robust malty flavors along with some light hopiness is how I describe the taste. A quality pils that I could go for again. (454 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5L keg at our Septoberfest party. This beer pours a pale yellow color with a medium thick and frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of mild hops and grainy malt. Light-bodied with a bready malt and hops flavor. Not a whole lot else going on aside from touches of spice. The finish is clean and earthy with a short-lived malt aftertaste. Average-ish. (374 characters)

Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (684 characters)

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Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.