Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
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 prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very clear, light straw color. There's nothing particularly special about the color. But, the head is a very impressive foamy white monster that's about three fingers tall. It never completely dissipates and left a sticky web of lace behind. Not bad.

It's a little weak on the nose. Grainy and grassy notes are prominent. It doesn't smell vegetal in any way, which is a very good thing. Hops are noted and are mostly floral and earthy. They're not very strong, but I'm pleased just to report their presence. There's just enough malt to give it a slightly sweet smell. A little more strength might reveal some finer nuances, but it's just not here.

This is a pretty damn tasty Pilsner. Grain and grass flavors start things off nicely. A touch of malt sweetness is noted. The hops are the best aspect of the flavor. They're mostly floral, but there's some spice variety here. Citrus lemon and orange flavors are a little buried, but they're definitely here. It finishes spicy and a little dry. It's pretty straight forward and uncomplicated, but is impressive nonetheless. I like it.

The body is medium and is nearly smooth. Carbonation is active and crisp. The hop spiciness tends to convulate the feel a little toward the end. It's tough to tell just how smooth it really is. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor pretty well and it's easy drinking. I can't say there's enough here to captivate me for more than one bottle. But, it's far from bad.

Premium Pils is a nice German Pilsner. I wasn't expecting it to be great and it's not. But, it is probably more impressive than I expected. It could use a little work on the nose. More punch is needed there. It's a minor problem, but it's the most notable. Otherwise, it's not too bad and is a nice take on the style overall. It's definitely worth picking up if you bump into it.

Photo of michaelgrant1983
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Easy drinking pils. I wanted something good and easy to drink for the spring and this brew hit the mark. Pours like a normal bavarian style pilsner, got no real smell off of it, and very smooth on the taste and palate. Great beer if not a little pricy.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Edelherb Pils poured a clear straw color with a 3 finger foam head and some nice pancake batter foam head with different sized bubbles packing it in. The lacing was really sticky.

The aroma was spicy with a grain dominating. The taste was much of the same, a spicy grainy one. It was semi citrusy in the mouth and i got a malty after taste on the tongue. I found this one to be a solid German PIlsenser and would recommend it to all.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourd a light golden yellow, with a medium amount of white foam and some lace on the side of the glass. A strong smell of hops filled the nose. The flavor was of a hoppy, strong bitterness that left a puckery feel in the mouth. Even with a nice hoppy flavor, the strong dry bitterness on the palate was not to my liking. Overall, to much dry bitterness, but the flavor was just O.K.!

Photo of JCBears
2.16/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: 12 oz non-typical bottle with a serve by date. A lightly tarnished golden color. Pours nice, no fizz or real head to speak of.

Smell: A but stale smelling but hints of the hops are present as with most pills. Actually not very pleasant.

Taste: Some what of a hard backbone of hops and slightly dry. Can get a hint of the malt but not much. Dry and not very appealing

Mouthfeel: Slight and not very stiff. Weak almost.

Overall: Not what I expected from all the advertisements. I would not even recommend this for a "I-just-mowed-the-lawn" beer. It was weak, not great tasting and some what of a disappointment

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darkish golden beer with a head that settles after a couple of minutes.

Smell is hoppy with light vegetable notes. Below that there is a nice (lager) malty smell, fresh.

Taste is hoppy and pretty bitter, a good German style bitterness. The malt is light and adds a light straw twist. The yeast adds a little sulfur, characteristic for a German pilsner. A very fresh beer.

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a nice sudsy pure white head. The aroma is of cracker malt and a peppery grassy hop, typical Pils. The taste is primarily of the spicy grassy hops, which gives it a slight metallic twang. There is also a light honey cracker malt to round out the flavor. The feel is light but not watery with moderate carbonation, finishes slightly bitter from the hops. The flavor might not be as spicy/grassy as other German Pils but this has great balance and is extremely drinkable.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw with a large head and great retention and lacing.

S: Nice earthy and slightly metallic hops notes with a bit of bread.

T: Grains, earthy hops, and some cracker notes.

M: Slightly syrupy, but clean and bitter.

D: Easy to drink and true to style not great but a good drinking pils.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener flute, no freshness date to be seen.

A: Pours a light and clear straw yellow with a rocky bone white head with little to no ropes of carbonation at all. Lacing is there and sticky the initial inch and a half head bubbles down to a thin cap in a minute.

S: Very light grassy aroma and if you think hard enough you can smell a touch of honey in there as well, clean but like water clean, just not much nose on this beer.

T/MF: The taste is better than the smell, creamy mouthfeel lemon and pepper with that same light grassy and sweet dextrose flavor that was apparent in the nose returning in the taste, really tastes much better than the nose leads on, well balanced grassy hop and malt sweetness, only the slightest bit of a drying effect on the palate.

D: I haven't really been a big fan of the pilsener style and it is sort of a shame because I can tell that there are some good ones out there, this beer sort of fits within that category, it is light and clean and well balanced everything a pils should be.

Photo of PorterLover83
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a faint straw gold with slight lacing appearing. Sort of sweet smell with faint corn and very light malt. Lighter mouth feel and pretty pleasant to the tastebuds. Light crisp malt with a pinch of hops bitterness. Pretty drinkable in my opinion. Got this out of a sampler pack. Would get again if I found it.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Photo of malty
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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!!!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured for a 12 oz bottle to a tall Kulmbacher .4L glass, the liquid is yellow-gold with ok carbonation. The head is small and white and leaves very little lace.

The smell is rich and bready like a pizza crust. The hops give it a slight earthy and fruity aroma.

The taste is very good spot on for the style, lots of white bread and a good clean cutting hop.

The mouthfeel is good. A very nice body, close to medium but the carbonation is a bit off. Not flat just to as much as I would look for.

The drinkability is very good a tasty quaff to go with lunch. Prosit. MK

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sharply clear light golden color, with a small, persistent white head, and slight streams of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lightly spicy noble hops overlay a cracker malt base.

Taste: Aggressive noble hop presence at the opening of the taste, followed by a notable and clearly defined cracker malt presence. The finish is clean, but drawn out by a lingering herbal hop presence,

Mouth feel: Typical body with mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fairly nondescript example, certainly well-crafted, but a bit understated and bland.

Many thanks to Max for hand carrying this beer from Germany.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: .5 liter brown bottle, 09.10.07 (sampled 07.10.07, just in time!).

Aroma: Light pilsner nose, spicy hops on a cracker malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear yellow glass holds a thin white head that gives mild lacing.

Flavor: Malt base supports the spicy peppery (Saaz?) hops with a little mineral water quality. Classic pils profile, but a little bitter for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light body, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Bitter pils to take. Good for the style, just not a style I love.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a mixed sixer from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO.

11.2 bottle poured vigorously yields an ample white head over a clear light amber body. Head fades quickly into a thin ring. No lacing.

Smell is floral hops, metallic hops and pine hops over a light cracker malt base. Typical pilsner. This smell reminds me why I'm not crazy about this style.

Taste is spot on to the smell, with evident bitterness. Crisp and bitey. This taste also reminds me why pilsner is not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel is, I suppose, what it should be for a pilsner, but it's a bit thin.

Drinkability is good for the style, but then, I'll never buy this again.

Simply too one-dimensional for my palate. Give me something more complex and flavorful.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Kulmbacher Edelherb Premium Pils from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.